Gulf Coast Community Foundation awards $5,000 grant to expand Suncoast Humane Society’s PASS Program
Made possible through the Gregory M. Spencer Endowed Fund of Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Suncoast Humane Society (SHS) received a $5,000 grant to expand the Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender (PASS) program.
SHS’s PASS program exists to respond to community needs and to provide relief to animals and their caretakers in order to save lives and to keep pets with their families. SHS partners with groups and individuals across the Suncoast Region to meet those in need where they are and to find ways to assist them through the Community Pet Food Bank, Foster Care program and other solutions.
The Community Pet Food Bank donates free dog and cat food to anyone struggling to provide for their pets. In 2020, the Community Pet Food Bank re-distributed 32,495 pounds of pet food to individuals and 5,260 pounds to wildlife organizations.
SHS also partners with rescue groups, giving fragile animals a chance at life by taking protective guardianship of dogs and cats in municipal shelters at risk of euthanasia, and kittens who struggle to survive in a shelter environment. This year SHS cared for 192 infant animals and more than 500 animals received protection and a whole lot of TLC through the Foster Care program as they waited for their forever homes.
“We are going to keep working on ways to create opportunities and solutions for families and pets to stay together. These aren’t always easy solutions, but we think they are worth trying,” said SHS CEO, Maureen O’Nell.
Thanks to kind and generous donor support like this grant from the Gregory M. Spencer Endowed Fund of Gulf Coast Community Foundation, SHS is able to grow the PASS program and continue to create solutions for animal companions and their people while striving to build a no-kill community.
About Gulf Coast Community Foundation
For 25 years, together with its donors, Gulf Coast Community Foundation has transformed our region through bold and proactive philanthropy. Gulf Coast is a public charity that was created in 1995 through the sale of the Venice Hospital. Since then, it has become the philanthropic home of nearly 1,000 families, individuals, organizations, and businesses that have established charitable funds there, and together they have invested over $400 million in grants and initiatives in the areas of health and human services, civic and economic development, education, arts and culture, and the environment. Learn more at GulfCoastCF.org.