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THE SUNCOAST HUMANE SOCIETY ANNOUNCED THAT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THEIR FORTY YEAR HISTORY THEY CANNOT AFFORD TO TAKE IN EVERY ANIMAL THAT’S BROUGHT TO THEIR ENGLEWOOD CENTER.  THEY SAY A LACK OF NEEDED FUNDING IS FORCING THEM TO MAKE SERIOUS REDUCTIONS IN THEIR SERVICES AND PROGRAMS, WHICH NOW INCLUDES ACCEPTING ANIMALS FROM SARASOTA AND CHARLOTTE COUNTIES ONLY.  EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PHIL SNYDER SAID THEY ARE IN A DESPERATE SITUATION CAUSED BY A REDUCTION IN DONATIONS, INCLUDING WILLS AND BEQUESTS DUE TO THE ECONOMY.  ADOPTION FEES HAVE BEEN INCREASED BY 15% WHICH SNYDER SAYS ARE NEEDED JUST TO KEEP THE DOORS OPEN.  THEY’VE CUT TIES WITH LOCAL ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICES TO TRY AND DEFRAY COSTS, AND SNYDER SAYS THEY COULD BE DOING AWAY WITH SPAYING AND NEUTERING PROGRAMS THEY OFFER IF THINGS DON’T IMPROVE.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP THE SUNCOAST HUMANE SOCIETY, GIVE THEM A CALL AT 474-7884, OR GO TO THEIR WEBSITE AT WWW.HUMANE.ORG.