Interested in Fostering?

Saving Lives. One Foster at a Time.

LCHS Animal Services intakes approximately 5,000 homeless animals every year. With kennel space being limited, we rely heavily on citizens to open their hearts and homes to these animals, providing them love and shelter while they wait for their "forever homes. There are two kinds of Fostering, “Fostering to Adopt” and “Foster Caregiver.”  For both programs, there are a number of resources to help you through the process.  Feel free to give the Adoption Center a call to speak with our foster coordinator. 

Foster to Adopt

Since we require that every animal we adopt is spay or neutered before completing the process, we have a program that is called Foster to Adopt. In this scenario, we will allow the prospective adopters to take their new fur friend home to be loved while they await their spay/neuter appointment. After the appointment is complete, the new owners may then complete the adoption application.

Foster to Adopt is only available to Columbia County residents.

Foster Caregiver

These are the special individuals who open their homes to fur friends who need a soft, quiet space to land while they wait to find their furever home. We like to think of these families as best friends who are helping the companion animals find their families. A Foster Caregiver can expect to have their fur friend for a few weeks to a few months. 

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About Us

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.

Contact Us

Lake City Humane Society Provides Animal Services and Pet Adoptions for Columbia County, Florida

1392 NW Shelter Glen

Lake City, FL 32055

Phone: 386-752-3191


Hours of Operation:


Animal Services

Monday-Friday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Adoption Center:

Tuesday - Friday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Tuesday - Friday:

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Every Other Saturday:

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Phone: 386-401-1063


© 2020 by Lake City Humane Society. All Rights Reserved Worldwide

A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll-free within the state. registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.

Consumer Services Division: 

Address: 200 E Gaines St, Tallahassee, FL 32399

Phone: (850) 413-3130

Lake city humane society  is a tax-exempt 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.