• Lake City Humane Society Provides Animal Control And Pet Adoptions For Columbia County, Florida -|- 1392 Shelter Glen, Lake City, FL 32055 -|- Call 386-752-3191 -|- Click to E-mail

  • Lake City Humane Society, a private nonprofit organization, was formed in late 1964 to address animal welfare issues in our community. There was no animal shelter, and little attention was paid to the hundreds, if not thousands of animals that were picked up off the streets and killed if no one came to claim them. One city employee – the “dog catcher” was hired to catch and dispose of stray and unclaimed dogs in our area.

    In early 1980’s Margaret Smith and a group of advocate volunteers came together to plan, build and operate a humane shelter for animals, where the health and well-being of the animals were foremost considerations. The original Lake City Animal Shelter was completed in 1982. It was then that Lake City & Columbia County contracted with the Lake City Humane Society to house strays, receive animals from owners who could not keep their pets and perform cruelty investigations and other animal control services for the city and county.

    Very quickly the Humane Society outgrew its shelter and negotiated a long-term lease on city-owned property adjacent to the shelter. With grants from the American Humane Association, private trusts and foundations, and individual donations, a second building was completed in 1997.

    Today, in modest facilities, the Humane Society shelters more than 8,000 animals each year, re-connects pets with their owners, chooses as many adoptable pets from the animals brought in through the Animal Control Division and has a Rescue Coordinator placing as many homeless pets with our rescue partners as she can. Located at 1392 NW Shelter Glen, behind the Challenge Learning Center, the Margaret Smith Adoption and Education Center of the Lake City Humane Society houses many different companion animals, all available for adoption into a new forever home. We offer many services including low cost spay/neuter voucher program called Our Spay/Neuter Assistance Program (OSNAP).

  • The Lake City Humane Society, a private nonprofit organization, was formed in late 1964 to address animal welfare issues in our community.  There was no animal shelter, and little attention was paid to the hundreds, if not thousands of animals that were picked up off the streets and killed if no one came to claim them.  In the early 1980’s a group of advocate volunteers came together to plan, build and operate a humane shelter for companion animals, where the health and well-being of the animals was foremost. The original shelter was completed in 1982, and the Lake City Humane Society was contracted by Columbia County to begin performing animal services county-wide, that same year. With grants from the American Humane Association, private trusts and foundations, and individual donations, a second building was completed in 1997.

    Today, in modest facilities, the Lake City Humane Society shelters more than 4,000 animals each year. Our partnerships with the Petco Foundation, Best Friends Animal Society, Florida Animal Friends, PetSmart Charities, First Coast No More Homeless Pets, countless rescue organizations throughout the state of Florida, and our local veterinary partners, have assisted us with grants, low cost veterinary care, Mega and Super Adoption events, and rescue transfers out of Columbia County. Pulling out all stops, and exploring every life-saving avenue has reduced our shelter’s euthanasia rate from 65% in 2014, to 11% for the first quarter of 2016.

    The Lake City Humane Society offers volunteering opportunities for people of all ages, background, and skill set. Not sure how you can help? Ask us! You’d be surprised at how many different ways that we need you. We also have dogs, puppies, cats and kittens in a rainbow of colors and a variety of breeds and ages available to foster and to adopt. Love the animals, but not quite ready to foster or adopt? Come walk a dog on your lunch break, or sit in our colony room for a purrrrfect therapy session. We promise, you will feel the weight of the world lift from your shoulders, as only the companionship of a dog or cat can provide.

    We depend most heavily on our individual friends and supporters to continue our good work. While our grants are specific, the day-to-day operations are not possible without donations from the community. We have many different ways to donate including regular payroll deduction, PayPal or direct pay from your bank. Of course, we accept donations the good old fashioned way, too – cash or check! Food for thought . . . $1 a day will sponsor four dogs a year, and the price of a Starbucks coffee each day saves twenty lives each year! A little bit will go a long way, when a community comes together to commit to ending the killing of healthy, friendly animals.

    The Lake City Humane Society recognizes that the only way to No Kill is No Birth. We focus heavily on sterilization in every grant we seek, in communicating with the public, in our visits to schools and at community speaking engagements. Future goals include opening a low cost veterinary clinic for the citizens of Columbia county and surrounding areas, with high volume spay/neuter as the primary function. We welcome business professionals and community leaders to contact us about helping with this desperately-needed and important community project.

    Please see our updated shelter statistics here: