About LCHS

Formed in 1960, the Leon County Humane Society is Tallahassee’s largest life-saving, non-profit animal welfare organization.

With a mission to “Rescue, Rehabilitate, & Educate; Fostering a Kinder Community for People and Their Pets”,  LCHS is dedicated to matching families with homeless pets, advocating for animals in need, and educating the community about responsible pet ownership. Approximately 1,000 animals find their way to LCHS every year through various means including transfer from crowded animal shelters, surrender by owners who can no longer care for their pet, and rescue from cruel and neglectful situations. Once healthy and available for adoption, we do our best to match adoptable pets with informed adopters.

LCHS is a life-saving organization, not an open intake shelter. Therefore, animal intake is limited to provide humane care and socialization for the animals in our program. LCHS works closely with numerous animal shelters as a receiving animal transfer agency. While we do receive some animals as owner surrenders, priority is placed on animals at risk of euthanasia. LCHS also works to find loving adoptive placement for many senior animals and animals with special needs. While LCHS does house adoptable cats and kittens on site, all underage kittens as well as some senior cats reside in foster homes. The LCHS Dog Program is completely foster home based.

LCHS foster parents and volunteers make a huge impact on the lives of animals within the organization. While LCHS is not directly affiliated with any national animal welfare organization, the organization does act as an Emergency Response and Placement Partner with both the Humane Society of the United States and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. This allows LCHS to provide a safe foster environment for some additional animals who’ve fallen victim to cruelty.

At LCHS, we recognize the importance of educating and equipping the community to be the best pet owners possible.  Through humane education lessons in local classrooms to assistance through the LCHS Pet Food Pantry, we seek to encourage a positive relationship between pet owners and the animals in their lives.

LCHS relies on the generosity of others to fulfill our mission to “Rescue, Rehabilitate & Educate; Fostering a Kinder Community for People and Their Pets”.  If you have questions about the Leon County Humane Society, animals in our care, or programs offered, feel free contact us!  

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