Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County celebrates cat milestone at Villages PetSmart

The Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County is celebrating a monumental occasion.

In just six months of showcasing adoptable cats and kittens at the PetSmart located on Wedgewood Lane in The Villages, the organization has adopted out 100 cats.

It was an event similar in surprise fashion to grocery stores celebrating their 100th shopper at the checkout line. It happened this past Wednesday when Risa Lax came to pick up her two newly adopted cats, Socks (#99) and Bianca (#100).

Lax soon learned of the even greater reason to celebrate the day when PetSmart Managers and HS/SPCA Adoption volunteers surprised her with a special gift basket and feline goodies for both her new furry family additions, in honor of reaching that 100th adoption mark.

“It’s a privilege to have our beautiful cats and kittens showcased at PetSmart, where they can socialize with each other, as well as their interested adopters,” said Joseph Sprague, HS/SPCA executive director. “The opportunity to be a PetSmart Adoption Partner and feature our animals simply saves more lives and that is key to HS/SPCA’s mission.”

Sprague said off-site venues beyond the organization’s shelter allow the public to meet volunteers who can answer questions. And it gives prospective adopters the opportunity to interact with the featured felines and learn more about HS/SPCA and how the community can make a difference, he said.

All told, Sprague added, the HS/SPCA has a team of about 20 dedicated volunteers who receive applications and keep the cat housing area clean and enriched twice each day.

The no-kill shelter’s animals come with a wide range of background stories, some of which the shelter may know and some that remain a mystery. Socks (#99) is a five-month-old Maine Coon mix who had to be regretfully turned in by her owners, as they could no longer care for her. Bianca (#100) was a two-week-old orphaned kitten found with her littermates in poor conditions in a local construction site’s wood pile. The kittens were cared for by the Humane Society/SPCA until they became well and ready for adoption.

The Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, no-kill shelter that helps animals in need. Donations help to cover the cost of saving, treating and caring for neglected, abused and abandoned animals.

To learn more about the HS/SPCA, visit, call (352) 793-9117, check out Facebook or stop by the shelter, located at 994 County Road 529A in Lake Panasoffkee. The facility is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Kennel pet viewing is available Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Visitors always are welcome.