First and foremost, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay has never claimed to be a “No-Kill” shelter. In fact, we have been quite clear that we are a “No-Kill FOR SPACE” shelter, also known as “Managed Admission”. This means that we do not euthanize an animal in our care in order to make room for another animal in need. We do, however, euthanize animals suffering from injury, illness, or temperament issues beyond our resources to treat or heal. In 2017 we attained a save rate of 92%; the percentage required to be considered “No-Kill” is 90%.
Second, in reference to taking animals from Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center (PRC) to euthanize them so that their “numbers” look better, here are the facts:
- The 285 animals euthanized at our facility in 2017 referenced in a recent news report were stray dogs and cats that came directly to our facility, they were never at PRC. As mentioned above, these animals were euthanized not because we didn’t have room for them or because they were taking too long to be adopted, but because they were a danger to the public (temperament) or were suffering from injury or illness beyond our resources to treat/heal.
- In 2017 the Humane Society of Tampa Bay saved 8,661 animals. 2,386 of those were strays that were kept OUT of the county shelter.
- We are paid a stipend for the care of dogs we take from PRC if they have been there for over 2 weeks. It is standard practice for a county facility to reimburse for transfers in some form. For example, local rescue groups and other shelters that pull from PRC are given free veterinary care for the animals. We perform medical care at our facility for the animals we transfer. Therefore, we are given a stipend. The amount we are paid covers only 1/3 of the cost we incur while caring for these animals.
- In 2017 we took 32 dogs who had been at PRC for more than 2 weeks. Our motive was to help give them more exposure so they could find homes. Of those 32 dogs, only 1 was euthanized. The reason for the euthanasia was temperament that presented after the dog arrived at our shelter.
- The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is not an arm of the Humane Society of the United States or any other national animal welfare organization.
- The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is a local, private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization that relies solely on donations and grants for funding.
- The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is a “brick and mortar” shelter, not a rescue group or sanctuary.