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 the public attendance at our shelter and protect staff, volunteers and visitors, we are temporarily limiting shelter visitors. Adoptions and owner and stray surrenders will be by appointment only. Volunteers are welcome to come walk the dogs, care for the cats, etc. but we would like them to schedule their visits in advance to allow us to better manage the number of people on campus. Our “Kibbles” Pet Food Pantry will continue to operate as normal on Saturdays. While we remain open to the public, we strongly encourage our shelter visitors to utilize our many hand-washing stations and hand sanitizers during their visit to minimize potential risks. Our high contact areas are disinfected daily with hospital grade disinfectant. We are asking employees, volunteers and potential visitors who are sick to stay home. We all must do our part to protect each other too, not just the animals in need.
We have provided some tips and resources from the CDC, WHO and World Organisation for Animal Health:
* CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html. Also, according to the CDC, no animals in the US have been identified with the COVID-19 virus. The CDC recommends that people who are sick with COVID-19 restrict their contact with pets and other animals, just like you would restrict your contact with other people.
* The World Health Organization (WHO) has determined the spread of Coronavirus to and from pets is not a risk and there have been no reported cases of transmission of the disease from pets to humans or vice versa. DO NOT abandon your pets due to this virus. According to the World Organisation for Animal Health, there is “no evidence that companion animals can spread the disease”. The current spread of COVID-19 is a result of human to human transmission – so socially distance yourself from people (if possible), not your pets!
* Take this time to have your disaster plan in place just as we always advise before hurricane season begins. Stock-up (not hoard) pet supplies including non-perishable food items, clean water, prescription meds, a crate and first aid supplies. Have current I.D. on your pet’s collar and via your microchip company. Have a plan with a designated pet caregiver should something happen to you. Visit https://hsspca.org/community for more info. We also suggest taking this time while home more to provide your pets a refresher in basic obedience, minimize their physical contact with the public and go on private walks rather than using a public dog park. Bathe and brush them, and keep their belongings clean and disinfected.
Below is a calendar list of our events affected by the COVID-19 concerns. We will provide more updates as we monitor the status of COVID-19 and recommended guidelines.
March 20, 2020 Dog Adoption Day at the Villages Mulberry Grove Rec. Center: Cancelled. The Villages Recreation Dept. will evaluate subsequent months and notify us.
March 28, 2020 Pet Expo hosted by the Cat Crazy Villagers Club: Cancelled
April 4, 2020 Volunteer Orientation at our shelter: Cancelled. Enrolled applicants will be contacted to reschedule.
April 18, 2020 Furry Fun Fest 2020 at the Vlgs. Polo Club is suspended until further notice.
When our fundraisers and adoption events are cancelled, it definitely affects how many animals can receive help. We do ask that our community not forget that we are still providing our shelter’s animals care through this challenging public health crisis. Our shelter’s work must continue, as we cannot stop caring for the animals entrusted to us. We also may become temporarily low on devoted volunteers due to their own health concerns and this will put a strain on serving the many animals in our care. We ask that if you are not in a risk category and want to help, this is the time to step up and please make a difference! After all, there are more animals than people at our shelter! You can show YOUR support in many ways:
– A secure (and non-contagious) online donation at https://hsspca.org/donate to help us get through this ordeal a bit more easily. We are also working on some online FUNdraisers, so stay tuned!
– Submit your volunteer application from https://hsspca.org/volunteer.
– Fostering an animal can also be a wonderful way to cope with social distancing from people and reap the benefits of an appreciative furry friend in need! Learn that fostering saves lives at: https://hsspca.org/volunteer/fostering.
We have no doubt that our strong show of community will prevail as we work in unity through this ordeal. We thank you for your continued support as we all navigate this challenge together helping each other and the animals. Remember to BE KIND to each other too.
Stay safe & healthy!
YOUR Humane Society SPCA
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!
The Coalition to Educate Alternatives to Senseless Euthanasia, Inc. Visit www.flaspay.com to find YOUR closest Spay/Neuter resources in Florida and be pat of the solution as a responsible pet owner to end pet overpopulation.
Florida Animal Friend license plates support Spay/Neuter programs statewide
Floridians interested in reducing pet overpopulation in Florida can now purchase the Florida Animal Friend Spay/Neuter License Plate. The specialty license plate is available at any license tag office.
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 http://www.hsspca.org or http://www.petcofoundation.org. 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 hsspca.org, 352-793-9117, on Facebook or at the shelter located at 994 CR 529A, in Lake Panasoffkee, Mon.-Fri. 8am-3:30pm and Sat. 8am-3pm. 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 petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.
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.
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. Shelter Volunteer Claudia Labbe’ 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.” Recently Beacon College students were welcomed 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.
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 Low cost sliding scale 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.
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
Many Thanks to our Local Business Supporters. Without them we could not accomplish what we do!
Fear Free Shelters
- 1624 Market Street Suite 202, Denver, CO 80202
Mid-Florida Agencies/Florida Blue
- The Villages, 352-259-2666
Floral City & Lake Panasoffkee Animal Clinic
- 1310 N CR 470
Buffalo Ridge Animal Hospitals & Emergency Center
- The Villages, 352-750-4711
- 1088 Canal Street; under the Villages and Tractor Supply, SR 48, Bushnell
- (352) 633-3683
ReMax Premier Realty
- The Villages West/Wildwood 352-461-0800
- The Villages South/Fruitland Park 352-460-4396 http://www.remax.com
Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming, The Villages
- Brownwood Paddock Square, 352-775-4654
- Sumter – Palm Ridge Plaza, 352-259-7616
Law Office of Jody L. Fisher
Hartman, Hartman & O’Brien PA
- Umatilla, 352-669-5515
Florida Leaders in Lifesaving
- 8464 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216
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
Village Pet Spa
- Lady Lake 352-751-5711
VIP (Veterinary Inclusive Prosthetics & Orthotics)
- CR/466, The Villages, SR48 Bushnell