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Our story began with four people and a fierce desire to help save homeless animals in Manatee County. The HSLWR's first rescue pup was a 150 pound mastiff housed at a founding Board member's private home and a new rescue and shelter organization was born! Soon, The Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch was providing food, shelter and medical care to six dogs!
We soon realized that we would need more space to grow and our next chapter began in a small, donated commercial space. We spent 7 years in our "little shelter that could" until we out grew that space too!
In 2019, a generous benefactor purchased a house and garage in Myakka City, FL on 5.6 acres of land for us to develop into the state-of-the-art shelter we have today.