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