HELP US BUILD THE DEBARTOLO FAMILY ANIMAL SHELTER
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB) is one of the oldest charities in the State of Florida and has been serving homeless animals for more than 100 years. Founded in 1912, HSTB has been at its West Tampa location since 1928. The current shelter was constructed in 1959 and received additions in 1980. Marked expansion in our programs, services and community outreach has left our facility antiquated and unable to meet our needs.
To continue serving the needs of homeless animals safely, effectively and humanely, a new building is imperative.
Careful research has led us to the following vision for rebuilding:
42,000 square foot, multi-story facility
Will more than double our capacity
Will be built on current property
Projected cost of $11,000,000 to complete construction of the building
Once this construction goal has been raised and we break ground on the building, we will work to raise an additional $2 million to $3 million for caging, kennels, and medical equipment
Puppy and kitten nurseries for underage litters
Isolation area for sick animals to reduce the spread of disease
Expanded surgical suite to address a greater variety of needs
Will include heating and air conditioning in all shelter areas
In the past several decades, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay’s role in the community has grown tremendously. The public supports our position as a managed admission shelter (no-kill for space) and turns to us for help with surrendered animals and strays needing new homes. We do not take this responsibility lightly and will continue to increase our life-saving work and to help lower the euthanasia rate in Hillsborough County. Our promise to the community is to find homes for as many adoptable animals as possible.
The new shelter will be named the DeBartolo Family Animal Shelter at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Many thanks to the DeBartolo Family for their forward-thinking commitment and generosity to the animals and our community.
Thanks to your donations, we’ve made Tampa a safer place for more than 8,000 homeless animals each year. We shelter, feed and care for them like no other city could. Before they meet their new families, they’re welcome here in their temporary home. Unfortunately, the needs of our city have grown. Due to the lack of space, we have to turn thousands of animals away annually. That must change.
We are deeply grateful to Thomas Everett Lamb Design & Development, Inc. for the extremely generous donation of his time, talent, and expertise and for so perfectly interpreting our vision for saving lives through their innovative design.
We’d also like to acknowledge the generosity and skill of our architect Kevin Hart of Kevin Hart Associates and to DeBartolo Construction Services, LLC; both are committed to making this vision a reality using the highest quality design and construction in the most cost-effective manner.