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Newsletter of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay

Spring 2012

Inside This Issue Largest Donation in HSTB History Life Saving Milestone for Cats Help Us Build/Fill the Building Bark in the Park

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Sherry Silk Executive Director (813) 774-4309 Board of Directors President: Connie Johnson Vice-President: Mary Birrell Treasurer: Michael Neff Secretary: Patti Sutherland Brian Funk Mike Gratz Tara Hood Morris Massey Bob Reina Linda Reitz Allison Roberts Cynthia Sarff Christopher Stephens Advisory Board: Victoria J. Alvarez, P.A. Sheila Sims Anderson City Councilwoman Yvonne Yolie Capin John Dingfelder Rose Ferlita Carol Funk Richard Gonzmart Callum Hay, D.V.M. Stephanie Mastro Dennis McCullough Dominique Mellow County Commissioner Sandy Murman Karyn Ringhaver Cathy Smith Bill Zingalie, D.V.M. Editor: Lisa Knight (813) 367-2078

Letter from the Executive Director... This is a very big year for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. We turn 100 years old so Happy Birthday to us! Over 1 million animals have come through our doors over the last century. We continue to look at new ways and innovative programs to help the animals and people of the Tampa Bay area. This organization will never be satisfied until all adoptable animals get a second chance at finding a home. Our emphasis has been to do everything we can to help lower the euthanasia in our community and we know we can’t do that just by our adoption programs. Now I am asking our loyal supporters and donors to help us build our new Animal Health Center. This 10,400 square foot building will help us reach our goals. By providing affordable health care for owners who love their pets and sterilizing even more animals, we will continue to see the death rate of animals decrease. This new hospital will also benefit our shelter animals. We will have the capability of running blood work and doing x-rays and dentals for our shelter animals. The animals will benefit greatly once this hospital is open. Additionally, after all hospital operating expenses are covered, any and all remaining revenue will benefit our mission and programs. We are already making progress. In 2011, for the very first time in Hillsborough County, more cats were sterilized than euthanized! Our trap-neuter-return program had a lot to do with that decrease. We are devoting a whole feral cat area in our new building to sterilize even more community cats. So please consider making a donation to our Animal Health Center and watch the save rate in our community go even higher. Sincerely,

Sherry Silk Executive Director

Meeting our Goals…

Contributors: Sherry Silk Nancy McCall 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

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Largest Donation in HSTB’s 100 Year History! BOB REINA –

THE MAN BEHIND THE MILLION DOLLAR GIFT In December, The Humane Society of Tampa Bay was fortunate to receive a one million dollar pledge from Brandon-based video communications solution company Talk Fusion to help build our organization’s new Animal Health Center. “We are delighted to help make a difference,” said Talk Fusion Founder & CEO Bob Reina of the contribution. “I know that this undertaking will save thousands Photography by Fred Bellet of lives by reducing companion and homeless animal euthanasia, as well as improving the quality of life of Tampa Bay pets and their owners.” Reina, a former Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputy who believes in giving back to his community, is a longtime supporter of the Humane Society and currently sits on the Board of Directors. “I’m just a big animal lover, and always have been my whole life,” Reina said. “Animals can’t help themselves though. There are a lot of great causes in the world, but I have an affinity for pets and always have.” Reina is a former Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputy who started a small technology company called Talk Fusion. Talk Fusion has given Reina the opportunity to donate to animal causes in a big way. Bob shares his home with three basset hounds: Presley, Blue Bell and Stormy. There’s also Bindi, rescued by Reina after the pup lost a leg to an alligator attack (pictured above with Bob) and a Labrador mix, Sport, and Bernie who “looks like a giraffe,” Reina says, with a tiny head and long legs and neck. The dogs and Reina also share the house with five stray and rescued cats: Scrappy, Mystery, Chance, Madison and Lucky. “This is a dream becoming a reality in the Tampa Bay community,” said Sherry Silk, Executive Director of HSTB. “We’ve been planning to build the Animal Health Center and Talk Fusion’s generous donation helps immeasurably in putting that plan into action.” The groundbreaking for the new Animal Health Center was held on December 12, 2011 with many local politicians and news media on hand to share in the excitement! The grand opening is expected to be held in the fall. Stay tuned for exciting updates!!

The entire HSTB Board of Directors helped move the first mound of dirt for the new facility.

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Board members Bob Reina and Allison Roberts at the Talk Fusion Animal Health Center dedication.

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Why does HSTB take Puppies from Other States?...

You may wonder why we receive so many calls requesting that we take at-risk puppies. At Hillsborough County Animal Services, whatever puppies they receive, they adopt out.  We still take adult dogs (and sometimes cats) from them several times a week.  When they have underage puppies with nursing moms, we take those too when we have foster homes available.    We are fortunate to live in a community that offers affordable spaying and neutering of dogs.  Many other communities do not have low cost spay/neuter clinics and unwanted puppies fill those shelters.  Weekly, puppies are euthanized due to lack of homes.  These are the shelters that we help.  The Humane Society of Tampa Bay recognizes that some people will only adopt a puppy and therefore is committed to helping other shelters that don’t have successful spay/neuter programs in place. In fact, many of the rural shelters we pull from have a save rate of only 15%. In other words 85 out of 100 puppies are euthanized. So while we encourage everyone to consider adopting an adult dog, for those who want a puppy, know that you are still saving a life! It’s just a life from another state.

Two puppies arriving from Mississippi that will now have a home! Page 4

The impressive vehicle Loving Friends Transport uses to transport puppies to HSTB.

One of the generous pilots, Jeff Bennett, pictured with 2 puppies flying to Tampa.

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A Life-Saving Milestone for Community Cats‌ In the last 5 years, as you can see from the chart below, 65,806 cats have been euthanized in Hillsborough County. These statistics are grim but we have noticed a change in the past several years since the TNR (trap/neuter/return) programs have been growing in our community. In 2006, 18,213 cats were euthanized. In 2011, the number dropped to 9,047. For the first time the number of cats sterilized was more than the number euthanized! So whether you are a cat lover or a bird lover, you should be celebrating this trend. There will be less outdoor cats due to the increased spay/neuter of these wonderful animals. We hope if you want less cats being born in your neighborhood you will join us in our fight for lowering euthanasia. Please contact our TNR Manager at 813-625-0910 or cat.spay@, or check out our website for more information.

The Effect of TNR on Cat Euthanasia in Hillsborough County

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MARCH 10 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Al Lopez Park




Leave Your PawPrint Collect donations as a “pack” or individual walker to help provide care for the thousands of animals that go through our shelter each year. The goal for each walker is to raise at least $50! Form your “Pack” and create a free fundraising page or register as an individual at:

Emceed by FOX 13’s Charley Belcher

Live Radio Broadcast by Paul “Pipes” Porter


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8:30: Event Begins

Registration, demonstrations and sponsor/vendor booths open

10:00: Walk for the Animals

One mile walk around Al Lopez Park

10:30: Walk Party

Pet Costume Contest and activities will continue until noon

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This year visit our doggone good neighborhood where you’ll find something for everyone. Areas include: • Adorable Adoptables Corner • Canine Couture Mall • Canine Curves Agility Gym • Delights Food Court • Doggie Day Spa • Doggie Decor Craft Station

For questions about registration, sponsorship or event details, contact Shannon Sellards, Special Events Coordinator: 813.876.4150 or visit us at

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...and much, much more.

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Volunteer of the Quarter… Ornella Varchi has been a dedicated volunteer of HSTB for over 6 years. Ornella has donated her time as a foster mom, helping with adoptions, supervising the Animeals program, working at special fundraising events, mentoring new volunteers and whatever else is asked of her! As a foster mom, Ornella has donated thousands of hours to helping some of our “special needs” dogs by taking them into her home until they are ready to be adopted. She is so compassionate to the animals and passionate about helping them. Thank you Ornella for being a voice for the animals and for your many years of selfless dedication to HSTB!

Tuxes and Tails...

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Successful Adoptions… Hi, All! Charlie, here! I hope you guys still remember me. I spent a few months with you earlier this year. I’m sending a new picture of me, but you might not recognize me now that all my hair’s grown back. When I left, my fur was shaved because it was so matted from being at that “other place” before you found me. I get brushed all the time now and I really like it when people tell me how pretty I am. I just wanted to get back in touch to say I’m a pretty happy guy these days. I hope the New Year brings forever homes to all the cats and dogs in shelters everywhere. -Your friend Charlie

We got Oliver from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay on April 1st, 2009. There was a sign posted that said that black cats & dogs often were the last ones to get adopted, so I decided to choose a black cat, the one that had been there the longest. Oliver seemed pretty terrified of us at first, but after a few minutes he let us pet him lightly. He was shy at home for a while, but eventually showed his true personality, which is that of a “sidekick.” He follows me around everywhere and is very fun and loving. He loves going on vacation with us & his sister Torbie (who came from the Oregon Humane Society). We love our kitties & we love the Humane Society of Tampa Bay!!! -Maria Savin

I adopted a Yellow Lab/German Shepherd puppy two days before Christmas last year from the HSTB. He was named “Copper” but the moment I got him in my arms (and was told this 6lbs puppy would soon be 80lbs) I knew he was MY Bear! I walked out with him that day, and have been so thankful I went into the shelter every day since. I just wanted to share my thanks to HSTB for doing such a wonderful thing for all the animals that are there. Bear has been my side-kick whether it is just for a car ride, to the beach (where I have to drag Bear out of the water), or my soccer games (Bear is the team mascot). He is my buddy and I wanted to thank the Humane Society of Tampa for giving me the opportunity to have such a wonderful family member! -Jennifer Copeland

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A Special Thank You to our Supporters… Achieve Global Alpha Phi Omega – USF ASPCA Banfield Charitable Trust Bloomingdale Ice Bulls Hockey Team Boston’s Restaurant Bovis Lend Lease Burger 21 Carlton Fields Centennial Middle School CIBER, Inc. Clear Channel The Columbia Community Foundation of Tampa Bay Flash & Co. Laura and JT Fletcher Hill Ward Henderson

Hyde Park Village Hyrdodog Mobile Pet Grooming International Plaza Jacarlene Foundation Jacobs Technology The M. David Katz Company L-3 Communications MacDintons Irish Pub Mastro Subaru Merck Animal Health New York Life PCL Civic Constructors Pedigree Foundation PetCo Foundation PetSmart Charities RescQueMe Royal Pets Market

Save-A-Pet Seminole Electric Cooperative Sickles High School Optimist Club Southwest Airlines SuperBooch Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Society Tampa Bay Times Forum Tampa Westshore Association Trenam Kemker University of Kentucky Alumni - Tampa Bay Club Wells Fargo Foundation Wine Exchange Yard of Ale Young Professionals of Tampa Bay

Thank you to Ameriprise Financial for donating dog and cat food to Casper’s Cupboard!

Thank you to the folks at Get a Grip Fitness! They hosted a fundraiser for HSTB in memory of their beloved colleague, Barbara Milburn and raised $550 and lots of pet food!

Thank you to the Laser Spine Institute for sponsoring their Holiday Facebook contest. HSTB was the grand prize winner of $4,000.

Thanks to the Tampa Bay Bucs Cheerleaders for donating a day of work to HSTB!

Volunteers from Achieve Global volunteered to spread some much needed mulch in our doggie play yards. Thank you!

A special thanks to Santa and all his elves for helping to take pictures with Santa. HSTB received almost $2,000!

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2012 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 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 Monday 2:30pm – 7pm Tuesday-Sunday 8:30am – 3pm (813) 870-3304 Call for an appointment. Walk-ins also accepted until 2pm.

march 2012 25th Annual BARK in the PARK Fundraising Walk for the Animals Saturday, March 10th; 8:30am - 12 noon At Al Lopez Park You can make a difference! Collect donations as a “pack” or individual walker to help the Humane Society of Tampa Bay provide shelter, food, spay/neuter services and medical care for the thousands of animals that are relinquished to our shelter each year! For more information, visit where you can create your own FREE website to collect donations for HSTB! Block PAWty in Hyde Park Village Thursday, March 15th; 6pm- 9pm Proceeds Benefit the Humane Society of Tampa Bay 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).

Mega Match-a-thon Saturday, March 31st; 9am to 9pm Forget March Madness, we are gearing up for a Mega Match-a-thon! On March 31st from 9 am to 9pm, HSTB is teaming up with the ASPCA and other shelters across the country to hold a major adoption event! Local rescue groups will partner with us during these 12 hours devoted to supporting pet adoptions in Tampa Bay. Hillsborough County Animal Services will also be participating at their location. April 2012 7th Annual Taste of South Tampa Sunday, April 15th; 1pm - 5pm Hyde Park Village Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door (per person). Enjoy food and beverages from 40 local restaurants and live music. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Please visit to purchase your tickets ahead of time. We will be accepting dog and cat food donations at our Mobile Adoption Center at this event. May 2012 10th Annual TUXES & TAILS Saturday, May 5th; 6pm – 11pm Tampa Convention Center. $125.00 per person Join us for one of Tampa Bay’s favorite events made more special this year as we celebrate our Centennial! Enjoy a star-studded fashion show featuring local celebrities and adorable adoptables from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, silent and live auctions, live music, and cigar bar along the water in beautiful downtown Tampa.

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

Making Tracks Spring 2012  

Quarterly newsletter of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

Making Tracks Spring 2012  

Quarterly newsletter of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.