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Over 45 Animals Recovered in Emergency Rescue Needing Help

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altA South Sumter family had contacted the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County mid-July for emergency assistance in their large "collection" of stray dogs & cats. The family's intention was to take them in trying to provide them a safe home. Upon arrival Tuesday, July 12th, with Sumter DART Logistics disaster recovery equipment in tow, our trained volunteers & Animal Cruelty Investigator Sheri Evans recovered a multitude of animals scattered throughout the property.

Over 25 adult cats plus kittens from a stiflingly hot shed as well as 15 adult large breed dogs & five newborn puppies were in dilapidated chain link pens. The animals were initially being provided care such as necessary neutering & heartworm treatment but with the family's health deteriorating, the costs of these animals quickly became too much to bear prompting them to contact us for help. Severe storms caused flooding, downed trees and crushed structures throughout the property. Under heavy overgrowth, widespread debris, wet conditions & mosquito infestation, the challenge began with the Society’s team of volunteers gathering as many animals as possible in hopes of providing the animals a new chance at a better life. While they were being prepared for transfer, another team of volunteers prepared an emergency temporary shelter filled with bedded crates, food, clean water & medical supplies in an undisclosed secure location.

After emergency veterinary care & testing were performed well into the night, half of the dogs were found to be heartworm positive. Fortunately all but one of the many cats were found to be negative for any contagious diseases. Not that any emergency comes at a good time but summer is the HS/SPCA’s "poorest" season as many of their supporters may not be local to help. The HS/SPCA of Sumter is reaching out with hopes that the community will be able to help with dog/cat food, crates/outdoor kennels & monetary donations. Please send your donations to the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County, Inc., PO Box 67, Lake Panasoffkee, FL 33538, donate safely online or call 352-793-9117 to find out ways to donate. A video of the rescue is available at http://www.hsspca.org/videotest.asp. Your contribution to our Society directly helps suffering animals in your community get a second chance!


Summer Picnics for Lake Cares Food Pantry

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Dining in the Dark

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Served in total darkness, the first annual Dining in the Dark for New Vision event will be a unique expedition in to a world of smell, taste, sound and texture.  The dinner is designed to raise awareness and funds for New Vision for Independence, a local non-profit agency that provides rehabilitation, community education, and support services for people with blindness or low vision.  Without vision, information from our other senses becomes more noticeable and conversation becomes more intimate.  For those who are blind, this is a chance for friends and family to experience for a few short hours what those who are blind live with every day.

Held at Lake-Sumter Community College on Friday, June 3rd, the evening will begin at 6 p.m. in the Magnolia Room with an explanation of the events for the evening and a silent auction. Salad, entrée, and desert will be served in the adjoining gym at 7 p.m. The lights will be turned off and volunteers from the Lake County Sheriff’s SWAT team will serve the entrée.  A keynote address will be presented by Joyce Hildreth, Director of the Florida Division of Blind Services.  At the end of the evening a Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Mr. Ronald Paladini, who lost his vision as a young adult but overcame all obstacles and has led an active and full life, inspiring many with his independence and successes.

Harper Family Charitable Foundation is the presenting sponsor for Dining in the Dark.  The event is open to everyone.  In addition to giving everyone a whole new way to think about darkness, vision, and the power of perception, New Vision’s goal is to raise $10,000 to provide rehabilitation training and instruction to adults and young children in Lake and Sumter counties.

Please call for reservations.  Individual tickets for general seating are available for $35, or a private table for eight may be reserved for $300.  Tickets or tables may be purchased by calling New Vision at 352-435-5040.


Walmart is Helping Feed Children in South Lake

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There are over 2,000 Homeless Children in Lake County. Homeless Children are children that live in cars, motels or with another relative or person other than their immediate family. Some of these children eat at school and that is the only time. Where do the children go during this upcoming spring break, March 19-27?

You can help.
Help pass the word that Walmart located at 1450 Johns Lake Road in Clermont, FL has committed to providing 1,000 bags of food to feed the child in South Lake.

Inside this Walmart, they have a table in the center of the store in back of the registers.  You can buy a bag that will feed the children
You can donate food by bringing your donations to either one of the entrance/exit doors or the Customer Service Desk anytime through Wednesday, March 16th.

Deadline is Wednesday, March 16th, PLEASE HELP THE KIDS.
Location is Walmart at 1450 Johns Lake Road in Clermont, FL off 27 Highway


Yard Sale to Benefit South Lake High Athletes

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GROVELAND — In this case, one man’s junk is a high school’s treasure.

On Saturday, April 2nd, the South Lake High School Athletic Department is hosting a community yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the school’s parking lot, located at 15600 Silver Eagle Road in Groveland.

“The great thing about this fundraiser is not only are we raising money for the South Lake High School Athletic Department, but each person that participates also gets to make money,” said Stephanie Tibbetts, Athletic Director at South Lake High.

Spots can be rented for $25 and are open to clubs, organizations and private individuals. Tables can also be rented for $5. Set up for the yard sale is 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. There are a limited number of tables and spots available. Reserve a spot or table by calling (352) 394-2100, ext. 5492 for Stephanie Tibbetts, ext. 5455 for Joey Wright or ext. 5447 for the Athletic Office.

“The South Lake Athletic Department will also be selling items, so even if someone doesn’t want to purchase a spot to sell items, they can donate items to us and we will sell them at our table,” she said.

A concessions stand serving breakfast & lunch and a car wash will be available at the yard sale in addition to shopping. Anything not sold at the South Lake High School Athletic Department table will be donated to a local charity.

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