Please visit our Amazon page for a list of specific supplies.

Items can be shipped directly to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, ATTN: Kitten Shower, 3607 N. Armenia Avenue, Tampa, FL 33607

If you are not ordering online, you can simply drop off the items to our shelter when it is convenient for you. If you plan to drop off the items when we are closed, our drop off area is located to the right of our front door of our shelter.

What does it mean?

AAHA stands for the American Animal Hospital Association. AAHA is the only veterinary hospital association in America that provides accreditation to companion animal hospitals. The accreditation process for veterinary hospitals is voluntary, that means that a veterinary clinic has to want to become AAHA accredited because they want to be the gold standard for medical care for their four-legged patients.

To become accredited takes rigor and a serious investment of time and money. There are more than 900 standards that are evaluated in person every three years.

AAHA has outlined specific protocols, checklists, and guidelines that every accredited hospital must abide by. These protocols, checklists, and guidelines describe the way to practice medicine at the highest level. To become an AAHA accredited hospital, a complete practice audit is performed by the association to evaluate everything from the practice’s medical record keeping to surgery protocols to ensure that the hospital is following these AAHA guidelines and are, in fact, practicing the highest quality of medicine.

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay Animal Hospital has been AAHA accredited for five years (since June 2014). We were the first animal hospital in Florida to receive/maintain this prestigious accreditation and only 15{7745412d95a2321b406eae40e1de3a46791e79f925cd769a0bc2e92f1240c8bc} of animal hospitals in the United States are AAHA accredited.

Standards

AAHA accreditation ensures accredited hospitals are using the most up-to-date technology and requires that veterinarians that work at accredited hospitals stay up-to-date with the latest developments in veterinary medicine through continuing education.

AAHA is continuously updating their standards to meet the changes and updates in veterinary medicine. To stay accredited, a veterinary hospital must pass an audit every three years to show that the practice has updated their practice protocols to meet these changes as well.

Examples

Some examples of practices that AAHA accredited animal hospitals are required to use that some non-accredited animal hospitals might not have include:

  • – Aggressive handling or restraint is prohibited
  • – An oxygen delivery system for critical patients that cannot breathe
  • – Dental X-Ray to better be able to identify and treat dental disease since 90{7745412d95a2321b406eae40e1de3a46791e79f925cd769a0bc2e92f1240c8bc} of dental disease is hidden below the gums
  • – Designated surgical suite
  • – Designated treatment area
  • – Pain assessment is considered part of every patient evaluated

Source: www.aaha.org

Why we decided that we wanted to become AHHA accredited?

We believe that pets are an important part of the family and if accreditation is required for human hospitals than it is just as important for veterinary hospitals.

We wanted to give our clients a tangible way to know that they can trust that we are practicing at the highest level of medicine and feel confident that their pets are being well taken care of at our animal hospital.

In short, WE TRULY LOVE ANIMALS and want to ensure they are well cared for regardless of level of effort, time and cost.

Due to the construction of the community’s new shelter our capacity is limited.

In order to ensure we can continue to provide shelter for as many animals as possible during construction we have an adoption special for our larger dogs in hopes to find them homes quickly.

Any dog over 50 pounds will have a reduced adoption fee of $50!

If you are looking to love a pet forever, stop by our shelter and save a life!

View all our adoptable dogs HERE.

Unable to adopt at this time? Please consider making a donation to the community’s new shelter to help us save more lives!

It’s kitten season and our shelter is currently inundated with underage kittens. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to provide more underage kittens the care they require. Thankfully, we have a solution. We have a special foster program designed to make it convenient for good Samaritans to care for newborn kittens in their home. We will provide all the necessary tools, including care kits, vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery and tips on bottle feeding. Once the kittens are 6 weeks of age we will take over care and find them loving homes.

How You Can Help:

IMPORTANT! Don’t Kit-Nap Kittens!

If you find a litter of kittens, the best thing you can do is leave the kittens alone. Mom will likely return. Please don’t intervene. It is critical the kittens remain in her care as she offers the best chance for survival. The only time you should step in is if you are 100{7745412d95a2321b406eae40e1de3a46791e79f925cd769a0bc2e92f1240c8bc} certain that the kittens are orphaned.
On May 1, 2019 we broke ground on the community’s NEW shelter!
We are beyond excited to begin to build for the future and continue to lead the way because EVERY LIFE COUNTS!
We taped the event for you to watch at your convenience.
SPOILER ALERT: Watch Mayor Jane Castor at 5:45 and an actual building be crushed at 17:25!