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Press Articles

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Our press articles are also periodically published in the Boca Beacon and the Venice Gondolier
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WHERE IS THAT LARGE FARM?

englewood sun logoBy Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

Published in the Englewood Sun on July 16, 2017

Just recently an individual visiting Suncoast Humane Society stated, “If I had a large farm I would take them all home.” She of course, was referring to all the homeless animals in the shelter that day. She did not know, but she was talking about 150 dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets and hamsters being sheltered that day. Her statement sounds like an immediate solution to the homeless problem at an animal shelter, doesn’t it? Well not exactly.

June was Adopt a Cat month, celebrated by many humane societies and animal shelters across the country. It is a month dedicated to creating awareness of the millions of cats and kittens waiting at animal shelters for that special home. It is a month where we hope to get as many adopted as possible.

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IT’S NOT OFF SEASON FOR HOMELESS ANIMALS

englewood sun logoBy Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

Published in the Englewood Sun on July 02, 2017

Humane Societies and animal shelters in Southwest Florida find themselves in a topsy-turvy world compared to their counterparts up north.

It is a fact that dogs and cats have more puppies and kittens during the spring, summer and early fall months, even though we have less of a support base, including donors, adopters and volunteers. This year is certainly no exception. As an example, Suncoast Humane Society has received numerous homeless animals this spring, including over 20 puppies and 60 kittens since May 1.

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Keep Your Furry Friends Prepared for Hurricane Season

englewood sun logoBy Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

Published in the Englewood Sun on June 11, 2017

Hurricane Andrew, one of the most destructive hurricanes ever, was a real wake-up call for the need to include animals in disaster planning. Not only for family pets but for farm animals, zoos, wildlife centers and animal sanctuaries. For the safety of the animals, yes, but also because loose and frightened animals can cause many problems, like blocking roadways during the emergency. Since Andrew hit in 1992, cities, counties, states and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have all enacted animal disaster plans.

The success of these plans is dependent on us all having our own personal disaster readiness plans. Pets are also family members, so their welfare must be included in the plan.

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Suncoast Humane Society Awarded 4-star Rating

englewood sun logoBy Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

Published in the Englewood Sun on May 28, 2017

I felt very privileged, recently, to receive a letter from Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator. He opened by stating, “ On behalf of Charity Navigator, I wish to congratulate Suncoast Humane Society on attaining the coveted 4-star rating for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.”

This is a tremendous honor, considering that Charity Navigator is the leading charity evaluator in the United States, evaluating ten times more charities than their nearest competitor.

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The BIRTHS OF SPRING

englewood sun logoBy Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

Published in the Englewood Sun on May 14, 2017

Most of us look forward to spring with great anticipation. The days are longer and the nights a little brighter. Sometimes it isn’t even so humid, compared to a summer that lies ahead. That’s all good, right?

Sadly, there is also a downside for those who work or volunteer at animal shelters. For them it signals a start to the most dreaded time of the year, the increased birth of puppies, and especially in this immediate area, kitten season.

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