By Phil Snyder, Executive Director of Suncoast Humane Society
Published in the Boca Beacon on February 20, 2015
When the Suncoast Humane Society initiated its satellite feline adoption program, the plan was to establish permanent, off-site adoption centers in different communities served by the organization. The intent was to make adopting a pet more convenient for those who live farther from the Society's Animal Care Center, as well as to help more homeless animals find forever homes.
If early figures are any indication, the program will be a success for the Suncoast Humane Society, new pet owners, and the adopted pets themselves.
The Society's first satellite adoption center opened two years ago at Pet Supermarket in Englewood. The off-site adoption criteria and cleaning procedures were put in place, volunteers were recruited, and soon, pets were beginning to be adopted.
Following the success of the initial cooperative program in Englewood, three additional satellite adoption centers have been established. Felines from the Suncoast Humane Society are now being featured and can be adopted at Petco in Port Charlotte, Pet Supermarket in North Port, and, most recently, Petco in Venice.
It just makes sense that individuals and families who frequent this type of store have pets on their mind. The hope now is that those who enter the stores to buy pet food, treats or toys for their pets at home will fall in love and leave the store with a newly adopted feline friend. This seems to be working as, to date, 90 cats have been adopted from the satellite adoption centers in just this short amount of time!
Although these centers are set up to feature adoptable felines, the Suncoast Humane Society is promoting more canine adoptions through the "Dogs About Town" program. To date, over 100 dogs have been adopted after being featured by staff and volunteers at participating restaurants and businesses throughout the area. This program serves to keep the pets socialized and also affords them the opportunity to interact with the public and to be seen and admired outside of the animal care center.
For more information on the Suncoast Humane Society's pet placement and satellite adoption programs, please call 941-474-7884 or visit www.humane.org for a list of adoptable animals. You may just fall in love all over again!