Coronavirus and Your Pets

Updated: Sep 16, 2020

When COVID-19 first became prevalent, adopters came flocking to our campus, excited for the opportunity to spend ample time with a new fur baby while they worked from home.  We were thrilled to see so many companion pets go to loving homes and saw a silver lining in the midst of the beginnings of much uncertainty.  Then April hit and roughly 60% of those adoptions came back to us through animal services.  Why?  Well, that’s about the time new stories started reporting that dogs and cats could ‘catch’ COVID-19 and sent owners in a panic.

Since then, our campus has remained largely at capacity with adoptions down by almost half in the months that followed and still to this day.  We split our capacity county into two categories: adoption and animal services.  Our adoption capacity is twenty dogs and twenty cats whereas our animal services capacity is forty dogs and forty-five cats.

This bring our total animals in facility to 60 dogs and 65 cats at any point in time. 

COVID-19 Facts

According to the CDC, research on animals contracting COVID-19 is limited.  However, research shows that animals infecting humans is rare.  The CDC reports, “… there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus…”  Dogs, cats and other animals are able to contract the virus through direct contact with humans already infected with COVID-19.

We support precautious efforts and encourage you to visit the CDC’s COVID-19 Pets and Animals FAQ page.

Our Response to COVID-19

Lake City Humane Society is dedicated to maintaining safety for all of our companion animals and their new families.  We ask that you not schedule an appointment, or call to reschedule, if you are experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms, are waiting test results or are within your 14-day quarantine.  In addition to regularly scheduled cleanings of public areas, kennels and such, we have mandated: 

  • The Adoption Center is now by appointment only – allowing 1 family in the center at a time.

  • Clinic Services are drop off only, with techs coming to your vehicle.

Following CDC guidelines, we require face masks within the buildings and have hand sanitizer readily available.  If you have any questions or concerns, you are encouraged to give us a call!

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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.