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Humane society of the nature coast, inc.

7200 mobley road P.o. box 10328
Brooksville, FL 34603

User Reviews (154)

  • 1. Respect for All

    by: ReallyLuvmypets

    In the spring of 1998 my teen daughter and I drove out to the Humane Society of the Nature Coast to inquire about bringing some wild cats we had roaming in our neighborhood in for adoption...three hours later we left the facility awed and forever changed in our beliefs at what a shelter should and could be. The people at the Society of the Nature Coast actually cared what happens to animals they have on their premises whether they are there for a short stay or for years. As a dog lover, I was never one who cared too much for cats but Nature Coast changed me forever. I was amazed at the knowledge of the *cat lady* and the cleanliness of their *cat house.* They had a small bungalow which was cozy and an immaculate habitat for a variety of cats who existed in happy harmony. Some cats had been their briefly others for a long time but each had a story and a name and a history! The staff knew these animals!! The dogs were bright-eyed and active, healthy with tails wagging...even the shy ones had a gentle tail wag when a staff member would speak to them...you could tell quite easily all of these animals felt safe and secure. Too make a very long story short my daughter ended up volunteering at the humane society until she left for college. She experienced the *behind the scenes operation* of the shelter and ended up REALLY knowing the caring people who give so much each and every day. She would come home daily with a variety of stories of what she had experienced. She learned a great deal from each person connected to the shelter. Everyone she came in contact with, whether it was the director of the shelter or the veternarians who assisted the staff were caring, and knowlegable about the needs of all of their *furry* residents! She loved her job whether it was scouring and cleaning, feeding the animals or making sure each resident of the cat house had exactly what was needed. Eventually she began accompanying staff as they visited schools and organizations to promote the shelter. I truly believe what she experienced by working with the kind and loving people at the shelter helped her in life. I know our lives were enriched by meeting and knowing the wonderful staff and volunteers at Nature Coast. By the way we ended up keeping ALL the cats we were originally going to turn in to the shelter! They were taken from the streets and given residence in our home and one by one became a part of our family!

    Pros

    Enthusiastic and caring staff

    Cons

    Too little room for so many animals in need

  • 2. An Awesome Place.

    by: SaintElecktra

    I adopted a dog from this shelter and I thought they were wonderful. The area where the dogs were was in the process of being cleaned when I came to look around. The staff had the place spic and span for the doggies comfort and health. I went through the kitty area while finding out whether or not my new family member liked kitties and it was open so the kitties could roam and be comfortable with no stress while they waited for forever homes. The litter boxes were clean, and there was no "kitty box" smell. All of the animals were healthy and happy while waiting for families. I will definitely use their services again.

    Pros

    The animals are always well cared for, and the staff is great.

    Cons

    They could use more space to do their wonderful work.

  • 3. love it

    by: laladee07

    I went there to find out about volunteering and I walked the grounds and I was truly touched by this place. the people are truly caring of these animals, the animals themselves are sweet and playful. It would be great to be able to get them the help they need to expand the facility. I am happy to say that I will be devoting some of my time for this shelter and although time is all i can do for right now, I will vote and vote til the end and hope that if we all vote and get people to vote this little gem will have a chance to make it.

    Pros

    friendly,loving,informative

    Cons

    needs lots of help

  • 4. AWESOME!

    by: LLaas

    Awesome that this place is available!

    Pros

    Great location

    Cons

    More help is needed

  • 5. A Most Deserving Shelter For The Makeover

    by: patturansky

    Our Humane Society has done a very good job making the shelter to all it can be with what little they have there. We donate supplies and have volunteered whenever we can. We were very impressed with the orientation that is required to volunteer at the shelter. We learned about the different programs that help the pets and the families who have problems with pets. We learned all of the rules for pet safety and care at the shelter. There are so many things I never would think of that need to be done when pets have to live at a shelter. Everything is done at our Humane Society to make sure that the pets get good care and are safe until they go to a new home. I just wish the buildings were not so old and that there was room for more animals. This is why we think the Humane Society of the Nature Coast should win the makeover.

    Pros

    Loving Care, Hard Working, Community Projects

    Cons

    Too Small and Flooding In Rain Storms

  • 6. a good place to find a friend

    by: bettyanne

    i adopted a siamese cat from here that was the love of my life. everyone was knowledgable and very compassionate.

    Pros

    very compassionate and cared a lot about the animals

    Cons

    none

  • 7. One of the best

    by: dizneygrl58

    I got my Joy from this Humane Society Shelter four years ago. They had named her Lucky Number Seven because and her brother were the only two survivors of a litter that was brought in. They took such good care of her, she was a happy, healthy little girl, and I love her so much. I want to thank them for giving me such a wonderful cat!

    Pros

    Very helpful, caring, loving to the animals

    Cons

    None

  • 8. GREAT SHELTER

    by: macbug

    As a native Floridian and 27 year resident of Hernando County I applaud the strides that our humane society has made in a county that is inundated with a large transient human population resulting in a HUGE abandoned pet population! They (the humane society) seem to be at maximum capacity constantly and serve the community well considering the problem. I have great respect for the Human Society of the Nature Coast. It is awesome to see how much they far they have come over the years and with the addition of a great dog trainer like Mary Peter of Stillwater Dog Training on site they continue to excel! Go Zootoo and Go HSNC!! Jeanie Parker Cayenne, Basil, Stickie, Soot and Sweetum's Mom

    Pros

    Loving and caring atmosphere for the "guests!"

    Cons

    Need money for a makeover!!! :)

  • 9. Hurricane shelter is a great idea

    by: MichaelTomlinson

    The Humane Society of the Nature Coast has stated that they plan on rebuilding the facility to a CAT3 hurricane shelter as part of their make over. As a FEMA disaster home inspector I have not only seen the devastating toll on pets that the lack of a shelter can create; but I have been in homes where people have been injured or died because they could not evacuate with their pets. Rather than leave their pets behind to face a tragic future, these people chose to stay with their pets. A CAT3 pet shelter is indeed the greatest gift that you can give to a hurricane prone community.

    Pros

    Convienent

    Cons

    Far too small

  • 10. I adopted my cat from here

    by: kindhearted

    He is such a loving cat i'm glad I adopted him, every night he sleeps with me like a teddy bear! I love him so much and I definitely knew there was something special about him the first time I saw him. The shelter is very clean and takes care of the animals well. However last year I was looking to volunteer on weekends, but I kind of felt ignored and not wanted. No one really talked to me there or wanted me to help out with the dogs or cats or anything. It's nothing personal though I just felt I really wasn't needed. I was disappointed. I now volunteer some where else now. Other then that, they are wonderful when it comes to the animals.

    Pros

    clean

    Cons

    trying to volunteer was difficult

  • 11. THe best

    by: Mary231

    There is alway someone cleaning . The girls in the office are WONDERFUL, Helpful , and most of all caring.

    Pros

    Very clean & very knowledgeable

    Cons

    NONE

  • 12. Awesome shelter!

    by: tjpizzle

    Sometimes, at school, I run negative on credits. To make up credits, I can volunteer at different places to earn more, and my favorite place to volunteer is the Humane Society. Dennis is a great shelter manager. All the staff are great. The hard part about volunteering there is going home without a new pet... LOL. I know they could really use this makeover for more space. Good luck!

    Pros

    Very nice staff

    Cons

    Too small; need more space

  • 13. They are the best

    by: JohnRencz

    Picked up two cats there. Both in great shape. Nice place but too small. Hope we get the $1,000,000 to fix it up and expand for more pets.

    Pros

    Knowledgeable staff and very clean

    Cons

    Not a one...

  • 14. This old building

    by: Johnche

    this building blends in well with the rest of historic brooksville, being as old as it is. It would really help if the building could get a makeover, after all they do for the community, they sure do deserve it. The animals cant make their voices heard, so WE have to. In my oppinion, i think that the 1MM should be split amongst the top 10 shelters. the pets dont need a mansion, just a little love and some more room.

    Pros

    loving caring staff with only a desire to help

    Cons

    they need help

  • 15. So glad you care

    by: bare49

    Thank you for being there when I needed help and advice about a stray dog. With your help all was resolved successfully. I live in a remote area where animals are frequently dropped off and abandoned. I've saved a few but too many die lost and alone. I'm so glad that you are here to help and hope you'll grow to be able to care for even more animals

    Pros

    helpful caring staff

    Cons

    lack of space

  • 16. My girl Ani

    by: CynthiaRC

    My girl Ani was saved by this shelter. She is now a hugh eight year old golden retriever/great pyrenees mix. When she was found she weighed fifty pounds and had started to absorb the pads of her feet for food. She was saved by these folks and I was able to adopt her. She now weighs one hundred and twenty, an appropriate weight for her, is healthy and happy. She has brough joy to many of my students as a therapy dog.

    Pros

    convenient location, partners with PetLuv

    Cons

    none

  • 17. Awesome Shelter for Animals!

    by: southpawrescue

    Excellent shelter with wonderful people! They deserve to win the makeover!

    Pros

    Does so much for animals

    Cons

    can't think of a thing

  • 18. REALTOR

    by: lpizzo

    The Humane Society of the Nature Coast Inc is a wonderful advocate for dogs and cats in Hernando County, Florida. Recently I had to take a dog there that someone just could not take care of and they were so willing to help. They work tirelessly for pets 24/7 but are definitely in need of a bigger facility. They are well-deserving of 1st place for a makeover.

    Pros

    Very Clean Facility and Wonderful Caring Staff

    Cons

    None..they are great. :)

  • 19. Very nice place

    by: kime171

    I have been to the shelter many times. You can see very quickly how much the people there really care about these pets. They told me a little about each dog, their history and how they were adjusting to the shelter, they also asked me alot of questions about what i was looking for in a pet and helped me to decide what kind of dog would be best suited for me.

    Pros

    Very clean

    Cons

    Small compared to the other shelters in the area.

  • 20. Nature Coast Humane Society

    by: KWILLIAMS1

    I just recently became a volunteer and the people at the Humane Society are great! They seem to be one big family and take great care of the animals.

    Pros

    All the animals are well taken care of at the shelter

    Cons

    Location is good

  • 21. hernando

    by: sledgehammer1

    this shelter is the best that i ever be to i would be a volunteer if i had more time at home this place lead me to cody and cody was the best in my life

    Pros

    very close to me

    Cons

    do not carry alot of lap pups

  • 22. Please Help Support

    by: kikitazz100

    The Humane Society Of Nature Coast is trying very hard to win the Million dollar makeover! Please help support! On Saturday, I went to the pet expo. It was very nice, they had signs trying to say to support! We are all trying very hard to get that makeover! Please help!

    Pros

    Very clean, great staff, many supporters

    Cons

    Nothing is wrong or bad about this place!

  • 23. wonderful shelter

    by: giraffe13681

    I have not seen a more dedicated group of people than those who work and give their time and hearts to this society. They do not know the meaning of the word no or we cannot do that.

    Pros

    The staff and voulenteers are so commited

    Cons

    Small space with big needs to help more animals

  • 24. Superhumans helping needy animals

    by: mannr

    Even with the wonderful day-to-day work this staff does, they stretched themselves even further when the Katrina animals arrived in this area. They are an inspiration to all. When I adopted my cat from them, she was clean, in good health, and happy.

    Pros

    A small, dedicated staff doing a monumental job

    Cons

    Could use more volunteers to help out

  • 25. THE PET EXPO WAS A GREAT SHOW, WE REALLY ENJOYED IT.

    by: GOOFYWOOFIE

    I THOUGHT THE SHOW WAS EXCELLENT, IT WAS NICE TO SEE ALL DIFFERENT DOGS RUNNING AROUND WITH THIER PET PEOPLE. AND WATCH THE DOGS WIN PRIZES AND DO TRICKS FOR THIER HUMANS. I AM WOLIE AND MY OWNER(PET) TEX REALLY HAD A GOOD TIME. CAN'T WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR

    Pros

    EVERYTHING WAS EXCELLENT

    Cons

    NONE

  • 26. Channel 10 Coverage

    by: Hank1

    Pros

    Million Dollar Make over!

    Cons

    Million Dollar Make over!

  • 27. HSNC YOU ARE THE BEST!!

    by: ILUVMYCHIHUAHUA

    You Guys Are The Best. Keep Up The Good Luck, I Hope Mr. Thompson Picks The HSNC To Be The Top 10 And Then # 1.. HSNC Is # 1. I Was Very Glad To See The Pep Rally Went So Well Today. Hope It Made A Good Impression On Zootoo. Your Friends, Dixie & Princess Tex & Wolfie 2009

    Pros

    HELPING ANIMALS IN NEED, FRIENDLY.

    Cons

    There Aren't Any In My Opinion

  • 28. THIS PLACE IS AMAZING

    by: britneyhoman

    THIS PLACE IS SUCH AN AWESOME PLACE FOR THE ANIMALS THAT HAVE NO HOME, THE ONLY THING IS, IS THAT ITS TOO SMALL AND DOESN'T HAVE ENOUGH ROOM FOR ALL THE OTHER ANIMALS NEEDING HOMES. I GO THERE FROM TIME TO TIME TO SEE WHAT DOGS THEY HAVE

    Pros

    CLEAN, NICE STAFF, COMFORTABLE

    Cons

    SMALL

  • 29. WE CAN DO IT!!!

    by: teddygirl300

    Well one time I went in to get a dog and everyone there was really friendly and they showed that they love the animals very much and that they take good care of them.Another time was when I was going by there I saw a dog just tied to the fence and my heart just broke somy husband and me brought the dog home with us and he is just the sweetest dog we love him so much. But this shelter needs the makeover so they can help out more helpless animals that are in need.

    Pros

    They don't put the animal to sleep.

    Cons

    They could use a makeover.

  • 30. What a Great No-Kill Shelter

    by: Borgieskid

    The Humane Society of the Nature Coast has been around for many years. Way back in 1980, I got my first dog there. She had been living at the shelter for more than 6 months. It is amazing that this wonderful no-kill shelter maintains its no-kill policy after all these years. The staff are well versed in all things pet related and are very helpful to those looking for a special pet. The pets that live there temporarily are loved and they feel it. Please don't buy a pupppy mill dog.. go to the Nature Coast Shelter and find the perfect dog or cat for you.. it will make room for another abandoned pet until they are adopted too.

    Pros

    Pets Stay Until Adopted

    Cons

    Need More Space

  • 31. Oustanding Shelter

    by: RhondaMc

    This Shelter is so deserving of a makeover. The Staf, Board Members and Volunteers all have a passion for the welfare of our community;'s homeless animals.

    Pros

    Loving Staff & Volunteers

    Cons

    Outdated and Small

  • 32. Amazing!!

    by: gonaturecoast

    I love this shelter and everything it is doing for the community. if i had a million extra dollars i would donate it here in a heartbeat.

    Pros

    This is a beautiful and well-kept shelter

    Cons

    none!

  • 33. A wonderful shelter

    by: JeanneWhite

    We were first introduced to the Humane Society of Nature Coast over 3 years ago at one of the Pet Expo's. We then visited the shelter a few monhs later. We were very impressed with the dedicated and loving staff and volunteers that we met. We are now volunteers ourselves which we enjoy very much. Working with Mary Peter training shelter dogs making them more adoptable is a very rewarding initative. the staff is very friendly and is eager to share the stories about each of the dogs or cats. We wish that the shelter was larger so that they could accomodate the many dogs and cats that need them desperately.

    Pros

    staff, clean, experience

    Cons

    too small

  • 34. Dog Training

    by: pattyed

    this shelter also offers dog training for a very reasonable fee, they could use a bigger area for sure. It is very popular with a very knowlegable staff. The on site trainer even works with the available pets up for adoption to give them an even happier home

    Pros

    very helpful and quick service

    Cons

    none

  • 35. Fur Ball

    by: MysticKat

    I am very glad that our humane society has the Fur Ball. My sister & I go to celebrate her birthday which is in September. I feel very good when I purchase our tickets knowing the money is going for a VERY worthy cause. The skits are really cute & funny and it is nice to be among other animal lovers. We are looking forward to this years.

    Pros

    Everytime I had a question or needed help I got the answers I needed with no problem.

    Cons

    Not enough room for all the homeless animals

  • 36. Best Executive Director and staff

    by: GallopinGator

    I have know Joann for many years and she never fails to have a smile on. I recently had a pet emergency and I speed dialed Joann and received quick information with a big dose of empathy and understanding. Thank you from the bottom of the hearts of the Bainum Family

    Pros

    Caring and unlimited energy and ideas

    Cons

    non

  • 37. Teddy to Tobias

    by: Larkewoolever

    We adopted our last kitty from here May 27, 2006. His name was Teddy, but we changed it to Tobias and he became the new little brother to Gabriel. The folks at Nature Coast were just wonderful; and obviously compassionate about their work. We cannot express our thanks to their hard work for our furry residents of Hernando County. We love our "Boyz", and they are such a huge part of our family. When we have another spot in our "family", we will definately visit Nature Coast again.

    Pros

    Great concept for the "cat house"

    Cons

    Not enough room

  • 38. I have visited the shelter

    by: mystic2294

    I thought the shelter was very well laid out and I loved playing with the cats!

    Pros

    very helpful workers

    Cons

    needs more parking

  • 39. Thank you for adding to our family

    by: patermo1030

    We brought our 4 and 3 year old children to get another dog, when we got to the Humane society, we were greeted by friendly staff and waved in to go see the dogs. We were shown a dog that had been rescued from animal control, they had named her Michelle, we instantly fell in love with him. Her playful spirit, her loving licks, everything about her, said this was our new dog. We came home to pick up our other dog Bailey, the Humane Society has a meet and greet policy for hte dogs...brought Bailey up there to meet Michelle, it was a instant hit. We adopted Michelle and brought her home...to our delight she was house broken (the shelter wasn't sure) and she was already fixed (again the shelter wanted to be sure). She has fit right in, with minimal adjustment period. I can not thank the Humane Society of the Nature Coast enough for taking care of us, and helping us add to our family. Michelle is now Shadow, which I almost think was her name before because she instantly took to it. Thank you again.

    Pros

    Very friendly, and proactive.

    Cons

    there weren't any

  • 40. Great Place

    by: dori423

    I have recently visited The Humane Society Of Nature Coast and I found that the animals looked healthy and were being taken good care of. It was obvious to me that these animals did not have enough room. This place would be even better for the pets that they take in if we can help with the $1 Million Dollar Makeover!!

    Pros

    staff care for the animals needs and comunicate with people about the pets

    Cons

    Not enough space for the pets

  • 41. Looking Forward

    by: LillithVain

    I went to this shelter to sign up to volunteer and I was very impressed with it's cleanliness, friendliness, and knowledge of pet welfare. They train as well as rescue the animals, and the grounds are very well maintained.

    Pros

    Lots of fenced in ground to work with animals

    Cons

    Can't host very many animals on site

  • 42. Caring No Kill Shelter

    by: Papaboo

    This shelter is one of the best I have seen. They are operated by a nice group of people who work their hearts out caring for all the animals they take in. They strive endlessly to find loving homes for all these pets. They desperately need more space and money to take care of all the animals so they can find homes for them. The alternative is to euthanize them which isn't a word that comes from their lips. They can find homes for the animals but sometimes it just takes time. Every one of Gods creatures deserves to live their lives to the fullest which is what Nature Coast tries to accomplish. They are one of the best!

    Pros

    Caring for unwanted pets with love

    Cons

    need more space and money

  • 43. Great Place!

    by: apianogal

    Our homeschool group had a fieldtrip to the facility and were very impressed with their help to the strays in the city.

    Pros

    great facility

    Cons

    none

  • 44. What a wonderful place.

    by: darrenf

    This place might not have the best facilities, but the staff cannot be beat. They truly care and go the extra mile to rescue and place animals in their area.

    Pros

    No kill

    Cons

    needs updating

  • 45. Proud of Brooksville's Humane Society

    by: Davida

    I've worked for a local clinic for 6 years now and our doctor used to spay/neuter a large number of animals from their shelter. They always go above and beyond to take in any strays that wander up to our clinic doors. No matter what their condition or their breed they are always willing to open their doors for us to help save another animal who's in need of a new home.

    Pros

    They will gladly take any dog/cat no matter what the breed.

    Cons

    They need more space for all the animals that need to be sheltered.

  • 46. Great Shelter

    by: shirlselects

    This is a great shelter with a lot of caring volunteers. The shelter needs to expand to meet the needs of this growing community.

    Pros

    Great Volunteers

    Cons

    too small

  • 47. Great for the Mother's Club

    by: kthywilliams

    I have visited the Humane Society several times with my local Mother's Club. They are always so welcoming and appreciative of the donations. I have also gone on my own with donations and they let us visit the dogs and play with the cats each time.

    Pros

    a loving shelter dedicated wholeheartedly to the animals

    Cons

    small quarters, old buildings

  • 48. I love to visit.

    by: tcciapto

    My husband will not allow any more animals into our home so to keep me happy ever so often he will take me here so I can pet the cats and look at the dogs. Everyone is always so nice. A great place to go even if you are just visting!

    Pros

    Great to visit.

    Cons

    None

  • 49. Contribution to our Community

    by: chesterhershey

    My husband and I adopted Hershey in January 2009 and Chester in August 2009. This shelter was the last one we stopped at because it finally had what we were looking for. We had been to other shelters where the dogs didn't seem like they were really cared for besides the very basics. We had also gone to shelters where no one would help us and they didn't know anything about their animals. At the Humane Society Nature Coast they were very honest with us about which dogs needed a lot of running room, which ones needed to be the only pets in the house, and which ones were okay with children. It was obvious that they love their animals very much. We were initially concerned that adopting Chester, our three-legged dog may have incured additional medical expenses or complications and their volunteers had explained how everything had already been taken care of for him. We couldn't love our dogs more. They bring joy to our household and it wouldn't have been possible without the help of our friends at the Humane Society in Brooksville, Florida!

    Pros

    Helpful and honest staff

    Cons

    They need more room for more animals!

  • 50. Thank Heavens For The Humane Society Of The Nature Coast

    by: catt

    When our grandchildren were born, they were very allergic to our son's cats, and the Humane Society of the Nature Coast took these cats in to try to find them a good home, which put all our minds at ease. They also lovingly care for so very many abandoned animals.

    Pros

    Dedicated staff

    Cons

    Very old facility

  • 51. A Wonderful Shelter!

    by: attybc1

    I've been volunteering at the shelter for nearly 1-1/2 years and found there just isn't enough room for all the animals who need temporary homes in our area. This is a great shelter and very deserving of a makeover so that more animals can find new forever homes. Our Executive Director, Joanne Schoch, spends endless hours working on behalf of our little shelter. She and the Board of Directors constantly come up with new ways to raise funds for the shelter. Our volunteers do everything--from cleaning, yardwork, dog-walking, TLC for cats and manning the phones in the office, and they do it with the hope that one day we can have a really nice, big shelter to serve our area. We are proud of our Humane Society and all the effort that goes into making it the very best.

    Pros

    Helpful, caring staff and volunteers

    Cons

    Not big enough; needs a makeover

  • 52. Always Rallying for the Animals

    by: jazacmom

    Constantly I see this shelter in the paper having benefits, fundraisers, etc trying to help raise money for these much needed animals. Their efforts with Zootoo and bringing the community together for a great cause are also remarkable.

    Pros

    Kind, caring, always going the extra mile

    Cons

    none

  • 53. A great Shelter with a Great Need

    by: sawmillbear

    This shelter has a staff of very caring people and the volunteers have one concern and that is the animals that they have there. They have been serving the county and surrounding counties since the 1960's and have seen a big increase in the number of pets that they have.

    Pros

    Staff with very caring and knowlegeable people

    Cons

    It has out grown its facility with the number of dogs and cats that they take care of.

  • 54. Best Humane Society group ever!

    by: tlyongraphics

    I can't say enough about the dedication of this group to the animals of Hernando County and beyond. I just looked at the photos of Bella and Fauch, an inseparable brother and sister orphan combo that, after months (or was it years?) of trying, they finally found a home for. It brought tears to my eyes. This group works so hard to care for and find new homes for abandoned pets. They really deserve this makeover so they can have more room for their big hearts.

    Pros

    Hard working, dedicated, positive people

    Cons

    none

  • 55. Help the pets in need!

    by: ebranden

    These animal shelters are such a blessing for animals. Please support them however you can and adopt your next pet from this shelter.

    Pros

    Helping pets in need!

    Cons

    It needs a makeover!

  • 56. Humane Society of the Nature Coast needs a make over!

    by: MichelleBromm

    I love the Humane Society of the Nature Coast. The people there are wonderful and very helpful. I got the best dog that I ever had because of them. They do the best job with what they have, but the buildings are old. They do keep up the grounds very well. Now its time to help them out.

    Pros

    The people are wonderful and carring about getting good homes for the animals in need.

    Cons

    It's a older building, they do the best that they can, but are in need of a make over.

  • 57. #9 today

    by: Nicaton

    I am a CVT and can say that The Nature Coast Humane Society has been one of the hardest working bunch of animal lovers that I have ever come across! They are constantly looking for ways to improve their facilty and help as many animals as possible. I wish them all the luck in the world in this contest . There couldn't be a more deserving winner!!

    Pros

    Joann is a very big PRO in helping this shelter continue to do its best at placing pets that need forever homes.

    Cons

    We need more space and kennels to provide space for the huge amount of unwanted animals.

  • 58. Exceptional Shelter

    by: tuffheadman

    This truely is an exceptional shelter. The staff goes above and beyond on a daily basis. They are knowledgeable in every aspect and caring beyond words. There isn't enough I can say about this place and the people in it.

    Pros

    Excellence all around

    Cons

    none

  • 59. Our Shelter

    by: LabPuppies

    Before moving to Hernando County five years ago, we lived in Pinellas where we volunteered at the local Humane Society. When we learned that the Hernando location might close, Rick Chaboudy, the head of the Pinellas location at the time, set up several field trips to the Hernando location to help the staff clean up and get organized. We participated in several of those missions and were so pleased with what they accomplished. Now, as a local resident, I am so proud of the way the location is managed and kept up. I am also pleased that the community has become so much more involved. Although many factors contribute to our inability to volunteer our time to the shelter, we make sure to donate as much money as we can every year. We know our money could not go to a more worthy cause.

    Pros

    Love, Love, Love

    Cons

    Lack of space and modern facilities

  • 60. Great organization

    by: Kellibutton

    I've been to many shelters and have volunteered at many. This is the best-organized shelter I have ever been in. They have a very professional staff and are a wonderful addition to our community. They have wonderful events and we are so lucky to have this shelter in our county!

    Pros

    Wonderful shelter

    Cons

    none

  • 61. Very nice people nad services

    by: umjeffr

    There is an incredible large need for more places for animals that are not wanted. Animals are always dropped off here and some how this orginazation feed and takes care of these animals.

    Pros

    Volunteers and staff are always very nice

    Cons

    Need more room

  • 62. Help Humane Society of the Nature Coast help needy souls

    by: Greghamilton

    these folks really give it their all. Joanne and the crew practically live at the site, caring for the animals as if they were their children. they make the most of their modest resources and strive to make the shelter better all the time

    Pros

    very loving, caring, knowledgeable staff

    Cons

    not enough money to do their mission even better

  • 63. What a blessing

    by: GOhubbardLF

    My name is Kevin Hubbard and my family has adopted 5 cats from the Humane Society of the Nature Coast. It is a great place that tries its hardest to take care of the surplus of dogs/cats that people drop off sometimes out of the blue at their shelter. With a larger facility, I think this shelter may have the potential to be one of the best in the country. Courtesy, kindness, and knowledgeable staff aided in the adoption of all of my cats and I hope they are granted with the money to upgrade this facility.

    Pros

    Customer Service was great

    Cons

    Needs help with the size

  • 64. clean and loving shelter

    by: crazycat52

    this shelter is so clean and kind to animals. The people are wonderful. The shelter is small and needs more space for storage, animal space. The staff works hard to provide a good safe place but are limited in the area they have to use.

    Pros

    clean and kind shelter -great staff

    Cons

    needs more space and updating

  • 65. Lots of Love

    by: ganggang

    Great place and wonderful staff. Always helpful.

    Pros

    Great place

    Cons

    Needs more space

  • 66. Most deserving shelter

    by: bettyabaja

    This is by far the most deserving shelter I have ever seen. Moving to the area from Ft. Lauderdale, (where the Broward County Humane Society has a multi-million dollar facility), I was astonished by the lack of funding and proper facilities for the Humane Society of the Nature Coast. They really do their best to make due with what donation they receive, but are severely lacking proper facilities and space. The county they are located in is very rural, but has the unfortunate rank as one of Florida's most foreclosure ridden counties with the highest unemployment rate in the state. So in essence, you have a rural area, not much funding nor donations, with large amounts of people losing their homes and/or jobs, no longer able to take care of their animals, relinquishing them to this shelter, which in turn, has limited space and funding, and not much of a pool of possible adoptive families. It's a vicious cycle. Help them break it!

    Pros

    Very caring staff

    Cons

    Dogs are housed outside; eventhough they are covered

  • 67. fond memories

    by: Ellen4

    My family has visited the shelter on several occasions. We have visited the "cat room". We supported the "thrift store" items when it was available/open to help the animals. A photo of a "stray" kitty in my neighborhood was accepted to place in a book for "searching families."

    Pros

    much needed facility

    Cons

    can not think of any at this moment

  • 68. Doing so much with so little

    by: chuckwilson

    Humane Society of the Nature Coast, Inc. has done so much for the our community and finding good homes for displaced and abandoned pets. They strive to find the right fit for each animal they place to ensure the best success fo the person and animal. They have open arms for animals that have lost their homes do to storms such as Katrina. We adopted Tabatha as a result of such efforts. Humane Society of the Nature Coast, Inc. is a great asset to our community and a friend to our pet community.

    Pros

    Open arms with focus on the right home for each pet

    Cons

    Facility not large enough for demand of growing county

  • 69. Caring, loving, dedicated workers at the shelter.......

    by: FlSusan

    My visit to Humane Society of Nature Coast was enjoyable and heartwarming. So many animals there need homes. They are loved and well-taken cared of.The workers there are dedicated and kind and very helpful.

    Pros

    Dedicated, kind, personable, caring, knowledgeable staff.

    Cons

    Nreds more rooms for animals, indoors for cats and the dogs outside. Most of the facility is old and needs lots of sprucing up, which they are very willing to do...the funds just aren't there. It's a beautiful shelter in the country, among trees and birds and a big uplift would make it a really top shelter!

  • 70. Brooksville

    by: hyper21

    This shelter is a great place for people that are unable to keep there animals for whatever the reason may be over the last few years my family have taken puppies and kittens to this shelter for placement and they have always be kind enough not to turn anyone away.

    Pros

    Great people

    Cons

    none

  • 71. LUCKY'S FIRST HOME

    by: MrTimberPines

    WE ADOPTED OUR LUCKY FROM THIS SHELTER AND ARE SO VERY HAPPY WE DID. THE PROCESS WAS WELL PLANNED AND EXECUTED. WE WERE INTERVIEWED AND ACCEPTED AS SUITABLE "PARENTS" FOR OUR BOY. WE PROMISED TO ABIDE BY ALL THE GUIDELINES SET AND ARE VERY HAPPY. WE RECOMEND THIS SHELTER TO EVERYONE.

    Pros

    FRIENDLY AND VERY HELPFUL. ABSOLUTELY CONCERNED WITH THE WELFARE OF THE PET AND COMMITTED TO MATCH THE RIGHT PET WITH THE RIGHT HOME.

    Cons

    THEY NEED MORE SPACE TO CONTINUE THEIR GOOD WORK

  • 72. HSNC is a wonderful shelter

    by: bphamtastic

    This is a great shelter. I've never adopted any animals from there, but I've worked with the volunteers and I know of their tireless dedication. The wonderful thing is, they are constantly in the community, doing fundraisers and raising awareness and trying new things to get things done for the animals. I know my company sponsored the heart-to-heart this last week, and several of my coworkers were in the kennels all week. They give of themselves, to help the animals in the shelter. If I had to choose a shelter to have a stray animal reside at, this one can't be beat.

    Pros

    the selfless dedication of the staff

    Cons

    size of the shelter

  • 73. Dedication at its best!

    by: Yorkgirl

    I am so impressed with the Humane Society of the Nature Coast. When my family looked around, all the staff were very helpful, and the kennels were clean. These people work tirelessly and are so dedicated. I love that the dogs are even receiving obedience training- what great initiative to help them find forever homes!

    Pros

    Tireless, dedicated staff & volunteers

    Cons

    Not enough room for all the animals in need.

  • 74. Best Shelter!

    by: sarahmorgan27

    As a volunteer of 10 years in shelters all over the nation, I have never seen a more devoted staff than those at Nature Coast. They fight for and love every single animal. It's not a job for them, it's a lifestyle - one they love!

    Pros

    The people who are there really want to be there.

    Cons

    None!

  • 75. We really need to help!

    by: Leahbkds

    My family adopted our first pet from the Humane Society of the Nature Coast and he is a wonderful part of our family. He was so well taken care of at the shelter. We need to do all we can to help get a bigger facility so that more animals can become a part of someone else's family! You all do such a great job!

    Pros

    They all love the animals, clean, healthy, well taken care of.

    Cons

    Facility is too small.

  • 76. Thanks!

    by: cjlangen

    Thanks to this wonderful animal shelter, my family has been able to adopt pets. In the past we adopted a dog that we had for over 14 years before he passed away. We have also recently adopted 2 kittens to help ease the lose of our beloved dog. The staff has always been very helpful and very knowledgeable. Thanks for what you do!

    Pros

    A wonderful service

    Cons

    None

  • 77. a sad day in my life

    by: rescuerover

    not long ago I had to give my boy bandit up. I took him to the humane society of the nature coast. The people there was very friendly and understanding. They helped me in more ways then one. Bandit will not only find a home but also receive training so he can stay in his new home. While he is there he will have time to play and get his belly rubbed. This Humane Society is more then a shelter its a new chance in life.

    Pros

    finding bandit a home

    Cons

    I miss him

  • 78. Local shelter works hard

    by: unclebert

    The Humane Society does a remarkable job with the resources they have. I hope they will win the makeover so that more abused and neglected animals in Hernando Co. can be sheltered and cared for.

    Pros

    Hard working dedicated staff.

    Cons

    The shelter is too small for our county needs.

  • 79. Dedicated To The Welfare of Pets

    by: TheInnocent

    As past president of several organizations I always make my pet project this shelter, I've been there several times and each and every time, I walk away in amazement of how caring all the volunteers are, the great strides they've made over the years and the total dedication of everyone involved. I would not hesitate to go and adopt from here.

    Pros

    Knowlegable staff, clean and animals well cared for

    Cons

    none

  • 80. Great group of volunteers

    by: kvidal

    This is the most dedicated staff and volunteers of any non-profit I know. They are so involved in the community and keep the Humane Society out in front. Joanne, as the director lives and breathes for her pets. We are fortunate in this community to have a shelter such as this one and I am proud to be supporter.

    Pros

    terrific volunteers and management!

    Cons

    Need more space

  • 81. A caring place for pets

    by: JoJordan

    I have lived in several communites and have never seen a shelter work harder to find homes, and raise money for their pets. They are always present in community activities, most notably, The Fur Ball and their weekly newspaper articles. The director, came to my subdivision to help capture a stray dog after many failed attempts by residents over the course of one month. The dog was captured, properly fed, treated, and adopted because of her dedication to help all animals!

    Pros

    They tirelessly care for pets until a forever home can be found

    Cons

    They need more room to meet the demand

  • 82. Tribute to the Humane Society of the Nature Coast, Inc.

    by: lucille113

    I have had a calling to help this shelteras much as possible. I first stoped in to donate some food. They were so friendly, I asked if there was anything else I could do, and signed up to volunteer after seeing how much work there is to run a place like this. The staff really loves their calling, and do everything in their power to make sure that each and every animal is warm, comfortable, well fed and exercised, walking them, playing with them, and trying to find wonderful homes for them. They are the most caring people I have ever had the opportunity to work with. It hurts them so much when they don't have room for another dog or cat.

    Pros

    Love and compassion just oozes here.

    Cons

    Only the fact that if they were larger, they could do so much more.

  • 83. this is the best animal shelter in the world

    by: Morganchloe101

    i think that the humane society nature coast is one of the best places for the animals to stay they will keep them until they are adopted they do not kill they invite they are nice and the place is small but very nice

    Pros

    the only shelter i will adopte animals in

    Cons

    low prices and one of the best shelters

  • 84. Great Shelter with great supporters

    by: presres

    Our county has a very high percentage of animals in the county shelter for a fairly low population. Hence a LOT of great animals are put down on a weekly basis. We adopted our dog from the county shelter, but looked several times at the Humane Society of the Nature Coast for a pet prior to finding Junior. Every pet adopted from the Humane Society opens up a place to save one more pet from the county shelter and almost certain destruction. The people are dedicated and hard working and care so much for the animals. And they don't shy away from the hard cases when it comes to choosing which pets to save.

    Pros

    No kill policy

    Cons

    Not enough room for them all

  • 85. Great Group

    by: annebrown44

    I have had wonderful experiences in dealing with this shelter. Due to my husband's allergies, we had to place a dog with them a few years ago. We could no longer keep our Cocker and as much as it broke my heart, we had to find her a new home. The workers there were very kind and understanding and even put up with my tears as I left me sweet little dog.

    Pros

    Helpful, kind, and caring workers

    Cons

    Needs more room

  • 86. THE PLACE when looking for a loving companion!

    by: pegm

    My experiences with the Humane Society of the Nature Coast have been through my sorority EpsilonEpsilon chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. Some of the members of my group have adopted there and always have great things to say. When we do charitable giving they are one of the first that always comes up. In fact we have held two shopping extravaganzas "Shopping four paws cause", with a third in the planning stages. Their director Joanne Schoch is a very gracious and hard working person. They are forward thinking and have plans continually for making their place a better one!

    Pros

    everyone associated with HS of NC deserves this!

    Cons

    there are none

  • 87. Its come a long way

    by: CindiHoward

    I have volunteered and worked as assistant manager of The Humane Society of the Nature Coast and would recommend anyone interested in adopting a pet to this facility. It has made great strides in an effort to continually improve the facility and it's ability to welcome the many animals that need a temporary home till they find a permanant loving family to adopt them. Everyone involved is dedicated to the well being of each and every animal. I sure hope the Humane Society wins the Extreme makeover or continues to receive the support from our community to continue to grow.

    Pros

    Takes care of each and every animal with love and compassion

    Cons

    Sometimes has to turn animals away for lack of space.

  • 88. Staff and Pet Care

    by: LeslieanneS

    This has to be the best shelter that I've ever been to/volunteered for!The staff is very knowledgeable and if they can't get an answer...they'll search till they do. Wonderful people to be around, compassionate and truly care for all animal kind!Animals are always lively and well taken care of! Nature Coast Rocks!

    Pros

    wonderful enviroment

    Cons

    None

  • 89. Go Humane Society

    by: ponygirl101

    This shelter does so much! The people that work here love all the animals, you can tell it when you are around them and the animals love them. It is sad when they want to bring more animals into the shelter to save them, but they don't have enough room. They are trying to raise money for a bigger shelter, but I hope they win this makeover because that would really help them and help the animals.

    Pros

    They help save many lives

    Cons

    NO

  • 90. Humane Society of the nature Coast is the Best!

    by: timemachine100

    This is the best shelter ever! All the people their are very nice and love the animals and do everything they can for the animals.They need to win this makeover so they can save more animals lives.

    Pros

    Best staff and volunteers

    Cons

    none

  • 91. Amazing people

    by: crazydog299

    This organization is wonderful. They help you find the pet your looking for and everything you need for that animal. I will be so happy if this shelter wins. So fi your new to this webstie pleas vote for Humane Society of Nature Coast, Inc.

    Pros

    Helpful

    Cons

    Nothing

  • 92. They put adoption first

    by: pah210

    Nature Coase HS has a good reputation for putting the pets welfare at the top of their priority list.

    Pros

    Their top priority is loving homes

    Cons

    There are not enough loving homes out there!

  • 93. This place is great

    by: farie703

    I just got two new cats from here and i love them. They are clean and you can tell they love all of their animals and care for them a lot.I was just going to get 1 and then we ended up with two. Anyways I just wanted to say These People Are Great!

    Pros

    Clean,Friendly,Caring

    Cons

    Nothing

  • 94. Great Staff!

    by: starstaxi

    We just went to look at cat for our daughter. The staff was very friendly and helpful. When we came in you could just tell that the staff cared about their animals. Well we went in looking for one cat and came home with two. We are very happy with our adopted cats. We are having so much fun with them. My daughter is even thinking about volunteering when she turns 13.

    Pros

    Friendly, Knowledgable,Clean,

    Cons

    None

  • 95. MARY PETER, DOG TRAINER

    by: Debiboz

    MARY IS THE BEST DOG TRAINER I HAVE EVER SEEN, SHE IS KIND AND PATIENT W/ ALL THE ANIMALS AND OWNERS ALSO.

    Pros

    JUST BEING MARY

    Cons

    NO CONS

  • 96. Nature Coast is PAWS above the Rest!

    by: livingstonj679

    Some of my pets became members of our family because they were strays that we took in. However, the majority of our pets over the past 50 years have come from animal shelters. I have visited many shelters and also volunteered in several of them. I can honestly say that I have never seen a more caring group of staff members and volunteers as the ones who help support and maintain The Humane Society of the Nature Coast, Inc. It would be mind-boggling to see what these people would do if they only had more space and could win the makeover! No other shelter, no matter how big or small, is more deserving than this one. The cats and dogs who temporarily reside there are loved and cared for, so much so in fact, that they might not even want to be adopted (lol!). I can just imagine them thinking to themselves: "hey, we've got it pretty good here, why should we ever leave!" If you're lucky enough to be selected as a forever family prospect by this facility, you can be guaranteed that you will take home a pet that will love you unconditionally and bring many years of comfort and joy into your lives. After, all, that's what the facility does for these pets, so why shouldn't they want to return the favor!

    Pros

    Caring Staff

    Cons

    Not Enough Space

  • 97. Great shelter

    by: mrspierson

    The shelter has definitely gotten better over the past 3 or 4 years. The staff is helpful and knowledgable, and Joanne and the board are always looking for ways to raise awareness of the shelter and find donations. My son, Dylan, volunteered there a few summers ago and really learned alot. We have 2 cats that we adopted from the shelter. One was very scared when we first brought him home, but have worked with him and loves getting attention. Thanks for all you do!

    Pros

    Great staff, truly dedicated to the welfare of animals

    Cons

    Not enough room

  • 98. Wonderful People

    by: evbodine

    These people have worked diigently, over many years, with an outdated facility where something is always in need of repair. They do an amazing job with what they have to work with. I attended their last Furball, Sept. 2009, and was thrilled to see the community support and the hard work of their Staff and Volunteers devote for the sake of homeless animals.

    Pros

    Love Animals

    Cons

    Not enough space

  • 99. best

    by: MirandaDOGs

    this is a great shelter, it is the best shelter EVER!!!!!! it needs some new cages and other stuff like that. but it should win for sure

    Pros

    yes

    Cons

    yes

  • 100. Outstanding

    by: KarRay

    The staff, volunteers and board are very proactive and are always striving to improve and make the shelter & facilties even more beneficial for the animals it shelters. I've never seen a not for profit make itself so well known and accessible in the community - always coming up with new and innovative ideas to not only make the community aware of their presence and the needs of the animals it houses, but also steps in to help out other not for profits, citizens or businesses. Great group of folks! I can only imagine what they'll be able to do with upgraded facilities!!!

    Pros

    Clean, friendly, eager

    Cons

    small

  • 101. Have not been there yet...

    by: BryanCahill

    I have not been there yet, but friends say these are awesome people.

    Pros

    ?

    Cons

    ?

  • 102. They Need ZOOTOO Makeover

    by: pumpkinandcupcake

    This is a very impressive organization. I am surprised at how much they accomplish with so little to work with in the way of space and ammenities. Everyone there seems to be on the same page and are devoted to the animals in their keeping.

    Pros

    Very professional organization who are well informed on animal welfare. Their compassion for the animals there is very apparent.

    Cons

    They need renovations desperately and need to expand.

  • 103. Homeless Animal Haven

    by: pmk

    The Humane Society of the Nature COast has long been my favorite. Especially, in these tough economic times, we all just do NOT have much Extra to give to charities. I have found where I too am in this position and I needed to choose just 1 charity to support - I PROUDLY support the Shelter/Animals, Staff, Volunteers here in Brooksville, Florida. Their reputation is "stellar".

    Pros

    No Politics - No Egos

    Cons

    Facility sorely needs updated

  • 104. Great Shelter

    by: themsdad

    This is an organization of dedicated people, none of whom are there to get rich. The staff is very knowledgeable and the volunteers try to be as helpful as possible. When a pet gets a forever home the staff and volunteers have been known to shed happy tears when the pet leaves. They are always working on improving the shelter and have made great progress over the years. They truly deserve to win this make over.

    Pros

    Helpful

    Cons

    Always crowded

  • 105. This is such a happy place

    by: phneccowafers

    I have never seen such passionate and loving people work like this well-oiled team does. They know their animals and everything about them. They helped me understand my cat and why she was behaving the way she did. I now know how to better meet her needs. She is happier and so am I. I would never part with my PussPuss, but if I was forced to this is where I would take her.

    Pros

    Happy animals, happy people. Very clean and cheerful.

    Cons

    Too small for this area

  • 106. GREAT PLACE FOR HOMELESS ANIMALS

    by: shsailorman

    If I could give this shelter a 10, I would! They have turned an almost bankrupt and run down facility into something we can be proud of. I admit that there needs to be renovations, but you can only do your best with what you're given. They have made some dramatic changes over the past few years. I am glad I could help them with some of these changes. As a former builder I know what it takes and what it costs to do all that is needed. I have met with Joanne on several occasions and toured the shelter over the years to see this shelter grow and develop innovative programs to help people as well as animals. I am so happy to see that they are working so hard to win this contest. They sure deserve it and so do the homeless animals they rescue. What a wonderful opportunity this is for them. I urge everyone to pitch in and help with this campaign. They've got my vote.

    Pros

    Healthy and Happy Animals. Clean. Caring and Compassionate Staff.

    Cons

    Very Old and In Need of a New Building

  • 107. What a Wonderful Place

    by: 101andcounting

    I have lived in Florida for over 25 years and have watched the Humane Society grow. It used to be that no one even knew it was there. Now they are doing such a good job promoting the animals there that everyone knows who they are. In the past few years the Humane Society has gone through a big change. The cat house went from having all the cats in cages to letting them live free in a remodelled building. The building is still very old but they really fixed it up. I hated it see the cats in cages. They are much happier now. The kennels are really old and need to be replace, but they are kept so clean and it was redone with new heat and plumbing work. They built a nice new fence and animals aren't thrown over like they used to be. The last time I was there they had a new sidewalk. I am really glad for that because I am older and it is easier for me to walk now. Most of all I like the people there. You can see how hard they work to take care of the animals. The last time I was there a dog got adopted and everyone was crying they we so happy for the little dog. You would have thought they were giving up their own dog. You can tell they love them. I hope they win the makeover.

    Pros

    Very loving and devoted staff and volunteers. Spotless.

    Cons

    Old deteriorating buildings that need a makeover

  • 108. Care about their pets

    by: AlicieLee

    I have several "throw away dogs". My daughter recently went to the shelter to adopt a acat. Well, a Dog out in the kennels "spoke" to her husband and they took home a Beagle Mix Dog instead. The people at the Humane Sociwety were more interested in making sure this pup had the "right" home rather than just another adoption. Dennis actually walked the dog all the way to their car - did not just hand them the leash and say bye. He wanted to make sure the dog was not traumatized by his quick exit. My daughter first thought this was unusual and then realized it was ALL ABOUT THE DOG. These people love their homeless animals and only want what is best for them. Thank you Dennis and your Staff for making sure that Beagle Mix pup found the "Right Home".

    Pros

    Take their job Seriously

    Cons

    None

  • 109. Loving Shelter & Staff

    by: RayC

    I adopted my Peppy about 2 years ago. These people are the greatest. Their community efforts and dedication are beyond reproach. Each and every one of them from the ED, Manager, Staff and Volunteers

    Pros

    Love the Animals

    Cons

    None

  • 110. Great place

    by: djudkins2

    The Humane Society of the Nature Coast is a wonderfrl place for abandoned dogs and cats. The people there are very caring and they love the animals that they care for. The place is old but it is clean. I really hope they can win the Zootoo contest so that they can enlarge the place and be able to take in more strays.

    Pros

    caring place

    Cons

    too small

  • 111. It takes Heart!

    by: 9dogmom

    I have been working with Stillwater dog training for over two months now. Every time I come into the shelter I am always greeted with a smile. The trainer helps the dogs with obedience and manners so they can enter their new life with tons of hope. The humane society of the nature coast also tries to promote their dogs in any way they can. One day I was there they had a tv crew, they were promoting adoption over the holidays. In this area there are not very many rescues so it is nice to know that we have the nature coast. This shelter deserves this make over.

    Pros

    Room to run, friendly staff, training

    Cons

    Long drive from my home

  • 112. Visited there

    by: jeansponheim

    Overall, impressed with the place. Joanne S. is just great!

    Pros

    Very nicely set up

    Cons

    One volunteer was having a bad day that day

  • 113. Lovely Shelter

    by: KarenPucket

    They have made a lot of improvements over the years. You can tell just when you drive by. I hope you win.

    Pros

    Improvements

    Cons

    no

  • 114. I hope you win

    by: SharonCarl

    I really hope youwin. I have been to your shelter before I I think it is great. It would be better if it wasn't needed, but the animals are lucky they have you.

    Pros

    .

    Cons

    .

  • 115. Great shelter

    by: BillParker

    Very deserving shelter. Real good people there.

    Pros

    All

    Cons

    None

  • 116. Great place

    by: SeanJames

    Great place with great people. They really care for the pets.

    Pros

    all

    Cons

    none

  • 117. They are the greatest

    by: PollyB

    These people are the greatest. They work real hard for these animals!

    Pros

    Everything

    Cons

    Nothing

  • 118. Loving staff

    by: pakelso

    I first visited the Humane Society in 1968, what great improvements have been made since then. Their kennel space is still inadequate, for our communities needs, that is why they need your help.

    Pros

    Dedication

    Cons

    Need more kennel space

  • 119. The Best

    by: MTC

    These people are the BEST. If you don't believe me go check it out for yourselves. Keep Up the great work.

    Pros

    These people are the Best

    Cons

    More people need to know these people are the Best

  • 120. Great Shelter

    by: animallover32

    We were interested in adopting a puppy that would become a larger dog. We visited the Humane society in Brooksville on Mobley Road and found a litter of Shepard Chow mix puppies that we fell in love with. The staff was very professional and interviewed us to make sure that their shelter dog would go to a prepared and qualified home. During the interview they educated us on what to expect from our puppy and about our responsibilities to our new puppy. After finding out that we have another full grown dog at home, they set up a meet and greet at the shelter between our dog and the new puppy. This went over very well and helped our dog get used to the puppy before bringing him home. All of the care and dedication that went into our adoption is what I would expect from the best shelters that want their adopted pets to go to qualified homes that will successfully integrate their new pets into their families.

    Pros

    Excellent Staff and Volunteers

    Cons

    N/A

  • 121. Tireless Dedication

    by: AliHumphreys

    We adopted WARWICK from here 8 months ago, we shopped around town first, but soon knew we were going to find our pet here at The Humane Society of The Nature Coast. Our lives have never been the same since :) Thank You for EVERYTHING you do.

    Pros

    The VERY Best caring & knowledgeable staff

    Cons

    Not enough people adopting animals

  • 122. Proud to have Hum~Soc of Nature Coast in our community!

    by: mrarmadillo

    I'm so glad that we have our local Humane Society to help local animals in need. We are especially impressed with the young people involved in this cause. In particular, I was so glad to meet Tralynn. What an incredible role model for other young people! Keep on keeping on, girlfriend! I urge our community to do their part by atleast purchasing a beverage from the Humane Society's traveling 'cafe'. They make the best drinks!

    Pros

    Love the volunteers!

    Cons

    what cons?

  • 123. Another Try

    by: abois

    We adopted our current dog from this shelter 8yrs ago. He had been returned to the shelter by 2 other families as a mischievous 5mo old pup. They stressed the fact that he was a pup and would grow to be a large dog and were we prepared for this, as they really needed him to have a home where he could thrive. They were concerned about his well being and for this we are thankful. Ollie has been a great dog and we can't imagin life without him. Thanks to the staff at The Humane Society of the Nature Coast, we were prepared for the type and nature of our new pet. We have also, used them for other pets in the past and have always found them helpful and informative about the animal and what to expect. They have always put the animal first in making sure the home was right for the pet, not just a way out of the shelter. Thank you Humane Society of the Nature Coast!

    Pros

    Caring knowledge staff put animal first

    Cons

    limited resources and space

  • 124. An asset to our community

    by: SteveU

    One visit to the Humane Society of the Nature Coast will convince you that the staff and volunteers are dedicated to serving the needs of the homeless pets in our community. They make you feel welcome and work hard to make the best matches between families and pets. The facility is spotless and even though it is very old, they have gone to great lengths to make it look and feel cheerful. Kudos to everyone involved.

    Pros

    Boundless enthusiasm

    Cons

    None other than they need a newer larger facility

  • 125. Great people who truly love animals

    by: culbright

    The staff at this shelter are very knowledgeable and caring. I would challenge anyone to find a cleaner facility. And when it comes to customer service, the staff and volunteers here are tops! They know what they are doing and do it with a smile.

    Pros

    Too many to list

    Cons

    None that I can name

  • 126. Wonderful people

    by: dixiedanziger

    My pal Wolfie came from this shelter several years ago. He had been a long-term resident at this no-kill shelter - lucky for me, and him. The people at this shelter are some of the most caring that could be. The shelter is very clean and cheerful. They seem to try very hard to make good matches between people and pets.

    Pros

    So many improvements in recent years

    Cons

    Need more space

  • 127. Saving Animals is there number one goal!!!

    by: skylermerricksmom

    There are no words to describe what a great organization this is! Every single person involved are in it for all the right reasons. I have never witnessed in all my life the level of commitment that all the staff have toward the shelter, and we could not ask for better volunteers! The animals are looked after with the utmost care and are loved from the second they walk on that property, but the love never stops. Everyone involved has the same goal: find a loving and forever home for them... My only wish would be that The Humane Society of the Nature Coast could have the facilities they dream of in order to save many many more animals!

    Pros

    Unconditionally caring staff!

    Cons

    NONE

  • 128. Need more space!

    by: Roscosdad

    I believe that most folks who are involved in this service industry are hard-working and dedicated to the welfare of pets but the people at The Humane Society of the Nature Coast go above and beyond every day to serve the needs of the homeless pets in our community. They are dedicated foremost to the pets but they also reach out to the community in ways to help educate in order to curb cruelty and control the population. The facility is old but the staff and volunteers work hard to keep it clean, safe, and cheerful. They spend time with the animals to ensure they get enough exercise and companionship, so vital to keeping them healthy and getting them ready for their new forever homes. These folks are tops! They deserve a makeover so they can expand their efforts and save more lives.

    Pros

    Great staff and volunteers

    Cons

    Too small to serve the community needs

  • 129. Nice place

    by: sunnyhoney

    I was just there looking for a new member for my family. It was very very clean, the staff is very helpful. the Kitty Palace was every nice. I know I have to choose between 2. Which one will it be???? All the animals there looked like they are well taken care of, Fed, cleaned, and loved.

    Pros

    easy to find. & lots of parking.

    Cons

    None that I could see

  • 130. Yes we can

    by: Schoch

    No shelter can exist for long without the time, love and dedication of their volunteers and the Humane Society of the Nature Coast is blessed with so many who share the hard work, the sadness and the extreme joy of of seeing one of ours go home, because no matter how much love and affection the shelter can give they are so much better in a loving home. No shelter can exists without the financial support of the community of which they serve and the Humane Society of the Nature Coast is blessed with those who appreciate the work being done there. With their donations of supplies and money they continue to carry the shelter through difficult times. No shelter can exist without the care and devotion of its' staff, not just those who say they love animals but those who in their action show it every day and the Humane Society of the Nature Coast is blessed with a small but dedicated staff who know no bounds when it comes to those in their care. VOLUNTEERS - DONORS - STAFF a group effort dedicated to saving lives now coming together to grow and save even more.

    Pros

    Those that care

    Cons

    space limitations and having to decide who comes in and who doesn't

  • 131. Brooksville Humane Society

    by: RenateBauer

    This shelter has become a model of what shelters should be - well run, clean, cooperating with other rescues to get as many animals into forever homes as possible. I've never seen people work so hard to place animals in good homes as the folks at the Humane Society of the Nature Coast in Brooksville do. I hope they are soon able to expand to help even more animals, so none have to go to kill shelters any more.

    Pros

    A wonderful, caring group of people helping dogs and cats

    Cons

    Not enough room for all the animals in need - but working on espanding

  • 132. Staff and Volunteers

    by: PegsPups

    The staff and volunteers are terrific! A wonderful group of people.

    Pros

    Hard working staff

    Cons

    Facility is outdated and small

  • 133. need help changing my profile to this as my shelter of choice and there is no place to do that any suggestions????

    by: maronie47

    I picked the wrong shelter when I signed up and cannot change it can some one show me how to do it. thanks Amelia I want this shelter to be my shelter of choice thanks

    Pros

    great place

    Cons

    none

  • 134. Big hearts!!

    by: treeves57

    This shelter is the little engine that could! The staff and volunteers at this shelter produce daily miracles in how much they get done with so little. The facility is squeaky clean, the animals are happy and healthy, and the staff and volunteers are truly dedicated to making a difference in the lives of both pets and people in our community.

    Pros

    Dedicated Professional Staff

    Cons

    Not enough space to save them all

  • 135. Well-run Facility

    by: KathiJ

    I have volunteered at 4 different shelters in the past twenty years. I was very impressed by the Humane Society's clean facility and the caring, knowledgeable staff. They are a very welcoming group of people. They have a wonderfully talented trainer who works with the dogs. What luck!

    Pros

    knowledgeable staff, extremely clean & welcoming staff

    Cons

    haven't noticed any cons

  • 136. Great place and Staff

    by: NeverEndingSupport

    My "cons" of too many animals is there are too many to choose from...can't take them all.\r\n\r\nThey have done a lot to the Humane Society. They have really cleaned up the place, and the animals are well taken care of.\r\n\r\nGreat place to go if you are looking for a pet!

    Pros

    Staff

    Cons

    Too many animals

  • 137. Wonderful caring & loving

    by: dandyb

    I have been volunteering for about two months now, and now trying my hand at fostering. (time will tell) Everyone at the Humane Society of the Nature Coast is very loving and caring.\r\n\r\nAnd my Pumpkin says mew, mew, mew. Otherwards all the forever pets need a great loving place just like I have

    Pros

    Enough love to cover more then the Nature Coast

    Cons

    None that I can see

  • 138. Loving and Dedicated People

    by: ArthurCurtis

    It started about 5 years ago when I saw a picture in the newspaper of the Humane Society Executive Director at an outisde sink and a long list ofitems in disrepair. I telephoned the ED, said "I can fix that" and I have become an advocate of this facility ever since. Their dedication and love for the animals is selfless. Each Staff Person and Volunteer has my admiration and respect.

    Pros

    Safe Haven for Homeless Pets

    Cons

    Not enough kennel space

  • 139. The BEST Shelter

    by: parakeetstudios

    This may be the cleanest, nicest, smartest shelter in all of Florida. All the people there are nice. Unlike other shelter that only give them food and water, The Humaine Society actually takes care of them and plays with them...They are GREAT!

    Pros

    :D

    Cons

    :D

  • 140. great cat room

    by: jimmkol

    what a great cat room they have. had to peel my wife out of the room after visiting with 75% of the cats. very clean, and allow as much time to visit as needed.

    Pros

    great people, great service, not pushy on adoptions

    Cons

    none

  • 141. What a truly deticated group of people

    by: PVCGuy

    I am the president of a non-profit organization that has been working to help Humane Society of the Nature Coast for several years with donations of supplies and funds to help this very deserving organization care for the many pets that are in need. The staff of Nature Coast are top notch and are truly concerned about the pet population in their surrounding area. If they would get a much needed make over, it would give them more space and enable them to take and care for, more animals in need of care and adoption.

    Pros

    The staff are truly concerned about the well being of animals and finding a loving home for stray and unwanted dogs & cats.

    Cons

    They have a run out of space to keep and care for all the animals that are in need of help.

  • 142. The wonderful people at the Humane Society of the Nature Coast

    by: cinderellaisland

    The staff at the Humane Society of nature coast were amazing when we went to adopt Brutus. They were all very friendly and knowledgeable. The whole facility was very clean. I couldn't beilieve how the kitty cottage didn't even smell like cats! amazing. They deserve this makeover.

    Pros

    The staff

    Cons

    none!

  • 143. THE BEST PLACE FROM WHICH TO ADOPT

    by: msmh10

    How do I begin? This has got to be the greatest shelter in Central Florida if not all of Florida. It's clean, open and even smells good. All the cats and dogs are well fed and attention is paid to each and every one. They definitely are not treated as animals.\r\n\r\nThe staff is extremely knowledgeable and are very conscientious when a potential adopter visits. They don't just get rid of the animals but each one goes to a "forever" home and some come back just to visit and let the staff know how they are doing. You can see the joy in every adopted animals face.\r\n\r\nHow do I know? I have 18 adopted cats and, now with Cramer adopted today, that makes 19. Enough said!\r\n\r\nBack stories on each cat to come. \r\n\r\nThanks for your time,\r\nmsmh10\r\n\r\nPlease come visit our shelter. You too can find a friend for life.\r\n\r\n

    Pros

    Everyone and everything

    Cons

    Shortness of money to expand

  • 144. Helping the community

    by: enorman

    When people in the area are in a bind financially and can not afford food for their animals The Humane Society of the Nature Coast provides them with food for their pets until they get back on their feet.

    Pros

    Ready to help

    Cons

    Not enough room

  • 145. No-Time-Limit Shelter Needs More Space!

    by: WHPiersonJr

    The Humane Society of the Nature Coast has been around for a long time (since 1964), providing a home for those pets needlessly thrown to the streets. The caring and dedicated staff spend a great deal of time, effort, and resources making sure each pet receives the attention he/she deserves. Keep in mind that they are not funded by any local, city, or state entities; all monies to pay for everything are through donations from generous pet lovers and occasional pet-related grants. This is through good times, and most recently - the bad times. The dedication and resourcefulness really shine through to make a donation-driven-only shelter operate so well.\n\nThe problem is - our county has grown exponentially over the years. The shelter has made improvements when possible; however they (and our homeless pets) would greatly benefit from a larger, more state-of-the-art facility.\n\nThey attempt to do a great deal of education on spay/neuter, yet between the SPCA, Humane Society, and our local Animal Services, there are occasions where pets have to be turned away due to overcrowding. Too often, pets are euthanized, which should never be an option. Luckily the Humane Society is a no-term-limit shelter, so they'll always have a home until they find the right humans.\n\nWhile it's awe-inspiring to know that some shelter - somewhere - will get this makeover, and the local homeless animals will be the ultimate beneficiaries - it would be awesome to see such a great organization, the Humane Society of the Nature Coast, receive such an amazing gift. It would undoubtedly be whole-heartedly appreciated and put to good use, not only for now - but for generations to come.\n

    Pros

    Very caring and dedicated staff; community participation and education; tireless dedication to animal welfare.

    Cons

    Our county has grown tremendously in population, yet the shelter has not.

  • 146. Shelters

    by: zookeeper99

    Humane Society of Nature Coast has an awesome, friendly, knowledgeble staff. There is an obedience trainer/behavioralist onsite. The shelter is almost always full, which stinks if your an unlove critter winding up there, but great if you are looking for a new pet.

    Pros

    Clean. Friendly, knowledgeble staff. Onsite training.

    Cons

    An animal you are interested in can sometimes be adopted by the time you get there.

  • 147. Shelter

    by: sheltiemagnet

    The Humane Society of the Nature Coast is a small, friendly place. The animals are clean and well cared for. They are even giving obedience training to many of their pets in an effort to help them find a home! Way to go!!

    Pros

    A very pet friendly place!

    Cons

    Too small. There are too many pets that need homes, Would like to see the shelter bigger!!

  • 148. Most Deserving Temporary Animal Home

    by: Broker

    The Humane Society of the Nature Coast is probably the most dedicated to the health, happiness, and hope for the animals of any shelter that I have ever seen. Joann Schoch and her staff are truly giving from their hearts. They always go above and beyond to try to do their best to help any animal. But, with their limited space, the number of animals they can help is limited. In the economic downturn, they have been inundated with animals that people just can't afford to keep. The staff must turn away many animals due to space constraints. It breaks their heart when that happens because that animal may not have a pleasant future. By encouraging foster homes, they have been able to help a few more, but those aren't always availble. The Humane Society of the Nature Coast truly needs more space and they have worked hard to try to make that happen. But, they need more help. Please give them your vote.

    Pros

    Aminals recieve love, respect, and hope

    Cons

    Shelter way too small and inadequate

  • 149. A wonderful group of people at the Humane Society of the Nature Coast

    by: Montysmom

    I really don't think there is a more deserving facility to receive the makeover. The staff and volunteers truly love the animals and take such good care of them. The facility desperately could us a makeover. This is a no kill shelter. Pets are not just handed over to would be owners, the whole family and family pets have to do a meet and great to make sure it is a good fit for the Humane Society's babies and for the prospective family. \r\nThe dogs are walked and played with by volunteers on a daily basis and the cats have an air-conditioned building and screened in facility connected to it if they want to go out. Volunteers also play with the cats on a daily basis.\r\nThe only funding they received is from donations in the community.\r\nI feel proud to say I am a volunteer at the Humane Society of the Nature Coast.\r\nJoanne and Dennis have done an extraordinary job with the facility and keep working like the energizer bunny to make it the best it can be.\r\nNinety five percent of the animals who come to the shelter are adopted and some stay as long as it takes to find the right owner.\r\n

    Pros

    The care is excellent, the staff and volunteers are loving and take wonderful care of the animals on a shoestring. They are a no kill shelter.

    Cons

    The facilty needs updating in a bad way, they rely strickly on donations from the community to keep the Shelter going. But is this really a con or a pro because anyone associated with the Humane Society is dedicated and gives 100%, I am vounteer and love working with the people and especially the dogs and cats.

  • 150. Humane Society (Brooksville, FL)

    by: pattimichele

    The Staff are loyal and true animal lovers that do the very best job they can with the facility and funds they have to work with.

    Pros

    Dedicated Staff & Volunteers

    Cons

    More space & updated facility

  • 151. Aloving Shelter!

    by: familyrealtor

    We thought they were great!Joanne loves her babies all of them at the shelter!!!\r\nJoanne & Patrick LaPhan

    Pros

    The Best

    Cons

    A Little Small on living quarters

  • 152. This is a very caring shelter

    by: grannygoodwitchfl

    This shelter has grown over the years and is now in dire need of more space. The adoption rate is high, with a low return rate, which indicates that the staff is very careful placing pets in homes. They want to be sure it is the right home for both the pet and the humans involved. This shelter also works very closely with the community, the local animal services and other pet rescue agencies. Twice a month they have other pet rescue organizations on site with their pets available for adoption. They also have a food bank program that allows needy familes to keep their pets at home by providing food through a voucher progam with other relief organizations in the community. Community eduction is very important at this shelter, and there is a wonderful dog training school on site. This school offers reduced fees for animals adopted from the shelter, and also is working on a program to have every shelter dog at least basic obedience trained.

    Pros

    They go out of their way to help you and answer questions

    Cons

    There is not enough room for all the animals needing shelter

  • 153. They need homes too

    by: tmblilly

    They take in as many animals as possible but there still isn't enough room. They have been around for many years and have grown quite a bit but still need to grow more. There love for the animals is very strong. They just need more room for the ones they can't reach out and take.\r\n

    Pros

    They treat there animals with kindness and respect

    Cons

    There isn't enough room whitch is why they need the makeover

  • 154. Very dedicated and hardworking people need help and support! Donate all you can.

    by: sumole

    Come on people of Hernando County. These folks are saving the lives of your pets. Please help them out as much as you can!

    Pros

    Some of the most dedicated people you would ever want in your community helping as many pets as possible.

    Cons

    Desperately needs a new shelter, room for more pets and lots of donations.