HS/SPCA News

Golf Ball Drop Silent & Live Auction List!

Join many for a great day of fun at the 2nd Annual "Above Par for Animals" Golf Ball Drop on Saturday, April 5th from 10am-2pm at the George Nahas Chevrolet Dealership on SR 44 in Wildwood from 10am-2pm. The ReMax Premier Realty hot air balloon will drop numbered golf balls at noon and the three closest ones in or nearest to the main hole will be awarded: 1st prize=a gently used golf cart, 2nd prize= an Apple iPad Mini and 3rd prize, a Deluxe 6-burner Barbeque Grill.
Great Food (BBQ & Fro Yo!)
Live Music by The Sunset Band(10am-12pm)
WVLG 640AM (12-2pm)
Local Caricature Artist & Vendors-Golf themed Contests-Many Adoptable Animals too!
Silent Auction (10am-12:30pm) Over 65 great items!
Live Auction (12:30-1:30pm) Don't miss your chance at these special autographed memorabilia:
-The Beatles Abby Road Album Autographed by Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr
-Jimmy Buffett "Summerz Cool" Sheet Music
-Neil Diamond "Sweet Caroline" Sheet Music
-American Astronauts (RARE Item) Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, John Glenn & James Lovell Moon Shot Photo
-"Snoopy And The Red Baron" Autographed Charles Schulz Animation Art
-1980 Miracle On Ice USA Olympic Hockey Team vs. Russia Sports Photo
-The Three Tenors - Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and artist LeRoy Neiman Lithograph Print
-Arnold Palmer Photo
-Dale Earnhardt Sr. Photo
-Dale Earnhardt Jr. Photo
-Nolan Ryan Photo
-Phil Mickelson Photo
-Willie Mays Photo
-Yogi Berra Photo (with Babe Ruth!)
-Vintage 1950's Golf Cart from the American Golf Assoc.

Live Auction Trips/Experiences:
-Las Vegas VIP Showstopper: VIP Seating at Choice of Top Vegas Show, Renaissance 3-Night Stay with Airfare for 2
-Alaska's Majestic Frontier Cruise via Royal Caribbean Cruiseline Land only-No Airfare/7 Nights in Veranda Stateroom
-Asheville's Eclectic & Sophisticated Pleasures Trip Renaissance Asheville Hotel 3 days-2 nights, Wine & Chocolate Tasting, Land only-No Airfare, Take in the Fall Leaves changing!
-Savor California's Wine Country & Private Chauffeured Winery Tour in Sonoma, 4 days/3 nights, Airfare Included
-Most Magical Place on Earth (Disney & Universal)5 days-4 nights/Land only-No Airfare, Residence Inn Orlando Lake Buena Vista in a Suite for 4, Including Three Day My Way Tickets to Disney WorldŽ and Passes to Universal Studios
-Fresh Water Fishing in Gorgeous Canada 5 days/4 nights at your choice of Fairmont Hotel, Airfare for 2 Included
-Hot Air Balloon Rides for 2 or 4 people (3 hour Experience with 1 hour ride/Champagne Toast!) Combine this with another of these exciting trips for a fun adventure! Over 200 locations nationwide!
Proceeds will benefit our Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County, Inc. Visit www.hsspca.org for more info on this & many other events.


Meet April Volunteer Piper!

Animals are a very big part of young Piper's life. She has had turtles, chickens, snakes, hamsters, fish, cats and dogs to occupy her home and her heart and currently has a snake and chickens and two dogs (one of which was adopted from our Humane Society named Daisy! See photo.)
Piper's inspiration comes from acting as the voice of homeless animals as she hopes her efforts will bring them a loving home, a donation for their care and time with new volunteers. She adds that "they have feelings but we can't always see them they way you can in a human. That is why I help." We think you're great Piper and are inspiring more kids to do good things in the community!


2nd Golf Ball Drop April 5th!

The anticipation of being a winner of one of the three grand prizes on Saturday, April 5th at the 2nd Annual "Above Par for Animals" Golf Ball Drop is growing. "Friends and neighbors everywhere I go are asking me if there's still time to get a chance at the Golf Ball Drop. I let them know that tickets are available at many local businesses until April 3rd (listed below) and at the day of the event just before the balls are dropped at approx. noon from the ReMax Premier Realty hot air balloon over the George Nahas Chevrolet dealership" commented Villages resident and HS/SPCA of Sumter Fundraising volunteer Jeanne Ritchie. "We've been so grateful for the generosity of local businesses donating fabulous silent and live auction items for everyone to bid on" she added.
The three closest golf balls in or nearest to the main hole will be awarded valuable prizes exceeding $2500. 1st prize is a gently used golf cart generously donated by ReMax Premier Realty of The Villages and Columbia ParCar of Lady Lake. 2nd prize, an Apple iPad Mini, also donated by ReMax Premier Realty and 3rd prize, a Deluxe Barbeque Grill, donated by Nathan Thomas/State Farm Insurance will be among the many great contributions of local businesses.
This unique event will hold much more than just an instantaneous bombardment of golf balls at noon. The day's festivities will run from 10am until 2pm, with a delicious BBQ feast donated by Landmark Mortgage and sweet treats from HighFive Frozen Yogurt, live music by The Sunset Band (10am-12pm), a radio feed from WVLG 640AM (12-2pm), a large array of silent auction items (10am-12:30pm), followed by the live auction (12:30-1:30), a caricature artist, golf themed contests, local vendors and many adoptable animals.
Numbered golf ball tickets will be available until Thursday, April 3rd at these locations and then again the day of the event. Tickets are only a $5 donation each or 5 for $20 at:
-George Nahas Chevrolet on SR 44 in Wildwood (352-748-1122),
-ReMax Premier Realty of The Villages offices at 13940 Hwy. 441 (352-753-2029)
-ReMax Premier Realty of The Villages at 1213 Miller St. in Valley Plaza at CR 466A (352-460-4633)
-Our HS/SPCA office at 994 CR 529A in Lake Panasoffkee (352-793-9117)
-PAWS For a Moment Natural Pet Food Market, 11692 CR 101, The Villages (352-259-7616)
-Whole Earth Pet Supply, 1556 Bella Cruz Drive, The Villages (352-391-5806)
-Buffalo Ridge Animal Hospital, 748 Campus Circle, The Villages (352-750-4711)
-Buffalo Ridge Animal Hospital, Pinellas Plaza, The Villages (352-350-5786)
-HighFive Frozen Yogurt, 4058 Wedgewood Lane, The Villages (352-259-0074)
Proceeds raised will fund our programs which help reduce animal homelessness, neglect, hunger and pet overpopulation within the County. For more information on our upcoming events or if you wish to volunteer, contact us at 352-793-9117 or visit our calendar events page.


The Big SHREDDING Event Best Ever!

"THE SHRED" Paper Shredding Event came back on 3/22 with a vengeance thanks to terrific donor support & the generosity of the Rainbow Family Club of The Villages, Hill's Shred Express of Ocala & Buffalo Ridge Animal Hospital. From 8:30-11:30am, donations topped $9000 while donors had their personal documents shredded safely. This successful fundraiser helped local animals in need at our HS/SPCA and Leesburg's HS. Many thanks again!


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.


PET ALERT Emergency Window Clings Available

Have you received your PET ALERT Window Cling pack yet? We offer a 2-pack for only a $4 donation. Imagine that $4 could save the lives of your treasured pets if the emergency rescuers knew how many & what kind of pets you had in your home.

Fill out the info on the cling & place one on your front & back doors. We can mail (2-3) 2-packs in a #10 envelope for just $1 extra & you can give them to family & friends to keep beloved pets safe. They are a thoughtful way of keeping pets safe and make great stocking stuffers! Order your PET ALERTS via Paypal here on our website for your's today!


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 30th Anniversary in 2012 we look forward to another exciting 30 years+! If you are a local business wishing to gain great exposure, you should become a Corporate Member, for only $100 for an entire year!

This is a great way to increase your visibility as our website receives +/- 4000 hits a month & our Facebook page is fast approaching 1000 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.