In just one day, you can make a lifetime of change.

Dogs like Lenore (pictured above) often stay with us for weeks, even months. Because they are over 4 months old or of an ordinary breed like “hound dog”, they are often overlooked. And, yet, they are bursting with love to give and the hope that one day they’ll find a family who believes they are just PERFECT. We can tell you, they ARE.

If you are not in the position to adopt you can still help by sponsoring a pet like Lenore. Your donation helps cover the cost of caring for our long-term residents and gives us the resources to take in even more pets.

This TUESDAY, MAY 3, join us for GIVE DAY TAMPA BAY and help make a difference in the lives of LOCAL animals. That is what Give Day Tampa Bay is all about- giving locally to support our beautiful and vibrant community.

ANY amount is helpful and appreciated, here are some ideas of how far your dollars go:

  • $25 will provide shelter to one homeless animal for a day
  • $50 will provide vaccinations for a homeless animal
  • $100 will cover the cost of spay/neuter surgery for one homeless animal
  • $250 will cover the cost of life-saving Heartworm treatment for one dog
  • $500 will cover the cost of special surgery for an ill or injured animal
  • $1,000 will cover the cost of food, shelter, and medical care for a litter of underage puppies or kittens

Many thanks to US 103.5 and Catfish for helping us get the word out about how FOSTERING SAVES LIVES! Every Friday between 10am and 3pm, Catfish will talk about our foster program on his broadcast and share pictures and video clips to help educate his fans. He recently stopped by the shelter to cuddle some fosterlings (pictured above) and learn all there is to know about the program!

Weekly Video


In some cases, animals that are surrendered to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB) are too young, too small or have health needs that make them unavailable for immediate adoption. In 1997, the HSTB decided to do something about this dilemma by introducing our Foster Care Program. Whenever feasible, these animals will be sent to temporary foster homes for nurturing, socialization and specialized care until they are ready for adoption. If we didn’t have foster homes, these animals may be euthanized. The more foster homes we have, the more lives can be saved.


  • Anyone who cares about animals and is willing to donate their time and provide lots of tender loving care.
  • Retirees, homemakers, people who work at home or have flexible work schedules all would be good candidates for this program.


  • Must be over 18
  • Must have an extra room or space in your home to keep foster animals separate from other pets
  • Must make return visits to our shelter as required for your foster pets’ treatment and continued care
  • Should have all personal pets up to date on all vaccinations and examinations


  • Lots of hard work
  • Even MORE love and reward

Minimal- the Humane Society of Tampa Bay provides food, supplies and veterinary care through our shelter veterinarian

You can download a foster application HERE or contact our Foster Care Coordinator at 813-774-4346 or

Fostering in Action


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Penny came to us a little scuffed up, but our amazing veterinary team is working to polish her up so that she can sparkle and shine again! Penny came in as a stray with a large and very painful abscess on her neck. Though she tried to be friendly, it was hard for her to interact because she hurt so much. We immediately placed her on antibiotics and pain medication to help ease her suffering. Once stable, we performed surgery to drain and flush the wound. At first we thought the abscess was relatively new but surgery revealed that it was an old injury that had gone untreated. When Penny woke up from the surgery and no longer had throbbing pain, she was like a new dog, full of wiggles and kisses and snuggles for her new friends.

It seems that at one time, she was a loved pet as she has already been spayed, has had knee surgery and appears to be crate- and house-trained. Unfortunately, she is also heartworm positive which we will also treat. Although she is on the mend, her neck area is very sensitive and she will need to wear a harness until it is completely healed. We don’t expect her to be ready for adoption for another several days to a week. So, stay tuned if you are interested in making her part of your family.

If you would like to contribute to Penny’s medical care please donate here or text ADOPT to 243725 ‪

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB) will participate in the 3rd Annual Give Day Tampa Bay on Tuesday, May 3rd and aims to raise $20,000 throughout the 24-hour online giving event. This amount would allow the Society to save at least 200 more animals in 2016. Supporters can donate to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay by going to

To promote Give Day Tampa Bay donations and to support the Tampa Bay Rays, the Society will be hosting a Watch Party at MacDinton’s Irish Pub in South Tampa between the hours of 6:30 and 9:30pm. Guests will enjoy drink specials, raffles, Humane Society of Tampa Bay giveaways, and TVs set to watch the Rays take on the Dodgers. As always, MacDinton’s patio is pet friendly.

“We invite animal lovers and Rays supporters alike to join us for a fun evening of good food and drinks, raffles, and pets on the patio,” said HSTB Chief Development Officer Karen Ryals. “The Rays are sponsoring a Give Day Game Time Prize for the most dollars raised between 7:00pm and 9:00pm, so we hope attendees will donate to us while they enjoy the evening and watch the game. It’s the perfect way to support two ‘hometown teams’.”

Here are just a few of the ways Give Day Tampa Bay donations to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay can help animals in our community:

  • $25 will provide shelter to one homeless animal for a day
  • $50 will provide vaccinations for a homeless animal
  • $100 will cover the cost of spay/neuter surgery for one homeless animals
  • $250 will cover the cost of life-saving Heartworm treatment for one dog
  • $500 will cover the cost of special surgery for an ill or injured animal
  • $1,000 will cover the cost of food, shelter, and medical care for a litter of underage puppies or kittens


dog welcome home on brown matYou may not believe it, but we’d love to be out of a job. It is our greatest hope that pet overpopulation in Tampa Bay will end and that all pets will be able to stay in their homes with the people who love them. But, we’re still years away from realizing that dream. In the meantime, we offer several programs aimed at giving people alternatives to surrendering their pets to our shelter. These “Safety Net” programs are a growing trend across the country and many communities, including ours, have found success in lowering their animal intake numbers.

Help us spread the word that whether someone is facing financial difficulties, relocation, veterinary crises, pet behavior problems or one of the many other issues that cause people to consider surrendering their pet, there is help.

Safety Net Programs at HSTB


We offer free dog and cat food at our shelter, seven days a week. Tampa Bay citizens who find themselves struggling to feed their pets can use this service to supplement their pet food supply. MORE


This “Meals on Wheels” program for pets provides monthly supplies of pet food to homebound and elderly citizens across Tampa Bay. We also offer transportation to and from our Animal Health Center for Animeals recipients’ pets who need annual vaccinations, medications, surgery or check-ups. MORE


Our Animal Health Center Veterinary Hospital offers affordable, high-quality veterinary care to the public, seven days a week. This AAHA accredited full-service facility offers everything from vaccinations and nail trims to dentals and specialty surgery. We don’t ever want someone to have to surrender their pet, simply because they can’t afford veterinary care. We offer low prices, payment plans and special funding through our Save-A-Pet Medical Fund. MORE


We recognize that the only way to reduce pet overpopulation in our community is through spay and neuter. It is also a way to protect pets from devastating and costly forms of reproductive cancer and disease. Our AAHA accredited animal hospital offers surgical sterilization, at a low cost, for dogs, cats, rabbits, pot-bellied pigs and some pocket pets. For male dogs, we also offer Zeutering, a less-invasive process that removes enough testosterone from the system to effectively sterilize, but leaves the male “intact.” MORE


We know that behavior issues can be a challenge for some dogs but we also know that most of the time there is an attainable solution through simple, consistent and positive training. At our shelter, we offer affordable beginning, intermediate, and advanced training classes taught by our CPDT Certified Trainer and Behavior Specialist. For families who are unable to attend the 6-week classes or for more challenging cases that require one-on-one attention, our trainer is also available for private sessions in the home.


Our Animal Intake Staff are trained to counsel people considering pet surrender in alternative options and solutions to the challenges they face. They will take the time to listen to issues and concerns and to help people as they make this difficult decision and seek to do what is best for their pet.


When litters of puppies or kittens are surrendered to the shelter, we offer free spay and neuter for the mom and/or dad, who remain with their owners, so they won’t have more litters in the future. The babies are also sterilized before being adopted to loving homes, helping to end the heartbreaking cycle of unwanted animals in our community. Call 813-876-7138 for more information.