2020 Giving Challenge

Thank You for Being The One to Donate and Chill!

For over 68 years, HSSC has provided original animal programming to our community. Every HSSC program is filled with heartwarming success stories of animals and people. As a private nonprofit, HSSC relies on donations from people like you to keep our programs “streaming.” The 2020 Giving Challenge came at a time when we needed your support more than ever. In an outpouring of generosity that took our breath away, you proved that YOU ARE THE ONE to support a cause that matters to you. Over a 24-hour period from April 28-29, noon to noon, 807 HSSC supporters donated $69,797! With an additional $52,757 in matching funds from The Patterson Foundation, the total raised was $122,554! We also received $10,500 in prizes: Best Overall Campaign, Best Business Partnership (with Bayside Pet Resort), 10th Most Unique Donors, iHeart Media, Fast 50, and 2018 Best Giving Challenge Story! Our lifesaving total raised: $133,054! 

The Shelterette

Streetwise shelter sweetheart Petra is looking for love in this romantic reality show. Which drool-worthy suitor will she choose? Click on the video below to watch our exclusive series, The Shelterette.

Petra was a stray from Miami before she came to HSSC. Never having had a family of her own, Petra wanted to make the right choice. She put several “suitors” to the test before ultimately choosing her furever family. Your support enables HSSC to take in, care for, and adopt over 1,700 animals each year. Whether they simply need basic care, or they need intensive medical and behavioral rehabilitation, HSSC never gives up on our animals. Time and time again, we have seen animals like Petra make amazing transformations and go on to lead wonderful lives. Will you Be The One to support more second chances?

Be sure to scroll down to check out our gallery of heartwarming stories made possible by donors like you!

About the Giving Challenge

The 2020 Giving Challenge was presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation.

The Giving Challenge was an exciting online 24-hour giving event that took place from Noon to Noon on April 28–29, 2020, connecting 700+ nonprofit organizations with donors and community members to build relationships, support diverse causes, and create enduring impact in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties. To strengthen giving during the 2020 Giving Challenge, The Patterson Foundation provided a 1:1 match for all unique donations, up to $100 per donor, per organization.  All donations made during the Giving Challenge are unrestricted gifts and all gifts are 100% tax-deductible. See the Giving Challenge page for answers to FAQs.

Transform your impact through meaningful relationships and partnerships, all while strengthening your potential reach, through the 2020 Giving Challenge.

Since 2012, the Giving Challenge has acted as a catalyst for connection, helping donors throughout our region show their love for local nonprofit organizations serving Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties by providing more than $58 million in unrestricted funding. The 2020 Giving Challenge set a new standard for generosity in our community, when 58,947 people raised more than $18.4 million in just 24 hours! See all the leaderboards.

Each participating organization has demonstrated transparency by developing an in-depth profile in The Giving Partner. View HSSC’s Giving Partner Profile here

Matching Sponsor

HSSC's Board President, Teresa Jones, generously matched the first $10,000 in donations, up to $100 per donor. Teresa's match was in addition to The Patterson Foundation's match, effectively tripling the first $10,000 donated during the Giving Challenge. Thank you, Teresa, for Being The One!

Business Partner

HSSC and Bayside Pet Resort have a great relationship. Bayside provides complimentary grooming for HSSC adoptable animals that need it, boosting their chances of getting adopted. Plus, Bayside gives all HSSC adopters a gift certificate. Be sure to watch our Giving Challenge video The Shelterette to catch a glimpse of their services in action. Thank you, Bayside Pet Resort, for Being The One!

Donate and Chill Movie Night

Thank you to everyone who joined our synchronized streaming of The Secret Life of Pets 2 (PG) on April 28. We would have loved to have had an actual movie night at our facility, but COVID-19 made that impossible. Cozying up at home to enjoy a cute movie was the next best thing. 

More Original Programming

The images and stories below are what resulted when we imagined the rest of our HSSC programs as popular television shows. Click on each image to view in a larger gallery. There are no actual videos for these, so the PLAY button is just part of the picture. When in the gallery, you can scroll through the photos by hitting the left and right arrows on the far sides of the image. 

Volunteer Program

The halls of HSSC are a little sadder since volunteer Carl passed away last fall. He was a regular presence on campus, always smiling and telling jokes. Carl gave over 700 hours to HSSC and never shied away from any task—from picking up donation banks to passing out treats to walking dogs to matchmaking. He would do anything for anyone, especially any dog. Dog care packages would arrive periodically, always anonymous, but we suspected Carl. He craved neither praise nor recognition. He just wanted to make sure every dog received a little love. Hundreds of active HSSC volunteers make up the tapestry of our organization. We love learning about their lives (Carl was a professional photographer and had worked for the FBI!) and getting to know them. Not only are we truly grateful for their time and energy, we are grateful for their friendship. Will you Be The One to support volunteer opportunities for people who love animals?

Animal Clinic

Sweet black-and-white kitten Nick Fury (named for the Avengers movies) had not had an easy start in life. Picked up as a stray by Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services (SCAS), he had a severely infected eye and an upper respiratory infection. Thanks to a medical fund established by an HSSC donor, SCAS animals with extenuating medical needs are treated free-of-charge at the Animal Clinic of HSSC. Nick’s eye just would not heal, despite weeks of medical treatment, so HSSC’s doctors removed it. Losing an eye did not dampen his spirits, and he even met his new mom in the process—one of the Animal Clinic receptionists fell in love with him over the course of his treatment. Since opening in 2016, the Animal Clinic has provided affordable, full-service veterinary care to over 15,000 owned cats and dogs. The Animal Clinic is a program of HSSC, so all proceeds directly benefit the shelter animals. Will you Be The One to help local pets receive high-quality veterinary care?

K-9 Obedience Courses

If you’re not training your dog, he’s training you. That adage rings true for pet owners, which is why HSSC encourages every adopter to sign up for our affordable K-9 Obedience Training Courses. Long-time instructor Vickie has seen it all—from first-time pet parents to people worried their dog will never learn to obey. By the end of the six-week course, and with lots of patience and hard work, the pets inevitably make progress and the owners always gain confidence and a strong bond with their dog. Like Dennis, who was older and had many health issues. He adopted a sweet, shy dog named Ginger. Through obedience courses, Ginger overcame her shyness and became able to function as a service dog for Dennis, giving him a sense of freedom and mobility that likely prolonged his life. Any time he saw a dog misbehaving, he would direct them to HSSC for training. Will you Be The One to help owners and pets deepen their bond through obedience courses?

Heartworm Treatment

Rescued from deplorable conditions in Louisiana, 30 dogs arrived at HSSC on Valentine’s Day. Nearly all of them had heartworm disease. Spread by a bite from an infected mosquito, heartworm disease is especially common in warm climates where mosquitoes thrive. While not immediately deadly, heartworm disease will destroy an animal’s quality of life and eventually take its life. HSSC is one of the few shelters that routinely accepts and treats dogs with treatable conditions like ringworm and heartworm disease. Treatment is costly and requires that dogs stay in the shelter longer than usual, so foster volunteers are crucial. The hoarding case animals are thriving in their foster homes, each one getting lots of attention and socialization while their treatment takes effect. HSSC believes that every dog deserves treatment and a healthy start to a new life. Will you Be The One to cover treatment for a heartworm positive dog?

Humane Education

HSSC’s Collars & Scholars Program is a nine-week school-based course that uses the principles of the humane-animal bond to illustrate the concepts of self-awareness, empathy, and compassion. This program is a join venture of HSSC and The Florida Center for Early Childhood, brought together and funded by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. A small group of 4th and 5th graders at Gocio Elementary School formed the pilot group. Over the course of the program, they interacted with shelter animals and learned about their own social and emotional health. Students who began the pilot program as shy and disengaged were, by week nine, eagerly participating, sharing their thoughts, showing respect for others, and actively engaging with the animals and presenters. Along with other humane education initiatives like Reading Fur Fun and Fur Fun Summer Camp, Collars & Scholars is part of HSSC’s efforts to create a more humane future for all. Will you Be The One to encourage children to love and respect all living beings?

Read about the 2018 Giving Challenge -- we won Best 2018 Giving challenge Story!
Read about the 2016 Giving Challenge
-- we won Best 2016 Giving challenge Story!
Read about the 2015 Giving Challenge -- we won Best 2015 Giving challenge Story!


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