Adoption FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions for Adoptions

Humane Society of Tampa Bay *Hours
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
10:00am – 5:00pm 12:00 – 7:00pm 12:00 – 7:00pm 12:00 – 7:00pm 12:00 – 7:00pm 12:00 – 7:00pm 10:00am – 5:00pm
*Adoptions end 30 minutes before closing

All animals adopted from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay are spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccinations, and microchipped. A rabies tag is required for all pets adopted from HSTB (12 weeks and older) which is $20 in addition to the adoption fee.

What Does The Adoption Fee Cover?

Each HSTB adoptable has been vaccinated, health-checked, de-wormed, de-fleaed, microchipped, and spayed/neutered prior to placement. Pets who are four months of age or older receive a rabies vaccine. All dogs receive a DHLPP vaccine and are heartworm-tested at five months of age or older. All cats are tested for FeLv and cats 6 months of age and older are tested for FIV.

A checkup with a veterinarian is required within 30 days of placement in your home. It is important for a trusted veterinarian to setup your new pet’s account, perform a thorough evaluation, and determine if any additional vaccines are necessary for your pet’s protection. If you do not currently have a veterinarian, our AAHA accredited Animal Health Center offers affordable veterinary care to the public, 7 days a week. Call 813.870.3304 for an appointment!

Adoption Fees*
Puppies (4 months & under) $195 All Other Dogs $95
Kittens (4 months & under) $50 All Other Cats $25
Rabbits & Ferrets $50 All Other Pocket Pets $10
*Prices subject to change without notice
Why should you adopt a cat?
Click here to find out.

Are you ready to adopt a pet?
Come prepared by printing the paperwork and bringing the completed forms with you. You can print the Adoption Form by clicking here.

Need help deciding what kind of pet is right for you? Check out these online resources:

What else should you bring with you?

If you rent a house or apartment please provide paperwork that states it is ok for you to have a pet. If you are interested in adopting a dog and you already have a dog(s) at home you are encouraged to bring them with you for a meet and greet with the potential new family member. It is very important that your current pets are up to date on vaccinations and heartworm preventative. We ask that you please DO NOT bring cats in for meet and greets.

Where can I see HSTB Adorable Adoptables?
To see the most up-to-date list of our adoptables (with pictures/video), click here.

See our Pet Of The Week on FOX 13 News with Lindsay Milbourne at 7:40am every Sunday morning!

See featured pets and adoptables on our Facebook page!

Watch our kittens on FOX 13’s Live Kitty Cam!

Additional Sources

Our cats and dogs available for adoption are also listed on Petfinder no longer has a complete list of adoptable Humane Society of Tampa Bay pets. Petango is a real-time searchable database of pets in need of loving homes.

Happy Tail # 148
We adopted “Dina” at the adoption event on Nov. 5. She took to us and our other dog, Teddy, immediately. Teddy loves her and they play like two 10-year old boys. She’s 7 years younger than he is and runs rings around him in the yard but he is so happy. I’m attaching a couple pics of her in the back yard and on the bridge over our fish pond. We have renamed her “April” and she loves to run as fast as she can from one end of the yard to the other. Good thing our backyard is fenced. She’s fun to watch.~Kathy Andrews

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