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Suncoast Humane Society Inc

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

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

Results: We accepted over 2,000 animals in 2014 and through our Preventive Health Care Clinic, spayed/neutered nearly 1,000 animals at affordable fees. We also offer preventative 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: 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: Through our programs and services, we helped more than 40,000 animals and people in 2014

Geographic areas served: Charlotte, Sarasota and Lee Counties

Programs: Pet Adoptions, Pet Therapy, Humane Education, Dog Obedience, Preventive Health Care Clinic, Pet Pantry, Volunteer Opportunities and more.

Community Stories

60 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Suncoast Humane Society is the best! We could not have asked for a better experience.

Lorin H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love the people and the prices. Great place! Adopted one of my dogs from here, they always remember him when we return for vaccines.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Christy38

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1 Russ V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter passed away in 2013 and I was lost, didn't want to function. And then I met Layla at Suncoast. It wasn't that quick either. These wonderful people at Suncoast took so much time helping pick the right baby for me. They went thru showing me a lot of fur babies, being patient and understanding, even helping me say it wasn't the right one if it wasn't. I think I was there quite often! And then I met Layla. We were meant to be together. She's awesome and she made me get up and function! She is still, 2 years later my rescuer! I am so grateful for Suncoast Humane Society and they are not only deserving of this award but every award!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted 2 cats 2 diffrent times it's amazing to see such a caring staff volunteering to make sure these animals have a quality life. I truly wish they had more donations to help out other animals in need. If everyone of us could do something to help. I know money is right for a lot of families( I am one) but if you go to survey monkey and do surveys U get to choose the charity u want ( humane society included) and it directly donates .50 per survey to the Humane Society. Till this day I've donated 13.50 in a month anything helps. Spread the word and San Casa needs more donations. It's the only place I ve seen so clean nice and full of good energy they care!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted 3 wonderful cats from the Suncoast Humane Society over the past decade. The staff are amazing, caring, angels on earth who go above and beyond to match you with your perfect pet. They also offer affordable veterinary procedures, such as the spay & neuter program, providing the community with much needed population control at a price that is very reasonable. Suncoast Humane is a no kill shelter, something I am forever greatful for as my latest cat, Belle, was a resident there for over 14 months. I cannot imagine what our community & surrounding areas would do without Suncoast, & I will continue supporting them in any way I can.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and have adopted 3 dogs from Suncoast Humane Society and all have been wonderful additions to our family. They take such good care of and animals and work so hard to find loving homes for all the animals there: small and large, young and old. They do wonderful work and have a positive impact in the community. I know they rely on donations and wish I could do more to help

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Client Served

Rating: 5

in 2010 we lost our beloved white lab Rugged to cancer at the age of 9. we retired to Florida 7/2011. By September we were ready for another fur baby to bring home. We saw a black lab but he was taken. we walked twice around the dog area. we went outside with one but he just wanted to be outside and didn't bond with us. we were about to leave dejected when one of the volunteers stated there were more dogs downstairs that they had no room for upstairs. she thought there was one that would be good for us. Well, she is perfect and her name is Cheetah which we kept. she was 9 months then and skinny as a rail. She came right up to us and they said she had no voice. Well, she has one now. She was thought to be a rottie/shepard mix but is a coonhound mix. She is very loving and listens. loves to play, chase squirrels and rabbits in and around the yard. Suncoast was the best. They followed up to see how she was doing and invited us back for a visit. Suncoast was very clean and run by very caring and loving pet lovers. I would recommend them to anyone looking to adopt a pet.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my wonderful kitty, Smokey Joe, from Suncoast Humane and was sooo impressed with the staff. They were so helpful in associating my dog with Smokey Joe, loaned me a crate to take SJ to his new forever home! I WISH I had LOTS of money to donate to their cause !!!!!!!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted two cats from Suncoast and were very please with the care and service provided by the staff. The new improved cattery is wonderful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The most caring and professional staff members !
On time service provided .
Suncoast Humane Society is an excellent example other animal facilities should be learning from !