Dr. D'Ara Klein, DVM, Director

Ben Boylston, Director

Grant Watson, Director

Sarah Thielen, Treasurer

Meet the Team

The Board

About Us: Our Mission

Whitney Luckhart, President

​        Whitney has been an animal lover all her life, and her experience volunteering at the County animal shelter inspired the formation of L.E.A.S.H., inc. As a Lake County native, she believes that the sheltered animals deserve a system that offers support, love, compassion and care, and a shelter the citizens can be proud of. Recognizing the challenges the shelter system faces, it became clear that in order to make a real difference in the lives of the animals, the community would need to pull together and offer support.  

​        Whitney shares her home with an ever-changing variety of foster dogs, cats and kittens, as well as the pets she shares with her husband. They are the proud parents of four dogs: Linus, Eleanor, Ethel, & Henrietta, and three cats:  Herbert, Olivia, & Wilson.

Lisa Richardson, Vice President

       Lisa has lived in Central Florida for most of her life, and has been an animal lover for as long as she can remember. Lisa considers pets a part of her family. She and her husband, Wayne, currently share their home with two fur babies, Cricket and Princess. 

        Lisa is an active volunteer and foster at the County shelter, and is committed to the L.E.A.S.H., inc. mission. She is a strong advocate for pet adoption, spay/neuter, and responsible pet ownership.

Michelle Ballings, Director

        Michelle was born and raised in Orlando, and now resides in rural Apopka, She has loved and cared for animals of various shapes and sizes all of her life. Retirement has afforded her the opportunity to fulfill her lifelong dream of being involved with shelter animals. She has become an active volunteer and foster at the County animal shelter, alongside Lisa and Whitney. 

       Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, and caring for her numerous pets.

It is our mission, as an independent non-profit organization, to work in conjunction with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services, other local shelters, and animal advocacy groups to enhance the quality of life and shelter living conditions for shelter animals and to improve the prospect of these animals transitioning to a forever home. In working together, we will increase the rate of live release, decrease the shelter animals’ length of stay, and provide a more pleasant experience for the animals entrusted to the care of the shelter. 

​​ We will realize this goal through charitable fund-raising, community outreach, volunteer and foster recruitment, medical sponsorships, and promotion of adoption. L.E.A.S.H., Inc. encourages compassion, enrichment, and care for shelter animals in our community.