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Race Into Fall

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay and Verizon are teaming up to hold a “Race Into Fall With Half-Off Adoptions” event on Saturday and Sunday, August 9-10, 2014 from 10am-5pm. The Verizon Show Car, an Indy favorite driven Will Power, will be at the event and available for photos with volunteer professional photographer Norman Mark (Power will not make an appearance at the event).

Between 11am and 3pm on both days of the event, attendees will be able to purchase food, enjoy music by DJ Coswell, participate in activities for children, and get pet photos with the Verizon Show Car for a $5 donation.

“We are so grateful to Verizon for their generous sponsorship and excited to partner with them,” said Humane Society of Tampa Bay Executive Director Sherry Silk. “August can be a slow month for adoptions and we hope this event will help more animals find loving homes.”

This is an important opportunity for animal lovers in the Tampa area,” said Jeanmarie Milla, Verizon’s Florida region operations president. “The name says it all – animals looking for a home need to be treated humanely and we are very happy to team with the Humane Society and have Verizon employees supporting this effort.”

Dog Reunited With Family After 5 Years Missing

bella Dog Reunited With Family After 5 Years Missing

Bella greets her parents after nearly 6 years of separation.

Bella was adopted from our shelter to Simone Torres and William Holland when she was just eight months old. After having her for a year, she went missing and her new parents were devastated.

Today, after five years of separation, Bella was brought to Hillsborough County Animal Services as a stray and the microchip that we gave her years ago was traced back to her owners. They were ecstatic and went to pick her up right away! They immediately brought her to our Animal Health Center to be checked out for any health issues.

We are so happy that Bella was found and able to reunite with the people who love her. Please make sure your pets are microchipped, it really can make the difference between being lost and found … even after years!

Each Sunday, the Animal Health Center offers free microchips with any regular veterinary service. Find Out More.

Watch the FOX 13 news coverage!

Protect Your Dog Against Deadly Parvovirus

parvokills webpage Protect Your Dog Against Deadly ParvovirusCanine parvovirus, a fast-acting, potentially deadly gastrointestinal disease in puppies and adult dogs, is alive and well in Tampa Bay. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay’s Animal Health Center has seen a significant rise in the number of owned pets infected with the disease and is urging citizens to make sure their pets are vaccinated.

Parvovirus most frequently attacks puppies younger than one year of age, but unvaccinated adult dogs are also susceptible. While most infected adults recover, with expensive treatment, as many as 25% to 50% of infected puppies die from the disease if not diagnosed and treated immediately.

“Parvo is a devastating, highly-contagious and costly disease that strikes rapidly and without warning,” said HSTB Executive Director Sherry Silk. “Thankfully, a vaccination is available and we urge the community to make sure their dogs are up-to-date on their shots.”

Vaccinations for parvovirus are available at the Society’s Animal Health Center (813-870-3304) as well as veterinary practices, mobile clinics and some pet stores across Tampa Bay.

Puppies are not fully immunized from the disease until they complete their initial vaccination and a series of booster shots, at four months of age. Adult dogs should receive their vaccination on an annual basis to remain protected.

Parvovirus spreads when a dog comes in contact with the feces of an infected dog. Warm weather provides a perfect environment for the virus to thrive, allowing it to remain infectious on contaminated ground for months. Therefore, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay recommends keeping puppies under four months and unvaccinated adult dogs away from areas with lots of dog traffic (parks, beaches, kennels, pet stores, etc) to avoid possible infection.

Early diagnosis is critical to providing immediate and life-saving treatment. If your pet displays any of the following symptoms, please contact our Animal Health Center (813-870-3304) or your veterinarian immediately.

  • Lack of appetite
  • Lethargy or listlessness
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Abdominal distention (pot belly) or discomfort
  • Signs of dehydration
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Profuse diarrhea

Treatment involves addressing dehydration and preventing fatal infection. A rapid, in-clinic test will confirm the presence of the virus. For a mildly affected pet (usually an adult dog), outpatient care may be all that is needed. For severely affected pets (typically puppies) hospitalization is generally required.

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