HSTB Offers $1,000 for Return of Lost Dog

10291039 10152089429901728 5481092030029778035 n 225x300 HSTB Offers $1,000 for Return of Lost DogApril 22, 2014 UPDATE! Nina was found and is safe at our shelter. A good Samaritan found her wandering on her property near the accident site and brought her to us Tuesday morning, April 22. Her microchip matched our records allowing for the official confirmation.

Nina was reunited with Luke this morning at Tampa General Hospital and will stay with us until he is released. Thank you to all who helped spread the word.

1277213 10152081558411728 2432893503618963997 o 300x224 HSTB Offers $1,000 for Return of Lost DogNina found her perfect match with disabled veteran Luke Macner who adopted her from us through our Pets For Patriots program. She worked well with his wheelchair and the bond between them was quick and strong.

Thursday evening, April 18, 2014, Macner was in a car accident with Nina and, spooked, she ran away at the scene at Causeway Blvd and 41. Macner is recovering in a hospital and desperate to find his new companion.

Facebook posts, tweets and news coverage have brought the community together to search for Nina. Humane Society of Tampa Bay volunteers have been at the crash site searching for her. And, now, the Society is offering a $1,000 reward for her safe return.

“We have been amazed at the support from citizens across Tampa Bay who are helping spread the word to find Nina,” said HSTB Executive Director Sherry Silk. “We are so happy that Mr. Macner will recover physically but know that the return of Nina will bring the most complete healing. We hope this $1,000 reward will offer a renewed incentive for people to continue the search.”

If you see Nina or believe you know where she is please call our shelter immediately at 813.876.7138 or email us at communications@humanesocietytampa.org.

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Birrell Honored As Lighting Community Hero

Community Hero Photo April 5 Birrell Honored As Lighting Community Hero

Photo and press release courtesy of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Mary Birrell as the 38th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of [the April 5, 2014] game against the Dallas Stars. Birrell, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB).

Birrell has dedicated the last 15 years of her life to making the Tampa area a better place for animals, both domestic and wild, and their owners. She has saved thousands of animals lives through her work with the Animal Health Center, the HSTB Board of Directors, and Animeals which is a “Meals on Wheel” for pets of homebound residents. Birrell sacrificed many hours of her paying job in order to be the project manager for the construction of the Animal Health Center, a vital piece of the future for Tampa area animals.

Birrell is a gold shirt volunteer at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, meaning she has volunteered more than 500 hours throughout her time with the organization. HSTB dedicated the largest exam room at the Animal Health Center to Mary with a plaque.

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