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We’ve all experienced defining moments in our lives, times when one little thing changes our course and direction. In this case it was a little dog now named Copper that had such a moment. Copper was found lying on the side of the road. She was unresponsive and the person who found her wasn’t even […]

Susan Giroux’s (board member) niece adopted a dog from us (Coleen) now Lilly, last March. She is a 2nd grade teacher in Iowa and did a wonderful behavior incentive program with her students. When the children are on their best behavior they earn a dog treat to put in the jar. When the jar is […]

“Higgins” Success Story

He came to our shelter scared of so many things with buckshot wounds on his legs. We named him Higgins and although he was incredibly sweet, the fear in his eyes told of the life he’d been subjected to. Our volunteers would hug him after taking him for a walk to reassure him that there […]


And that’s exactly what you feel when you look at Sawyer!  This little soul was found wandering, lost and alone. He was very thin, afraid and obviously homeless. He sat waiting for five days for someone to claim him, but no one ever did. Luckily for Sawyer, our shelter manager took one look at him and […]

Our favorite “Dog Whisperess” Cindy Skarda

Check out this article on our very own “Dog Whisperess” Cindy Skarda and how she helps train shelter volunteers.

A Hero Saves The Day!

It was a day like any other, an ordinary day with a seemingly ordinary routine. But soon something changed. Faint sounds were heard, sounds that begged investigation. As he drew near, the sounds got louder and he recognized them for what they were, cries of desperation and fear. Cries coming from three little kittens trapped in a […]

Why we do what we do…

An animals capacity to love never ceases to amaze us. Despite what they have been through, they are still willing to open their hearts and trust again. This month, one such animal has touched our lives. Raylon came to shelter as a stray. He was found wandering, alone and with a nasty infection. The infection […]


AND THE AWARD GOES TO… Meet Magnum, a three year old Catahoula Leopard dog mix and the first Canine Good Citizen of the Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch! Bright Futures is the brainchild of dog trainer and volunteer Cindy Skarda. Cindy teaches other volunteers like Elizabeth Lynne (pictured below with Magnum), how to train the shelter dogs. This program allows the […]


FRIGHTENED, ABANDONED AND ALONE… So many innocent animals end up this way and that’s how these little ones started their life. Some kind soul found four black and white kittens under a bush, all alone, no mother to be found. These tiny balls of fur were thought to be approximately five weeks old. With tender […]


FROM TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH The call came in on a warm February afternoon. Manatee County Animal Services had just raided an animal “sanctuary” and needed immediate help. The scene was overwhelming, almost 300 animals had been seized, but one little dapple Dachshund stood out. His eyes were distant and sad. He was obviously afraid and […]