halloweentipsWe all love to celebrate Halloween with spooky decorations, crazy costumes and tantalizing treats. While enjoying all the holiday has to offer, make sure your pets stay healthy and safe with these tips:
NO TRICKS, NO TREATS! While it might be tempting to share your cauldron of candy with your furry friends, remember that many substances in the confections can be toxic to pets. Chocolate, dark and baker’s in particular, is dangerous to both cats and dogs. Many candies also contain Xylitol, an artificial sweetener that can prove hazardous to pets. So, skip the sweet treats and give them extra hugs and kisses instead. If you do suspect that your pet has ingested something poisonous, call your veterinarian, an emergency veterinary clinic or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center immediately.

GUARD THE GOURDS Although fall decorations such as pumpkins, hay and corn aren’t toxic per se, they can cause tummy upset and intestinal blockage if consumed. So, keep decorations away from curious canines and cats.
WATCH FOR WIRES Lights and moving lawn figures sure make for a spooky scene, but exposed electrical wires are a definite hazard to our four-legged friends. Chewing on wires can cause burns and even electrical shock, so make sure any wires are kept out of reach!
LOSE THE LANTERNS We’re all for Jack-O-Lanterns, but using real candles to light those ghoulish grins isn’t just a fire hazard. Playful pets who knock over flickering flames could easily get burned. Try battery powered candles instead!
BE COSTUME CONSCIOUS Dressing up is lots of fun for us two-leggers, but many pets find costumes stressful. If your pets don’t enjoy the experience, please just let them be their beautiful, unadorned selves. If you DO have pets who love to don a disguise, make sure that it fits well and doesn’t restrict their movement or ability to breathe, meow or bark. Also, be sure to remove any small, dangling parts that can be chewed off or become dangerously entangled.
DITCH DOOR DUTY Many of our pets love to greet visitors while others strive to keep them at bay. Whether your pet likes to welcome or deter, it’s probably best to keep them away from the door as trick-or-treaters canvas the neighborhood. Not only can the barrage of strangers cause stress and confusion, but frequent door opening gives frightened or overly excited pets the perfect opportunity to bolt and become lost. Keep your pets in another room for the evening and supply them with plenty of comfy bedding, toys and water to make their “time out” pleasant and comfortable.
ALWAYS ID Pets should ALWAYS be properly identified with microchips, collars and tags. If they should become lost, these simple and inexpensive measures can make the difference in keeping them out of the shelter and in your arms!

Thirteen proved to be a lucky number for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay’s 13th Annual Tuxes & Tails fundraising gala. $220,000 was raised through a combination of ticket sales (sold out), live and silent auctions and guest contributions. Most importantly, 42 of the 58 animals left the event with new families.
“There is no doubt, this was one of the best parties Tampa Bay has seen,” said Humane Society of Tampa Bay Chief Executive Officer Sherry Silk. “More than 950 animal lovers turned out and we made sure they had a wonderful time. Our supporters are integral to our work, we quite literally could not function without them. Because of their generosity Saturday night thousands of animals in need will be saved.”
The Tampa Convention Center was transformed into the Moulin Rouge, complete with red curtains, chandeliers and Can Can girls. Guests enjoyed a cocktail party, silent auction, dinner, a live auction and a fashion show featuring adoptable pets along with Moulin-Rouge-style entertainment provided by Dorene Collier’s Event Show Productions. An after-party with complimentary cigars, drinks and live music closed the evening at the Sail Pavilion.
FOX 13 News’ Cynthia Smoot and Russell Rhodes served as the evening’s Mistress and Master of Ceremonies. Notable appearances during the fashion show included Commissioner Ken Hagen, Retired TPD Chief Jane Castor, and the Ray’s DJ Kitty, along with top event sponsors.
Event Co-Chairs Kelly Feldman and Brooke Palmer Kuhl led a successful committee and added a wealth of expertise and community connections resulting in the most successful Tuxes & Tails to date.
Top Sponsors for the event were as follows- Best In Show: An Anonymous Friend of the Animals, BlueGrace Logistics, Lakeland Automall, Kimberly & Mark Moore, The Yerrid Foundation; Ties & Tiaras: Merrill Lynch; Catwalk: Suzie & Gerald Archibald, Dorene Collier’s Event Show Productions, Landon Outreach Foundation, Mastro Subaru of Tampa, The Mosiac Company, and Verizon.

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FOX 13’s Hometown Hero for this week is the staff at BlueGrace Logistics, whose friendly office competition collected 6 months worth of food for our homeless pets! Thanks to Jennifer Epstein for the fabulous story.

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Record sponsorship and ticket sales put signature black-tie gala in position for success.
Tickets for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay’s 13th Annual Tuxes & Tails fundraising gala are officially sold out. With 960 registered guests and 83 sponsors for the Moulin Rouge-themed event, the Society closed ticket sales late Tuesday afternoon. The record numbers portend a successful evening of fundraising for the thousands of animals cared for by the Humane Society of Tampa Bay each year.
“The response to this year’s Tuxes & Tails has been amazing,” said Humane Society of Tampa Bay Chief Executive Officer Sherry Silk. “Every year since it’s inception the event has grown to the point that it is now a staple in Tampa Bay’s philanthropic community. People are excited about the life-saving work we do and are eager to help us celebrate and support that good work.”
The event will take place this Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the Tampa Convention Center from 6:00pm – 11:00pm.
The revelry will begin with a cocktail party and silent auction featuring more than 50 adoptable pets, live music, appetizers and photo ops on the red carpet- all with a Moulin Rouge twist. Dinner, a live auction, a short program, and a high-energy Moulin Rouge-style show featuring adoptable pets will follow. A complimentary cigar bar, drinks and live music on the waterfront at the Sail Pavilion will round out the festivities.
FOX 13 News’ Cynthia Smoot and Russell Rhodes will serve as the evening’s Mistress and Master of Ceremonies.
Event Co-chairs
Kelly Feldman
Brooke Palmer Kuhl
Top Event Sponsors
Best In Show: An Anonymous Friend of the Animals, BlueGrace Logistics, Lakeland Automall, Kimberly & Mark Moore, The Yerrid Foundation;
Ties & Tiaras: Merrill Lynch
Catwalk: Suzie & Gerald Archibald, Dorene Collier’s Event Show Productions, Landon Outreach Foundation, Mastro Subaru of Tampa, The Mosiac Company, Verizon

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On Saturday, October 3, 2015, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay will receive an emergency transfer of approximately 35 puppies from Calcasieu, Louisiana. These puppies were originally scheduled to be transferred to a shelter in New Jersey. However, because of the threat of Hurricane Joaquin hitting the East Coast, the shelter will no longer be able to accommodate them leaving their fate in the balance; had our organization not stepped in to take them, they would have been euthanized.
The puppies will be brought to us, safe and sound, by Loving Friends Transport at 11:00am. We are thrilled to be able to house these animals in need and give them a second chance at long and happy lives.
PLEASE NOTE: The puppies will not be available for adoption until after October 5. Please check our Adoptions Page for updates.


ABC The Now Tampa Bay speaks with Humane Society of Tampa Bay Veterinarian Dr. Christine Glenn about keeping pets safe from natural toxins.