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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!

Our press articles are also periodically published in the Boca Beacon and the Venice Gondolier

Pets Are Good For Us

englewood-sun-logoBy Phillip Snyder, Executive Director

Published in the Englewood Sun on June 05, 2013

The rewards of having a pet as a member of your family are countless, and the unconditional love that we receive from them is priceless.  Not only can some of their actions immediately replace a bad mood with laughter, studies show there are also plenty of physical and mental benefits to owning a pet.

Time spent with pets can help lower cholesterol, triglycerides and even blood pressure. Statistics from the Department of Health show that 28 percent of pet owners suffering a serious heart attack survived, compared to only 6 percent of non-pet owners.  Is that enough to scare you into adopting a pet?

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Avoid the Trauma of a Lost Pet

englewood-sun-logoBy Phillip Snyder, Executive Director

Published in the Englewood Sun on April 28, 2013

Suncoast Humane Society along with other animal care and control agencies in our area receive several calls each day from people whose pets have become lost. Sadly, we know there are also many others that have no idea what to do when their pet comes up missing. This is apparent because of the number of lost pets that are never reclaimed. Many of these have been spay/neutered, are wearing collars, and look like they just jumped off someone's couch. We know they belong to someone.

It is true that lost pets with properly recorded micro-chips and those with up-to date license tags can be returned home, however there are so many pets with a human family that have lost them that just sit in shelters waiting for owners that have no idea what to do to find them. It is very sad and frustrating to animal shelter personnel and we know it is very traumatic for the families that are missing them.

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Get to Scooping

englewood-sun-logoBy Phillip Snyder, Executive Director

Published in the Englewood Sun on March 24, 2013

Someone said that picking up dog poop is like changing diapers. We only agree to take care of our own kids. In other words, no one appreciates picking up poop that has been left in the yard by someone else’s dog. Believe me, I have two dogs totaling 290 pounds and that is as much poop as I can handle.

The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that there are 80 million dogs in the USA. Imagine what a business selling pooper scoopers could be. But then there are a lot of people that do not believe that everyone is facing their responsibility.

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Animal Hoarding, Everyone Suffers

englewood-sun-logoBy Phillip Snyder, Executive Director

Published in the Englewood Sun on February 24, 2013

Situations involving large numbers of animals being neglected have been brought to light recently through local media in Southwest Florida. Some people have said they were back-yard breeders some have referred to them as puppy mills. Regardless, many of these cases involved individuals who became overwhelmed by the time, money and other resources needed to care for their animals. This description fits the mold of an “Animal Hoarder.”

According to The Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium (HARC), animal hoarders are defined as one that accumulates a large number of animals, mostly dogs and cats, but often other animals as well. They fail to provide minimal standards of nutrition, sanitation and veterinary care, and fail to act on deteriorating conditions, such as disease, starvation and even the animal’s death.

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Taking the Bite Out of Insurance

englewood-sun-logoBy Phillip Snyder, Executive Director

Published in the Englewood Sun on January 20, 2013

Several years ago, in fact sometime in the mid-1980s I watched a very distraught senior couple fighting back tears as they explained why they had to surrender their canine friend to the local humane society. They explained that they had received a letter from their insurance company refusing to renew their homeowner’s policy. The reason stated was that they owned a Rottweiler dog.

To begin with, the dog, though fairly large, with an elegant look, did not appear much like a Rottweiler. I asked them if their pet had ever bitten anyone or displayed aggressive tendencies. They replied that their friend had been with them since puppyhood, and had never growled or lunged at anyone. Again, this was the 80’s and the insurance issue was a new one to me. At that time I thought I had heard all the reasons people give when having to surrender their pet, so this presented a new and very disturbing issue.

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