2014-BTH-for-calendarWarmer weather may still be months away, but the Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB) wants you to “Beat the Heat” by spaying your cat in advance of her heat cycle and preventing unwanted litters from being born this spring. Animal shelters commonly refer to spring time as “kitten season” because that is when they receive the largest influx numbers of unwanted litters that are difficult to adopt.
That’s why the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is offering a special “Beat the Heat” campaign sponsored by PetSmart Charities, the largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America Through the “Beat the Heat” campaign, HSTB will provide $20 spay and neuter surgeries for female cats during the month of February.
Spaying and neutering is one of the most effective ways to reduce the homeless pet population and is safe for kittens as young as eight to 10 weeks old, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Spaying a female cat before the first heat cycle can be beneficial, improving the health of the pet by reducing the risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections.
“Female cats can have as many as three litters a year, and kittens can breed as young as four months old,” says HSTB Executive Director, Sherry Silk. “Most people don’t want to see their cat get pregnant over and over again, so hopefully our “Beat the Heat” campaign will serve as a gentle reminder to cat owners to sterilize their cats before they go into heat this year.”
This special $20 rate is even less than the organization’s normal low-cost price and is available to all residents of Hillsborough County. Cat parents who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the “Beat the Heat” campaign when they schedule their appointment. This campaign is based on availability.
Thanks to the PetSmart Charities grant, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay will provide 280 female cat “Beat the Heat” sterilizations for $20 in February. Please call 813.870.3304 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
PetSmart Charities’ “Beat the Heat” campaign provides more than $549,700 to spay/neuter clinics to fund affordable, high-quality spay and neuter surgeries for 15,508 female cats across the nation during the month of February.

The Krewe of Argos, named after Argos The Great Dog from Homer’s “Odyssey”, was in full force on Saturday, January 18. Two- and four-legged pirates alike stormed Bayshore Blvd to throw treasured beads to the children of Tampa Bay. We even had a Feline First Mate there to represent the cats! It was a wonderful time for all and a great opportunity to advocate for our homeless pets!

Pictures by Krista Sparkman Photography
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Gasparilla is here and the Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB) is celebrating all things pirate with their Catsparilla Adoption Promotion. This weekend, January 17 – 19, adoption fees for cats and kittens will be waived for adopters sporting pirate or Gasparilla attire. Beads, eye patches or peg legs, it doesn’t matter what is worn as long as it shows pirate panache.
The promotion aims to give cats equal footing during a weekend that has gone to the dogs! More than 20 of the Society’s dogs will be vacationing in Orlando where they will be up for adoption at the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) conference. Other lucky canines will walk with the Krewe of Argos (Humane Society staff and volunteers) in the Gasparilla Children’s Parade!
“Our dogs will get lots of exposure this weekend at the NAVC conference and during the Children’s Parade,” said HSTB Executive Director Sherry Silk. “We thought it only fitting to show the cats some love by bringing the party to them. We hope all our cats will find loving homes and leave us with many empty cages so that we can open our doors to more cats in need.”
Call 813.876.7138 or email adopt@humanesocietytampa.org for more information!
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