Release by the PetNet Board:
PetNet_LogoEver since it was established over 100 years ago, The Humane Society of Tampa Bay has been a bedrock in the Tampa community with ending animal homelessness in numerous innovative ways. “The Humane Society of Tampa Bay has always stood the test of time by keeping its core values while constantly reinventing itself by incorporating the ideas of tomorrow,” stated Sherry Silk, Executive Director of The Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
In the beginning of the summer, The Humane Society of Tampa Bay Board of Directors acknowledged that it needed to do more to expand its younger professional support. At about the same time husband and wife, Shaun and Shawna Amarnani, along with Meredith Fisher of BDG Architects presented a younger membership group concept to The Humane Society of Tampa Bay Board of Directors to attract younger professional support. Shaun, who is a land use and real estate attorney, and Shawna, who is a certified public accountant, moved to Tampa from Miami last year. They are amongst the growing trend of professionals who are moving from larger metropolitan areas to Tampa, and they are bringing new ideas with them.
“Community involvement and animal rescue causes are both very important to our family.” stated Shaun Amarnani. “We had a vision of helping The Humane Society of Tampa Bay by creating a group based off a combination of a few younger professional groups and non-profit organizations we were involved with in South Florida. PetNet is about providing quality professional networking events for professionals ages 21 – 45 at upscale venues, all in support of funding capital projects for The Humane Society of Tampa Bay. We have a PetNet Board of 12 influential younger professionals who will plan 6 to 8 professional events per year, in the downtown Tampa area.”
Barry Shields, General Manager of The Tampa Club, decided that PetNet was a noteworthy cause to help start up. “We decided to heavily sponsor PetNet for their first event because we think the Group will have a great combination of younger professionals and leaders who are exactly the type of potential members we are looking to bring into The Tampa Club,” said Barry. “It is also win-win that the money raised from PetNet is going to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, which a lot of our members support. We are really excited to be a part of this!”
Cody Powell, a Shareholder of the real estate and property management company, J Powell Enterprises, jumped at the opportunity to sponsor PetNet at the Gold Sponsor level. “At J Powell Enterprises, we truly believe great partnerships with the community are part of what we define as “success.” Sponsoring innovative groups like PetNet of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is definitely the way to grow with the Tampa community at large.”
The Tampa Club will be the Presenting Gold Sponsor of PetNet’s first professional event at the Tampa Club on December 5th from 6:00 – 8:30 PM. Two free drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Tickets will go on sale with a cost of $45 for non-members. Various annual membership options will also be available. 150 tickets will be open for purchase on November 5th by clicking on the calendar page of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay website at People who are not able to attend the event can still donate on the registration page. Sponsorships opportunities are still available for this event. Please email if interested in sponsorship.

PetNet will hold a Winter Holiday Event to benefit the animals at HSTB on December 5, 2013 from 6:00pm–8:30pm at The Tampa Club. For more information or to register to the event, CLICK HERE.

2013 Back In Black

Anyone who has ever shared their life with a black cat or dog knows what wonderful pets they can be. And yet, even though they’re gorgeous, charming and as devoted as any other pet, dogs and cats in black often wait longer for homes than their lighter colored pals.

There can be several reasons for this phenomenon known as “Black Pet Syndrome”:

  • Their dark color makes black pets less visible in their kennels/cages
  • Silly superstitions and old wives tales, especially about black cats
  • An unfounded belief that black animals are more aggressive
  • Negative portrayals of black pets in the media

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay, a no-kill for space shelter located in West Tampa, is confronting this issue head-on by holding a “Back in Black” adoption promotion aimed at showcasing their beautiful black pets. From November 1 – 30, adoption fees for all black dogs, cats, puppies and kittens will be half-off.

“All of us in animal rescue know this is true, that black cats and black dogs routinely get overlooked by potential adopters,” said Sherry Silk, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. “And yet, famous leaders favored black pets. For instance during World War II, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had a black dog and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had a black cat. Both pets actually sat in on strategic meetings.”

Silk went on to say, “Black pets are just as friendly, affectionate and full of personality as any other pet. We encourage people to visit our shelter to meet our black dogs and cats and create a legend of their own.”

The “Back In Black” campaign is supported by Best Friends Animal Society® and Petco Foundation and is being promoted by more than 175 local animal rescue groups and municipal shelters across the country.