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Newsletter of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay

Spring 2009

A Dog Transformed

January 5th, 2009

December 5th, 2008

Inside This Issue Casper’s Story Bark in the Park Free Shot Clinic

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Sherry Silk Executive Director Board of Directors President: Holly O’Brien Co-Vice Presidents: Curtis Brown Joanne Spurlino Treasurer: Audrey Hirst Mary Birrell Trenton H. Cotney Tara Hood Connie Johnson Linda Reitz Joanne Rice Cynthia Sarff Executive Director: Sherry Silk Advisory Board: Victoria J. Alvarez, P.A. John Dingfelder, Esq. Rose Ferlita Shelley Harper, D.V.M. Callum Hay, D.V.M. Dennis McCullough Dominque Mellow Melissa Mueller, D.V.M. Billie Valloreo Bill Zingalie, D.V.M.

Letter from the Executive Director Even though 2008 was a challenging economic time for all of us, I’m happy to report to you, our loyal supporters, that we had a fantastic year for the animals. Many shelters across the country reported falling or stagnant adoption numbers yet we topped our expectations. We found homes for 4,817 dogs and cats in our care. Our save rate for the year (those animals that are adopted, transferred or returned back to their owners) was 92%. That’s a number that we can all be proud of. Our spay/neuter clinic sterilized 9,787 dogs and cats. That will translate to saving thousands of unwanted animals from being born in our community. You may have noticed that we changed our mission statement in 2008. HSTB is dedicated to ending animal homelessness and providing care and comfort for animals in need. As you can see from our adoptions and surgeries, we certainly did that. I want to thank all of you for your continued support for the animals in our community. Your help makes us so successful. Happy New Year!

Editor: Nancy McCall Contributors: Cathy Bellatin Brandi Burket Tara Hood 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: Nancy McCall at (813) 774-4311

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From all of the staff at HSTB, we thank you for your help and promise that we will continue to work hard for the animals. Happy New Year!

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Casper’s Story “Casper” is a poster dog for our continued collaboration with Hillsborough County Animal Services. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay committed to working with Hillsborough County Animal Services when we joined ASPCA Mission: Orange in January 2007. A lot has happened in the past two years. Not only do we accept weekly transfers of animals who are at risk but, we’ve also agreed to take special abuse cases. We all know that HCAS does a fantastic job at investigating and prosecuting cruelty cases and removing dogs (and cats) out of horrific conditions. Often, they are unable to spend the time and money on these terrible cases. HSTB steps in and agrees to rehab these wonderful animals. “Casper” Casper when he was confiscated by was one of these cases. He was found tied to the house living on a piece of plywood. He HCAS. He weighed in at 31 lbs. was unable to stand and completely emaciated. He weighed only 31 pounds. It was said that his owners could see him suffer outside of their dining room window every day. They just chose not to feed him and watched him deteriorate day after day. Luckily, he was discovered and removed from his abusive home. The veterinarians told us he had only a few days left before he would have died on that piece of plywood. Once he was in our hands, he received Promeris as treatment for the demodex mange and sores that covered his body. He received special food until he could get used to eating again. Then he received 4 meals a day, a diet of puppy chow and canned food and he started to perk up. We noticed there was more life in his sullen eyes. He was placed in a foster home….our Executive Director, Sherry Silk, who has experience with cruelty cases, took him home over the holidays. He started to blossom. He put on Casper having a great time with weight. He didn’t know how to play with toys, but he learned. Sherry took him for daily his Christmas stocking. Weight is walks, especially at the beach, to build up his muscles. It didn’t take long and Casper now 40 lbs.. soon became a joyful dog. He loved his comfy bed and his variety of toys. Once he hit 50 pounds, it was time to find his forever home. Fox 13 chronicled Casper’s story and regularly did updates on his progress. Many people called us and wanted to adopt Casper. Pam Taylor was the most persistent. When she came to the shelter to meet him, it was instant love. Casper now lives in Largo with another dog and a cat. He has a large, fenced in yard to play in and never ending love from his new mom. HSTB is committed to helping with these abuse cases and will expand the program in 2009. One last thing we’d like to ask of everyone who reads this article, if you see any animal that is being starved or mistreated, don’t assume someone else will do something about it. Please call Hillsborough County Casper being rehabbed at the beach… Animal Services at (813) 744-5660 and file he loves running in the water. Weight a report. Casper with his new mom, Pam Taylor. is now 44 lbs.

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E-mail Address

Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

To form a “Pack”, please visit for information. You and the people who sponsor you should check with employees to see if they have a “Matching Gift Program”. A matching gift form must be submitted with the donation at the time of registration.


(To be completed by registration volunteers) Total Amount Received $ __________________ Number of Raffle Tickets Received ____________

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ALL WALKERS MUST READ, SIGN and SUBMIT this waiver: In consideration of my signing this agreement, I hereby for myself, my heirs and my administrators, assume any and all risks which might be associated with the walk. I waive and release any and all rights and claims for damages which I may have against the organizers and any others connected with this event, their representatives, successors and assigns for any and all injuries or damages of any kind whatsoever suffered by me or my pet as a result of taking part in this walk and related activities. I also understand and agree to permit HSTB and the sponsors of this event to use for publicity purposes my name and pictures of me and/ or my dog without liability or obligation to me.


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Create your own FREE WEB PAGE to collect donations. You can e-mail it to all your friends, family, co-workers and anyone else you know to solicit their support. It’s easy; it only takes a few minutes and it’s a great way to increase your fundraising dollars. Visit for more information and to start your own web page.


visit our website at or the official Bark In The Park website at for more information. Photocopies of this form are acceptable.

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Saturday, March 14, 2009 8:30 AM - Registration 10:00 AM - Walk Starts Al Lopez Park 4810 N. Himes Avenue Tampa, Florida 33614

Humane Society of Tampa Bay’ s 22nd Annual Bark In The Park

Bark in the Park

2008 Winner Team Barkin’


Humane Society of Tampa Bay

Fundraising Walk for the Animals YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Collect donations to help the Humane Society of Tampa Bay provide shelter, food, spay/ neuter services and medical care for the thousands of animals who are relinquished to our shelter each year.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

8:30am – 12noon

Registration, demonstrations, sponsors/vendors open at 8:30am One mile walk begins at 10:00am Pet costume contest immediately after the walk Activities will continue until 12 noon

Al Lopez Park in Tampa 4810 North Himes Avenue

×× Form a “PACK” or come as an individual walker ×× Collect donations from co-workers, friends and family ×× Create your own FREE WEB PAGE. You can e-mail it to all your friends, family, co-workers and anyone else you may have an e-mail address for to solicit their support. Visit ×× Enjoy the demonstrations ×× Dog treat hunt ×× Doggie arts and crafts ×× Go shopping at our many sponsor/vendor booths ×× Pet costume contests, pet/owner look alike contest and silly dog tricks contest- Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ×× Bring the entire family (including your four legged friends) For more de-“tails”, to download a registration form, or for sponsorship and vendor opportunities, please contact Cathy Bellatin, Special Events Director, Humane Society of Tampa Bay, at (813)876-4150 or log on to or

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Thank you Over the holiday season we were overwhelmed by the number of wonderful individuals and companies who collected pet supplies and donations for the shelter dogs & cats. From all of the animals to all of you, thank you for remembering the homeless pets in our community. We were not able to capture everyone’s name, so if you were omitted, please accept our deepest gratitude.

×× 22 Squared ×× Asset Acceptance, LLC ×× Barbara Diamond ×× Bark Busters ×× Barks ‘n Wags ×× Burton Family Foundation ×× Camp Bow Wow ×× Canidae Pet Foods ×× Carolyn Orihuela & Turner Elementary ×× Cypress Creek Animal Hospital ×× Cyrus & Joanne Spurlino ×× Downtown Dogs ×× Employees of City of Tampa ×× Enhanced Verizon Response Center ×× Fern Garden Club ×× Gerald & Suzie Archibald ×× GFWC Juniorettes of Florida ×× Glazer Foundation for the Supply Drive ×× Health Point Medical ×× Hillsborough County Animal Services ×× Hillsborough County Attorneys Office ×× Interact at Gaither High School ×× Invest Financial Group ×× John Reumann & Peter Muzurkiewicz ×× JPMorgan Chase ×× K9 Community Assistance Network Inc Page 6

×× Louise Graham Regeneration Center for making shreded paper for the pups ×× MacDinton’s Irish Pub & Restaurant ×× MCC Tampa ×× Milagros ×× Mission: Humane at Weightman Middle School ×× Mitchell Family Foundation ×× Pender Newkirk & Company ×× Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP ×× R.M. Williams Construction, Inc ×× Ranon & Partners, Inc ×× Rotary Club of Tampa Upper Bay ×× Scottish Terrier Club of Tampa Bay ×× Spectech Consultants ×× Stellar Partners ×× Sutton Inspection Bureau ×× Suzette Lemrow for weekly deliveries of shredded paper from the USF staff ×× Syniverse Technologies ×× T.R.A.I.N. (Teenagers Reaching Animals In Need) for raising $1,111.11 ×× Tanya Sharkey Photography ×× The Wagner Family ×× Universal Solutions ×× V. J. Alvarez & Associates, P.A. ×× V-6 Vodka ×× Verizon Plus, Carrollwood ×× Welsh Clinic of Chiropractic ×× Wine Exchange ×× Zoe Antinori

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More Thanks 4th Annual “Tailgate for Tails” Thank you to our hosts and hostesses for raising $7,800 for our four legged friends. Our 2008 MVP’s (Most Valuable Petlovers) were Nancy McCall, Marianne Moore and Michaeleen Dempsey in first place and Angela Moody in second place.

Pumpkin Patch and Pet Masquerade Pumpkins took over Hyde Park Village in October for the 7th Annual Pumpkin Patch, raising $9,800 for the animals in our care! More than 60 animal lovers and their four-legged friends participated in the Pet Masquerade that took place on October 25th.

animals at our shelter. We would like to send a very special thank you to Barry, Joanne and all of the staff at MacDintons Irish Pub and Restaurant, Lee Kercher, Tailored Pet Sitting, Downtown “4th International Dogs, Houndz of Hollywood, WAG Pet Boutique, Stylish Purses, Beerfest” brought Heineken, and for helping to make this event a to you by Creative success.


Thank you to our friends at Creative Loafing for choosing the Humane Society of Tampa Bay as the recipient of proceeds from their “4th International Beerfest”. The event was held at Jannus Landing in St. Petersburg on October 18th and featured more than 30 of the bay area’s best brewers, restaurants and entertainment for a day of fun, all to raise money for the homeless animals in our community. Thank you Creative Loafing for your continued support!

Humane Society of Tampa Bay’s Tree of Love Every year we have a Tree of Love in the education room at the shelter that is filled with ornaments in honor of, or in memory of the many beloved pets that touch the lives of people in our community. This year we added paw prints that we posted throughout the shelter in addition to the ornaments on the tree. We raised over $2,000 from the paw print and ornament donations. Thank you to everyone who made a contribution.

Photos with Santa-Hyde Park Village Each year we are lucky to have Mr. Claus himself pose with the many pups that are brought to him in Hyde Park Village at Santa’s Cottage. We received over $5,000 in donations from the generous people who stopped by for a photo with their pet. We would like to send a special thank you to Hyde Park Village, Santa and the photographer, John Parker, for working together to make this possible.

“Hair of the Dog Part 4” at MacDintons Irish Pub and Restaurant Photos with Santa-International Plaza On November 9th, dog owners and their four-legged friends came out to MacDintons to support the Humane Society of Tampa Bay and enjoyed live music, drawings and drink specials. The fourth annual event raised over $4,300 for the homeless

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On December 7th and 14th International Plaza opened the doors early so pets could come pose with Santa in the Grand Court. We are grateful to be a part of this event and look forward to participating in 2009.

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Free Shot Clinic

Saturday, January 10th – Sulphur Springs Park They came from all over, a sad commentary on these difficult financial times. There were ladies with lap dogs, pit bulls on chains, and carriers full of cats. They stood in line for hours to get free rabies and distemper shots for their pets, and they all said the same thing, “Thank you!” We heard from many of these people that they were going to have to relinquish their pets unless they could find a way to get shots and licenses. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay and Hillsborough County Animal Services joined to bring them an alternative. HSTB gave free vaccinations & HCAS offered free licenses to the local residents.

At 6:00am, the line started. HSTB employees, staff and volunteers arrived at 8:00. By 9:00, a second line formed. There were purebreds and mutts, inventive homemade cat carriers on wheels, family dogs with their two-legged children in tow, and too many pit bulls on chains. Hillsborough County took applications for their spay/neuter voucher program. (For those that qualify, the county offers a spay/neuter for just $10.) The Humane Society of Tampa Bay gave away free pet food and information on the Fix a Bully Program which offers spay/ neuter services to Pit Bulls & Pit Mixes for $25. By the end of the day, seven volunteer veterinarians had given 700 Rabies, 600 canine distemper, and 100 feline distemper shots. Then we ran out of vaccines and had to turn away many people and their pets. The 1st Free Shot Clinic was a valiant start, but it was just a start to help keep the animals in our community healthy. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is committed to helping even more animals! We are currently in the planning stages for a March 28th Free Shot Clinic. Stay tuned for more updates. If you would like to support our efforts to help people and pets in our community, please send your donation to: Humane Society of Tampa Bay 3607 N. Armenia Ave. Tampa, FL 33607 or donate on our website

P.S. A special thanks to Schering Plough for donating $1,000 worth of vaccines to make the shot clinic possible!

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I Rescued A Human Today by Janine Allen, Trainer, Rescue Me Dog

Ginger is waiting to rescue a human

Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her. I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid. As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today. Sometimes the overworked shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them. As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone’s life. She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well. Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes. I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one. I rescued a human today.

A Gifted Dog from HSTB Bandit and I met on a Sunday afternoon last November and became the best of friends. Immediately after taking Bandit home he began to lick under my arms. I thought this quite strange but after talking with my doctor two days later and discussing my current lymphoma program, I realized why. Lymphoma is a cancer and mine was discovered through a lymphatic procedure in February of 2008. I have been under care for this and will be for the next five years. He was exploring and “sensing” this area without any prior knowledge. Unbeknownst to me, Bandit had also made a different discovery. He was constantly licking my face since I first got him as my service dog. I thought at first it was just puppy love but he was very persistent, especially in the upper area of my forehead and nose. The day I went to the doctor for my lymphoma checkup, my doctor was reviewing my blood work while I told him how Bandit constantly licked this area. Bandit had sensed something! The blood work had a high level of the hormone Prolact. This raised a red flag for my doctor as excess of this hormone can be found in hypothalamic or pituitary tumors. After a CT scan and MRI, the findings confirmed my worst nightmare, a tumor. The holidays hindered many of the tests because of their specialty. The size, extension, and malignancy of the tumor are still being evaluated, but we are hopeful. Bandit has become like a nurse to me. Many times I don’t realize he is helping me until the problem has passed. I was having a yard sale, and Bandit kept rubbing up against me and pushing me to sit down. Well now I know why. Within 20 minutes I began Making Tracks • Newsletter of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay

to tremor and shake with a diabetic sugar low. I believe in my heart that he knew if I didn’t get something to eat soon, I was going to be in big trouble. Another day Bandit “told” me I forgot water boiling on the stove. I have come to realize that Bandit is much more to me than I ever could have asked for. The world works in mysterious ways and so do Bandit and I. We may not have it all down yet but we are working on it everyday. I believe everything happens for a reason and Bandit is with me for a purpose. Recently on a visit to Disney World in Orlando, Bandit was given an Honorary Citizens award for exceptional behavior and for being a perfect service animal. He wears the pin on his vest, and I know he wears it with pride. - Jenny Bandit was provided to Jenny through “K-9’s for Veterans.” “K-9’s for Veterans” got Bandit from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Page 9

Sucessful Adoptions Hi, My name is Sara Beshaw and I adopted a kitten from your shelter around the end of October. I just wanted to thank you again for all the hard work, time and effort that you all put into helping all these animals find new homes and get a new start on life. I couldn’t be happier with my kitten Zoie (formerly Reese Witherspoon). She is actually sleeping around the back of my neck across both of my shoulders as I type this. She is the most sweet, loving, happiest and seemingly grateful cat I have ever owned in my life, and we are soooooo grateful to have her as a part of our family. Thank you again, and in the very, very near future, we hope to return to adopt a new friend for her. All our love and thank you’s, Sara and Zoie Last night I came in with my fiance Tyler and we Adopted Elvis! Our first night with him was absolutely wonderful! We re-named him Homer. He slept through the WHOLE night, and I woke up to sloppy kisses right before my alarm went off. He is so kind and such a lap dog, even though he squishes me! We took him out for so many walks, and he has now learned that if he stands by the door long enough, he will most likely get another one. He tugs a bit on the leash when he gets the scent of something, but we are working on that. He is so full of life, and we are so happy to have him in ours. I just want to say thank you to everyone at the Humane Society. Everyone there was so wonderful and helpful. We got so much information and I couldn’t believe how attentive everyone was! Thank you for bringing us to our perfect dog. - Sarah Turner

Merry and her pups, born on Christmas day, are currently being fostered by Jeanette Wilson, Development Assistant. These are lives saved by HSTB Page 10

Gene, the UPS driver who delivers to HSTB with his son and their new dog, Milo. Making Tracks • Newsletter of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay

Mission Meow You’re leaving a restaurant in the evening or filling your car with gas and you notice a skinny cat or two crouching by the trash dumpsters looking for food. Your heart goes out to these abandoned animals since you can see that they’re obviously hungry and living on the streets. But, what can you do, you ask yourself? Mission MEOW (Managing & Ending Overpopulation Wisely) is here to help. Mission MEOW’s goal is to educate people in Hillsborough County on the needs of the feral cat population and on how to care for them. There are an estimated 200,000 feral and abandoned cats in Hillsborough County. Mission MEOW is the conduit between individual caretakers, trappers, TNR (trap, neuter and return) supporters and animal organizations such as the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, Hillsborough County Animal Services, Animal Coalition of Tampa Bay, The Animal Advisory Board, and hopefully eventually the local government. Mission MEOW also acts as a support group to registered cat colony caretakers and trappers in Hillsborough County. Mission MEOW is currently creating a database of information that will offer a better idea of the current feral populations. This information should provide data that would allow Mission MEOW to qualify for much needed grant money to support the heavy demand for

assistance with neutering, vaccinating and feeding The next time you see a stray cat that seems to be abandoned or feral you CAN do something. For more information, see To reserve a humane trap or learn how to use one, contact Petra Gearhart, TNR Coordinator at (813) 625-0910. To contact Mission MEOW, email

Tuxes & Tails

Saturday, May 16, 2009 Pepin Hospitality Centre

6:00 pm – 11:00pm

Sponsorship & corporate table opportunities available

Make your reservations while you can!

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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 - 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 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (813) 870-3304 Call for an appointment

Calendar of Events February

Little Black Dress brought to you by Shapes Total Fitness Semi-Finals: Monday, February 16th, 6pm-9pm Finals: Wednesday, February 18th, 6pm-9pm Hosted by Blue Martini at International Plaza


22nd Annual Bark in the Park Saturday, March 14th 2009 at Al Lopez Park 8:30am – 12 Noon Pet Costume Contests, demonstrations, vendors, awards and more! Visit


Pets on the Patio at Gaspars Grotto Saturday, April 4, 2009 1805 E 7th Ave Ybor City, FL Pet Adoption Expo Saturday, April 25th at the Florida State Fairground 10am – 4pm Come find your new best friend. Over 30 rescue groups will have hundreds of pets looking for forever homes! For more information call (813) 367-2078

April Cont.

4th Annual Taste of South Tampa Sunday, April 26th, 2009 1:00pm-5:00pm Hyde Park Village Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door (per person).


Tuxes and Tails May 16, 2009 Time 6:00pm Pepin Hospitality Centre - $125.00 per person. Please join us for a high-end silent and live auction, dinner, and a fashion show of celebrity models teamed with their pets or with adorable adoptables. Microchip Clinics: Thursday, February 12th, March 12th, and April 9th from 5:00 – 7:00 for $15.00; all dogs should be on leash & cats in carriers. VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT FOR MORE EVENT INFORMATION OR CONTACT CATHY BELLATIN AT (813) 876-4150.

MakingTracks Spring 2009  
MakingTracks Spring 2009  

The quarterly newsletter of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.