Let’s Build The Future! Suncoast Humane Society’s Capital Campaign

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About Suncoast Humane Society

Suncoast Humane Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1971.

For over 50 years, Suncoast Humane Society has helped tens of thousands of animals live happier, safer and healthier lives, healing them with lifesaving services and connecting them to a loving community of support here in the Suncoast region of Florida and beyond.

Our Mission

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

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.

Sheltering – We rescue, house, care for, and adopt pets from our Englewood shelter. To add to our capacity, we’ve developed a network of foster families throughout the Suncoast region. 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.

Prevention – To reduce pet overpopulation and illness, we invest in prevention 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.

Our Vision

Pets have a profound impact on our lives. They bring us joy. They give us hope. They offer unconditional and uncomplicated love. They are family to us, and we are compelled to protect them. When they suffer, we feel helpless and will do anything to make them whole and happy again. For 50 years, Suncoast Humane Society has been the safety net for tens of thousands of dogs, cats, bunnies and ferrets. We have come together to tend to their needs.

We have become their guardian, their protector, so they can gain health, prevent overpopulation and find their forever family. With compassion and hope, we welcome each animal regardless of breed, size, temperament, or health, and tend to their varying needs.

Together, we will continue to care for the vulnerable by building a campus dedicated to defending and nurturing the pets in need in our community.

Rendering of the Clinic Building
Veterinary Center
Rendering of the intake center
Intake Center
Rendering of the community services building
Community Empowerment Center
Rendering of the community services building courtyard
Community Empowerment Center—Courtyard
Rendering of the dog play yard
Dog Play Yard
Rendering of the dog shelter from the courtyard
Dog Shelter from the Courtyard
Rendering of the dog shelter and pool
Dog Shelter and Pool
Rendering of the Cat Shelter from the courtyard
Cat Shelter from the Courtyard
Rendering of the Cat Shelter Looking South
Cat Shelter Looking South
Rendering of the volunteer center
Volunteer Center, to the right

The Why

Animal welfare has evolved to where the animal’s emotional health is considered as paramount as its physical health.

We must do better than to simply kennel and contain those who are homeless and helpless. The animals who come to us did nothing wrong; the humans failed them. While the nation was waking up to our lifesaving and life-affirming obligation, Suncoast Humane Society’s building deteriorated and became outdated.

  • The kennels are dark, loud and scary.
  • The cats have no sunlight.
  • There is little space for play and exercise.
  • The air is stagnant.
  • The floors are beyond repair and the building is in structural failure.

a dog named sinatra - photo at the humane society and photo of Sinatra with a boyDespite our best efforts to create an enriched environment, the condition and current building layout limits our staff and volunteers’ ability to provide a healthy and happy space for our animals. Even with significant structure improvements, the building’s limitations prohibit Suncoast Humane Society from providing a high standard of care, where dogs get to be dogs, cats get to chase butterflies, and clients of our preventive clinic get state-of-the-art care.

Today, there are hundreds of dogs and cats in our community who need help. They are hungry. They are homeless, and without us, they are hopeless.

  • There are families struggling with food insecurities who need our Community Pet Food Bank to be able to keep their pet with them and out of the shelters.
  • There are children with learning disabilities counting on our Therapy pets to spark their confidence and subsequently increase their skills.
  • There is a pet whose guardian passed away with no one to take them in.

These needs are very real, and all part of the reason Suncoast Humane Society exists.

photos of Rusty the cat in a kennel and with a senior manWhile our staff and volunteers take care of those in need today, we cannot forget how critical it is for us to look to the immediate future. Our current facility is substandard. Space is cramps and poorly laid out. The current design of kennels is traumatic for most of the pets. The animals deserve better. The community deserves better.

Together, we can build the future.

Where dogs get to be dogs, cats get to be cats, and together, we love and protect them all.

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To give rise to a campus which promotes happy and healthy pets, we saw the unique opportunity in front of us. The size and type of property purchased to build the future is ideal to honor the inter-connectedness between people, animals and plants, and the environment we share. This is what the American Veterinary Medical Association refers to as:

One Health

overview of property rendering - Suncoast Humane Society

Simply put, we share this environment and our individual health is reliant on our collective health.

Exacting attention was given to the property, our vision and
our conviction to not only protect the pets we will tend to,
but to protect the animals who call this land home.

  • Gopher tortoise burrows preserved
  • Scrub jay territory preserved
  • Natural vegetation preserved throughout the site
  • Buildings designed to preserve maximum number of existing trees and ground cover
  • Buildings oriented to maximize prevailing summer winds and provide maximum shade
  • Wet retention to minimize impact on property and located to maximize drainage efficiency due to slope of the land


With our environmentally-conscious build, we are reducing our carbon paw print.


The Plan

photos of a dog swimming and a cat sitting on a flowery lawn

The New Suncoast Humane Society campus at a glance:

  • 4,800 square foot shelter, with one cat house with 6 pods, and 56 dog runs
  • 4,400 square foot clinic for vaccinations, testing and surgery
  • 7,000 square foot community center with indoor and outdoor meeting space
  • 1,100 square foot volunteer center
  • A courtyard, walking and bike trails with covered places to rest, and room to grow

Designed to support the emotional health that is paramount to happy and healthy pets.

The new campus is designed so that dogs get to be dogs, cats get to be cats, and together, we love and protect them all.

The campus will be built on 11.5 acres of foliage-dense land that tortoises and scrub jays call home, to provide an innovative shelter, a veterinary clinic and a community empowerment center that seamlessly blends into the natural environment. Given the property’s natural and unique beauty, the landscaping was given as much importance as the buildings.

Innovative Shelter

  • Cats will lounge in living spaces with fresh air and butterfly gardens. They will get to stretch out, climb and watch wildlife outside their safe havens.
  • Dog runs will allow for indoor and outdoor access, with lots of fresh air and sunshine.
  • There will be swimming pools, play yards and a walking trail.

Veterinary Clinic

  • The clinic will provide critical preventive services, such as vaccinations and spay/neuter surgeries, to keep pets and our community healthy.

 Community Empowerment Center

  • The community center will be a hub to care for and celebrate our love of animals, where people in need can get pet food, new adopters can attend behavioral classes, and guardians can receive compassionate end-of-life services.

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Proposed Project Budget

Suncoast Humane Society selected a team of professionals, all with the commitment to ensure the construction is the best quality with the least life cycle cost, using the value engineering construction approach.

Value engineering construction is a calculated, systematic approach to ensuring that the necessary functions of the project are created with the lowest cost materials and components. Value engineering construction prioritizes cost management, while not affecting the quality of the project.


Brick-and-mortar: Using Value engineering construction approach, Dog Shelter, Outdoor Dog Runs and Pools, Cat House with Pods, Clinic, Community Center and Administrative Building, and Volunteer Center

Additional Project Costs: **

  • Design & Architectural Fees – Architectural & Landscape Design, Walking Trails, Butterfly Gardens, Engineering & Permit Fees
  • Equipment, Furniture & Fixtures – Dog and Cat Kenneling, Surgical Suite, Radiology
  • Contingencies
  • Net-zero/solar
  • 1 year’s worth of annual operating costs

** Actual amount of additional costs is currently being calculated.
** Costs are determined by current market value and are subject to change.

Chart. Column 1: Project Construction costs: We Did it! $8M Column 2: Additional Costs: Still Needed

We will continue to care for the vulnerable by building a campus dedicated to defending and nurturing the pets in need in our community.

Proposed Site

overview of property rendering - Suncoast Humane Society

There is urgency to our mission and an unrelenting drive for our vision. Today, there are hundreds of dogs and cats in our community who need help.

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Who is Building the Future

Architect & Interior Design

Schimberg Group Logo

Civil Engineering

Landscape Architect


Mechanical, Electrical Engineering

Structural Engineering

Acoustical Engineering

General Contracting

Commercial Construction Project Management

To learn more about Suncoast Humane Society’s Capital Campaign and how you can help, please contact us.

Let’s Build the Future.