Protect your pet financially against unexpected vet bills. When you leave with pet insurance in place, you are adopting with confidence and peace of mind for your new family member.  We recommend you purchase pet insurance your on the day of your adoption so that you have immediate coverage in case this pet gets sick or injured.

• 1 in 3 pets will require unexpected medical care this year
• Every 6 seconds, a pet owner receives a bill for at least $1,000
• Fetch by the Dodo pet insurance covers exam fees, diagnostic tests and medications, dental injury and disease, chronic and hereditary conditions
• Customize your plan based on your desired yearly coverage amounts, deductibles and reimbursement percentage
• If you enroll within 24 hours of adoption, there is no waiting period…your coverage would go into effect at midnight
• Average costs: $11-$19 per month for cats and $18-$35 per month for dogs

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