About Us

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

To learn more about the history of the Lowell Humane Society, click here.

Officers & Directors

Grace P. Jeanes, MBA

Vice President
Patricia Berchfold, DVM

Stephen J. Irish, CPA

Christine Chisholm, MS


George J. Basbanes, Esq.

Patricia Hart, DVM

Judith A. Larter

Kathy Nolan Deschenes

Laura A. Grasso



Executive Director
Jill O'Connell

Shelter Staff
Crystal Arnott, Shelter Program Manager
Tanya Smart, Business Manager
Sheri Gustafson, Volunteer Coordinator
Amanda Merrill, Adoption Counselor
Sara Morandi, Adoption Counselor
Erin Milligan, Adoption Counselor
Kam L. Fineberg, Adoption Counselor
Krystina Blanchard, Adoption Counselor
Tim Goguen, Adoption Counselor