Suncoast Humane Society: Totally Paw-some Matched Giving Opportunities in August

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Suncoast Humane Society | 6781 San Casa Drive, Englewood, FL 34224

Emmett’s Quest to Finding Belongingness

We all know that too many pets end up in shelters. Each year, Suncoast Humane Society shelters over 2,000 pets and helps over 8,500 more through our clinic services. Shelters are an important safety net that protects animals who have no one to care for them and provides affordable medical solutions.

Recently, we all faced the devastation of COVID-19. Its consequence of an economic downturn impacted those who were already financially vulnerable. As Suncoast Humane Society has searched for ways to best lift up our pet-loving community, we started to implement Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender (PASS) programs. The purpose is to meet people where they are and to find ways to help, such as our Community Pet Food Bank, which is free to anyone in need of pet food.

To truly meet people where they are, we feel that we need to not only create programs, but we need to embrace each set of circumstances with creativity and compassion. Emmett’s story is an example of how we aspire to help.

Earlier in the pandemic, when all of the shelter animals were in foster homes, we received a communication about a sweet dog named Emmett. Emmett’s dad had to leave the state for personal reasons and asked a friend to keep Emmett until he could return. There was then a rift in the relationship and the caretaker no longer wanted to tend to Emmett. Local friends tried to figure out how to house Emmett until his pet parent could return, but like many, everyone already had a full house.

Emmett’s friends reached out to Suncoast Humane Society asking for help and guidance. Our team got busy at a moment’s notice and found a short-term foster with the intent of getting Emmett back to his owner when able. We made the commitment to help, and the foster did an amazing job of caring for this sweet boy. Ultimately, the overall circumstances led us all to learn that Emmett needed to find a new forever family. As much as we wanted to have a different outcome, we offered our best to help with a difficult situation.

Emmett was only available for adoption for two days before he was on the way to his new forever home. He now gets to share his tender spirit and all his love with his very own, new forever family. Suncoast Humane Society is going to keep working on ways to create opportunities and solutions for families and pets to stay together.

These aren’t always easy solutions, but we think they are worth trying.

Maureen O’Nell, CEO
Suncoast Humane Society

This story was published in Englewood Sun on August 9, 2020.

Will You Help Us Clear Our Shelter?
Just a little over 2 weeks left for our Clear The Shelters adoption event! Please consider adopting a shelter pet. If you can’t adopt, but would still like to help, there are a few different ways you can be part of the greatness…

  • Adopt – Adoption fees for August 2020: $75 for kittens and puppies (less than 1 year old), $50 for adult cats and dogs, $25 for any animal who’s been with us longer than 6 months. Adoption fee does not include rabies vaccination fee and county license fee. Learn more about our adoption process here.
  • Donate – Go to THIS PAGE to donate. During the month of August, $400,000 in matching funds will be made available. You can also support our organization by shopping for items on our Wish List or by volunteering your time.
  • Follow – Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and invite your friends to do the same.
  • Spread the word – Encourage your friends and family to join you in creating real impact on August 1st, by sharing what our mission means to you and why you support our organization through your social media. Make sure to use hashtag #ClearTheShelters.
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Please note, our adoptions are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please call us at 941-474-7884 to schedule an appointment or if you have questions about our animals available for adoption.
New $100,000 Match for Clear the Shelters!

What an amazing opportunity for the shelters participating in Clear The Shelters! The Animal Rescue Site is now matching all donations up to $100,000!

Each shelter can receive a maximum of $10,000! Please share & help us spread the word about this great opportunity to help our animals. Donate today and your gift to the homeless animals will be matched!

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Make Your Pet Famous!
It’s time to dust off your cameras and
primp your pets! Photo entries must be submitted by September 12. Voting ends end of day September 13, 2020. Plus, the longer your pet’s photos are in the online gallery, the higher their chances are at being voted for the front cover, back cover, pet of the month, or honorable mention!
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Monthly Donations MATCHED in August!
The COVID-19 crisis is still impacting our ability to raise vital funds to help animals in need. During the month of August, we have an exciting opportunity to MATCH your monthly gift dollar for dollar!

Monthly giving is the easiest way to support our lifesaving mission. By joining our monthly giving program, the Sustainer Circle, your recurring gift provides a steady source of funding and helps animals in crisis today and tomorrow.

If you are able to give and wish to double your impact, please join our Sustainer Circle TODAY and become the voice for the voiceless.

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Accepting Clinic Appointments Now!
Our wellness services are by appointment only. Please call 941-474-7884 ext 423 to request an appointment.
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Public spay/neuter surgeries are by appointment only. Please call 941-474-7884 ext 420 to request an appointment.
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Suncoast Humane Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1971. Our mission is to encourage, honor and support the human-animal bond in the Suncoast Region of Florida.

We accept all animals through managed intake and do not turn an animal away based on health, temperament, age, size, or breed. We do this by providing innovative programs through Sheltering, Prevention and Community Outreach aimed to care for pets and the people who love them. Visit us online to learn more at

Suncoast Humane Society
6781 San Casa Drive, Englewood, FL 34224
941-474-7884 |
EIN 23-7174193
Suncoast Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving Southwest Florida including Charlotte & Sarasota Counties, Boca Grande and beyond. All gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.
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