Community Support Program

The Ichi & Luke Legacy Fund provides services to help Lee County community pets that have owners or are reported as strays. The goal of this program is to support the Lee County Animal Shelter with strays that come in with life-threatening medical conditions, as they do not have the means to fund or care for animals with serious emergencies. This fund also aims to help pet owners keep their pets rather than surrendering them to the county shelter by providing basic veterinarian services, such as spay and neuter assistance and vaccinations. Keeping pets with owners who love them not only preserves the human-animal bond, but also helps our animal shelter reserve their limited resources.

How to Get Help

The Ichi & Luke Legacy Fund is available to families that live in Lee County. To be eligible, pet owners must be a Lee County resident experiencing a financial hardship and be willing to spay or neuter their pet to receive services.

The legacy fund can help with the following:

  • Spay/neuter surgery
  • Annual wellness services
  • Flea/tick and heartworm preventatives
  • Pet food/supply pantry
  • Grooming services
  • Access to emergency veterinary care
Ichi and Luke Legacy Fund
Pet owners that qualify must provide proof of residency and proof of income/government assistance. Once the application is approved, we will provide you with an appointment date and location through our sponsored veterinarians. Please note that help will be dependent on funds available. If you receive assistance through this program, but then adopt an additional animal and request assistance again, your application will be denied.


The legacy fund was created to provide a means to support the Lee County community with the ever growing pet population. The fund is named after Ichi, a kitten that was originally helped by Carolina Veterinary Hospital when he came in as a severe medical stray to the Lee County Animal Shelter and the shelter could not help him. He had severe damage to his paws and fractures in his back legs. Carolina Vet volunteered their time and medical services to save him. He then entered Lending Paws A Hand for additional surgery and follow up care. Unfortunately, he passed away due to complications following surgery. The fund is also named after Luke, the very first foster dog affiliated with LPAH. This community support program aims at supporting stray animals in Lee County needing medical attention, reducing pet overpopulation, and keeping pets out of the shelter and in their homes where they belong.

Make a secure gift online. Use any Debit or Credit Card, PayPal, or Venmo.

Send your check by mail. Checks made payable to Lending Paws A Hand can be mailed to: P.O. Box 765, Sanford, NC 27331-0765

Send a payment from your bank. Venmo: @lendingpawsahand
PayPal or Zelle: [email protected]

Please note the Ichi & Luke Legacy Fund with your donation to ensure funds are allocated to the correct program.

Lending Paws A Hand, Inc. (LPAH) is a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of U.S. law.