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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!
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Our press articles are also periodically published in the Boca Beacon and the Venice Gondolier
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Are you ready to adopt a dog?

englewood-sun-logoBy Phillip Snyder, Executive Director

Published in the North Port Sun on August 17, 2014

We think we want a dog. That's certainly a familiar statement heard at the Suncoast Humane Society and all shelters that feature pet-adoption centers. A question they should be asking is, "Are we ready for a dog?" Dogs are a huge responsibility. They can be more so than some other animals as pets. They require a lot of time and energy. We know that dogs come in different ages, sizes, shapes, colors, coat lengths and textures, and temperaments. So what type of dog best fits your requirements?

Read more: Are you ready to adopt a dog?

Striving to achieve our mission

englewood-sun-logoBy Phillip Snyder, Executive Director

Published in the Englewood Sun on July 16, 2014

Since the inception of our mission, "reducing the number of homeless animals and improving the quality of life," the programs and services of Suncoast Humane Society have taken on a new nature. Gone are the days when we were an animal-control housing facility, faced with housing aggressive animals and even animals that had a history of biting people. Sheltering these animals resulted in a much higher euthanasia rate. We have also moved past just being a pet adoption facility, even though that remains one of our most important services for the community.

Read more: Striving to achieve our mission

Our pets are not celebrating

englewood-sun-logoBy Phillip Snyder, Executive Director

Published in the Englewood Sun on June 29, 2014

How many of us remember or are aware that the Fourth of July - Independence Day - is a holiday celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain? What about the fact that it actually occurred on July 4, 1776? I would bet that "man on the street" interviews would produce poor results if it was put to a question.

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Cats enjoy equal opportunity at Suncoast Humane Society

englewood-sun-logoBy Phillip Snyder, Executive Director

Published in the Englewood Sun on June 22, 2014

It's estimated that 88 million cats share our homes (or allow us to share theirs) as opposed to 74 million dogs. Even though more households own dogs, many people have more than one cat, pushing their numbers up over dogs.

Read more: Cats enjoy equal opportunity at Suncoast Humane Society

But, is your pet prepared for a hurricane?

GasparillaGazettelogoBy Phillip Snyder, Executive Director

Published in the Gasparilla Gazette on June 3, 2014

It is the beginning of that season again: the season when we are prone to storms and hurricanes brewing in the Atlantic. We are starting to hear that we should all be prepared and have a plan, just in case. We are hearing it on the radio, TV, and reading it in newsprint. There have already been hurricane workshops in the area. But, you know what I have not heard enough of? Disaster preparedness for our pets.

Read more: But, is your pet prepared for a hurricane?