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As open admissions shelters, we open our house and hearts to accept the sick, the good, the bad, and the ugly. No animal is ever turned away.

Our programs are designed to promote adoptions for the animals in our care, educate the public on responsible and compassionate pet care, reduce pet over population through education and our low cost spay/neuter clinic, eliminate cruelty to animals and increase the availability of access of adorable medical care for all pets.

The Humane Society operates as a 501(c)3 private non-profit shelter in Port St. Lucie. We depend on fundraising and contributions from our community to support the cost of animal care along with our other programs. The Humane Society is not a government agency.

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An Open Letter From
Rita A. Hart
July 29th, 2019
Many of you will remember me from my time as Public Information Officer for the City of Port St. Lucie, followed by my tenure in the same position for the Humane Society of St. Lucie County (now known as Second Chance Animal Shelters), a job I only left when my husband’s career brought us back to our home state of Pennsylvania. I hope you are all doing well. I still have fond memories of our 11 years in PSL and follow your news/events online.

I have been deeply disturbed and concerned about the news that the Humane Society of SLC may have to close due to lack of funding from local municipalities, and the fact that every animal they take in from the cities of Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce and St. Lucie County are costing them more than the amount received from those municipalities for their care. This is a problem I learned about immediately upon my employment with the shelter, when the late Frank Andrews was the Executive Director.

I cannot imagine a world that doesn’t include the Humane Society of St. Lucie County. I witnessed first-hand EVERY DAY the effects of the open-door policy that allowed the shelter to take animals in, always at a financial loss. I met the vans from Animal Control, filled with pets taken off the streets and brought to a loving group of volunteers and employees who cried every time one of them died, or had to be put to sleep. I wrote about the volunteer who curled up in a kennel daily with a dog that had been shot in the head and left for dead on a rural road, eventually coaxing the dog back to life with the shelter’s medical staff, and then adopting him.

I fostered, adopted, photographed, and wrote about every animal that came through HSSLC’S doors in a 2-year period.
“No-kill” shelters can call themselves that, because they can turn sick and less-adoptable animals away. When they do, folks bring them to the Humane Society of SLC. One day, a man walked into our lobby carrying a Shih-Tzu/Terrier mix in his arms. The poor dog’s eye was so infected, the man said to our receptionist, “I guess you’ll have to put him down”, to which I replied, “Give me that dog.” My family and I adopted him after the shelter’s vet removed his eye and he was out of foster care. He was with us for 6 years, until he died at the age of 9 in our home in PA.

Seline was another one-eyed dog we adopted. She made big news because she was found in such bad shape on the streets of PSL, found by PSL Animal Control. She was a 5-lb. Shih Tzu and the shelter had many calls for her adoption, but one-by-one they dropped their interest when they learned she needed one eye-drop a day for the rest of her life. We adopted her, too, and she lived to the age of 12.

Over and over again, I watched volunteers and staff care for and love what are sometimes unlovable pets. All of us had housefuls of fosters and adopted pets and worked tirelessly to find homes for all the others. The hearts of every one of the employees, none of whom ever received the salaries they deserved, were larger than life. I cannot imagine a world where the Humane Society of St Lucie County doesn’t exist and cannot fathom what will happen to all those animals who will find shelter, love and a forever home if this wonderful organization is allowed to stay in business
From the bottom of my heart, I beg you to fund the Humane Society of St. Lucie County properly, so their work, their dedication and their love may continue. I am making a large donation tonight in the hope you will do the right thing, too.

Sincerely yours,

Rita A. Hart