Owner Surrender

We understand that sometimes situations arise in which you are no longer able to care for you companion animal. LCHS will work with you to the best of our ability to ensure your pet has the best chance possible of finding a forever home.

There are a few things you can do to help this process:

Surrendering your pet to LCHS

Owners who wish to surrender their pet to the Lee County Humane Society should call the shelter first. This will allow us time to prepare for the arrival of your pet. When you come to the shelter you will be required to:

  • Provide veterinarian records
  • Complete a pet information form- remember the more information we have about your pet the better opportunity we can give them for finding a forever home
  • Proof of residence in Auburn or Opelika (power or water bill is acceptable)
The best way to control the population of companion animals in our community is to spay and neuter your pets. Looking for a low-cost spay and neuter facility?

Alabama Animal Alliance, Inc.
5316 Atlanta Highway
Montgomery, Alabama 36109
(334) 239-7387
PAWS Columbus
5734 Windsor Road
Columbus, Georgia 31909
(706) 565-0035

Lost & Found Pets

What Should I Do If I Have Lost My Pet?
If you are looking for a lost pet, please visit the shelter during our normal hours:
Monday 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, and Thursday-Sunday 8:30- 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Please e-mail a picture of the lost animal, location last seen, and contact information to lostandfound@leecountyhumane.org.

What to Bring If You Are Claiming a Lost Pet

  • Your valid driver’s license or government issued photo identification.
  • Proof of ownership: A picture of the pet you are claiming, a description of the animal on a past vet record, or a notarized, written description of the pet that declares that you are the owner.
  • Fees associated with claiming your lost pet
The Lee County Humane Society does not pick up strays.
If you are reporting an animal that is running-at-large please contact your local Animal Control.
• Lee County Animal Control (334) 737-7013
• Auburn Animal Control (334) 501-3090
• Opelika Animal Control (334) 705-5480

Feral Cats

We only accept stray feral cats from within the city limits of Auburn and Opelika. To keep our staff safe, they must be brought into our facility in a squeeze trap. Auburn citizens can contact Auburn Animal Control to borrow a trap.
Citizens can also check with their local veterinarian to see if they have a TNR Program (Trap, Neuter, Release). Citizens can also check with Paws Humane located in Columbus, GA for discount spay/neuter surgeries, they may be reached at 706-565-0035

Lee County Animal Control
• Citizens should contact Lee County Animal Control for pick-up of strays found in Lee County (and outside the city limits of Auburn and Opelika).
• Lee County Animal Control can be reached Mon-Fri 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM at 334-737-7013.
• Alternatively, animals may be dropped off at the Department of Environmental Services located at 100 Orr Avenue, Opelika 36804 Mon-Fri 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM. They request a call ahead of time so that an animal control officer can be there to greet you. Following this policy will help owners find their lost pets.
• For Lee County residents wishing to surrender their pets, Lee County Animal Control accepts owner surrenders Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 AM – 12 PM.
• If you seek additional information about Lee County Animal Control policies, please contact them at 334-737-7013

Reclaim Fees

$40.00 Impound Fee per animal
$15.00 a night per unaltered animal
$10.00 a night per altered animal
*The claim fee is waived for pets who are microchipped, spayed or neutered and claimed within 24 hours.

Helpful Links

ASPCA tips for finding a lost pet


LCHS social media and your lost pet

SNYP Program

The Lee County Spay and Neuter Your Pets (SNYP) program helps members of our community who otherwise cannot afford to have their pets spayed or neutered. This program is financed by the Lee County Commission, Auburn City Council, Opelika City Council and Smiths Station City Council to help prevent pet overpopulation.

How to Apply:

• Go to Animal Heath Center (1520 2nd Ave. in Opelika) or Opelika Animal Hospital (1615 2nd Ave. in Opelika) on Tuesdays or Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. to fill out an application.

• You must be the owner of the pet, be at least 19 years old and provide proof in the following ways:

• Proof of Lee County Residency (examples: utility statement, bank statement, phone/cable bill)

• Driver’s License or Picture ID

• Medicaid Card (NOT Medicare) or proof of total household income of $25,000 or less per year (must provide copy of most recent W2 for everyone in the household, front page of income tax return, or SSI Disability Award letter)

• You must provide proof of rabies vaccination. If you cannot provide proof, you will be required to get it ($12 per pet).

SNYP covers the cost of the surgery. Your pet may need additional services recommended by individual veterinarians. These services are not covered by the SNYP program. Payment is due at the time of services.

For questions call Animal Health Center (334-745-0060) or Opelika Animal Hospital (334-749-2025).