What are you waiting for?

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There are only a few days left for you to send in your pet’s best photo to be featured in our 2016 Pet Calendar Photo Contest. So don’t disappoint your pet and get them in on time! 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.

Ready, Set, Glamour!

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As the end of August is nearing you still have ample time to send in your pet’s best glamour shot to be featured in our 2016 Pet Calendar Photo Contest. 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.

We Appreciate You!

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“Love of Animals”

Barbara C. – Critter Bank Collector, 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. Just like Barbara, you can help the homeless pets of Suncoast Humane Society by volunteering as a Critter Bank Collector or assist with other fundraising projects and events.

Critter BanksAs a fundraising volunteer you will help to solicit sponsorships, donations, and door prizes as well as assist at the fundraising events with set up, staffing and break down.

You can also become a Critter Bank Collector and collect proceeds from outside bank hosts. Assigned volunteers collect these “critter banks” on a monthly basis and the income from the banks helps to support the mission of Suncoast Humane Society.

We are very fortunate to have volunteers like Barbara 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 becoming a Critter Bank Collector or want to assist with other fundraising projects and events, please contact our Events and Volunteer Manager Jacqueline Elliott by phone at 941-474-7884 or by email at jelliott@humane.org.

It’s raining cats and dogs

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By Phil Snyder, Executive Director of Suncoast Humane Society

Published in the Englewood Sun on August 16, 2015

I believe the phrase, “It’s Raining Cats and Dogs,” was originally intended to describe a heavy downpour of rain. It has a different meaning to staff and volunteers at open admissions animal shelters.

It is used to describe the overwhelming influx of homeless animals within a short period of time, usually occurring during this time of year. To give you an idea of the problem, Suncoast Humane Society currently has over 70 canines and 60 felines waiting for new homes.

There are also a dozen bunnies and a half-dozen guinea pigs available in its “small critter” adoption room. Waiting in the wings are an additional 40 dogs and cats that are under medical treatment, being evaluated for adoption, or in foster homes. And it is sad to note that the flood gates will undoubtedly remain open all summer long.

Open admissions shelters are constantly frustrated with the fact that many of the dogs surrendered to them are of the pit bull variety and/or other large breeds. Small dogs received at Suncoast Humane Society are usually adopted very quickly.

Some small adoption groups choose to act as brokers, by taking small adoptable dogs, often purebred from shelters in other areas of the state or even the entire country, and actually selling or adopting them for exorbitant fees.

Open admissions shelters are stuck with trying to adopt out the many healthy animals they receive, large or small. It is the large dogs that are generally hard to place. Even though their stay in the shelter is enriched by walking, training, exercise and a constant supply of toys, their needs require a special home with the time and space to care for them.

It often takes weeks or even months before that special home appears. Right now, far too many pets are waiting for that second chance to be loved. Only preventing the birth of unwanted animals through spay and neuter will slow down the raining of cats and dogs.

Suncoast Humane Society is featuring special reduced adoption fees during its “It’s Raining Cats and Dogs” adoption special during the month of August.

Do You Think Your Pet Is Destined for Stardom?

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We do too! So dust off your cameras and send in your pet’s best celebrity snapshot. 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.

Special Adoption Day at Suncoast Humane Society

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In observance of International Homeless Animals Day, we are hosting a special adopt-a-thon today, August 15! To celebrate the event, each dog that is adopted today will receive a free leash and collar and each cat adopted will receive a free collar and cardboard carrier. Our furry mascots Sun and Coast will also be present for photo opps with you and your new forever companion and refreshments will be available for all two legged visitors.

This year International Homeless Animals Day compliments our month long ‘It’s Raining Cats and Dogs,” adoption special which features reduced adoption fees of $10 plus a $12 rabies vaccination for dogs and $25 plus $12 vaccination fee for cats.

International Homeless Animals Day is meant to shed light on pet overpopulation and the fact that shelters are overwhelmed with homeless animals. It also stresses the crucial need for spaying and neutering of your pet.

In attempt to help those in the community, we offer low cost spay/neuter at our preventive health care clinic in Englewood. Spay/neuter is the focus of our “No Birth Campaign,” an educational movement promoting the sterilization surgery as the key to reducing euthanasia. The spaying and neutering of your pet means that no birth of unwanted litters will occur, leading to less euthanasia.

If you are ready to give a shelter animal a second chance at life, visit our adoption center located at 6781 San Casa Drive, Englewood, or view all of their adoptable animals at www.humane.org.

We Appreciate You!

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“I love Animals!”

Jody T. – Satellite Cat Cuddler/Adoption Assistant, 2 ½ 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. Just like Jody, you can help the homeless pets of Suncoast Humane Society by volunteering as a Satellite Cat Cuddler/Adoption Assistant at our Satellite Adoption Centers located in Englewood, North Port, Venice, and Port Charlotte.

As a Satellite Cat Cuddler/Adoption Assistant you will work directly under the Satellite Adoption Coordinator to promote daily offsite adoptions for animals. Assist with the care of adoptable animals at Petco in Port Charlotte and Venice and/or Pet Supermarket in Englewood and North Port. This may include both adoption duties and housekeeping duties, including feeding and giving water to the cats, socializing them, and cleaning their cages.

We are very fortunate to have volunteers like Jody 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 becoming a Satellite Cat Cuddler/Adoption Assistant, please contact our Events and Volunteer Manager Jacqueline Elliott by phone at 941-474-7884 or by email at jelliott@humane.org.