New Year, New Look!

Angel the 1 year old Papillon/Lhasa Apso mix came to us with severely matted fur. As you can see from his before photos below, his fur had grown to such an unmanageable, matted length that he could hardly even see.

Thanks to our awesome volunteer Judy, Angel now has a fresh new cut just in time for the New Year. That’s not all though! After getting his new look, Angel wasn’t available for long before his new mom Linda found him. It’s safe to say that he is now enjoying the life he’s always dreamed of! You can see his amazing transformation below:

We can’t stress enough how crucial it is for regular and frequent grooming. Brushing, especially, is absolutely necessary to not only prevent mats but to keep your pet’s coat and skin healthy. Thank you again Judy, for always going above and beyond to help the homeless animals in our care!

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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.

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!”

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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 🙂

Bailey Finds Her True Loves

Bailey the 5 year old Pit Bull Terrier mix found her perfect family on October 10, 2015 with Michael, Ginger, and River! Recently, we received these sweet photos of Bailey in her new forever home along with this note, “Bailey has adapted perfectly and is the calmest and most loving, happy animal we’ve ever known. We couldn’t be more insanely happy with our choice. Thank you guys!!” We loved seeing these photos and hearing about how Bailey is doing. Thank you for giving this sweetheart a loving forever home and a place to rest that pretty face 🙂

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.

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!

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!