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Suncoast Humane Society Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare

Mission: Suncoast Humane Society exists to reduce the numbers of homeless animals and improve the quality of life.

Results: 1,232 pets were adopted or reunited in 2018, and through our Preventive Health Care Clinic we spayed/neutered 1,861 animals at affordable fees. We also offer preventive services at our clinic to further help pet owners afford continuing care and keep pets in their homes where they belong. Other programs and services we offer include Pet Adoptions, Community Outreach, Thrift Stores and Volunteer Opportunities. Visit our website at www.humane.org for more information.

Target demographics: reduce the number of homeless animals and improve the quality of life

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2018, there were 1,232 pets adopted and reunited; 6,011 Preventive Health Care Clinic patients; 1,861 spay/neuter surgeries; 22,664 pounds of pet food re-distributed to animals in need; being 100% donor funded by over 7,000 generous supporters.

Geographic areas served: Charlotte, Sarasota and Lee Counties

Programs: Pet Adoptions, Pet Therapy, Humane Education, Dog Obedience, Preventive Health Care Clinic, Pet Pantry, Dog Obedience Training, Fospice, Shelter Angel program, CARE Abuse Prevention Partners, Foster Home Care, Disaster Relief Resources, Lost and Found Service, Volunteer Opportunities and more.

Community Stories

124 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Suncoast Humane Society for 7plus years.The staff is amazing and the animals are well cared for and loved. We are blessed to have a Vet on staff who is always caring for and helping the pets in any way that she can.
There are a number of devoted volunteers who make sure the animals get some extra love and exercise and help in any areas they are needed.
Until they find their forever home,the animals could not be in a better or more loving environment than Suncoast Humane Society.
I am blessed to be a small part of that family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Suncoast for almost 3 years helping with their offsite cats.
They take great pride in finding these animals forever homes. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to help this nonprofit. I cannot encourage people enough to #AdoptDontShop and look local for your next furry friend!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I worked with Suncoast in their Pet Therapy program for a number of years. The organization is so well managed and all their employees are devoted to the cause. They have so many wonderful fund raising events throughout the year!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at Suncoast Humane Society as a dog walker several years ago and currently volunteer in the cattery. I am always amazed at the love and care the staff and volunteers have for the animals. Every animal is treated with love and respect. No animal is ever turned away regardless of health or behavioral issues and every effort is made to correct any issues if necessary and prepare the animal for a forever home. I adopted my wonderful dog from Suncoast. In spite of the love and care the animals receive, the facility is old and in need of funding to for a new building. The dog kennels for example are not air conditioned or heated which makes it uncomfortable for the dogs in the hot Florida sun, especially in the summer and the cold winter nights. Even with donations, thrift stores and continuous fund raisers, it will be a long time until the funds are raised for the new facility but every little donation brings us closer to our goal.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Suncoast Humane Society for 3 or 4 years, first as a dog walker and now also as a Dog About Town volunteer. We take shelter dogs out to stores, restaurants and events to socialize the animals and to let people see them in a normal setting out in the community. I thought I was helping dogs, but instead, the dogs have shown me how great people are. Every employee and volunteer knows each dog, we all fall in love and we all cheer as they find a new home. During my dog outings, I hear stories from the community of the dogs and cats people have adopted and loved, and the happiness they have brought. Shelter animals are not abandoned. At Suncoast, they have a full staff of people to love and care for them until they find their way home. P.S. two dogs came home with me, too!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering in the cattery as a cat cuddler in 2016. Even though I’m a retired school counselor who has had several careers, I am still learning new skills by having a responsible position as a volunteer with the feline population. I’ve made friends with coworkers. I enjoy my weekly job and look forward to my afternoon with the kitties. A year ago I finally fell in love with one of our older cats, and she joined our family. I believe so strongly in the mission of Suncoast Humane that my husband and I have become donors as well. I have boundless respect for the staff and professionals who are so dedicated to the animals. It’s a great place to work. I feel proud to be part of an organization that serves our community so well.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We moved to Port Charlotte in 2012 and within a year I began volunteering at one of the Humane Society Thrift Shops. Since then I have several different "hats" with this organization -- Critter Bank routes, event planning, pet food pantry, public relations -- and there are so many different areas, dog walking, cat cuddling, etc. that you can donate your time to. The staff at the main facility is so committed to the health and well-being of every animal that crosses through the front door. Their compassion and devotion shows in their smiles and helpfulness and "thank yous." I have met so many wonderful people, some who have become best friends, others where we just enjoy each others company while volunteering. In 2014 we adopted Gypsy, 95# mixed full of love with a heart of gold. I have owned pure breds most of my life and there's something about a rescue that melts your heart. They look at you with eyes that say with unconditional love -- "thank you" and "just please take care of me." I also am a volunteer with the Homeless Coalition and helped in their Food Pantry. We found there was a need to supply pet food for the clients' pets. So the Kibble Kafe was started and receives a large amount of their pet food from the Humane Society -- I do my best to see that there are "cookies and treats" along with pet food for all their pets because every pet needs cookies -- and again -- all this is thanks to the Humane Society. I cannot tell you the satisfaction I feel as I volunteer with this awesome group of workers and volunteers. They have become my family and I cannot imagine my life here without them. We have one goal in common-- the love of the animal.

1 Deb D.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Suncoast for 3 years, doing the Welcome desk for a year and dog walker for two years. I appreciate high standards of care as I am a retired nurse. I have been impressed with the standards of care that Suncoast has for it's animals. As a dog walker, we are not just given a leash and told: go for it. We all are trained for our safety and the safety and positive learning experiences for the dogs. There are four levels of dog walkers, each level adding additional skills to handle the needs of our dogs. Our Animal Behaviorist comes out to the pens on a daily basis to assists with advice. Every person that volunteers or works at Suncoast LOVES those animals.
It is amazng how clean and pleasant smelling it is! We actually celebrate when our long term "residents" get adopted. We know how much we have all worked with these dogs to get them to the point where they are a wonderful addition to a new family. We have Pet Therapy training and obiedience training. After a dog is adopted, people can come back and get additional advice if issues arise during the adjustment from kennel to home. We have Fostering programs. for dogs requiring more medical attention, puppies, and recently added a program where long term dogs go home with volunteers and go out and walk in public areas and spend time in their home. We have a very active Dog About Town program where two dogs are taken by volunteers to venues so the public can see them. It is an amazing place!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's all about the animals! I currently am a volunteer and every employee and volunteer I have met are sincerely dedicated to placing all animals in the best environment possible. The devotion of the staff is an inspiration to me to want to do more.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer Cat Cuddler at Suncoast Humane Society for 4 years and simply love it! It truly is a “happy place” for me and I look forward each week to my volunteer day.
The staff, medical care, food and socialization of the animals are wonderful! It is heartwarming to experience the great care and attention that all the animals receive.
Simply put, I love volunteering and feel honored to be part of such an amazing organization!
Mary Jones

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a puppy from a rescue group in the Tampa area - who rescued a litter & parents from a high kill shelter in Miami.... shortly after getting settled in at her new home, Cali went into heat so we weren't able to get her spayed during that time. But once it was OK, I brought her to Suncoast Humane Society in Englewood and had a wonderful experience. The staff was friendly, explained everything well and made me feel at ease about everything! Thank you, Suncoast, to making a difference in my pup's life, my life and our experience! The Preventive Health Care Clinic is an amazing solution to local communities and to the homeless animals in SWFL.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I bring my senior cat, Jasmine, to the preventive healthcare clinic, annually. The customer service and medical staff are all very friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. I adopted Jasmine from Suncoast Humane Society two years ago. She will be 13 years young in July. I love her so much and could never possibly thank the staff and volunteers of Suncoast Humane Society enough for the joy Jasmine has brought into to my life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

OLIVER
I have become a new mother.
Quite a feat at eighty-two.
If you adopt from Suncoast Humane
You can become a new mom too.
A warning is in order.
I already have the best.
My six-year-old cat Oliver
Is a step above the rest.
He came to me clean and healthy
With a microchip in place,
All white fur on his belly
And spots of orange on his back and face.
The manners were already taught.
He is litterbox trained and neat.
Curious, as all cats are
His new home he was ready to greet.
I didn't realize there was a gap
In my life that need filling.
All the attention and love he gives
Add so much to life - it's thrilling.
He definitely reached my heart strings,
And plays them every day.
He has made my life complete
Unconditional love is life's brightest ray.
Suzanne Smith, 2018

Suncoast Humane is a wonderful organization and doing a wonderful job. Oliver could not have been any cleaner or well taken care of before the adoption. Thank you to all the caring people donating their time and energy.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I went to the volunteer orientation and was NOT impressed. For an hour and a half the lady went on about how great the organization is (we know that, that is why we are there to volunteer). Then she went around the room and we had to introduce ourselves... Why? It felt more like a job orientation. She spent very little time on explaining the volunteer programs or how it worked. The only thing available was in the stores. That should of been told to us before setting thru an hour and a half of useless information. Oh... And if you want to volunteer email me and I will try to find you something..... That is why we are here. Signed up for 1 Saturday in store and never heard from them. That was 2 months ago. Do not waste your time.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

BEWARE!!!!! My husband and I went into the Suncoast Human Society to adopt a dog and give it a sweet and loving home that so many of these animals deserve. As we were walked around and shown the dogs by a volunteer we came across a cute little dog that kinda chose us. The volunteer asked us to wait their she would get him out for us the next thing we know a very angry and irate employee stormed up to us and aggressively screamed us out in front of the animals putting the animals in distress themselves they have been through enough as she ordered us into the lobby she proceeded to scream out the volunteer threaten to fire her. We left the facility immediately but my heart goes out to those poor unfortunate animals to have such a tyrant employed their those poor animals if she would scream and rant in front of them with out a care in the world no telling what really goes on at that facility. TONIGHT I PRAY FOR THOSE POOR ANIMALS THEIR.......

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my Nellie from Suncoast Humane Society in 2012, The facility is so clean.
The Staff and volunteers are very compassionate with the animals in their care.
It is amazing with all the services that they have for the community,
I am thankful for all that they do, and for my sweet Nellie.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted both of my dogs from Suncoast Humane and both adoptions went smoothly and the volunteers and doctors were so happy and helpful. Adoption fees are VERY affordable and when I'm ready for my next pet I'll be back to adopt again. The facility is clean and full of helpful staff & volunteers. Thanks so much Suncoast, for my girls Swisher (formerly Princess) and Matti (formerly Lucky) =)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

While on Christmas vacation from the Northeast in 2009, my daughters and I went to the Suncoast Humane Society for "just a visit". As they played with the cats I remained in the outer waiting area knowing we weren't in a position to adopt at the time, but I broke down and went into the cat room after the girls pleaded with me to "just come in and look". As I walked past a shoulder height cage, a tiny paw reached out to me and inside the cage was a grey tiger kitten. Despite being alone, he was happy and playful. It was love at first sight as he continued to reach his paw out to me. I knew instantly that I wanted to take him home but the logistics weren't favorable - we were in a "no pets" vacation rental house and we were flying back to Connecticut in one day. The staff at Suncoast were completely supportive and reassuring, informing us of what would be required to make the adoption happen and fly with a cat, so we put a 24-hour "hold" tag on the kitten. We spent a gorgeous last day - New Years Eve - on the beach where my daughters and I tried to get their dad to agree to the adoption. After several runs from the beach to the ocean where he was fishing (or trying to!) my daughter gave me the word: "Dad said he doesn't care, but he doesn't want anything to do with it". She took that as the all-clear but as an adult I read into it and it was less than favorable so we sat on the beach playing out what we'd have to do and the cost that would go along with it: the adoption/donation fee, an FAA approved carrier and an airline ticket for kitty. With less than an hour before the Humane Society closed for the holiday, we ran from the beach, drove too fast searching for a pet store along the way, overpaid for an official cat carrier, and ran into the SHS building in our wet, sandy clothes. We informed the volunteer we were there to pick up our "on-hold" kitten. She led us into the cat room where another couple was standing in front of "our" kitten'' cage, discussing whether or not they wanted to a adopt him. My heart sank. I looked at the time and thought maybe we were too close to the 24-hour hold deadline and they were going to let him go while they had a solid adoption standing there. Then the couple walked away as the woman describe a different, older cat that she preferred. The volunteer couldn't get our little tiger out of the cage fast enough for us. I was thrilled with the extensive care and adoption preparations by SHS - my kitten had an implanted ID chip, medical documentation, information on where and why he was put up for adoption ("eats too much" for an elderly woman), and we were provided with a bag of cat food and other goodies. It felt good to write a check for the adoption and add a little extra as a donation to this great organization. Our trip back north took a total of 11 hours due to car travel to the airport, an unexpected flight delay and an unexpected change in planes due to a mechanical problem. Our little kitten never made so much as a tiny "meow". He was so quiet I was concerned he had a problem so I took him into the restroom where he promptly looked up at me with a faint cry. "Tygrr" settled in nicely when we returned home. He slept alongside me in bed from the first night, with his body stretched out long as if he'd waited forever to be this comfortable. He's since traveled by car to vacation with me and again by plane, as we now live in Florida full-time. I believe a pet knows they've been "rescued" because their dedication and appreciation is endless, as Tygrr shows me every day. He's always a bright spot in my day because he's so amusing. It turns out that he's a domestic Bengal cat who "talks" ( a very clear "mom") and needs constant attention (and yes, he does eat a lot!). He never showed an ounce of fear which makes me believe the Suncoast Humane Society staff and volunteers provided him with a great deal of care and attention. I highly recommend this organization as the "go-to" place to adopt the new love of your life!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Society is a caring and wonderful charity that helps animals in need. I have been greatly impressed by their kindness and caring attitude for our pets.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They not only take extremely good care of their animals, they offer affordable vet care for the comity they serve. Can't say enough good things about Suncoast Humane.