ABC Action News covered the increase in stray pets intake we’ve experienced since the recent flooding in Tampa.
2015’s Best and Worst Cities for Pet Lovers
(Wallet Hub, August 12, 2015) For most of us, pets are part of the family — only furrier or slimier than the relatives we’re used to. This year, more of our animal companions — especially dogs and cats — will probably make it into the holiday greeting card. A record 65 percent, or 79.7 million, American households now own a pet, according to a recent survey by the American Pet Products Association.
But adding a pet to the family roster can strike a hard blow to the wallet. A litany of expenses — including licenses, grooming and medical care — can cost between $235 to nearly $2,000 annually, depending on the type of animal you adopt, which is generally a cheaper option than buying a pet. Health insurance alone can cost more than $200 a year for a dog, and it may not even be worth it.
With current and aspiring pet parents in mind, WalletHub compared the creature-friendliness of the 100 largest U.S. cities across 16 key metrics. Our data set ranges from the minimum pet-care provider rate per visit to the number of pet businesses per capita. The complete ranking, as well as expert commentary and a detailed methodology, can be found here.
An open letter to our staff and volunteers who care so deeply:
Mallory was one of our adoptable pit bull terriers who had been with us for about a month. At three years old, she was full of energy, life and love and quickly became a favorite with our staff, volunteers and the other shelter dogs who played with her in playgroups.
On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, Mallory slipped her leash and ran into traffic. A large pickup truck hit her at full force and, sadly, did not stop. Luckily, a kind woman named Heather saw the incident and pulled over immediately to help, as did several other passersby. Heather wrapped Mallory in a blanket and helped us get her to our animal hospital quickly. Wherever you are, Heather, thank you.
Our staff worked tirelessly on Mallory. We stabilized her and inserted a chest tube to help her breathe. One of our dedicated veterinarians even took her home for the night to give her round-the-clock care. Unfortunately, her internal injuries were too severe and despite our greatest efforts, she passed away this morning.
Today is a sad day for all of us at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. We want our staff and volunteers to know how very much we appreciate their efforts on behalf of Mallory, as well as all of our other animals. We comprise an amazing team of passionate, hardworking individuals who go above and beyond every day. Our hearts are broken often, but we continue our work because there is always another animal who needs our help.
We hope that this incident will remind people that animals have deep value. Accidents do happen, but we hope that the driver of the truck will realize that had he or she just stopped to help and take responsibility it would have eased much of the pain of this unfortunate situation.
Too all those who loved Mallory, we mourn with you. And, we honor those who tried so hard to save her.
RIP, sweet girl. We’ll meet you at the bridge.