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SPCA Suncoast gets outpouring of public support

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NEW PORT RICHEY — After extensive water damage to its main building, SPCA Suncoast turned to the public for help.

The community has responded in spades to the appeal, according to Devlynn Saunders, shelter manager for the nonprofit organization.

“Everything got wet,” Saunders said Wednesday about the Sept. 12 water main break emergency at the SPCA complex.

Flooding ruined most of the pet food stored at the building. Within a week, residents had donated about half a ton of replacement dog and cat food, Saunders estimated.

New Port Richey-based Gladiator Construction Group donated drywall and other materials. Its employees also contributed their time to install drywall, tile and other repairs to the building.

ProSource Wholesale Floor coverings of Port Richey donated the tile.

Garbage bags, cat litter and copy paper remain items in short supply at SPCA Suncoast, Saunders said.

Gail Fawcett, SPCA Suncoast board president, stressed in a press release that the shelter kept operating during repairs. No animals or staff members were hurt during the emergency.

Before the repair work got underway, ultraviolet lights and heavy-duty fans were brought in to prevent mold and mildew from forming.

The food supply for SPCA’s Animeals program was a total loss. The program provides pet food to qualified families in need who aren’t able to provide food for their own pets. These families might otherwise need to relinquish their pets because they cannot afford to feed them.

To contribute, visit the shelter at 7734 Congress St., go online to the website at www.spcasuncoast.org or email Kellyann Payne at kellyannp@yahoo.com.

The SPCA Suncoast has been protecting and caring for animals in need since 1964. As a nonprofit organization, the SPCA Suncoast relies solely on the donations and support of the community.

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