HS/SPCA News

Peter Z. Finds Joy Volunteering!

"The ones I visit here..."
Those are the animals Pete Z., May's Volunteer of the Month, holds most dear to him nowadays.
Originally from upstate New York, dogs and cats were always an important part of Peter's daily life. And although no longer a pet parent himself, it's the limitless love he feels for animals in general that inspires Peter to volunteer his time at our HS/SPCA regularly.
Inspired by the care and love our pups and kitties get here, and, in particular, the fact that our charges are deemed safe in our care, Peter demonstrates his devotion to animals in various ways. Sometimes he plays with the animals, tossing around toys and scratching them just right behind the ears. Other times he'll take the dogs for a stroll around the yard to give them fresh air and stretch their muscles.
"It's a great feeling to volunteer and be with the animals and know that they are safe and loved and will find wonderful forever homes," Peter explains. And until those forever homes are found, it's dedicated volunteers like Peter who keep our animals woofin' and meowin' with happiness and love.


New Adoption Day Venues in the Works!

OOur HS/SPCA has just begun a program in conjunction with The Villages Community Development District Recreation Dept. for local pet adoptions at a different Regional Rec. Ctr. on the 3rd Friday of each month. It will be hosted again on Friday, 5/15 from 11am-2pm at the adjacent pavilion from the main entrance of the Paradise Recreation Center at 1403 Paradise Drive in the historic Vlgs. section.
Interested adopters, prospective volunteers & supporters will be able to check upcoming recreation centers in the "Recreation News" & also WVLG & VNN as to where the next Adoption Day will be. So please SHARE this exciting news with anyone you know looking for their new best friend or a great place to volunteer!
Upcoming locations/dates are:
June 19th Friday at Eisenhower Rec. Ctr., 3560 Buena Vista Blvd.
July 17th Friday at Mulberry Grove Rec. Ctr., 8445 SE 165th Mulberry Lane
August 21st Friday at SeaBreeze Rec. Ctr., 2384 Buena Vista Blvd.


Additional Kuranda Cots Needed Please...

Thanks to YOU & your support, we have been able to expand our shelter a bit more which means we can use a few more Kuranda dog cots once again. PLUS when you purchase your donated cots, its only $5 shipping now! Just click on the image and it will direct you to our list of needed items:
To place your donation order, please visit Kuranda by clicking on the image

Thank you again so much for helping our rescues be comfy while waiting for their fur-ever homes!


Amazon Smile & Ebay Shopping Options Ready!

For those of you who love shopping at Amazon & Ebay, you can do it PLUS help our HS/SPCA raise much needed extra funding at NO extra cost to you!

We have joined AmazonSmile which is a simple and automatic way for you to support us every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at >www.smile.amazon.com, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization...US!
On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you will need to select our name from their data base before you begin shopping. They will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation. You use the same account on Amazon.com & AmazonSmile. Donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not tax deductible by you.

Ebay Giving Works is a charitable site where you can purchase lovely and unique items that we have posted for sale and 100% of it goes to us. Plus you can sell items on your own Ebay page too and donate between 10-100% to our HS/SPCA if you wished. Interested buyers would be aware that their purchase will be for charity. Visit www.ebay.com. Check back often as items will be added for sale or perhaps go on sale too!
HAPPY SHOPPING!


HS/SPCA Accepts Animal Services Adoption Responsibility

It's official: our Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County, Inc. has taken on the responsibility of animal adoptions at our County's Animal Services shelter. We feel we shall be able to assist more adoptable dogs & cats into permanent safe homes via an expansion of our network of reputable rescues (mixed & breed-specific) which share our standards of care & adoption, transporters, etc. It will be a great undertaking and we shall strive to do our best for Sumter's animals in need while continuing our own rescue adoptions and community assistance programs. We hope that our community will be interested in becoming part of this effort in one way or another. Feel free to contact us at our shelter office at 352-793-9117 should you have any other questions, concerns or wish to get involved. So please share this news, get involved let's see what we can accomplish with this grand task at hand TOGETHER!
Here is the notice from our Chairman/President Bill Gottschalk to our supporters: "Back on December 15th I sent an email in regards to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) directed proposal to the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County to accept the responsibilities involved with all aspects of adoptions of dogs and cats at the county operated facility. As I stated in that email nothing was definitive but under careful review by our Board and staff with regards to all requirements as well as all programs we are involved in. At our December board meeting after careful review the board directed I go forward in implementing a partnership with the county animal services to assume responsibility of adoptions of dogs and cats deemed adoptable at the county facility.
County Administrator, Bradley Arnold and I have been in constant communication responding to the needs of both organizations in meeting the requirements that will make this program work. This past Monday January 12, 2015 we had a joint meeting with key staff members of both organizations and finalized the steps for the Humane Society/SPCA to assume responsibility for all adoptions and transfers to other agencies and public meeting our adoption requirements as of 1 February 2015. Please note the Humane Society will not be involved with any other functions performed by animal services. Last evening January 13th, the BOCC approved the joint agreement and it was released to the press.
We have a great appreciation for our network of volunteers and donors within our community and ask your support as we move forward in what we feel will have the result of more dogs and cats finding their forever homes."
Sincerely,
Bill Gottschalk Chairman/President
The Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County, Inc.


HS/SPCA Awarded Two Grants for Spay/Neuter Vouchers!

We wish to say how THANKFUL we are for both the recent grants awarded to us! The DeBartolo Family Foundation and the Bernice Barbour Foundation's generous grants (totalling $7,000!) to our Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County! We can spay/neuter pets of low income residents, via our voucher program, which will continue to reduce the high euthanasia rate in Sumter County. With our sincere gratitude for your continued support and kindness... MANY THANK YOUs!
To those in need of spaying/neutering their pets, please submit your request to our office Mon.-Fri. 10am-2pm while funds last!


Opportunities for Dog & Cat Care Volunteers!

If you love dogs and cats and want to make a difference in the lives of rescued animals then consider volunteering at our HS/SPCA. The Society is in need of reliable volunteers at our facility in Lake Panasoffkee.

Care of the dogs/cats include kennel/litter box cleaning, feeding, brushing and walking dogs. AM/PM shifts are available and duties are divided amongst volunteers. MOST OF ALL, THESE ANIMALS NEED HUMAN LOVING & BONDING!

To find out how you can help, contact us at 352-793-9117 or by email at info@hsspca.org. Our Lake Panasoffkee facility is located at 994 CR 529A which has office hours of Mon. - Fri., 10am to 2pm. See if volunteering to care for rescued animals is something you would like to do! All applications will be considered.


Corporate Membership Provides Great PR!

Our Society has been able to grow & better serve its community's needs thanks to the many great corporate supporters over the years. Now that we celebrated our 33rd Anniversary in 2015 we look forward to another exciting year of growth! If you are a local business wishing to gain great exposure, you should become a Corporate Member, for a minimum of only $100!

This is a great way to increase your visibility as our website receives +/- 4000 hits a month & our Facebook page is fast approaching 1600 Fans right now. Show your customers that you are a compassionate member of the community when you assist us in saving the lives of innocent animals within Sumter!


Different Ways You Can Help Save Lives!

Creativity is imperative to staying resourceful. "We need to be creative and resourceful in these times when the economy is seriously affecting our donations. Lack of funds and food directly affect our ability to save lives" commented Fundraising Chairperson Claudia Labbe. So the HS/SPCA is offering some tips on how the community can show its support. "So many people are taking on second jobs, that they may have less personal time or finances to help, and though we certainly need donations and volunteers, we understand their priorities. So we outlined a few ways supporters and their communities can still help."
End of Year Donations for tax purposes are a great way to help! Please consider all the work we do and know that this is a great way to help while receiving a tax deduction.
Estate Planning & Memorial Bricks:
Leave a "Legacy of Compassion" and be remembered as someone who will continue helping animals in need even after your passing? You can make final memorial preparations by including a bequest in your will, gifts of property/real estate, beneficiary of life insurance policies, IRAs and other retirement plans requesting that donations be made to the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County, Inc. in your name.
We also have $50 memorial/honorary bricks for an everlasting tribute at our facility proudly on display at our entrance.
Party Gifts:
Why not have a pet theme for your holiday party? Instead of a useless gag gift or a pointless $5-10 stocking stuffer, give a gift that will help feed or shelter an animal in need. Create a Wish List of items needed such as pet food, gift cards or pet beds. If your guests don't have time to go shopping, then have a jar where they can put some cash or a check made out to us!
There are two approaches for birthday parties as well. Pet parties are growing more popular and the pet parents are asking that guests bring pet food or monetary donations for animals less fortunate than theirs. Local children have also been doing this for their own birthday parties, asking their invited friends to bring pet supplies all while learning and growing from the gift of giving.
Showers:
It is becoming increasingly popular for people who are entering a 2nd marriage to not need more household items, so ask your guests to bring pet food or a donation to help. Many will also ask that guests make a monetary donation in honor of their special union.
Community Service:
Youth groups such as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America are always searching for ways to earn community service hours or merit badges. Help them organize a pet food drive, bake sale, car/pet wash, lemonade stand or spare change drive. HS/SPCA volunteers can speak to them about all the work done in the animal rescue field and how they helped make a difference. Fire/police stations and local grocers and businesses can setup donation points for a pet food drive at their sites.