Bubba the Bloodhound Flies to Mississippi

Marilu Lippert, Animal Care Manager at Suncoast Humane Society, arrives with Bubba the Bloodhound at Suncoast Air Center in Venice.

Marilu Lippert, Animal Care Manager at Suncoast Humane Society, arrives with Bubba the Bloodhound at Suncoast Air Center in Venice.

On Saturday, January 10, Bubba the Bloodhound made his inaugural flight to Mississippi from Venice. Bubba had found his way to us here at Suncoast Humane Society in November 2014 after his owners could no longer afford to keep him. As a purebred Bloodhound, Bubba requires an owner who must be devoted to his specialized care. Marilu Lippert, Animal Care Manager at Suncoast Humane Society, recognized that Bubba needed a very special home that understands how to take care of Bloodhounds, and arranged his transfer to breed-specific rescue group Southeast Bloodhound Rescue in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Bubba the Bloodhound meets Jennifer Saviano and Pilot Jameson Saviano of Pilots N Paws, a 501(c)(3) aviation transportation coordinator, who will take him on the first leg of his flight on his way to Southeast Bloodhound Rescue in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Bubba the Bloodhound meets Jennifer Saviano and Pilot Jameson Saviano of Pilots N Paws, a 501(c)(3) aviation transportation coordinator, who will take him on the first leg of his flight on his way to Southeast Bloodhound Rescue in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Alexander Landry, Managing Director of Suncoast Air Center, KVNC, oversaw the initial flight from Venice, while Pilot Jameson Saviano of Pilots N Paws, a 501(c)(3) aviation transportation coordinator, generously donated his time and services to help transport Bubba on the first leg of his journey to Mississippi. After flying into Gainesville, Pilot Peri Dwyer Worrell then picked up Bubba and flew him to Enterprise, Alabama. From there, Virginia Grant with Southeast Bloodhound Rescue picked up the boy and drove him to Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Bubba the Bloodhound waits pensively at Suncoast Air Center for his flight to Gainesville, Florida.

Bubba the Bloodhound waits pensively at Suncoast Air Center for his flight to Gainesville, Florida.

Grant reports that on her drive back to Hattiesburg: “I was speeding and running my mouth about Bubba. Well, I got stopped, and when the cop came to the window, the first thing he did was tell me I was speeding and he had to give me something. While I was looking for my insurance card, he asked about Bubba, and I told him that Bubba was a rescue and we rescued bloodhounds. He said all his dogs were rescues and thanked me for the work we do. The whole time he was trying to give me a ticket, Bubba was kissing him and getting his ears rubbed and just enjoying our stop. He came back to the car with a piece of paper and told me to look at it. I did and started thanking him so much because it was only a warning. Bubba saved me from a bad ticket.”

Jennifer Saviano, Pilot Jameson Saviano and Marilu Lippert pause with Bubba the Bloodhound in front the airplane that will take him to Gainesville.

Jennifer Saviano, Pilot Jameson Saviano and Marilu Lippert pause with Bubba the Bloodhound in front the airplane that will take him to Gainesville.

Bubba the Bloodhound made it safely to Hattiesburg and is currently awaiting a home there that can give him the specialized care that he needs. Suncoast Humane Society partners with qualified rescue groups like Southeast Bloodhound Rescue in order to better help special needs and purebred dogs that can use the help that a specialized rescue group can offer. This allows Suncoast Humane Society to devote its limited resources to more pets in our local community, and to more fully realize its mission to “reduce the number of homeless animals and improve the quality of life.” If you are interested in helping more pets like Bubba the Bloodhound, then please consider donating to Suncoast Humane Society today.

With help from Marilu Lippert, Bubba the Bloodhound gets into his crate for his flight to Gainesville with Pilot Jameson Saviano and Jennifer Saviano.

With help from Marilu Lippert, Bubba the Bloodhound gets into his crate for his flight to Gainesville with Pilot Jameson Saviano and Jennifer Saviano.

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An Astonishing 102 Pets Find Homes in December 2014

Suncoast Humane Society Pet Adoptions December 2014

One hundred and two homeless pets (cats, dogs, ferrets, and a hamster) at Suncoast Humane Society found their forever families in December 2014! We were so happy to see these kinds of numbers for this month; in comparison, we adopted out 59 pets in December 2013. It’s quite a jump and what probably helped was our “Home Before the Holidays” Adoptathon, which featured reduced adoption fees based on the day of the month the pet was adopted plus $10.

Though some of these pets were adopted from our satellite adoption centers (in Englewood, North Port, Port Charlotte, and coming soon to Venice), the majority of our pets were adopted on-site at our animal care center, as part of our Pet Placement Program. Our adoption specialists help potential adopters get to know the pet(s) they are interested in, and try to find a good match between pet and new owner.

When you adopt from Suncoast Humane Society, you get more than just an amazing new friend! Your new pet is spayed/neutered, has had a heartworm or feline leukemia/AIDS test and first distemper shot, is de-wormed and microchipped, and receives a complimentary bag of the Hills Science Diet pet food they were eating during their stay here AND a complete medical history showing all the care, shots, and tests that were administered during their stay at our animal care center. When you think about everything that is included in the adoption fee for a new pet, it’s a much better option to adopt a homeless pet who needs a forever home than any other route.

Adoption fees vary from pet to pet, BUT you will never pay more than an $85 adoption fee for  a cat or dog companion. See the adoption fee breakdown here:

  • Dog or Cat – $85 plus $12 rabies vaccine fee
  • Dog and Cat for Senior Adopter (65+ years) – $50 plus $12 rabies vaccine fee
  • Senior Dog or Cat (7+ years) for Senior Adopter (65+ years) – $25 + $12 rabies vacine fee
  • Long Term Resident Dog or Cat (at our animal care center for 6+ months – $10 plus $12 rabies vaccine fee
  • Cockatiel – $50
  • Ferret – $35
  • Rabbit – $15
  • Guinea Pig – $10
  • Parakeet – $10
  • Gerbil or Hamster – $5
  • Rat or Mouse – $5

If you are interested in adopting a new pet, you can view all currently adoptable dogs, adoptable cats, and adoptable small pets by visiting our website at any time. Our website is live and updates instantly when a pet becomes available for adoption. If you need more information about a pet before you stop by our animal care center during adoption hours, feel free to give us a call at 941-474-7884 Tuesday through Saturday or shoot our adoption specialists an email at adoptions@humane.org. We’re happy to help you find just the pet you are looking for!

Make the Magic Happen

Cat cuddler snuggles with kitten

There are few things in life that are truly “magic.” One of those things is definitely the love between a pet and its human. YOU can make the magic happen. Want to find out how?

Our satellite adoption centers in Englewood, North Port, Port Charlotte, and (coming soon) Venice, temporarily house some of our adoptable cats who are looking for love. Because our animal care staff are taking care of the animals at our animal care center in Englewood, we utilize faithful volunteers at these satellite adoption centers to nourish, socialize, and tidy up after the cats housed there. That’s where the magic begins.

When you volunteer at one (or more, we can use your help at multiple locations!) of these satellite adoption centers, you will start to get to know the cats and their personalities, their preferences, and yes, even their little quirks. When you know these cats, you start to realize what kind of human could be perfect for them. THEN, when people stop by the satellite adoption centers in the various pet stores, you will see them interact with the cats and see what kind of cat would be good for them too. The magic is really starting to work now.

When you meet ‘n greet an adoptable cat with a potential forever human, you will see the love between pet and future owner start to flourish and grow. You will see the magic in action. And then, when the adopter decides to take that cat home, you will feel the magic yourself when you see the love between the cat and its human.

Want to make the magic happen? Apply online to become one of our Satellite Cat Cuddler/Adoption Assistant volunteers, or stop by our animal care center (6781 San Casa Drive, Englewood, Florida 34224) Tuesday through Saturday to fill out a volunteer application in person. Additionally, you can see more information on this volunteer opportunity on our website, or call us at 941-474-7884 Tuesday through Saturday for more information. Our Events and Volunteer Manager Jacqueline Elliott would love to hear from you!

Holiday Donations to Pet Pantry Help Pets’ Families in Need

Your generosity during the holiday season helped pets and their economically struggling families! Your donations of pet food went to our Pet Pantry program, which helps families who apply to us and qualify receive free pet food on a limited basis in order to help provide their pets the proper nutrition they need.

pet food donations from community to Suncoast Humane Society

Thank you to Ashley of Charlotte County Animal Control, the supporters of our Stocking Stuffers at our Englewood Thrift Store, Kathy, Ms. Sanger of L.A. Ainger Middle School, Sandy and Judy, Daisy Troop 111, the kitchen staff of L.A. Ainger Middle School, and Charlotte County Utilities for your generous Pet Pantry donations this holiday season!

Your continued donations help support the struggling families and their pets that need our help every day. For more information on how to support this program, please visit the Pet Pantry program page on our website, or give us a call at 941-474-7884 Tuesday-Saturday!

7th Annual Tennis Ball Is Almost Here!

Tennis Ball 2015 Suncoast Humane Society

We are excited to announce that tickets for our 7th Annual Tennis Ball are now available! The Tennis Ball will be hosted at the Clubhouse in the Boca Grande Club, starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. The fun and fundraiser will include food, beverages, and a special silent auction. This year’s auction will be exceptional, featuring a one week stay in Bath, England, a two night stay at the Gasparilla Inn, expensive spirits, specialty items, artwork, entertainment packages and lots of yummy dinners both on and off island! All proceeds from the event will benefit our services, programs and homeless animals.

Bath, England flat for Suncoast Humane Society Tennis Ball

The special silent auction features a one-week stay at this flat in Bath, England!

Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased at Suncoast Humane Society’s animal care center, located at 6781 San Casa Drive, Englewood, at the Boca Grande Club, or through PayPal here.

The Tennis Ball kicks off a seven week Boca Grande Club Professional Tennis Exhibition Series. It will be held every Wednesday from January 28 through March 11 at the Boca Grande Club tennis courts. Sixteen of southwest Florida’s top male and female players will be competing for $5000 in prize money. There will be three women’s doubles, three men’s doubles and one mixed doubles match between the top women and men point earners of the series. Come out and watch former world professional and collegiate players play top level doubles while enjoying a beverage during a warm Florida sunset. A $5 donation to benefit Suncoast Humane Society is requested at the gate.

Please give us a call at 941-474-7884 for any questions about this fundraising event!

Training Classes Help Owners and their Dogs

Pekingnese in Dog Training Classes

Train with your pooch in one of our family friendly dog training classes!

In 2015, help your dog be the best he can be by completing a training course with him! We are hosting canine training courses at the South Venice Civic Association building. The classes will be on Thursday evenings starting January 8 and ending February 12, 2015.

Pre-registration is required, along with proof of rabies and other required shots. Sign up at Suncoast Humane Society, located at 6781 San Casa Drive, Englewood, or call 941-474-7884 and visit www.humane.org for more information.

In the Basic Level Training class you will have fun working with your dog in a force-free way using positive reinforcement. You will learn to use verbal cues and hand signals to teach your best friend to sit, stand, lay down, focus (watch me), best manners at the front door and polite leash walking along with other behaviors.

As part of the Second Level Training class, your dog will take a 10-step Canine Good Citizen test on the sixth week of the course. The evaluation includes Accepting Friendly Strangers, Walking Through a Crowd, Reaction to Other Dogs and Distractions, Supervised Separation, and Grooming. Handlers and canines with passing scores will be able to order a Canine Good Citizen certificate from the AKC.

An additional third course has been added for more advanced training. Starting on January 8, the Tricks and Fun with Agility Equipment class is a five-week course teaching tricks and basic agility. You must have completed the Second Level Training class listed above before registering for this class.

The price for either of the six-week courses is $100 each, and the five-week advanced course is $80. Please remember to bring treats and wear sneakers. The South Venice Civic Association building is located at 720 Alligator Drive, South Venice, FL 34293.

Give us a call at 941-474-7884 during our business hours Tuesday-Saturday for more information!

 

Missing Dog Buddy Finds His Way Home

missing dog goes home Suncoast Humane Society

Buddy’s owners were elated to be reunited with their buddy!

Poor Buddy got separated from his New York owners while they were on vacation in North Port. A kind stranger found Buddy wandering in the street and picked him up because she was afraid he would get hit by a car. She took Buddy to us and filed her found report with our staff. It took his owners two days to figure out where Buddy went, but when they did, they came right away and picked him up! These three were overjoyed to be reunited, as you can see from their happy reunion photo.

If you find a missing pet, please be sure to contact your local animal control and file a lost report with us. Give us a call at 941-474-7884 during our business hours Tuesday through Saturday for more information!