Our Mission

To encourage, honor and support the human-animal bond in the Suncoast Region of Florida.

Our Vision

To celebrate a community whose pets are safe, protected and loved.

How We Do It

Suncoast Humane Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1971. We accept all animals through managed intake and do not turn an animal away based on health, temperament, age, size, or breed while maintaining a 90% live release rate. We do this by providing innovative programs through Sheltering, Prevention and Community Outreach aimed to care for pets and the people who love them. 


Through our bricks-and-mortar shelter, foster families, and Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender (PASS).


Through our low-cost spay/neuter, vaccinations and other preventive care to prevent pet overpopulation and illness.

Community Outreach

By implementing programs and services that respond to community needs including: pet therapy, pet food bank, behavior training, and creative initiatives to positively influence the human-animal bond.

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.