Transferring Animals In Need
Several times each week we take adult dogs and cats from Hillsborough County Animal Services (HCAS). If they have underage puppies with nursing moms, we take them too when we have foster homes available.In 2009 we built the “Second Chance Patio” (a donation from Bob Reina of Talk Fusion, Inc.) to house larger dogs transferred in from HCAS.
Before the patio was built we had no place to house large dogs while they were being processed for adoption.
For the past three years this life-saving addition to our shelter has been filled with medium to large dogs brought in from HCAS each week.
Want to see some of the pets we’ve transferred from HCAS in 2012? Visit “Our Partnership with HCAS” photo gallery; pictures are added weekly!
HCAS Transfer Quick Facts
- In 2010 HSTB transferred 1403 cats and dogs from HCAS
- In 2011 HSTB transferred 1479 cats and dogs from HCAS
- In 2012 HSTB transferred 1234 cats and dogs from HCAS
- So far in 2013 HSTB has transferred 432 cats and dogs from HCAS
Helping Communities in Need
You may wonder why we receive so many calls requesting that we take at-risk puppies. At HCAS, whatever puppies they receive, they adopt out. We are fortunate to live in a community that offers affordable spaying and neutering of dogs.
Many other communities do not have low cost spay/neuter clinics and unwanted puppies fill those shelters. Weekly, puppies are euthanized due to lack of homes. These shelters call us for help, and we do, transferring puppies and adult dogs they no longer have room for via plane and ground vehicles.
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay recognizes that some people will only adopt a puppy and therefore is committed to helping other shelters that don’t have successful spay/neuter programs in place.
In fact, many of the rural shelters we pull from have a save rate of only 15%. In other words 85 out of 100 puppies are euthanized.
So while we encourage everyone to consider adopting an adult dog, for those who want a puppy, know that you are still saving a life! It’s just a life from another state.
Interested in where some of our animals come from? Here is a map showing our reach.