YOUR Humane Society SPCA
SAVE A LIFE!
No Kill from the Beginning
Sumter County’s Largest and Oldest NO-KILL Shelter
This May, YOUR Humane Society SPCA will be celebrating it’s 39th Anniversary!
BISSELL Pet Foundation Empty the Shelters National Event
Despite this year’s challenges, BISSELL Pet Foundation has remained vigilant in its mission to find loving homes for shelter pets. Starting today, May 5th, through May 9th, BPF is aiming to bring hope to homeless pets across the country with its Empty the Shelters – Hope event. BPF will support nearly 170 shelters by offering reduced-fee pet adoptions & YOUR Humane Society SPCA is one of those LUCKY Shelters! ALL adoptable cats and dogs will be $20 to adopt during this time.
We will also have cat adoptions at our offsite partners PetSmart of Oxford/The Villages, FL & Petsense The Villages locations through Sunday, May 9th with the reduced-fee adoptions.
April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month
YOUR Humane Society SPCA’s Board Director, Dr. Kelly Vernon, reminds pet owners that April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month. During your time as a pet owner, you may encounter an emergency with your pet and YOUR Humane Society SPCA wants to make sure you are prepared by offering a few tips. First, it is important to have a well stocked first aid kit for your pets when at home or travelling. There are many printable lists that can be accessed online, but we are listing the main items below. You can add other items to your kit that you may find specifically helpful to accommodate your individual pet.
- A copy of your pet’s health record and a list of any medications they take
- Bandage materials such as gauze, non-stick bandages, and non-adhesive bandage wraps
- Latex gloves
- Antibiotic ointment (such as Neosporin)
- Hand sanitizer
- Grease-cutting dish soap
- Thermometer (not oral)
- Hydrocortisone cream
- Penlight or small flashlight
- Styptic pencil or other clotting powder
- Instant cold pack
- Blanket and extra leash
- Soft muzzle (Please know that in a situation where your pet is hurt, having a soft muzzle to use can be important to prevent biting while attempting to treat an injury. Even the most patient and kind pet may bite when in pain.)
To not waste valuable time searching when in any emergency, have three important phone numbers and addresses stored now in your phone directory and with your first aid kit:
- Your primary veterinarian’s contact info
- Your local after-hours veterinary emergency center
- Pet Poison Helpline (855) 764-7661
YOUR Humane Society SPCA encourages you to keep your first aid kit handy within your household and to bring it along whenever you travel with your pet. Keeping a second smaller kit in your car is also a great idea. Be sure to check the kit on occasion to ensure nothing is out of date or damaged and remember to refill anything after using the kit.
April is National Heartworm Awareness Month
YOUR Humane Society SPCA wants you to be proactive rather than reactive. An ounce of prevention is worth more than tons of cure with less risk to your beloved pets! One of our newest Board members, Dr. Kelly Vernon, will be contributing valuable veterinary advice to pet owners, on a variety of topics throughout the year. She will be starting with heartworm awareness, a topic that is especially important to those who are new to Florida and may not know that heartworm prevention is a year-round need.
As the weather continues to turn warmer and wetter, it will also bring out the dreaded mosquitos. And with the rise in mosquitoes, comes an increased risk of heartworm disease. Heartworm disease is caused by a parasitic worm, Dirofilaria immitis, which spend part of their life cycle within the mosquito before being passed onto dogs, cats, ferrets and other mammals when they are bitten. Heartworms damage the dog’s heart and lungs, causing symptoms such as cough, lethargy, weight loss, and eventual heart failure and death. It is worse for cats, where severe lung disease or sudden death may be the first sign.
Heartworm disease is now reported in all 50 states, but more prevalent in the Southeast due to our long seasons of warm weather. Year-round prevention is needed as the risk to our pets never subsides. Fortunately, prevention is quite easy these days, with many options available!
Most heartworm prevention products are administered monthly, with both oral and topical products available. There is also an injectable option now that only has to be given every 6 or 12 months. The preventative products are safe and effective, and there are options for every budget. Prevention is much less costly than treatment. Veterinarians can discuss what’s available and help you find the best product for the needs of your pet and family.
Since heartworm disease is a progressive disease, the sooner it is diagnosed, the less damage is done to the organs and the better chance of recovery. Annual blood testing with your veterinarian is recommended for all dogs. Testing in cats should occur prior to starting prevention if they have not been on a product, and then at intervals recommended by your veterinarian based on your cat’s risk.
If your pet tests positive for heartworm disease, your veterinarian can discuss treatment and perform other tests to assess for organ damage from the worms. Treatment typically consists of medications to reduce lung inflammation, and injections to kill the worms. Your pet will have to remain quiet during the course of the treatment to prevent heart and lung damage while the worms die.
Once treated, your pet should remain on heartworm prevention for the rest of its life. Remember, the easiest way to avoid your pet suffering from heartworm disease and your wallet from the cost of treatment, is to start prevention and continue it! Visit yhsspca.org/faqs for additional information for the wellness of YOUR pets.
National Pet Poison Prevention Month
Keeping your pets safe and healthy is what any responsible pet owner would want to do for their cherished family members, no matter what species of pet they have.
Becoming an informed pet owner to the hazards of commonly found items such as toxic foods, medications, plants, household chemicals to pets is critical to their well-being. In partnership with E3 Family Solutions, Inc., YOUR Humane Society SPCA provides a handout to all pet owners. Here’s a set of 3 to print at home & give to other pet owners.
Contact your local vet or emergency pet hospital if you suspect your pet has ingested anything potentially hazardous as time saved can be their life that is saved!
YOUR Humane Society SPCA is Fur-Ever Thankful
Mid-Florida Agencies Florida Blue
Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming The Villages
Be the Leader of the Pack Dog Training
Petco Foundation Invests in Lifesaving Work of YOUR Humane Society SPCA
Grant of $7,500 will extend efforts to save more animal lives in Sumter County and throughout Central Florida
Lake Panasoffkee, FL (June 8, 2020) – YOUR Humane Society SPCA in Sumter County, Florida announced it was awarded a $7,500 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its vital work saving lives of the animals in need via their shelter’s adoption program.
The Petco Foundation investment will increase awareness of the shelter’s adoptable pets by funding marketing and promotion which will further the mission of YOUR Humane Society SPCA and help animals find loving homes.
“Currently, during peak kitten season and recognizing that June is National ‘Adopt a Shelter Cat’ month, we are offering a ‘Take Two, They’re Small’ promotion where two kittens can be adopted for the adoption fee of one. All kittens are up-to-date on vaccinations, microchipped and spayed or neutered,” said Celine Petrie, Acting Shelter Director at YOUR Humane Society SPCA. “This funding will help us increase public awareness of our vital work and allow more pets to find permanent loving homes. These additional adoption resources made available by the Petco Foundation are truly appreciated at such a critical time.”
About the Petco Foundation
We believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $280 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 6.5 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.
May 2021 Volunteer of the Month: Josephine "Jo" Posillico
🐾The Importance of Microchipping Your Pet🐾
It is estimated that 1/3 of pets will go missing at some point in their lives, and 90% of them will NOT find their way home without some form of ID. Microchipping has the best reunion record. It provides your pet with a more assured form of ID that won’t be easily removed as a tag on a collar could be.
With hurricane season here, YOUR Humane Society SPCA cannot stress enough the importance for pets to have microchips. Even other circumstances, such as fire, an auto accident, theft, bolting out of fear, or your pet simply wandering off can separate them from you, and a microchip is the most effective way to identify and be the best chance to successfully reunite with you.
A microchip, transponder, the size of a grain of rice, inserted under the skin near the shoulder blades, can easily be read by a local vet or animal shelter. It transmits a unique ID number associated with your pet. Once you register the chip with the database company, all you need to do is keep your contact information updated such as if your phone number changes or if you move.
No matter the circumstance of how your pet is separated from you, the best thing to do for a successful reunion – and possibly saving your pet’s life – is to provide identification by microchip. Contact YOUR vet now to get your pet one or if your microchipped pet’s info is up to date.
YOUR Humane Society SPCA is a 501(c)3 non-profit, no-kill organization helping animals in need throughout their community as Sumter County’s oldest and largest no-kill shelter. Donations directly help to cover the cost of saving, treating and caring for neglected, abused and abandoned animals. Learn more about them at hsspca.org, 352-793-9117, on Facebook or visit them at 994 CR 529A, in Lake Panasoffkee, FL. Office open: Mon.-Sat. 8am-4:00pm. Kennel Pet Viewing: Mon.-Sat. 9:00am-3:00pm. Visitors are always welcome! Visitors are always welcome however, due to COVID-19 concerns, visitors are required to make an appointment to visit the shelter until further notice.
Meet our PETS OF THE WEEK (04/19/21)
🐾Fostering Pets Can and Should Be the New Normal🐾
YOUR Humane Society SPCA looks at Gloria Litman as a marvel. When people pledge to save animal lives, their acts of love come together to make a big difference, and that describes our volunteer Gloria. She is a local foster hero who demonstrates the lifesaving impact of fostering pets. She inspires people to join the pet fostering movement to foster in homes instead of in animal shelters, with the goal to make fostering the new normal for many.
Gloria spent over 20 years volunteering for her New Hampshire shelter. When she began volunteering for YOUR Humane Society SPCA after her move to Central Florida in 2014, she soon took on the role of heading up the adoption program for our cats temporarily residing and showcased at our local pet supply retailers including Petco in The Villages. She personally meets and interviews potential volunteer foster homes and adopters to be sure they will provide a wonderful home, whether temporary or permanent, for each cat and kitten.
In addition, Gloria fosters felines in her own home, knowing that it helps prepare them for adoption and successfully adjust into a family environment. Most cats seem to thrive better in home settings as a shelter environment may be too stressing for many. “Cats enjoy cozier naps, warmer welcomes by friends and family, and find more comfort in the love and compassion provided in a foster home setting,” Gloria states. “It makes the fostered cat happier and allows a pet’s true personality to emerge, while being a fun and educational experience for you and your family,” she added. The best part is that fostering a pet frees up another spot at the shelter or rescue to help save another animal.
During the response to COVID-19, nationwide, more animals have been fostered, and it is Gloria’s hope that more people will jump on the fostering bandwagon. If you are considering fostering a cat or dog, please contact YOUR Humane Society SPCA at 352-793-9117 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Become a foster parent and discover a rewarding experience that will change your life and that of a homeless animal forever. Petco Foundation #savepetlives #PFpartner❤️❤️❤️
Uncertain Times Call for Certain Measures
Since the onset of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, everyone’s lives have changed. Pair that with other uncertain times, such as hurricane season, which started this month. COVID-19 reminds us that disasters come in all forms and YOUR Humane Society SPCA strongly encourages pet owners to have their plan ready. Take steps now to ensure that your future, and that of your pet’s, is the brightest it can be.Read More…
YOUR Humane Society SPCA in Lake Panasoffkee, Sumter County, is operating on a limited basis to enable us to take additional safety measures to protect our staff, volunteers and the general public due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
We ask everyone – staff, volunteers and visitors – to please maintain social distancing and…Read More…
GREATERGOOD.ORG DONATES PET FOOD TO LOCAL ANIMAL SHELTER AND PET PARENTS IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19
GREATERGOOD.ORG DONATES PET FOOD
TO LOCAL ANIMAL SHELTER AND PET PARENTS IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19
YOUR Humane Society SPCA Acts as a Distribution Hub for Sumter Pet Parents
In Need of Pet Food and Supplies
(Lake Panasoffkee, FL) – GreaterGood.org, a national nonprofit that protects people, pets and the planet, donated pet food to YOUR Humane Society SPCA in response to COVID-19. Read More…
BISSELL PET FOUNDATION GRANT AWARDED FOR SPAY/NEUTER
YOUR Humane Society SPCA & Public Safety During the COVID-19 Crisis
YOUR Humane Society SPCA team is working hard to keep our community, themselves and the animals healthy while accomplishing our mission of protecting animals through our care, adoptions and public assistance programs. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our special events and gatherings are re-scheduled or cancelled since protecting our community is the priority. We must all take a proactive effort to lessen the negative impacts of this virus across our community and we are following the guidelines provided by the CDC and Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida. In an effort to better manage…Read More…
Ziggy's Delayed, but Nonetheless, Happy Adoption Update!
We’ve been so busy through the holidays and special events that we are playing catch up with sharing some great news. YOUR Humane Society SPCA is always happy whenever any of our animals find their forever family. But on occasion, one animal touches a special place in us all, and recently a little fellow named Ziggy stole our hearts big time!
Ziggy, a frail senior Australian Terrier mix, came to us disheveled, Read More…
YOUR Humane Society SPCA Celebrated Valentine’s Reunion of a Chihuahua Lost For Six Years
In 2013, 2 month old Chihuahua pup, Alex, found his forever home with the Stone family in Naples, Florida. Life was great with his very own two boys and a big dog brother Thunder until his dog bro moved away with Grandma. Alex was distraught and dug out of his fenced yard likely in search of Thunder. Alex’s heartbroken family searched and searched on their own too, but the weeks turned into months, which led to years, and they heard nothing. They never forgot Alex as he remained.. Read More…
YOUR HUMANE SOCIETY SPCA USING NEW FACIAL RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY FOR LOST PETS
Partnering with Finding Rover using revolutionary technology to identify lost pets in Sumter County, Florida
YOUR Humane Society SPCA is very excited to announce their brand new partnership with Finding Rover! Celine Petrie, Acting Director of Sumter’s no-kill shelter commented “This is one more way we strive to keep your pets safe. In addition to the current resources we provide our community such as our free emergency wallet cards, our disaster prep handouts and our pet alert window clings, we wanted to add another important component to a pet owner’s toolkit with Finding Rover, an amazing application of facial recognition technology for pets.”
Finding Rover is a FREE service that uses patented Facial Recognition technology to help reunite lost dogs and cats with their families! As a partner, the community can now see if their lost pet is in the shelter’s care with just a few clicks. Additionally, people looking to adopt can see the dogs and cats that are available at YOUR Humane Society SPCA.
Every dog and cat that leaves YOUR Humane Society SPCA, through a reunion or an adoption, can remain protected on Finding Rover when the pet parent registers on Finding Rover with the same email address that the shelter has on file. If that dog or cat ever gets lost, their record will already be in the system, and identifying that pet will be a snap.
We highly encourage everyone to register with a personal Finding Rover account by going to www.FindingRover.com/register. It just takes a minute to help bring your pet home faster in the event they are unexpectedly separated from you! Don’t wait until you lost your pet.
- Enter your name, email address, and zip code
- Upload a face-forward photo of your pet
- Enter a few main details about your pet
It’s that simple and completely FREE!
Join YOUR Humane Society SPCA and get connected to the Finding Rover community by registering TODAY!
YOUR Humane Society SPCA is a 501(c)3 non-profit, no-kill organization helping animals in need throughout their community as Sumter County’s oldest and largest no-kill shelter. Donations directly help to cover the cost of saving, treating and caring for neglected, abused and abandoned animals. Learn more about them at hsspca.org, 352-793-9117, on Facebook or visit them at 994 CR 529A, in Lake Panasoffkee, FL. Office open: Mon.-Sat. 8am-4:00pm. Kennel Pet Viewing: Mon.-Sat. 9:00am-3:30pm. Due to COVID-19 concerns, visitors are required to make an appointment to visit the shelter until further notice.
Kuranda Shelter Beds
Our shelter’s dogs have been fortunate to enjoy comfortable rest atop the many donated Kuranda beds we received years ago. They lasted quite a while but now it is time to replace some and have some spare covers handy. The blue ones go in our adoption floor kennels and the burgundy ones are for our quarantine kennels. Thanks to the generosity of Kuranda, for every bed that is donated, they are also donating a snuggly fleece cover!🐾🐾
➡️Please help with a donation so we can provide our dogs with replacement Kuranda beds and covers at: https://donate.shelterbeds.org/152345
Thank you all for YOUR continued support!❤️
**ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS**
If you need YOUR 100 hours of community service to graduate and want to make a difference helping SAVE LIVES of local animals, give us a call at 352-793-9117 or email us at Volunteering@hsspca.org.❤️🐾🐾
➡️If you would like more info on volunteering, visit us HERE: hsspca.org/volunteer
Long Time Shelter Residents
Still awaiting their Fur-Ever Happy Homes!
400 days at the Shelter (as of 8/1) Female, American Staffordshire Terrier mix. She’s 2 1/2 years old.
She loves tons of attention. Ruth is longing to be the only pet in a home if you can give her that, then you can give her a miracle.
The American Staff Terrier breed’s temperament is: Tenacious, Loyal, Devoted, Friendly, Attentive, Courageous
Stop by TODAY & meet some of our residents
Hours of Operation for Services:
- “Kibbles” (Free Pet Food Pantry) Pre-approved qualifying Sumter residents can pick up on: Sat. 10:00am – 2:00pm
- “The Big Fix” Spay/Neuter Voucher program for qualifying Sumter residents’ dogs & cats.
- Two reduced-fee Pet Adoption programs: “Military Discount Program” $25 reduced adoption fee for military/veterans and “Seniors for Seniors” $25 reduced adoption fee for seniors adopting any senior pet 7 years or older.
Visitors since 4/24/19