Have A Heart Campaign
HAVE A HEART and help us prevent heartworm disease
Heartworm disease is a year-round problem in Florida and treatment can cost up to $250 for each animal.
When you pledge $5.00 towards the "Have a Heart" campaign, we'll put your name on a heart and display it prominently in our shelter, throughout the month of February. Click the button below to make your pledge or stop by our Engelwood Adoption Center, during regular business hours, and make your commitment to heartworm disease prevention.
We offer low-cost spay and neuter, affordable vaccinations and preventive health care services.
The purpose of our Clinic is to encourage everyone, regardless of income, to properly care for their pets. We work to fulfill our mission of, "reducing the number of homeless animals and improve the quality of life."
Click to Download the Preventive Health Care Clinic Brochure. (Prices are subject to change at any time.) NEW PRICES TAKE EFFECT 08/01/2016.
Suncoast Humane Society believes that spaying and neutering of companion animals is a necessary requirement for the effective control of the homeless animal population. It also is beneficial to animal health and behavior. Having your pet spayed or neutered is an essential component of responsible pet ownership.
According to The Humane Society of the United States, more than 3 million cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters every year. Millions more homeless animals suffer cruel and painful deaths. Spay and neuter is the only permanent, 100-percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats.
Various formulas compiled by animal welfare organizations have determined that 2 unaltered felines can produce 420,000 descendants in 7 years, while 2 unaltered canines can produce up to 67,000 descendants in just 6 years. These numbers are startling as well as tragic, however they exemplify the fact that spaying and neutering saves lives.
MYTHS AND FACTS ABOUT SPAYING AND NEUTERING
Myth: It is better to have one litter before spaying a female pet.
Fact: Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, the evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat cycle are typically healthier. Dogs and cats can be spayed and neutered as young as eight weeks of age.
Myth: I want my children to experience the miracle of birth.
Fact: The miracle of birth is quickly overshadowed by the millions of animals euthanized in animal shelters in communities all across the country. Teach children that all life is precious by spaying and neutering your pets.
Myth: But my pet is a purebred.
Fact: So is at least one out of every four pets brought to animal shelters. There are just too many dogs and cats, mixed breed and purebred.
Myth: My pet will get fat and lazy.
Fact: The truth is that most pets become overweight because their owners feed them too much and exercise them too little.
Myth: But my pet is so special, I want a puppy or kitten just like her.
Fact: Your pet’s puppies or kittens have an unlikely chance of being a carbon copy of your pet. There are shelter pets in need of homes who are just as cute, smart, sweet and loving.
Myth: I’ll find good homes for all the puppies and kittens
Fact: You may, and hopefully they will be permanent homes where they will be spayed or neutered. It is important to note that pet overpopulation is caused because puppies and kittens are born at a faster rate than humans. For many, homes just do not exist. Breeding indiscriminately feeds the problem.
MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR YOUR PET TODAY – 941-474-7884