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Press Articles

While you're here, check us out in the November/December 2015 issue of Gasparilla Magazine and the November 2015 issue of Harbor Style Magazine!
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Our press articles are also periodically published in the Boca Beacon and the Venice Gondolier
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HAVE A HEART AND SAVE A HEART THIS VALENTINE’S

englewood sun logoBy Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

Published in the Englewood Sun on February 2, 2017

Would you like to make a homeless animal your valentine this year? If the answer is yes, we have a fun and easy way to do it!

Donate $5 or more to Suncoast Humane Society’s “HAVE A HEART” Valentine Campaign and help homeless animals like Olivia, who arrived at our shelter recently and has tested heartworm positive. With treatment and plenty of rest, Olivia will return to good health and be on the road to her new permanent home within a few months.

Read more: HAVE A HEART AND SAVE A HEART THIS VALENTINE’S

CHILDHOOD PETS AND MEMORIES

englewood sun logoBy Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

Published in the Englewood Sun on January 22, 2017

They say that anyone who grew up around animals knows that you develop a special relationship with your pets. One newer study on the child-animal bond shows that not only do these relationships have an impact on positive interpersonal behaviors, but for some kids, they are even stronger than the bond they have with their siblings. But after all, when growing up, aren’t our pets sort of siblings to us?

We all remember the pets we shared time with as children. I am sure that some of us have favorite pet memories that we think about from time to time.

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ROSIE AND SHADOW – NEW YEAR, NEW CHANCE AT LIFE

englewood sun logoBy Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

Published in the Englewood Sun on January 8, 2017

It is always a joyful experience when senior pets are given a second chance at life. Even more so when they are adopted by senior people. The love, affection and new found companionship has to be a win-win situation.

Rosie, an eleven year old, very small female Yorkie/Silky Terrier type and Shadow, a seven and a half year old Yorkie, came to Suncoast Humane Society following recent traumatic histories. Rosie’s previous family had experienced a life crisis and were forced to make desperate decisions, including surrendering Rosie to the humane society.

Read more: ROSIE AND SHADOW – NEW YEAR, NEW CHANCE AT LIFE

A PUPPY’S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

englewood sun logoBy Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

Published in the Englewood Sun on December 25, 2016

‘Twas the night before Christmas
and all through the house
A puppy is squeaking
an old rubber mouse.

The wreath which was merrily
hung on the door
Is scattered in pieces
all over the floor.

Read more: A PUPPY’S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

Free to Good Home - Who Pays the Price?

englewood sun logoBy Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

When we bring a pet into our home and they become part of our family, we plan for that relationship to last for the lifetime of the pet. We make a commitment to provide for them, keeping them as safe and secure as we do our other family members.

There are many reasons given to animal shelter personnel from families who feel they must break that commitment and surrender their pet. We shake our heads at some of the less understandable excuses, however, there are those individuals that have been dealt an unfair blow and are facing circumstances beyond their control. For them, we are thankful that after agonizing over this painful decision, they chose to take their pet to a bona fide animal welfare/care organization where staff are trained to adopt pets into appropriate, loving homes.

Read more: Free to Good Home - Who Pays the Price?