The Krewe of Argos was back representing the Humane Society of Tampa Bay in the 2016 Gasparilla Children’s Parade! Our Krewe of two-legged and four-legged pirates stole hearts in this historic Tampa tradition!

The Krewe of Argos is named after Argos The Great Dog, from Homer’s “Odyssey”. Argos waited faithfully for 20 years for his master, Odysseus, who was mistakenly believed to be dead.

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A bicyclist who was killed when struck by a car left behind five beloved pets, four dogs and one cat. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay took in all five animals (two had been adopted from HSTB) and will put them up for adoption.

Our animals got a very special visit from some of our favorite people: The Tampa Bay Lightning’s Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman, and their amazing girlfriends Sandra Porzio and Sanna Grundberg! The foursome came by to see what we do firsthand, drop off pet food donations, and plan a Valentine-themed adoption event. They’ll be hosting the event at Amalie Arena on Sunday, February 14 from 4-6, right before their game. We’ll be there with adoptables and to cheer on the home team. Be sure to let them know how much we appreciate their support. #GoBolts

Many thanks to Justine Jackson-Ricketts for the photograhy

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We visited the set of FOX Good Day Tampa with a bucket of puppies and their wonderful mom to promote fostering with our shelter. Fostering helps save lives- watch for more info!

mississippi-river-historic-flooding-animal-wildlife-threats-dog-boat_35509_600x450On Sunday, January 10, 2016, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay will take in 20 dogs who have been displaced from Natchez-Adams County Humane Society by the flooding in Mississippi. Among the evacuees are five heartworm positive dogs who will receive treatment at the Society. All are expected to arrive at the shelter (3607 N. Armenia Avenue) between 12:00pm and 3:00pm.

The transport was facilitated by the Humane Society of the United States which has moved more than 100 dogs from NACHS to make room for the influx of animals the shelter expects in the coming days. NACHS serves as a temporary emergency shelter for evacuees’ pets.

As one of HSUS’s Emergency Placement Partners in Florida, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay stands ready to assist with animals from large-scale abuse and rescue cases.

Media Contact: Nash McCutchen, 813-785-6922,

Thanks to a grant from Best Friends Animal Society adoption fees for cats over four months old will be just $5 in 2016.

For homeless cats in Tampa Bay, the new year started off with a bang when the Humane Society of Tampa Bay was awarded $25,000 from Best Friends Animal Society to support cat adoptions (a portion of the funds are made possible by the Rachael Ray Foundation).

The Society was chosen because of their innovative programs for cats and their success with finding them homes. The funding will be used to offset the cost and care of adult cats (over 4 months old) allowing the Society to decrease their adoption fees by 80%, from $25 in 2015 to just $5 for the entirety of 2016.

The year-long, $5 adult cat adoptions promotion, marketed as “Game of Homes” after HBO’s popular series “Game of Thrones”, will reduce the length of stay for cats at the shelter allowing the Humane Society of Tampa Bay to take in more from both the public and Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center. In turn, they hope that come 2017 there will be more cats in more homes throughout the community.

“The goal of this campaign is very simple, to save more lives,” said the Society’s CEO Sherry Silk. “We aim to increase the number of cats we take in this year by at least 100. Thanks to our partners at Best Friends Animal Society, we feel confident the goal will be realized.”

Cats (and all pets) adopted from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, health-checked, and come with 30 days of free pet health insurance. The Society practices open, same-day adoptions and welcomes prospective pet parents to bring their families to the shelter to be involved with the adoption process. Adoption hours are Monday-Friday from 12:00pm to 7:00pm and Saturday/Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Pets available for adoption can be viewed on the website at

Revised 10.9.16


Al Lopez Park

  • 4810 N Himes Ave.
  • Tampa, FL 33614
  • Hourse: Daily, Sunrise – 9pm
  • Cost: $0
  • Pets welcome on-leash in regular park
  • Pets welcome off-leash in two, fenced dog parks
  • Dog parks include separate area for small dogs
  • Fenced, doubled gated entry, disposal bags, trash cans, doggie fountains, agility equipment, shade, benches
  • Information

Apollo Beach Dog Park & Skate Park

  • 664 Golf & Sea Blvd.
  • Apollo Beach, FL 33572
  • Separate areas for large & small dogs
  • Agility equipment (large dog area only): weave poles, concrete tunnels, concrete jumps
  • Pavilion with seating and water station for the dogs
  • Information

Carolyn Meeker Dog Park

  • 122 1st Ave. SW
  • Lutz, FL 33548
  • Telephone: (813) 635-3500
  • Daily dawn-dusk. Fenced, 2 acres, 2 parking areas, large and small dog areas, nature trail, double-gated entry, water, disposal bags, trash cans, benches, shade trees, restrooms, handicapped accessible.

Curtis Hixon Dog Park

  • 600 N. Ashley Dr.
  • Daily dawn- 10pm.
  • Fenced, drinking water, disposal bags, trash cans, agility equipment, no separate small dog area or shaded areas, drinking water, and artificial turf (no shade).

Davis Islands Dog Park

  • 1002 Severn St.
  • Daily dawn-dusk.
  • Fenced, with two areas at the south end of the island: a 1-acre dry area and a 1.5-acre beach with more than 200 feet of waterfront. Both areas have double-gated entries, disposal bags, trash cans and water. Designated off-leash area on the beach.

Gadsden Park

  • 6901 S. MacDill Ave., southwest corner of the grounds
  • Daily dawn-dusk.
  • Fenced, 1 acre, double-gated entry, water, disposal bags, trash cans, benches, tables, shade trees.

Giddens Park

  • 5202 N. 12th St. Daily dawn-dusk.
  • Fenced, 1 acre, double-gated entry, drinking fountains for dogs and people, disposal bags, trash cans, benches, tables, shade trees.

James Urbanski Dog Park at Al Lopez Park

  • 4810 N. Himes Ave.
  • Daily dawn-dusk.
  • Fenced, separate area for small dogs, double-gated entry, disposal bags, trash cans, benches, tables, shade trees.

Mango Dog Park

  • 11717 Clay Pit Road, Seffner, FL
  • Sun-up to 9 pm, Closes at noon on Wed
  • Fenced, separate small dog area, drinking fountains, shade structures, tables, puppy pools, and a doggy rinse station. Friends of Mango Dog Park are a local community based group that support this dog park.

Ott’s Off Leash Dog Sanctuary

  • 2109 S.E. 3rd Avenue, Ruskin, FL 33570
  • Thursday – Sunday, 7:30am to Sunset
  • Fenced, more than 3.75 acres of natural beauty.
  • More Information

Palma Ceia Park

  • 2200 Marti St.
  • Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-dusk or 7:15 p.m. (whichever is earlier), Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-dusk or 7:15 p.m. (whichever is earlier).
  • Fenced, acre, double-gated entry, disposal bags, trash cans, benches, tables, shade trees.

Picnic Island Park

  • 7409 Picnic Island Blvd.
  • Daily dawn-dusk.
  • Fenced, double-gated entry, disposal bags, trash cans, benches, tables, shade trees. Designated off-leash area on beach.

Rowlett Park

  • 2401 E. Yukon St.
  • Daily dawn-dusk.
  • Fenced, 1.75 acre, double-gated entry, disposal bags, trash cans, benches, tables, shade trees, separate areas for large and small dogs, agility equipment.

West Park Dog Park

  • 6402 N. Occident St.
  • Daily dawn- 10pm.
  • Fenced, double-gated entry, disposal bags, separate small dog area, benches, tubs of water so the dogs can cool off, trees, patios for shade, and drinking water.

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