Kibbles Dog Food Donations Needed Please!

Our HS/SPCA is urgently requesting support from the community for donations of dry dog food for our "Kibbles on Wheels" pet food assistance program throughout Sumter County. Donations of dry dog food bags or financial contributions can be earmarked for "pet food" when done by check or via our DONATE button with Paypal.
Bill Gottschalk, HS/SPCA President and Kibbles Program Coordinator pointed out "our supply of dry dog food is practically depleted right now so we are concerned for the nearly 100 dogs that rely on their monthly allotment to not go hungry." On average, the HS/SPCA currently provides over 2000 lbs. of pet food each month to feed dogs and cats of low income families within Sumter County.
"To those wishing to help on a larger scale" Gottschalk suggested "clubs, neighborhoods and youth groups may want to take this opportunity to organize a pet food drive during the summer months ahead and make a big difference during an urgent time of need."
In northern Sumter, donations can be dropped off at PAWS Animal Hospital, Buffalo Ridge Animal Hospital (both locations), Whole Earth Pet Supply and PAWS For a Moment Natural Pet Food Market . In southern Sumter, donations can be dropped off at Willy Nilly Feed in Bushnell or at the HS/SPCA office on CR 529A (one road east of the SC Landfill) Mon.-Sat. between 10am-2pm. Mailed donations can be sent to the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County at PO Box 67, Lake Panasoffkee, FL 33538 or securely online at hsspca.org via Paypal. Call 352-793-9117 for more information on how you can help.

April has Volunteer Jeff Springing Into Action!

"If you ever loved an animal, every little bit you can do to help them comes back ten-fold right to your heart." This is the mantra of our Volunteer of the Month, Jeff R.
Whether he's walking our dogs, mowing our lawns, scooping out our kennels, or trimming our hedges, Jeff's dedication to helping the HS/SPCA make a difference in the lives of animals in need is boundless. In fact, there seems to be no limit to Jeff's energy and compassion.
"I was always attracted to dogs, or perhaps the dogs were attracted to me," Jeff explains as the impetus for his volunteer efforts. "It seemed my life was focused on dogs and animals."
Jeff, a native of Pennsylvania, doesn't presently have a dog of his own. His beloved white GSD, Maggie, passed away in 2000, and her concrete memorial has traveled with him through four moves. So, spending time with our dogs at the HS has special meaning to Jeff. It is clear from his regular participation in a variety of HS/SPCA events and projects that dogs mean the world to him.
Inspired by what Jeff describes as "the genuine care and fondness given to the animals" he first observed at our Society, Jeff thinks of our dogs as "kids" in our care. We love that! Because that's precisely how we feel about our animals! Through his giving back to our shelter, Jeff says, "I know it is for the 'kids'."
So, as we jump into the Spring season, a time of rejuvenation and good vibes abound, we want to thank Jeff for always springing into action to help us help animals in need. His heartfelt compassion makes a difference in the lives of so many, and somehow, he makes it all look so easy.
Take it from Jeff: "If you want to help, just do it and do it like you mean it!"

New Adoption Day Venues in the Works!

Our 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 Lake Miona Recreation Ctr., on Buena Vista Blvd.
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!

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!

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."
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.
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.