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Newsletter of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay

Fall 2010

When all hope is lost...

Inside This Issue

Saved by HSTB! Page 3 Halo & Ellen DeGeneres Page 6 Potcake Pups Page 10

Sherry Silk Executive Director (813) 774-4309

Letter from the Executive Director Throughout the week at our busy shelter, people will come to our door with a stray dog or cat that they have found. We explain that all stray animals must be taken to Hillsborough County Animal Services on Falkenberg Road because as our county animal facility, that is where people go to look for their lost pets. Stray animals are held for 5 days. If they are wearing a tag or have a microchip, they are held for additional days.

Board of Directors President: Holly O’Brien Vice President Connie Johnson Treasurer: Audrey Hirst Secretary: Mary Birrell

As an animal lover, spread the word that all animals are required to have their county registration tags on at all times. If you already have a tag, it needs to be renewed each year. Not only does this protect your pet, it helps support the county investigation work that helps protect our community animals. Keep in mind that many of those unclaimed strays are eventually brought back to HSTB where they find their forever homes!

Trenton H. Cotney Tara Hood Justin Klatsky Morris Massey Michael Neff Bob Reina Linda Reitz Allison Roberts Cynthia Sarff Patti Sutherland Advisory Board: Victoria J. Alvarez, P.A. John Dingfelder Commissioner Rose Ferlita Richard Gonzmart Callum Hay, D.V.M. Dennis McCullough Dominique Mellow Melissa Mueller, D.V.M. David Rieth Susan Rieth Karyn Ringhaver Cathy Smith Bill Zingalie, D.V.M. Editor: Lisa Knight (813) 367-2078 Contributors: Sherry Silk Pam Backer Cathy Bellatin Brandi Burket Nancy McCall Ben Moehnert Layout & Design: DebraRobertsDesign,LLC.

Making Tracks is a newsletter published quarterly free of charge to our donors by the Humane Society of Tampa Bay located at 3607 N Armenia Ave, Tampa FL 33607. For further information please contact the Editor: Lisa Knight 813-367-2078 Page 2

If you need a microchip for your dog or cat, visit our Wellness Clinic any Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday between the hours of 9:00AM and 3:00PM and you can get your pet microchipped for just $15. That is the only way to permanently identify your pet. Let’s keep our pets safe! Sincerely, Sherry Silk Executive Director

Affordable Care Expanded to Heartworm Disease and Dental Care… We are thrilled to announce The Wellness Clinic at HSTB is now offering low-cost heartworm treatments and dental cleanings for pets! Each year thousands of dogs are killed by heartworm disease as treatment typically costs thousands of dollars. At HSTB dogs less than 40 pounds can now receive heartworm treatment for just $400 and for dogs over 40 pounds, treatment is just $650. Dental care is often overlooked in pet care and HSTB is now proud to offer dental cleanings for $150 for dogs and $100 for cats. In addition, the Wellness Clinic also offers routine exams, vaccines, microchipping, low cost flea and heartworm prevention and care for minor illnesses. The Wellness Clinic is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9am-3pm. To make an appointment, call (813) 870-3304. Walk-ins are also accepted. Making Tracks • Newsletter of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay

When all hope is lost…Saved by HSTB! By Sherry Silk Unfortunately, we see many animals who have suffered cruelty at the hands of humans. Sherman was one such dog who was found as a stray puppy and turned into Hillsborough County Animal Services. Someone had poured a substance, perhaps kersoene or acid, down the back of this poor puppy. When Sherman was transferred to HSTB, he was in tremendous pain, but never stopped wagging his tail. We knew we needed to help him. After special medical treatment, we put him up for adoption. It wasn’t long before Andrea Hellenbrand came to our shelter and spotted Sherman. She fell in love instantly with the disfigured puppy and gladly took him home. Sherman (renamed Winston) is now living the life that he deserves and continues to heal well.

Sherman (Winston) at intake to the HSTB, badly burned. If you see anyone abusing or neglecting an animal, please report animal abuse to Hillsborough County Animal Services at (813) 744-5660.

Sherman (Winston) going home with his new mom Andrea, (center) who saw past his scars and promises him a life of love!

Sherman (Winston) enjoying the afternoon at “Bark at the Ball Park”!

Sherman (Winston) cooling off in the pool.

Other Special Animals receiving care at HSTB…

Lemon was abandoned after being hit by a car. He required several months of foster care while his broken leg healed.

Simba was left in a box with a note outside our shelter, sick and abandoned. After receiving the care he needed, he was adopted and is now loved!

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Holmes is another dog that was burned and abused. He is currently awaiting his forever home!

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Tuxes & Tails… “Pawsitively” a Success! On Saturday May 15, 2010, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay held its annual black tie event, Tuxes and Tails at the Tampa Convention Center. Over 470 attendees enjoyed a wonderful night that included a silent auction, sit down dinner, a live auction, and a stunning celebrity and pet fashion show. The event raised over $130,000 to help the homeless animals in our community, as well as companion animals in need. Thank you to everyone who attended!

Please save the date for 2011- May 14th at the Tampa Convention Center. Cynthia Smoot & Russell Rhodes of FOX 13 were the MCs for the evening

One of the many adorable adoptables available that evening.

Sherry and Trooper on stage.

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“Model Purr-fect”


David & Susan Rieth Tara & Steve Hood

“Pretty Paws”

“Bark of the Town”

Greg Gruendel and Holly O’Brien Downtown Dogs Tailored Pet Sitting Wag Natural Pet Boutique Glenn Rasmussen Fogarty & Hooker, P.A.

PAR, Inc. Victory Foundation John and Karen Price John Dingfelder No Place Like HomeCare, LLC. Northgate Lincoln Mercury Subaru of America Fifth Third Bank Camp Bow Wow

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Tuxes & Tails… “Pawsitively” a Success!

Wendy Ryan and Precious.

A fun evening filled with auctions, food, music and fashion!

Strutting her stuff down the runway!

Former City of Tampa Mayor Dick Greco and his wife Dr. Linda McClintock.

Board members Bob Reina and Allison Roberts. Thank you to Talk Fusion for doing the invitations, programs and the film!

Commissioner Rose Ferlita with her best buddy Murray.

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Masters of Ceremony: Cynthia Smoot and Russell Rhodes from FOX 13

Fashions Provided By: Bella Bridesmaid Brooks Brothers Tommy Bahama La France

Four-Legged Friends Fashions Provided By:

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Ryan Nece with HSTB Adorable Adoptable Maggie Mae.

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Halo and Ellen DeGeneres donate 10,000 Meals To The Humane Society of Tampa Bay The Humane Society of Tampa Bay received 10,000 meals of “Spot’s Stew” from Halo and Ellen DeGeneres. This donation is part of their initiative to donate 1 million meals in 2010 to shelter pets and raise awareness of the need for pet adoption. The initiative is in conjunction with the United States Postal Service to promote its 2010 social awareness stamp, “Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet.” “Pet adoption is something I’m extremely passionate about,” said Ellen DeGeneres, Co-Owner of Halo Purely for Pets. “I believe that by working together, we can find good homes for the millions of homeless and abandoned pets out there. And until they get adopted, I’m happy to say that Halo and I are giving one million meals to shelter pets that are waiting for you.” The Humane Society of Tampa Bay received the donation because of the great work that we do in pet adoptions (over 5,300 in 2009) and because of our relationship with ABC Action News where Martha Murray promotes our “Pet of the Week” every Friday at noon.

A True Friend of the Cats at HSTB… Many of our donors have a special place in their hearts for the cats at our shelter, and Kevin Halaby is no exception. He wanted to do something that would help our longer-term, adult cats find their forever homes as quickly as possible. He began sponsoring the adoption fees for some of our harder-to-place cats, and then took it one step further. Every cat that has been here over 30 days goes home with a Wal-Mart gift certificate that allows the new owner to buy needed supplies and toys for their new cat. Since he started helping the cats in March of 2009, Kevin has sponsored over 90 cats! His continued dedication to our shelter cats is inspiring. Kevin with his cat Tika.

Thank you Kevin! The staff, volunteers, and especially the cats truly appreciate all that you do!

Don’t forget to check out our Kitty Cam on Fox 13! (The link can be found on our website)

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How Can You Help??? $40 Donation

$25 Donation

Pays for the spay/neuter of one cat.

Pays for the vaccines of 15 cats or dogs.

$600 Donation Will spay/neuter an average size feral cat colony of 15 cats.

How Can You Help???

$75 Donation Pays for the spay/neuter of one small dog.

$100 Donation Pays for heartworm prevention for 10 dogs or cats for a month.

$50 Donation Pays for 10 heartworm tests.

$1,700 Donation Will pay for an Electro-surgery Unit.

$250 Donation Pays for 2 packs of surgery instruments.

You can now enroll in automatic monthly donations via our website! Please visit for more information.

A Special Follow Up… Many of you probably remember Trooper, a very special dog who lost his leg after being hit by a car. He was featured at our Tuxes & Tails event on May 15th. Trooper waited several weeks, but the right family finally came and adopted him! Trooper now lives at home with his mom, dad, 3 kids and his Mastiff brother! He couldn’t be happier and we couldn’t be happier for him! Congratulations Trooper!

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Above and Beyond… At the June 17th Tampa City Council meeting, Robert Corley, with the City of Tampa Solid Waste Department, received a commendation for his initiative regarding the microchip scanning of deceased pets. Mr. Corley recognized that many deceased animals found in the city of Tampa are actually family pets. With the use of a microchip scanner donated by the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, pet owners are now able to be notified of the loss of their pet. It provides owners who have lost a pet a sense of closure at a very difficult time. Robert Corley (right), Gary Hardin (left) and Tonja Brickhouse (center-Director of City of Tampa Solid Waste Dept.) accept the microchip scanner donated by HSTB.

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is grateful for the compassion Mr. Corley has for both the animals and the families of the animals that he finds.

On the Run… On May 23, we welcomed hundreds of bay area bikers to our shelter as part of a “Fun Run” sponsored by Fletcher’s Harley Davidson, to raise much needed funds for the local D.A.R.T chapter (Disaster Animal Response Team). Our shelter was one of 5 organizations the bikers toured that day. We loved seeing all the big, tough guys turn into mush as they met our many homeless animals. We’re happy to report D.A.R.T raised over $2,000 that day! Hundreds of bikers visited HSTB!

To The Rescue… On May 3rd, Laura and JT Fletcher with D.A.R.T. (Disaster Animal Response Team) donated their time and state-of-the-art vehicle to save 58 animals from the panhandle of Florida. All of the animals came from high-risk shelters and were scheduled to be euthanized. A very special thanks to Laura and JT for making a difference in the lives of so many animals!!

The custom made vehicle arrives loaded with animals! Page 8

Unloading 58 animals was a team effort!

Tiffany, one of the pups on the transport, goes home with her new mom Tracey Gomolla!

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Successful Adoptions… On August 9, 2009, my husband and I adopted a beautiful Rottweiler named Jordan (we have since renamed her Scout) from your organization. I wanted to thank you for all that you did to support this gentle soul, and allowing us to take her home and be a member of our family. We have loved every second of our life with this little girl. She and our 11 year old Peke, Boo are the best of friends - a true odd couple. She completed obedience classes with the Dog Training Club of Tampa with flying colors. She loves to play with her stuffed animals - gently playing with them, sharing them with other dogs or us, or throwing it up in the air to herself. Her favorite activity is snuggling up with my husband and I - she thinks she is a lap dog. My husband and I are committed to giving her a full, healthy life filled with love and opportunities for new experiences. ~ Deirdre Welch I just wanted to say thank you from the Reep household for giving us the opportunity to adopt Zoe. She is the perfect fit for our family...and she actually thinks she is in total control, which of course she is. Attached is a recent picture giving you an idea how she has made herself at home. She actually loves to visit in the guest room, which we have renamed Zoe’s room, and she sleeps with us in our bed at night – which was an unexpected surprise, as my husband never was crazy about having pets in our bed. Many thanks to you and your outstanding staff for what you do every day, for giving these pets a loving and humane environment to live in until they are hopefully adopted into good homes. ~Jim and Lynda Reep It’s nearing Mr. Burns’ (aka “Chipper’s”) one year adoption date. He’s turning 10 soon! We’re so happy to have him, and we’re glad we could give an old dog a forever home. Attached is a photo of him on his “throne”, the leather chair in our bedroom that he has decided is his nightly resting place. His “brother”, Doyle, was also adopted from your organization about two years ago. Thank you so much for the work that you do. ~Shawna Everidge I wanted to let you know how thrilled I am with the new member of my family. On St. Patrick’s Day I came in and adopted a lovable boy named Chester—though I had to give him a good Irish name, so now he goes by Finnigan. I can’t believe this sweet pup had been there so long, but I’m glad he was. He is sweet, playful, and well behaved. He loves going to the park, playing with his stuffed animals, and trying to figure out where the noise in the TV comes from. Life is good with my dog. Thanks for taking such good care of him until we found each other. ~Liz Kicak We adopted Yang from your facility in June of 2009. We enjoy Yang so much and he fit right into our family. He follows us everywhere and monitors all our activities. In fact, we call him the “hall monitor”. He joined our 15 year old diabetic cat and our two older dogs. ~Betsy Riedel

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Volunteer of the Quarter… by Ben Moehnert Darlene is such an asset to the Clinic and HSTB. Her love for animals shows in everything she does: she cleans and assembles surgical instrument packs, cleans cages, preparing them for the next day’s patients, laundry, diligently watches the recovering patients and alerts the staff to any concerns, teaches new volunteers, gathers the trash and takes it to the dumpster in the sweltering heat, then turns around and comes back for more. Cage cleaning, vacuuming, mopping... not glamorous stuff, but essential to our facility. Darlene will pitch in wherever she’s needed. She helped at all of the free shot clinics, loading and unloading and preparing vaccines, and often attends the special events to support HSTB. Thank you Darlene!

How to Double Your Pledge... Have you checked with your employer to see if your volunteer hours or donations to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay are matched? You could be making twice the impact (or even triple) if they do! Ask your company’s human resources department today if they match. If you’ve made a personal contribution, submit a matching gift form and help even more homeless dogs & cats find new homes. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. For more information on corporate matching gifts or to process a gift, please call Jeanette Wilson at (813) 774-4306.

Potcake Pups “Potcake pups” are found in the Bahamas and the Turks and Caico Islands. The name has its origin from earlier island days when islanders mixed together what was left over in pots from various meals and fed it to the island dogs. The feral dog population on the island is growing and more and more litters of puppies are being found. When the rescue group, “Potcake Place” contacted HSTB about 4 puppies that needed a special home, we agreed. Pilot Eliza arriving with the 4 “Potcake pups”.

The 4 “Potcake Pups” were flown to Tampa and we are happy to report they have now found homes. For more information on “Potcakes”, visit their website at

Loading up for the short drive to HSTB.

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The “Potcake pups” at the end of their long journey. Making Tracks • Newsletter of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay

Special Thanks… On Saturday, July 17th the Krewe of Pandora hosted the Margarita Fest benefiting the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Over 200 people enjoyed free-flowing margaritas, a scrumptious buffet dinner, a silent & live auction, and danced to a live band. We want to thank our friends at the Krewe of Pandora for their ongoing support.

Jessica Springfield and Shannon Leigh of Kforce had a food drive and also collected over $2800 in donations with the “Wear your jeans to work Fridays” campaign.

Greg Gruendel, Holly O’Brien, David Rieth and Susan Rieth enjoying an evening of fun.

Barefoot Wine and Bubbly Downtown Dogs Hyde Park Village Ryan Herber Kforce Krewe of Pandora Scott Peterson

Purina Pet Food Skipper’s Smokehouse SOHO Leisure Group Tailored Pet Sitting JJ Taylor Dave & Carrie Varrieur and Tim Glisson Young Professionals Group of Tampa Bay

Here at HSTB we are lucky enough to have regular volunteers helping with day to day tasks. Like our staff, these volunteers are very busy. Large projects like landscaping, painting and special event setup require a group effort. We have many local companies and groups that come in a couple of times a year to help with these projects. This is a huge help and allows people who can’t commit to regular volunteering an opportunity to make a difference. If you are interested in having your business or group volunteer please contact Ben Moehnert at or 813-774-4344.

On April 30th Blue Cross & Blue Shield donated several hours of volunteer time! Making Tracks • Newsletter of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay

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Dedicated to ending animal homelessness and providing care and comfort for companion animals in need.

Humane Society of Tampa Bay 3607 N Armenia Ave. Tampa, FL 33607 (813) 876-7138 Adoption Hours: Sunday Noon - 5:00 p.m. Monday Closed Tuesday & Wednesday Noon - 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday Noon - 5:00 p.m. Spay/Neuter Clinic Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (813) 870-3304 Wellness Clinic Thursday-Sunday 9:00am-3:00pm (813) 870-3304 Call for an appointment.

Calendar of Events September, 2010

Columbia Restaurant‘s 13th Annual Community Harvest September 1st-30th The Columbia donates 5% of all guests’ lunch and dinner checks to the charitable organizations chosen by their customers during the month of September. Please be sure to select the Humane Society of Tampa Bay!

Pet Masquerade at the Pumpkin Patch Saturday, October 23rd Location: Hyde Park Village 742 S Village Cir Tampa, FL Registration begins at 10:00am and the costume contest begins at 10:30am. Check our website for details!

Block PAWty in Hyde Park Village Thursday, September 16th from 6pm-8pm Proceeds Benefit the Humane Society of Tampa Bay You and your 4 legged friends are invited to a yip-yapping good time at the courtyard area outside of Downtown Dogs, located at 1631 West Snow Circle. Win great prizes and enjoy drink specials and give-aways.

Hyde Park Village Live Music Series Wednesday, October 27th from 6p-9p HSTB is one of the benefiting charities for the great line-up of music acts. All beer sales benefit HSTB.

October, 2010

9th Annual Pumpkin Patch Dates: Saturday, October 16th - Sunday, October 31st Location: Hyde Park Village 742 S Village Cir Tampa, FL Find plump pumpkins, decorations and pets in costumes. Hours are: Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs: 5pm-8pm; Friday and Saturday: 10am-8pm and Sunday: 12noon-6pm. . Passion For Pets Thursday, October 21st Location: Wyndham Hotel (formerly the Quorum Hotel) from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Annual fundraising luncheon. If you are interested in hosting a table, please contact Nancy McCall (813) 774-4311.

November, 2010

Fall Adoption Expo Saturday, November 13th 10:00am-4:00pm Florida State Fairgrounds-Special Events Center 4800 Highway 301 North, Tampa, FL 33610 Join HSTB where you can choose from hundreds of adorable adoptables! “Dog Day Afternoon” at the Pour House Sunday, November 7th 4pm – 7pm Bring your four legged friends for a Dog Day Afternoon with great drink specials, prizes, doggie giveaways and more… Pour House is located at Grand Central 1208 E. Kennedy Blvd. “Hair of the Dog Part 6” at MacDintons Sunday, November 21st 5pm-7pm Four legged best friends welcome! Great giveaways, live music, food and drink specials. MacDintons Irish Pub and Restaurant is located at 405 S. Howard Avenue.

2011 Events March 5: Bark in the Park | May 14: Tuxes & Tails

Making Tracks Fall 2010  

The quarterly newsletter of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay

Making Tracks Fall 2010  

The quarterly newsletter of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay