Adopting a Small Dog from Suncoast Humane Society

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From our point of view as Suncoast Humane Society employees, we see a wide variety of dogs become available for adoption. To you, the general public, however, you might think we only have larger mixed breed dogs available for adoption, especially if you view our adoptable dogs on our website occasionally. The reality is that we have smaller and purebred dogs come to us all the time! They just tend to find homes a bit more quickly because of their size and the lifestyle preferences that our potential adopters typically have.

We get asked if we have small or purebred dogs available for adoption quite frequently! We process all of our adoptable pets as quickly as legal, health, and safety regulations permit. Each animal has its own unique set of circumstances which dictates how quickly they adjust to a shelter environment. When a dog becomes available for adoption, smaller dogs seem to be more desirable than larger breeds and therefore are adopted much faster. Every time a dog is adopted, it makes room in our facility for another dog to transition from the holding area to the adoption kennel. It is our goal to find loving forever homes for all adoptable pets in our care in a timely fashion. All adoptable dogs, including purebred and small breeds, are showcased on our website as soon as they become available for adoption. We do not accept names for a waiting list for certain size or breed dogs.

If you are interested in a particular pet, especially a small or purebred dog, please come in during adoption hours as soon as you can to visit with the pet to see if the pet is a good fit for your family and lifestyle. We want to help you find the newest member of your family!


Consider Adopting an Older Pet

By Phillip Snyder, Executive Director of Suncoast Humane Society

“Do you have any puppies or kittens?” This is a question often asked of our adoption staff at Suncoast Humane Society, from people seeking to adopt a pet. The same question is echoed at most other animal shelters and adoption agencies.

Granted, puppies and kittens are adorable, but we ask you to stop and think a moment. These same cute little creatures may also be chewers, yippers, howlers, clawers, and yes, even house “pottiers” until properly trained. If you have a lot of luck, these bad habits may be completely avoided, or dealt with in a timely manner. Chances are though, some will take a lot of time and a bunch of effort.

We know it can be difficult to say no to the pleading eyes and playful antics of these young bundles of fluff and fur. These magnetic features are the reasons some people ignore the many wonderful adult canines and felines available for adoption. This is sad, because there are so many advantages to adopting an adult or even a senior dog or cat.

For example, with many adult dogs and cats, what you see is what you get. You are already looking at the size, personality, temperament, and grooming requirements that you will be facing. Often, mature pets settle in quickly, are already house or litter box trained, and, because of longer attention spans, quicker to learn good manners. If you are not into surprises, an older pet is for you.

An important factor to note is that many adult and senior animals were made homeless by circumstance. They were surrendered to the shelter by loving owners and families who became unable to provide necessary care. In some cases the pet may have lost its original companion. With older dogs and cats, bad habits normally associated with younger animals are long gone. All they have left to give some lucky family is love and devotion.

Mature and senior pets make great adoption choices for mature and senior people. They also work well for families with limited time for active play and less enthusiasm to work their way through puppy and kitten stage.

Older dogs and cats are often the slowest or last to be adopted at animal shelters. Some humane societies are using well thought-out marketing strategies such as displaying adult dogs in the front of the adoption areas and placing the younger ones in the back. The theory is that some of you will fall in love with an older pet before you reach the puppies. Suncoast Humane Society features a free roaming cattery that presents a homey environment. Many of the adult cats can be seen in or on kitty condos, pillows, shelving, and counters.

We hear frequently from previous adopters that have given an older pet a special forever home how rewarding it has been for them. It is a wonderful experience to feel you have enriched or even saved the life of an older pet. The experience creates a special bond that cannot be topped. How about you? Won’t you consider adopting an older pet?

These senior pets are currently available for adoption at Suncoast Humane Society:

If you are interested in adopting any of these senior pets, please visit our animal care center during our adoption hours Tuesday through Saturday, or give us a call at 941-474-7884!

Petsmart Adoption Event Finds Homes for 6 Pets


Monopoly was one of six pets adopted during an adoption event at the Port Charlotte Petsmart on February 13-15!

During a weekend-long event at the Port Charlotte Petsmart February 13-15, six of our pets (2 dogs and 4 cats) found homes! We were so glad to participate in this event with a number of animal shelters and rescue groups. We hope you enjoy the photos below taken by professional photographer Patty Stefan:


Suncoast Humane Society volunteers pose for a photo during this successful adoption event!



Suncoast Humane Society volunteer Laura poses for a photo with currently adoptable CoCo the Labrador Retriever/Hound mix.



Karen, Suncoast Humane Society Satellite Adoption Coordinator, chats with an onlooker.



Currently adoptable Bowser poses with Suncoast Humane Society volunteer Trisha; look at his cute little paw!



How sweet! Morgan, who was adopted during this event, snuggles with a Suncoast Humane Society volunteer.



Golf to Help Homeless Animals!

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Sign up to be a golfer at the 2015 Critter Classic hosted at Riverwood Golf Club for fun in the sun, proceeds to benefit Suncoast Humane Society!

We are looking for golfers and event sponsors for our 7th Annual Critter Classic Golf Scramble. The popular charity fundraiser will be held Saturday, April 18 at the prestigious Riverwood Golf Club, located at SR 776, at 4100 Riverwood Drive, Port Charlotte.

A registration fee of $100 per golfer includes a continental breakfast, a great buffet lunch, green fees, golf bag handling, cart, and two drink tickets. Check-in is at 7 a.m. with an 8:30 a.m. shot gun start. Mulligans, a 50/50 raffle and other great raffle prizes are available.

Our Executive Director Phil Snyder notes, “Now is the time to take advantage of the many sponsorship opportunities and play in this great event. This is a very important fundraiser which supports the services, programs, and homeless animals of Suncoast Humane Society.”

To register to play or to explore sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jacqueline Elliott, our Events and Volunteer Manager, at 941-474-7884 or by email at You can also find the tournament registration form and conveniently pay the registration fee online at

For more information, contact Suncoast Humane Society at 941-474-7884, visit us online at, or stop by our adoption center at 6781 San Casa Drive, Englewood, Florida.

Sponsor board at 2014 Critter Classic

Sponsors of the 2015 Critter Classic receive premium sponsorship placement for their business or organization!

The Story of Puggsi and Khloe

Khloe and Puggsi are best buddies!

Khloe and Puggsi are best buddies!

There is nothing quite like a story about kids and animals, especially when it is a true story. Actually, it is happening right now, right here at home. The fact that the Suncoast Humane Society is involved makes it even more special. This is the story of Puggsi and Khloe.

Puggsi is a 3-year-old female Pug mix that was surrendered to the Suncoast Humane Society after her previous owner was no longer able to care for her.

She was an overactive little ball of energy. It was obvious that it would take a special family to fulfill her needs and give her that second chance at a quality life.

She seemed to receive a lot of attention during her three weeks in the Society’s adoption center, but perhaps because of her feistiness, she was being bypassed for pets that appeared to be a little more settled down.

There was one individual who kept visiting Puggsi, almost on a daily basis. Her family had lost their beloved pet months earlier after 16 wonderful years together. Each visit convinced her that the time was right to make Puggsi the next member of her family.

This is how Puggsi met Khloe. Like Puggsi, Khloe is also 3. To begin with, on the ride to her new home, Puggsi kept hopping back and forth between Khloe and her sister with kisses for both. There was already a bond forming with the family, but there seemed to be something even more special with Puggsi and Khloe.

Their first night together, daughter Khloe announced that Puggsi was going to sleep on her bed with her. This was a shock to her mom because Khloe has a history with sensory issues, such as sudden touching, loud noises and especially, being alone. She had never slept alone in her bed.

When Puggsi is taken out to exercise, Khloe watches from a chair on the lanai, shouting encouragement for Puggsi to get it over with and come back inside. Except for school, they seem to go everywhere together. Even when Khloe is picked up from school, all she can do is talk about is getting home to Puggsi.

According to mom, Puggsi’s companionship has done more to help Khloe in the past month than several years of occupational therapy. It seems this special connection has made many of her health issues disappear.

This is a wonderful story, and Khloe seemed to say it all when she told her mom, “Puggsi needed a home just like I did.”

You see, Khloe had been adopted by this special family too, just like Puggsi.

By Phillip Snyder, Executive Director

Published in the Englewood Sun on November 23, 2014

President’s Day Sale at Our Thrift Stores!


In honor of President’s Day, we’re having a sale all day on Monday, February 16, 2015 at our three thrift stores! All items priced $2 or higher will be 30% off. Our animal care center will be closed on Monday as we normally are. Your questions about the sale can be answered by each thrift store on Monday during the hours listed below!

For more information, call our thrift stores at the following phone numbers:

Englewood: 228 S. Indiana Avenue, 941-681-2627 (open 9 AM – 4 PM

Port Charlotte: 1825 Tamiami Trail, 941-876-3773 (open 9 AM – 5 PM)

Venice: 656 Tamiami Trail, 941-480-9811 (open 9 AM – 4:30 PM)

Give Them What They Really Want for Valentine’s Day

Flowers fade, too much chocolate makes you fat, and you really don’t need another watch. Show your love this Valentine’s Day by donating a Kuranda dog bed for a dog waiting for love this Valentine’s Day! Your love will certainly appreciate knowing that you helped a dog waiting for a home be comfortable and relaxed while waiting for their forever human. All you have to do is order the bed through the link on our website and it will be shipped directly to us. After we have received the bed, if requested, we would be glad to send your love an acknowledgment card on your behalf. Bonus points: buy a nice card or write a love note to your love and tell them how you donated a dog bed in their name to a dog waiting for a home. How sweet and romantic you will sound! You’ll definitely get more out this gift than another tie. No one wants another tie.

Kurand dog Bed