Lake County, Ohio Dog Shelter


What types of animals does LHS care for?

At LHS, we care for any and all domestic pets! We mainly care for cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, guinea pigs and other small animals. We get the occasional farm animal or exotic pet from time to time.

Where is LHS located? When can I visit the shelter?

Lake Humane Society is located at 7564 Tyler Boulevard in Mentor.

Visiting hours at LHS are: Mondays & Thursdays from 12:00-7:00PM

Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from 12:00-5:00PM

Wednesdays & Major Holidays: LHS is closed to the public

How is LHS funded?

Lake Humane Society runs solely on donations made by our loyal supporters. We do not receive any government funding of any sort, nor are we operated or funded by any national humane organizations (APSCA, HSUS). All of the invaluable programs and services we provide to our community are funded by donations. These programs & services include: Adoption Services, Humane Investigations, 24-Hour Animal Rescue Service, our Pet Therapy Program and so much more. We cannot continue to be a trusted resource to the Lake County community without your support. Encourage animal lovers to donate locally to directly support their community!

How can I help the animals at LHS?

ADOPT: When considering adding a new companion to your family, please make adoption your only option. There are so many homeless pets around the world due to overpopulation. Whether you adopt from LHS or another shelter or rescue group, you are saving not just one life, but two. Looking for a specific pet and not having any luck? Use – It is a great resource and will connect you with various shelters and rescue groups.

Interesting Fact: Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats. – ASPCA

DONATE: Lake Humane Society runs solely on donations. LHS does not receive funding from the government or any national humane organizations (ASPCA/HSUS). All of the invaluable programs and services that we provide to our community are made possible thanks to our loyal donors. Donating to LHS regularly, no matter what the amount, helps to make a difference. Ways you can donate:

VOLUNTEER: We save thousands of animals each year, but we could not accomplish that without our dedicated volunteers and fosters. Our volunteers help us by caring for our animals, fostering pets with special needs, working our off-site events, walking our dogs, assisting with cleaning and clerical duties and SO much more. With a small staff and limited resources and space, our volunteers are the lifeblood of this organization. To become a volunteer, simply visit our website and complete the online application!

ADVOCATE: Be another voice for the voiceless animals in need. Help us spread awareness by promoting our cause, sharing our social media posts, talking about animal rights, adoption and the proper treatment of pets.

How long are animals held at Lake Humane Society before going up for adoption?

The process can take as little as a couple of days or as much as a couple weeks depending on the animal and when they are surrendered. All dogs receive a SAFER temperament assessment, heartworm test (over 6 months), de-worming, flea treatment, initial vaccines, rabies vaccine (over 4 months), physical examination from our vet, and they are all spayed/neutered and microchipped before they are available for adoption. All cats receive a feline leukemia/FIV/Heartworm Combo test, de-worming, flea treatment, initial vaccines, rabies vaccine (over 4 months), physical examination from our veterinarian, and they are all spayed/neutered and microchipped.

How long are animals held at Lake Humane Society before they are euthanized?

Lake Humane Society does not euthanize for time or space. Our shelter runs on a managed intake basis. This means that once we meet max capacity, we do not accept new pets until our existing pets are adopted. When we are at capacity, we instate a waiting list for new pets that need to be surrendered and our intake is based on priority. Managed intake is what works best for us and ensures we give our pets the best care possible. We do not have time or space limitations for our adoptable animals. We've had pets in our care for up to 2 1/2 years before they are adopted into loving homes.

We only euthanize due to severe health or behavioral issues (aggression). We want to ensure that animals adopted from our shelter are safe for both our staff/volunteers and the community. If an animal has behavioral problems, we try to work on behavior modification. If we do not have the resources or ability to help the animal, we look into rescue groups who might be able to give the animal the one-on-one care he/she needs. Animals with severe or life threatening health problems are also humanely euthanized. While we pride ourselves in providing the best medical attention we can (with the help of our Angel Fund), sometimes an animal's injuries or medical issues are too far along and at that point we choose to humanely end their pain and suffering.

Please do not use the term "no kill shelter." This can be misleading, as there are many different interpretations of what no-kill really means. We do euthanize, but only for severe health or behavioral issues.

What is the difference between Lake Humane Society and the Lake County Dog Warden?

Many people confuse our facility located in Mentor with the Lake County Dog Shelter located in Painesville. The Lake County Dog Warden is a self-funded government agency. They use the funds that are collected from the sale of Lake County dog licenses in addition to donations to care for their animals. The Lake County Dog Warden is responsible for handling ALL stray dogs roaming within Lake County and ensuring that dogs living in Lake County are properly licensed, as required by law. The Lake Humane Society houses any type of domestic pet including cats, dogs, birds, rabbits, small animals and farm animals. We also provide many programs and services to our community, including Humane Investigations.

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