Their Hope is in Our Hands
By Lena Hart, Marketing and Event Planning Manager, Suncoast Humane Society
It’s that time of the year when many of us are getting our freezers, bellies and stretchy pants ready for Thanksgiving Day; our wallets ready for Black Friday and Cyber Monday; and our hearts ready for that feel-good Giving Tuesday philanthropy opportunity. Giving Tuesday originally began as a global day of giving back in 2012 by the United Nations Foundation and has been wildly successful in serving as an official kick-off for many charitable organizations’ holiday fundraising campaigns. The beauty of Giving Tuesday is that anyone can participate, and there are many different ways to do so. Suncoast Humane Society is doing something different this year, by expanding its Giving Tuesday fundraising event to not just one, but five days of giving between November 29 and December 3. Here are three great reasons to support Suncoast Humane Society this holiday season:
#3 – For many pets, preventive care and soul nourishment begins at the shelter. It is no secret that well-cared-for pets are primed for success in their future forever homes. Suncoast Humane Society’s Preventive Health Care Clinic offers services that aid in reducing pet over-population and disease control through spaying/neutering and ensuring that all animals up to date on vaccinations. Microchipping is also offered as a service to the public, and to all adoptable pets, increasing the chances of lost pets being reunited with their humans, something any pet owner finds invaluable. Soul nourishment for homeless pets at Suncoast Humane Society begins immediately after their arrival at the shelter through evaluations, socialization, and other unique enrichment programs like Reiki, aromatherapy, reading to the animals, and more. Animal enrichment provides emotional healing, while obedience training plays an important role in behavioral development for pets who are destined to be great companions, but may lack experience, or courage.
#2 – Responsible pet ownership also begins at the shelter through a thorough adoption process that includes careful screening of potential adopters and one-on-one consultations with animal behaviorists before pets go to their new homes. But what happens after an animal leaves the shelter? Many of the adopters stay in touch through follow-up communications, which makes it easier to address any concerns or questions that may arise after adoption. The on-site Preventive Health Clinic also makes it easy to keep newly adopted pets up to date on vaccinations, heartworm prevention, and even nail trimmings, to name a few. Behavioral training is also available to dog owners through dog obedience classes which are available to the public throughout the year.
#1 – For Suncoast Humane Society, caring doesn’t just mean for homeless animals and clinic patients, it also means caring for its wider community. The humane society has built strong relationships with businesses and other animal welfare organizations in surrounding counties over the course of 48 years. The organization’s pet therapy team visits schools, hospitals, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and even courthouses, serving more than 28,000 adults and 7,700 children. The organization also offers humane education to promote knowledge of proper animal treatment and the benefits of the human-animal bond. Suncoast Humane Society has been in partnership with the Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies, Inc. (C.A.R.E.), a non-profit agency that helps victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes. Another great program worth mentioning is the Pet Food Pantry, which provides temporary assistance to pet owners with financial constraints. In 2018, the Pet Food Pantry program re-distrubuted 22,664 lbs. of cat and dog food to pet owners for their animals in need. The Pet Food Pantry’s wish is that by offering aid to pet owners, they will not be forced to surrender their animals or put their health at risk due to lack of, or poor nourishment.
Because most non-profits depend for their existence on monetary donations, those are the preferred gifts by most organizations during this holiday season. Non-profits also have a great need for volunteers, and last, but certainly not least, there is the gift of sharing the message to encourage others to participate. The only thing left for you to decide on is the cause that is dearest to your heart and an organization that makes a big, and real impact.
For Suncoast Humane Society, every existing and every new donor helps to care for animals currently awaiting adoption, and every donation will help to give that second chance at life. If you choose to support Suncoast Humane Society this holiday season beginning with its Giving Tuesday campaign that kicks off on November 29, please know that your donation — whether it is the gift of volunteered time, donated goods, or money — will be put to the greatest use.