We are thrilled to announce that we are hosting our 3rd Annual Pet Photo Calendar Contest! Last year’s contest was a huge success and we cannot thank our donors enough for their participation.

Is your pet model material? Show us your favorite photo of your adorable pet and not only will you be raising money for our homeless animals, but you will have the chance to win some cool swag for yourself and have your pet featured in our 2018 HSTB calendar.

Check out this year’s awesome prizes:
GRAND PRIZE (1)

* The photo with the most votes will be on the cover of the HSTB 2018 calendar as well as on one month inside the HSTB 2018 calendar
* American Airlines AAdvantage certificate redeemable for 50,000 miles
* $500 Columbia Restaurant gift certificates

FIRST PRIZES (11)

* 11 First Prize winners will have their photo featured on one month inside the HSTB 2018 calendar
* Each first prize winner will also receive $100 Columbia Restaurant gift certificates

The contest is open now and runs through Monday July 31st. It is $10 to enter and only $1 per vote. Vote and share with your family and friends. Be sure to post on Social Media as well!

This week we’re all about dads and showing our appreciation for all they do. Any fathers looking to add a furry friend to their family will enjoy 50% off adoption fees for any pet over 4 months old from June 11th – 18th. We’re offering this special not only to honor dads but to help some of our adult and longer-term residents find the loving homes they deserve.

So, here’s to you, Dad. And here’s to the animals who need you most!

We absolutely adore animals. We love them and want to help them. That’s why we’re here. The trouble is there are just too many animals and not enough homes. Right now, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is overwhelmingly crowded with cats and kittens.

Lily, a lovely and very pregnant tabby, was one of the many cats that came to us this spring. Within hours of arriving at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, Lily gave birth to three beautiful kittens. They were all homeless, but thanks to community support we cared for them and found each of them – along with countless others – new homes with loving families.

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay helps animals get the second chances they need, but our resources are seriously stretched to the limits, especially during these summer months. We count on kind, generous people like you to fund our lifesaving services. Even small gifts will save the lives of cats like Lily and her kittens, as well as many older animals who often wait longer to find the right family to fall in love with them. The support of our generous donors also helps us offer free and low-cost spay/neuter services to the community, the only answer for ending animal homelessness. If you would like to be a part of our mission, please give.

 

Disaster Preparedness

Hurricanes, flooding, booming thunderstorms … summer brings Florida opportunities for disaster and we want to make sure you have the resources necessary to be prepared. Storms are one of the leading causes of pets becoming lost and hurricane season ushers in the possibility of evacuation. You don’t need to leave your pet behind! We’ve compiled the following resources to help you prepare for the safety of EVERY member of your family.

A detailed, downloadable emergency preparedness document covering the needs of dogs, cats, horses, swine, cattle, birds, reptiles, and rabbits during a disaster. Checklists and contact log included.

Updated during disasters to show shelters accepting pets. It is very important that your pets are up-to-date on their shots as shelters will not allow pets to enter without proof of current vaccinations.

Print and affix to a gallon-size plastic bag where you can store the listed items.

Recent news reports of several dogs falling ill to canine influenza after attending dog shows in Georgia and Florida have got pet parents fretting about how to keep their furry family members safe. Here is what you need to know to understand the respiratory illness and protect your pet.

Symptoms and Duration

The H3N2 strain of canine influenza is highly contagious.  Dogs show signs of coughing, sneezing, discharge from the eyes and nose, and fever (temperature over 102.5º).  Most dogs recover from the illness but may cough for three weeks or more.  Some dogs may develop pneumonia and become seriously ill. 

Who is at risk?

Your dog is most at risk when being near other dogs – this includes dog parks, pet stores and grooming areas, coming nose to nose on a leashes walk in the neighborhood.

How to protect your pet

The best protection is vaccination because you don’t know when your dog will be exposed to the canine influenza virus. Initial vaccination requires two doses, separated by a two week interval. After the vaccination series, your dog may still get slightly sick if he/she contracts the virus from a sick dog, but the signs will be much less severe. At this time, the vaccination should be given annually. Our AAHA-accredited animal hospital has carries the vaccine and is open from 8:30am to 3:00pm seven days a week at 3809 N Armenia Avenue. Appointments highly recommended but walk-ins are accepted. Call 813-870-3309 for more information.

What to do if your pet gets sick

If you think your dog may be showing signs of canine influenza, please contact our animal hospital or your veterinarian.  When you arrive at the facility, protect the other dogs there by not bringing your dog directly into the lobby; instead, alert the front desk staff and ask for instruction.