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Press Articles

Dog About Town

englewood-sun-logoBy Phillip Snyder, Executive Director

Published in the Englewood Sun's Lets Go Pets on December 5, 2013

Suncoast Humane Society's weekly "Dog About Town" project has proven to be a huge success. Just ask Max, a five year old Border Collie type, and his new owner Jeff, a resident of Boca Grande. This innovative project is allowing long term adoption candidates to strut their stuff at public places around the community.  Of course, the hope is that someone will fall in love and adopt them.

Max had been at Suncoast Humane Society's Adoption Center for over seven months, making him a great candidate to be chosen to escort Jorge Villada, a behavior evaluator, to the Loose Caboose Restaurant on Boca Grande.  The lunch time crowd marveled at how attractive and well-mannered Max was.

Several months ago, Max's previous owners had left the area, allegedly, abandoning him to fend for himself.  Fortunately, compassionate neighbors found him and brought him to Suncoast Humane Society in hopes a brighter future would lie ahead.  That trip to the Loose Caboose proved to be the beginning of a brighter future.

It is ironic to note that Max's new owner had recently visited Suncoast Humane Society along with his dog Eloise, and had expressed an interest in Max.  Max, however, was so taken with Eloise that there was little time for him to bond with his future human companion.

The Dog About Town project proved to be the clincher for both Max and Jeff, his soon to be owner.  Recognizing that this could be a perfect match, a humane society adoption specialist contacted Jeff to inform him that Max would be showing up at the Loose Caboose the next day.  This time Max gave Jeff all the attention needed to win him over.  The next day, at Suncoast Humane Society it became official.  Max had that long awaited permanent home.

Scheduling and locations for Suncoast Humane Society's "Dogs About Town" along with animals available for adoption can be found on their website,