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On Black Friday we ushered in the holiday season and nearly cleared the shelter after 73 animals found loving homes during our Black Friday adoption special. An hour before we opened, the line of potential adopters reached all the way down our sidewalk and past our intake building, and continued to grow throughout the day!
While Black Friday typically marks the end of the “season of thanks” we are extending gratefulness into the holidays. One month simply isn’t enough time for us to count all of our blessings. The winter edition of our Making Tracks newsletter, which is dedicated to all we are thankful for, will be in mailboxes next week as we carry our thanksgiving into December. We know you will find the stories inspiring.
We hope supporters will consider us during holiday and end-of-year giving so that we can continue to be a blessing to animals in need.

Black Friday, November 24, 2017, from 12:00pm to 7:00pm, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay will offer 75% off adoption fees for any pet over 4 months old! Our goal is to clear the shelter so that our current pets will be home for the holidays and we can take in more pets in need! We’ll also be serving lunch from the grill (12pm to 3pm) and will have games for kids. Come join us for this post-Thanksgiving party!

TAMPA, FLA (November 20, 2017) – Dr. Karla Bard, Director of Medical Operations at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, led a presentation of landmark research findings at the annual meeting of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) at their special veterinary session on Saturday, October 7th in Atlanta, GA. This prestigious honor reflects the high esteem in which Dr. Bard and the Humane Society of Tampa Bay (and AAHA-accredited veterinary facility) are held and the respect gained for their unwavering commitment to relevancy and leading in the field.

The milestone research findings alleviate concerns that a nationwide rise in high volume spay-neuter facilities has been accompanied by a lower quality of care that leads to an increase in post-surgical mortality rates. According to results from the six-year study, however, high-volume spay-neuter surgery is associated with lower mortality rates, approaching that achieved in human surgery.

“High volume spay–neuter clinics have been established to save lives by reducing the number of animals admitted to and euthanized in animal shelters,” said Dr. Bard. “The results of our study confirm the absolute safety of these clinics and offer further evidence to support aggressive spay-neuter initiatives.”

The study and subsequently published research was conducted in partnership with Dr. Julie K. Levy, Maddie’s® Professor of Shelter Medicine at the University of Florida Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program, and supported by a Maddie’s Fund® grant.

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 HSTB Director of Medical Operations Dr. Karla Bard picture (at left) with Dr. Julie Levy, Maddie’s® Professor of Shelter Medicine at the University of Florida Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program

HSTB Director of Medical Operations Dr. Karla Bard picture (at left) with Dr. Julie Levy, Maddie’s® Professor of Shelter Medicine at the University of Florida Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program

About Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program and Maddie’s Fund
Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program is a comprehensive shelter medicine program at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine made possible by Maddie’s Fund®. Maddie’s Fund ( is a family foundation founded in 1994 by Workday co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, they have awarded more than $153 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter medicine education, and pet adoptions across the U.S. The Duffields named Maddie’s Fund after their Miniature Schnauzer Maddie, who always made them laugh and comforted them during stressful business times when Dave was launching a startup software company. Maddie was with Dave and Cheryl from 1987 – 1997 and continues to inspire them today.

On November 28th the Humane Society of Tampa Bay will participate in #GivingTuesday. Each year, this global day of giving takes place on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, offering individuals, organizations, and corporations to give back to the community after the shopping frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We hope you will join us in making #GivingTuesday count for animals in need. Ways to help:

  • Any time between 12:00am and 11:59pm on Tuesday, November 28, donate to our homeless pets by clicking the link below
  • Share the link below through email, blogs, and social media pages to encourage others to participate
  • Use the hashtags #GivingTuesday, #WeAreHSTB, and #AdoptDontShop on your posts to help spread awareness of pets in need

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is pleased to announce that we have been certified by Points of Light as a Service Enterprise! A Service Enterprise is an organization that fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills throughout their organization to successfully deliver on its social mission.

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay relies on the time, resources, skills, and generosity of more than 500 volunteers to help staff care for the animals and run our life-saving programs and outreach services”, said Volunteer Manager Liz McCoy. “In 2016, our volunteers gave 72,000 hours of service, the equivalent of 35 full-time staff positions. We simply couldn’t be successful without them and are proud to offer them a Service Enterprise environment where they can shine.”

Research conducted by the TCC Group, a national program and evaluation firm, found that organizations operating as Service Enterprises outperform peer organizations on all aspects of organizational effectiveness, and are more adaptable, sustainable and capable of scaling their work.

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay completed an extensive assessment, over 20 hours of training and consulting, and extensive internal planning and change to better integrate volunteers in our day to day operations. By achieving this level of excellence and certification, HSTB is now better equipped to leverage the time and talent of volunteers and better meet our mission.