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Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County Welcomes New Executive Director                                                      (Lake Panasoffkee, FL 09/17/2018)

Our Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County is pleased to announce that we have hired Joseph Sprague, Jr. as our new Executive Director. Mr. Sprague brings over  30 years of experience in the field of Animal Welfare including serving as Executive Director at several humane societies and shelters across the country. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business Management from SUNY of Albany and studied Non-Profit Management at the College of St. Joseph in Vermont.

The Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County is also hosting a “Meet & Greet” to introduce their new Executive Director Joe Sprague on Friday Oct. 12 from 2-4 PM at the HS/SPCA shelter. Joe is looking forward to meeting the many local animal lovers and will be speaking about his goals for the no-kill shelter’s next stage of growth to serve Sumter’s animals. Light refreshments will be served and tours will be offered weather permitting. No RSVP is necessary.

As Executive Director Mr. Sprague is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the animal shelter and will work closely with the Board of Directors in developing a new business plan designed to support the HS/SPCA mission and programs. The daily activities of animal care at our shelter’s five-acre campus are, of course, always the first priority. With the continuous growth throughout Sumter County, a critical part of Mr. Sprague’s responsibilities will be in the planning of the animal shelter’s future with necessary expansion and improvements to best serve Sumter’s animals and residents. “We are very pleased to be able to bring someone of Joe’s experience and talents to our organization. We look forward to a new era of growth and service to our community with Joe’s leadership” said Celine Petrie, Chairman of the Board.

HS/SPCA of Sumter Opens “Re-Tails” Space at Wildwood Antiques Mall                                                               (Lake Panasoffkee, FL 08/30/2018)

Our Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County has opened up a “re-tails” sales booth at the Wildwood Antiques Mall at 364 Shopping Center Drive on State Road 301. Many of our supporters have suggested that we open a thrift store again. Recently, we found a way to return to that idea without such a large commitment of resources. And in typical fashion, our wonderful volunteers and community jumped in with great enthusiasm. “As always, we appreciate all the different ways people show their support for our Humane Society to help us fund our vital work. Time will tell how this idea works out for us and if it’s a success, we will look into expanding the thrift store concept” noted Celine Petrie, Chairman of the HS/SPCA.

Our booth space has been up and running for a month or two as we continue to gather donations. Shoppers and animal lovers are invited to stop by, browse the wide range of items and shop to their heart’s content knowing their donations and purchases will help local animals in need. Donated items, mainly vintage or antique, are gratefully appreciated, but prior to donating them, call our HS/SPCA office at 352-793-9117 for details.

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Looking to add a new family member? Visit to see who may become your new best friend or visit our shelter in person to see our great adoptable dogs and cats. We have dog adoption days each third Friday at rotating Villages Regional Rec. Ctrs. from 11am-1pm, weather permitting. If cats are what you’re looking for, many of our fantastic felines are showcased year-round at both Petco of Lady Lake and PetSmart of Oxford/The Villages stores.

Eager to volunteer and make your community a better place by saving the lives of animals in need?    There are many ways to “lend a paw” which go beyond walking dogs or grooming cats. Volunteers help:

-process adoption applications

-receive and assist visitors at our shelter

-participate in small or large fundraisers

-speak at local clubs

-teach local children about responsible pet ownership

-become a foster home

-beautify our 5 acre shelter site

-take on minor repair projects

– and lots more!

Visit and learn how you can make a difference by getting involved!

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The Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County is a 501(c)3 non-profit, no-kill shelter helping animals in need throughout Sumter County, Florida. Donations directly help to cover the cost of saving, treating and caring for neglected, abused and abandoned animals. Learn more about the HS/SPCA at, 352-793-9117, on Facebook or at the shelter located at 994 CR 529A, in Lake Panasoffkee, Office open: Mon.-Fri. 7:30am-4:00pm, Sat. 9:00am-4:00pm. Kennel Pet Viewing: Mon.-Sat. 9:00am-3:30pm. Visitors are always welcome!

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Office: Mon.-Fri. 7:30am–4:00pm and Sat. 9:00am-4:00pm Kennels (Pet Viewing): Mon.-Sat. 9:00am – 3:30pm "Kibbles" Pet Food Pantry distribution hours are Saturdays 10:00am-2:00pm