Animal Services Advisory Board


The Animal Services Advisory Board of Manatee County was created by the Board of County Commissioners in 1996 for the purpose of considering reports and presentations, advising and making recommendations to the Board in matters involving Animal Services and related issues in Manatee County, Florida, in which the Board has lawful jurisdiction. Resolution R-15-165, approved by the Board of County Commissioners on November 17, 2015, reestablished the Animal Services Advisory Board and its duties.


Membership Requirements

Membership consists of seven (7) members from the following categories:

  • Up to three (3) citizens who are either corporate officers of, or have written authorization to represent, existing non-profit organizations, agencies or voluntary associations within the County with a primary mission of the care, handling or rescue of domestic animals.  As to this category, no one organization, agency or association may have more than one representative holding one of these three (3) representative seats at any given time;
  • One (1) citizen with expertise in business development, finance and/or operations;
  • One (1) veterinarian, who, during his or her term, is licensed and actively practicing and is not employed by or under contract with Manatee County;
  • One (1) citizen who dos not fall within the foregoing categories, who is not associated with an existing rescue agency, and who, within two years prior to appointment, has adopted an animal from Manatee County Animal Services.
  • One (1) citizen who does not fall within the foregoing categories, who is not associated with an existing rescue agency, and who, within two years prior to appointment, has volunteered for Manatee County Animal Services or an established private rescue agency within the County for at least ten days, as verified by the relevant agency.
  • All appointments shall be for a term of four (4) years.


The Advisory Board application must be submitted for the applicant to be considered for appointment. The application is available for downloading on the upper right side of this page.



Meetings are held on an as-needed basis at locations as coordinated by the Chairperson and staff liaison assigned to the Board.


For more information contact Sarah Brown, Chief, Animal Services, at 941-742-5933, X8346 or email


Advisory Board Members

 Name  Term Expires Seat
 David Doyens, DVM  03/08/2020  Veterinarian
 Vacant  01/26/2020  Existing Rescue Organization
 Lisa Barnott  01/26/2020  Existing Rescue Organization
 Lisa Williams  01/26/2020  Existing Rescue Organization
 Jean Peelen  01/26/2020  Has Adopted From MCAS
 Gerald Thomas  01/26/2020  Business Development, Finance/Operations
 Jana Martin  03/08/2020  Has Volunteered with Honor Animal Rescue


Meeting Agendas and Minutes

 To view the agenda or minutes, click on the items highlighted in blue.

Agenda Minutes
March 21, 2016 March 21, 2016
April 18, 2016 April 18, 2016
May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016
June 22, 2016 June 22, 2016
July 20, 2016 July 20, 2016
August 24, 2016 August 24, 2016
Sept 28, 2016
September 28, 2016
Oct 26, 2016 October 26, 2016
December 7, 2016 December 7, 2016
January 25, 2017 January 25, 2017
February 22, 2017 February 22, 2017
March 29, 2017 March 29, 2017
April 26, 2017 April 26, 2017