We are excited to team up with AGoldPhoto Pet Photography to create a Fundraising Coffee Table Book titled, “Tails of Gratitude – A Collection of Thank You Notes from People to Their pets” in an effort to raise much needed funds for the shelter.

The goal of the project is to raise $7,500 which could help the shelter vaccinate 260 animals, spay/neuter surgeries for 110 animals and shelter 375 animals for 1 day.

Participation in the book will be facilitated via an application process and successful applicants will be guaranteed a double page spread in the book and pay a $150 registration fee, 100% of which will be donated to the shelter. The book is set to publish late November/early December 2021.

Photo Shoots will take place at AGoldPhoto Pet Photo Studio, located in South Tampa. Participants will get to select their favorite photo for the book and have the opportunity to purchase printed photographic artwork for their home or office. “We’re so grateful to be the recipient of funds from this coffee table book project with AGoldPhoto Pet Photography.” Said Sherry Silk, CEO of Humane Society of Tampa Bay. “2020 was a challenging year, not only for the shelter, but for pet parents as well. We can’t wait to see what pet parents want to thank their pets for.

“We’re beyond excited to launch this project with the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Our pets are part of the family and we’re thankful for them every day.” Explained Adam, Co-Owner and Photographer of AGoldPhoto Pet Photo Studio” The funds raised from this project will help shelter animals in need and bring pets and their people closer together through photography”

The application to participate in the project can be found at agoldphoto.com/book.

About AGoldPhoto Pet Photography
AGoldPhoto Pet Photography is made up of a husband and wife team, Mary and Adam Goldberg. The couple started taking photos of adoptable animals at Humane Society of Tampa Bay in 2016 and have since opened their own photo studio in South Tampa. They have raised over $250,000 for animal shelters and rescues all over the country.

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
813-265-4043
238 E. Bearss Ave
Open 24 hours
Veterinary Emergency Group
813-793-7555
1501 S Dale Mabry
Mon-Fri: 12AM-8AM, 6PM-12AM
Sat-Sun: 24 hours

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.

Why TNVR?

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.

Meet the Official Dog of the Mayor’s Office!

Mayor Jane Castor adopted Cookie from us this week and we couldn’t be more thrilled! She came to us as a owner surrender and Mayor Castor heard about her story and fell in love with her.
Stay tuned with us on our social media accounts to hear updates on how Cookie is enjoying her new role!
Want to help Mayor Jane Castor re-name Cookie? Leave your suggestion on her puppy poll!

BECOME A MONTHLY PET PARTNER

In honor of kitten season, we are increasing our efforts to save MORE kittens and we NEED your help!

You can join for as little as 62¢ a day.

Signing up only takes a minute. Then, your credit card will be charged automatically each month.

Your Support Will Provide:

  • Emergency Rescue
  • Safe Shelter
  • Food
  • Medical Expenses

YOUR SIGN UP WILL SAVE MORE KITTENS LIKE COLUMBO

Columbo was rescued by one of our staff members after being thrown out of a moving vehicle.
Columbo is NOW Safe

Watch Columbo’s Full Story

Monthly donations are automatically deducted. Donors will receive quarterly updates and special rewards. You will also receive a year-end tax letter each January reflecting your donations. Remember, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is not affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA, or any other national organization.

*All donations are tax deductible. 

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.

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!