Humane Society At Lakewood Ranch Inc
7334 Trade Ct
Sarasota FL 34240
The Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch is a no-kill, not for profit rescue and shelter organization whose goal is to provide a safe haven for companion animals in need until a loving, permanent home can be found.
CEO/Executive Director Lori Bell
Board Chair Deanna Murchie
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Supported Organization Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2010
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Sept 2017
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $207,900.00
Projected Expenses $185,745.00
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement
2014 Accomplishments:
Organized the second annual all volunteer Putts fore Mutts golf tournament and raised over $45,000.00.
Added a community outreach Scavenger Hunt for local children called "Operation Pet Rescue."
HSLWR was the selected charity to benefit from Lakewood Ranch's Music on Main June event. Only 12 charities are selected each year, which grossed us funds of over $10,000 in 3 short hours.
Participated in the  2014 annual Giving Challenge and raised $10,000.
We focused more time and effort in 2014 participating in community events, in order to adopt out more of our animals.  We achieved our goal of improving relations with other shelters in our area by attending their events, such as Canine Christmas, with volunteers and animals.
 Fundraising events for 2014 brought in $ 65,000.
Scheduled regular dog handling sessions for our volunteers and shelter dogs to improve the behavior of our animals by providing consistent handling as prescribed by our volunteer Animal Behaviorist, Cindy Skarda.
2015 Top Goals
Expand our community food bank services by adding a first Friday of every month event at the shelter, increase exposure of the event thru media, newspapers, flyers to local churches and homeless shelters and email blasts.
Continue to increase our fund raising dollars so we can set aside money for our capital campaign, to reach our long term goal of building a state of the art shelter that will provide enough space to accommodate the needs of our community.
 2015 Accomplishments
 Increased our adoption rate 10% over last year.  Trained an additional counselor to work with prospective adopters to find the best possible match for our animals.  Ran a successful 3rd annual Putts fore Mutts golf tournament at the Ritz and saw an increase in revenue over the previous year. Added 25 new volunteers to care for our cats and dogs. Expanded our Outreach programs to include new communities in Lakewood Ranch and several colleges and schools nearby.
2016 Accomplishments
Increased our fundraising events and working in the community by partnering with Duchenne foundation put on by the runners of Lakewood Ranch. The event was and called Doggies for Duchenne and raised $4000.  Continuing with our largest fundraiser golf tournament, Putts Fore Mutts, held at the Ritz in LWR,  we added a tennis tournament in conjunction held at Lakewood Ranch Country Club to this event.  We raised over $36,000.
We partnered with Sea of Strength Academy for the Giving Challenge and raised $33,470.
We continue our community outreach programs to new communities in Lakewood Ranch area and continue to expand our volunteer program.
We also continue to reach out to schools and colleges in the area. 
The partnering with several shelters and veterinarians in the Manatee and Sarasota counties, led to the creation of the Suncoast Coalition, which we all shared a roll in the first animal RAM program.  The program provided spay/neuter vouchers, vaccines, heart worm and flea and tick prevention to those who do not have the means to provide these important services to their animals.  
2017 Goals:
Our biggest goal is to find a new location to help us grow and continue to increase our adoption rates; as well as more outreach programs in the community and surrounding counties. 
2017 Accomplishments:
Raised $1800.00 at Motor Works called Yappy Hour.
Needs Statement

1. $200,000.00 Land for our new shelter
2. $24,000.00  (yearly rent) to move 2nd Chance Boutique (our all volunteer consignment shop) to a better retail location, in order to maximize sales. Note in spite of our poor location, the retail shop generates $...gross sales currently.  All proceeds go to operating the shelter.
3. $10,000.00  Expand our Food Bank Program to a broader area of our county especially poorer neighborhoods and incorporate providing free spay and neuter to those participates. Expenses would include, pet food, spay and neuter costs and advertising.
4. $250.00 heart worm treatment for one dog,  giving this dog a better chance at finding a forever home.
5.  $2,000.00 Read to the Dogs Program.  This program provides opportunities for foster care/low-income children to visit the shelter and read to the dogs.  The program reduces the anxiety of shelter dogs and allows children to build their confidence by reading to non-critical, non-judgemental listeners. 
Background Statement
The Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch was established November of 2010; by a group of local and county residents, who saw a need to provide animal care, education, medical assistance and an adoption center to help reduce the alarming rate of euthanasia of good animals at the county shelters. As the population of Lakewood Ranch continues to grow, our animal services must expand to meet that need.

Our organization is committed to helping reduce the number of healthy animals euthanized in our community.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments The Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch primarily serves the central and east county areas of Manatee and Sarasota.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type Animal Related
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
We at The Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch want to change our community's perception and attitude toward the homeless cat and dog population around us.  We will foster the notion of a "Humane Community."  We will promote the goals of No kill legislation by educating the public specifically on how each one of us can help lessen, and someday, perhaps, all-but eliminate the need for euthanasia. We will sponsor educational programs for young children, with emphasis on kindness to all cats and dogs. We will sponsor an "Outreach" program which identifies those at risk of surrendering their animals due to hard times, so that they may have the means they need to keep their beloved pet in their homes rather than taking them to the county animal services. We view our mission as not just helping animals...we help our people  too.

"The measure of a society can be judged by the way its animals are treated." Gandhi
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
 From the outset, HSLWR has been devoted to the singular goal of saving the lives of all viable cats and dogs in our 2-county area (Sarasota and Manatee). We continue to rededicate ourselves to the Manatee county "No Kill" philosophy and movement. HSLWR will do everything in its power to ensure that Manatee and Sarasota Animal Services are successful, while we more vigorously promote our own brand and organization.
Description The Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch is a no-kill, not for profit rescue and shelter organization, whose goal is to save and find homes for at risk animals with emphasis on those targeted for euthanasia. The Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch is a partner in the No Kill Manatee County program. Our goal is to transfer dogs and cats from local county shelters and owner surrenders. As a partner we work collaboratively with other organizations to assist Manatee County with their goal of becoming a No Kill community.
Budget $20,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified Families Adults
Short Term Success In 2012 127 dogs and cats were adopted into forever homes, some with special needs and behavior issues.
Long Term Success We have helped find homes for many pets, rescuing most of them from the county shelter.
Program Success Monitoring Increasing the amount of adoptions from the previous year
Program Success Examples In 2012, 127 pets were adopted to loving homes. Some of these pets came into the shelter needing medical treatment, training, and overall care to get them ready for adoption.
Description The Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch's Food Bank Program is possible due to donations from the public and through pet food drives. This service is offered to any pet owner having financial hardship in order to help them keep their pet. We also encourage spaying and neutering to reduce the number of unwanted pets.
Budget $1,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Ownership
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families General/Unspecified General/Unspecified
Short Term Success The Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch was able to provide food to over 100 families
Long Term Success The HSLWR has assisted with keeping many pets out of shelters and assisted many families with seeking spay and neuter assistance.
Program Success Monitoring With the food bank available people are able to keep their animals.
Program Success Examples Pets from people who received assistance from the Food Bank were less likely to surrender their pet to a shelter. Those who received assistance with spaying and neutering,as a result, were not contributing to the unwanted pet problem
Description Volunteers play an important role to the overall success of the Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch. Volunteers are an army of compassionate, dedicated people, who give of themselves for the welfare of all pets in the shelter. We have over 100 volunteers who walk dogs, clean cages and kennels, cuddle cats, attend off site adoption events, and provide adoption counseling and assisting with daily operations.
Budget $500
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified Adults Adults
Short Term Success Volunteers are important because they are passionate to the mission of our organization. Volunteers are necessary for our overall success with finding forever homes for our once homeless pets and their necessary care.
Long Term Success Volunteers counseled potential pet families to find the right pet for their family while making sure the adopter was providing a lifelong commitment.
Program Success Monitoring Our volunteer Coordinator monitors the scheduling of all volunteers in every different capacity to ensure a smooth and efficient operation.
Program Success Examples Our volunteer program always has volunteers interested in working to fulfill the HSLWR's mission. We continue to recruit volunteers and gain new candidates.
Description Expanding our community education through talks at various colleges, schools, residential communities, business and service groups. Also increasing our Read to the Dogs Program and other shelter based events. Our focus is to bring awareness to the overpopulation of homeless animals in our own backyard and the necessity for spay/neuter programs. These outreach programs bring us volunteers, potential adopters and most importantly gets our message out to all age groups in our community..
Budget $1,500
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Adults Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success
Participants gain a greater understanding of the animal homelessness in our own community and consider adoption over purchasing pets in the future. More pets are spayed/neutered and we have gained many volunteers from this program. Children who may not have experience with a pet have gained a new perspective of kindness towards all animals.  
Read to the dogs program is another means of reaching the children and young adolescents age group.
Long Term Success Education and awareness are the key to lowering the homeless statistics, as we continue to educate youngsters and adults alike, they will be more likely to rescue and spay/ neuter their own pets. 
Program Success Monitoring We measure the success by the number of new volunteers and supporters we have received from these events. Because of the success of our collaboration with Sea of Strength Academy, we will continue to nurture that relationship, working with new grades every year.
Program Success Examples
Thru this program we have gained close to 25 volunteers who help us walk, feed and care for our dogs and cats.
Program Comments by Organization HSLWR occupies space that has been generously loaned to us.  The owner now needs to reoccupy the space.  We have approximately six months to find a permanent home so that we can continue to rescue, then re-home our cats and dogs.  We have undertaken an aggressive search for the additional funds needed to provide that permanent home so that there is never a break in our services. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Lori Bell
CEO Term Start Mar 2013
CEO/Executive Director Email
Experience I found my passion for animals more than 16years ago, beginning my career working in a veterinarian's office, focusing on the health of pets and being compassionate to their needs. I then found working for the local county shelter very gratifying, where I was committed to help save as many of the thousands of homeless pets that entered the shelter as I could.
Finally, finding my way to the Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch. Here I am able to focus this heartfelt compassion and commitment by transferring these homeless pets from the shelter, placing them into their final forever homes.
Lori Bell, Shelter Manger
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 124
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
We include other rescues at all our events.

We are collaborating with Manatee Animal Services to support the No Kill policy. We get the majority of our animals from Manatee Animal Services.
We along with several local shelters are collectively sponsoring a one day health clinic for those in need on Nov 7, 2016.  The goal is to provide a healthy vet check which includes vaccinations, tag registration and micro chipping along with spay and neuter vouchers for  up to 500 needy families. This is a first time event which we hope to make an annual event to help those families in our community who cannot afford a vet visit.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Other Documents
Board Chair
Board Chair Deanna Murchie
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Ms Rebekah Boos Community Volunteer
Mr David Cozzette Cozzette Accounting
Mrs. Linda Dirk N/A
Mrs Susan Giroux Community Volunteer
Mrs Cheryl Johnson Retired
Mrs Chris Legge Retired
Mrs Deanna Murchie Community Volunteer
Mr Nevin Murchie Murchie Law
Mrs Deborah Rubin Community Volunteer
Mrs. Andrea Rutsky N/A
Mrs Sandra Simpson Community Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Meeting Attendance % 87
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Governance Comments by Organization The growth of central and east areas in both Sarasota and Manatee counties presents many current and future challenges for pets and pet owners. Currently there is not a high volume state of the art facility that can provide a myriad of needed programs for a regional animal rescue shelter. HSLWR will build a facility that will offer rescue, care and adoption programs that adhere to the highest standards and provide needed community services. Current shelters in both counties are located on small land locked parcels with old and outdated facilities. This will not allow for growth that continues to come to the east county areas and for extensive projected growth. HSLWR will continue to be a major support for the 'No Kill Manatee' county program. But no kill can only succeed if there is high volume adoptions and extensive spay/neuter programs. There are no programs like these that can save lives, and we are determined to save as many animals as possible, ensure their health and find them permanent homes.

It is time for this type of facility and it needs to be built sooner then later. It is a community wide endeavor needing love, compassion, commitment and funding. A true partnership committed to life.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $207,900.00
Projected Expenses $185,745.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
990 20152015
990 20142014
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$34,900$33,599$25,660
Administration Expense$93,506$90,817$84,717
Fundraising Expense$15,567$12,871$23,262
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.370.991.10
Program Expense/Total Expenses24%24%19%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue18%25%35%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$201,304$39,597$0
Current Assets$201,304$39,597$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$201,304$39,597$40,387
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther Program Service Revenue $102,875Adoption Fees and Other Program Service Income $84,293Other Revenue $74,317
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $85,679Fundraising $52,206Fundraising $67,168
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAdoption Fees $8,9130 $0Adoption Fees $6,022
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization Our biggest future challenge will be to identify donors with like minded ness of animal welfare; and bring them into partnership with us to achieve the building of a new state of the art facility.

We anticipate great community support for this new facility along with foundation endowments and grant opportunities. Community partners and donors are critical to our success and saving more lives.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990. Contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Humane Society At Lakewood Ranch Inc
Address 7334 Trade Ct
Sarasota, FL 34202
Phone 941 361-1071