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Press Articles

Donate, shop - help animals

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

Published in the Englewood Sun on March 22, 2015

Is your home ready for a spring cleaning? Maybe you are about to head back to your other home in the Northlands. Either way, you may want to go through your closets, garage or storage unit and unload some of those household and other items for which you no longer have a use.

You may not realize that your "used to be's" could be someone else's treasure. This becomes a reality each day at the Suncoast Humane Society's thrift stores, as people shop for bargains. And just think, the proceeds from its three stores benefit the services, programs, and homeless animals entrusted to the care of the organization.

Gently used furniture, small appliances, household goods, books, artwork, one-of-a-kind knickknacks and more are accepted.

The society's thrift stores are located in the Rialto Shopping Center in Venice, the Englewood Shopping Center in Englewood, and the Village Marketplace in Port Charlotte. A pickup and delivery service is provided for sizable and large numbers of items.

If you are clearing out some things and find quality items to donate, please bring them to the thrift stores during their regular hours of operation, or call 941-876-3773 to schedule a pickup.

The thrift stores also provide great volunteer opportunities, assisting with a variety of fun activities. These include sorting, arranging and pricing the items. Volunteer applications are available at the Suncoast Humane Society or at any of the thrift stores. You can also download an application from

So take a look around. You may just find some things to help you downsize while enjoying that great feeling that you are helping animals.