Why LCHS, Inc.?
LCHS was founded to overcome the lack of animal care and control services for residents in much of Leavenworth County. Leavenworth County is currently the only county in the Kansas City metropolitan area without a no-kill animal shelter. We don’t have ANY shelter that reliably accepts animals from outside the city of Leavenworth. LCHS, Inc. is working to build and operate a state-of-the-art, no-kill pet animal shelter to serve all Leavenworth County residents.
Who does LCHS, Inc. serve?
While our services are available to any Leavenworth County resident or pet, our main focus is helping people and pets in those areas currently underserved by existing Animal Care and Control sheltering and services – Basehor, Easton, Linwood, Tonganoxie, and especially the unincorporated areas of Leavenworth County.
Is LCHS, Inc. part of the Humane Society of the U.S.?
LCHS, Inc. and all local humane societies, are independent entities, not branches or subordinate groups of the Humane Society of the U.S. LCHS, Inc. takes advantage of the training, education resources and potential grants available through the Humane Society of the U.S., just as we seek out and use resources available through other large and national animal welfare organizations.
What is LCHS, Inc.’s relationship with Leavenworth Animal Control?
Leavenworth Animal Control is an agency of the Leavenworth Police Department. As compassionate as their officers are, their main focus is providing public safety and health services, and enforcing Leavenworth and Kansas animal laws and ordinances.
The staff of Leavenworth Animal Control shelter works very hard to reunite pets with owners, and to adopt pets to great homes. Unfortunately, not every pet is easy to place, so those animals who are not reclaimed or adopted, or who require expensive medical treatments, are sometimes euthanized to provide space for incoming animals. Leavenworth AC also does not adopt out dogs who have the appearance of “pit bulls.”
LCHS, Inc. and many other organizations sometimes takes pets in danger of euthanasia from Leavenworth Animal Control into our foster program and work to find them suitable, loving, forever homes.
LCHS, Inc. works in cooperation with veterinarians, rescues, animal welfare, animal services, and animal control entities throughout the county to help as many animals as we can based on availability of resources to care for and place them.
What is LCHS, Inc.’s relationship with LAWS?
LCHS, Inc. supports the goals and efforts of Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society. We have much in common. We all want to help pet animals.
First, LCHS‘s focus is county-wide, with special emphasis on those areas currently unserved or under-served by existing animal care and control operations. Second, LCHS is determined to build and operate the centrally located, state-of-the-art, no-kill animal shelter that the people and pets of Leavenworth County deserve, need and demand. For information on other organizations, it’s best to ask them!
Why not just build a taxpayer supported shelter to serve the whole county?
That would be great, if the government entities could agree to do that. LCHS, Inc. will never operate a shelter where government or law enforcement make decisions about which animals get to live and which must die. We believe these decisions should be made in the best interests of the animal and the community, based on a veterinary recommendation and with consideration for public health and welfare. Making space will never be a reason for euthanasia at our shelter.
Who runs LCHS, Inc.?
LCHS, Inc. is led by a Board of Directors, and governed by the Members.
When will LCHS, Inc. have a shelter, and where will the shelter be?
LCHS, Inc. has secured land in the Lansing Business Center, and the required Conditional Use Permit has been approved. We have initial plans. We are currently preparing the organization for the launch of a capital campaign to raise the funds to build.
What animals does LCHS, Inc. take in?
LCHS, Inc. may legally only intake animals relinquished by an owner. Owners can include individuals, a veterinary clinic, or a shelter or rescue. We are prohibited by state law from taking in stray pets. In the case of injured animals, LCHS, Inc. will cooperate with law enforcement or finders to secure immediate life-saving care.
Who can foster for LCHS, Inc.?
Just about any adult residing in KS can foster, but not everyone can foster well for every pet. LCHS, Inc. places foster pets based on the family’s preferences, lifestyle, and home situation and the needs of the pet. Our foster chair will visit potential foster homes prior to securing their Kansas state foster registration, and prior to placing any pet in their care. Our foster / adoption operations are regulated by the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Division of Animal Health, Animal Facility Inspection Program (AFIP).
What is the LCHS, Inc. adoption process?
LCHS, Inc. takes applications from interested parties, does appropriate background and reference checks, and seeks to match pets with adopters. We strive to place animals only after they are fully vaccinated, spayed/neutered, and microchipped. If sterilization is delayed due to the age of the pet, or other veterinary medical reason, we must collect a spay/neuter bond, which is refunded once the adoptive home provides proof of sterilization (within 6 months). Adoption fees allow LCHS, Inc. to help other animals in the future. Our adoption fees are comparable to the daily adoption fees of other rescues/shelters in our area.
What is TNR?
Trap/Neuter/Return is an effort to sterilize and vaccinate feral (free-roaming, barn) cats to prevent overpopulation and protect the health of existing cats. The ideal is to return feral cats to their present homes.
Who can volunteer for LCHS, Inc.?
Any adult who is interested in helping, who has no history of animal abuse or violent crime including domestic violence, may volunteer with LCHS, Inc. Teens may volunteer in select venues, or under the supervision of a parent or guardian. Since LCHS, Inc. is staffed entirely by volunteers, there are many opportunities to serve.
What is Humane Education, and how do I get a speaker?
Humane Education seeks to help people of all ages learn about LCHS, Inc., animal care, and humane living. Existing lesson plans may be requested for school and community groups. Contact LvnCoHS@live.com to schedule a speaker focused on your group’s interests and desires.
What is Domino’s Legacy?
Domino was a 6-month old pup, hit by a car on a county road. A caring citizen notified the Sheriff’s Department, and they called us. LCHS, Inc. provided emergency care to Domino, but he was too badly injured to survive. His life ended far too soon, but he lives on through contributions to Domino’s Legacy. This fund provides emergency care to injured or ill ownerless pets.
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