Press

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


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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Posted on July 20, 2018
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Englewood Sun Logo By Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

There is a line in the old rock and roll song, Shake Rattle and Roll that talks about a one eyed cat, peeping in a seafood store. I am sure that Big Joe Turner and later Bill Haley, artists that performed the song, were not referring to a cat named Prince, truly a one eyed cat who is currently peeping through the adoption cattery screen door at Suncoast Humane Society.

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Posted on July 6, 2018
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     By Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society


We all like to hear quotes that inspire us, make us feel good, bring a smile or make us laugh.
There are hundreds of popular quotes by famous people about pets.

Two very popular quotes that we hear are Jonathan Swift’s, “Every dog must have his day,” and “Happiness is a warm puppy,” credited to Charles Schultz.  Another writer, who obviously traveled a lot, once said, “Such short lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home.”  

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Posted on June 22, 2018
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      By Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society


June is Adopt a Cat Month. It was originated by the American Humane Association with the intent to draw attention to the many cats that await permanent homes in animal shelters. 

Sadly, animal shelter personnel also know June as a month where litter after litter of homeless pets are admitted due to uncontrolled breeding. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) estimates that 3.4 million cats enter nearly 14,000 animal shelters, nationwide each year. In addition, there are over 70 million stray and feral cats living dangerous lives in the U.S. Certainly these statistics warrant a special recognized adoption month for cats.  

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