Shelter Angel

We know that it is a great feeling to help a specific animal through a stressful time. Being a Shelter Angel does just that.

Your gift will be applied to our special medical fund and put toward the cost of the treatment and care of selected pets that come to us in need of help.

Gifts of $100 or more may be applied to the Shelter Angel Medical Fund.

Here are some of our success stories:


Lilith, a loving 2-year-old Great Pyrenees came to Suncoast Humane Society as a stray. She was found in a neighborhood by a kind person who took her in and gave her a much needed bath. While waiting to be claimed, Lilith tested positive for heartworm disease and received the treatment she needed in order to have a second chance at a happy and healthy life. Lilith’s original owner never came forth to claim her, but fortunately, Lilith became adoptable after the waiting period, and was soon on her way to her new forever home, heartworm-free.


Minnie is a 4-year-old Short Coat Chihuahua. When she arrived at Suncoast Humane Society, Minnie tested positive for heartworm disease. Minnie was accustomed to sleeping on nice beds, and taking rides in the car, but now she was facing some great challenges – the challenge to recover from heartworm disease and to find a new forever home to call her own. After a successful round of heartworm treatment, Minnie’s spirits were lifted when she became adopted in good health and was on her way to a great new home.  


Carl is a dog that was left in the Panhandle after a recent hurricane. When Carl was tested for heartworm the results were positive. He was treated for the disease at Suncoast Humane Society. He is now with a loving family and will live for a long time.


Lucky is a 2-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and before coming to Suncoast Humane Society, she had a great home with her owner who often took her on fishing trips and to the beach. When, Lucky’s owner passed away, she was brought to Suncoast Humane Society with hopes of finding a home where she could be just as happy doing her favorite things. Upon her arrival, Lucky tested positive for heartworm disease and was then facing an additional struggle. Our Preventive Health Care Clinic was able to help Lucky become heartworm-free, and before she knew it, Lucky was on her way to a new forever home. Lucky now gets to run, jump and catch just about anything thrown her way.


Marley, a 4-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier Mix, was eager to please his former owner, but sadly, Marley spent too much time alone. Marley’s owner’s friends and family knew he deserved a better home where he could be one of the family members, and with these hopes, Marley came to Suncoast Humane Society. After testing positive for heartworm disease at intake, Marley got the treatment he needed in order to have a second chance at a happy and healthy life. Now Marley found a true forever home where he enjoys burning off all of his energy showing his new family all the tricks he knows.


Rocky is an 8-year-old Labrador Retriever Mix. Unfortunately, Rocky’s original owner’s busy work schedule often resulted in Rocky spending majority of his time in an outside kennel with no fenced yard to run around in. Rocky arrived at Suncoast Humane Society fearful of any loud noises, confused by a strange environment, and he also tested positive for heartworm disease. Once Rocky’s heartworm treatment was completed, he started to warm up to people, and enjoyed showing off the commands he was learning. Lucky for Rocky, his new forever owner was so impressed that this boy got his second chance at a real forever home.


Lady is a 1-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier who just couldn’t seem to find the right home in her first year of life. She and a litter of her puppies were originally found by a kind stranger at an airport. Lady’s puppies found homes fast, but she was facing the tough challenge of fitting in. She bounced around from place to place for a while before arriving at Suncoast Humane Society. When Lady got here, on top of her frustrations from not being able to fit in, she tested positive for heartworm disease. Lady just needed to get better, so that she could focus on finding a patient family and form a bond with someone who could give her the love and care she deserved. After her heartworm treatment, Lady found just what she needed and was adopted into her forever home.


Fry is a 1-year-old Boxer mix who was found by a concerned person wandering around a neighborhood. The kind samaritan checked around to see if anyone was Fry’s owner, but, sadly, no one came forth to claim him. Once Fry arrived at Suncoast Humane Society, his heartworm disease test came back positive. While Fry was undergoing treatment, it was discovered that he loves attention and would lean into you once he felt comfortable. Thankfully, Fry is now heartworm-free and he found a home with someone he can lean on forever.


Mimi came into Suncoast Humane Society with an extended abdomen. She got a costly treatment that saved her life. She was at the Adoption Center for over a year waiting to meet her forever home. Mimi's wish came true just after Christmas when her new human mom took her to new home.


Lexie is a beautiful long coated Chihuahua that came in with an extremely infected ears and painful dental disease. Suncoast Humane Society did dental surgery to extract the infected teeth and medication for the infected ears. Now Lexie is out in her new home healthy.


Roxy came to Suncoast Humane Society with kennel cough when her owner went into a health facility.  Roxy was very dedicated to her previous owner. She helped her human companion deal with seizures and was in a way a therapy dog. The Shelter Angel Program paid for Roxy’s kennel cough treatments costing over $200 and allowed her to live happily ever after with her furr-ever family. 


Milo had a rough start. When he and his litter mates were 3 weeks old their mother passed away unexpectedly, so they went in to foster care and were bottle fed. They didn't get hands on training or socializing as they got older, and soon after that they were put in to a shelter. Our Shelter Angel Program allowed us to treat Milo for dental disease relieving a lot of discomfort so he could focus on re-building social skills and trust. He is now living happily with his new forever family.


Axl is a kitten that came to Suncoast Humane Society with some hip problems. She had to go through a costly hip surgery to try to help her with the pain. She is now adopted to a loving home with no pain.


Asia came to Suncoast Humane Society after her owner was hospitalized and no one else was able to take care of her. This 10 year old Shi Tzu was in a lot of discomfort due to dental disease. Our Shelter Angel Program paid for her treatment costing over $230 so that she can continue to give kisses to her new owner after she was adopted.

The James W. Wherritt Charitable Fund at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County provides some funding for our Shelter Angel Medical Fund which helps with costly medical treatment for animals in need of special care prior to being placed for adoption. Visit them HERE