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Cruelty Prevention Project launched to help Lake Humane Society investigations

Lake Humane Society has launched the “Cruelty Prevention Project” to raise critical funds for the Humane Investigations Department, including an efficient vehicle, additional equipment, and training.  Lake Humane Society employs the only humane agent in Lake County and responds to all reports of animal cruelty and neglect. 

The full-time humane agent is on the road five days a week, regardless of the weather, protecting and advocating for pets in Lake County.  The need is currently greater than ever.  In 2020, the Humane Investigations Department responded to 42% more reports of animal cruelty and neglect than in previous years, rescuing 254 pets and helping keep many animals in their homes.  The humane agent works to educate pet owners on how to properly care for their animals and provides important resources.  She also connects individuals with LHS’s community support programs, such as Auggie’s Pet Food Pantry and the Low-Cost Wellness Clinic. 

Unlike local police departments and other emergency services, the Humane Investigations Department is funded solely by donations, because Lake Humane Society does not receive any county, state, or federal funding.  Lake Humane Society covers all expenses associated with humane investigations in Lake County, including the humane agent and support staff, including administrative, medical, and animal husbandry staff wages, vehicles, animal supplies, court costs and legal representation.  

The Cruelty Prevention Project has a goal of $50,000.  Lake Humane Society aims to reach this goal by August 31 so there is time to secure a vehicle before the winter weather arrives.  Funds raised will be used to purchase a Subaru Forester, an all-wheel drive humane investigations vehicle. The Humane Investigations Department has been utilizing the same vehicle, a large 2008 panel van, and equipment for over 13 years.  It is critical to purchase an efficient vehicle for day-to-day operations.  The project will also underwrite standard vehicle fuel, maintenance, and insurance.  It will also make it possible for the humane agent to continue her education in safety and protection methods while upgrading old equipment and supplies. 

As a small nonprofit organization, Lake Humane Society seeks community support to ensure the Humane Investigations Department has the current training and equipment necessary to protect abused and neglected animals for years to come.  All gifts made toward the Cruelty Prevention Project will help the humane agent to safely and effectively respond to the nearly 350 calls of suspected animal cruelty or neglect received each year. 

To make a donation, please visit LHS’s Cruelty Prevention Project fundraising page at:

Or you can mail in a donation to the Lake Humane Society at:  

Lake Humane Society 
Attn: Cruelty Prevention Project
7564 Tyler Blvd. Building E
Mentor, OH 44060 

If you have any questions regarding The Cruelty Prevention Project or how to make a donation, please contact Elizabeth Johnson, development associate at [email protected] or 440-951-6122 ext. 108.