LEASH, Inc was established in 2015 to improve the life of the animals at Lake County Animal Shelter. The founders, Whitney Luckhart, Lisa Richardson & Michelle Ballings, met and bonded as volunteers at the shelter.
Our first fundraiser was in the fall of 2014. Many of the dogs did not have elevated Kuranda beds to keep them off the cold concrete floors of the kennels. A successful garage sale and community support provided Kuranda beds for ALL of the shelter dogs.
LEASH, Inc was conceived with the purpose to provide a variety of opportunities for individuals to volunteer and to contribute positively to the homeless animals at the shelter.
It is our mission, as an independent non-profit organization, to work in conjunction with the Lake County Animal Shelter, 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.
2020 LEASH Activity
As we all know, 2020 was a challenging year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Volunteer opportunities were limited and beginning in mid-March, 2020, the Lake County Animal Shelter closed to volunteers, which is where LEASH volunteers would spend a considerable amount of time. Because of these limitations, LEASH volunteer hours were significantly reduced. Now that there is a Covid-19 vaccine available, we hope to see increased volunteer activity in 2021. Following are the numbers for 2020: