Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Humane Society of the Nature Coast wins $10,000 in Zoo Too contest

BROOKSVILLE — The Humane Society of the Nature Coast didn't win the big bucks in Zoo Too's $1 million animal shelter makeover, but the shelter will receive $10,000 to help pay for needed improvements.

"There are no losers in this contest," said Nature Coast executive director Joanne Schoch. "This community and friends and relatives all over the country pitched in. To come in fourth in the U.S. is phenomenal."

About 2,300 shelters competed.

Central Missouri Humane Society tallied the most points in online voting among 10 finalists and will receive up to $1 million for a redo of its aging facility, according to Zoo Too chairman Richard Thompson.

The Missouri facility is in the university town of Columbia, where students rallied to the cause in a big way, Schoch noted. The second-place award of $50,000 went to a facility in Chico, Calif. The third-place winner, in Watertown, N.Y., will receive $25,000.

The feedback from Nature Coast's postings on the Web site, which promotes pet care and products, have buoyed the local society.

"We got an e-mail from an executive of another Top 10 finalist," Schoch said. "She was so impressed with what we did with so little, she split her votes between her own shelter and ours." The woman asked to remain anonymous.

Another out-of-state participant wrote that she was so impressed with the journals posted by Schoch and her husband, Dennis Schoch, manager of the local shelter, that she has pledged a monthly donation.

"We've had offers from across the country, from out of state, (saying) they will support us as a participating organization if we do this next year," Joanne Schoch added. "We definitely will.

"The kind of respect we've gathered across the country means a lot to us," said the director. "That's one of the highest compliments."

The $10,000 prize will go for building improvements and expansion plans, likely for architectural drawings or connections to municipal sewer and water services. Talks are under way with an engineer on the latter.

Schoch singled out Jeff Webb, former editor of editorials for the Hernando Times, and Vince Vanni, a public relations professional in Brooksville, for their contribution in getting the word out about the contest.

She also praised Christine Ryman and Bill Pierson of Computer Technology Solutions for their contributions, and Pasco-Hernando Community College for voting online.

"While we did not come in No. 1, we will find another way to make (upgrades and extension) happen," Schoch said. "We're going to get everybody together and make it happen. We're not quitters."

Beth Gray can be reached at graybethn@earthlink.net.

Humane Society of the Nature Coast wins $10,000 in Zoo Too contest 04/27/09 [Last modified: Monday, April 27, 2009 8:40pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Electricity poles and lines lay toppled on the road after Hurricane Maria hit the eastern region of the island, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, September 20, 2017. The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years destroyed hundreds of homes, knocked out power across the entire island and turned some streets into raging rivers in an onslaught that could plunge the U.S. territory deeper into financial crisis. [Associated Press]
  2. From the archives: Account of famed Riggs-King match heightens Tampa mob intrigue

    Tennis

    With Friday's opening of "Battle of the Sexes" — the movie starring Emma Stone and Steve Carrell about Billie Jean King's landmark 1973 tennis win over Bobby Riggs — we thought there might be renewed interest in this 2013 Peter Jamison story from the Tampa Bay Times.

    Emma Stone as Billie Jean King and Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs in "Battle of the Sexes."  [Melinda Sue Gordon, Fox Searchlight Pictures]
  3. Bowen: Humanitarian Roy Hardy raised hope, diminished hunger

    Obituaries

    The lines on Roy Hardy's resume are simple: retailer, rancher, amateur barbecue chef, recreational fisherman.

     Philanthropist Roy Hardy, shown here in 2007, stirs up the baked beans at a Kiwanis club charity fish fry. Mr. Hardy died Sept. 19 at the age of 93.



  4. Halloween Horror Nights: 'The Shining,' 'Saw' and more things to give you nightmares at Universal Orlando

    Blogs

    The 27th year of Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights will scare the pants off you -- in the best possible way.

    The scare zone inspired by horror flick Trick r' Treat is one of the most beautiful at this year's Halloween Horror Nights 27.
  5. 10th resident from sweltering Hollywood nursing home dies

    Public Safety

    A 10th person from the Hollywood nursing home that turned into a deadly hothouse after the facility lost power following Hurricane Irma has died, Hollywood police said.

    The Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills, 1200 N. 35th Ave. [EMILHY MICHOT | Miami Herald]