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Liberty was found roaming the streets alone and very pregnant. Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center picked her up and the poor thing ended up giving birth in the truck on the way to their facility. Happily, we had an open kennel and were able to take the whole family, so the next day they were loaded up and transferred to us.

On the way here, she was so frightened and anxious to get to her babies that she ripped the door off their kennel and climbed in there with them (see first photo). Neither the HCPRC driver nor our staff could believe she was able to fit in the small cage! We brought her out and assured her that there would be no more truck rides for a while and that we’d get her all cleaned up, fed and settled in a comfy space. Although she has relaxed a little bit she is very, very stressed. She is trying to be a good momma but it is difficult to care for your babies when you are scared of your own shadow. The puppies are struggling and we are concerned about whether or not they will all make it. So, one of our vet techs will be taking the whole family home tonight so that they can be in a quiet, calm place where they can relax and begin to gain strength.

Please send good thoughts or say a prayer for Liberty. We want her to know that she can trust us and that she is now free from an empty belly, dangerous streets, and life all alone. We’ll keep you posted on her progress.

If you’d like to help Liberty and other needy animals like her, please donate online or text ADOPT to 243725.

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howard_frankland_17371992_8colThe recent string of dead cats found on a bay area bridge as well of reports of similar occurrences in Charleston, SC, have us deeply concerned. While it is possible that recent flooding in the Tampa Bay region could have brought more cats to the vicinity of the bridge, the likelihood of them making their way several miles down the bridge on their own before succumbing to illness or injury is extremely slim.

A core program at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay aims to protect and save the lives of feral and community cats through humane, aggressive Trap/Neuter/Vaccinate/Return. To see evidence that someone is harming cats with such cold intention is alarming.

That is why we are offering a $1,000 reward to anyone with information leading to an arrest. To report information about these occurrences, please contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office or Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

We believe that pets are family and that family should stick together through thick and thin.

Sadly, many loving pet parents are forced to give up their animals when they become unable to afford to feed them or to provide them with basic medical care. But that’s an economic problem, not a reflection on how deeply they love their pets.

That’s why, thanks to funding from a generous donor (anonymous), the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is launching a new initiative aimed at providing low-income families with the resources they need to keep their pets:

PETS for LIFE … because families matter

The Pets For Life Program will offer free spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations to pets living in zip codes 33602, 33603, and 33605 and will also provide pet food, supplies and veterinary care to these pets on a case-by-case basis.

Residents of zip codes 33602, 33603, and 33605 can contact our Community Outreach Manager at 813.442.2279 for more information or to schedule a service for their pets.


THIS IS NOT A REAL DOG! Meet “Briskett”, a SynDaver Synthetic Canine who could save thousands of animal lives by ending their use in medical research. He stopped by our shelter today for a friendly visit and tried out our kennels. He found them to be quite comfortable! Find out more about this exciting medical tool:

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay has never and will never sell homeless animals to medical research facilities.

Photo: Judge Public Relations

Photo: Judge Public Relations
Photo: Judge Public Relations