While a hot and humid Indian Summer thrives in Tampa, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB) is immersed in sparkling snow and glittering ice as they prepare for Tuxes & Tails- Nordic Nights. The signature black-tie, fundraising gala will take place in a wintry world of snowflakes and stars on Saturday, October 13th from 5:30pm to Midnight at the Tampa Convention Center. Honorary Co-Chairs Lisa and Nikki DeBartolo will host the event where more than 70 adoptable pets will be on hand to melt the hearts of guests and inspire generous support for their worthy cause. FOX 13’s Cynthia Smoot and Russell Rhodes will serve as emcees for the historically sold-out festivities. Those interested in attending are encouraged to purchase tickets early at TuxesTailsTampa.com or by calling 813.876.4150.

“We are so excited about this year’s event,” said HSTB’s Special Events Manager Ornella Varchi. “Our community is incredibly generous and we can’t wait to throw them an amazing party to say ‘thank you!’ and to celebrate our shared passion for homeless animals.”

Guests will drink, dine, and dance the night away with the following attractions:

  • 70+ adoptable pets
  • Cocktail Party with complimentary wine and beer
  • Silent Auction with 100+ luxury items
  • *VIP Lounge with open bar, appetizers, and entertainment
  • Dinner with complimentary wine and beer
  • A glimpse into the Humane Society of Tampa Bay’s life-saving work
  • Live Auction with exclusive, luxury lots
  • Entertainment by Dorene Collier’s Event Show Productions including a runway show with adoptable pets
  • Apres-Ski themed After-Party by the water with libations, dancing, coffee, and cigar bar

The Presenting Sponsor for the event isThe Brink Foundation.

The following top sponsors also lend their support: Best In Show- An Anonymous Friend of the Animals; Ties & Tiaras- Antinori Family, Gerry and Suzie Archibald/Tampa Coin, BlueGrace Logistics, Cypress Boutique, Lisa DeBartolo and Don Miggs, Nikki DeBartolo and Sheriff Chad Chronister, Periodontal Health Center, and Cherie and Harvey Schonbrun. A complete list of sponsors can be found at TuxesTailsTampa.com.

*The VIP Lounge is available only to event sponsors at the Model Purrfect level and higher. Call 813.876.4150 for VIP access or more information.

Harry Potter is going back home! Hogwarts that is! We want our shelter animals to find their way back home too! From September 1st – September 8th, HSTB will be having Harry Potter Week! ALL of our animals will be placed into their “houses” and the house with the most adoptions will win the house cup! Stay tuned on September 9th to see who won! HSTB will be magically transformed into the Hogwarts Castle grounds. If you are looking for a furry friend to love forever, and you are in dressed in a Harry Potter themed costume, then you will get half off the adoption price (animals 4 months and above only)! Or you can dress up for fun too. Stop by and visit our animals at the HSTB Hogwarts Castle!


Sweet Misha wandered into a fire station in Ybor. The good folks at Station 6 brought her to us. She is severely emaciated, has heartworms, a parasite infestation so severe she was vomiting worms, and possibly other serious complications, but we are waiting for biopsy results. It appears that on top of all that she was likely used for breeding. We can’t imagine the suffering she has endured to get into this condition.

She required surgery and blood transfusions on Wednesday and is still not out of the woods. She is currently in foster care at night with one of our veterinary technicians so that she can receive 24-hour monitoring and intravenous fluids. Please send prayers and positive thoughts her way.

There is an investigator from Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center on this case of extreme neglect and we are cooperating fully to help find justice for Misha.

Follow her story with updates and live videos on our page at Humane Society of Tampa Bay

Photo: Cameron Leff

For the second consecutive year, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB) will participate in the popular Clear the Shelters pet adoption drive. Hosted locally by WFLA-TV / News Channel 8 (“WFLA”), the national initiative launched in August and will culminate in shelters across the nation with ‘Clear the Shelters’ day on Saturday, August 18.  HSTB will participate by waiving adoption fees for all pets and hosting a celebration at the shelter between the hours of 10:00am and 5:00pm.

As part of the celebration, Katie Sommers of 93.3 FLZ will broadcast live from the shelter from 10:00am to 3:00pm. The Society will also offer lunch from the grill, children’s activities and face-painting, tropical shaved ice by Kona Ice of Tampa Bay, and more.

“We are excited to participate in Clear The Shelters again this year”, said HSTB Director of Shelter Operations Danyelle Ho. “We’ll be throwing a fantastic party and hope to empty all of our kennels so that we can fill them right back up with more animals in need.”

Animals available for adoption on Saturday, August 18, will be viewable at HumaneSocietyTampa.org/adoptions by 9:00pm Friday evening (August 17). Adoptions are handled on a first-come, first-served basis and potential pet parents are encouraged to arrive early as lines will form.

Clear the Shelters is an initiative spearheaded by NBC Universal owned television stations, a division of NBCUniversal. ‘Clear the shelters’ is sponsored nationally by Cat’s Pride and Hill’s Pet Nutrition. The local sponsors are Precision Overhead Garage Door, Nissan, California Closets and Maus Nissan. 


Want an opportunity to win TWO TICKETS TO TUXES AND TAILS AND ENTRANCE TO THE VIP ROOM?! Here is your chance!

* Become a new Monthly Pet Partner for $19 or more per month
* Increase your existing Monthly Pet Partner gift by $19 or more per month

Tuxes And Tails is our signature black-tie gala featuring live and silent auctions, a cocktail hour with complimentary wine and beer, dinner and dessert, live entertainment featuring adoptable pets, after-party and cigar bar on the waterfront, and more! Gather with animal lovers and community leaders for a beautiful evening to help us raise funds for the homeless animals in our care. Tuxes and Tails will be October 13, 2018.

Monthly Pet Partner donations provide us with a source of recurring support for our life-saving programs. Monthly donations are automatically deducted and donors are eligible for quarterly rewards. Monthly Pet Partners help us save lives! Thank you for supporting our homeless pets!

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Questions? Please contact our Development Department at 813-774-4306 or development@humanesocietytampa.org