Petco Foundation Invests In Lifesaving Work in YOUR Humane Society SPCA

Petco Foundation Invests In Lifesaving Work of YOUR Humane Society SPCA.

Grant of $20,000 will extend efforts to save more animal lives in Sumter County, FL

LAKE PANASOFFKEE, FL Feb. 28, 2018  – YOUR Humane Society SPCA (formerly The Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County, Inc.) has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its “Big Fix” Free Spay/Neuter Voucher program for the dogs and cats of qualifying low income Sumter residents.

YOUR Humane Society SPCA is a 501(c)3 non-profit, no-kill shelter helping animals in need throughout Sumter County, Florida since 1982.  The HS/SPCA had 827 S/N vouchers redeemed in 2017 in their continuing mission to reduce the rate of homeless and unwanted pets within Sumter County.

The Petco Foundation investment will provide the spaying or neutering of over 200 additional dogs and cats of qualifying low income Sumter County residents along with producing educational S/N literature reaching underserved communities within the county.

Chairman of the Board Celine Petrie noted “YOUR Humane Society SPCA exists to ensure a better tomorrow for the pets of our county through many programs including education, spay/neuter vouchers, adoption and our ‘Kibbles’ Free Pet Food Pantry. This grant from the Petco Foundation will be instrumental for our ‘Big Fix’ Free Spay/Neuter Voucher program to prevent countless animals being born who would be at greatest risk of becoming homeless, abandoned or potentially euthanized. On behalf of everyone at YOUR Humane Society SPCA, I would like to express our sincere gratitude for this funding and for Petco Foundation’s ongoing support of our organization.”

For more information about the HS/SPCA or the Petco Foundation, visit or Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by using the hashtag #PetcoFamily.

About YOUR Humane Society SPCA

YOUR Humane Society SPCA is a 501(c)3 non-profit, no-kill shelter helping 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. Learn more about the HS/SPCA at, 352-793-9117, on Facebook or at the shelter located at 994 CR 529A, in Lake Panasoffkee, Mon.-Fri. 8am-5pm and Sat. 8am-4pm. Visitors are always welcome!

About the Petco Foundation

At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life.  Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $200 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 5.5 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit to learn more about how you can get involved.

our programs

YOUR Humane Society SPCA (formerly known as The Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County, Inc.) receives no funding from the State, Federal or County government. We also do not receive any money from the Humane Society of the United States, ASPCA or Best Friends. We totally rely on the donations from the local community.

Outreach Education

Humane Education is the key to teaching the next generations about responsible pet ownership and the welfare of all types of animals.

YOUR Humane Society SPCA has been quite busy speaking to students of all ages with our Humane Education Outreach Program expanding. YOUR HSSPCA Director Joe Sprague pointed out that “engaging with students of all ages and youth groups is vital to ensure that the next generations become informed and act as guardians of animals.” He recently welcomed Beacon College students for a visit to our no-kill shelter’s campus to learn an overview from many staff and volunteers. The students are taking a course in Animal Shelter Operations and Management, where they learn of the important role of an animal shelter within a community and major aspects of operations within a sheltering system from animal health, administrative duties, funding, public assistance and educational programs whether in government or non-profit sheltering.

In recent months, YOUR Humane Society SPCA has been invited to speak to local elementary school aged children in Wildwood, Florida and Lake Panasoffkee, Florida regarding career day events and what it is like working with animals professionally. Sprague added that “our HSSPCA team members are sometimes able to also bring a furry ambassador such as a puppy or kitten for another important educational lesson – teaching safety around animals, how to be a kind and responsible pet owner as well as how to be a voice against animal cruelty.” Your local non-profit also regularly speaks to area clubs for adults who want a guest speaker discussing near and dear topics about animals and the vital work of the no-kill shelter which has been serving the community for 37 years now. To have our guest speaker come to your next school event or club meeting, contact YOUR Humane Society SPCA at 352-793-9117.

YOUR Humane Society SPCA, host of the well-received 2019 For the Love of Animals Expo, has postponed the second annual Expo in 2020 to Saturday, October 24. Mark your calendars as it will return to the Wildwood Community Center at 6500 CR 139, from 9AM-3PM and will feature not only an array of regional animal rescues and shelters but also host many educational opportunities for animal lovers and pet owners. Civic groups, vendors, nonprofits of all service types, clubs for children and adults will also be part of the day’s festivities. Food, live entertainment, auctions and chance drawings will also be available to attendees. A “Be Kind to Animals” contest for children will soon be promoted and the winners will be announced at the Expo, October 24th. Sponsorship and vendor spaces are still available. For more information contact Claudia Labbé, Fundraising/PR Chairperson, at 352-793-9117 or

“The Expo, originally scheduled for January 18, encountered unexpected circumstances which caused the rescheduling and location changes. We hope the change has not inconvenienced anyone but our goal was to present the best animal themed expo possible in our region. We look forward to another great turnout of participating non-profits, sponsors and attendees as our inaugural Expo had,” commented Claudia Labbé. The For the Love of Animals Expo not only serves as a fundraiser for YOUR Humane Society SPCA but also helps the many other participating non-profits and animal organizations place adoptable animals. The general public can gain information on the many other worthy businesses and agencies who help their communities.

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, 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. Visitors are always welcome!

Save the Date! 10.24.2020 More Booths. More Groups. More Business. More Education. MORE ANIMALS…

Hurricane Dropoffs

In our efforts to help disaster victims in the South, YOUR Humane Society SPCA along with Boondocks K9 Search & Rescue collect Donations & supplies at our campus in Lake Panasoffkee, FL.

Visit Boondocks K9 Search & Rescue Facebook Page for more drop off locations & animal housing during hurricanes. 

This community assistance program is a vital necessity in reducing the pet over-population problem facing Sumter County animals who are then at risk for potential euthanasia. Funding goes quickly and unwanted litters appear even quicker, so apply now and help reduce the pet overpopulation problem within Sumter County by contacting our shelter at (352)793-9117.

This FREE program is available to Sumter County residents who are on Government Assistance (i.e. Welfare Food stamps, Disability or Medicaid).

This program is dishing out over 4,000 lbs of dog and cat food each month to neutered pets of qualifying low income residents within Sumter County.  More than 215 animals are served up a daily meal so that owners facing financial hardship are not forced to surrender their furry family members due to a lack of food. 

Approved participants can pick up food monthly, at our campus on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Questions about this program? Call us at (352) 793-9117 and ask for the Office Manager.

If you meet the criteria listed below, you can apply for the program.  

  • Must be legal owner of animal

  • Proof of Government Assistance (Social Security Disability, SSDI or Federal/State/County assistance, etc.)

  • Pets must be spayed/neutered with proof of rabies vaccination

Our Sponsors

Many Thanks to our Local Business Supporters. Without them we could not accomplish what we do!

Floral City & Lake Panasoffkee Animal Clinic

  • 1310 N CR 470
  • 352-569-4015

Buffalo Ridge Animal Hospitals & Emergency Center

Freedom Title & Escrow

George Nahas Chevrolet

Mid-Florida Agencies/Florida Blue



ReMax Premier Realty

  • The Villages West/Wildwood 352-461-0800
  • The Villages South/Fruitland Park 352-460-4396

Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming, The Villages 

Affiliated Title

Ameris Bank

Law Office of Jody L. Fisher

Hartman, Hartman & O’Brien PA

  • Umatilla, 352-669-5515



Mission Oaks Assisted Living and Memory Care  

PAWS Animal Hospital

PRS (Prosthetics Research Specialists, Inc.)

Publix Super Markets

Sparr Building & Farm Supply

Tom Heller, Remax Premier Realty

TSC (Tractor Supply Co)

  • Bushnell, 352-568-2208

Ultrex Printing

Village Pet Spa

VIP (Veterinary Inclusive Prosthetics & Orthotics)

Walmart Supercenters

  • CR/466, The Villages, SR48 Bushnell

Whole Earth Pet Supply

Local Media Support

YHSSPCA Statement

Statement to the Public 01/04/20

As of the close of business on Monday, December 30, Joe Sprague resigned as Executive Director of YOUR Humane Society SPCA. We wish Joe well in his future endeavors.
The Board of Directors is overseeing the management of the shelter. Celine Petrie is acting as Director, assisted by Jane Mouradjian. We are looking into hiring an interim Director while we conduct a search for a new Executive Director. Please bear with us during this time of change. There is much work to do and we all need to pull together to take care of the animals, always our first concern. Thank you for everything you do in furtherance of our lifesaving mission.
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