UPDATE: Kittens up for adoption 11/21/12 Adoption Information

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Two Florida kittens have at least eight lives left.

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay responded to a call Thursday from a woman who heard a crying noise from the engine of her Toyota Scion. It turned out to be a small kitten that had wedged itself into the engine. When rescuers were extricating the kitty, a second kitten was found in the engine with an injured foot.

Both animals were removed and treated. They will recover in a foster home and eventually be adopted out.

The kittens’ feral mother stood by during the rescue. She will be spayed, vaccinated and cared for by the owner of the Scion.

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The Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards named Tuxes & Tails, our signature fundraising gala, as the FAVORITE EVENT OF ITS KIND in Tampa Bay! Be sure to mark your calendars for next year!

    April 20, 2013
    6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Marriott Waterside

For more information or to inquire about available sponsorships for this event, please contact our Special Events Coordinator Shannon Sellards, specialevents@humanesocietytampa.org or call 813.876.4150.


On Wednesday, October 11, 2012 more than 500 guests attended the Humane Society of Tampa Bay’s (HSTB) annual Passion for Pets Luncheon held at the Hyatt Regency Tampa. The Luncheon featured presentations by Harry Cohen, Tampa City Councilman; Sherry Silk, HSTB Executive Director; Ornella Varchi, HSTB Volunteer and Outreach Manager; and Mary Birrell, Vice President, HSTB Board of Directors. Lindsay Milbourne, Fox 13 Meteorologist and News Reporter, served as the event emcee. Tampa City Councilwoman and HSTB Advisory Board Member Yvonne Yolie Capin acted as spokesperson for the luncheon. And, of course, plenty of adorable adoptables were on hand to steal the show.

Through the generous support of the attendees the Society raised $214,000 through pledges, sponsorships and matching gifts. All monies raised at the luncheon will directly support the life-saving programs at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay such as homeless pet transfers and adoptions, free pet food assistance, affordable veterinary and spay/neuter services, trap/neuter/vaccinate/return services for feral cats, and community outreach and educational efforts.

“We are so grateful to the Tampa Bay community for their continued support and generosity,” said Humane Society of Tampa Bay Executive Director Sherry Silk. “Because of their overwhelming kindness, we will be able to save the lives of more animals in need and our core programs and services will remain vibrant.”

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“The Promise” produced by Talk Fusion.

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Photos courtesy of Krista Sparkman Photography

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HSTB Dog Trainer, Glen Hatchell, visited the set of DAYTIME with two of our adorable adoptables Toro and Bella (both pups have since found forever homes!).

And, check out the feature on WFLA’s “The List” filmed at HSTB!

Humane Society of Tampa Bay veterinarian Dr. Karla Bard was one of three veterinary finalists in the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2012 Health Care Heroes awards! A spay/neuter surgeon with incredible passion and skill, Dr. Bard is single handedly responsible for saving countless lives from being born unwanted. Her work as lead veterinarian on Feral Cat Mondays has contributed to a 46% reduction in Hillsborough County’s cat euthanasia rate. She has also cared for numerous owned pets in the community offering affordable wellness and surgical services to pets in need.

Dr. Bard was, is and always will be a hero in our book and we celebrate her on behalf of animals everywhere.

Photo: Dr. Bard and HSTB Outreach Ambassador Chupie. Photo credit: Ali Darvish

Sherry Silk, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, first saw the “for sale” sign at the property on 3809 N. Armenia in July of 2009. The building was an old funeral home that had been unoccupied for several years. HSTB made an offer on the property and purchased it in December.

HSTB took it’s time with due diligence. After much research, Urban Studios was chosen to be the Architect for the building and A.D. Morgan was hired as construction manager. It took several months to finalize the plans for our dream of the Animal Health Center. It was important to include the staff’s suggestions regarding design and efficiency of the building.

With final plans in hand, the old funeral home was demolished in the beginning of November, 2011. In December, the Board of Directors invited the public to the official Ground Breaking Ceremony. Construction began immediately and moved rapidly. At the end of March 2012, we celebrated a traditional “Topping Out” Celebration, a construction celebration marking the completion of the roof.

In June and July, the medical equipment for the surgical center, funded through a grant from PetSmart®, was installed and staff was trained. The Animal Health Center opened the doors for business on July 28, 2012. On September 6, 2012 a Grand Opening Ceremony was held. Donors, City & County Officials, Board of Directors, Staff, and the Advisory Council were on hand for the event.

In April of 2013, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay successfully completed paying off all loans on the Animal Health Center.

Any proceeds from the Animal Health Center will benefit the mission and programs at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.