About us

  The Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch, (HSLWR) located in Lakewood Ranch, FL is a 501(c)3 non-profit animal rescue and shelter organization that provides assistance and care for at-risk animals in Manatee and Sarasota counties. HSLWR will help to rescue and save thousands of animals in the coming years and assist their new adopted families/owners in being responsible and caring for them. HSLWR is committed to helping its communities become No Kill, where all adoptable animals find a home.  

Shelter Hours


11am - 4pm


11am - 4pm


11am - 4pm


11am - 4pm


11am - 4pm

Our mission

HSLWR is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that offers a safe environment and shelter for companion animals including medical care, vaccinations and micro-chipping.  Animals will stay with us as long as it takes to find them a new home.

HSLWR primarily serves the East county areas of Manatee and Sarasota but will also extend centrally and West as needed. We provide outreach education and programs to extend the no-kill philosophy to surrounding areas, to municipal animal services where high euthanasia rates exist, and are ardent stewards and protectors for the animals. We will always do our best to help owners and animals that come to us from anywhere. A dog or cat has no idea where it came from or lives, just that it wants to live. We accept that and reach out to help all that we can.

Our vision is to be recognized as the regional leader in animal welfare through quality care, humane education and financial stewardship.
We respect all animals, owners, and caretakers.
We find suitable permanent homes for our animals.
We provide quality medical care to our animals.

We educate owners and the community on the importance and responsibilities of animal ownership.
We uphold the no-kill philosophy in all we do.


Shelter Manager-Lori Bell


I have lived in Bradenton for 25 years, moving here from Georgia. I am married to Kris, have three wonderful children, Jenna, Lindsey and Trent, along with seven grandchildren ( four are quadruplets).  I have worked with dogs and cats for over 17 years as a veterinary assistant or supervisor. My passion is working with homeless animals and helping them find their forever home. My hobbies include horseback riding, fishing and camping.  I  joined the dedicated team at the Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch in March of 2013 where it is a pleasure to be part of such a wonderful organization.

Board Members

Rebekah Boos

Susan Giroux

Cheryl Johnson

Deanna Murchie

Debbie Rubin

Sandra Simpson

Kristy Howland

Chris Legge