Imagine… being with your loving family, happy – without a care in the world. Then one day, your whole world turns upside down and that family you’ve known all of your life is ripped apart. You’re no longer home. You’re scared, alone and not sure what will happen next. Unfortunately, that was Bridgett & Buddy’s tale, but then something extraordinary happened.
Bridgett & Buddy are two “siblings” at heart. A bonded pair that does everything together. They grew up with their beloved owner, Jack. Due to unfortunate circumstances beyond his control, Jack fell on hard times and was left homeless. In complete despair, Jack was left with no choice, but to surrender his beloved companions to an animal shelter. Jack turned in Bridgett & Buddy to the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center. Even though PRC knew this would be a difficult adoption case, the pair was graciously accepted. Jack visited Bridgett & Buddy every day to give them love, pets and kisses. Each visit was heartbreaking to all – Bridgett & Buddy, Jack as well as PRC. Little did they know a positive change of events was about to transpire.
We (HSTB) went to PRC to take our weekly fill of animals – as we do each week to try and save as many lives as possible within the Tampa Bay community. We came across Bridgett & Buddy and learned their unfortunate tale. They had such a touching story that we wanted to ensure we found them a home together. We made it our mission to find the perfect family willing to take – not only one, but two bonded, large senior dogs. We knew it would be a far stretch, but we had hope.
When Bridgett & Buddy were brought to our shelter we ensured they went straight to the adoption floor. The pair received lots of love and care at our shelter, but something was missing – Jack. They were so confused as to why he wasn’t there with them. After some time passed, Jack came to see his beloved companions at HSTB. Bridgett & Buddy’s moods changed from being confused and upset to joyful and beyond thrilled. They INSTANTLY recognized their dad and gave him all of the kisses in the world! Meanwhile, our Adoptions staff informed Jack that a wonderful Samaritan named Christine (who had heard about Bridgett & Buddy’s story through our social media platforms) expressed interest in providing the family with shelter.
As a result of this random act of kindness from a stranger along with HSTB’s partnership with PRC and dedication to providing the best possible care to animals – this family was able to be reunited just in time for the holidays! As you can imagine, Jack was overwhelmed with emotion and gratitude for such kind people like Christine and organizations like HSTB as he was able to keep his promise to his dogs of finding them a home. Bridgett & Buddy are now getting the care that they need from HSTB as well as the love they always had with Jack.
It brings us such joy to have been a part of this very special holiday miracle. This is just a reminder that no matter what to always provide compassion and care to all as great things can happen if we work together.
Thank you to our community for allowing us to continue to lead the way… because every life counts.
For the animals,
We absolutely adore animals. We love them and want to help them. That’s why we’re here. The trouble is there are just too many animals and not enough homes. Right now, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is overwhelmingly crowded with cats and kittens.
Lily, a lovely and very pregnant tabby, was one of the many cats that came to us this spring. Within hours of arriving at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, Lily gave birth to three beautiful kittens. They were all homeless, but thanks to community support we cared for them and found each of them – along with countless others – new homes with loving families.
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay helps animals get the second chances they need, but our resources are seriously stretched to the limits, especially during these summer months. We count on kind, generous people like you to fund our lifesaving services. Even small gifts will save the lives of cats like Lily and her kittens, as well as many older animals who often wait longer to find the right family to fall in love with them. The support of our generous donors also helps us offer free and low-cost spay/neuter services to the community, the only answer for ending animal homelessness. If you would like to be a part of our mission, please give.
You may not believe it, but we’d love to be out of a job. It is our greatest hope that pet overpopulation in Tampa Bay will end and that all pets will be able to stay in their homes with the people who love them. But, we’re still years away from realizing that dream. In the meantime, we offer several programs aimed at giving people alternatives to surrendering their pets to our shelter. These “Safety Net” programs are a growing trend across the country and many communities, including ours, have found success in lowering their animal intake numbers.
Help us spread the word that whether someone is facing financial difficulties, relocation, veterinary crises, pet behavior problems or one of the many other issues that cause people to consider surrendering their pet, there is help.
Safety Net Programs at HSTB
We offer free dog and cat food at our shelter, seven days a week. Tampa Bay citizens who find themselves struggling to feed their pets can use this service to supplement their pet food supply. MORE
ANIMEALS DELIVERY & VETERINARY TRANSPORT
This “Meals on Wheels” program for pets provides monthly supplies of pet food to homebound and elderly citizens across Tampa Bay. We also offer transportation to and from our Animal Health Center for Animeals recipients’ pets who need annual vaccinations, medications, surgery or check-ups. MORE
AFFORDABLE VETERINARY CARE
Our Animal Health Center Veterinary Hospital offers affordable, high-quality veterinary care to the public, seven days a week. This AAHA accredited full-service facility offers everything from vaccinations and nail trims to dentals and specialty surgery. We don’t ever want someone to have to surrender their pet, simply because they can’t afford veterinary care. We offer low prices, payment plans and special funding through our Save-A-Pet Medical Fund. MORE
LOW-COST SPAY AND NEUTER
We recognize that the only way to reduce pet overpopulation in our community is through spay and neuter. It is also a way to protect pets from devastating and costly forms of reproductive cancer and disease. Our AAHA accredited animal hospital offers surgical sterilization, at a low cost, for dogs, cats, rabbits, pot-bellied pigs and some pocket pets. For male dogs, we also offer Zeutering, a less-invasive process that removes enough testosterone from the system to effectively sterilize, but leaves the male “intact.” MORE
DOG BEHAVIOR TRAINING
We know that behavior issues can be a challenge for some dogs but we also know that most of the time there is an attainable solution through simple, consistent and positive training. At our shelter, we offer affordable beginning, intermediate, and advanced training classes taught by our CPDT Certified Trainer and Behavior Specialist. For families who are unable to attend the 6-week classes or for more challenging cases that require one-on-one attention, our trainer is also available for private sessions in the home.
PET SURRENDER COUNSELING
Our Animal Intake Staff are trained to counsel people considering pet surrender in alternative options and solutions to the challenges they face. They will take the time to listen to issues and concerns and to help people as they make this difficult decision and seek to do what is best for their pet.
When litters of puppies or kittens are surrendered to the shelter, we offer free spay and neuter for the mom and/or dad, who remain with their owners, so they won’t have more litters in the future. The babies are also sterilized before being adopted to loving homes, helping to end the heartbreaking cycle of unwanted animals in our community. Call 813-876-7138 for more information.
Sherry Silk, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, first saw the “for sale” sign at the property on 3809 N. Armenia in July of 2009. The building was an old funeral home that had been unoccupied for several years. HSTB made an offer on the property and purchased it in December.
HSTB took it’s time with due diligence. After much research, Urban Studios was chosen to be the Architect for the building and A.D. Morgan was hired as construction manager. It took several months to finalize the plans for our dream of the Animal Health Center. It was important to include the staff’s suggestions regarding design and efficiency of the building.
With final plans in hand, the old funeral home was demolished in the beginning of November, 2011. In December, the Board of Directors invited the public to the official Ground Breaking Ceremony. Construction began immediately and moved rapidly. At the end of March 2012, we celebrated a traditional “Topping Out” Celebration, a construction celebration marking the completion of the roof.
In April of 2013, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay successfully completed paying off all loans on the Animal Health Center.
Any proceeds from the Animal Health Center will benefit the mission and programs at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay was established in 1912 as the Hillsborough County Humane Society with the mission “to enforce the law applicable to the prevention of cruelty to children and cruelty to all animals of any description, capable of suffering, and to do everything and anything which is legal to prevent cruelty and harsh treatment to children and animals.” It is one of the oldest corporations in the state of Florida.
In 1926, the organization was left a bequest by two sisters, Allison and Helen M. Holland, of the property and a two story house on 3607 N. Armenia. In 1929, the animal shelter began operations using the declaration, “We speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.”
In the 1970’s, the organization outgrew the original house and the current facility was built, however it was not until the early 1980’s, that the Holland house was demolished and the facility was enlarged to include the kennels.
In 2000, The Humane Society of Tampa Bay, realizing the importance of spaying and neutering animals in the community due to the overpopulation problem, opened the Spay and Neuter Clinic. In 2004, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay began the “No Kill for Space” program which means that no adoptable animal is euthanized to make room for another coming through the door. We do euthanize animals that are too sick to be treated or too aggressive or behaviorally unsound to be suitable for adoption. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is a managed admission shelter. We only accept animals that we feel we can adopt. We do not take in stray animals. They need to be taken to the county facility where their owners can look for them.
We at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay do our best to find homes for as many animals as possible. We are committed to a community approach to help lower the euthanasia rate in our county. We have an aggressive transfer program which takes in animals from other shelters that are open admission and house animals that are at risk of being euthanized.
In January 2007 HSTB joined the ASPCA, No More Homeless Pets, Animal Coalition of Tampa, and Hillsborough County Animal Services in the ASPCA® Mission: Orange™, a mutual mission to create a humane community where every adoptable dog and cat is guaranteed a loving home and where all animals are treated with respect and kindness.
In 2008, HSTB opened a Wellness Clinic and began offering veterinary services at affordable rates to owned pets in the community.
In 2012, our Wellness and Spay/Neuter clinics were expanded to a full-service, high-quality, affordable veterinary hospital located in our 10,000+ square foot state-of-the-art Animal Health Center. The veterinary hospital is open to the public seven days a week performing more than 11,000 spay/neuter surgeries and seeing more than 25,000 pets each year. In 2014 the Animal Health Center became the first non-profit veterinary hospital in Florida to be accredited by American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
For more than 100 years, we have helped over a million animals who have crossed through our doorway thanks to generous people in our community who have funded our work through donations and bequests.
From 10News, WTSP.com
A 7-month-old puppy is fighting for its life after a good Samaritan found it Wednesday on the side of the road at Fowler Avenue and I-75.
According to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, the caring citizen saw what appeared to be a dead dog lift its head as she drove by and immediately pulled over to retrieve it.
The Humane Society said the terrier mix, now named “Katie”, was so weak from starvation and neglect she was unable to stand.
Photos: Emaciated puppy rescued
“She is literally skin and bones,” said Dr. Karla Bard, a veterinarian who works at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
Bard says she believes they got “Katie” in time and she has a very good chance of making it.
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay will care for “Katie” until she can be placed in a foster home for a full recovery
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay takes in puppies that have been displaced or surrendered to Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi Animal Shelters due to the April 27th tornadoes and recent flooding. To read more CLICK HERE