Just when you thought March Madness couldn’t get any more exciting, Buddy Brew came in with a slam dunk! Through March 31st, $2 from the sale of every bag of there limited edition Do Good Brew Good coffee will benefit our homeless animals. Available for purchase online and in stores. Plus, their truck will be at Bark In The Park serving brews, drinks and eats. What a delicious partnership!

First and foremost, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay has never claimed to be a “No-Kill” shelter. In fact, we have been quite clear that we are a “No-Kill FOR SPACE” shelter, also known as “Managed Admission”. This means that we do not euthanize an animal in our care in order to make room for another animal in need. We do, however, euthanize animals suffering from injury, illness, or temperament issues beyond our resources to treat or heal. In 2017 we attained a save rate of 92%; the percentage required to be considered “No-Kill” is 90%.

Second, in reference to taking animals from Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center (PRC) to euthanize them so that their “numbers” look better, here are the facts:

  • The 285 animals euthanized at our facility in 2017 referenced in a recent news report were stray dogs and cats that came directly to our facility, they were never at PRC. As mentioned above, these animals were euthanized not because we didn’t have room for them or because they were taking too long to be adopted, but because they were a danger to the public (temperament) or were suffering from injury or illness beyond our resources to treat/heal.
  • In 2017 the Humane Society of Tampa Bay saved 8,661 animals. 2,386 of those were strays that were kept OUT of the county shelter.
  • We are paid a stipend for the care of dogs we take from PRC if they have been there for over 2 weeks. It is standard practice for a county facility to reimburse for transfers in some form. For example, local rescue groups and other shelters that pull from PRC are given free veterinary care for the animals. We perform medical care at our facility for the animals we transfer. Therefore, we are given a stipend. The amount we are paid covers only 1/3 of the cost we incur while caring for these animals.
  • In 2017 we took 32 dogs who had been at PRC for more than 2 weeks. Our motive was to help give them more exposure so they could find homes. Of those 32 dogs, only 1 was euthanized. The reason for the euthanasia was temperament that presented after the dog arrived at our shelter.
  • The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is not an arm of the Humane Society of the United States or any other national animal welfare organization.
  • The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is a local, private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization that relies solely on donations and grants for funding.
  • The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is a “brick and mortar” shelter, not a rescue group or sanctuary.

Think we’re offering reduced adoption fees for bully breeds because we don’t value them?

Think we’re offering reduced adoption fees for bully breeds because we’re tired of having them around?

Think we’re offering reduced adoption fees for bully breeds because they’re bad dogs?


The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is committed to caring for, promoting, and adopting out these regal and misunderstood dogs. Because of the stigma these breeds suffer, would-be adopters often struggle with added costs from homeowners associations, insurance companies, and apartment complexes; that’s if they’re lucky. Much of the time, potential owners of  American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, American Bullies, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Bulldogs, and any possible mix thereof, are simply denied access to housing, insurance and the like. This isn’t fair, it’s breed discrimination, and we’d like to help soften the blow.

That is why we are offering low-cost adoptions for all of our bully breeds and/or bully breed mixes (including puppies under 4 months old) through the end of March. We hope that the reduced fee will help offset any extra costs incurred by landlord and insurance policies seeking to penalize people for doing the right thing, adopting a dog in need.

Our largest community outreach events, Free Shot Clinics aim to protect pets and keep the community safe from disease by providing free vaccinations  to pets in disadvantaged areas.

The next free shot clinic for dogs will be on April 28, 2018 from 9am to 12pm at Perry Harvey Sr. Park in downtown Tampa.

Standard Distemper/Parvovirus (DA2PP), and Rabies vaccinations will be be available at no charge to the first 1,000 dogs. Call 813.336.3550 for more information. Line forms early and shots are given on a first-come, first-served basis.

•Dogs must be at least 8 weeks old to receive DA2PP vaccines and at least 3 months old to receive Rabies vaccinations.
•We will not vaccinate litters of puppies, only individual puppies will be accepted.
•Limit 4 pets per household.
•Dogs must be on leashes.
•For their own safety and security, cats are not permitted.