Press

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


Posted on April 22, 2018
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Englewood Sun Logo By Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

TODAY is Earth Day. Humane Societies are very supportive of creating and maintaining a clean environment, as this special day is devoted to. There is a lot of newscasts and articles on how to achieve a healthier earth.

One issue that comes to mind not only helps the environment, but also helps us to be better neighbors. That is not allowing your dog to poop in someone else’s yard. And if he/she does have an accident, you should have a baggie with you to pick it up.

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Posted on April 5, 2018
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Englewood Sun Logo By Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

We are at the end of what us year rounders call “Season.” What this means to Suncoast Humane Society is that many of our regular volunteers will be leaving us for the summer. Humane Societies in SW Florida find themselves in a unique but not welcomed situation. As the number of volunteers decrease (almost 50%), the number of homeless animals coming into our shelters increase (again almost 50%). “In Season” means something entirely different to dogs and cats, especially in the spring and summer.

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Posted on March 22, 2018
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Englewood Sun Logo By Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

Guess what species of animal is the fastest growing on the pet-overpopulation charts? Then guess what animal ranks third in those turned into animal shelters, right behind dogs and cats? If you guessed rabbit and rabbit, you guessed correctly.

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Posted on March 9, 2018
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Englewood Sun Logo By Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

Biggy, Mack and Blacky are all wonderful cats that should be in a home enjoying their human family members. All three have been awaiting adoption at Suncoast Humane Society for over six months. At this point they must be thinking, “Hey, what about me” as they watch their feline friends leave the shelter, one by one, heading for new permanent homes. Why haven’t they been adopted? That’s a good question. Maybe they have lacked the pizazz needed to demand the attention of potential adopters. Maybe they didn’t have that “take me home” look in their eyes, at the time.

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Posted on February 23, 2018
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Englewood Sun Logo By Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

I read with sadness but interest two articles which appeared recently in the Englewood Sun on the same day. One was an alleged animal abuse case involving the beating to death of a puppy. The second was alleged neglect where several animals were found to be in deplorable condition.

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Posted on February 8, 2018
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Englewood Sun Logo By Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

With a heavy emphasis on Suncoast Humane Society’s capital campaign, there is a concern that donations normally given to support the services, programs and care for animals today, may be diverted to the campaign designed to assure humane care for animals in the future.

The capital campaign is vital to the future of Suncoast Humane Society and the animals we serve. It is equally important, however, that we continue to provide for those animals entrusted to our care today, and until the building of our new facility.

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Posted on January 26, 2018
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Englewood Sun Logo By Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

Does anyone remember when naming a pet was such an easy task?  We had Rover and Fluffy, Spot (some with that name had no spots) and Kitty, Fido and Tiger. Many were named after royalty such as King, Queenie, Prince, Princess and even Duke and Duchess.  Believe it or not, I knew a couple that named their pets Dog and Cat. How creative is that?

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Posted on July 16, 2017
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Englewood Sun LogoBy Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

Published in the Englewood Sun on July 16, 2017

Just recently an individual visiting Suncoast Humane Society stated, “If I had a large farm I would take them all home.” She of course, was referring to all the homeless animals in the shelter that day. She did not know, but she was talking about 150 dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets and hamsters being sheltered that day. Her statement sounds like an immediate solution to the homeless problem at an animal shelter, doesn’t it? Well not exactly.

June was Adopt a Cat month, celebrated by many humane societies and animal shelters across the country. It is a month dedicated to creating awareness of the millions of cats and kittens waiting at animal shelters for that special home. It is a month where we hope to get as many adopted as possible.

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Posted on July 2, 2017
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Englewood Sun LogoBy Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

Published in the Englewood Sun on July 02, 2017

Humane Societies and animal shelters in Southwest Florida find themselves in a topsy-turvy world compared to their counterparts up north.

It is a fact that dogs and cats have more puppies and kittens during the spring, summer and early fall months, even though we have less of a support base, including donors, adopters and volunteers. This year is certainly no exception. As an example, Suncoast Humane Society has received numerous homeless animals this spring, including over 20 puppies and 60 kittens since May 1.

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Posted on June 11, 2017
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Englewood Sun LogoBy Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

Published in the Englewood Sun on June 11, 2017

Hurricane Andrew, one of the most destructive hurricanes ever, was a real wake-up call for the need to include animals in disaster planning. Not only for family pets but for farm animals, zoos, wildlife centers and animal sanctuaries. For the safety of the animals, yes, but also because loose and frightened animals can cause many problems, like blocking roadways during the emergency. Since Andrew hit in 1992, cities, counties, states and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have all enacted animal disaster plans.

The success of these plans is dependent on us all having our own personal disaster readiness plans. Pets are also family members, so their welfare must be included in the plan.

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