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🐾SAD STELLA PUPDATE 7/13/2020🐾

Our hearts are heavy today as we share the sad news of little Stella’s passing. We had hoped that odds were turning in her favor after her successful blood transfusion but Sunday she peacefully crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Stella left this Earth knowing she had love & support from our community & her caregivers. The best of love and care was, unfortunately, too late to save her. Rest in peace, little one.😢🙏❤️

Please remember that owning any animal is a lifelong commitment to their needs. Thank you to everyone who contributed to Stella’s care. Any funds exceeding her expenses will help other animals in our Hope Fund.

 

More Pets Lost or Injured During July 4th Celebrations than Any Other Time of Year

Our nation’s Independence Day celebrations can be the most stressful and dangerous holiday for your pets. The highest number of lost and injured pets arrive at shelters the days immediately following Independence Day and New Year’s Eve events. The noise and sight of fireworks frighten most of them. YOUR Humane Society SPCA wants to remind you about a few common sense steps to take to protect your pet during the upcoming July 4th festivities.

➡️Fireworks/Household Pets:

· Keep your pets inside or in a secure kennel, especially when you are not home. Extremely loud noises can be quite stressful to animals. With their sensitive hearing, fireworks can cause your pet to panic and some may bolt from their home in terror. Even normally calm pets may bite or scratch out of fear or anxiety.

· Leave a TV on, or play soft music on the radio. This may help soothe your pet.

· Close the blinds/curtains and keep the lights on. Your pet won’t see the bursts of light outside.

· Other precautions should be considered prior to fireworks season, such as Thundershirts, and as a last resort, a prescription for the right dosage from your vet to help calm your pet during anxiety. NEVER give any type of human medication to your pet.

· If you are out of town, make arrangements early for a qualified pet sitter and provide the sitter with emergency contact numbers.

➡️Horses or livestock:

· Make sure no fireworks are set off near your animals or your barn. Fireworks can ignite a fire or set off a stampede.

· Feeding hay to your livestock during fireworks may help distract them.

· Leave barn lights on to diffuse the bright fireworks in the sky.

· Fans blowing on high in the barn can help buffer loud noises.

· Tune a radio station to a talk show as it may provide a calming human voice.

· Be sure to have an ID on each horse in case it manages to escape.

· If you are out of town, notify neighbors and/or book a farm sitter early and provide them with emergency contact numbers.

➡️Recovery of Lost Pets:

· The highest number of lost or injured pets occurs during the 4th of July holiday. The fear and chaos of the fireworks cause them to try to escape and many succeed. If they have no identification, they have little chance of being reunited with their family.

· All pets should minimally have two forms of ID: a collar with an ID tag, and either a County License or a microchip. Each ID should have an emergency contact number. Any form of current ID greatly increase the chances of reuniting you with your lost pet!

➡️Lost/Found a Pet?

· Contact YOUR Humane Society SPCA at 352-793-9117 and post your pet on their website’s “Lost & Found” page at https://www.hsspca.org/lost-found-animals and have your pets enrolled on the free FindingRover.com site should your pet become lost. Contact Sumter County Animal Services at 352-689-4400 and visit their facility to review the lost animals that arrived daily. Be prepared to leave them a full description of the animal and your contact information. They also have a bulletin board there for lost pets.

· Create a flyer with a photo of the lost animal and your contact information. Post it at all local veterinary offices, groomers, pet supply stores, and throughout your neighborhood.

· Tell your neighbors. They may know the pet owner or they may be willing to help you in your search.

· Post your pet’s photos & contact info on local social media pages specifically for Lost and Found pets in your county.

➡️Additional Safety Tips During Holiday Cookouts:

· Know your pet’s temperament. If your pet isn’t used to a lot of visitors or noise, or is food/toy aggressive, it’s best to place them in a quiet part of your house until the guests leave. On the other hand, if your pet is a party animal, be sure to ask your guests to not slip them table scraps or take them near fireworks of any kind.

· Do not feed your pet any picnic scraps or bones. Bones can easily break or splinter and cause blockage or perforation within the intestines. Cooked bones are even more dangerous. Be aware that symptoms of a bone lodged in the digestive system may not show up for a day or two. Typical symptoms include loss of appetite, depression, vomiting or diarrhea.

· Do not give your pet alcoholic beverages or toxic foods, such as onions, chocolate, grapes or raisins, and keep them out of reach, as these items can cause accidental overdose, organ damage or possibly death.

Let’s talk HEAT!!

(06/27/2020)

The temperature of Florida skyrockets in the summer, and there are many safety precautions to keep your pet hydrated and at a healthy temperature. You wouldn’t survive long in a boiling hot car even with the windows down, and neither will your pet. It’s simple: DO NOT leave your pet in a car under any circumstances. Even if it’s only 70 degrees outside, the temperature in a car can reach 90 degrees. 85 degrees outside can quickly become 102 –120 degrees – a real dangerous situation! Today it’s suppose to be 99 degrees with heat index being 110 degrees, so in the car it could be up around 130 degrees!

Keep your eye on your dog, and get them to your vet should any of the following symptoms of overheating occur:
• Excessive panting or difficulty breathing
• Increased respiratory and/or heart rates
• Drooling
• Mild weakness
• Stupor
• Collapse or seizures
• Vomiting

Let’s talk WATER SAFETY. Don’t assume your dog knows how to swim. Not all do. Work with your pooch to teach him about the pool, how to get in and out safely, and provide a sensor which will alert you if they happen to fall in. A float device may also help your pet feel more at ease when learning to swim. And don’t let your dog in the pool area unsupervised. Keep your pet from entering any body of water, such as a pond or a lake. As Florida residents, we all know alligators, venomous snakes and other predators abound in those environments. If you take your pet on a boat, always be sure to have a float device on him (and you)! And should your pet go swimming in a pool or in the ocean under your watchful eye, be sure to rinse them off afterwards to get rid of the chlorine or salt.

Have we talked about THUNDERSTORMS yet? If you can hear thunder, your pet has already heard it loud and clear. It’s best to hightail it home and wait until the storm passes. You should always walk your pooch on a leash (it’s the law), but thunderstorms can cause your pet to panic and you may lose your grip as he pulls and flails in fear, and he may run off despite your pleas to come back to you.

TAKING YOUR PET FOR A WALK is a fun and bonding experience for both of you. But it can also be dangerous in the heat of the summer. Their paw pads can be burnt from the roads they walk on. They can get sunburned, dehydrated, or over-exerted in hot, humid conditions, and can suffer heat stress or stroke. Make your walks short and during cooler hours of the day or evening. Keep in mind your pet may also be easy prey to animals in the sultry evenings, so carry a flashlight and make loud noises to frighten away any potential marauders.

SUMMER SOCIALS may be enjoyable for your pet, but remember alcohol can be poisonous, and people food can cause illness. Instead, provide your guests with dog treats to give to your pup. And ask them to play with your dog away from the flames of the grill.

PREVENTION is the key. Always have your pet on a leash, but do NOT use retractable leashes, as they are one of the greatest reasons for injury to pets. Be sure your pet has an ID tag, and use a harness instead of a collar, especially when transporting a pet in a car or golf cart. Have the nearest pet emergency hospital number already programmed in your phone. Provide your pet with plenty of water and shade while supervising them outside. Don’t over-exercise them in the heat of the day. If it’s too hot outside for you, it’s too hot for your pet. Take him inside where it’s cooler. It’s OK to trim your pet’s fur, but don’t shave them. Their fur protects them from overheating and/or sunburn. Provide a kiddie pool to help your furry friend stay cool when outdoors. Let common sense prevail, and you and your pet will safely enjoy the rest of your summer. Keep cool, keep hydrated, and keep out of harm’s way!

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.

YOUR Humane Society SPCA offers the following tips to get your affairs in order as soon as possible, and especially urges you to follow through with protecting your pets so they don’t have to fend for themselves.🐾

To prepare for hurricane season, have a first aid kit, an emergency evacuation plan for your family and a survival kit for each furry companion. This includes:

  • a carrier/crate/bed,
  • a one-month supply of your pet’s medications,
  • up-to-date veterinary vaccination records,
  • at least a week’s supply of food and water,
  • food bowls and a manual can opener if needed,
  • an extra collar and leash,
  • favorite toys to comfort them during a stressful situation.
  • Most importantly, have current ID on your pet’s collar and a microchip. A microchip is proven to be the best resource your pet can have to ensure a successful reunion with you should you accidentally become separated. Always be sure your contact information is current.

Going forward during these uncertain times, further plans should be made for your pet in case you become ill, hospitalized or suffer an unexpected crisis. Recently, many pets found themselves in dire need when their owners became ill due to COVID-19 or other life threatening illnesses. The best procedure is to set up a pet trust as part of your estate planning, which stipulates a clear-cut caregiver for your loving pet, and provides funding for their care. A Charitable Giving Plan can also help make a lifesaving difference and help YOUR Humane Society SPCA continue with life-saving services and programs for generations to come improving the lives of animals who had no one. Your Charitable Giving Plan will leave a lasting impression of compassion by supporting innocent animals in need within YOUR local community. https://yhsspca.org/estate-planning/

When so much in our world is unclear, it is certain that we can find comfort knowing that our beloved pets will have better chances ahead and be cared for no matter what may happen to us if we carry out a plan now for their well-being later. Be smart and prepare for any type of disasters now. https://yhsspca.org/community/

GREATERGOOD.ORG DONATES PET FOOD TO LOCAL ANIMAL SHELTER AND PET PARENTS IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

(05/06/2020)

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. YOUR Humane Society SPCA distributes pet food monthly to qualifying Sumter County residents through their free “Kibbles” Pet Food Pantry, which currently dishes out a minimum of 2500lbs. of pet meals monthly for more than 160 of the public’s dogs and cats. The no-kill shelter received more than 1200 lbs. of dog and cat/kitten food through this nationwide relief effort.

YOUR Humane Society SPCA Acting Director Celine Petrie commented, “We truly believe pets are family members and we never want to see a pet surrendered because their family could not afford to feed them.  Our public assistance programs rely on in-kind and monetary donations from our community as well as support from organizations such as GreaterGood.org.” Ms. Petrie also wanted to thank Florida State Animal Response Coalition (FL SARC) “with whom we have a long history of working together in disaster preparation and response. We completely agree with their motto ‘Because the Entire Family Matters.’ FL SARC acted as the liaison to distribute this much-needed pet food at this critical time.”

Pet parents in the Sumter County area looking for support can call YOUR Humane Society SPCA at 352-793-9117 to apply for a monthly pick-up of pet food. This local distribution of pet goods is part of multi-million dollar nationwide donation effort that GreaterGood.org is executing to help the pet communities across the U.S. impacted most by the coronavirus outbreak.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is creating an unprecedented animal sheltering crisis, while also affecting pet parents so it is our duty to step in and offer assistance on a national level by creating a network of relief distribution centers with our local animal shelter partners while also supporting them,” said Liz Baker, CEO for GreaterGood.org. “Our goal is to provide local animal shelters and pet parents struggling financially, with pet food and supplies so they can continue to care for the pets they love during this challenging and stressful time.”

Rescue Bank, a signature program of GreaterGood.org, will manage the distribution of these life-saving donations to the local shelters. For more information about GreaterGood.org’s COVID-19 relief efforts, please visit GreaterGood.org. The donation is made possible with the support of long-time GreaterGood.org partners including Chewy, PetSmart Charities®, iHeartDogs, Purina, Mars Petcare, Rachael Ray Nutrish, RC Pets, Pet Adventures Worldwide, Vitakraft Sun Seed, Inc., and GreaterGood.com.

This donation effort is being conducted alongside GreaterGood.org’s national foster campaign #StayHomeAndFoster. To learn more, visit StayHomeAndFoster.org  

About YOUR Humane Society SPCA

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. Visitors are always welcome however, due to COVID-19 concerns; all visitors are required to make an appointment to visit the shelter including pet adoptions, drop-off of donations and “Kibbles” Pet Food Pantry pick-ups until further notice.

About GreaterGood.org

GreaterGood.org is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that works to improve the health and well-being of people, pets, and the planet. Over the last 12 years, GreaterGood.org has given over $250 million in cash and in-kind grants to over 3,000 charitable partners worldwide. To learn more, visit GreaterGood.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

About Florida State Animal Response Coalition (FL SARC)

Florida State Animal Response Coalition (Fl-SARC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to all-hazard disaster preparation, planning, training, response and recovery during animal emergencies. Fl-SARC is organized under the auspices of Florida state and local emergency management agencies utilizing the principles of The Incident Command System (ICS). The Florida State Animal Response Coalition brings together various groups and individuals working within the state of Florida to plan for and assist animals impacted by disasters. Learn more about them at http://www.flsarc.org/

BISSELL PET FOUNDATION GRANT AWARDED FOR SPAY/NEUTER

(05/05/20)Lake Panasoffkee, FL – YOUR Humane Society SPCA is pleased to announce that it was a 2020 grant recipient from the BISSELL Pet Foundation for our “Big Fix Extra” program. The funds from this grant are subsidizing the free and sliding scale spay/neuter vouchers available for the dogs and cats of low-income residents in Sumter County.
 
With a mission to find every pet a home, BPF focuses their efforts on adoption, spay/neuter, microchipping and emergency support. “Through no fault of their own, wonderful pets end up in the shelter,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “It’s a heartbreaking reality that BPF works to prevent through funding for spay and neuter. We are committed to helping our partners save lives.”
 
Benefits of spaying a female pet include a longer, healthier life. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems. In addition, spaying and neutering helps to reduce the number of homeless pets and needless suffering. Acting Director, Celine Petrie said, “This support from the BISSELL Pet Foundation allows us to extend our “Big Fix” Spay and Neuter program to an even larger number of pets. Since the beginning of the year, 70 cats and 33 dogs have benefited from the generosity of the BISSELL Pet Foundation.” Funds remain to spay or neuter 50 more cats and 24 more dogs. Interested pet owners may call YOUR Humane Society SPCA’s office for more information at 352-793-9117 and ask for program manager Star Gusman.
 
About YOUR Humane Society SPCA:
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.-Fri. 8am-5pm, Sat. 8am-4pm. Visitors are always welcome however, due to COVID-19 concerns, all visitors are required to make an appointment to visit the shelter including pet adoptions, in-kind donations and “Kibbles” Pet Food Pantry pick-ups until further notice.
 
About BISSELL Pet Foundation:
BISSELL Pet Foundation is a charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to help reduce the number of animals in shelters through pet adoption, spay/neuter programs, microchipping and emergency support. Founded in 2011 by Cathy Bissell, BPF is an extension of her long-standing love for animals and commitment to their welfare. BPF has since partnered with over 4,800 shelters and rescues across the U.S. and Canada to help pets find loving homes. The foundation is supported by generous donors and BISSELL Homecare, Inc., where every purchase saves pets. To learn more, visit http://www.bissellpetfoundation.org.
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YOUR Humane Society SPCA & Public Safety During the COVID-19 Crisis

03/29/2020

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   

Ziggy's Delayed, but Nonetheless, Happy Adoption Update!

(Posted 3/3/2020)

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, weak and underweight, in the Fall of 2019 through Animal Services. He was estimated to be at least ten years old. No one knew his life history, let alone his favorite toys or foods to give him comfort, and we discovered he had plenty of aches and pains from arthritis.

Under our care, Ziggy gradually regained strength, perked up and began to enjoy his social outings when we took him to adoption events. He mingled with the many other great dogs of all sizes and ages, and enthusiastically mustered up extra pep just to be noticed in the crowd. We had the highest hopes for Ziggy to connect with someone who would be open to adopting a senior pet, as quite often they are overlooked and it takes longer to find that wonderful match.

We were excited when he found a lovely adopter whose joy is adopting senior pets, but Ziggy stunned us all when he faced a major health crisis which had been slowly brewing, unknown to any of us. A kidney stone was forming, and on the first day in his new adopter’s home, his fever and infection surfaced, and we rushed him to emergency care within 24 hours.

Ziggy’s well-intended adopter decided she could not take him on with his medical issues at this time in her life, but we thank her for her efforts and the love she showed him during his medical crisis. Fortunately, Ziggy steadily improved thanks to his medical team and returned to his spunky self as everyone at our shelter helped care for him and cheered him on. Ziggy was like a sponge, soaking up all the love and healing energy. Soon, he returned to adoption events and began to mingle and charm interested adopters once again.

As the holidays approached, YOUR Humane Society SPCA held a “Home for the Holidays” fostering event, looking for people who could take in dogs and cats for a few days to allow the shelter pets some time in a home environment. That’s when a magical moment happened. Two gentlemen arrived at the shelter and decided to foster Ziggy from Christmas through New Year’s Day. By the second day, they decided the little chap was a perfect fit and would have a fur-ever home.

Ziggy was our first senior pet of the New Year to be adopted. His new siblings have grown up in the household and have reached middle-age to senior status. Nevertheless, Ziggy claimed the couch the first night home. None of the others seemed to mind, though, and all get along great. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 13 year-old Amber, and 11 year-old Bridgette, a French Bulldog, are good pals, but 7 year-old Andy, an 85-pound Lab mix, has become Ziggy’s best friend. It seems Ziggy, though small in stature, is the ideal match for everyone in his new home. He eats voraciously, has gained weight, and “helps out” by taking daily golf cart rides to pick up the mail. He loves snuggling with his chosen human, Ralph, and rests blissfully knowing he is safe, loved and all his future needs will be met.

The team of staff and volunteers at YOUR Humane Society SPCA couldn’t be any happier for sweet Ziggy, as we always thought he was a ray of sunshine. Adopting a senior pet can have some unique needs but it also provides unique joy that can only come from the beauty of a senior pet. Enjoy your life Ziggy knowing you are loved by so many!

YOUR Humane Society SPCA Celebrated Valentine’s Reunion of a Chihuahua Lost For Six Years

(Posted 3/2/2020)

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 in their hearts.

Just this past Valentine’s holiday, 6 years later, a Good Samaritan in Sumter County, Florida (225+ miles away) found this little bedraggled dog and brought him to YOUR Humane Society SPCA, Sumter’s oldest and largest no-kill shelter serving their community for 38 years.

The shelter’s team scanned the dog for a microchip, and suddenly this lost pup had a name – Alex – and Alex had a family! The reunion took place on Valentine’s weekend and what a reunion it was! The anxious family was concerned that their then puppy would not remember them now but Alex could not contain his sheer joy of seeing them again. They all stood hugging a giddy pup who regained his identity and his long lost family. The family cried, the shelter staff and volunteers cried, this story-writer cried, all while Alex wriggled in sheer delight. Later, Alex had more good fortune as he was also reunited with his best bud Thunder! There is nothing more touching than finding your long-lost love. YOUR Humane Society SPCA was so pleased to make another wonderful reunion happen!

If only Alex could tell us where he has been and what happened to him during those six long years he was missing, but one thing is for sure…microchips work! YOUR Humane Society SPCA encourages pet owners to never give up hope if separated from their pets. However, reunions can happen more often thanks to the owners registering their pet’s microchip and keeping their contact info up to date. A microchip can be that one simple key factor to get your pet returned to you should something disastrous occur. Learn more about YOUR Humane Society SPCA at hsspca.org and help make a difference! Story: http://bit.ly/32NtBmj

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.

  1. Enter your name, email address, and zip code
  2. Upload a face-forward photo of your pet
  3. 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. 

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