Why LCHS, Inc.?
LCHS, Inc. was restarted to overcome the lack of animal care and control services for residents in much of Leavenworth County. LCHS, Inc. is working to build and operate a state-of-the-art, 21st century no-kill pet animal shelter to serve all Leavenworth County residents.
Who does LCHS, Inc. serve?
Our main focus is helping people and pets in those areas currently underserved by existing Animal Care and Control sheltering and services – Basehor, Easton, Lansing, 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. If residents want the policies at Leavenworth AC to change, those citizens of Leavenworth need to demand that of their elected representatives.
What is LCHS, Inc.’s relationship with LAWS and HOPE, Inc.?
LCHS, Inc. supports the goals and efforts of Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society and HOPE, Inc. We have much in common. We all want to help pet animals.
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, 21st century no-kill pet 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, with an Executive Director responsible for day-to-day operations.
What animals does LCHS, Inc. take in?
LCHS, Inc. may intake found or stray animals and those relinquished by an owner. Owners can include individuals, a veterinary clinic, or a shelter or rescue. As a managed admission shelter, priority is to found pets in those cities who have a contract with us, and found pets outside city limits in Leavenworth County. Owner surrenders are scheduled as space allows.
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 / 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?
We LOVE face-to-face conversation based adoptions! We do also take applications that help us match pets with adopters. We strive to place animals only after they are fully vaccinated, spayed/neutered, and microchipped. Adoption fees allow LCHS, Inc. to help other animals in the future. Our adoption fees are comparable to the regular 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 under the supervision of a parent or guardian. Since LCHS, Inc. is overwhelmingly staffed by volunteers, there are many opportunities to serve.
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 Office, 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.