Sweet Ursula was found alone and struggling to give birth on a roadway in Brandon. She was taken to Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center where they took immediate medical action to try to save her and her puppies. Sadly, her puppies could not be revived but Ursula pulled through even though she was extremely malnourished, ill, and weak. She was transferred to our shelter in the middle of December to find a new, loving home. She received several weeks of medical care, rest and TLC from our amazing staff and volunteers and is now feeling much healthier and happier. It is our hope that we can find her a loving home before the New Year so that she can ring it in with her very own family. If you are interested in adopting Urusla, please contact our adoption staff at 813.876.7138 or adopt@humanesocietytampa.org.

UPDATE 12/30/16: Ursula went home! Her new family saw her touching story on ABC Action News – WFTS – Tampa Bay and knew she was destined to be a part of their lives. Some of our staff posed for her go-home pic, in place of the camera-shy parents, to represent all of us here at Humane Society of Tampa Bay and to show how very loved she was during her stay. It has been a pleasure and an honor, Ursula, you will never leave our hearts

We have much to be proud of. Together we helped nearly 8,000 animals get a second chance this year.

We rehabilitated and rehomed Genie, a paralyzed pup abandoned on our doorstep with a heartbreaking note.




We fought for custody of Bart The Miracle Cat, and won.





We opened our doors to dogs displaced by some of the worst flooding seen in the state of Louisiana.





The list goes on.

As we move toward year’s end, please honor Genie, Bart, and all the other animals we saved in 2016 by making a donation. Your support will allow us to continue our work into the new year and beyond.

Here’s to the animals we will help in 2017, and here’s to you!

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Tampa Bay’s Gen X and Millennial generations are showing increased philanthropic activity with a large number of the hardworking, fun loving group expressing a committed interest in animal welfare. With that in mind, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay recently launched Tampa Tails-  a young professionals networking group who fundraise for our homeless animals through events and hands-on volunteering at the shelter.

“Feedback from our signature fundraising events as well as partnerships with local businesses has shown us that young professionals want to be actively involved in causes for good,” said Humane Society of Tampa Bay Special Events Manager Ornella Varchi. “We are excited to provide them with opportunities to have a great time while networking with fellow animal lovers to support a common passion for homeless pets.”

Tampa Tails membership is open to professionals between the ages of 25 and 45 and includes entry to six annual cocktail events with partners such as Datz Restaurant Group, Ava and other local favorites. Members also participate in Mutts & Mimosas volunteer days with our animals at the shelter. Members can sign up online or by calling 813-876-4150.

Tampa Tails is led by dedicated committee members Katie Busciglio (Busciglio Smiles Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry), Brooke Palmer Kuhl (RSBP Events + PR), Whitney McKay (BlueGrace Logistics), Gina Moccio (Datz Restaurant Group), Colleen O’Brien (Thirteenth Judicial Circuit), Gabby Soriano (WS Development/Hyde Park Village), Laura Tatem (Tampa International Airport), and Ornella Varchi (Humane Society of Tampa Bay).

MEDIA CONTACT: 813-774-4313 or communications@humanesocietytampa.org