Phil’s Articles

Our press articles are periodically published in the Englewood SunBoca Beacon and the Venice Gondolier.


Posted on January 14, 2019
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 Englewood Sun Logo By Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

 

 

 

It is so rewarding to receive a letter from individuals or families that have adopted pets from Suncoast Humane Society. Many thank us for making it possible for them to adopt their pride and joy, while others tell us of humorous stories or antidotes related to their pet(s). More often than not, pictures are attached to the letters, letting us know just how proud the families are and how happy their pets have become. It is so true that pets play an important role in our lives, and we love to talk about them.  

The golf pro at a local golf course can’t stop telling me about the little dog he adopted, and how it has changed his life. Picture after picture from his phone, come along with his praises. What a great feeling it is to know that we have helped with actually improving someone’s quality of life. Notes were written on many donation envelopes from a recent appeal mailing. One woman writes, “Paco, the 3 year old Chihuahua we adopted from Suncoast Humane Society, is a happy, content puppy. Bless you, and many thanks for the beautiful work you do.” That is very special.

My favorites are when we hear from the adopted pets themselves. For instance, my buddy, Jake the Cat. December 2016, Jake wrote and said: “Glad to see you are still busy taking care of all the animals. I just wanted to check in and tell you I am doing great.” In April of 2017 we heard from Jake again. He wrote: “Dear Phil, Just thought I would drop you a line. Here is a picture of what I looked like 7 years ago when mom and dad brought me home. Mom sometimes thinks I have a screw loose, but I am loved and cared for. She gets a little upset because I tend to shed a little. I used to love my lanai in Florida, but now we live in PA. I see so many people looking for their lost pets because they don’t keep them indoors like my mom. They may have to learn the hard way.”

Again in February of 2018, Jake sent the following: “It’s me Jake, the one my parents took to Pennsylvania 3 years ago. I am almost 8 now and I still enjoy doing funny things. That is me in the picture, on top of the fridge. Don’t ask me what I am doing up there. I sure miss Florida, my lanai and, oh yea, the geckos. They were such fun. I wanted to let you know we are thinking about Suncoast Humane Society and know you are still doing a great job for animals.”

And just recently, I heard from Jake again. Dear Phil, he wrote. “Thanks for the appeal letter. I wish we could adopt a dog for me to play with, but I know we can’t. I just want you to know that I am doing OK here in cold PA. I still miss my lanai, and the beautiful Florida sun. I am almost 9 years old now. I am so lucky to have been loved and cared for. Mom says I am her baby. I even try not to play nip the person anymore. We have all slowed down a little, and they rely on me as their people contact. Please continue the good work you are doing and helping the animals. And a special thanks for helping me as a kitten. I sure found a wonderful home.”

I look forward to Jake the Cat’s next letter.

 

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Posted on December 16, 2018
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Englewood Sun Logo By Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

 

 

 

 

Humane Societies, including Suncoast Humane Society, encourage potential pet adopters to introduce their new pet to new surroundings before the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Even then it still can be a hectic time for pets and their human families. Some time ago I dusted off an old poem I had found and played around with the words and the rhymes until I thought it had a more meaningful message.  If you are a pet owner, my guess is that you will relate to this poem. Did I guess correctly?  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted on December 13, 2018
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By Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

 

 

It is the time of year when people are in a very giving mood. Nonprofit organizations are aware of this; in fact, many of them successfully raise a large percentage of their annual operating budgets during the last two months of the year. This is especially true in the animal care and protection field, where a number of national organizations and others that claim to be, can afford to spend a lot of money for national media exposure.

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Posted on November 7, 2018
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 By Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

Local humane societies should be a strong voice for the protection of animals. Even though their missions may vary, their goals advocating for the humane treatment of animals and expressed opposition to animal cruelty can be similar.

 

Each local humane society is independent of each other, having their own Board of Directors or Trustees, their own mission statement and by-laws. Local humane societies are not governed by, under the jurisdiction of, or funded by The Humane Society of the United States, American Humane Association or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

 

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Posted on October 12, 2018
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  By Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

On a recent flight I was on, the flight attendant reminded everyone that we had several options for flying, and we were thanked for choosing their airline. Suncoast Humane Society also knows that you have several options when selecting the right pet for your family.

It is sad to note that only about 25 percent of our pets were adopted from an animal shelter. That is not a high percentage, but just look at the options an animal shelter has to compete with.

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Posted on September 28, 2018
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     By Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

It’s estimated that 88 million cats share our homes (or allow us to share theirs) as opposed to 74 million dogs. Even though more households own dogs, many people have more than one cat, pushing their numbers up over dogs.

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Posted on September 14, 2018
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 By Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

Zeus enjoyed a loving home for the first 8 years of his life. Like most cherished pets, he shared the companionship and feeling of security with his human family. Then suddenly in February of 2016, the security he enjoyed came to an abrupt end. Family health issues forced relatives to bring Zeus to Suncoast Humane Society, looking for help. For 5 months, this beautiful male, 90 pound Lab mix, (okay maybe a little pit mixed in his ancestry) waited for a new family to adopt him. In the meantime, animal care staff and volunteers kept him socialized, exercised and ready to be re-homed.

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Posted on August 31, 2018
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By Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

It is exceptionally important that humane societies with a spay/neuter clinic, or in the case of Suncoast Humane Society a preventive healthcare clinic, employ highly skilled veterinarians with shelter medicine experience. This is exactly the case with Dr. Kerstin Martin del Campo, who has joined the team at Suncoast Humane Society as staff veterinarian. “Dr. Kerstin” has practiced shelter medicine while working for humane societies in Georgia for over 10 years. She has also practiced small-animal medicine for several years at private veterinary hospitals.

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Posted on August 17, 2018
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 By Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society


Ruka was nearing the end of her life when she was brought to Suncoast Humane Society. Her original owner had moved away and left Ruka with a relative. The relative had tried for 2 months to care for Ruka, however the 11 year Pitbull/Lab mix was sick and her worsening condition was more than could be coped with.

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Posted on August 3, 2018
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 By Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

Gracie is a 9 year old, 7 pound Yorkie who, following a recent 11 day adventure, has been returned safely to her loving family in Sarasota. Some of her adventure is known, but some is not so clear.

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