We’re Fur-Ever Thankful
Our mantra, “Adopt – Donate – Volunteer” perhaps resonated more profoundly through this pandemic than ever before as you continued to remember the animals.
To those businesses, clubs, churches, and schools who sponsored and hosted special events, supply drives and educational opportunities, your numerous acts of kindness have shown the real meaning of community.
To all our local media, you also helped save lives because you shared the news of our vital work across every platform. The impacts of your giving have been life changing. For this … we’re Fur-ever thankful.
Because of community support, we have been able to achieve a 95% Live Release Rate within our shelter operations. So far this year, through October, more than 452 animals were adopted into loving families. That’s 141 dogs and puppies and 311 cats and kittens. And we can’t forget a few ferrets who needed our help too. For this … we’re Fur-ever thankful.
Despite sharing common words in our names, we have no “chapter” affiliation with HSUS or ASPCA as there are no such things as local chapters of these national organizations. YOUR Humane Society SPCA receives no financial donations from them or any level of government for that matter. It was your direct tax-deductible contributions to us that made the difference locally allowing us to help so many animals in need during such trying times. For this … we’re Fur-ever thankful.
Upgrades are a constant endeavor as we implement best practices for the well-being of our shelter animals. We invested our resources to improve our shelter’s facilities, thanks in part, to the generosity of donors’ planned-giving and our “Leaving a Legacy of Compassion” estate planning.
While each year brings us new challenges, finding available contractors to complete projects proved to be one of the biggest challenges in 2021.
But with dogged determination, we kept moving forward and we’re pleased to announce that our two new additions of “Kitten Wonderland” and the Ralph Edmonds Memorial Canine Quarantine Unit, fondly known as “Ralph’s Place,” are now fully operational.
You’re invited to our shelter’s Open House on Giving Tuesday, November 30th at 10am and share in their official ribbon cuttings. For this … we’re Fur-ever thankful.
We are a private no-kill shelter, fortunate to have a dedicated core staff, committed volunteers, and an all-volunteer Board of Directors to guide our organization as we proudly complete our 39th year.
Despite facing a staffing shortage like so many businesses and nonprofits experienced, our essential personnel kept their commitment to the welfare of the animals in focus.
Our volunteers, from children to seniors, helped on so many additional levels as an extension to our staff, giving precious time to train, nurture, socialize and simply love the animals at our five-acre campus, at our off-site adoption partner venues and in their own homes as foster families.
They are exercise partners, cuddlers, office helpers, fundraisers, teachers, ambassadors and so much more. But most of all, they are valued team members. This is why we are again reminded that lifesaving is a community effort.
YOU are what makes us YOUR Humane Society SPCA. We always welcome and need more people like you! For this … we’re Fur-ever thankful.
If you are new to the area, we extend an invitation to visit our shelter in Lake Panasoffkee.
We encourage you to discover how you can become part of our lifesaving mission and make our community a better place for animals and their people.
We look forward to celebrating our 40th anniversary with you in 2022 so stay connected and see what great things are coming!
On behalf of everyone at YOUR Humane Society SPCA and of course, the animals, I wish you and your pets a love-filled holiday season.
Chairman of the Board
HOME For The Holidays
YOUR HSSPCA Recommends Pets Be Microchipped
Especially Before Storm Season
Plan for Your Pets’ Safety Now for Hurricane Season!
Hurricane season officially starts in June but we know that storm season has already begun affecting us nationwide.
Now is the time to not only make preparations for yourself, but it’s also the time to get a plan in place to ensure the safety of your pet(s).
YOUR Humane Society SPCA offers the following tips to protect your pets so they don’t have to fend for themselves.
Never leave any pets outside during any type of storm.
If you have to evacuate, do not leave your pets behind. They are helpless family members.
Small Animals Survival Kit Should Include:
· A secure carrier or collapsible cage for each cat or dog.
· Pet medication – a one-month supply is best.
· One week’s supply of food and water for each pet in a waterproof container.
· Non-breakable food/water bowls and manual can opener.
· Freeze-dried food can substitute for regular food and is lightweight and needs no refrigeration.
· Pet First Aid Kit – You can buy kits at most pet stores, big box stores or online. If you prefer to make your own, be sure it contains: gauze pads, adhesive tape, cotton balls/swabs, fresh 3% hydrogen peroxide, ice pack, disposable gloves, scissors, tweezers, antibiotic ointment, syringe or turkey baster, liquid dishwashing soap (for
bathing), towels, flashlight, styptic powder, saline eye solution.
· A spare collar and leash, and a form of ID; if microchipped (recommended) include current contact info to your microchip company.
· Your phone number, veterinarian name and address, and emergency clinic phone number.
· Carry photos of each pet on you, in case you need to prove ownership of your pet.
· Spare litter pan for your cat, cleaning wipes and trash bags for waste disposal.
· Comb/brush, and other grooming items, favorite toys, bedding and blankets to reduce stress.
Evacuation Plan for Pets:
· Don’t place multiple pets in one crate during a stressful time even if they normally get along. The only exception is a nursing mother with babies.
· Confine small pets such as birds, hamsters, etc., away from cats and dogs.
· Pre-determine a safe location and an evacuation route.
· Know your nearest pet-friendly shelters and hotels ahead of time. Openings will be announced via local media.
· Do not allow your pets to drink from puddles or eat unknown food.
Large Animals & Livestock When Riding Out the Storm:
· Be vigilant about checking fences regularly so if a storm hits, you are confident your animals are secure.
· It is recommended that you not lock animals inside a barn. The building could collapse. Be sure all power cords are disconnected.
· Have breakaway halters on horses and be sure to have some form of ID with the owner’s name or barn name, phone number and address. Bright colored wax sticks can be used to write the info on the livestock’s body. Velcro strips strapped either to horns or ankles with contact info can be used on goats, sheep and llamas, as well as horses.
· Fill troughs and spare containers with enough water for a week.
· Have a first aid kit in a waterproof container, with flashlights, fresh batteries, medications, and fly spray.
· Have enough hay and/or feed for a week, stored in waterproof containers, or high off the ground.
Evacuation of Larger Animals:
· Know ahead of time where the horse-friendly locations are and the safest routes to get there.
· Try to leave a hurricane zone at least two days before the storm hits. Horses or livestock in trailers during high winds and traffic jams is dangerous.
· Take adequate water in 5 gallon closed buckets and enough hay/feed for a week.
· Take current vaccination records and proof of Coggins for your horse(s).
· Be vigilant about having your horse trailer in good traveling condition and have a travel emergency kit, such as flashlights, batteries, spare tire and ramp, etc.
· Take a spare lead/halter for each horse, along with grooming supplies, medications, fly spray, wound dressings/bandages, antibiotic ointment, leg wraps, etc.
Waiting until disaster strikes is not the time to start planning. Preparing NOW can prevent tragedy.
If you’d like more information about YOUR Humane Society SPCA, or would like more detailed information about how to keep your pets or larger animals safe during times of disaster, please call 352-793-9117 or go to www.hsspca.org. The Sumter County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has many other helpful disaster
planning tips available at https://www.sumtercountyfl.
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 Is March
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!
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.
November 2021 Volunteer of the Month: Tom Diss
Help us celebrate National Animal Shelter Appreciation Month and get to know one of our newer and very dedicated volunteers, Tom Diss. We want to celebrate his dedication by naming him our Volunteer of the Month for November 2021. The adoptable animals at YOUR Humane Society SPCA benefit from the extra care they receive from our volunteers as they wait to find a fur-ever home.
Tom and his wife currently have a 27-year-old Blue and Gold Macaw named Max. “He’s not our pet,” Tom said. “We’re his staff.” Tom built Max a birdcage….(Read More)
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 (11/18/21)
If you are interested in meeting our *PETS OF THE WEEK* or any of the available pets at YOUR Humane Society SPCA, COME ON BY, or you can view them on our website at: hsspca.org/adopt
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 email@example.com. 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