This year for Give Day Tampa Bay we are challenging our generous supporters to help us save 100 lives by raising $25,000. It is expensive to house, feed, sterilize, medicate, and care for homeless animals, but if everyone gives just a little, the goal will be reached in no time. Some examples of how donations help:

  • $5 helps us save animals in need
  • $15 provides a microchip for 1 homeless animal
  • $25 provides shelter to 1 homeless animal for a day
  • $50 provides vaccinations for 1 homeless animal
  • $100 covers the cost of spay/neuter for 1 homeless animal
  • $250 covers the cost of life-saving heartworm treatment for 1 dog

The 24-hour, online giving event takes place on Tuesday, May 2, but supporters can give at any time from April 18 to May 2 and there are several ways to participate:

The annual island soiree was a smashing success where more than $68,000 was raised, seven pets were adopted, and many more enjoyed time out of the shelter meeting new friends before being adopted the next week. Once again held at the Davis Island home of Nancy and Tom Newman, the breezy evening was no match for the warm atmosphere and spectacular sunset views they provided. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is grateful to them and the parties’ generous sponsors:

Top Dog
The Antinori Family

Constant Companions
The Berman Gunn Family
Diane Homa
Teresa and Greg Matton
Nancy and Tom Newman, Neurological Specialties
PNC Bank

Tail Waggers
Air Animal Pet Movers
Katie Colmenares,
Broker Associate Smith & Associates
Devonshire Custom Homes
Elizabeth and Chuck Harris
Harris & Hunt, PA
J.C. Newman Cigar Company
K9 Power
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
Town & Country Automotive,
L.M. and Deborah Satcher
Nancy Turner
Wag Natural Pet Market
Zingale Family

Suzie and Jerry Archibald
Kris and Scott Boos
Leanne and Jim Brown
The Chiropractic Health Center
Cheryl Ciccarello and Randall Stack
Davis Island Animal Clinic
Davis Island Pharmacy
Deborah Kent’s
Forns Design & Construction, Inc.
Scott and Karen Friedman
Dr. and Mrs. Julio Gonzalez
Julie Holcomb with Keller Williams Realty South Tampa
Hyde Park Vet Clinic
Jack and Pam Kesier, JT Keiser LLC
Lakeland Automall,
Greg and Meredith Balasco
Tino and Marie Martinez
John and Letitia McKibbon
Amy McKie
Terry and Liz McLaughlin
Joe and Kim Mello
Mosquito Hunters
Sandy and Jim Murman
Ann Marie and Tim Muscaro
Michael and Rene Neff
Fran and Dick Powers
Mary Scott
Michael and JoAnn Strober
Louis and Cathy Suglia
Tower Radiology Centers
Brenda and Ty Trayner
John and Yvonne Whitcomb
Tina Worrall
Randy and Debbie Zomermaand

Bay Stage Live
Fine Wine & Spirits Warehouse
JJR Photography
Ken Walters Promotions & Products
Ana Landis
Mike’s Pies
My Favorite DJ – Arthur Lastra
Pepin Distributing
Square 1 Burgers
Tates Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
Wright’s Gourmet


Photos by Justine Jackson-Ricketts

UPDATE: The dog’s arrival time in Tampa has been delayed to between 10pm and 11pm.

In Puerto Rico stray dogs, known as “Sato”, are considered vermin and endure starvation, illness, and unspeakable acts of torture. There are a reported 500,000 ‘Sato’ crammed onto the tiny island the size of Connecticut. Dogs are routinely dumped at “Dead Dog Beach” where they starve to death or become the targets of cruelty and torture by people who consider them worthless. In answer to this crisis, Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is conducting a transport- Operation Breathing Room- to bring 200 of these dogs to the US mainland for rehabilitation and adoption. As an HSUS *Emergency Placement Partner (EPP), the Humane Society of Tampa Bay will receive 22 ‘Sato on Saturday, April 8th. The remaining 178 dogs will be received by other EPPs across the southeast. The dogs will arrive in Ft. Lauderdale at 2:00pm where they’ll be picked up by staff and transported back to the shelter at 3607 N. Armenia Avenue with an arrival time expected between 10pm and 11pm.  On site media contact: Nash McCutchen, 813-785-6922.

“It is heartbreaking to read accounts of these dogs,” said Humane Society of Tampa Bay Chief Executive Officer Sherry Silk. “Puppies and adult dogs are routinely used for target practice both with guns and vehicles, and many are subject to ritualistic torture. Not to mention the fact that they are starving and often suffering from illness and injury. We are proud to be part of this effort to end such horror.”

Once at the shelter the dogs will be assessed for medical needs and any special care, spayed/neutered, and brought back to physical and mental health. It is unknown when they will be available for adoption but the Society will keep the public updated on their progress through their blog,, and social media.

*Emergency Placement Partners are part of HSUS’s national network that aims to save animals from abuse by assisting with large-scale abuse cases such as hoarding situations, animal fighting, or puppy mill operations.  Once HSUS removes animals from abusive situations, Emergency Placement Partners step up to care for and place the animals. As local groups with access to local resources, Emergency Placement Partners provide the animals with veterinary care, rehabilitation, and ultimately, placement in lifelong homes. For more information on HSUS’s Emergency Placement Partners, visit

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is getting some Big Love fromBigDog Mower Co. who will kick-off a unique contest, the BigDog Best Friends Photo Contest, tomorrow. The photo contest will  benefit homeless pets and recognize the bond between dog lovers and their canine companions. As part of the kick-off ceremony, BigDog will make a special presentation to The Humane Society of Tampa Bay on Wednesday, April 5 at 10:30a.m. Media is invited to attend the ceremony where representatives from both organizations will be available for comment. Media Contact: 813-785-6922 or

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