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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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What's in a shelter dog?

englewood-sun-logoBy Phil Snyder, Executive Director of Suncoast Humane Society

Published in the Englewood Sun on April 3, 2016

"You certainly get a lot of pit bulls in the shelter" is a comment heard on a regular basis at Suncoast Humane Society. This is also the case at other animal shelters throughout Florida and across the country that are open admissions and accept all animals.

Read more: What's in a shelter dog?

Trixie heads home — at last

englewood-sun-logoBy Phil Snyder, Executive Director of Suncoast Humane Society

Published in the Englewood Sun on March 20, 2016

When you work at a humane society animal shelter long enough, you think you have a pretty good sense of how quickly certain pets will be adopted when surrendered by previous owners. Sometimes, however, we are fooled.

Read more: Trixie heads home — at last

Blue — story of a white dog

englewood-sun-logoBy Phil Snyder, Executive Director of Suncoast Humane Society

Published in the Englewood Sun on March 6, 2016

Blue is quite a dog. A gallant-looking American Bulldog, or maybe even a Boxer mix, as some people think. He was only 7 months old when we first saw him. For a while it seemed as though life at the Suncoast Humane Society was more enjoyable for him than being at home with family.

Read more: Blue — story of a white dog

Humane education — it works

englewood-sun-logoBy Phil Snyder, Executive Director of Suncoast Humane Society

Published in the Englewood Sun on February 21, 2016

Recently teachers and students from second grade at Vineland Elementary School in Rotonda West, and first grade at Lamarque Elementary School in North Port, decided that instead of exchanging holiday gifts, they would hold a pet food drive for the homeless animals at the Suncoast Humane Society.

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Recognizing the cruelty connection

englewood-sun-logoBy Phil Snyder, Executive Director of Suncoast Humane Society

Published in the Englewood Sun on February 7, 2016

The Uniform Crime Reporting Program of the FBI has established a national database for animal abuse cases. Cruelty cases formerly were recorded as "other crime" in the agency's national Incident Reporting System. They now are being categorized as serious class A offenses.

Read more: Recognizing the cruelty connection