Non-profit steps in to save Suncoast SPCA from closing

Shelter still needs the community's help
Posted at 7:39 PM, Jul 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-03 02:22:36-04

The community is stepping in to help out an animal shelter on the brink of closing its doors. However, they say a lot of work still needs to be done.

The need is beyond great at the Suncoast SPCA in New Port Richey. They’ve got a total of 75 cats and 45 dogs and right now 75% of them can’t even be adopted. Animals that aren’t fixed are not ready for adoption. But this shelter is in the middle of a financial crisis. To the point they can’t afford a veterinarian.

“And it’s all the vicious cycle of trying to get a vet so we can make the money to pay a vet," said Justin Edwards, the shelter manager.

The non-profit gets no money from the local government. They rely on donations and adoption fees. As these non-fixed animals filled up their cages, they’ve had no choice but to turn others away.

“Just laying down at night thinking what happened to that animal," said Edwards "'Was Pasco County able to take them, 'What happens if they couldn’t take it?'"

But from our reporting, another non-profit heard the shelter was just three weeks away from not being to keep the lights on. Now, they’re stepping in to help.

“Why not?" said Terri Ensign with VIP Rescue Inc., "Somebody has to do it. They had an immediate need.”

That’s why VIP Rescue is bringing in two veterinarians and five vet techs to get all of the animals ready for adoption for free.

“I was crying every 10 minutes because we thought we would have to close down and the past two days crying every 10 minutes because of all the overwhelming support," said Edwards. The shelter which saves animals now getting saved itself. But they also need your help.

“if you have an opportunity to share your treasure, your talent, your time and your home, please reach out they need you," said Ensign.

The soon to be spayed and neutered animals will be available for adoption this Wednesday.

The Suncoast SPCA is trying to raise $50,000 via a GoFundMe page. As of Sunday afternoon, over $35,000 has been raised. To contribute, click HERE.