Helping when you can

"The Humane Society of Sarasota County relies on community funding to pursue its mission of promoting responsible pet ownership and securing permanent homes for all adoptable animals. HSSC provides abandoned pets with compassionate care and shelter and offers pet adoptions, humane education, affordable spay/neuter services, and programs for children, seniors and those with special needs."

The mission statement from the HSSC says very eloquently exactly why they are here. Tomorrow, a group of dogs will become the newest guests at 2331 15th Street in Sarasota. The following is a press release I received today. How wonderful is it we have room in Sarasota to take in dogs who desperately are looking for a new home? Now, we all just need to help them out and opt to adopt. Maybe one of these dogs would be your perfect companion.

(SARASOTA, FL December 10, 2008) - The Humane Society of Sarasota County will travel to Gulf Coast Humane Society in Fort Myers Thursday to pick up 10 dogs who need new homes for the holidays.
"The Humane Society of Sarasota County is fortunate to be able to accommodate more dogs right now, so we decided the best thing to do was to reach out to other shelters with overcrowding issues," said HSSC Executive Director Deborah Millman. Millman said HSSC has forged partnerships with shelters its feels will return the favor should it face overcrowding issues in the future.
"Working together is the only way to have an impact on pet overpopulation," Millman said. "Gulf Coast has a waiting list, so, while we can, we want to be there for them and their dogs in need." According to Millman, Gulf Coast Humane Society does not euthanize for space but has a months'-long waiting list. The Humane Society of Sarasota County accepts admissions by appointment but turns no pet away. At present, there are no dogs on its waiting list, she said.
Millman added that, year to date, the Humane Society of Sarasota County has euthanized no animals for space - 100 percent of its adoptable pets have found homes or are awaiting new families at HSSC. She added that the shelter treats most health conditions, has a behaviorist to address behavior issues and does not discrimate against age or breed.
Millman noted that HSSC is close to capacity with cats but would accept cats from other shelters in the future, space permitting.
A second trip is planned for this weekend to retrieve five dogs from Orange County Animal Services.


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