April 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.
Nina 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
By the time the sun rose on the morning of April 6, 2014, there was already a line of people and their pets wrapped around the back of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay in West Tampa. Citizens from all over Hillsborough County came out for the Society’s 11th Free Shot Clinic which lasted from 8:00a.m. until noon. For the first time ever, the clinic was held at the shelter and free microchips were offered along with the vaccinations. By 10:30 a.m. all allotted tickets had been given out and when noon rolled around, nearly 1,000 pets had received free, life-saving services.
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay will hold another clinic in late fall 2014.