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Newsletter of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay


Spring 2008

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Inside This Issue

Summer Pet Safety Tips

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9th Annual Pet Telethon

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Cover Story

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Letter from the Executive Director

Sherry Silk Executive Director “Making A Difference... It Takes a Community!”

Board of Directors President: Holly O’Brien Co-Vice Presidents: Curtis Brown Joanne Spurlino Secretary: Nancy Leeds Gribble Treasurer: Audrey Hirst Mary Birrell Shelley Harper, DVM Tara Hood Linda Reitz Joanne Rice Executive Director: Sherry Silk Editor: Nancy McCall Contributors: Cathy Bellatin Kimberlee Bridges Carie Peterson Elizabeth Warner Layout & Design: DebraRobertsDesign,LLC.

June 1 started our hurricane season. Whether you decide to stay put in an emergency or evacuate to a safer location, you will need to make plans in advance for your pets. If your animals are on medication, make sure that you have an extra supply. You never want to be down to the last few pills. Their vaccination records must also be current and available if you have to move to a shelter or board them at a kennel. They will not be accepted for boarding if they are not current on their shots. Each cat should have their own individual carrier. This month we have brought back our popular microchip clinics to help you get your cats and dogs microchipped at a reduced cost of $15.00. The first clinic was June 12 and we will have follow up clinics on the second Thursday of every month from 5-7:00 PM at our shelter. The next one will be July 10. No reservations are necessary but your pets must be on a leash or in a carrier. Along with a microchip, make sure your pets wear identification tags as well. Have a safe and fun filled summer everyone!

HSTB News Have you seen our redesigned website? Check it out at Get HSTB news updates on News/Links, see where the MAC is going, find out what special events are coming up, and purchase your own HSTB logo merchandise! You can now donate your car to HSTB. Call (800)320-0476 and the Vehicle Donation Processing Center will take care of everything! Feral Cat Spay Days will be Monday, July 14th and August 11th. Feral cats will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated and ear notched for $10.00. There is no limit; bring as many as you can trap! HSTB has new phone numbers. Below are direct lines for the different departments: Shelter



Outreach Coordinator

(813) 876-7138 (813) 870-3304

Volunteer Coordinator (813) 774-4344


(813) 774-4320

Special Events (813) 876-4150

(813) 774-4306 (813) 774-4313

Feral Cat Coordinator (813) 625-0910


(813) 774-4311

Shelter Operations (Pam Backer) (813) 774-4308

Executive Director (Sherry Silk) (813) 774-4309

S/N Veterinarian (Dr. Karla Bard) (813) 774-4316

Shelter Veterinarian

(Dr. Michael Guedren) (813) 774-4346

Hurricane Preparedness information can be found under the news section on the internet, but please take note of this information. There are two approved pet-friendly shelters in Hillsborough County: Burnett Middle School in Seffner (1010 N. Kingsway Road), and Sickles High School in Tampa (7950 Gunn Highway).

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Summer Pet Safety Tips by Carie Peterson

* Be cautious on humid days. Dogs and cats pant to rid themselves of excess body heat. Air moves through their nasal passages, which picks up excess heat from their body. As air is expelled through the mouth, the extra heat leaves with it. Humidity interferes with this process and it is harder to rid themselves of this excess body heat. * Take special care with snub-nosed breeds like Pugs, Shih Tzu, and Bulldogs. Since they have a short nose, it is more difficult to breathe especial on humid days. * Elderly, very young, and ill animals have a hard time

regulating their body temperature, so make sure they stay cool and out of the sun.

* Water, water, water!! Whether indoors or out, your pet needs to have access to lots of fresh water so check the bowls throughout the day to make sure they are full. * Some pets need sunscreen, especially those with little or no hair. Make sure the product is made for animals and apply to nose, ears and hairless areas to avoid sunburn. Sunburn can cause the same pain and problems it does in people.

* Summer also brings thunderstorms which can frighten animals, so keep your pets inside during storms. Electrical current is felt by many dogs during a storm, this is why many hide in a bathtub to help combat the feeling. * Don’t take your pets to crowded summer events. The

loud noises and crowds, combined with the heat, can be stressful and dangerous for pets. Be especially aware of these threats during holidays and Fourth of July.

* Summer is a time when people work in their garden.

Lawn fertilizer, plant food, and insecticides can be fatal if your pet ingests them.

* Fleas are a problem throughout the year, but they are

especially bad during the summer months. Make sure you use a good quality flea control product on your pet and the environment.

$15 Microchip Clinics Return Just in time for hurricane season!

* Keep your pet out of the sun between 10-4 to avoid sunburn and avoid the hottest part of the day. * If your pet does become overheated, you will need to lower his body temperature. Apply cool (not cold) water over his body to gradually lower his core body temperature. It can be dangerous if you cool your pet too rapidly. Let your pet lick ice cubes or drink SMALL amounts of water. Get him to your veterinarian as soon as you can. * Keep in mind that the asphalt gets very hot and can

On Thursday, July 10th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm and continuing on the second Thursday of every month

burn your pets paws.

* NEVER EVER leave your pet inside a car, not even with the windows down. Studies have shown the temperature can reach 120 degrees in five minutes even with the windows cracked. Pets can suffer heat stroke, brain damage, and can even die. Making Tracks • Newsletter of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay

3607 N. Armenia Ave, Tampa, FL 33607 No reservations required. Pet must be on a leash or in a carrier For more information, call (813) 774-4344. Other dates in 2008: Aug 14, Sept 11, Oct 9, Nov 13 & Dec 11

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The 9th Annual Pet Telethon! Tune in! Turn it up! Make a Difference!

If you have never watched the Humane Society of Tampa Bay telethon, you are in for a treat. If you have seen it before, you won’t recognize it. This year’s telethon is going to be even more entertaining, eventful, and full of the cutest dogs & cats you’ve ever seen. And they are adoptable that day!

Plus, we’ll be giving away Humane Society of Tampa Bay logo merchandise for YOUR donation.

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For $100 or more, receive a high quality HSTB T-shirt For $250 or more, receive the T-shirt, a large HSTB tote bag and a HSTB Spay/Neuter license plate holder For $500 or more, receive a high quality HSTB polo shirt, matching ball cap, the tote bag and the license plate holder

Even more fun, this year the telethon is interactive. Here’s how you play: 1. Submit a picture of your cutest or most unusual dog or cat in Tampa Bay using the return envelope in your newsletter. Winners will be chosen by the HSTB staff. First place winners will be asked to appear on air. Contest ends July 21st. 2. Send us your question for our panel of veterinarians and behaviorists written on a 3x5 card or piece of paper and tune in for their response. 3. Write a check for $100 or more and we promise to mention your name on air or you can dedicate your response to someone special. Don’t miss all the fun! Watch the dogs dance, listen to live music, see local celebrities, enjoy the dog fashion show, and marvel at the little kittens as they play. You will be really sorry if you miss one minute of this exciting local show.

Tune in, turn it up, and make a difference.

Watch the 9th Annual Pet Telethon on WFLA News Channel 8 on July 26th from 1:00 – 6:00 pm!

Use your return envelope to donate today and receive these prizes for all gifts made during the month of July!

$500 or more (HSTB polo shirt, cap & tote bag) Page 4

$250 or more (HSTB T Shirt & tote bag)

$100 or more (HSTB T shirt)

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Thank You Sponsors! Bark in the Park

2008 Luau

This years’ Bark in the Park was a howling good time and raised over $80,000 for the animals. Humane Society of Tampa Bay supporters joined us at Al Lopez Park with their furry friends for the one mile walk. The fun filled day included pet demonstrations, pet tricks, and pet costume contests. Over 40 exhibitors showcased their products and services. Thank you to all that participated and we’ll see you again in March 2009!

Humane Tampa ThankSociety You to Ourof2008 Bark inBay the Park Sponsors:

Post Properties • Bank of America • Downtown Dogs • Florida Investment Advisers Petco Foundation • Adcock Financial Group • Progressive Insurance Taylor, Morrison Homes • Valpak • Publix Super Markets Charities GTE Federal Credit Union • Island Walk Apartment Homes • Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Shane’s Rib Shack • Tampa Gold • Tampa Tribune • Free Press • Ultra Pure • Village Inn City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Thank You to Our 2008 Bark in the Park Vedors: Tailored Pet Sitting, LLC • Veterinary Medical Clinic • Pupperazi • Fetch. Fur. Love. Cross Town Pet Care, LLC • Camp BOW WOW • Aussie Pet Mobile Tampa Banfield, The Pet Hospital • Bark Busters Home Dog Training • Alli Berglund - Bellwerkz Camden • Canine Caviar • Charlie’s Puppy Stuff, Inc. • • Fido’s Fun Times Groovy Cats & Dogs Inc. • Invisible Fence Brand Pet Containment • Pets in Paradise Resort & Hotel • Rompin’ Rovers Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency • Honor Thy Pet - Cremation & Burial Services • Wag Pet Boutique •Little Pet Project

Team Barkin - Top Pack

Tuxes and Tails The sixth annual Tuxes and Tails black-tie event was a big success, raising more than $124,000 for the animals. Over three hundred guests enjoyed dinner and music and bid on items in both our live and silent auctions. The celebrity fashion show, including models such as Jules Burt, Ian Beckles, Chip Carter and Shark from 97X was a big hit. Four of the adorable adoptable dogs that walked the runway found their forever homes. Thank You 2008 Tuxes and Tails Sponsors: Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc. • Glenn Rasmussen Fogarty & Hooker, P.A. Forns Design & Construction Inc. • Greg Gruendel & Holly O’Brien • Meredith Haws Balasco Chip Carter, Fox 13 Ernie Haire Ford • Pepin Hospitality Center • Pro-Copy • St. Petersburg Times • Bacchus Wine Tampa Bay Metro • Remy USA • Invitation & Program Artwork designed by: Lisa Vogt, Originals in Glass Thank You 2008 Tuxes and Tails Corporate Table Sponsors Camden Broad and Cassel • Klingel Family Foundation/TSE Industries Inc. Veterinary Surgical Services, Inc. • Hyde Park Veterinary Clinic • Tino and Pat Antinori American Traditions By Tara, Inc. • Tara and Steve Hood • Carol Schwartz Funk Shark from 97X Making Tracks • Newsletter of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay

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Kid’s Korner Donations: These kids have generously donated their time and efforts to help our four-legged guests: ⇲⇲ Families for a Better Life donated supplies, food, treats, litter and money. ⇲⇲ Primrose School of Westchase donated over $250 worth of food that they collected. ⇲⇲ Kelsey had her guests at her birthday bring gifts for our animals instead of for her, she brought in $65 in cash and approximately $70 in food. ⇲⇲ Cleveland Elementary School’s Kindergarten classes held a donation drive and brought in food, litter, supplies and treats. ⇲⇲ Asher, Max and Stella brought in donations for our animals. ⇲⇲ Chamberlain High School’s DECA held a donation drive and brought in food, supplies and treats. Asher, Matt & Stella ⇲⇲ Lake Magdalene held a donation drive and gathered over $250 worth of supplies and food. ⇲⇲ The two children pictured sold Gasparilla Beads and raised $150. ⇲⇲ 7 Springs Middle School donated treats, food and toys. ⇲⇲ Ella sold lemonade and raised $28.

⇲⇲ Girl Scout Junior Troop 1275 donated items and brought in handmade blankets and kitty hammocks. ⇲⇲ Aiden and Quinn had their birthday guests bring donations. ⇲⇲ Girl Scout Brownie Troop 433 brought in supplies and $20 in cash. ⇲⇲ The 6th grade classes at Mann Middle School made bandanas for our dogs. ⇲⇲ Girl Scout Junior Troop 346 brought in treats and supplies.

Troop 1275

Mann Middle School

You can volunteer at HSTB starting at age 12. Those that are 12-15 must volunteer with an adult. Ages 16-17 can volunteer without an adult. Everyone must fill out an application (go to www.humanesocietytampa. org) and attend an orientation and other training as needed.

Troop 346

Doggie Delicious and Cat Cuisine present:

Summer Bake Off Challenge Doggie Delicious and Cat Cuisine are looking for recipes that satisfy even the finickiest of tastes. Please submit your original dog or cat recipes for our consideration. You can even bring some into the shelter for us to sample. Send your entry to or mail it to us at Humane Society of Tampa Bay, Bake Off, 3607 N Armenia Ave, Tampa, FL 33607. Please submit all entries by September 5th. All entries should include your name and address. The winning recipes will be in the next issue of Making Tracks. And don’t forget to watch the Pet Telethon on Saturday, July 26th! drawn by: Elizabeth Warner Page 6

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Tragedy to Triumph On the evening of May 5th, Mizz Ginny was rescued by Hillsborough County Animal Services. She had not been fed for two months. The investigators thought she was dead, then suddenly her eyes moved. She was still alive. She was fed intravenously until she was strong enough to drink water and eat soft food. On May 19th, Ginny was transferred to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Her condition has continued to improve and she is currently in foster care. Despite all she has been through, she shows no sign of aggression.

Before at 21 pounds

Ginny has started treatment for heartworms and once that is completed, she will be put up for adoption at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. The woman responsible is facing felony charges for cruelty to animals - intentional starvation and misdemeanor charges for confinement of animals without food and water. Stay tuned and we’ll let you know what happens.

Ginny at 44 Pounds

Event Thank Yous Scratch My Back:

The 12th Annual Scratch My Back concert was held once again at Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa. The event brought in more than $5,500 to help the animals. Attendees enjoyed music by The Quivering Rhythm Hounds and Johnny G. Lyon. Thank you to our hosts Steve Otto and Parti Marti and a special thanks to Skipper’s Smokehouse and Scott Peterson for their continued support!

dmg world media:

Thank you for choosing the Humane Society of Tampa Bay to be the beneficiary of the Extreme Dog House Charity Challenge at the Tampa/St. Petersburg Home and Patio Show April 18-20. The doghouses which were built by the exhibitors were sold to support HSTB and raised $2,200.


The annual Pondscapes tours was held on Saturday, April 26. South Tampa residents opened their homes for guests to tour the ponds and water gardens. Thank you to our friends at Pondscapes and to all the generous individuals that opened their homes for such a great cause!

Mister Car Wash:

Thank you to Mister Car Wash who offered free car washes in exchange for a donation to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay at their Grand Opening May 23rd & 24th. Mister Car Wash raised $7,365 for the homeless animals of Tampa Bay! Making Tracks • Newsletter of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay

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Humane Society of Tampa Bay 3607 N Armenia Ave. Tampa, FL 33607 (813) 876-7138 Adoption Hours: Sunday Noon - 4:00p.m. Monday Closed Tuesday & Wednesday Noon - 7:30p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10:00a.m. - 4:30p.m. Spay/Neuter Clinic Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (813) 870-3304 Call for an appointment For additional event information and sponsorship opportunities for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay please contact Cathy Bellatin, Special Events Director at (813)876-4150 or via e-mail specialevents@ Check out our calendar at

Calendar of Events July

9th Annual Pet Telethon WFLA News Channel 8 Saturday, July 26th, 1:00pm-6:00pm Tune in, Turn it up, & Make a Difference! Join WFLA’s finest hosts for an afternoon of animal fun to benefit HSTB. 8th Annual Margarita Ball Quorum Hotel in Tampa Saturday, July 26th, 7:00 pm – 12:00 am Price includes complimentary dinner buffet, margarita fountain, music, dancing, and a silent and live auction. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.


Tampa Bay’s Fittest Female brought to you by Shapes Total Fitness. Semifinals - Wednesday, August 13th, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Finals - Saturday, August 16th, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Whiskey North. 11921 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. in Tampa.Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Proceeds to benefit the Humane Society of Tampa Bay


Columbia Restaurant Community Harvest Throughout the month of September Columbia Restaurant will donate a contribution equal to 5% of your bill from your food and beverage total to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay if you select us as the deserving organization.


4th International Beerfest Date, time and location: TBD Hosted by Creative Loafing A portion of the proceeds benefits theHumane Society of Tampa Bay. Featuring dozens of our favorite beers and flavors from local eateries! Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and $50 for VIP. Admission includes a souvenir Beerfest cup. 6th Annual Pumpkin Patch at Hyde Park Village Dates: TBD For three weeks, you will find plump pumpkins, decorations and pets in costumes. Passion For Pets Breakfast at the Centre Club in Tampa Tuesday, October 28th, 7:30am Special fundraising breakfast to benefit the pets sheltered at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Hair of the Dog, Part 4 at MacDintons Irish Pub Date: TBD, Prizes & Drink Specials

Making Tracks Spring 2008  
Making Tracks Spring 2008  

The quarterly newsletter of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay