The purpose of the Society shall be to provide shelter, prevent cruelty to animals, and advocate for their welfare. Through humane education, the Society strives to enlighten the public with the goal of improving the quality of life for animals and people.

Founded in 1873, the Lowell Humane Society is one of the oldest humane organizations in the state of Massachusetts. The purpose of the Lowell Humane Society is to prevent cruelty to animals, provide care for homeless and distressed animals and educate the public about responsible pet ownership. The shelter is a private not for profit organization and does not receive any city, state or federal funding. Operations are supported through the generous support of individuals, businesses and foundations. Our services include:

  • Pet Adoptions
  • Humane Education
  • Information Services
  • Lost and Found Service


Officers & Directors

Grace P. Jeanes, MBA

Vice President
Patricia Berchfold, DVM

Stephen J. Irish, CPA


George J. Basbanes, Esq.

Patricia Hart, DVM

Judith A. Larter

Chris Chisholm

Kathy Nolan Deschenes

Laura Feeney



Executive Director
Jill O'Connell


Outreach Coordinator
Crystal Arnott

Volunteer Coordinator
Sheri Gustafson

Business Manager
Tanya Smart

Animal Care Staff

Amanda Merrill
Sara Morandi
Erin Milligan
Adam Kramarsyck
Kam Fineberg,