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.
We have always cheered on our local NHL team, but became even more enamored with the Bolts when defenseman Victor Hedman helped us promote pit bull adoptions!
In October 2014, Victor served as spokesperson in our PSA promoting pit bull awareness and adoptions. He was wonderful with his co-star, Willy, who has since found a loving, forever home with a U.S. Veteran! Hedman isn’t the only animal lover on the team; Lightning Captain Steven Stamkos had a brief cameo in the PSA when he stopped by the shoot to greet Willy.
Not only did this friendly and community-oriented team help us with our PSA but, in April 2014, they named HSTB Board President Mary Birrel as their Lightning Community Hero which resulted in a 50,000 donation to our animals!
We are so proud of the Tampa Bay Lightning, not only for their hard work and great sportsmanship, but because of their proven commitment to giving back to the Tampa Bay community.
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Watch the PSA with Victor Hedman and Willy
“My face may be white but my heart is pure gold!”
There is no doubt about it, pets just get sweeter with age. That includes shelter pets! While a young energetic puppy may be the popular choice, there are many older pets who also need loving homes. Because of their age, they often stay with us longer even though they are just as wonderful as their younger shelter mates.
We know that older pets sometimes require more care, so we offer FREE VACCINATIONS FOR LIFE at our Animal Health Center for pets adopted from us at ten years or older! Call 813-876-7138 for more information!