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

For additional information about the Capital Campaign, please contact:
Jennifer Bitner
Chief Development Officer
(941) 681-0085 or jbitner@humane.org

DOnate to the Capital Campaign


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 fifty years, Suncoast Humane Society has been the safety net for tens of thousands of dogs and cats, and even bunnies and ferrets left vulnerable with no shelter or care. In the face of suffering, for fifty years we have come together to tend to their needs and keep them safe from further harm.

We have attentively 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.

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.

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.



Animal welfare has evolved from a field of legislative advocacy and programs designed to control the animal population, sometimes through very tragic means, to one where the animal’s emotional health is considered as paramount as its physical health.

We now better understand that our treatment of animals reflects who we are as a community. 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 human 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waking up to our lifesaving and life-affirming obligation, Suncoast Humane Society’s building deteriorated and became outdated.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 and 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.

Despite our best efforts to create an enriched environment, the condition and current building layout limits our staff’s 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 social, cats get to chase butterflies, and clients of our preventive clinic get state-of-the-art care.

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

While 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 cramped and poorly laid out. How we provide care is limited by a worn down and out-of-date facility. The current design of kennels is traumatic for most of the pets, compounding what is already an exceedingly difficult time for them. 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.



A pivotal decision had to be made at the launch of this design process.


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


We could level the land and recreate our current shelter, focusing on improvements to pet viewing areas and new kenneling, or we could be bold and create something new, allowing our values over tradition to lead the design. There was no question: the community’s love of pets would be foundational to anything we produced. The design needed to foster and encourage that love, ultimately promoting happy and healthy pets.

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 interconnectedness between people, animals and plants, and the environment we share. This is what the American Veterinary Medical Association refers to as One Health. 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. Let’s Build the Future.



The new Suncoast Humane Society campus will be home to a 2,800 square foot shelter, with two cat houses and forty dog runs, a 3,200 square foot clinic for vaccinations, testing and surgery, and a 6,500 square foot community center with indoor and outdoor meeting space. There will be a courtyard, walking and bike trails with covered places to rest, and room to grow as Suncoast Humane Society poises itself to be able to help even more animals in crisis. Given the property’s natural, unique beauty, the landscaping was given as much importance as the buildings.

The new campus is designed so dogs get to be dogs, cats get to be cats, and together, we love and protect them all. The campus will be built on eleven and a half acres of foliage-dense land that tortoises and scrub jays call home, to provide a shelter, a clinic and a community center that seamlessly blends into the natural environment. 

    • Cats will lounge in living spaces with fresh air and butterfly gardens. They will get to stretch out, climb and watch wildlife outside of 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.
    • 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.
  • The clinic will provide critical preventive services, such as vaccinations, and spay/neuter surgeries to keep pets and our community healthy.

We now know how emotional health is paramount to happy and healthy pets. Let’s Build the Future.




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; value engineering.

Value Engineering 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 prioritizes cost management, while not affecting the quality of the project.



Architect & Interior Design

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Civil Engineering


Landscape Architect



Mechanical, Electrical Engineering


Structural Engineering


Acoustical Engineering


General Contracting


Commercial Construction Project Management

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



  1. Clinic
  2. Community Center
  3. Cat Pods & Butterfly Gardens
  4. Shelter
  5. Kennels & Play Area
  6. Maintenance
  7. Covered Rest Area
  8. Future Expansion


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. Let’s Build the Future.


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

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