bunny3-X2The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is pleased to announce the completion of our Rabbit Resort, a free-roaming habitat where our adoptable rabbits can stretch, hop, play, socialize and nibble on fresh grass and plants. This enriching environment helps keep our bunny friends healthy in mind, body and spirit while they wait for their forever homes.
bunny5-XLRabbits are sensitive creatures who need care different from that of a cat or dog. If you are interested in adopting a rabbit, our adoption counselors can help you decide if a rabbit is right for you: 813.876.7138 or adopt@humanesocietytampa.org.
You can also find detailed information on rabbits and their care at House Rabbit Society.
To see our adoptable rabbits, visit our Pocket Pets page. For questions about adopting, visit our Adoption FAQ page.
Visitors are welcome in our Rabbit Resort but children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Photos courtesy of Dave Backer

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It was a weekend for Puppy Love in Tampa Bay! Our “Pup” Crawl through South Tampa on Saturday night raised more than $4,400 for our animals! Watch the news coverage:

4StarRectBWFor the fifth consecutive year, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay has achieved Charity Navigator’s coveted 4-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.
According to America’s largest charity evaluator, receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that the Humane Society of Tampa Bay adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. Only 4% of the charities rated have received at least 5 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Humane Society of Tampa Bay outperforms most other charities in America.
“This ‘exceptional’ designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Humane Society of Tampa Bay from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust,” said Ken Berger, Charity Navigator’s President and CEO.
“We aspire to be a leader in animal welfare and are strongly committed to the highest ethical standards,” said Sherry Silk, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. “Every year more than 6,000 animals in need come through our door and depend on us for physical, mental and emotional care. We owe it to them to maintain a high standard of best practices.”
As the nonprofit sector continues to grow at an unprecedented pace, savvy donors are demanding more accountability, transparency and quantifiable results from the charities they choose to support with their hard-earned dollars. In this competitive philanthropic marketplace, Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator, highlights the fine work of efficient, ethical and open charities to provide donors with essential information needed to give them greater confidence in the charitable choices they make.
“We are extremely proud that ninety cents of every dollar given to us by our generous supporters goes directly to animals in need,” said Nancy McCall, Director of Development and Planned Giving of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. “It is important to us that our donors have peace of mind in knowing that their money is handled with care and responsibility.”
Charity Navigator evaluates ten times more charities than their competitors and has been celebrated as the leading charity evaluator in America by Forbes, Business Week, and Kiplinger’s Financial Magazine.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, our good friends and partners from Loving Friends Transport get a little love and recognition for the good work they do! No doubt about it, they SAVE LIVES!

On February 6, 2014, State Attorney General Pam Bondi held her annual Cabinet meeting at the Florida State Fairgrounds to kick off the Florida State Fair. Attorney General Bondi is a wonderful advocate for animals and has two rescue dogs of her own. She believes strongly in bringing awareness to the plight of homeless animals in our state and features adoptable pets at all of her Cabinet meetings. We are fortunate to be one of her organizations of choice when she is in Tampa!
Peace, an 8 week old Chihuahua mix, was a hit with the whole Cabinet and everyone in attendance. Peace had been in our foster program with his mother and siblings for several weeks. The Cabinet meeting was his very first appearance in the community as a pup ready to find his forever home. And, he did! He was adopted a few hours after the meeting.
Thank you, Attorney General, for inviting us to join you and for spreading the word about adopting pets in need.
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Photos courtesy of Office of Cabinet Affairs, Office of Attorney General Pam Bondi