Hey, everyone! There is a new face at Suncoast Humane Society (SHS.) The SHS Board of Trustees has concluded their five-month-long nationwide search by welcoming Maureen O’Nell as the new executive director of Suncoast Humane Society, starting in March. Ms. O’Nell joins Suncoast Humane Society from San Antonio, Texas. She has served as the executive director for several animal welfare agencies across the United States, including Alaska SPCA, Humane Society of Southern Arizona and San Antonio Pets Alive! “Shaping efforts that drive meaningful results propel my actions,” O’Nell said. “As an innovative and high-achieving executive, I have developed a reputation as someone who has a passion for animal welfare and a drive to achieve success beyond expectations.” Jeff Moore, Suncoast Humane Society’s board president, stated on behalf of the board, “As trustees of the board, we are extremely excited to have a new leader. Maureen O’Nell was our first choice out of a field of very qualified candidates. Each of the board members saw a multitude of special qualities in Maureen which will help us obtain our organization’s goals moving forward.” Ms. O’Nell shared that she is honored to have the opportunity to continue driving Suncoast Humane Society into new realms of invigorating partnerships, heightening impact, and expanding community outreach. She looks forward to creating successful outcomes for the animals and people in the Suncoast region. Let’s all give her a big tail wag!
SHS Annual Critter Classic
Suncoast Humane Society (SHS) presents the 12th Annual Critter Classic on Saturday, April 18 at Riverwood Golf Club, 4100 Riverwood Drive, Port Charlotte. Assemble your team now and support a great cause – much needed funds for the homeless furry critters at the shelter. Enjoy a Continental Breakfast from 7 to 8:15am with a shotgun start at 8:30am. Buffet lunch following play. Also, raffles, 50/50, mulligans and value packs. Registration fee is $125 per golfer and you can sign up at www.humane.org or stop by SHS at 6781 San Casa Drive.
Psychic Medium Debra
EARS Animal Rescue presents an afternoon with psychic medium Debra on Sun., March 22, 3 to 5pm, at the VFW Post 10178, 550 N. McCall Road. Debra will do a group reading for attendees. Admission: $20 donation to EARS. Tickets available at the EARS Thrift Shop, 353 W. Dearborn Street and the EARS Shelter, 145 W. Dearborn Street. Debra Housman is a third-generation psychic and also has the gift of being a medium. Learn more about her at psychicmediumdebra.com. For questions, call 681•3877.
Foster a Pet, Save a Life
Suncoast Humane Society is asking the public, “Can they crash at your place for a bit?” SHS needs volunteers to provide a foster home for many of their animals for a variety of reasons –require human bonding, socialization, rest from medical conditions or a quiet, safe haven temporarily until a forever home is found. SHS provides the education, direction, food, medical & behavioral assistance. If you are interested in learning more, there will be a free educational session on Thursday, March 26 from 4-5pm at the Animal Care Center located at 6781 San Casa Drive. If you are interested in attending, please call 474•7884 to RSVP.
Charlotte County Pet Licensing Options
Charlotte County Animal Control is announcing several new ways to purchase your pet’s license tag. In addition to the partnership with PetData Inc. (PetData.com) which launched in January, all Charlotte County Tax Collector’s Offices will be offering animal tags at any of their four locations, effective March 2. The Englewood office is 6868 San Casa Drive. Pet owners that currently use their veterinarian to obtain pet tags can continue to do so. Pet owners are required to have a current and verifiable rabies vaccine for each pet to utilize these services. Please do not bring pets to the office, but service animals are welcome. Visit www.CharlotteCountyfl.gov for additional options or contact Tracie Baird at 833•5684 or Tracie.Baird@CharlotteCountyFL.gov for more information.