If pets made New Year’s resolutions

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By Phil Snyder, Executive Director of Suncoast Humane Society

Published in the Englewood Sun on December 27, 2015

It is time to make our New Year’s resolutions, so I asked several people what resolutions they thought their pets would make, if they could tell us. The responses were varied. Quite a few thought their dogs would want to be walked more frequently, their cats played with more often, and both wanting to enjoy more quality time with their human companions.

Some pets wanted to lose weight, some wanted to gain weight, and some wanted more exercise time. Several suggestions were offered, on behalf of their pets, that I found to be unique. I think you can tell which species made the following specific resolutions:

  • To stop raiding my feline friend’s litter box for delicacies.
  • To stop kicking litter out of my litter box and all over the bathroom floor.
  • To stop bringing lizards in from the lanai and presenting them as gifts, while Mom is trying to sleep.
  • To stop using the garbage can as my buffet.
  • To stop barking so much and become a couch potato.
  • To stop using the overstuffed chair as my personal nail sharpener.
  • To walk by mom’s open closet door without grabbing one of her shoes.

My favorites are:

  • To behave better so my owner does not drop me off at the humane society.
  • To start doing something wrong, because I am too perfect.

Other resolutions from more not-so-perfect pets were:

  • I will act more interested when forced to watch Animal Planet.
  • I will count to 10 before biting Aunt Mildred for rubbing my tummy juuust a little too long.
  • I will not take the legs out from under Mom and Dad as I race down the hall.
  • I will try chasing the ball, only after it has been thrown.
  • I will try and make friends with the vacuum sweeper.
  • I will also try to like the FedEx and UPS guys when they ring that antagonizing door bell.
  • I will try not to stand next to Mom or Dad after drinking water or flinging a slobber rocket.

I was prepared to add my own dog’s New Year’s resolutions, however last night he ate the list. I seem to always have dogs that love to eat paper things. One dog ate my mother-in-law’s death certificate. Luckily she never found out. The same dog once ate $265 worth of $5 bills that my wife and I were saving. I was able to retrieve $30 of the money, from the yard, over a period of time, until I finally gave up trying. I told the dog that each time he visited the yard, he was worth less money.

Whether you, or your pet, make New Year’s resolutions, or not, one resolution we should all strive for is to be the person your pet thinks you are.

Happy New Year!

Thank you, Nylabone!

Nylabone Donation

Our adoptable dogs would like to say a big thank you to Nylabone for their recent generous donation of chew toys! Nylabone sent us all kinds of goodies (retail value of close to $500) including bacon flavored chew bones for our larger dogs, puppy teething rings, and dino dental chews that came in the shapes of Brontosaurus, Stegosaurus, and T-Rex! These chew toys not only help to keep our dogs teeth clean and encourage non-destructive chewing habits but they also play a big role in improving and reducing our adoptable dogs shelter stay.

Wishing you the happiest of holidays!

One of the real joys of the holiday season is the opportunity to say Thank You and wish you the very best for the New Year!

Our animal care center and thrift stores will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to help celebrate the holiday season, but our Home for the Holidays adoption special will pick back up on December 26th and runs through the 31st.

Don’t forget to grab or order your 2016 Pet Calendar just before the New Year too!


Need a last minute gift for someone special who loves animals?
Make a donation in honor of your giftee as a thoughtful present that shows how much you care.


Looking forward to everything
we will accomplish together in 2016,

All of us here at Suncoast Humane Society

You Rock, Vineland Elementary!

Vineland Elementary Donation

We would like to say a special thank you to the second graders at Vineland Elementary School for their recent generous donation! Jane Silva, one of the second grade teachers, contacted us after all of the second grade classes decided that instead of exchanging gifts this year, they would like to hold a donation drive to benefit the animals of Suncoast Humane Society. What a great way to make the holidays a little merrier for our adoptable pets! As a token of our appreciation, six Pet Therapy teams stopped by each of the second grade classrooms to thank both the students and teachers and also presented each classroom with a 2016 pet calendar. Thanks again for allowing our pet therapy teams to visit and for your donation!

Happy Birthday, Jessica W!

Jessica W. Donation in honor of Dr. Flagel

We would like to wish Jessica W. a very happy birthday and also thank her for her recent generous donation! For her birthday, Jessica asked her friends to bring donations of pet supplies and food in lieu of presents. She then donated them in memoriam of Dr. David Flagel, a family friend that passed away recently. How wonderful is that? Thank you again Jessica, you are a very sweet girl and you have certainly made our adoptable pets very happy 🙂

Help Us Celebrate One Year!

Port Charlotte Thrift Store

We have exciting news! Our Port Charlotte thrift store has it’s one year anniversary coming up on December 15, 2015. In celebration of this exciting mile stone, the Port Charlotte thrift store, located at 1825 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, will host a sale from December 14-19. There will be a 50% discount on all items priced $2 or more. In addition to this already great sale, all Christmas items will be 75% off at all three thrift stores located in Englewood, Venice, and Port Charlotte. Our Pet Therapy Teams will also be at the Port Charlotte thrift store greeting visitors and shoppers throughout this weeklong celebration.

Whether your involvement at our thrift stores is as a donor, customer, volunteer, or any combination of these, you play a significant role in our mission to “reduce the number of homeless animals and improve the quality of life” and we can’t thank you enough for your support!

For thrift store hours and locations, visit the our website at www.humane.org, or call 941-474-7884 for more information.

Tobias and Quincy Live Happily Ever After

Jeanne and John adopted Tobias from Suncoast Humane Society on October 2, 2014 and they enjoyed his company so much that they came back not even a month later and adopted another kitty named Quincy. We recently received a lovely adoption update along with a precious photo of the two kitties snuggling together. Her card read, “This picture is of Tobias and Quincy – our “Crazy, fun loving cats” that we adopted from your place. We have had such a great time with them – In the picture, Quincy is on the bottom and Tobias is hugging him. Again, thank you for bringing them into our lives. We love them both!”

Adoption Update - Tobias & Quincy (3)

Thank you for the update Jeanne and John! We are so happy to hear that you are enjoying Tobias and Quincy and we bet these two are keeping your household very lively 🙂