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.
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.......
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.
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) =)
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!
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.
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.
Since moving to Florida 15 years ago, We have adopted 3 dogs from the fine organization. Every time, they were patient with us as we interacted with each dog, we saw them in various settings and answered all of our questions. All three have been successes beyond our imagination. In fact my current dog, Logan is the best dog I have EVER had and I have many over my life. This organization is highly recommended for their care of the residents, patience and commitment to the well being of all involved.
I've been adopting from Suncoast for many years. My current furbabies were adopted two years ago at the age of three months old. They have turned out to be the most beautiful, loving, and precious kitties anyone could ask for. I wish I could adopt them all.
A visit to Suncoast is a treat. The volunteers are always positive, eager to help, patient and knowledgeable. The facility is clean and the animals are well cared for. You leave with a smile on your face and/or a new forever friend. My first and only choice for adopting a furry friend is from Suncoast Humane Society. Thank you.
Suncoast Humane Society is the best! We could not have asked for a better experience.
Love the people and the prices. Great place! Adopted one of my dogs from here, they always remember him when we return for vaccines.
What a great, friendly place to get reasonably priced vaccines, heart worm medications and tests done. Everyone is so nice. A clean environment too. The dogs are happy.
I had a wonderful time in the R.E.A.D. program with my pet partner Ruffin. The Children loved Reading to this Giant Newfoundland and even used him as a pillow. He loved it, I loved it and the kids loved it. Win, win, win. Claire was such a wonderful volunteer coordinator. Plus the shelter was always spotless, and the staff was always over the top friendly and helpful.
I look forward to volunteering at the shelter every Friday morning, helping to take of the cats. We brush them and play with them and it is wonderful when we see them find their forever homes.
We adopted our cat Toby from Suncoast three years ago to keep our 19 year old kitty company as she was going deaf and blind. He is a real sweet boy and befriended Tyler immediately. We lost Tyler in November and Toby became very depressed, so in January we went back to Suncoast and found Maggie a 2+year old female. She also is sweet, and just loves people. Our friends and family can't believe how friendly these kitties are and they even play with our three young grandsons. The staff and volunteers are exceptionally caring and really socialize their adoptees. They truly care and really go out of their way to make sure you get the right fit. The staff has been wonderful with both of our adoptions and it is obvious they really care about the animals. The shelter is clean and well organized; a sure sign that everyone there loves animals . I just can't say enough good things about Suncoast. My husband and I have found two awesome buddies who delight and amaze us.
My husband and I lost our family Dog several years ago and decided that since we wanted to travel it was unfair to have another pet in our house. But both of us being dog lovers we had to find a way to have them in our lives.
In comes the Suncoast Humane Society. Through their organization we became foster parents to medically challenge dogs. We prefer to have the large breeds and have been very fortunate to have Scottie, Honey, Abby, Cheyenne and Cinnamon in our lives so far. The staff and other volunteers have been so very helpful to us and we can just imagine what the animals think.
Keep up the good work.
I volunteer at a rescue in northern Indiana and wanted to do the same here in Florida. I became a "dog walker" and love to see these sweet animals get the love and attention that gain them a new "forever" home. I continue to be impressed with this organization.
I'm so grateful for Suncoast Humane Society! I needed a dog in my life. My fuzzy baby had just gone to doggy heaven and I was so lost and miserable without her. I know I checked every shelter within a 200 mile radius of my home but couldn't find a dog that didn't have a $250 adoption fee (or more). I'm living on Social Security so I couldn't afford to adopt one. Then I found Suncoast...and Lacey (formerly Daisy). She's 5 months old, and the most adorable, lovey puppy I've ever met. I'd never had a Chihuahua before so the energy and puppy kisses were a bit of a surprise, but she's training me to appreciate them and we're doing just great. One of the best things is that her adoption fee was so low that I could actually afford her; and best of all, since I was a senior, it was even lower! Suncoast does a great job putting people and pets who really need each other together. I say a little thank you to them every morning when Lacey crawls out from under the covers to give me a great big doggy kiss on the cheek to let me know our day has started. Thanks, I needed that!
I have adopted kitty's and dogs from Suncoast! Now I volunteer with them and love what I do there, and the staff is so dedicated to getting these animals adopted into good homes. The shelter is clean and the fur baby's are so loved by not only the staff, but all of the wonderful volunteers who give selflessly of their time to help these animals to acclimate to a human touch!
I adopted my best friend from you on April 3rd. 2014. His name was Cobi ( now Coco) Coco and I do about everything together. Dog park 5-6 days a week in North Port. After adopting Coco I had a full body bone scan on him just to see if he was alright. He is perfect, except the X-ray found that someone had shot him in the center of his side. The shot is still in him. The vet said it will be fine. Nothing needed to be done and it will never bother him as it is in a safe spot for him. It's just over a year now and he is a healthy, happy boy. Thank you for giving me such a wonderful friend. you got him straight and gave him a second chance and you gave me a second chance as I have bone cancer and lost my wife to cancer before adopting my boy Coco. Thank you and thank GOD.