Thanks to a generous grant from Banfield Charitable Trust, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay now has sponsorship for purchasing dog and cat food for their Animeals program.

This vital community initiative enables homebound individuals to keep their furry companions even if they are unable to leave the house to buy pet food. Once a month, volunteers deliver free pet food to homebound and elderly residents on a fixed income in Hillsborough County. Banfield’s grant of $5,000 will go a long way to provide assistance to the more than 125 households that utilize this program each month.

Thank you, Banfield Charitable Trust!

TT-logo_AnimalsThe Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB) in Tampa, Fla will hold the 11th Annual Tuxes & Tails Fundraising Gala on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 6 – 11 PM at the Tampa Marriott Waterside. Voted Tampa Bay’s Favorite Black-Tie Event/Fundraising Gala by Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Readers’ Choice Awards, this spectacular evening will offer live entertainment, wine, an elegant dinner, and live and silent auctions, while HSTB adoptables strut their stuff alongside celebrity models in a star-studded fashion show. Finally, a cigar bar along the moon-lit water will round out the festivities, all to benefit homeless animals in Tampa Bay!
Cynthia Smoot and Russell Rhodes of FOX 13 News will serve as Mistress and Master of Ceremonies.
“It is easy to see why Tuxes and Tails is a Tampa Bay favorite,” said Sherry Silk, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. “Not only do you get to dress up for an evening of great company, delicious food and exceptional entertainment, but all the money raised at the event goes to pets in need in our community. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
The cost for reservations is $125 per person. Reservations can be made securely online at http://TuxesandTailsTampa.com or by calling 813.876.4150. Corporate and individual sponsorships are available by calling 813.876.4150 or emailing specialevents@humanesocietytampa.org.
Top sponsors for the event include an anonymous friend of the animals, and the Antinori family.

Saturday, March 2, 2013, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay held the 26th annual “Bark in the Park Fundraising Walk for the Animals” at Al Lopez Park. The event was a huge success, raising nearly $90,000 which will directly benefit our animals, programs, and services. Hundreds of dog-lovers and their four-legged friends braved the cold weather to participate in the one-mile walk and enjoy the festivities.
Again this year, Al Lopez Park was transformed into “Dogtown U.S.A.”, a neighborhood full of fun for children, adults and dogs alike. Participants and their pets visited Vendor Village, Rescue Row, Shop-til-You-Drop Street and Agility Avenue, among many other areas, and took part in Pet Costume/Talent contests. FOX13’s Charley Belcher served as the official event emcee, accompanied by his faithful sidekick and former HSTB adoptable, Tonka. The Tampa Bay Rays, HOT 101.5, Busch Gardens, Doggie Fun Zone and more than 70 vendors were on site along with adorable adoptables from HSTB and 13 other rescue groups.
Top sponsors for the event were PetSupermarket, Vivint, Petco Foundation and Mastro Subaru.
Also, the third annual “Run to Remember” 5K in memory of Alexis Saunders was held prior to the Walk for the Animals, at 9:00am, also at Al Lopez Park. Proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
Photos by Krista Sparkman and Norman Mark

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