HS/SPCA News

September Volunteer of the Month is Jack M.

As an Indiana resident who raised Beagles for hunting & as pets with his father, our talented volunteer Jack has now lived in FL for over 45 years. He currently has 2 senior & cherished cats: Marco Polo (17) & Sassafras (15) who are the joy of his life.
His gratification of volunteering comes with the time he has witnessed of our dedicated staff & volunteers who care for the many lovely animals at our shelter. He is proud to help at our "no kill" facility where they can live safely & comfortable until they are adopted. Jack's talents as a "Jack" of all trades handyman have helped our shelter running well!
He encourages anyone who may be interested in making a difference in saving lives to give our shelter a try. He recently said " it's a pleasant place to work, everyone has a great attitude and are fun to be around. Whatever they are able to do, they would be a great asset and will be greatly appreciated!" We think you are too Jack!


August was National Make a Will Month But...

it's OK to make your will at any time, just don't forget to recognize those that make your community a better place to live. Making a will is a topic so many people avoid for a slew of reasons; their health is good, nothing tragic or unexpected will happen to them at this time of their lives, they believe they don't have much in assets to leave anyone, or it simply is a taboo topic they will deal with 'someday' in the distant future. Unfortunately reasons can change in an instant. Would you want your possessions to be decided by a court or the State to receive all your valuables?
"A prepared will can provide peace of mind knowing everything that is important to them has been accounted for and left to those people or local charities that mean something significant to that individual" noted volunteer Claudia Labbe' of the HS/SPCA of Sumter County. "As many people know, I am actively involved with our local HS/SPCA and I made plans accordingly to help continue assisting them in the important work they do even after I have passed. I have had the joy of witnessing how many lives of animals and people are improved by the efforts of the HS/SPCA of Sumter and I want that to continue no matter what form my planned gift is that I can give. Contributions from supporters are what keep the HS/SPCA of Sumter operating."
The Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter offers a guideline of valuable information to those wanting to assist the local non-profit via their estate planning preparations. All donors are encouraged to seek independent financial and legal counsel when executing wills, trusts, contracts and other agreements. The Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County will provide information and assistance to donors, however, the ultimate responsibility regarding evaluations, tax deductibility, and/or similar legal state, local and/or federal compliance issues rests with the donor and/or such counsel as the donor may wish to secure. For those interested in saving lives by "Leaving a Legacy of Compassion," please contact us at 352-793-9117, info@hsspca.org or at PO Box 67/994 CR 529A, Lake Panasoffkee, FL, 33538 for a copy of the guidelines.


Purina O.N.E. Dry Cat Food Donations Urgently Needed!

If our supporters could lend us a paw please...we have a request for Purina O.N.E. Dry Cat Food for the cats in our custody awaiting adoption. (Keeping their diet consistent helps them not have any digestive upset. This is why we ask for a specific type of food.)
Donations may be dropped off at local business such as: HighFive Frozen Yogurt, both Buffalo Ridge Animal Hospitals, PAWS For a Moment Natural Pet Food Market, Whole Earth Pet Supply, PAWS Animal Hospital, Bone Crazy Dog Grooming, Sparr Farm & Feed and our shelter too! You can also snail mail your donation earmarked "pet food" to us at Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County, Inc., 994 CR 529a Lake Panasoffkee, FL 33538 or securely online here with our DONATE button. We truly thank you for your kindness!


Animal Readiness Tips as Hurricane Season Is Here

Our Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County wants to make sure your pets are kept safe as FL residents & their pets are amidst the 2014 hurricane season through November. Companion animals can face huge life threatening dangers if left unattended during a dangerous storm. Our HS/SPCA strongly urges pet owners to provide a safe haven for their pets indoors where they may be shielded from the risk of lightning, electrocution, flying debris, drowning or injuries caused in their attempts to flee from their fear of an oncoming storm. These resources and tips are offered to protect your pets during the upcoming hurricane season:
--If you plan to evacuate, bring your pets. Remember, if it's not safe for you to be there, it's not safe for them either. Evacuation should take place no later than 24-48 hours before any storm makes landfall predicted towards your residence. Notify family or friends that you will be bringing your pets along. If you are leaving the storm area and you plan to stay at a pet friendly hotel/shelter, reservations must be made immediately as sites book up rapidly during an emergency.
--Keep your pets inside or in a secure room or crate. Animals have been known to panic to such an extent that they will bolt from their home and run in terror to avoid storms. If windows break, pets loose in a house, have been known to flee from the debris and chaos. Operating portable generators must be kept in sheltered but open air environments. Do not keep pets in a garage with an operating generator. The carbon monoxide fumes are toxic and will potentially kill them and you.
--All pets should have more than one form of ID on them (ID tag and microchip) and an emergency contact number out of the storm's range in case you are separated. Have their current paperwork stored in waterproof bags or storage containers.
--All pets should be current on vaccinations and needed prescriptions should be filled before the storm arrives. Provide at least a two week supply of medications, water and pet food for each pet. (Don't forget to have a manual can opener if there is no electricity). Have a pet first aid kit ready.

Horses and other livestock:
--If you plan to evacuate your horses, do not find yourself stranded on a crowded highway with a loaded horse trailer. High winds may cause a trailer to flip over and flooded areas make hauling livestock even more dangerous. Make all pet related arrangements well in advance, have ample fuel, tires/brakes/lights checked and allow for slower than normal travel time.
--If you have horses or other livestock, make sure they are NOT locked in barns but instead have the option to run out towards an open space in case of a barn collapse during high winds or potential tornadoes. Have a breakaway halter (preferably leather) with an ID tag secured to it or a luggage tag woven into their mane. Velcro fetlock ID bands, available at local feed stores, allow you to write your contact information on them should the animal escape their property lines if trees come down on fence lines.
--Perishable livestock feed and hay should be stored in an elevated place away from flooded areas and store feeds in plastic bins to prevent deadly molds from growing. Pre-fill any empty tubs with water so it will be readily available to livestock during the entire storm's presence in the event you may lose power and cannot pump water from your well.
--Remove any loose or lightweight objects which could become projectiles in high winds. These items can potentially impale and kill animals.

Recovery of Lost Pets:
--Make sure pets always wear proper identification. Licensing your pets greatly increases the chances of reuniting a lost pet with its owner. An overwhelming number of pets are lost specifically during hurricane season due to their attempt to escape the chaos and with no form of ID, they have little chance of being reunited with their owners. Don't make your pet a tragic statistic!
--If you need to find your lost pet, contact The Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County, Inc. at 352-793-9117 or the Sumter County Animal Services Department at 352-569-1960. Make sure you have a current photo of your pet with you (this proves the connection of you and the lost pet), with all contact information. Create a flyer with the photo and info and post it at all local veterinary offices, groomers, pet supply stores and throughout your neighborhood plus mentioning it to each neighbor so they are all on the alert to help.
The Sumter County Emergency Management has many other helpful disaster planning tips available at sumtercountyfl.gov under the Emergency Management department listing. South Sumter High School, located at 706 N. Main St. (SR 475) in Bushnell is designated as the Pet-Friendly Shelter in Sumter County. All pets must be crated.
The Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer-based organization helping all animals in need throughout Sumter County, Florida. Donations directly help to cover the cost of saving, treating, and caring for neglected, abused and abandoned animals. Visit our other website pages to find out more about us, call 352-793-9117 or visit us at our facility located at 994 CR 529A, in Lake Panasoffkee.


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.