About Us

Suncoast Humane Society is a Regional no-kill animal welfare organization, founded in 1971.

Our program and services include: adoptions, low-cost preventive health care, animal enrichment, Pet Therapy, Foster Care, Lost and Found, Dog Obedience Training, Community Pet Food Bank, Humane Education and Outreach, Shelter Angel Medical Fund, Volunteer Opportunities, Disaster Resources, Fospice, and more; all aimed to create and support a no-kill community.

We serve Southwest Florida including Charlotte and Sarasota Counties, Boca Grande and beyond. Our shelter helps more than 50,000 animals and people each year.

Our Mission: Because pets need people and people need pets, Suncoast Humane Society provides sheltering to the most vulnerable animals, affordable preventive services to the community, and ongoing support for pets and the people who love them.

Our Mission is then bonded to our Vision:

Our Vision: Because pets need people, and together we have a lot of work to do to create a world where all pets are loved, we help pets and people live happier, healthier lives filled with love.

How We Do It

Suncoast Humane Society loves and tends to those pets with no-one else to care for them, regardless of their health, temperament, age, size, or breed. We show up for the underdogs, cats, and small critters. We love them all.

We do this by providing innovative programs through Sheltering, Prevention and Community Outreach aimed to care for pets and the people who love them. 


We rescue, house, care for, and adopt pets from our Englewood shelter. To add to our capacity, we have developed a network of foster families throughout the Suncoast region. And to foster better human-animal bonds, we developed the innovative Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender (PASS) program, leveraging the greater community to keep families together.


To reduce pet overpopulation and illness, we invest in preventive efforts that include low-cost spay/neuter clinics, vaccinations, and other preventive care.

Community Outreach

We educate the community to help them build stronger bonds with their pets through positive behavior training programs and pet therapy. We also have services to help them keep their pets, despite temporary challenges, with our community pet food bank.

An Important Mission with Humble Beginnings

Founded in 1971 by a group of compassionate people, the Animal Aid Society of Englewood began operations as a small shelter with a few cages to care for homeless animals. The Englewood area, along with the entire nation, experienced a pet over-population crisis that challenged our non-profit organization to grow to meet the needs. Expansions to the shelter occurred, with the latest completed in 1997. Over time our service area expanded and is now Charlotte County, Sarasota County, the Boca Grande portion of Lee County and beyond. To more accurately reflect the areas we serve, the name was changed to Suncoast Humane Society.