Suncoast cats jet off to new home in England

Little Girl and Binx settle in for their car ride to Fort Lauderdale on their way to their forever home in England. They will be flying in a climate controlled cargo area on a direct British Airways flight. Photo submitted by SHS

Little Girl and Binx settle in for their car ride to Fort Lauderdale on their way to their forever home in England. They will be flying in a climate controlled cargo area on a direct British Airways flight. Photo submitted by SHS

BY PHIL SNYDER, SUNCOAST HUMANE SOCIETY – Feline siblings Binx and Little Girl had been available for adoption at Suncoast Humane Society since November 2014. Earlier this month the adoption team at the Society’s Animal Care Center received a call from the United Kingdom. Brian Port reminded staff that he and his wife Jenny had visited and fallen in love with Binx and Little Girl in February. Before they could make the decision to adopt the cats, the Ports returned to England.

Since that time, the Ports have known via the Society’s website that Binx and Little Girl were still at Suncoast Humane Society and still awaiting their forever home. They could not stop thinking about the felines and finally called to inquire about adopting them.

The adoption interview was conducted and approved, and the Ports went to work planning the cats’ travel to their new home in England. Binx and Little Girl had already been microchipped and appropriately vaccinated; however, they had to stay in Suncoast Humane Society’s free roaming cattery for an additional 20 days, to comply with international travel laws applying to pets. This gave them plenty of time for socializing and learning the Queen’s English.

A pet transport company in Fort Lauderdale was contacted and arrangements were made with British Airways to carry the cats to their new family. Soon they will be living the easy life with a family that truly went that extra mile to get the pets they couldn’t live without.

Executive Director Phil Snyder stated, “We have experienced many heartwarming adoption stories and had a few long distance relationships. I remember one special situation where one of our dogs went to New York City. This, however, an adoption from England, is a first.” Check Suncoast Humane Society’s blog and Facebook page for the latest developments in Binx and Little Girl’s journey to England and their forever home.

For more information, contact Suncoast Humane Society at 474-7884, visit humane.org, or stop by their adoption center at 6781 San Casa Drive, Englewood.

Suncoast Humane Society has been serving animals and people since 1971. Founded as Englewood Animal Aid Society, the organization’s services and programs were soon challenged to meet the demands placed on them by the pet over-population crises.

Expansions to their facility in Englewood during the 1980s and 1990s helped the Society to more effectively provide for a growing service area. To reflect the changes, the organization became Suncoast Humane Society. Today their service area includes Charlotte County, most of Sarasota County, and the Boca Grande portion of Lee County, a total of over 450 square miles.