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Newsletter of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay

Summer 2011

One Lucky Dog!

Inside This Issue Photo courtesy of KristaSparkmanPhotography.com

Meet Buster Lovey the Cat Update Tuxes & Tails

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Sherry Silk Executive Director Sherrys@humanesocietytampa.org (813) 774-4309 Board of Directors President: Connie Johnson Vice-President: Mary Birrell Treasurer: Michael Neff Secretary: Patti Sutherland Brian Funk Tara Hood Justin Klatsky Morris Massey Bob Reina Linda Reitz Allison Roberts Cynthia Sarff Advisory Board: Victoria J. Alvarez, P.A. Sheila Sims Anderson John Dingfelder Rose Ferlita Carol Funk Richard Gonzmart Callum Hay, D.V.M. Dennis McCullough Dominique Mellow County Commissioner Sandy Murman David Rieth Susan Rieth Karyn Ringhaver Cathy Smith Bill Zingalie, D.V.M.

Letter from the Executive Director In April we held an appreciation dinner for our wonderful volunteers. Our Volunteer Manager, Danyelle Ho, passed out the prestigious Presidential Awards. These awards are a way to thank and honor volunteers, who by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. We are one of 28,000 organizations nationwide that partner with the President’s Council to give out the annual awards. I was truly inspired that we gave out 64 presidential awards. There were 44 Bronze (100-249 hours), 12 Silver (250-499 hours) and 8 Gold (500 hours or more). These volunteers walk our dogs, cuddle our cats, provide foster care, help with food assistance or our Animeals Program or work our special events. Just a few weeks ago, the volunteers helped us put on the most successful Tuxes & Tails we’ve ever done. We could not provide everything that we do for the animals without our wonderful, dedicated volunteers. We are so lucky to have you. The animals and I thank you! Sincerely,

Sherry Silk Executive Director

Editor: Lisa Knight lknight@humanesocietytampa.org (813) 367-2078 Contributors: Sherry Silk Cathy Bellatin Lisa Knight Danyelle Ho Layout & Design: Debra Roberts Bellanti

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

Volunteers enjoying the reception.

Sue Sloan receiving the Silver Presidential Award from Sherry Silk

Kerry Anderschott receiving the Gold Presidential Award from Sherry Silk.

Volunteer Manager Danyelle Ho with her husband Victor.

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A Day In Buster’s Life... Buster came to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay from a shelter in Mississippi. He was found as a stray there and was heartworm positive. A wonderful volunteer brought Buster and some other 4-legged friends to safety at HSTB. After undergoing treatment for heartworms, Buster was made available for adoption. At the same time The Brighton Gardens of Tampa, an assisted living, memory and skilled nursing facility, was looking for a resident dog. When facility managers spotted Buster at HSTB, they knew he would be perfect!! Buster is loved by over 150 residents each and every day. Thank you Brighton Gardens residents for taking such good care of Buster! (A special thank you to Krista Sparkman Photography for Buster’s photo shoot!)

I help with office work on my very own office chair.

A walk with Ellen; always fun!

Time to rise and shine Ernie!

Catch me if you can!

I love watching Judge Judy every day with Dorothy!

Quick, no one’s looking, give me a piece!!

Looking good Mike!

Yeah, that’s the spot Jewell!

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Being popular is exhausting!

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Justice for Lovey the Cat In September 2010, Giovanni Estrada confessed to shooting his girlfriend’s cat with dozens of pellets and kicking her carrier into the water of Tampa’s McKay Bay to drown in pre-dawn hours. Concerned citizens and outraged animal lovers across many counties contributed the largest reward in Tampa Bay history for information in the case. The reward was awarded from HSTB to the anonymous source after the sentencing on February 23rd. On Wednesday, February 23rd, The Honorable Judge Sleet announced the sentencing. He sentenced Estrada to 364 days in the county jail followed by up to two years of house arrest. He has also been ordered to perform 250 hours of community service, including 50 hours talking to high school students about animal cruelty. Your outcry to this crime also sent a message of zero tolerance for animal abuse. Please know how much of a difference you have already made, and how investigators value your support. Many people inquired and offered to take in the abused cat, now known as “Lovey.” Happily, she found her home long ago with a caregiver and is doing great!

Improving the Shelter for Our Cats A few months ago we took down a wall when you first walked in to our shelter waiting area. Now, when you walk in, you will see one big room which is surrounded by cats that are available for adoption. We decided to place the cats in the public’s view as they are awaiting the adoption process. We have found that not only are the cats entertained by all of the people, some of the public have decided to adopt more than one cat. The room is brighter as we have 2 windows in the waiting room and the cats enjoy the natural light as well as the amusement of constantly changing people. Additionally, we’ve added a second “real life room”. This room was dedicated to Holly O’ Brien, our past board president. We’ve redecorated them so we have a “blue cat room” and “red cat room”. The cats love the freedom of not being housed in cages. They have new furniture to climb on, better lighting and both rooms have their own flat screen TV adjusted to the height of the cats. It may sound silly, but some of the cats really like the cat videos that show insects, butterflies, etc. Research shows cats that are happy and less stressed, even living together, are less likely to break with diseases such as URI (upper respiratory). We have found this to be true. These changes have allowed us to house even more cats. The ultimate goal is to get them in a home as quickly as possible but we want them to be happy while they are staying at the shelter. Please stop by and see the improvements.

Furry felines enjoying their time in both the “red” and “blue” real-life rooms. Come visit them!

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Bark In The Park Success!

On Stage; Rescue Ink, Sherry Silk, Executive Director of HSTB and Pam Perry with Hillsborough County Animal Services.

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Tuxes & Tails - Another Successful Event!

FoxTV’s Cynthia Smoot and Russell Rhodes were the evening’s MCs. Pictured here with model Lindsay Rose Belcher and puppy “Duncan”.

At the end of the evening Fox’s Charlie Belcher and family went home with a new friend, “Tonka”!

Executive Director Sherry Silk fought back tears when she received a $250,000 check from Bob Reina, CEO of Talk Fusion, for the future Animal Health Center.

Volunteers Dwight and Laurie Raines had fun with “Nikky”, one of the adorable adoptables who found a home that night!

Tampa Bay BUCS head coach, Raheem Morris, strutting his stuff at our celebrity fashion show.

ABC’s Wendy Ryan with one of our adorable adoptables!

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Volunteer of the Quarter If you have ever been in our shelter during the week, you have probably seen this Volunteer of the Quarter. Craig Conaway has been a volunteer for over two years and this year he earned his gold shirt by reaching his 500 volunteer hours. Craig helps out at our food assistance table on his volunteer days. He helps the public that come in to pick up food because they can no longer afford to buy their own pet food. He also hands out info about our Spay and Neuter Clinic to those that indicate that they have not had their pets spayed or neutered. Craig is very dedicated to HSTB, he always has a smile on his face and he loves helping out. These, among many other reasons, are why Craig Conaway has been nominated as the Volunteer of the Quarter. Thank you Craig!

Shot Clinic A Success!

Dr. Vincent Centonze administers vaccines to a dog.

On February 26th we held our fifth free shot clinic in Riverview. We vaccinated more animals at this event than any other. We gave free rabies and distemper vaccinations to 989 animals. There were 794 dogs and 195 cats. Many of the owners told us they had not been to a veterinarian in years due to the economy and were very grateful that their animals were now protected from disease. Our partner, Hillsborough County Animal Services, was also there and gave out free licenses to people who lived in the area so that their animals could be returned to them if they ever ended up at Animal Services. We also distributed free pet food, leashes and collars to those in need. We will do another free shot clinic in East Tampa in the winter.

Helping In A Time of Crisis On March 31st the Tampa Bay area was hit hard by tornadoes and major storms. Progress Village in East Tampa was one of the hardest hit areas. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay was proud to partner with Rebuilding Tampa Bay and helped distribute pet food to families in need of supplies. Page 8

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Helping Pit Bulls Best Friends, PetSmart Charities, Hillsborough County Animal Services and The Humane Society of Tampa Bay have teamed up to help pit bulls in shelters. The grant supports pilot programs in five cities across the U.S. to encourage spay/ neuter and responsible pet ownership and reduce euthanasia of pit bull-type dogs, as well as strive to improve the perception of the breed. The “Shelter Partners for Pit Bulls Project” was rolled out in Rancho Cucamonga, California, Baltimore, Maryland, Washington D.C., Carlsbad, California and Tampa, Florida. This program benefits from a strong volunteer base, called the “Pit Crew” that work at Hillsborough County Animal Services. The Pit Crew showcases dogs for adoption through outreach events, photos and descriptions online, and also fosters dogs whose time is up at the shelter. Of course HSTB continues to transfer well behaved pit bulls in to our adoption program. Our spay/neuter clinic also sterilizes pit bulls and pit bull mixes at a reduced cost.

“Sandy” the pit bull with Connie Johnson, Commissioner Sandy Murman, PitCrew member Debbie Malott and Governor Rick Scott at the Florida State Fair. She was later adopted in to a wonderful home!

The Band Perry and Purina Dog Chow… On April 29th The Band Perry and Purina Dog Chow sponsored a Charity Dog Wash at HSTB. Fans were able to meet the band and get their dogs washed by them. It was a great afternoon with local radio stations on hand to broadcast the event. Afterwards Purina Dog Chow presented HSTB with a $10,000 donation to help the animals!

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Successful Adoptions About a year ago I adopted Orion, who is the love of my life. If you’re sad and crying he licks up your tears and snuggles. He loves to swim in the ocean and play with other dogs, and he’ll play fetch with you if you promise to chase him! There have been some challenging times, some lost shoes and a few trips to the vet, but he is the best thing that’s ever happened to me in my life and I really couldn’t imagine a life without him in it! He started off as my 17lb little lima-bean, and he’s now my 82 lb moose! Joy Zelikovsky

My mom lost her cat very unexpectedly and was heartbroken. Two days later she decided to adopt Chilly (an 8 year old cat) and I was thrilled. I know how difficult it is for older cats to get adopted, and that no one even looks at them usually. But my mom knew that she was the cat for her. I just want you to know that Chilly couldn’t have found a better person to live out her life with. My mom & Chilly will be a perfect pair to keep each other company and give each other lots of love. Thank you so much again for helping to give my mom such immense happiness. Vanessa Vail-Jensen

My name is Kyle Kemp, and I adopted “Casper” last June (we renamed him “Chance”) and I’m just writing to say thank you for a great adoption experience. The staff was extremely helpful and nice. He is such a sweet dog and gets along great, and loves his brother Pugsley, who is now a 4 year old pug. Chance is now about 85 to 90 pounds and his 1st birthday is coming up on March 23. When the time comes, I will definitely be coming back to get my next dog from there. Thanks again. Kyle Kemp

I wanted to give you an update on our recent adoption of Toby, the big ol’ chocolate Lab! I just wanted to let you know what a perfect fit he is already! He is just the most perfect, sweet, loving pet we just can’t believe our good fortune that we found each other. I just knew when Toby smiled and knocked me over with big old sloppy kisses he was destined to be mine. He has already brought us more joy than we could’ve imagined. A big thank you to you and your adoption counselors for all of the hard work you do every day. I look forward to bringing him in for a visit soon. Jill Wilkins and Family

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Special Thanks...

In honor of his 15th birthday, Garrett Walker helped collect over 7,600 pounds of pet food for HSTB!! Thank you! Wells Fargo donated a day of labor to HSTB. Thank you!

A Special Thanks to the following companies for helping HSTB! Applebees (Carrollwood) The Band Perry Barefoot Wine and Bubbly Blue Grace Logistics Clear Channel Outdoor Advertising Downtown Dogs Honey’s Restaurant Hyde Park Village J. Christopher’s

JJ Taylor Distributing The Pour House at Grand Central Purina Dog Chow South Tampa Chamber of Commerce Sweetbay Taste of South Tampa Committee Yard of Ale

Thanks to Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity from USF, for donating a day of free labor!

The ROTC group at HB Plant High School donated a free day of labor to HSTB.

Employees from the Tampa Bay Rays spent a Students from the University of Phoenix spent a day helping clean day at the shelter and helped stock and walking dogs! our pet food shed. Making Tracks • Newsletter of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay

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Calendar of Events 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 www.humanesocietytampa.org 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 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (813) 870-3304 Call for an appointment. Walk-ins also accepted until 1:30pm.

JUNE 2011

Yard of Ale hosts “Ales for Tails” The First Saturday of Every Month Join us on Saturday, June 4th from 5pm-7pm at Yard of Ale located at 406 South Howard Avenue. Enjoy drink specials and chance drawings with your four legged friends, all for a $5.00 donation that will benefit the animals at The Humane Society of Tampa Bay. We hope you and your four legged friends can join us for a yapping good time! Block PAWty (Luau) in Hyde Park Village June 16th; 6pm- 9pm Hyde Park Village You and your 4 legged friends are invited to join us for a yip-yapping good time at the courtyard area outside of Downtown Dogs, located at 1631 West Snow Circle in Hyde Park Village. You’ll have a chance to win great prizes while enjoying drink specials and give-aways/discounts at participating Hyde Park establishments for you and your furry friend(s). 5th Annual Bark at the Ballpark June 25th; Starts at 6pm George M. Steinbrenner Field Bring your whole family, including your four-legged friends to the baseball game! Pet Friendly vendors will be open for business featuring lots of treats and goodies for your pets. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay will have a few adorable adoptables to greet you too!

JULY 2011

Yard of Ale hosts “Ales for Tails” The First Saturday of Every Month Join us on Saturday, July 2nd from 5pm-7pm at Yard of Ale located at 406 South Howard Avenue. Enjoy drink specials and chance drawings with your four legged friends, all for a $5.00 donation that will benefit the animals at The Humane Society of Tampa Bay. We hope you and your four legged friends can join us for a yapping good time!

KREWE OF PANDORA’S Annual MARGARITA FEST Saturday, July 30th - Doors open at 7:00pm For more deTAILS and to register to attend please visit www.kreweofpandora.org. Silent and Live Auctions Benefiting The Humane Society of Tampa Bay Location: The Wyndham Westshore Hotel, 700 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa, FL 33609.

AUGUST 2011

Yard of Ale hosts “Ales for Tails” The First Saturday of Every Month Join us on Saturday, August 6th from 5pm-7pm at Yard of Ale located at 406 South Howard Avenue. Enjoy drink specials and chance drawings with your four legged friends, all for a $5.00 donation that will benefit the animals at The Humane Society of Tampa Bay. We hope you and your four legged friends can join us for a yapping good time!

SEPTEMBER 2011

Yard of Ale hosts “Ales for Tails” The First Saturday of Every Month Join us on Saturday, September 3rd from 5pm-7pm at Yard of Ale located at 406 South Howard Avenue. Enjoy drink specials and chance drawings with your four legged friends, all for a $5.00 donation that will benefit the animals at The Humane Society of Tampa Bay. We hope you and your four legged friends can join us for a yapping good time! 14th Annual Community Harvest September 1st thru the 30th Columbia Restaurants The Columbia Restaurant donates 5% of all guests’ lunch and dinner sales to the charitable organizations chosen by their customers during the month of September. Please be sure to select the Humane Society of Tampa Bay! Visit columbiarestaurant.com to find a location closest to you! and many more in September!

For more information on upcoming events and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Special Events at 813-876-4150 or specialevents@humanesocietytampa.org

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