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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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Adopt a dog month should have no ending

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

Published in the Englewood Sun on October 30, 2015

There is approximately one week remaining in October, which in the animal welfare world is known as Adopt A Dog Month. The intent of the celebrated month is to create awareness of the benefits of adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue group. It also affords the opportunity to promote that powerful human-animal bond.

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Where we get our pets

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

Published in the Englewood Sun on October 11, 2015

Most modern-day statistics agree that only 29 percent of pet owners adopt their pets from animal shelters or rescue groups. More than 50 percent obtain their pets from family members, relatives or friends, or they find them abandoned as strays.

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Cat or dog? ... The great debate

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

Published in the Englewood Sun on September 27, 2015

According to the Humane Society of the United States, pet ownership has more than tripled since the 1970s, when approximately 67 million households had pets. Today approximately 165 million homes have at least one pet.

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Adopting a pet - an improved process

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

Published in the Englewood Sun on September 13, 2015

Pet-adoption personnel at humane societies often hear the comment, "Wow, this is harder than adopting a human baby." It is normally stated in jest, and I seriously doubt that it is true, but it is an adoption, not a sale of a pet, and is treated very seriously.

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Why does my dog do that?

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

Published in the Englewood Sun on August 30, 2015

Have you ever asked yourself, "Why does my dog do that?" Or in a more angry moment, you may ask, "Why in the blankity blank does that blankity blank dog do that?" Dogs are creatures of habit and, if left to their own devices, they can become creatures of bad habits.

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