The Board of Sumter County Commissioners recently presented the Humane Society/SPCA a proclamation in recognition of the non-profit’s 35 years of lifesaving efforts towards the welfare of animals. The Society’s Chairman, Celine Petrie and Fundraising/PR Chairman, Claudia Labbe, were present to receive the proclamation at April’s BOCC meeting in Bushnell. Founded in 1982 and a non-profit charity since 1995, the HS/SPCA operates mainly with contributions from individuals, businesses and foundations. Chairman Petrie mentioned “we are so pleased that our County Commission has recognized May as ‘Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County Month’ with this official proclamation. With support from our community, we have continued to expand our free pet assistance programs for pet food and spay/neuter services along with our shelter’s daily operations.”
The general public is always invited to visit their shelter and see the continued progress, meet staff and volunteers as well as the many animals ready for adoption. Visitors can learn how they can contribute towards the shelter’s next 35 years of service. “The key to our continued progress is due to our community and its compassion. Absolutely everyone can make a difference in one way or another by getting involved. Our message is clear and simple: ‘Adopt-Donate-Volunteer’ added Claudia Labbe.
Currently, the HS/SPCA is actively seeking volunteer educators to continue teaching the next generations how to eliminate animal cruelty, practice responsible pet ownership and reduce the pet overpopulation. Foster homes for dogs and cats are also in need. Interested persons can contact the HS/SPCA’s Volunteer Coordinator with a completed volunteer application online or in person.
The Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer-based organization helping all 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-5pm and Sat. 8am-4pm.