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Humane Happenings Spring/Summer2010 In this Edition: Executive Scoop Volunteer Corner Success Stories ...and much More! “Bacco” Adopted on 2/20/2010 Page 1 Humane Happenings Staying Focused Are we still experiencing a “pet overpopulation problem”? Are animal shelters across the country still receiving too many animals to find them all homes? We at Suncoast Humane Society are asked these questions on a regular Executive Director Phil Snyder, basis. Even though we know that open admission humane societies and with pal Ruffin. Executive Scoop animal service (control) agencies know the answer is YES, we checked with the experts in the field that study the issues. Below are the statistics published by The Humane Society of the United Board of Trustees States and/or the National Council on Pet Population, Study and Policy, Estimated number of cats and dogs entering shelters each year: 6-8 million Kathryn Rohrbach Estimated number of cats and dogs euthanized by shelters each year: 3-4 million President Estimated number of cats and dogs adopted from shelters each year: 3-4 million Estimated number of cats and dogs reclaimed by owners from shelters each year: David Walker 30% of dogs and 2-5% of cats Secretary Estimated number of animal shelters in the United States: 3,500 Estimated percent of dogs in shelters that are purebred: 25% William “Steve” Dudley Those astonishing numbers would lead me to believe that there is still a Treasurer lot of work to be done. Even though some of the numbers have improved over the last 10 years, they are still unacceptable. The solution continues to be, responsible pet ownership, awareness/edu- Members at Large cation, and spay/neuter. As we move into spring and summer, or puppy and kitten season as we refer to it, Suncoast Humane Society plans to Doris Bishop work even harder to improve the numbers. We will offer our low cost spay/neuter, to better assure a reduction in unwanted pets. Our afford- Thomas E. Carlos, able preventive health care and pet pantry programs continue to keep D.V.M., M.S. pets in their homes and prevent them from becoming only statistics at an animal shelter. Estelle Dichazi We will continue to make the public aware through our education and outreach programs. Our adoption program will remain aggressive in our Connie Ellis quest to find loving homes for healthy, well adjusted animals. We hope you will chose to support our efforts to improve these statistics Wendy Jankoski and to bring us closer to our mission, “to reduce the numbers of home- less animals and to improve the quality of life.” Nancy Sholley Executive Director Phillip R. Snyder Suncoast Humane Society exists to reduce the number of homeless animals and improve the quality of human & animal life through their companionship. SPRING/SUMMER 2010 Humane Happenings Page 2 In the Limelight Bacco’s Story “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi Hi! my name is Bacco and I’m a lovable 2 year old hound mix. My beautiful eyes got me on the cover of Humane Happenings, but it’s really my story that will make you melt. In February, I was brought to Suncoast Humane Society malnourished and with a lot of pain in my back leg and hip. My friends at Suncoast Humane saw that I was limping pretty bad and concluded that it was all due to an old injury where I must have been hit by a car. That’s when the great folks at Coastal Veterinary Surgical Specialists, Inc. came to the rescue. Dr. Kirsch created a new hip joint and cleaned up all the old scar tissue in my leg. Dr. Kirsch and his staff did all this for me at no charge! Thanks to all the help I’ve received from my new friends, my recovery’s going great! The Doc says that it won’t be long until I’m good as new, running and playing just like before. The best news is that I was adopted to my forever family on February 20th, and like the saying goes, there’s no place like home. Love, Bacco VOLUNTEER CORNER We announce with great pleasure that Cheryl Casey has accepted the position of Volunteer Manager. The position became available when Claire Berten, who successfully headed the volunteer program since 2002, accepted the position of Director of Outreach and Events. Cheryl joined the Suncoast Humane Society Staff, as Customer Service Specialist in August Bacco with Cheryl in the Legacy Garden 2008. She was promoted to Customer Service Manager in July 2009. Before turning her attention to animal care and welfare Cheryl spent over 10 years working as an advocate for adults and children with developmental and mental health needs. Executive Director Phil Snyder said, “Volunteers are so important to the success of our humane society, Cheryl’s love and dedication of people and animals makes her the perfect candidate to assure the continued growth of our volunteer program.” If you’d like more information on becoming a volunteer at our animal care center or with our outreach programs, please contact Cheryl at 941-474 7884 or www.humane. org. We Love our volunteers! Page 3 Humane Happenings Past Events A sell out crowd listened intently to Professor Harm de Blij’s enlightening presentation on Afghanistan, Pakistan and the future of South Asia recently at the Boca Grande Community Center. The discussion, given by this multi talented man, was not only educational but benefited the programs, services and animals of the Suncoast Humane Society. We thank Professor de Blij for donating the total ticket proceeds of $6000. Pictured at left: Professor Harm de Blij, Board President Kathy Rohrbach and Executive Director Phil Snyder The Boca Grande Club was the site of the 2010 Tennis Ball that kicked off the Professional Tennis Exhibition Series. Through the hard work and commitment of the staff, committee members, donors and attendees; this year’s gala raised approximately $30,000! On behalf of all of us here at Suncoast Humane Society, a big thank you to everyone involved! Members of the Suncoast Humane Society pet therapy team joined the festivities at the recent Porsches in the Park event held by Suncoast Porsche of Sarasota. Porsches of every description, color and age adorned the park each perfectly aligned. Visitors strolled through the many vehicles and stopped to chat at the Suncoast Humane Society booth. What a perfect combination, Porsches, & pooches! Left: Vance Dickenson, Owner of Suncoast Porsche with Pet Therapy team member Patti Schimkus & Bailey. Right: Margharita Komyati, Exec Assistant to Vance Dickenson visits with Bailey & Patti. Future Events The Furry Food Drive at Charlotte Sports Park is Saturday, May 8th at 7:05 pm. For $7 per ticket take the family out to watch the Charlotte Stone Crabs play the Bradenton Marauders. Bring any brand of unopened dog or cat food to the game & receive a FREE Stone Crabs hat! WHOEVER BRINGS THE HEAVIEST WEIGHT OF PET FOOD WINS A COMPLIMENTARY SUITE NIGHT! 2nd Annual Critter Classic *RAFFLES* MULLIGANS**$10,000 HOLE IN ONE GRAND PRIZE* $85.00 ENTRY FEE includes: SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE! 941-474-7884 SPRING/SUMMER 2010 Humane Happenings Page 4 Gifts of Love & Remembrance When you make a donation to Suncoast Humane Society, you can choose to designate your donation in 3 ways: “In Celebra- tion Of” a birthday or other special occasion, “In Honor Of” someone (including a pet) who means a lot to you & “In Memory Of” someone you’ve lost. If you wish, we’ll send an acknowledgement to the person of your choice and note your tribute in Humane Happenings. The following tributes reflect those received between July 1st through December 31st, 2009. Donations recorded after December 31st, 2009 will appear in the next edition of our newsletter. In Celebration of... In Honor of continued... In Memory of continued... In Memory of continued... All Animals Kiki and Abbey Betty McClain Leo Dalto Dee Spaeth’s 90th birthday Larry and Tracy Ivey Bill Barcalow and Mikey B. Linda Marsh Dogs and Cats Larry Ivey’s 65th birthday Bill Grady Lloyd Proper Dolly Laura Perreault Bismark Louie Giordano Dylan Laura Young Bobo and Brandi Lucy Evelyn Erickson’s birthday Leslie Davis (SHS volunteer) Brandy and Willie Lyman Randall Gia Georgia Chipley’s 2nd birthday Lillian B. Sims at Christmas 2009 Bruiser Major Good Golly Miss Molly Lindsey Smith’s birthday Buster Boo Marge O’Brian Moran Gus – A joy to our lives Liz Banta Cali Mary and Mike Happy dogs Lois Lamphere Catherine Bartlett and Kirby Meredith Taylor Averet In appreciation for Calico/Jack Mama Mia Chardonnay Mingo Ken Hady’s 80th birthday Marie McFarland Charlie Miss Penny Margo Martin Max and Zoey Charlie- our dog Munson Merlin Maxie Chuck Stacy My Little Man JP and Tiz Olivia and Oliver Millie Cinders Noreen P. Beister Pat Swoboda’s birthday Molly and Rocky Cody and Shiloh Our beloved Snoopy Pinot and Nina Mr. and Mrs. Robert Osborne Cole Paul Marsh Sadie Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hicks Cole Rubinsak Pauline E. Dusi Sandy’s birthday Mrs. Becky Sue Horn Daisy Penne Savannah Leigh Mrs. Poleschner’s Class 2009-10 Daniel Nuttleman Pepper Sophie Silk Peanut Daniel Young Peppi Tigger Princess and Twiggy Gannon Danielle Hudon Pewter Princess and Precious David Mathews Philip McCarron In Honor of... Putter – our friend and colleague Phoebe All my cats Red Hat Mama’s of Rotonda West Dennis Pookie Bear Anastasia Lupas Riley Forsch Dione Houchins’ beloved mother Punkin and Brady Andrea and Chris Smith Rita, Walt and Molly Willing Dorothy McDonald Robert Didio Aunt Fran & Uncle Bob Danilison Rocky Dotti Hartzell Robert Sharp Baby Roger and Kaye Rasbury Edith Polacheck Rollo Baby Fetherman Ron Smith and Kathy Rohrbach Edith Wemett Romeo Bailey Leinbach Rudy – my Bichon Frise Edward Patrick (Pat) Smith III Rosie Blu-Ray Ruth Adams Elmer Goley Rusty and Mocha Heil Bonnie’s birthday Sammy and Sassy Emmie Lou Hairy Sadie Brenda Kraft Sandra Palmer Faith Wyer Sally Barton Brutus Scotty Frank Murbach Sam Callie Susan and Bailey Kennedy Frank Simons Sarah Maas Calvin Susan Jackson George “Dad” Colwell Simon Carpentieri Chancie Tara Georgette Fenton Snickers Chelsie Tank and Chief and Mark and Sam Georgie Girl Snitz Chloe The luckiest cats alive GiGi and Wishing Star Susan Jackson Claire Doyle and Polly Flynn – Frick, Frack and Caesar Gracie Beery Terry Naletko CT and T.T.W’s The Vantine’s Grandma Clark Thomas Roach Diesel Tigger Helen Coyle Thor 1994-2009 Dr. and Mrs. Harm de Blij Timmy the Bichon Frise Herman Loschin Tia Kary Dr. Robert Gutierrez and family on his 5th birthday Igo Forcheimer Tina Lorenzo Elise’s poodle kittens Tori and Sassy Andre O’Connor Tuffy Ellen Miles Twiggy and Princess Gannon – in loving memory Vincent Carbonaro Emma Vinny Nancy Plante Virginia Painter Englewood Community Hospital Wendy Gaynor’s birthday – in loving memory Virginia Wilkinson Leadership Team Shelloy Anonich & her beloved cats Foxy Lady In Memory of... – in loving memory Vivian L. Centers Gabbie Alice Hoguet, Paul Kruder, Jack Bender Whitlee Jo Gene and Karin Kraft Robert Marmet, & Lyman Randall James Friel William A. Walsh, Sr. Henry – our beloved boy Allen Walowit Jean Anderson William Grady Holly’s 7th birthday Alma C. Ellis – in loving memory William K. Andors Honey G Angel Didio Jean Segur William T. Barcalow Ingrid Simke Annie Jim Najdl Winston Jacqueline Bilello – my shelter poodle 17 great years! Joan Bush Zachary Landon James and Brenda Preston B.J. JoAnn Smith Janet and Terry Ross Bailey Joanne Riotto Jim, Lois, Sadie and Rosie Lamphere Barney – animal lover extraordinaire John and Judy Barton Beth Basel Judge Garland Howard Julie, Sadie, Maggy Mae and Peaches Julie Martin Page 5 Humane Happenings Success Stories “I wanted to share with you the story of our wonderful dog Munch, a/k/a The Best Dog in the World. When we moved here in 1997, we went down to SHS. He had been at SHS for quite some time, and we wanted him to come home with us. Munch immediately became a member of the family. He swam in our pool everyday, slept Munch, in the bed with us, and gave us the unconditional love that only a dog can give. He even learned NOT to come in through the dog door when he was wet (usually)! Blu-Ray Eventually, Munch got older and lost his eyesight. But that didn’t keep him from getting around just fine. What a sight to see this big old dog, nose to the wind, loving life. In and September 2008, however, Munch was diagnosed with cancer. Munch defied the odds until January 18 of this year. Blessedly, he had an outstanding quality T.D. of life, right up until the end, and we were able to be there with him at the end, petting him and telling him just how wonderful he was. are just Although we are still very sad and miss our sweet puppy very much, we are aware what a gift it has been to have him in our lives. Please three of our consider this a “thank you” to SHS for allowing us to have this special, loving angel in our home and our hearts. When the time comes that many adoption we are once again ready to welcome another furry face into our home, we will be there again to bring home one of the many wonderful ani- Success Stories. mals whose lives are saved each day by SHS.” Very truly yours, Mary Ann Floyd Visit our website “On Nov. 21, 2009, my husband & I went to your shelter and adopted not one, but two of your sweet cats. I adopted “Fantasia” (now renamed, “Blu-Ray” because of his one blue humane.org eye and one yellow (like a sunray)) - and my husband became smitten with a little kitten there, named, “Dusty” - he renamed him, “T.D.” (short for “Touchdown” since he is a huge to read football fan). We are totally insane about both of them! And they are totally happy and content! I only wish we could adopt all of them!” about more. Sincerely, Joan & Francis Lynch Vet’s Voice PEOPLE WITH PETS TEND TO BE HEALTHIER Pet owners have healthier hearts and lower stress levels than those who don’t have animals, according to the National Institute of Health. And a study in The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that kids exposed to two or more dogs or cats in the first year of life are actu- ally less likely to develop allergies. Researchers think kids who have animals in the house are probably exposed to higher levels of endotoxins- bacteria commonly found in the mouths of cats and dogs. It’s believed that exposure to endotoxins causes the developing immune system to become more resistant to allergens. To keep YOUR pet healthy, Suncoast Humane Society offers many low cost programs and services. To learn more call us Our veterinarian, Dr. Randy Hitesman at 941-474-7884 or visit us on the web at www.humane.org SPRING/SUMMER 2010 Humane Happenings Page 6 Thrift Store News Our Thrift Stores have proven to be not only a major source of income, benefiting our programs & animals, they are also providing a great variety of quality household and other usable items for bargain shoppers during these tough economic times. They have come a long way since our first store opened in 2000 at the Rialto Shopping Center, in Venice. Additional stores were opened in North Port (2008) and Englewood (2009). Each store is staffed with a manager and dozens of wonderful volunteers. The requests for a pick up and delivery service, combined with the success of the stores prompted us to purchase a 16’ box truck to allow the handling of larger items and heavier loads. Two part time drivers along with volunteers keep our merchandise moving. We are in the process of expanding our stores in Venice and Englewood to allow room for furniture and other larger merchandise. THE SUCCESS OF OUR THRIFT STORES DEPENDS ON YOU, OUR DONORS AND OF COURSE THOSE SHOPPING FOR GREAT DEALS ON QUALITY ITEMS. Please consider the animals and Suncoast Humane Society when you have merchandise or items you no longer have a use for. Your donation will become someone else’s treasure and just think of how great it will feel to have helped your fellow neighbors, both two and four legged. You can purchase hats, mugs, shirts, collars, leashes and so much more at our “Shop Humane” boutique located within our shelter at 6781 San Casa Drive, Englewood. For Thrift Store locations and hours, please call or visit us on the web at Pet Calendar Think you’re pet has what it takes to be the next face of the 2011 Suncoast Humane Society Pet Calendar? For official Rules and Regulations, call 941-474-7884 or visit us on the web at www.humane.org 2011 Pet Calendar Photo Contest Entry Form DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS July 2, 2010 YOUR Name: ___________________________________________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________________________ City/State/Zip: __________________________________________________________________________ Phone:________________________ Email:__________________________________________________ PET’S Name: ____________________________________________________________________________ __I am enclosing a check payable to Suncoast Humane Society __ Please charge my credit card. __ VISA __ MASTERCARD ___ DISCOVER Card # _______________________________________________ Exp. Date: _______________________ Signature: _______________________________________________________________ Qty. Description Unit Price Total Photo Entry or Entries $25.00 Additional 2011Calendars $5.00 Subtotal: Shipping ($3.95 each) Balance Due: Submissions may be mailed to: Suncoast Humane Society Photo Contest 6781 San Casa Drive Englewwod, FL 34224 Digital submissions may be emailed to: email@example.com A copy of the official registration (CH5561) and financial information may be obtained from NON-PROFIT ORG the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free: 1-800-435-7352, within the State of Florida. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the U.S. POSTAGE State. 100% of all contributions go directly to SHS. PAID MANASOTA FL PERMIT # 785 6781 San Casa Drive Englewood, FL 34224 941-474-7884 • 941-475-3877 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.humane.org Top Row: Cleopatra Smith (alumnus), Sienna Ciullo (alumnus), Sophie Rose Goodrich, Kit Kat Peterson (center), Honey Smith (alumnus), P Romeo Ernest (alumnus), Tiggie Moser Bottom Row: Katie Paufve, Savannah Leigh Low, Les Cremard, Vacate Heinrich, Dolly Corn (alumnus), Tabitha Darby (alumnus) E __Yes! Make my pet a member of the Suncoast Humane Society Pet Club! (Minimum donation of $5. Please be sure to include a photo!) __Yes! Make ME a member too! Accept my donation of _$25 _$50 _$75 _$100 T Total donation amount $_____________ __ Enclosed is my check made payable to Suncoast Humane Society __ Please charge my __ VISA __Mastercard __Discover Credit Card #: ____________________________________ Exp. Date: _________ Name as it appears on card: ___________________________________________ Signature: __________________________________________________________ C Your Pet’s Name: ____________________________________________________ Suncoast Humane Society Alumnus? __ YES __ NO L Your Name: _________________________________________________________ Address: ___________________________________________________________ U City: ________________ State: _________ Zip Code: _______________________ Phone: ___________________ Email: _____________________________ B Thank you to Englewood Community Hospital for their gracious print donation of the Spring/ Summer 2010 edition of Humane Happenings!
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