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Sarasota, FL ~ Only a couple more weeks 'til Valentine's Day. If your response to that is "Ugh!," "Shut Up!." OR "Blech!." you've probably been lookin' for love in all the wrong places. We'd like to help you with that.

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Speaking as one who owns several tattered tees that bear messages like "The more I know people, the better I like my dog," I can guarantee you that the only place you're going to find true, unconditional love is at one of our shelters or rescue groups. That's where you get a lifelong love that adores you always, no matter how bad the hair day, how upset you are with your body, how long it's been since you've gotten a raise, or any of the other sore-spots that often challenge relationships.AND, if you're lucky enough to have a human Valentine in your life, visiting a shelter together in search of a new family member to add to your happy home is a great way to celebrate Valentine's Day!

The Wake County (NC) ASPC even a made a music video about this, and don't worry, Sarah McLaughlin is not singing it; in fact it's very upbeat and heartening, featuring (drumroll please) ABBA! AND you can take part in it too! Check it out.

If you have room in your heart, home, and budget to invite a forever friend into your life, Valentine's Day is a great time to do it. Here in SW Florida we have an abundance of great shelters and rescues (and even breed-specific rescue groups if you're picky about it)! Here are a few suggestions:

Animal Network, Inc
Bradenton, FL 34207
(941) 749-3067

Animal Rescue Coalition (ARC)
1408 State Street
Sarasota 34236
(941) 957-1955 ext. 4
Mon-Fri 8:30-5, Sat 9-12

Animal Welfare League
3519 Drance Street
Port Charlotte 33980
(941) 625-6720
Everyday 11-5

Bishop Animal Shelter SPCA of Manatee County
5718 21st Ave West
Bradenton 34209
(941) 792-2863
Mon, Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sat 9-4:30

Cat Depot
2542 17th Street
Sarasota 34234
(941) 366-2404
Mon-Fri 11-7, Sat-Sun 11-5

EARS Animal Rescue
145 West Dearborn Street
Englewood 34223
(941) 475-0636
Tue-Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4
Services Sarasota and Charlotte Counties

Gulf Shore Animal League
Bradenton, FL
(941)747-2284

Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch
7334 Trade Court
Sarasota 34240
(941) 361-1071
Wed, Thur, Fri 11-6, Sat-Sun 11-4

Humane Society of Manatee County
2515 14th Street West
Bradenton 34205
(941) 747-8808
Mon, Wed, Fri 11-5 Sat 10-5
Spay/Neuter Clinic Mon - Fri 8-5

Humane Society of Sarasota County, Inc
2331 15th Street
Sarasota 34237
(941) 955-4131
Tues-Fri 11-6, Sat 10-4

(Suncoast) Humane Society
Services Sarasota and Charlotte Counties
6781 San Casa Drive
Englewood 34224
(941) 474-7884
Tue-Fri 9-5, Sat 9-4

Manatee County Animal Services
305 25th Street West
Palmetto 34221
(941) 742-5933
Mon-Fri 8-5

Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue
4951 Lorraine Rd.
Bradenton 34211
(941) 302-0933
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun 12-4, Sat 10-4

St. Francis Animal Rescue
1925 S Tamiami Trail
Venice 34293
(941) 492-6200
Mon-Tues-Wed 1-5, Thurs. 4-7:30, Sat 11-5, Sun 12-4

Sarasota County Animal Services
8451 Bee Ridge Road
Sarasota 34241
(941) 861-9500
Mon-Fri 9-4:30, Sat 10-4:30, Sun 12-2

Sarasota in Defense of Animals (SDA)
P.O. Box 15653
Sarasota 34241
(941) 924-2505
Feral Cat Reservations: (941) 342-1575

Satchel’s Last Resort
Sarasota, FL
(941) 924-5070

UnderDog Rescue of Florida
PO Box 351
Bradenton, FL 34206
(941)746-WOOF

Venice Cat Coalition
Venice 34293
(941) 525-4568

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