Give the Gift of HOPE This Holiday Season

Posted on December 23, 2019
Posted in Blog, Events

Each year, Suncoast Humane Society cares for thousands of homeless animals, allowing them to have a second chance at life. This year we want to share two stories that touched our hearts. 



Gus, an 8-year-old terrier, was found in very rough shape wandering the streets. He was extremely overweight, had lumps all over his body, dental decay, and a thin, dirty, matted coat. Despite his poor condition, Gus was very friendly, walked well on the leash, and loved to roll over for belly rubs. Thanks to the kind souls that brought Gus to us at Suncoast Humane Society in August 2019, we were able to diagnose him with Cushing’s Disease, and perform a much–needed dental scaling and polishing. Shortly after that, Gus began his career as a homeless animal advocate through the “Dog About Town” animal enrichment program. Gus joined his fellow four-legged good will ambassadors visiting pet-friendly establishments, attending events, and humane education presentations for socialization and exposure to potential adopters. Within his 3 month stay at the shelter, Gus attended more than 10 outings. During one of his “public appearances” in November 2019, he caught the eye and captured the heart of one very special human, Kelly. That was the day Kelly decided this little show-stopper had a permanent role to play as her treasured, furever companion.




Vasya, a 2-year-old Domestic Shorthair, arrived at Suncoast Humane Society during the week of Christmas 2018. This independent, sweet feline’s spirits dwindled as she spent nearly a year at the shelter, often overlooked by visitors. The staff and volunteers did all they could to console her, but despite their most heartfelt efforts, Vasya remained moody and often difficult to handle. Thanks to Suncoast Humane Society’s animal enrichment program, our volunteer/pet healer, Cindy Baker, of Healing Touch for Animals stepped in to help. Through spending time with Vasya, Cindy perceived energetic blocks as contributing to Vasya’s behavior and disposition. Over the course of several months, Vasya received multiple energy clearing treatments and aromatherapy. In October 2019, it became clear that Vasya was responding well to her treatments when she opened her heart, extended her paw, and was successfully adopted by her forever human, Colette.


If only we could wrap up what they really want…
A Home, a Gentle Touch, and a Butt Rub!

With your generous support, Suncoast Humane Society will care for
over 2,000 homeless, neglected, and abused animals every year.
We’ll be their shelter & share a gentle touch when needed most.
We’ll keep them healthy, bellies full & their wiggly butts rubbed.
We’ll be their family until they find a home to call their own.


Please visit our Facebook fundraiser to give today: 2019 Holiday Hope Fundraiser


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