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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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Homes needed for 'longtimer' residents

GasparillaGazettelogoBy Phillip Snyder, Executive Director

Published in the Gasparilla Gazette on April 29, 2014

Mooshu and Mako are wonderful felines. Their only problem is they don't seem to possess the pizazz needed to demand the attention of potential adopters. Tiger and Marla also lounge around the cattery, taking in all that goes on around them. They just don't waste their time jumping up, tugging on your pant-leg and meowing a catchy "please take me home with you" tune.

Read more: Homes needed for 'longtimer' residents

Boca Grande Responds to our Readers

GasparillaGazettelogoBy Phillip Snyder, Executive Director

Published in the Gasparilla Gazette on April 15, 2014

A reception for Suncoast Humane Society, recently held at the home of Ed and Nora Lea Reefe, gave us a wonderful opportunity to unveil our plans for a capital campaign. The immediate challenge is to raise seed money, approximately $200,000, needed for architectural and other start-up expenses. The ultimate goal is to raise an estimated eight million dollars needed to build a new animal care center.

Read more: Boca Grande Responds to our Readers

Animal hoarding: When compassion becomes cruelty

englewood-sun-logoBy Phillip Snyder, Executive Director

Published in the Englewood Sun's on March 12, 2014

Recently on TV, a newscaster stated that the cruelty case he was reporting on was the third animal hoarding case to be investigated by local enforcement in the last few days. This raises the question is there actually an increase in animal hoarding or is there increased awareness of this horribly neglectful activity?

Read more: Animal hoarding: When compassion becomes cruelty

We are YOUR Humane Society

englewood-sun-logoBy Phillip Snyder, Executive Director

Published in the Englewood Sun Let's Go Pets on March 5, 2014

Are you aware that Suncoast Humane Society is not funded or governed by any national humane society or SPCA? I am often told by individuals that they have helped us by sending a large contribution to one of the national organizations. Usually it was the result of a touching advertisement being aired on our local TV stations. They felt they were actually giving to our "parent organization" and the donations would filter down our way.

NOT SO...

Read more: We are YOUR Humane Society

What's In A Pets Name

GasparillaGazettelogoBy Phillip Snyder, Executive Director

Published in the Gasparilla Gazette on January 7, 2014

Does anyone remember when naming a pet was such an easy task?  We had Rover and Fluffy, Spot (even some that had no spots) and Kitty, Fido and Tiger. Some were named after royalty such as King, Queenie, Prince, Princess and even Duke and Duchess.  Believe it or not, I knew a couple that named their pets Dog and Cat.  How creative is that?

Nowadays a lot of thought goes into selecting just the right name for a much anticipated new canine or feline family member.

Read more: What's In A Pets Name