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.  

Shelter Hours


11am - 4pm


11am - 4pm


11am - 4pm


11am - 4pm


11am - 4pm

Our mission

HSLWR is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides a safe haven for companion animals in need until a loving, permanent home can be found.

HSLWR primarily serves the East county areas of Manatee and Sarasota but will also extend centrally and West as needed.  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.


Dedicated to working with animals that have behavioural problems so that they become desirable companions in their new homes.

Kindness and respect of animals with special needs and of all ages.

Provide necessary, quality medical care to animals while in our care.

Support and encourage volunteer endeavours in our community.

Develop outreach programs to foster an understanding and caring community.

Enforce stringent adoption policies to ensure a proper home environment for the animal.

Educate our community and adopting families on the responsibilities of animal ownership.


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

Susan Giroux

Cheryl Johnson

Deanna Murchie

Debbie Rubin

Sandra Simpson

Kristy Howland

Chris Legge

Linda Dirk

Andrea Rutskey

JohnTaylor, DVM

Advisory Board

David Nevin Murchie

David Cozzette


Approximately seven years ago, four people with a fierce desire to help save and find homes for the animals in Manatee County, came together and formulated a plan.  They realized that they would need a mission statement, a board of directors and volunteers, just to name a few of their many needs.  Debbie Rubin, one of the original board members, provided the temporary property to house one of their first rescues.  The first of many was quite a big boy!  He was a 150 pound mastiff with one of the sweetest dispositions that ever existed.  Soon, the Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch was providing food, shelter and medical care to six dogs!  A new rescue and shelter organization was born!!!

In order to continue providing for the needs of these animals and welcoming new ones, the directors realized that they needed an avenue to announce their goals and raise necessary funds.  They decided to have a fundraiser and invited as many people as possible.  At this fundraiser, a video was played displaying the life of Honey, who was one of their early rescues.  Honey was a seven year old, pregnant shepherd mix who was going to be put to sleep.  She wasn’t the prettiest thing to look at but her desire to live was quite evident to Fred Meyer, another original board member.  Fred brought her to their makeshift shelter at Debbie’s property and she soon gave birth to 11 puppies!  They were all very large puppies, each weighing approximately 22 pounds at eleven weeks.  They also found a wonderful home for dear sweet Honey.  This story especially touched Mark Gellner, who decided that he was going to donate part of his commercial property to the Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch free of charge!

The Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch is still currently located at Mark Gellner’s commercial property and has since grown by leaps and bounds.  Countless more dogs and cats have been rescued, rehabilitated, and given outstanding homes.  What started as a mere dream in the minds of four people has become an undeniable reality and positive force within the local community.  This reality lives on as the organization continues looking forward to its amazing future.