Building the Future
For over 50 years, Suncoast Humane Society has helped tens of thousands of animals live happier, safer and healthier lives, healing them with lifesaving services and connecting them to a loving community of support here in the Suncoast region of Florida and beyond.
Together, we will continue to care for the vulnerable by building a campus dedicated to defending, protecting and caring for the pets in need in our community.
What is our vision for our new campus?
Because pets need people, and together we have a lot of work to do to create a world where all pets are loved, we help pets and people live happier, healthier lives filled with love.
Pets have a profound impact on our lives. They bring us joy. They give us hope. They are family to us, and we are compelled to protect them. For 50 years, Suncoast Humane Society has been the safety net for tens of thousands of dogs, cats and small critters. We have become their guardian, their protector, so they can gain health, prevent overpopulation and find their forever family. Together, we will continue to care for the vulnerable by building a campus dedicated to defending and nurturing the pets in need in our community.
Community Empowerment Center
Community Empowerment Center – Courtyard
Dog Play Yard
Dog Shelter from the Courtyard
Dog Shelter and Pool
Cat Shelter from the Courtyard
Cat Shelter Looking South
Volunteer Center, to the right
Why does Suncoast Humane Society need a new campus?
Animal welfare has evolved to where the animal’s emotional health is considered as paramount as its physical health.
We must do better than to simply kennel and contain those who are homeless and helpless. The animals who come to us did nothing wrong; the humans failed them. While the nation was waking up to our lifesaving and life-affirming obligation, Suncoast Humane Society’s building deteriorated and became outdated.
The kennels are dark, loud and scary.
The cats have no sunlight.
There is little space for play and exercise.
The air is stagnant.
The floors are beyond repair and the building is in structural failure.
Despite our best efforts to create an enriched environment, the condition and current building layout limits our staff and volunteers’ ability to provide a healthy and happy space for our animals. Even with significant structure improvements, the building’s limitations prohibit Suncoast Humane Society from providing a high standard of care.
Today, there are hundreds of dogs and cats in our community who need help. They are hungry. They are homeless, and without us, they are hopeless. These needs are very real, and all part of the reason Suncoast Humane Society exists:
There are families struggling with food insecurities who need our Community Pet Food Bank to be able to keep their pet with them and out of the shelters.
There are children with learning disabilities counting on our Therapy pets to spark their confidence and subsequently increase their skills.
There is a pet whose guardian passed away with no one to take them in.
While our staff and volunteers take care of those in need today, we cannot forget how critical it is for us to look to the immediate future. Our current facility is substandard. Space is cramps and poorly laid out. The current design of kennels is traumatic for most of the pets. The animals deserve better. The community deserves better.
Together, we can build a future where dogs get to be dogs, cats get to be cats, and together, we love and protect them all.
Carbon Paw Print
We share this environment and our individual
health is reliant on our collective health.
We’ve created an environmentally-conscious build, with exacting attention given to the property, our vision and our conviction to not only protect the pets we will tend to, but to protect the animals who call this land home.
Gopher tortoise burrows preserved
Scrub jay territory preserved
Natural vegetation preserved
Buildings designed to preserve maximum number of existing trees and ground cover
Buildings oriented to maximize prevailing summer winds and provide maximum shade
Wet retention to minimize impact on property and located to maximize drainage efficiency due to slope of the land
The New Suncoast Humane Society Campus at a Glance:
4,800 square foot shelter, with one cat house with 6 pods, and 56 dog runs
4,400 square foot clinic for vaccinations, testing and surgery
7,000 square foot community center with indoor and outdoor meeting space
1,100 square foot volunteer center
A courtyard, walking and bike trails with covered places to rest, and room to grow
The new campus is designed to support the emotional health that is paramount to happy and healthy pets.
The campus will be built on 11.5 acres of foliage-dense land that tortoises and scrub jays call home, to provide an innovative shelter, a veterinary clinic and a community empowerment center that seamlessly blends into the natural environment. Given the property’s natural and unique beauty, the landscaping was given as much importance as the buildings.
Cats will lounge in living spaces with fresh air and butterfly gardens. They will get to stretch out, climb and watch wildlife outside their safe havens. Dog runs will allow for indoor and outdoor access, with lots of fresh air and sunshine. There will be swimming pools, play yards and a walking trail.
The clinic will provide critical preventive services, such as vaccinations and spay/neuter surgeries, to keep pets and our community healthy.
Community Empowerment Center
The community center will be a hub to care for and celebrate our love of animals, where people in need can get pet food, new adopters can attend behavioral classes, and guardians can receive compassionate end-of-life services.
Our Proposed Project Budget:
Suncoast Humane Society selected a team of professionals, all with the commitment to ensure the construction is the best quality with the least life cycle cost, using the value engineering construction approach.
Value engineering construction is a calculated, systematic approach to ensuring that the necessary functions of the project are created with the lowest cost materials and components. Value engineering construction prioritizes cost management, while not effecting the quality of the project.
Project Construction Costs: $8,000,000, including:
Brick-and-mortar: Using Value engineering construction approach, Dog Shelter, Outdoor Dog Runs and Pools, Cat House with Pods, Clinic, Community Center and Administrative Building, and Volunteer Center
Additional Project Costs:
Architectural & Landscape Design, Walking Trails, Butterfly Gardens, Engineering & Permit Fees
1 year’s worth of annual operating costs
Who is Building the Future:
Architect & Interior Design
Commercial Construction Project Management
Mechanical, Structural, & Electrical Engineering