Two Is Hotter Than One!

Sabrina and Sebastian came to us in April 2014 as a bonded, older pair. Because of their love for each other, we wanted them to be adopted together. It took nearly a year, but a wonderful, forever home was finally found, thanks to the amazing video by Schifino Lee and a wonderful article by Keith Morelli of The Tampa Tribune. See the promotional video and coverage below!

Humane society’s longtime residents find ‘perfect home’ staff
Published: December 29, 2014 | Updated: December 29, 2014 at 10:07 AM
For nine months, they bonded, living together as the longest reigning residents at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay and wondering when they would find their “perfect home.”
On Sunday, they did.
Sebastian and Sabrina, placed at the Armenia Avenue shelter in April after their owners moved and couldn’t take them along, have been adopted.
“#‎SABRASTIAN HAS LEFT THE BUILDING!” said the post on the humane society’s Facebook page, announcing the dogs finally will be leaving the shelter.
The humane society had hoped the two would be adopted as a pair, because of their inseparable bond, and that’s exactly what Leott Ferlita Wydetic did, according to the Facebook post.
The post includes photos posted by Wydetic, showing the pals lounging on a cushy couch and getting acclimated with their new surroundings.
“Lots of excitement for one day! These super sweet pups are already right at home!” Wydetic posted on Facebook.
The adoption of the dogs – who were at the facility the longest of any animals since 2007 — caps an effort by the humane society to find owners that included a marketing campaign by Schifino Lee that elevated Sabrina and Sebastian to canine celebrity status. The campaign even included a video that touted the lovable pair’s bond.
Wrote the humane society: “Happy tears were shed and hugs were exchanged as they left the shelter to begin their new lives together … forever!”


Humane Society of Tampa Bay to Deliver Adopted Pets on Christmas Eve

Up to 30 Tampa citizens who adopt a pet from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB) between Saturday, December 20 and Tuesday, December 23 will have their new family members delivered to their doors on Christmas Eve.
“Adopting a new pet is always thrilling, but especially so during the holidays” said HSTB Executive Director Sherry Silk. “We want to add to the holiday excitement by providing people with delivery service so that they can surprise their children, spouses, or other family members with this precious gift.”
A team of HSTB volunteers, aka “Santa’s Elves”, are working closely with HSTB’s shelter director and volunteer manager to coordinate routes, timings and transportation. The elves will deliver pets to adopters within a 15 mile radius of the shelter between 10:00am and 3:00pm on Wednesday, December 24, 2014.
The delivery service will be limited to 30 households and will require a $100 delivery fee. It will be offered to all adopters on a first-come first-served basis until the 30 household limit is reached.
“We are all so excited about this opportunity,” said HSTB Director of Shelter Operations Pam Backer. “We love to see the joy that comes with adopting a pet. To watch peoples’ faces light up when they open their doors to a wiggling mass of love on Christmas Eve is going to be extremely fulfilling.”

  • December 24, 2014, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Available for up to 30 households
  • First-come, first-served basis
  • Must adopt between December 20 – 23, 2014
  • Delivery fee- $100
  • Delivery radius no more than 15 miles from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay
  • Delivery only to the adopter’s home
  • For more information: 813-876-7138 or

We visited the set of Daytime TV on December 4, 2014 to give tips on adopting a pet during the holidays. Mya, Bruiser and Daryl were the stars!