TAMPA, FLA (July 9, 2018) – The Humane Society of Tampa Bay has served the needs of the area’s homeless animals since 1912. The current shelter, which houses at least 8,600 animals each year is more than 50 years old and showing unsustainable wear and tear. Today, the Society announced plans to construct a 42,000 square foot facility that will allow them to address the structural challenges they face in the existing building.

“We have done an incredible job of keeping our animals comfortable and safe in a building that is half a century old,” said Sherry Silk, CEO of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. “But it’s time to do better. Tampa Bay’s homeless animals deserve so much more and, with the help of our community, we intend to give it to them.”

The DeBartolo family, well-known for their compassion for animals and investment in community, have made a significant contribution that will give them naming rights to the new shelter which is scheduled to begin construction in the Spring of 2019.

“The DeBartolo family is passionately committed to our community and, because of our personal love for animals, it seemed only fitting to support the construction of a larger and improved shelter to serve Tampa Bay’s homeless pets,” said Lisa DeBartolo, Executive Vice President of DeBartolo Holdings, LLC. “The DeBartolo Family Animal Shelter will undoubtedly provide hope for the animals in our midst needing care and comfort.”

In addition to doubling the current capacity, the DeBartolo Family Animal Shelter at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay will have central heating and air, isolation space to contain contagious disease, and nursery accommodations for under aged puppies, kittens, and nursing moms. The Society expects that it will be able to save an additional 2,000 animals annually with the new facility.

Thomas Everett Lamb Design & Development donated their innovative design which offers an updated look in keeping with the unique, historic expression of West Tampa.  Architect Kevin Hart of Kevin Hart Associates and DeBartolo Construction Services, LLC have signed on to implement the design and construction of the facility. The projected cost for construction of the building is $11 million; the Society has already raised $8.7 million towards that goal.

“We know the community will support our efforts,” said Karen Ryals, Chief Development Officer for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. “The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is their shelter, in the heart of their city, and they have never disappointed in showing their compassion for homeless pets.”

The Society officially launched their capital campaign with a website and donation portal at Visitors to the site can donate towards construction, see building plans, browse additional naming rights opportunities, watch a virtual tour of the current shelter, and enjoy campaign-related documents and media.

“We are so close to our goal and need the entire community to pull together for homeless animals,” said Sherry Silk. “This campaign is about one thing – saving more lives – and we can’t imagine anyone saying ‘no’ to that.”

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is excited to announce our 4th Annual Pet Photo Calendar Contest!

Does your pet have what it takes to be a pin-up model? Show us your favorite photo of your precious pet and not only will you be raising money for needy animals in our community but you have the chance to win some cool swag for yourself and have your pet featured in our 2019 calendar!

Contest entry is only $10 and each vote is $1. Every dollar makes a difference in the lives of homeless pets. Once you submit your entry, you can share it with your family and friends and encourage them to vote!

Contest ends July 31, 2018 at 9 pm.

Please contact Sarah Dale at 813-774-4306 or with any questions.


Grand Prize (1)
  • The photo with the most votes will be on the cover of the HSTB 2019 calendar as well as on one month inside the HSTB 2019 calendar
  • One Night Stay at the Epicurean Hotel with Brunch for Two at Elevage (expires 12/26/18)
  • $500 Columbia Restaurant gift certificates
First Prizes (11)
  • 11 First Prize winners will have their photo featured on one month inside the HSTB 2019 calendar
  • Each first prize winner will also receive $100 Columbia Restaurant gift certificates