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Miracle Cat Comes Back From The Grave!

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UPDATE! January 29, 2015- Bart was struggling due to anemia. One of our shelter cats, Draco, was the donor for a blood transfusion to help Bart feel better. The transfusion went well and both cats are happy and resting comfortably.

UPDATE! January 28, 2015- Bart came through his surgery very well and is resting comfortably in our care. He will be able to go home in 5-7 days once he is able to eat on his own. Full recovery will take about six weeks. He is a brave boy!

UPDATE! January 27, 2015- Bart will be having surgery to repair his jaw and remove his eye today.

Bart2We have seen many amazing cases at our full-service veterinary clinic, but this situation may take the cake! Our public hospital is currently caring for Bart, a 1.5 year old cat who was found by his owner after being hit by a car. The cat appeared to be lifeless and the owner buried him. Five days later, the cat showed up in a neighbors yard, alive! He had dug himself out of the grave and slowly made his way back home, albeit weak, dehydrated and in need of medical attention.

The owner reached out to area veterinary clinics but, unable to afford their fees, brought him to the our Animal Health Center where he is being treated for a broken jaw, open facial wounds and a ruined eye, which will have to be removed. Luckily, the injuries sustained were not more serious. HSTB veterinarians expect him to recover and be able to go back home.

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Two Is Hotter Than One!

Sabrina and Sebastian came to us in April 2014 as a bonded, older pair. Because of their love for each other, we wanted them to be adopted together. It took nearly a year, but a wonderful, forever home was finally found, thanks to the amazing video by Schifino Lee and a wonderful article by Keith Morelli of The Tampa Tribune. See the promotional video and coverage below!

Humane society’s longtime residents find ‘perfect home’

TBO.com staff
Published: December 29, 2014 | Updated: December 29, 2014 at 10:07 AM

For nine months, they bonded, living together as the longest reigning residents at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay and wondering when they would find their “perfect home.”

On Sunday, they did.

Sebastian and Sabrina, placed at the Armenia Avenue shelter in April after their owners moved and couldn’t take them along, have been adopted.

“#‎SABRASTIAN HAS LEFT THE BUILDING!” said the post on the humane society’s Facebook page, announcing the dogs finally will be leaving the shelter.

The humane society had hoped the two would be adopted as a pair, because of their inseparable bond, and that’s exactly what Leott Ferlita Wydetic did, according to the Facebook post.

The post includes photos posted by Wydetic, showing the pals lounging on a cushy couch and getting acclimated with their new surroundings.

“Lots of excitement for one day! These super sweet pups are already right at home!” Wydetic posted on Facebook.

The adoption of the dogs – who were at the facility the longest of any animals since 2007 — caps an effort by the humane society to find owners that included a marketing campaign by Schifino Lee that elevated Sabrina and Sebastian to canine celebrity status. The campaign even included a video that touted the lovable pair’s bond.

Wrote the humane society: “Happy tears were shed and hugs were exchanged as they left the shelter to begin their new lives together … forever!”



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