“Know that the same spark of life that is within you, is within all of our animal friends, the desire to live is the same within all of us…” -Rai Aren
The Humane Tails.” From humble beginnings in 1952, when they had space for just 48 dogs and 6 cats, to officially becoming a no-kill shelter in 2009, to saving 2,730 lives last year, HSSC is committed to helping animals and the people who love them.
As the area’s premier no-kill shelter, HSSC engages the hearts, hands, and minds of the community to help animals. They envision a community where every animal is cared for and loved. Their programs and services include adoptions, foster and volunteer opportunities, pet therapy, K-9 obedience courses, humane education, a pet food pantry, and an affordable public animal clinic.
Whether someone is adopting a pet, looking for affordable vet care, wanting to pitch in and give back, or needing a helping hand, HSSC is a true community resource. But HSSC’s support does not stop at the county line. Through a robust network of partnerships, HSSC takes in animals from over-burdened and under-resourced shelters near and far while simultaneously collaborating with animal welfare leaders to build a more humane state, region, and country.
When you support HSSC, you can be sure that your donation will be used wisely and locally. HSSC is not affiliated with any other animal organization—local, state, or national—and does not receive any government funding. They raise and earn every penny of their operating budget, which exceeds $5M for the 2023 fiscal year. They maintain a Four-Star-Rating from Charity Navigator and a Platinum Seal of Transparency from Candid (GuideStar), and they were a 2023 Non-Profit Award Category Finalist for the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce’s 33rd Annual Frank G. Berlin, Sr. Small business Awards.
Everyone who supports HSSC’s mission through donations of time, talent, and treasure is making another “Happy Tail” come true for a cat or dog in need and changing people’s lives along the way.
To learn more about The Humane Society of Sarasota County please visit their website:
To adopt: hssc.org/adopt
To volunteer: hssc.org/volunteer
To donate: hssc.org/donate