Reasons Why Adopting is Important

  • Because you’ll save a life. Each year, it′s estimated that more than one million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States, simply because too many pets come into shelters and too few people consider adoption when looking for a pet.

  • Because you can help stop unkind and inhumane puppy mills. Puppy mills are breeding facilities who put profit over the welfare and wellbeing of their dogs, leading to poor conditions, improper medical care, and more. Just last September a puppy mill was shut down in Tampa due to inhumane conditions, with over 350 dogs being handed over to Hillsborough County Pet Resources. If we stop shopping and adopt instead, puppy mills will cease to exist!

  • Because it is so much more affordable than shopping. All animals adopted from HSTB come spayed/ neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and dewormed. Those are fees you don’t have to pay for! Additionally, dogs adopted through the Dolly’s Dream Dogs program come with supplies and 3 complimentary sessions of in-home dog training.

  • Because you’ll be helping more than just one animal. By adopting, you free up space in the shelter for other animals in need!

  • Because studies show that having an animal has immense psychological, emotional, and physical benefits. Caring for a pet can provide a sense of fulfillment and purpose- and you can feel proud about saving a pet’s life when you adopt!

  • Because it feels good to change a pet’s life. Once you’ve adopted one, it’s hard to ever buy again!

  • Because your home will thank you. Many shelter animals come from previous owners and are already house-trained, so you won’t have to sacrifice your favorite rug or couch. Also, HSTB typically has information on animals who came from a previous home, so you won’t have to play the guessing game on whether or not they are good with kids and other animals, etc.

  • Because it supports an amazing cause. All of the proceeds from the adoption fee go right back to the shelter, so your adoption of one animal will help so many more!

  • Because you’re not just giving them a second chance. They’re giving you a new best friend!

  • Because the HSTB website makes it easy. Check out each morning to see all the animals up for adoption that day.

Still need convincing? Check us out on instagram (@HumaneSocietyTampaBay), Twitter (@HumaneTampaBay) and Facebook (Humane Society of Tampa Bay) for adoption stories and to see why people are so glad that they chose to adopt from HSTB!

Due to COVID -19 concerns, our Animal Hospital will be closed from June 30, 2020 – July 13, 2020. We will return to normal business hours Tuesday, July 14, 2020. During this two-week timeframe, we will be using a certified COVID-19 disinfectant service to clean our facilities. Our SHELTER & INTAKE department will still remain open as they are separate buildings with separate staff.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
For any pet medical emergencies please see below:
UrgentVet Westchase / UrgentVet Brandon
813-328-3288 /  813-413-6664
12950 Race Track Rd / 2446 Bloomingdale Ave
Mon-Fri: 3PM – 11PM Mon-Fri: 3PM – 11PM
Sat-Sun: 10AM – 8PM Sat-Sun: 10AM – 8PM
Holidays: 12PM – 8PM Holidays: 12PM – 8PM
Veterinary Emergency Group
238 E. Bearss Ave
Open 24 hours
Veterinary Emergency Group
1501 S Dale Mabry
Mon-Fri: 12AM-8AM, 6PM-12AM
Sat-Sun: 24 hours
These two kittens, along with their mother were saved from an abandoned house by our rescue team. Our team was shocked by their horrific living conditions. They found living and deceased kittens in a wall infested with fleas and roaches. We immediately examined the cats to determine the best course of action. We found that the mother cat has upper respiratory issues, dental disease, and ringworm. Unfortunately, her kittens also have upper respiratory issues, ringworm and were covered in fleas. They could barely open up their eyes…  We cleaned up and treated the whole family. All three cats are currently in a foster home receiving the love, care and medical attention that they deserve. 
We are still open and helping the animals that need us…
If you can, please support us by clicking the donate button below.
Want to show how awesome your dog is? We do! The Humane Society of Tampa Bay and The New Barker are teaming up to showcase our community’s dogs! A total of four dogs will be selected from our Facebook & Instagram contests. Each dog will be featured in the next issue of The New Barker and the next issue of the Humane Society’s Making Tracks newsletter reaching over 40,000 homes and over 114,000 social media followers!

Have you given one of our animals a forever home? Help us win a $10,000 grant!

The love of an adopted pet changes everything! The Petco Foundation is giving out grant awards to organizations like ours, and prizes to adopters like you! All you have to do is something that all of us pet parents do every day anyway – post a picture of your pet!  Post a photo or video sharing your love for your adopted pet using the hashtag #ShelterValentine and be sure to tag both Humane Society of Tampa Bay and Petco Foundation. Celebrate adoption with us and have the chance to win daily prizes from February 1-14!

How to Participate

1. Contest goes from February 1 to 14
2. Post a photo or video Valentine on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #ShelterValentine AND be sure to tag us and Petco Foundation
3. Your account must be public for this entry
4. Daily winners will receive a prize pack including a Petco gift card and other fun items, and the organization where the pet was adopted (US!) will also win a lifesaving grant award – everyone wins!
Submissions are due by Friday, February 14 at 11:59 p.m. CST

What is TNVR?

TNVR is the internationally proven practice of humanely trapping, spaying/neutering, vaccinating, ear tipping feral or outdoor cats and then returning them to their neighborhoods. Successful TNVR involves a volunteer caretaker who provides food and water.  TNVR has been shown to be the least costly, most efficient and most humane way to stabilize cat populations. There is a lot of bad information from people who do not like cats and  from some media in our community. These are the facts.


TNVR stabilizes the outdoor cat population (fewer to no births), resulting in lower animal control costs, reducing nuisance complaints by residents, addressing neighbors’ concerns, alleviating public health concerns, and improving the cats’ lives.  Additionally, cats provide rodent control for the neighborhood or businesses. Cats put in this program are unsocial and therefore not unadoptable.

Saves Lives

Since 2008, through our TNVR program we have helped over 60,000 outdoor cats. It gives cats a second chance at life as feral cats are unable to be adopted since they are unsocial.

Improves Quality of Life

TNVR improves outdoor cats’ lives. As long as there is someone to feed the cats, they can have a good life.

TNVR Keeps the Community Safe

Through TNVR all outdoor cats are administered a rabies vaccine.

Long-Term Solution to Stabilize Feral Cat Population

Leaving the cats where they are and spaying or neutering them through TNVR is the only hope for these cats. They would be euthanized in a shelter because they are unsocial. Sterilizing a sufficient percentage of the cats breaks the reproductive cycle and the combination of sterilization and attrition can gradually lead to a reduced population.

Nuisance Behavior Reduced

The nuisance behavior often associated with feral and free-roaming cats is dramatically reduced; including the yowling and fighting that come with mating activity and the odor of unneutered males spraying to mark their territory. Male urine spray smells are eliminated.

TNVR Saves Taxpayer′s Money

Catching and killing cats has been a futile effort used by animal control and shelters across the country for decades. Continuing an approach that is clearly not working is a waste of taxpayer dollars. TNVR works and saves taxpayer’s money by reducing cats in our public shelters.

Bark in the Park is quickly approaching, and we need your help! You can help us feed, shelter, care for, and comfort our animals by raising money for Bark in the Park.

Bark in the Park Contest: Meet & Greet with Victor Hedman

Bark in the Park will be here before you know it! Form your pack now and raise $75 in donations between Thursday,12/5 and Tuesday,12/10 for a chance to win 2 tickets to the Tampa Bay Lightning game on Saturday, 12/14 vs Washington at 7:00 PM and MEET VICTOR HEDMAN after the game! Two winners will be randomly selected and announced on our social media platforms at 3:00 PM EST on Wednesday, 12/11.

ALL of the funds raised for and from this event go directly to our homeless animals. You can help us feed, shelter, care for, and comfort our animals by raising money for Bark in the Park!

Thank you Lightning player Victor Hedman #77 and Sanna Hedman for your support!

Update 9/4/19: BAARK (Bahamas Alliance for Animal Rights and Kindness), the Bahama Humane Society, Veterinary Medical Association of Bahamas and Ministry of Agriculture have selected IFAW to be the lead international agency to lead the relief efforts for animals affected by Hurricane Dorian.
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is on the list to take in animals when they become available and must be removed from the Island.
For people that want to volunteer services or give donations they should email The subject line should say “volunteer”.
Read BAARK!’s official statement regarding HERE
Read Humane Society of Grand Bahama’s official statement HERE

If you’re a Florida resident you’re very familiar with hurricane season, which runs from June 1st through November 30th. Florida is projected to experience six hurricanes this season, two of which will be major hurricanes. We’re already in the midst of this time frame and it’s crucial to be proactive rather than reactive. While we usually receive some sort of warning before a hurricane reaches us, we should not wait until a disaster is approaching to prepare. The best protection from a natural disaster is a plan! Hurricanes can be scary and there’s a certain four-legged family member who’s counting on you to keep them safe and secure – your pet.

Storms are a leading cause of pets becoming lost and hurricanes unfortunately bring the possibility of evacuation, which heightens this problem. If you have to evacuate, don’t leave your pet behind! Pets left behind are at risk of being injured, lost, or killed. If it’s not safe for you to be in your home, then it isn’t safe for your pets either.

Below are our tips for what you can do – both now and during a disaster – to ensure your pet stays safe during the event of a hurricane.

What To Do NOW

ID your pet! In the event that your pet does get lost, identification will strongly increase your chances of being reunited with them. Microchipping is highly recommended, and you’ll want to be sure that the microchip registration is in your name and updated with current contact information. The average person doesn’t have a microchip scanner, however, so it’s a good idea to also have a collar ready to go with an ID tag securely attached. Putting your phone number on your pet’s ID tag makes it easy for someone to contact you right away.

Visit our shelter to pick up a FREE Disaster Bag to help you prepare. You can also easily create your own disaster kit.

Either way, include these items for your pet to bring if you need to evacuate:

– All current medications, including heartworm, flea and tick preventatives

– Current medical and vaccination records

– A minimum of 7 days’ worth of food and water – don’t forget a can opener and/or scooper!

– Food and water bowls

– Microchip ID number information

– A collar with rabies and ID tags and leashes (it’s never a bad idea to have backups)

– Pictures of you with your pets and of your pets alone, to prove ownership and help others identify them if you are separated

– List of unique markings your pet has

– Pet first-aid kit

– Poop bags

– Trash bags

– Toys and treats

– Litter boxes and litter

– A secure carrier or collapsible crate for each pet, large enough for them to stand comfortably and turn around

– Bedding and blankets

– Small container of disinfectant and paper towels

Find a safe place to evacuate to ahead of time. Ideally, this would be a friend or relative’s house, but it could also be an emergency shelter. Call your local office of emergency management before a disaster hits to see if you’ll be able to bring your pet to an emergency shelter – don’t assume! Pet-friendly shelters likely won’t be an option either as most of them will have extremely limited space in the event of a disaster.

Hillsborough County Emergency Info – 813.272.5900

Consider lining up a caregiver in your absence. If a hurricane hits while you’re away from home, have a contact who lives close to you, is comfortable with your pets, knows the location of your pet evacuation kit, and has access to your house.

What To Do THEN (During a Hurricane)

If you are evacuating, bring your pet and their disaster kit with you!

If you find yourself unable to go to a friend or relative’s house, locate pet-friendly hotels or shelter in the area you’ll be evacuating to and secure reservations.

If you’re staying at home, identify a safe area of the house where your family and pets can stay together, and put your emergency supplies in that room immediately. Bring pets indoors as soon as authorities say trouble is on the way and make sure they’re wearing identification. Close off any unsafe nooks and crannies where frightened cats may try to hide, and don’t let your pets roam loose!

Again, we urge you to recognize the importance of preparation! The last thing you want to do is be scrambling to keep your pet safe while you’re trying to figure out your own safe evacuation. Our pets cannot prepare for themselves in situations like this. It’s our job as pet parents to protect them, prepare for them, and be patient with them. If you are traveling with your pet make sure to keep them safe. Read how to keep you and your pet safe in an auto emergency here.

Additional Resources

A detailed, downloadable emergency preparedness document covering the needs of dogs, cats, horses, swine, cattle, birds, reptiles, and rabbits during a disaster. Checklists and contact log included.

Updated during disasters to show shelters accepting pets. It is very important that your pets are up-to-date on their shots as shelters will not allow pets to enter without proof of current vaccinations.

Find pet friendly hotels and accommodations.

Print and affix to a gallon-size plastic bag where you can store the listed items.