We Appreciate You!

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John and Shaggy, one of our pet therapy teams, spread the love by visiting hospitals, nursing homes, schools and even libraries!

“I wanted to give back to the community.”

John H. – Pet Therapy Volunteer, 3 years of service.

Many of the volunteer opportunities available at Suncoast Humane Society are at our animal care center in Englewood. Other important opportunities focus on vital programs and services away from our shelter. One volunteer opportunity we offer is to become a Pet Therapy Team. As a pet therapy team you will provide compassionate interaction with residents of hospitals, health care facilities, schools, libraries and special need requests.

Our pet therapy teams currently cover three counties and are dually evaluated under Suncoast Humane Society and the national program, Pet Partners, formerly known as the Delta Society. Each team is re-evaluated every two years in order to insure the high degree of appropriateness expected and is covered under liability insurance by Pet Partners.

If you are interested in sharing the unconditional love of your pet with others, or if you would like further information on scheduling a therapy dog program, please contact Claire Berten, Director of Thrift Store and Outreach Services, by phone at 941-474-7884 or by email at cberten@humane.org. Applicants, dogs and handlers must have a health examination and a stable temperament, have successfully completed a basic obedience course, and be able to pass the Pet Partners training course and evaluation.


Thank You, High Gear Automotive!

Pet Food Donation from High Gear Automotive

We would like to say a special “thank you” to Patrick and Karen of High Gear Automotive for their generous donation of pet food! Their donation of assorted pet food went to our Pet Pantry program, which helps pet owners in need by giving them free pet food on a temporary basis to help keep their pets with their family.

Make Your Pet a Calendar Star!


Our 2016 Pet Calendar Photo Contest is in full swing. So dust off your cameras and primp your pets for the chance to have your pet’s photo featured on the front cover of this exclusive pet calendar! There are four convenient ways to enter your pet’s photos into the contest. You are able to upload your pet’s photos online at www.humane.org in addition to mailing in, emailing, or dropping off your entry at our animal care center located at 6781 San Casa Drive, Englewood. All submissions must be received no later than August 31, 2015.

Once you upload your pet’s photo online, the photo will appear in the online gallery of the photo contest and become open to voting by the general public. Even if you don’t submit your pet’s photo online, you can request for the photo to be uploaded to the online gallery. You can vote for your pet’s photo with votes that are a $1 donation each, with a minimum donation of $5 (five votes).

Encourage your friends and family to vote for your pet’s photo! The 62 online photos with the most votes will be eligible for final judging by an independent panel for the front cover, back cover, pet of the month (12), and honorable mentions (48). All acceptable photo entries will appear in the calendar.

Each photo is subject to a $25 entry fee, which includes a complimentary 2016 Pet Calendar. You can pick up your complimentary calendar starting in November 2015 at our adoption center, or have the calendar shipped to you directly for an additional $4 donation. Winners will be announced on www.humane.org by September 14, 2015.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from this annual pet calendar go directly towards supporting our programs, services, and homeless pets. For official rules of the pet photo contest visit our website or call us at 941-474-7884 with any additional questions you may have.


A Day to Remember

Our Satellite Adoption Coordinator Karen Owens shares this special story about a recent satellite adoption at the Petco in Port Charlotte.

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A young boy named Aslan came into the Port Charlotte Petco with his parents to visit with the cats we have for adoption. After sometime visiting with the cats, they were set on adopting a cat named Skylar. Aslan was so happy that he was taking Skylar home that he jumped into Karen Owens arms to give her a hug. The excitement didn’t end there. Karen had given Aslan a cage card of Skylar to take home with him but he didn’t want to keep it to himself. He wanted to let the whole world know Skylar was his cat, so he went around the store and showed all the Petco shoppers who his new furry friend was. We can bet that July 7, 2015 will always be a day to remember for Aslan.

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This was truly a heartwarming story to hear and it just goes to show how valuable a pet can be to someones life. We wish these two new friends all the best in their future together!

We Appreciate You!

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“I love animals and I enjoy helping them get their forever homes.”

Caleigh E. – Visitor Assistant & Cat Cuddler Volunteer, 2 years of service.

One of our volunteer opportunities here at Suncoast Humane Society is being a Visitor Assistant. As a visitor assistant you will perform a variety of duties. These include greeting the public, escorting visitors throughout the adoption areas, assisting customer service by answering questions and meeting the needs of our visitors.

We are very fortunate to have volunteers like Caleigh who generously give of their time and skills to help us continue our mission to “reduce the number of homeless animals and improve the quality of life.” If you are interested in helping our homeless pets while meeting new people with similar interests, please contact our Events and Volunteer Manager Jacqueline Elliott by phone at 941-474-7884 or by email at jelliott@humane.org.

What’s Your Story?


Could your story help save more homeless pets?

We’re gearing up for the 2015 Giving Challenge, an online donation challenge that lasts just 24 hours from noon to noon September 1-2, 2015. To help raise more funds for our programs, services, and homeless pets, we want to hear your story!

If you have adopted from us, used our clinic services, shopped at our thrift stores, volunteered for us, donated to us or even more, we would love to hear about it.

Just send an email to webmaster@humane.org and we might share your story on our social media for others to read. If we select your story to be shared, we may contact you for more details. Can’t wait to hear from you!

No more litters, No more problems!

Can you imagine conceiving every year you’ve been alive and maybe even twice in one year? Well, this is the only life that Maya has ever known.

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Maya the 6 year old Chihuahua is pictured here with her five healthy puppies.

Maya was brought to Suncoast Humane Society after her owner could no longer care for her. Just shortly after she was brought into our care, the staff learned that she was actually pregnant with her seventh litter of puppies at the age of 6. Pregnancy is supposed to be a joyful time in one’s life but in Maya’s case it became more of a chore than anything else. All her life has consisted of so far is one pregnancy after another. This would not be an ideal situation for anyone, dog or human. Now you can add a shelter into the mix and you’ve got one stressful situation!

Animal Care Specialist Krystal & Maya

Krystal, one of our Animal Care Specialists, volunteered to open her home and heart to Maya who was pregnant with her seventh litter at the age of 6.

Krystal, one of our Animal Care Specialists, volunteered to open her home to Maya and her five puppies, Peter (now Rocky), Spring, Tulip, Blossom, and Sunny, as soon as she heard their story. This certainly was no small task. As a foster parent, Krystal was able to give Maya and her five puppies the love and attention they needed most during this time. She not only opened her home but also her heart to give all six dogs the best care they could possibly receive until they were able to be adopted. This is a true story of how our staff always goes above and beyond to help the homeless animals in our care and Krystal’s willingness and dedication shows just how far they will go.

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Pictured here from left to right is Tulip, Peter (now Rocky), Blossom, Sunny, and Spring.

It’s estimated that each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in the United States. This is in contrast to just over 10,000 human babies. At this rate there can never be enough homes for all the pets. If Maya had been spayed, she would have never had to go through this never ending cycle of pregnancies. This is why we strongly believe in spaying and neutering of companion animals. It saves lives by reducing pet overpopulation and decreasing euthanasia. Preventive veterinary care is essential to keeping pets healthy and happy.

The purpose of our preventive health care clinic is to encourage everyone, regardless of income, to properly care for their pets. By offering our low cost spay and neuter for pets to the public, it’s easy and affordable to keep your dog from having unwanted litters. There is absolutely no excuse to not have your pet spayed/neutered. You don’t want to put your pet through the same thing Maya had to in her 6 years of life, so we suggest you get your pets spayed/neutered as soon as you possibly can!

We are happy to report that Maya and all five of her puppies have been adopted into loving forever homes and we couldn’t be happier! Maya is now able to live the life she was never able to have while having litter after litter. She’s living on Boca Grande now, with sundresses and sunglasses on during her convertible rides. She’s truly living the good life.

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Maya wasn’t available long before her new mom Sally found her!

“We’re the two best friends that anyone could ask for!” – Blossom and Tulip


“Yes, I know I’m cute.” – Sunny

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Proceed with caution, cuteness overload ahead!

Baby chihuahua Kisses

Everything is better when there are puppy kisses involved!