By Phillip Snyder, Executive Director
Published in the Gasparilla Gazette on September 3, 2013
Did you know that since 2009, Suncoast Humane Society has been offering preventive health care, including low-cost spay/neuter, for pets belonging to the public? The initial start-up, including construction of the veterinary clinic was made possible through a generous grant from Gulf Coast Community Foundation. The importance of this clinic was to allow us to comply with our mission of "reducing the number of homeless animals and improving the quality of life".
Today we remain able to continue these important public services only through the generosity and continued support of our donors. We are confident that our affordable clinic has helped many families who are suffering from a poor economy and on limited budgets, provide needed care for their pets.
In fact, we credit our preventive health care clinic with helping some people to avoid giving up their beloved pets or even having them euthanized during difficult financial times.
Spaying/Neutering is the main ingredient to solving a pet overpopulation problem. It saves lives by not allowing dogs and cats to be born, just to become sad statistics in animal shelters. Preventive veterinary care is essential to keeping pets healthy and happy. The educational guidance we provide to pet owners is immeasurable.
In 2012, our veterinarian spayed or neutered 772 pets belonging to the public. This is in addition to the 1,100 pets adopted from our animal care center. Also, 6,478 pets were vaccinated against contagious diseases. So far this year, we have spayed/neutered 429 pets for the public and vaccinated 3,944.
Suncoast Humane Society's Preventive Health Care Clinic also offers de-wormers, heartworm testing and micro-chipping, which is an effective form of identification. Micro-chipping is very important, especially in southwest Florida where pets can easily become separated from their human families during storm season.
Although we do not screen clients based on their financial abilities, our desire is to continue to help those with limited finances, care for their pets. It is strongly recommended that anyone using the services of Suncoast Humane Society establish a relationship with a full service veterinary clinic that is able to provide all the medical services your pet may require. Our intent is to make it possible for people to receive affordable preventive veterinary care for their pets.
For additional information please contact Suncoast Humane Society by phoning 941-474-7884 or at www.humane.org.