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.
On Thursday, July 2, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay launched an exciting new program to help promote literacy while comforting homeless pets. The Paws for Literacy Program teams up children, ages 8-12, with a homeless pet so that they can practice reading out loud to a safe audience. Their new furry friends are receptive, attentive and non-judgemental as the children work on their reading skills. And, they love the extra attention and enrichment they receive from the young scholars!
The program is managed by our Volunteer Manager and a committee of HSTB supporters, and supervised by literacy-trained volunteers who are experienced in helping reluctant readers gain confidence. Paws for Literacy sessions take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 1:00pm and 6:00pm. As an incentive to complete the program, children receive a T-shirt and prizes as they progress.
Parents can sign their children up for this program by completing the fillable/downloadable application found HERE and emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxing it to 813.876.0765.
The Paws for Literacy Program is generously funded by RBC Wealth Management, Tampa.