Celebrating 5,000 Spay/Neuter Surgeries

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We are proud to announce that our Preventive Health Care Clinic has performed its 5,000th spay/neuter surgery! Our clinic, which is located inside our animal care facility, performs spay and neuter surgeries for cat and dog owners of any income level. By offering affordable services, it encourages everyone, regardless of income, to properly care for their pets.

Executive Director Phil Snyder states, “We hope to see a continued increase in the number of animals spayed or neutered through our clinic’s services, and an eventual overall reduction of animal surrenders to our facility. This begins with an increase of the overall ratio of altered pets to unaltered pets coming into our care.” Snyder adds, “Spay/neuter of companion animals is the primary focus of our No Birth campaign, the logical solution to lowering euthanasia rates at open admission animal shelters.”

We believe that spaying and neutering your pets is a necessary requirement for the effective control of the homeless animal population. It also is beneficial to animal health and behavior. Having your pet spayed or neutered is an essential component of responsible pet ownership.

Our Preventive Health Care Clinic services are by “appointment only”. For more information, pricing, or to schedule an appointment for your pet, please call  941-474-7884 Tuesday through Saturday.

No more litters, No more problems!

Can you imagine conceiving every year you’ve been alive and maybe even twice in one year? Well, this is the only life that Maya has ever known.

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Maya the 6 year old Chihuahua is pictured here with her five healthy puppies.

Maya was brought to Suncoast Humane Society after her owner could no longer care for her. Just shortly after she was brought into our care, the staff learned that she was actually pregnant with her seventh litter of puppies at the age of 6. Pregnancy is supposed to be a joyful time in one’s life but in Maya’s case it became more of a chore than anything else. All her life has consisted of so far is one pregnancy after another. This would not be an ideal situation for anyone, dog or human. Now you can add a shelter into the mix and you’ve got one stressful situation!

Animal Care Specialist Krystal & Maya

Krystal, one of our Animal Care Specialists, volunteered to open her home and heart to Maya who was pregnant with her seventh litter at the age of 6.

Krystal, one of our Animal Care Specialists, volunteered to open her home to Maya and her five puppies, Peter (now Rocky), Spring, Tulip, Blossom, and Sunny, as soon as she heard their story. This certainly was no small task. As a foster parent, Krystal was able to give Maya and her five puppies the love and attention they needed most during this time. She not only opened her home but also her heart to give all six dogs the best care they could possibly receive until they were able to be adopted. This is a true story of how our staff always goes above and beyond to help the homeless animals in our care and Krystal’s willingness and dedication shows just how far they will go.

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Pictured here from left to right is Tulip, Peter (now Rocky), Blossom, Sunny, and Spring.

It’s estimated that each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in the United States. This is in contrast to just over 10,000 human babies. At this rate there can never be enough homes for all the pets. If Maya had been spayed, she would have never had to go through this never ending cycle of pregnancies. This is why we strongly believe in spaying and neutering of companion animals. It saves lives by reducing pet overpopulation and decreasing euthanasia. Preventive veterinary care is essential to keeping pets healthy and happy.

The purpose of our preventive health care clinic is to encourage everyone, regardless of income, to properly care for their pets. By offering our low cost spay and neuter for pets to the public, it’s easy and affordable to keep your dog from having unwanted litters. There is absolutely no excuse to not have your pet spayed/neutered. You don’t want to put your pet through the same thing Maya had to in her 6 years of life, so we suggest you get your pets spayed/neutered as soon as you possibly can!

We are happy to report that Maya and all five of her puppies have been adopted into loving forever homes and we couldn’t be happier! Maya is now able to live the life she was never able to have while having litter after litter. She’s living on Boca Grande now, with sundresses and sunglasses on during her convertible rides. She’s truly living the good life.

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Maya wasn’t available long before her new mom Sally found her!

“We’re the two best friends that anyone could ask for!” – Blossom and Tulip

Sunny

“Yes, I know I’m cute.” – Sunny

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Proceed with caution, cuteness overload ahead!

Baby chihuahua Kisses

Everything is better when there are puppy kisses involved!

Did You Know?

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Did you know that we’ve been offering low-cost spay and neuter, affordable vaccinations and preventive health care services at our animal care center since 2009? Well, it’s true!

Thanks to the generosity and continued support of our donors, we remain able to continue these important public services while working to fulfill our mission of “reducing the number of homeless animals and improve the quality of life.”

The purpose of our clinic is to encourage everyone, regardless of income, to properly care for their pets. In fact, we credit our preventive health care clinic with helping some people to avoid giving up their beloved pets or even having them euthanized during difficult financial times.

We believe that spaying and neutering of companion animals is a necessary requirement for the effective control of the homeless animal population. It saves lives by not allowing dogs and cats to be born, just to become sad statistics in animal shelters.  Preventive veterinary care is essential to keeping pets healthy and happy. The educational guidance we provide to pet owners is immeasurable.

Our Preventive Health Care Clinic also offers de-wormers, heartworm testing and micro-chipping, which is an effective form of identification.  Micro-chipping is very important, especially in southwest Florida where pets can easily become separated from their human families during storm season.

Although we do not screen clients based on their financial abilities, our desire is to continue to help those with limited finances, care for their pets. We strongly recommended that anyone using our services establish a relationship with a full service veterinary clinic that is able to provide all the medical services your pet may require.

If you would like to find out more information on the services we provide, please visit www.humane.org or call us at 941-474-7884.

Heartworm Prevention is a must do for Dogs!

Protect Your Pets from Heartworm Disease!

Heartworm disease is serious and potentially fatal in dogs. A dog can get this parasite if bitten by an infected mosquito. There’s no way to tell if a mosquito is infected. That’s why prevention is so important. It takes about 6 months once a dog is bitten by an infected mosquito, for the larvae to mature into adult heartworms. They then lodge in the heart, lungs, and surrounding blood vessels and begin reproducing. Adult worms can grow up to 12 inches in length. Most dogs with heartworm infection do not show any symptoms until the disease becomes severe. At that stage, symptoms may include:

  • difficulty breathing
  • coughing
  • tiredness
  • reduced appetite and weight loss
  • lung, liver, kidney, or heart failure, leading to DEATH.

Heartworm infection is detected by a simple blood test that takes a small amount of blood and a short time to perform. All dogs should be tested for heartworm infection before starting a preventive program if 7 months of age or older and then again annually. Puppies should be started as young as 8 weeks of age on heartworm prevention and if continued, have very little chance of getting infected.

Make Sure That Your Pet Is Protected!

Regardless of the preventative medication that you choose, heartworm prevention is an absolute requirement for your pet’s well-being. Mosquitoes are everywhere (they can even come inside the house) and it only takes one mosquito carrying the heartworm larvae to infect your dog with heartworms. There is no reason to risk your pet’s life when you can easily prevent a problem by spending a few dollars per month on heartworm prevention. Heartworm Prevention must be given once per month year-round. Should your pet be diagnosed with heartworms, the damage that’s done to the dog and the cost of the treatment is much more than the cost to prevent heartworm disease.

As a part of our Preventive Health Care Clinic, we offer low-cost heartworm testing and medication. The purpose of our clinic is to encourage everyone, regardless of income, to properly care for their pets. Our low-cost Preventive Health Care Clinic helps to fulfill our mission to reduce the number of homeless animals and improve the quality of life. Please contact us at 941-474-7884 or visit www.humane.org for more information.

Let Us Know What You Think!

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We want to know about your experience with us, whether you adopted from us, used our programs or services, volunteered for us, or more recently!

Would you mind leaving a quick review for us on GreatNonprofits? Every 4 or 5 star review you give us puts us in the running for a 2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit Award. Click on the GreatNonprofits logo above to visit our profile on GreatsNonprofit.org, then on “Write a Review” under our 2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit award icon. Thank you so much for your time and review!

Why is is important?

Community awards like this one help us qualify for some grants that require proof of community engagement. Grants help us continue to provide our services and programs, helping more animals and improving our community overall. Thank you so much for your time and participation!

What YOU Helped Us Do in 2014

Freya the puppy found her new home with Christina and Stanley.

With your support, homeless pets like Freya were able to find forever families.

2014 marked the beginning and continuation of many beneficial programs and services here at Suncoast Humane Society. Without your financial support, we wouldn’t be able to offer these programs and services to our community. Here’s what you helped us do in 2014:

Sweet Pea the Kitten cuddles with her new family

Through your donations, Sweet Pea was able to find her forever home.

Your support, through your financial and material donations, have helped us be a helping hand to the pets and people in our community. Without your support, we could not offer the wide array of programs and services that we do. In 2015, as we plan our organization’s future at our new location, we need all the community support that we can get. Please contact us at 941-474-7884 or visit our website to learn more about our Capital Campaign for our new facility. We truly appreciate your support now and as we grow in the future!

Why Microchipping Your Pet Matters

With the recent story of a Naples dog being reunited with his family after 7 months because of his microchip, it’s more important to remember why microchipping your pet matters. Cooper, a three year old bully breed, was able to get out of his house after workers from the family’s pool service company left the front gate open. After searching locally for some time, the family started to give up hope that Cooper would ever make it home, until one day the family received a call from an animal shelter – in New Hampshire.

The family suspects that he didn’t get very far on his own and are unsure of how he got 1,500 miles from home before someone scanned him for a microchip, but they are just happy that Cooper was able to come back home to them. What happened was Salem Animal Control in New Hampshire scanned Cooper, who came to them as a stray, for a microchip, which was registered with the family’s contact information and current phone number. Cooper was reunited two weeks later with his family after a 23 hour drive back to his Naples home. A microchip made his reunion with his family possible!

As a humane society, we also deal with lost and found animals who either have or don’t have microchips, and it’s much easier to reunite missing pets with microchips. Our Lost & Found service is offered as part of our Pet Placement Program, and is only available for public use through the generous support of our donors.

 

Missing dog Jersey looks a bit sheepish while dad Thomas springs him from Suncoast Humane Society's lost and found room.

Jersey got separated from his dad Thomas and looks a little sheepish to be here at Suncoast Humane Society! There’s nothing to be embarrassed about though, Jersey, because now you’re home safe with your dad, where you should be.

Getting your pet microchipped in the first place is really simple with Suncoast Humane Society’s low cost preventive health care clinic. Simply call us at 941-474-7884 to schedule your appointment. Microchipping is just $25 per pet, and includes initial registration with the microchip company. Make sure to contact the microchip company directly after you get your pet microchipped if you move OR get a different phone number. The microchip will not be useful unless it has a good contact phone number connected to it and registered with the microchip company.

Missing cat Bailey was reunited as part of Suncoast Humane Society's lost & found service, part of their Pet Placement Program.

Bailey got separated from mom Diane, and was turned into us as a stray. Diane contacted us to file a lost report, and sure enough, we had him! Bailey is definitely happy to be home.

Though you might think of microchipping your dog first, microchipping your cat is very important too, even if he is an indoor only cat (which we would love all cats to be). Stranger things than an indoor cat getting outside have happened, and having your cat microchipped to help reunite you if that happens is a great step to avoid heartache.

And if you were wondering, a microchip is not a GPS tracking device, but rather an identification chip inserted between the shoulder blades of a pet that can be scanned by a special device that nearly all animal shelters, animal services, and veterinarian offices have. It’s a great preventive measure to take to help your pet stay safe and come back to you should he go missing!