The majority of the animals brought into Humane Society of Sumter County Inc. come from an agreement with Sumter County Animal Services. On occasion, we receive animals surrendered by Sumter County residents or transferred from other shelters.
Did you know that 86 cents of every dollar generated goes directly to fund pet programs and services at HSSPCA? We rely on donations to care for thousands of needy dogs and cats each year.
The adoption fee for cats is $50.00; for dogs $125.00. This pricing allows us to provide quality care for all animals. All the cats and dogs in our adoption program are provided with many services: spay/neuter surgery, microchips, county tag, initial vaccinations, heartworm and/or other testing, behavior and medical assessments and of course, nutritious food.
Many of the animals in our care need additional medical or behavioral support for a variety of conditions. Adoption fees do not cover our animal care costs, nor our other programming; donations from generous individuals, businesses and foundations support the majority of our work at Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County and it’s all locally raised — there is no national umbrella group for animal welfare and we don’t receive general government funding. To learn more about the adoption process and our fees, visit our adoption process page.
We wish we could provide financial assistance to people whose pets need veterinary care they can’t afford, but we unfortunately do not have the resources to provide veterinary care beyond spay/neuter and vaccine services. Some clinics offer payment plans and there are some national resources that may be helpful to you.
Adoptions are first-come, first-served (as long as the match is a good fit, of course), and we do not keep waiting lists. The variety of dogs whom we have available for adoption changes daily and often includes purebred, as well as mixed-breed dogs. We recommend bookmarking our “Available Dogs” page and checking it daily to see who is available for adoption.
To report animal cruelty please contact the Sumter County Animal Services at 352-569-1960.
The HSSPCA never euthanizes animals for reasons of space or time. All animals in our adoption program have as long as it takes to find a new home; there are no time limits in our adoption program.
We do not use the “no-kill” phrase because we have found that it confuses people. There is no universal definition of “no-kill” that is understood by animal welfare professionals, and the general public, despite efforts of some groups to create such language. There are also “no-kill” sanctuaries and organizations that do not uphold humane standards of care, so “no-kill” is not necessarily an accurate indicator of humane or quality animal care.
When we receive an animal at HSSPCA, we provide that animal with behavior and medical assessments. All safe, healthy animals are placed into our adoption program. Whether or not we can place other animals into our adoption program is determined based on several factors. These include the severity of the medical or behavior condition, quality of life, risk to other animals in our care, public safety, and the ability of a typical home to manage significant medical or behavioral issues.
We work to treat and rehabilitate conditions ranging from food aggression and separation anxiety to heart conditions and fractures, but if we are unable to place an animal into our adoption program, we may explore placement with rescue organizations or other “non-home” environments.
Some animals can find a shelter environment stressful, so we always recommend carefully considering all options before surrendering your pet. Be sure to tell your friends, family members, neighbors and coworkers that you need to find a new home for your pet. You’re likely to have positive results through this type of networking.
Yes, we have 2 full-time employees and part-time kennel technician for weekends and holidays—and dozens of volunteers.
We encourage most community service projects at our shelter, and outside projects like organizing donation drives for items on our wish list, are often a perfect fit for projects that only require a few hours. Please contact our office manager (352-793-9117) for more information.