Press Room: News and Media
Lawrence Humane Society Welcomes Staff Veterinarian
July 3, 2012 – The 4000 stray and homeless animals entering the Lawrence Humane Society each year will now receive prompt medical examinations, on-site surgeries, and emergency veterinary treatment thanks to the addition of
Dr. Jennifer Stone, a veterinarian experienced in shelter medicine, who joined the organization this week.
Pictured left to right: Savannah Pearce and Jen Frazier of the Dogtoberfest Committee present $1,300 checks to Dianne Huggins, Lawrence Community Shelter, and Dori Villalon, Lawrence Humane Society (and her companion, Miss Millie).
Dogtoberfest 2011 raised $2,600 to benefit the Lawrence Humane Society and the Lawrence Community shelter! About 400 people attended the five-hour event, which began with a blessing of the animals and included contests like best kisser, tail wagger, canine karaoke, and trick. See the post-event story at Lawrence Journal-World.
Oh, What a Night!
The 2011 Pawsible Dream Benefit Auction was a wildly successful night for the homeless animals of our community. With beads, masks and cajun fare, the atmosphere was festive and lively – a night that would make Bourbon Street proud. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, from bidders to donors to volunteers, thousands of dollars were raised for the Lawrence Humane Society. Please check back soon for a photo gallery from the event.
Trip to French Quarter Headlines the 2011 Pawsible Dream Auction
The 17th annual Pawsible Dream Benefit Auction, the Lawrence Humane Society's largest fundraiser of the year, will be held Friday, September 30. Press Release
Lawrence Humane Society's 17th Annual Pawsible Dream
6 News Lawrence / Sept. 30, 2011
Shelter Prepares For Facility Repairs,
Needs Short-Term Foster Homes for Dogs
We've got kennel floors to repair, so we're asking you for help by fostering shelter dogs while work is performed to improve the facility. An area that houses dogs will need to remain empty for at least one week beginning September 12 while concrete floors are sanded and re-painted.
If you have a dog, we will match you up with a temporary playmate for him or her. If you don't have a dog, this is a great opportunity to enjoy some canine companionship without a long-term commitment. Read full release, learn how to help
Numbers Show More Pets Matched with Homes
Revised shelter operations and adoption promotions have resulted in increased animal placements and decreased euthanasia at the Lawrence Humane Society.
According to Dori Villalon, executive director of the non-profit organization, a statistical comparison of January-July 2011 versus the same period last year reveals an increased live release rate for both cats (35 percent) and dogs (1.2 percent). During the same period, euthanasia rates dropped by 29% and 50% for cats and dogs, respectively. View press release
More pets matched with homes in Lawrence
6 News Lawrence / August 12, 2011
Photo: K. Anderson/Lawrence Journal-World
Executive Director Search Brings Villalon to Lawrence
The Lawrence Humane Society named Dori Villalon as its executive director following a nationwide search. She has directed animal shelters in San Francisco, Cleveland and Colorado, and most recently was vice president of animal protection for the American Humane Association. Villalon has a bachelor's degree in animal welfare management from Sonoma State University in California.
The complete press release may be viewed online.
Dori Villalon named executive director of Lawrence Humane Society
Lawrence Journal-World / June 29, 2011
Lawrence Humane Society hires new executive director
6 News Lawrence / June 29, 2011
Local News and Media
Volunteers across Lawrence set out to make a difference
Lawrence Journal-World / October 27, 2012
Pets look to connect
Lawrence Journal-World / October 8, 2012
Lawrence man donates casino winnings
6News Lawrence / January 20, 2012
Man accused of shooting cat going to trial
6News Lawrence / December 13, 2011
Trial scheduled for Lawrence man accused of shooting Bullet the cat
Lawrence Journal-World / December 13, 2011
Humane Society director's salary finalized at $70K
Lawrence Journal-World / December 8, 2011
Eudora man pleads no contest to animal cruelty charge, must pay state for care of Shetland pony
Lawrence Journal-World / November 14, 2011
See Also: Plea deal in horse abuse case
6 News Lawrence / November 14, 2011
Contemplating Pet Adoption
Dori Villalon, executive director of the Lawrence Humane Society, appeared in a recent article detailing the financial challenges and commitment level facing people wanting a new pet. Many people often underestimate the costs of owning a pet, resulting in animals being returned to shelters. Prospective adopters need to make sure they are absolutely ready to own a pet, which includes considering many factors beyond basic needs.
Read the article at The University Daily Kansan
The myth of the black cat: Coal-colored kitties aren't bad luck, but they do need your help
Lawrence Journal-World / October 31, 2011
Canines do tricks for treats at Dogtoberfest in South Park
Lawrence Journal-World / Oct. 9, 2011
Dead men donating: Lawrence Zombie Walk raises more than $1,000 for Humane Society, Lawrence Journal-World / Oct. 7, 2011
Lawrence Journal-World photos
Hundreds fill South Park for Dogtober Fest, 6 News Lawrence
Three-legged cat lost in Lawrence
6 News Lawrence / July 27, 2011
Eudora man pleads not guilty to horse abuse
6 News Lawrence / July 11, 2011
New Lawrence Humane Society director responds to allegations from previous job
6 News Lawrence / June 30, 2011
Eudora man in jail on allegations of animal cruelty
6 News Lawrence / June 27, 2011
Lawrence animal shelter needs help, has cat overflow
6 News Lawrence / June 14, 2011
Lawrence man cited for animal cruelty, cat found with gunshot wounds
6 News Lawrence / June 8, 2011
New home sought for stray cat who was trapped and shot twice
Lawrence Journal-World / June 8, 2011
June 11 Update: After becoming famous, Bullet the cat was adopted by a nice family who saw his story in the paper. The father owns a forensics laboratory and could not resist welcoming Bullet into the family as their businesses mascot! After having alteration surgery, this special kitty went to his forever and loving home. A happy ending for one of our many brave and loving felines.
Lawrence Humane Society waiving adoption fees on cats to make room at shelter
Lawrence Journal-World / May 13, 2011
Lawrence Humane Society giving away free cats
6 News Lawrence / May 12, 2011