It was just a simple note, in a child's handwriting, left in our lobby: "Thank you for a cat named Andey."
Andi ("Andey") the kitten had just been adopted by the young author's family. It was a joyous day for all, but that day almost never came.
Andi and her five siblings were a hair's breadth away from death when they were discovered on a rainy day in a garage near downtown Sarasota. At just four days old, and with no momma cat in sight, these precious babies would have quickly perished. Thankfully, a kind man heard their cries and brought them to the Humane Society of Sarasota County.
As the area's premier no-kill shelter, HSSC is often the first call people make when they find an animal in distress. We work tirelessly to be a resource for our community, but we do not do it alone. Your generosity makes our work possible.
Right now, we're launching our 2022 Annual Fund Drive to raise essential resources — and save more lives. Homeless animals are counting on us. Can we count on you?
Andi and her siblings Mikey, Mama, Ollie, Rosalita, and Chunk were our youngest residents the day they arrived. They were cold, dirty, and screaming so loudly we could hear them at the far extremes of the building. We wasted no time finding them emergency foster homes. They were too young to eat on their own, so their fosters had to bottle feed them around the clock, much like human babies, until they got old enough to eat independently.
It's a sad fact that many shelters cannot accept such young animals; they simply do not have the resources to care for them. But here, at HSSC, we are fortunate to have a robust foster network and dedicated supporters like you, who provide the resources we need to buy food, medicine, formula, and supplies.
After several weeks in foster care, Andi and her siblings were no longer delicate newborns. They were rambunctious, adorable fluffs, all ready to leave the foster nest and be adopted. Within a few days of becoming available, all six had permanent homes.
I hate to even think about what could happen to kittens like Andi without friends like you, who not only care deeply about animals but prove it through the second chances your support offers.
Your donation will do so much for abandoned, abused, and neglected animals in Sarasota County.
This year marks the first full year in our newly-expanded facility. We have set an ambitious goal of finding homes for 2,850 animals in 2022. That is 2,850 mouths to feed; 2,850 hearts to heal, and 2,850 happy tails – like Andi's – yet to be written.
There are still so many animals out there, right now, waiting for their second chances. Please continue to help them with your 2022 Annual Fund Drive gift today.
Together, we will care for their bodies — and their spirits. And we'll find them new homes where they will be cherished and loved — as all animals should be.
On behalf of the animals, thank you.