Alice is Home Again
By Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society
Even though Alice is just one of over 90 cats that have been adopted during Suncoast Humane Society’s “10 Times the Love” special adoption promotion, what a special story she is. We first met Alice in 2013, when she was brought in because of landlord issues. This beautiful 2-year-old female tortoiseshell was adopted almost immediately. For over five years, Alice enjoyed a wonderful home with her human companion. Then, sadly, health issues forced her owner to move to a state far away. The health problems coupled with the fact that the airline refused to allow Alice a seat, forced a very tough decision. As a result, Alice was returned to Suncoast Humane Society. Now seven years old, Alice remained in the shelter’s adoption cattery for nearly eight months. All the while her previous owner kept thinking about Alice, checking the Society’s website, seeing her picture and missing her.
Thankfully, the owner’s health was greatly improving, and so one day, after many phone conversations with Suncoast Humane Society’s adoption staff, the owner did something almost unbelievable. She hopped on an airplane, flew to a nearby airport, rented a limousine and headed for Suncoast Humane Society. Following a brief meeting with friends who met her at the shelter, the adoption papers were signed and Alice was reunited.
This story actually gets better. The limo had been waiting in the parking lot at Suncoast Humane Society. Alice and owner were rushed back to the airport, boarded the plane to her new home far away and sat together in first class. Alice is now enjoying the time of her life. Her owner keeps the adoption staff updated on a regular basis.
The “10 Times the Love” adoption special has proven to be the purr-fect solution to an overwhelming problem that was facing Suncoast Humane Society just a month ago. The day the promotion started, animal care staff were caring for over 130 homeless cats at the animal shelter. Since then, over 90 felines have been adopted, thanks to the special $10 adoption fee. This success has prompted the Society to extend the promotion through March 16.
There are presently 30 cats and kittens available for adoption at Suncoast Humane Society. Hardly a day goes by that cats and dogs are not surrendered to area animal shelters. If you have room in your home and your heart, please consider adopting from a shelter. You will be giving a homeless pet that second chance at a quality life.