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Old 04-04-2020, 09:08 AM
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Default Shelter Closure Update

As of 04/02/2020

YOUR Humane Society SPCA in Lake Panasoffkee, Sumter County, has closed to the public as of the close of business on Thursday, April 2, to enable us to take additional safety measures for our staff, volunteers and the general public in accordance with Florida Governor DeSantis’ statewide stay-at-home order.

· The temporary closure has us suspending our adoptions until further notice. Interested adopters can still review the pet profiles on our website and submit applications. Applications will be processed in the normal manner and prospective adopters will be notified if their application has been approved. However, the decision as to which home any particular animal will go to will be deferred until we reopen. At that time meet and greets will also resume.

· Our "Kibbles" free pet food pantry will continue on Saturdays from 10AM-2PM but only by appointment for approved recipients who must call us (352-793-9117) upon their arrival at our closed gates and remain in their vehicle while we bring their allotted pet food for them. Once our staff member is back behind our gate, they may retrieve it to place in their vehicle. Only one recipient will be assisted at a time. As always, and as donations are dwindling, we cannot assure that any specific brand/type of pet food will be received.

. Our "Big Fix" Spay/Neuter Voucher program will continue but all paperwork necessary will now be done online. Please contact our office directly for details.

· We will accept in-kind donations by appointment only, with no-contact protocols similar to the above being followed.


· Animal intake will be determined on a case-by-case basis as adoptions are suspended and space is very limited. Pet owners who are considering surrendering their pets at this critical time, are asked to reach out to us or other agencies for options and to not wait until the last minute. We urge people who have lost/found pets to use our new FindingRover.com resource to reunite lost pets with their owners and post them on area social media pages. Additionally, we ask our community to demonstrate a gesture of kindness and temporarily care for the animal until the state of emergency status changes. We believe it is everyone's responsibility to help in any way possible in such times. We all need to practice the utmost kindness in these trying times.

During the closure, our essential staff and a very limited number of volunteers will continue to provide high quality care to the animals remaining at our shelter. Many of our animals are already in dedicated foster homes which frees up our team's time to provide routine care, exercise and socialization that will benefit the dogs and cats that remain on our campus until they can meet interested adopters once again.

Our funds are impacted during this uncertain time and we ask for YOUR financial support now more than ever. To help us continue to help the animals, please donate what you can at: hsspca.org/donate. Every contribution is appreciated.

We wish you all good health and thank you for your cooperation. Thank you for your understanding in this time of unprecedented events. We are all in this together doing our best and we will prevail.

YOUR Humane Society SPCA


YOUR Humane Society SPCA is a 501(c)3 non-profit, no-kill organization helping animals in need throughout our community as Sumter County’s oldest and largest no-kill shelter. Donations directly help to cover the cost of saving, treating and caring for neglected, abused and abandoned animals. Learn more about us at hsspca.org, 352-793-9117, on Facebook.
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