Leon County Humane Society
413 Timberlane Rd
Tallahassee FL 32312
Contact Information
Address 413 Timberlane Rd
Tallahassee, FL 32312
Telephone (850) 224-9193
Fax 850 224-5209
E-mail info@LCHS.info
Web and Social Media
Donate Directly to this Organization http://www.lchs.info/donate/
Donate to this Orgs Endowment Fund at Community Foundation http://www.cfnf.org/index.cfm?p=ways-to-give
At A Glance
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 59-6138275
Year of Incorporation 1962
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $435,000.00
Projected Expenses $400,000.00
Mission Statement

As the oldest and largest animal rescue organization in the greater Tallahassee area, the Leon County Humane Society (LCHS) is dedicated to improving the lives of pets and people in our community. Our important programs help to relieve animal suffering, prevent animal cruelty, eliminate overpopulation of animals, promote humane education and enhance the human/animal bond.

Needs Statement

1. Our Animal Medical Fund is at the essence of our mission as it pays for the medical care required to prepare a dog or cat for adoption, including testing, vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, heartworm prevention and nutritious food. Nearly 9,000 animals end up at our city shelter each year and we try to pull as many of those good dogs and cats as possible and place them in forever homes. But, we can only help as many as our resources allow. On average, it costs us $125 to have an animal fully vetted. Depending on the length of stay in our program or any specialty care needed, we can spend hundreds of dollars on an animal. Donations to our Animal Medical Fund will help to off-set these additional expenses to save lives.


2. If you have room in your heart and your home and you want to help save lives, please consider becoming a temporary foster parent. The LCHS Foster Program is your chance to make a difference in the life of a companion animal. Although we place hundreds of animals every year, we turn down many more because of lack of space. The more foster homes we have, the more animals we can save.

3. Donations to our Building Improvement Fund or donated Contractor services would be greatly appreciated as we have begun to outgrow our space at 413 Timberlane Road. We need to reconfigure work space and add on more life-saving space for our animals. Long-term we are also looking at the benefits of establishing a new location, so would appreciate any donated property or architectural services. For immediate improvements, we need to replace the 27 year-old roof, pressure wash & stain the exterior siding, paint the interior walls, rebuild our back deck, grate and refill our gravel driveway.

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Impact Statement
Formed in 1960, the Leon County Humane Society (LCHS) has been a trusted voice for people and their pets. LCHS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, private organization, supported by individuals and businesses in our community. We also form strong partnerships with other animal service organizations and animal welfare alliances. We are Tallahassee's largest no-kill, animal welfare organization dedicated to saving homeless pets through programs like Spay/Neuter, Rescue Ride and Friends Fur Life.
Leon County Humane Society is a “limited intake” shelter. We work closely with other animal welfare agencies in the community and transfer animals in from other shelters that euthanize for space, including the Tallahassee Leon Community Animal Services Center (City Shelter). We do not take animals in from the public. Unless there are severe medical or behavioral issues that develop affecting quality of life or safety, once an animal is accepted into our foster and adoption program, a cat or dog will stay with us until they find their forever home. Some highlights from 2012 include:

·        We cared for nearly 800 animals. 527 were adopted through our foster program and an additional 267 were transferred to other no-kill facilities throughout Florida.

·        We provided 40 spay/neuter surgeries for domestic cats and assisted with distributing hundreds of low-cost vouchers to families in need in our community.

·        The Fifth Annual Friends Fur Life event resulted in over 3,000 pounds of food being distributed to seniors in need. Volunteers delivered food and other pet supplies to over 70 senior citizens and 250 pets in four counties. 

·        Our volunteers donated nearly 7,000 hours of service!

Background Statement

Established in 1960, the Leon County Humane Society is the oldest and largest animal rescue organization in the greater Tallahassee area, with a 53 year history of improving the lives of pets and people in Florida’s capital city. Our dedicated Volunteers, Foster Parents, Staff, Board of Directors, Advisory Council, and Members work tirelessly on educating the community about responsible pet ownership, adopting rather than purchasing pets from pet stores and breeders, the importance of spaying & neutering, and treating animals with respect.

For the past five decades, LCHS has provided a variety of services that help to create a more compassionate community. Listed below are the historical benchmarks for our organization.

      1960 - 1971: Getting Established
     Our first decade was spent establishing the organization as a viable, effective animal advocacy organization, and evaluating the local and state situation to determine the status and needs of the animals.

      1972 - 1996: The Shelter Years

     During the second period, the City of Tallahassee contracted with the Leon County Humane Society to operate the animal shelter, providing care and adoption services for thousands of animals every year.

      1996 to 2011: The Redefining Years

     The third phase began when the City of Tallahassee opened the new Animal Service Center and operated it as a city department. At that point in time, the Leon County Humane Society redefined its direction and activities. It continued as an effective animal advocacy organization focusing on rescue, foster care, adoptions, spay/neuter outreach and humane education programs.

      2012 to present: The Partnership Years

     Community partnerships and collaborative efforts have been a mainstay in LCHS’ strong history. In 2011, Tallahassee was selected as an ASCPA Community Partner. In 2012, the initial partnership began, which blends the cooperation of LCHS, Be The Solution,Tallahassee Leon Community Animal Services, and Leon County Animal Control. These community partnerships will continue to make progress for the animals in 2012 and beyond.

Service Categories
Animal Protection & Welfare
Areas of Service
Areas Served
The Leon County Humane Society serves the Tallahassee area and neighboring counties throughout the Big Bend Community including Jefferson, Gadsden, Franklin and Wakulla counties.
Board Chair Statement

Throughout my years of volunteering with LCHS, I have seen firsthand the impact we have on the lives of pets and their people. As of late, we have served more than 1,500 animals and hundreds of people, whether through our robust foster and adoption program, our Friends Fur Life food and supply drive for seniors in need, our Rescue Ride life-saving transport initiative, or assisting with underwriting spay/neuter surgeries to prevent future pet overpopulation.


LCHS is committed to reducing the euthanasia of healthy adoptable pets in our community. We have made great strides over the last 50+ years, but we can still do more. Our dedicated staff and volunteers have the know-how to save more animals than ever before, they just need the resources.


I have been impressed with the success stories of LCHS and the impact we have had in the Big Bend area. I invite you to learn more about our life-saving work and join us in whatever capacity suits you best.




Cindi Own Briley

President, Board of Directors

Our Foster and Adoption program is the Leon County Humane Society’s most extensive program. It lies at the very heart of our rescue mission. At any given time more than 125 dogs, cats and other small animals are in our Foster Program. It’s also one of the largest humane foster care programs throughout the State of Florida.
LCHS is a “no kill” organization, and rescues animals from area shelters, cruelty cases, and neglect & abandonment situations, and places them in temporary foster homes until they are adopted. The animals receive needed vaccinations, testing, medicine, any necessary surgery & treatment, and spay or neuter surgery. In addition to the full veterinary care, the foster animals also receive training, socialization and lots of love. 
Some LCHS animals were once beloved pets who lost their homes due to a family crisis. For others, the foster family provides their first experience in a caring, nurturing home. Living in the foster home environment allows the animal to relax and reveal his or her true personality, helping the foster families to provide adopters with important insights into the personality of the pet. The foster family’s knowledge is invaluable in helping to match them with permanent homes through our adoption program.

More than 40% of our rescued animals are purebred puppies, dogs, cats & kittens. They are promoted on the LCHS website, Facebook Page, in our weekly e-letter, at monthly adoption booths/events, and at our office on Timberlane Rd. The adoption procedure is an easy 3-step process. Interested families fill out an application/questionnaire. Then they schedule a meet & greet session with the Foster Parents. If all goes well, the adopters sign and complete paperwork, pay the adoption fee and the pet goes to its forever home.

LCHS is proud to offer our “Pets for Seniors” program. Thich helps to place pets in the homes of persons aged 60 and older, by offering a reduced adoption fee for cats and dogs. 

Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Population Served Adults, Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, General/Unspecified
Short Term Success

The Leon County Humane Society’s Volunteers & Foster Parents are the heroes of our organization. Twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, they are on the front lines of our animal rescue mission – lovingly caring for animals who would not have a chance without them. By increasing the recruitment and training of our Volunteers & Foster Parents, LCHS has been able to increase the number of animals rescued & adopted in our community.

We’re proud of our work and our efforts in using technology to better advance our organization’s mission. Our re-designed website, Facebook Page, Twitter account, weekly e-letters, social media, and internal database management allow for greater innovation in helping animals.

Long term Success

LCHS’ Foster Care & Adoption Programs successfully save lives, by reducing the number of unwanted and homeless animals ending up in the City’s Animal Shelter. The long-range goal for LCHS and humane societies nationwide is to see a time in the near future where animals no longer have to be euthanized due to pet over-population. 

Program Success Monitored By

LCHS’ programs are monitored for increases in the number of rescued animals coming into our program, the quality of care the animals receive,  increases in promotions that would raise awareness of our adoptive animals, and increases in the number of volunteers and foster parents who serve the organization.

Examples of Program Success

In 2013, LCHS was able to take in 267 dogs and 277 cats for a total of 544 animals into the Foster & Adoption Program. A total of 493 animals (222 dogs and 271 cats) were successfully placed into adoption homes.

Spaying and neutering of pets is one critical solution to the serious problem of pet overpopulation. In this country, 575 pets are euthanized every hour because there simply are not enough homes. To help reduce the number of animals being euthanized in our community, LCHS promotes spay and neuter efforts via educational programs and printed materials. LCHS also provides free and reduced-cost spay/neuter vouchers through a variety of special grant programs. We work in partnership with more than 40 local veterinary clinics to provide these important discounted services to our community.
“An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure”, and for spay/neuter initiatives, prevention directly correlates to saving animals’ lives. Every animal rescued and adopted through the LCHS is spayed/neutered, and throughout the past five years, we have coordinated grant programs that have distributed and seen the completion of more than 8,000 spay/neuter vouchers in the Tallahassee Big Bend area.

Spay/neuter efforts have been an important priority for LCHS since our beginning in 1960. Organizational programs have included Prevent Overpopulation of Pets (1970’s), creating Tallahassee’s first low cost spay/neuter clinic (1977), Spay/Neuter Assistance Program (1990’s) and for the past decade distributing community vouchers for free or low cost spay/neuter surgeries.

Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Control
Population Served , ,
Short Term Success

LCHS receives grant funding to help spay/neuter animals in our community, by distributing free and low-cost vouchers to pet owners such as senior citizens, families with low-incomes, college students, etc. Two specific grant programs helped LCHS to focus on spay/neuter efforts for feral cats in Tallahassee.

Long term Success

Millions of dogs and cats are euthanized in animal shelters nationwide every year. Locally, more than five thousand unwanted and homeless animals are euthanized each year at the City’s Animal Shelter. By implementing spay/neuter voucher programs, LCHS makes it easy, cost effective and convenient for local pet owners to have their pets sterilized. LCHS and humane societies nationwide work towards a future where animals no longer have to be euthanized due to pet over-population.

Program Success Monitored By

Monthly and quarterly reports are generated by the program grants received, and the number of spay/neuter vouchers distributed and completed.

Examples of Program Success

Throughout the past five years, LCHS has successfully applied, received and coordinated grant programs totaling more than $250,000 that have provided spay/neuter surgeries for more than 8,000 animals in our community.


Our Rescue Ride program, established in 2010, saves dogs from overcrowded shelters and transports them to facilities in large, municipal areas where adoptive homes await. This creative approach in saving lives was initiated because of a need LCHS recognized within neighboring rural county shelters. Many of these animal shelters are within communities that do not have large adoption programs, and thus have a high rate of euthanasia. LCHS established partnerships with “Sending Shelters” in Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, and Gadsden Counties to select dogs as transport candidates. We then connected with“Receiving Shelters” in Ocala, Tampa, Orlando, Largo, Port Charlotte and Ft.Lauderdale who could take in the extra dogs and place them in their adoption programs. The network included site visits at every facility and creating program protocols.

To date, our innovative Rescue Ride program has saved more than 500 lives and has established valuable partnerships within the animal welfare community.

Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Population Served , ,
Short Term Success

LCHS’ Volunteers and Staff are the heroes in our Rescue Ride program. With their support in scheduling, handling & providing care for the animals, coordinating paperwork and transporting dogs, more than 400 lives have been saved.

Long term Success

LCHS’ Rescue Ride program successfully saves lives by removing dogs from overcrowded animal shelters and transporting them to adoption programs in larger municipal cities. The long-range goal for LCHS and humane societies nationwide is to see a time in the near future where animals no longer have to be euthanized due to pet over-population.

Program Success Monitored By
LCHS' Transport Coordinator tracks the number of animals transported on a monthly basis and provides quarterly reports.
Since 2008, through our “Friends Fur Life” program, the Leon County Humane Society has coordinated an annual community-wide supply drive to help pets belonging to senior citizens in need. With the help of compassionate members in our community, thousands of pounds of pet food & supplies have been donated and dropped off at convenient business locations around town. LCHS collects and organizes the donations according to the type of pet and what the animal needs. 
These gift boxes are packed with pet food, treats, toys, leashes, bowls, and other items that help the pet owner for typically 3-4 weeks. LCHS volunteers deliver the gift boxes directly to the senior’s home. They also spend time with the pet owner & pet to make sure everything is going well. Each year, deliveries through our “Friends Fur Life” program help 70 senior citizens and their 250 pets in Leon, Wakulla, Gadsden, Jefferson and Madison Counties.
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Ownership
Population Served , ,
Short Term Success

The compassionate effort of LCHS’ volunteers and staff create the success of our “Friends Fur Life” program. Reaching out into our society and helping the disadvantaged gives rise to a greater social interconnection and compassionate community. Every year the client list for our Friends Fur Life program assists more than 70 senior citizens and their 250 pets throughout a four county area.

Long term Success

Throughout the five years of coordinating our “Friends Fur Life” program, donations have totaled more than 4 tons (8,000 pounds) of pet food & supplies. This important community-service program has successfully helped dogs & cats stay in their homes. It provides assistance to more than 70 seniors to provide care for their beloved four-legged companions.

Program Success Monitored By
Collaborating agencies submit referrals for our "Friends Fur Life" clients. A master client sheet is created with all necessary information, including information about their pets and any specific needs. A master list is compiled, which includes when the donations were delivered, and what amount of pet food & supplies the client received.

Thanks to a startup grant from the ASPCA, LCHS launched a new Pet Helpline that is free to our community. The Pet Helpline is intended to assist owners with common pet behavior questions and issues that can hopefully be resolved through education and counseling, rather than surrendering the animal to the shelter. There are nearly 30 topics covered on the Helpline, ranging from general animal welfare questions to specific subjects for cats and dogs like litter box and house training, introducing new pets into the household and modifying aggressive or destructive behavior. The Helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and callers receive a one-on-one call back with one of our counselors. To date, the Helpline has assisted more than 250 people seeking help with their pets.

Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Ownership
Population Served , ,
Program Success Monitored By
The Pet Helpline is a fluid program that is consistently monitored by counselor notes and interactions with the public. Each individual scenario is rated by our counselors as worked, did not work or may work.
Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments
Board Chair
Board Chair Tracey Van Hook
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Dec 2014 to Dec 2015
Board Members
Leslie Dughi Greenberg Traurig
Dawn Figlio DVMBradfordville Paws & Claws Veterinary Hospital
Scott Hilton Wells Fargo Advisors, Inc.
Bill Jackson Dennis, Jackson, Martin & Fontela, P.A.
Diana Orrick Florida State University, Information Technology Services
Dan Parisi Rowland Publishing
Hella Spellman Tallahassee Senior Center
Tracey Van Hook Homekeeper
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 5
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 84%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 3%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Additional Board Members
Marc Bauer Hunter + Harp
Rik Bist FBMC Benefits Management Inc.
Leslie Dughi Greenberg Traurig
Rosanne Dunkelberger Rowland Publishing/Tall. Magazine
Laura Jester Four Points by Sheraton
Angela Jordan Sperry Van Ness - Southland Commercial
Gina Pitisci Morning anchor/Reporter
Debra Schiro Blueprint 2000
Maria Stephens WageWorks
Melissa Van Sickle Clark, Partington & Hart
Nick Waller WCTV, General Manager
Gay Webster Sachs Owner - Ron Sachs Communications
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Sabrina Rodriguez de Conte
Term Start Oct 2014
Email srodriguezdeconte@lchs.info

Sabrina Rodriguez de Conte is a seven year veteran of managing programs and fundraising initiatives for both corporate foundations and community nonprofit organizations. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Sabrina served as Project Manager for the Office Depot Foundation whose work dedicates itself to enhancing the lives of children through education within the South Florida community and through national programs. Sabrina is excited to be a part of the Tallahassee community and to make a positive impact on the lives of the animals and families affected by the Leon County Humane Society.

Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 400
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
  • Be The Solution
  • Tallahassee Leon Community Animal Services Center
  • Leon County Animal Control
  • American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

Partnership with 40 local veterinary clinics

  • Jefferson County Humane Society
  • Gadsden County Humane Society
  • Humane Society of the United States
  • LeMoyne Center for the Arts
  • Museum of Florida History
  • Elder Care Services
  • Tallahasssee Senior Services
  • Wakulla County Senior Center
  • Gadsden County Senior Center
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2014
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2014
Projected Revenue $435,000.00
Projected Expenses $400,000.00
Endowment Value $25,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 4%
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Dtermination
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$364,262$485,011$447,779
Administration Expense$21,414$24,919$16,653
Fundraising Expense$18,720$15,919$31,063
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.050.910.77
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%92%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%4%9%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$564,753$543,659$588,348
Current Assets$297,950$282,286$349,059
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$564,753$543,659$588,348
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Foundation Comments
  • Financial figures were taken from the 990's.
  • Contributions from foundations and corporations are included with total for individuals as they were not separated in a 990.
  • Top 3 funding sources are not reflected above as they are not indicated in a 990.
  • Has an Endowment at the Community Foundation.
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Nonprofit Leon County Humane Society
Address 413 Timberlane Rd
Tallahassee, FL 32312
Primary Phone 850 224-9193
Donate with a credit card http://www.lchs.info/donate/
Donate to Endowment Fund at Community Foundation http://www.cfnf.org/index.cfm?p=ways-to-give
Contact Email info@LCHS.info
CEO/Executive Director Sabrina Rodriguez de Conte
Board Chair Tracey Van Hook
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 1962