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PhilRuffin and Gabby-smPhil Snyder, Executive Director

Press Articles

Volunteer to Help Animals

GasparillaGazettelogoBy Phillip Snyder, Executive Director

Published in the Gasparilla Gazette on November 6, 2013

Would you like to help homeless animals find permanent loving homes?  Do you want to help make their wait at the humane society's animal care center as positive and comfortable as possible?  How about having fun and meeting people with the same passion as you?  If you answered yes, then you may want to consider becoming a volunteer for Suncoast Humane Society.

We realize that you can volunteer anywhere with many wonderful and important non-profit organziations. However, if you are an animal lover, helping the critters may be the fix you need.

There are many varied and rewarding volunteer opportunities available, such as dog walking, cat cuddling, foster parenting, customer service, laundry specialist, clerical/office support, fundraising projects and events, thrift store assistants.  In addition, our pet therapy program welcomes those who meet the qualifications with appropriately trained pets.

Dog Walking and Cat Cuddling help to keep the shelter animals socialized and exercised while they await that special home.  These positions give the volunteer hands-on experience with the animals. Our Foster Home Program also allows direct contact with the animals.  These volunteers provide special, at-home care, for sick, injured and under-aged animals, helping to restore their health and well-being while preparing them for adoption.

If you would like to help welcome some of the 13,000 annual visitors to Suncoast Humane Society's Adoption Center and Preventive Health Care Clinic, the Customer Service or Visitor Assistant position may be just the thing.  Imagine the thrill of knowing you have helped play match-maker by introducing someone to their next life-long four legged companion.

If you are a creative type and a good sales person, you may be well suited to volunteer at one of our three thrift stores located in Englewood, North Port, and Venice.  The stores provide desperately needed funding for the care of our animals by selling gently used household and other items, donated by the public.  Volunteers help price, display and sell the donated merchandise.  Other fundraising activities needing volunteer help include distribution of flyers and newsletters, monitoring critter banks placed in businesses, and/or helping with the planning, marketing, and success of major fundraising events.

Individuals interested in volunteering complete a volunteer orientation followed by training for the chosen position.  It is very rewarding to know you are helping homeless animals by becoming a volunteer.  If you are interested in learning more about volunteering for Suncoast Humane Society, please contact Jacqueline Elliott at 941-474-7884 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .    Join the fun.