Can you lend a helping hand?

Visitor Assistant Nan B (3)

“I volunteer because I love what Suncoast Humane Society is all about! Kindness, caring, and love!! So fortunate to be a part of this wonderful animal care center!”

Nan B. – Visitor Assistant, 3 years of service.

Becoming a Visitor Assistant is one of the many volunteer opportunities we have here at Suncoast Humane Society. 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 Nan 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


Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!

petfinder foundation

Our adoptable dogs would like to say a BIG thank you to the Petfinder Foundation for awarding us with the Orvis Animal Care Grant! We have many heartworm positive dogs that come to us in need of medical care and with the funds from this grant we will now be able to help 2 to 5 more dogs suffering from heartworm disease become healthy, disease-free animals that are ready to find forever homes. Thank you again Petfinder Foundation, we are truly grateful for your generosity!

A Forever Kind of Love!

Shelias Adoption Update LetterSheila Adoption Update

Dog mom Karen sent us a wonderful adoption update along with a sweet photo of Shelia, who she adopted July 14th, 2015! Sheila on mom's bed2Her note reads, “Hello, Thanks so much for caring for me until I found my “forever home.” I am such a good girl!!! I get to sleep in mom’s bed, go to PetSmart, and go outside to be a good dog! The cats and I like each other and everyone that sees me thinks I am “beautiful.” When my mom travels, not often, I get to board at Brandt Veterinary. My mom and I love each other! Buddy, her other dog, is my guardian angel! I will get my teeth cleaned next month. Thanks again – must go back to sleeping. Shelia and mom Karen.”

We are so happy to hear that Sheila is doing so well in your home, Karen! Thank you for giving this sweet senior girl a second chance at a loving forever home 🙂



Thank you, Sonny’s BBQ!

Sonny's BBQ Donation

We recently received a generous donation from Sonny’s BBQ in Port Charlotte. Heidi Holliday, a representative from Sonny’s, kindly stopped by to present the check to Phillip Snyder, Executive Director of Suncoast Humane Society, and Events and Volunteer Manager Jacqueline Elliott. Thank you for your donation to our programs, services, and homeless pets. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Hey, Charlotte Harbor Parrot Head Club!

Charlotte Harbor Parrot Head Club Donation

We would like to thank the Charlotte Harbor Parrot Head Club for their recent generous donation of pet food and monetary donation! 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. Thank you again for supporting our programs, services, and homeless pets. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Why does my dog do that?


By Phil Snyder, Executive Director of Suncoast Humane Society

Published in the Englewood Sun on August 30, 2015

Have you ever asked yourself, “Why does my dog do that?” Or in a more angry moment, you may ask, “Why in the blankity blank does that blankity blank dog do that?” Dogs are creatures of habit and, if left to their own devices, they can become creatures of bad habits.

Digging is a very good example of what can be a bad habit. Dogs dig for a variety of reasons. Number one would be out of boredom. When left alone in the yard, he may be digging just because it is something fun to do. Staying with him in the yard may be the solution, while playing with him and giving him toys to enjoy also may be deterrents. Then again, he may ignore you, dig a hole and bury the toy.

If he is digging near a perimeter fence, he may be trying to leave home. If he is digging a deep hole, he may just want to cool off. Digging is an instinctive behavior. Some terriers and hounds were bred for years to dig out game, and may require extra training to reverse this tendency.

Leg riding is cute and funny to some people, but very embarrassing for the dog owner. This is usually thought to be a sexual act, but it can also be a display of dominance. Some dogs, when overly excited, will jump up on people or things, or may ride things. Years ago, when my kids were still little, they had a teddy bear that had to be kept in the closet when the dog was in an excitable mood.

Dogs have great noses that often enjoy certain scents that we don’t particularly like. Why is it that some dogs even love to roll in the most awful stuff, and then want to take the smell with them and, in fact, run to you just to share it?

It’s funny, but my dog loves to raid my wife’s closet in the middle of the night and scatter several pairs of her shoes across the living room. I have as many pairs of shoes as she does, and yet the dog never bothers a single pair.

Dogs chase cars, bicycles and even sometimes fast-running people, just as their ancestors use to chase prey. They paw at the rug or bed, either harmlessly or in a shredding manner to make a comfortable nest. I find it interesting that they circle or even spin when going to the bathroom or lying down, as they did way back when they had to beat down the grass to clear a spot they could call their own.

I really don’t think my dog can tell time, or is much of a clock watcher, and I know he can’t gauge the length of time when I am gone. Whether it is one hour, one day or one week, I know I can expect that same “I missed you” look in his eyes and his “love me, love me” wiggle to greet me at the door.

And I know why he does that.

Thank you, Elizabeth!

Elizabeth's Birthday Party Donation

We would like to say a sincere “thank you” to Elizabeth of Port Charlotte for her generous donation! She collected these awesome donations at her recent birthday party where she had asked her friends to bring toys and treats for the homeless animals of Suncoast Humane Society. It is truly heartwarming of her to think about our adoptable pets on her special day 🙂