By Phillip Snyder, Executive Director
Published in the Englewood Sun on June 1, 2014
If you are a full-time resident of southwest Florida, all you have to put up with during the summer months are heat, humidity, a constant threat of rain and summer storms, and the fact that most of our business and resources have traveled north. Beyond those small deterrents, this is a wonderful area of the country to live in.
It is sad but true that both businesses and nonprofit organizations suffer from more than just the heat during the late spring, summer, and early fall months. It may be our wet season, but many of us experience a long dry spell when it comes to customers and financial support.
In the case of the Suncoast Humane Society, many of our resources are not available when needed most. As a nonprofit organization operating an animal-care center, the births of many puppies and kittens occur in the spring and summer, adding to the pet overpopulation problem, along with the normal influx of animals. During this critical time, many of our volunters, who do a wonderful job helping us help the animals, as well as provide much-needed assistance with our services and programs, are at their northern homes.
The same is true for much of our financial support from many of our caring donors. Our major fundraising events are held "in season" for one reason - this is the time of year when there are people to attend the events and help to support our programs and services.
This means that, during the summer months when there are more animals that need our help, we have fewer resources available to assist. I am quite sure many businesses and other nonprofit groups in our communities also experience the same financial drought.
Compassion and caring are not a seasonal option. The needs of the animals and the people in our communities remain the same year-round. The Suncoast Humane Society, our businesses and other nonprofit organizations need your help each year from January through December. And, yes, especially through our long and hot Dog Days of Summer.