Second Chance

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Milo is pure canine sunshine. From his sweet smile to his constantly wagging tail, he seems like a healthy dog who has always been cared for and loved. A dog who has never needed a second chance for a happy life. But that wasn’t the case.

Milo suffers from epilepsy. One moment he’s fine, then suddenly, without warning, he’s overcome by a seizure. Milo was neglected for years and never received treatment for his condition. The years of uncontrolled seizures damaged his brain permanently. Milo desperately needed someone to give him medical care and to treat him with love and patience.

Milo’s first shot at a second chance came when he was transported from a high-kill shelter to the Humane Society of Sarasota County.

Milo’s condition requires round-the-clock management, and the medication can be expensive. In most shelters, Milo would not have gotten a second chance. But the Humane Society of Sarasota County is not most shelters. We don’t turn animals away just because they need more effort and time and care.

So many animals come through our doors confused, abandoned, terrified, wounded, sick, and starved. First we heal their bodies with nutritious food and lifesaving medical care. Then we heal
their spirits with love and patience. At the Humane Society of Sarasota County, animals receive the second chances they so deserve.

I hope you will find it in your heart to be part of this healing process. A gift of whatever you can manage will make a lifesaving difference for an animal in need.

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We often marvel at the incredible resilience animals have. Despite years of suffering and uncertainty, Milo’s sunny personality never dimmed.

We tried time and again to find the perfect home for Milo. He was adopted and returned three times. Three times. His epilepsy was just too much to manage. Each time, we welcomed him back and assured him that his “furever” family was still out there.

A young woman happened to see Milo’s story on our website. She knew that she had the patience to support Milo through his seizures and the resolve to make him a permanent part of her family. And she has kept her promise. His seizures are well-controlled and managed, and his future is bright. Milo’s story has a happy ending thanks to the support of amazing people like you.

Every year, over 1,600 animals come to the Humane Society of Sarasota County in desperate need of loving care and second chances. Your support gives animals safety, comfort, and lifesaving care. You open the door and allow them to cross the threshold into safer, happier lives.

This is your chance to help abandoned animals right now. Please make a gift today.

With kindness and respect,




Christen Benson
Executive Director