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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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Free to Good Home - Who Pays the Price?

englewood sun logoBy Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

When we bring a pet into our home and they become part of our family, we plan for that relationship to last for the lifetime of the pet. We make a commitment to provide for them, keeping them as safe and secure as we do our other family members.

There are many reasons given to animal shelter personnel from families who feel they must break that commitment and surrender their pet. We shake our heads at some of the less understandable excuses, however, there are those individuals that have been dealt an unfair blow and are facing circumstances beyond their control. For them, we are thankful that after agonizing over this painful decision, they chose to take their pet to a bona fide animal welfare/care organization where staff are trained to adopt pets into appropriate, loving homes.

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June - Cats are Busting Out all over

englewood sun logoPhil Snyder, Executive Director, Suncoast Humane Society

June is Adopt a Cat Month. It was originated by the American Humane Association, along with October’s Adopt a Dog Month, to draw attention to the many pet’s that await permanent homes in animal shelters.  The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) estimates that 3.9 million dogs and 3.4 million cats enter the 13,600 animal shelters, nationwide, each year. In addition there are over 70 million stray and feral cats living dangerous lives in the US. 

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Disaster Planning - Don't forget Felix and Fido

englewood sun logoBy Phil Snyder, Executive Director of Suncoast Humane Society

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 enacted animal disaster plans.

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Dog Fighting is Alive and Hell in the United States

englewood-sun-logoBy Phil Snyder, Executive Director of Suncoast Humane Society
                                               Published in the Englewood SUN on May 15, 2016

One media reporter asked, “Does dog fighting still go on, here in the United States?” It was a wake-up call for many in 2007 when the property of a popular football quarterback was raided for illegal dog fighting activities. Michael Vick and three associates of his Bad Newz Kennels were charged and convicted in Federal and Virginia State courts.

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Suncoast Humane Sees Increase in Adoptable Pets and Needs Your Help!

englewood sun logoBy Phil Snyder, Executive Director of Suncoast Humane Society

                                                                             Published in the Englewood Sun on May 11, 2016

As an open admissions animal care center, Suncoast Humane Society never turns away an animal in need. During this past week, your local humane society saw an increase in the number of stray and surrendered animals brought to us at our San Casa Drive location in Englewood. This increase in incoming animals will nearly double the number of homeless dogs and cats being housed at the facility.

Read more: Suncoast Humane Sees Increase in Adoptable Pets and Needs Your Help!