Thrifting with a twist

Thrift Store Items - LampHere is a lamp. Yes, just an ordinary lamp. It doesn’t do tricks or talk but it does serve a meaningful purpose to the homeless pets at Suncoast Humane Society.

Whether you’re purchasing goods or donating items, you are making a difference. Something as simple as purchasing a lamp can help one of our adoptable pets get spayed or neutered. That may not seem like a lot to you but it means a second chance at life to the pets entrusted in our care.

You can feel good every time you shop or make a donation at our thrift stores because you are helping to provide food, shelter and medical attention for our adoptable pets. We like to think of it as thrifting with a twist. Not only are you treating yourself but you are also creating moments of hope and happiness for those who can’t help themselves.

Want to know what daily bargains we have going on at our thrift stores? Now you can! Visit our new Facebook page for Suncoast Humane Society Thrift Stores and “like” us to stay up to date on the latest sales and one-of-a-kind goodies offered at our thrift stores.


Where we get our pets

Delilah and Wayne

By Phil Snyder, Executive Director of Suncoast Humane Society

Published in the Englewood Sun on October 11, 2015

Most modern-day statistics agree that only 29 percent of pet owners adopt their pets from animal shelters or rescue groups. More than 50 percent obtain their pets from family members, relatives or friends, or they find them abandoned as strays.

Felines lead this category. One study shows that 26 percent purchase their pet from a shelter from a breeder, and 13 percent buy from a pet store. The totals add up to be well over 100 percent because some people have multiple pets from different sources.

If you think about it, there are so many ways to get your pet. There are animal shelters, breeders, pet stores, newspaper ads, Craigslist and social media, free-to-good-home ads, and signs on trees or corner light poles.

My top recommendation is, of course, the animal shelter. It is a shame that more people do not adopt from a shelter. There are so many great homeless pets, and the shelter staff is well-trained to help you choose the pet just right for your family. You also have the opportunity to save a life.

For those who have their hearts and minds set on a specific breed, there are reputable breeders out there. However, don’t forget to call a shelter first, as 25 percent or more of the dogs, and possibly cats, they receive are purebred.

The remaining options for finding a good pet deteriorate quickly from there. Beware of the cute puppies at pet stores that were bred in commercial breeding establishments, called puppy mills. You often will experience the heartache of an inferior animal with long-term medical and behavioral issues. Many grow up, if they grow up, to be a slight resemblance of the intended breed.

Many pets adopted through free-to-good-home ads, Craigslist and the other above-mentioned means become subjected to suffering and abuse. These are cheap ways of advertising and often result in tragic lives for the pets.

There are still 7 million to 8 million dogs and cats being turned in to animal shelters each year, and 3 million to 4 million of these are being euthanized, mostly due to temperament, medical or behavioral problems. This is certainly another reason to choose a shelter.

It is estimated that 22 million families will be considering a new pet over the next year. It is encouraging to note that in one poll, more than 80 percent of those people interviewed stated they will consider adopting their next pet from an animal shelter.

We will be waiting.

Can you lend a helping hand?

Dog Walker Volunteer Laura A. at Pet Supermarket Event

“Helping animals that can’t help themselves.”

Laura A. – Dog Walker Volunteer, 3 years of service.

Becoming a Dog Walker is one of the many volunteer opportunities we have here at Suncoast Humane Society. All of our dog walkers perform the very important duty of enriching and helping train our adoptable dogs while they wait for their forever humans to find them and take them home.

Each of our dog walkers is required to go through orientation and training to teach them how to properly handle our adoptable dogs. As a dog walker you will perform a variety of duties which include walking the dog, leash training, exercises and very basic obedience training.

Our volunteers are vital to the continuation of our mission to “reduce the number of homeless animals and improve the quality of life.” If you are interested in helping homeless pets while meeting new people with similar interests, please contact Events and Volunteer Manager Jacqueline Elliott at 941-474-7884 or by email at

Thank you, Wells Fargo!

Wells Fargo Donation

The County Line District and Greater Sarasota Wells Fargo Bank recently visited us here at Suncoast Humane Society and they certainly didn’t show up empty handed! This fun bunch donated a generous amount of pet food, supplies, and also made a monetary donation to our programs, services, and homeless pets.

Wells Fargo Volunteers Visit

Wells Fargo Volunteers Visit (2)

During their visit to Suncoast Humane Society they took a tour of our facility and were also able to spend some time feeding our adoptable pets. We had a great time and we think they did too!

Thank you again for your visit and generous donations. We truly appreciate your support!

Can you lend a helping hand?

Thrift Store Volunteer - Hillary T.

“I love being able to raise money and awareness for the animals!!”

Hillary T. – Thrift Store Volunteer, 9 months of service.

Many of the volunteer opportunities available here 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 Hillary, you can help the homeless pets of Suncoast Humane Society by volunteering at our three thrift stores located in Englewood, Venice, and Port Charlotte.

As a thrift store volunteer you will assist with a variety of fun activities. These include sorting, arranging, and pricing of items, and/or performing the duty of a salesperson. Proceeds from all three of our thrift stores benefit the programs, services, and animals at our shelter.

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, Maddie!

Maddie's Donation SHS

Maddie of Port Charlotte recently celebrated her 10th birthday! She is pictured here with her sister Jamie and some of the generous donations she collected at her birthday party for the animals of Suncoast Humane Society. Thank you so much for thinking about our adoptable pets on your special day! They truly appreciate your generosity 🙂

The much anticipated Tennis Ball is back!


We are excited to announce that tickets for our 8th Annual Tennis Ball are now available! The event will be held from 6:00-9:00 PM, Wednesday, January 27, 2016, in the Clubhouse at the Boca Grande Club. This season’s special fun and fundraiser will feature a sit down dinner, beverages, and an exciting live and silent auction. The auctions will offer upscale items, including art and entertainment packages. Last year’s festivities raised over $40,000, benefiting the services, programs and homeless animals entrusted in our care!

Tickets are $125 and can be purchased at our Adoption Center located at 6781 San Casa Drive, Englewood, at any one of our three thrift stores, at the Boca Grande Club, or through PayPal here. Dinner and beverages are included with the ticket.

The Tennis Ball serves to kick off the Boca Grande Club’s six week Professional Tennis Exhibition tournament. It will be held every Wednesday from February 3rd through March 9th at the Club. There will be men’s, women’s and mixed doubles, featuring top professional and collegiate players.

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