Improving pets' lives since 1993

Our Story

The Lakefield Animal Welfare Society, founded in 1993, is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing homeless, abandoned, and injured animals in our community and finding adoptive homes for them. With a handful of paid staff, we rely on our caring and experienced volunteers every day. We are a no-kill shelter and work very hard at finding homes for even the most difficult to place animals. We do not believe that euthanasia is an acceptable method of population control but that spay and neuter is the only humane way to combat the problem. LAWS is run strictly on donations, memberships and adoption fees. We do not benefit from any outside government or private sector funding.

We welcome you to visit the shelter during adoption hours or view our pets online.

Our Volunteers

We couldn't do it without our amazing volunteers from the community!

Our Board of Directors

Interested in joining the Board? We are currently recruiting for new Board Directors - for more information visit the Board Recruitment Page.
Questions? Email us at

Marilyn Strain

Jackie Jacobson

Linda Twohey

Isabel Botha

Phyllis Lennox

Courtney MacDonald
Human Resources

Carla Rinaldo

Bruce Whitney
Volunteer / Events Coordinator