Empty the Shelters

We at LCHS are happy to announce our participation in Bissell's Empty the Shelters Holiday Hope Event! Our adoption fees will be reduced to $5 for altered pets and $55 for unaltered pets from Wednesday, December 9th to Saturday, December 12. We are thankful for Bissell's initiatives that help homeless companion animals nationwide to find loving forever homes.

How to Adopt From LCHS

The Lee County Humane Society is still operating on an appointment-only basis at this time. The first step in the adoption process is to fill out an adoption application on our website. Depending on how busy we are, it takes 24 to 48 hours to process your application. When an application is approved, we will email the applicant to notify them. Once you receive confirmation that your application has been approved, you may call us at 334-821-3222 or email us at to set up an appointment to meet the pet or pets of your choice. Please note that if you wish to meet pets in foster care, we can only arrange to meet one or two pets in foster at one time unless they live in the same foster home.

Adopting During the Holidays

For potential adopters working from home and those who will have more vacation time during the holiday season, it can be the perfect time to adopt a kitty or pup and help them to become acclimated to their new home.

The Rule of Threes for Adoptable Pets is always worth mentioning, and both cats and dogs take time to adjust to a new home. Adopted animals take around three days to decompress. During this time, the new surroundings may be overwhelming, who may show signs of high stress and inhibited behavior.

They take approximately three days to learn your routine. The pet is still trying to figure out boundaries and its place in the family but feels more secure. As a result of that security and any lingering uncertainty, the pet may start to show more positive behaviors, such as cuddliness and playfulness. The pet may also begin to exhibit behavioral problems. They'll need their family's consistent guidance to continue settling in and learn what behaviors are desired versus problematic behaviors.