2024 Giving Challenge Results

    The 2024 Giving Challenge took place April 9-10 from noon to noon. During that 24-hour period, an astounding $17,244,298 was raised by 53,305 donors for the benefit of 724 organizations. This was the highest number of nonprofit participants since the first Giving Challenge in 2012, which had 109 nonprofits (including the Humane Society of Sarasota ...

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    2022 Giving Challenge Story

    In anticipation of the 2024 Giving Challenge, which will take place April 9-10, from noon to noon, we reflect on the fantastic success of the 2022 Giving Challenge and how donors made a difference for HSSC and the animals we serve. #BeTheOne April 26 and 27, 2022, were two seemingly ordinary days. Here's what was happening at the Humane Society of ...

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    HSSC Receives $25,000 Grant for Emergency Medical Care

    The Humane Society of Sarasota County (HSSC), the area's premier no-kill shelter, is the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Helen C. Schwieder Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Grant funds will be used for emergency veterinary treatment for urgent cases or extraordinary medical needs for shelter animals. As a no-kill shel...

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    Following Hit & Run, Dog Receives Lifesaving Care from HSSC

    Clyde came to the Humane Society of Sarasota County (HSSC) in desperate need of medical attention. The two-year-old dog was hit by a car and left on the side of the road. Without hesitation, HSSC staff said yes to saving a life. Upon arrival, our veterinary team determined Clyde had sustained fractures in his pelvis. They immediately jumped into ac...

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    HSSC Uses Your Donations Wisely & Effectively

    We know that you have many choices of nonprofits to support. You have high standards and expect nonprofits to meet them.  As a private nonprofit that does not receive any government funding and is not affiliated with any other humane organization—national or local—the Humane Society of Sarasota County depends on the support of individuals...

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    Hot Off the Press: 2023 Fall Newsletter

    HSSC's 2023 Fall Newsletter is hot off the press. See below to read all about our latest efforts to increase lifesaving in Sarasota County and beyond. To receive a print copy of this newsletter, please contact our Philanthropy Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 941.955.4131 x121.

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    2023 Rilee Beisler Humane-i-Tarian Awards

    When a young girl named Rilee Michelle Beisler lost her life at attempting to save her two dogs from a house fire in May 2021, the Sarasota community mourned this tragedy. HSSC started to receive gifts in her memory from kindhearted donors. Many of them did not even know Rilee, but they were so touched by her bravery and how her last thoughts ...

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    2023 Adult Summer Camp

    HSSC's Second-Annual Adult Summer Camp took place on Saturday, July 29, 2023. More than two dozen kids at heart filled the Education & Training Center to marvel at animals both domestic and exotic, owned and adoptable. For three hours, these campers became kids again. We kicked things off with a pop quiz about HSSC's history and programs, follo...

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    Statewide MEGA Adoption Event a Success

    We are still reeling from the wild success of Florida's first statewide adoption event held June 23-25, 2023 and presented by Petco Love with support from BOBS from Skechers™. A total of 1,928 dogs and cats found new, loving homes across the state!Thanks to the overwhelming support of our community, HSSC had a record adoption weekend, pla...

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    Vets Pets & Jets: One for the Record Books

    Saturday, November 12, 2022, was a perfect day for a race. Tropical Storm Nicole had departed our region only a little more than a day prior, leaving clear blue skies in her wake. More than 160 runners of all ages, including dogs, waited behind the inflatable Fit2Time arch, hands over hearts as the Sun Outdoors Sarasota Veterans Honor Guard raised ...

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