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Newsletter of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay

Winter 2008

T.R.A.I.N. – Bringing troubled teens and dogs together

Inside This Issue

T.R.A.I.N Page 3 Animal Friends Page 4 9th Annual Pet Telethon Page 7


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 Treasurer: Audrey Hirst Mary Birrell Trenton H. Cotney Shelley Harper, DVM Tara Hood Linda Reitz Joanne Rice Cynthia Sarff Executive Director: Sherry Silk Editor: Nancy McCall Contributors: Cathy Bellatin Karla Bard, DVM Brandi Burket Ben Moehnert Layout & Design: DebraRobertsDesign,LLC.

As we move in to the holiday season, I want to share a gift to all of our loyal donors and supporters. Last year we did 3,181 adoptions. As of September 1, we have already done that many and we are pushing to do 4,000 by the time you receive this newsletter. For those of you who support HSTB, I think this is a huge gift that we can all celebrate… the gift of life to our homeless four legged friends. You know that many of our animals are transfers from local animal services and their fate is unknown. Once they arrive at HSTB, they get a second chance at finding their forever home. So, from me and all the dogs, cats, puppies and kittens that are living in our shelter, we say thank you to each of you and wish you and your family a very happy holiday. P.S. Update on Mizz Ginny - she is living in a new home with a wonderful family. She went from being emaciated to now needing to go on a diet. Another success story from HSTB. Unfortunately, JUDGE DANIEL H. SLEET only gave the woman who starved Ginny 3 years probation. We are disappointed that she didn’t do time in jail.

Spencer & Ginny

Did you know? Did you know that the Humane Society of Tampa Bay won the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Nonprofit of the Year award in Environment & Animals? We were chosen for fiduciary responsibility.

2nd Annual Tampa Bay’s Fittest Female presented by Shapes Total Fitness for Women raised over $6,600 for the animals at The Humane Society of Tampa Bay Hundreds of people arrived at Whiskey North on Saturday, August 16th to support Tampa Bay’s Fittest Female contestants and the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Twelve finalists competed for over $10,000 in cash and prizes. A very special thank you to Shapes Total Fitness for Women, Whiskey North and this year’s MC - NFL reporter, Scott Hanson for putting together an outstanding event. Thank you to our sponsors: University Bicycle Center, Tan USA, Spa Moritz and Pepsi for their support. Congratulations to the winners of Tampa Bay’s Fittest Female: 2nd runner-up, Michelle Newell, 1st runner-up Audrey Pino and Winner- Lisa Church.

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T.R.A.I.N. – Bringing troubled teens and dogs together When you first meet these young men, you know there is something different about them. It’s not because they’re incarcerated for substance abuse. It’s because they have taken their lives into their own hands and have a plan to do something with that life - something important. They walk up to you, look you straight in the eye, introduce themselves and give you a firm hand shake. The past is the past and unlike yesterday, today they walk with pride. How did they make this change from a boy in trouble to a young man with a future? A judge sent them to Riverside Academy in Tampa, FL, where counselors, teachers, and volunteers taught them to respect others and themselves. They learned this because they had a goal. They wanted to be part of T.R.A.I.N. (Teens Reaching Animals In Need). To be a part of T.R.A.I.N., you have to work hard. You have to be at the top of your class, fill out a lengthy application, and go through an interview process in front of a panel that will critique you. Then, if you are chosen, you become one of the 10-12 young men in T.R.A.I.N. Twice a week, the van pulls into the Humane Society of Tampa Bay and picks up dogs. These are dogs who will not get adopted quickly because they have problems, just like the boys. They bark too much, don’t mind authority and won’t walk on a leash. The dogs are taken to Riverside Academy where they spend the next hour working with T.R.A.I.N. And on Saturdays the boys get to leave Riverside Academy and work with the dogs at our shelter. First the dogs are taught the basics, how to walk on a leash, sit, lie down, and stay. These lessons are taught through positive reinforcement. There are no unkind words, just gentle coaxing and a little cheese whiz when the job’s done right. The dogs learn manners, but the boys learn more. They learn how to treat others with respect, how to teach with compassion, how to be proud of one’s accomplishments, how to work together with others towards a common goal, and how to become the man they want to be.

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In a study by Riverside Academy and the Department of Juvenile Justice, 87% of the boys that took part in T.R.A.I.N. have remained incident free after release. If you know of anyone who is looking for a great dog, tell them to come to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay and ask to meet a T.R.A.I.N. dog. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is honored to have been part of T.R.A.I.N for the last four years. We are proud of our dogs and the dynamic young men who have graduated from this innovative and unique program. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay would like to thank the people that make TRAIN possible: Dr. Betsy Coville, Sharon Latimer, Jill Hussung, Tony Grimaldi, Angela Kent, the volunteers, Paul KirkhamExecutive Director of Riverside Academy, and the leadership team of Sunshine Youth Services. It takes a community to make a difference. These people aren’t talking about it, they’re doing it.

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Kid’s Korner Kritter Kamp and Teen Week 2008 were great this year. 49 kids attended, many who are old enough to become volunteers for HSTB! This year campers got visited by the Florida Aquarium, Courteous Canine, Lowry Park Zoo, Big Cat Rescue, Barkbusters, HC Animal Services, just to name a few. The three weeks were action packed and the campers learned how to care for and handle dogs and cats. The campers loved everything (especially their one on one time with the animals). Thank you to everyone for a great year, and Kim Bridges for the amazing job she did putting it all together. See you next year!

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Become an Animal Friend! An Animal Friend is someone who donates a specific amount every month through their credit card or checking account. This donation is something the Humane Society of Tampa Bay can count on to help care for the many dogs and cats in our shelter. $25 will buy food for one dog for a month; $50 will pay for one cat to be sterilized and immunized; $100 will pay for flea treatment for ten dogs for one month. Will you become an Animal Friend? We hope so because the homeless animals in our community need your support. To become an Animal Friend, fill out the following information and mail to Humane Society of Tampa Bay, 3607 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa, FL 33607 Name: ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Address: __________________________________________________________________________________________ City: _____________________________________________State:____Zip:__________Phone: _____________________ Preferred distribution date: q The first business day of each month q The fifteenth of each month (or first business day after) Amount: q $25 q $50 q$100 qOther $____________ Charge: q Visa q Mastercard q AmEx q Discover Card Account Number: __________________________________Expiration Date: __________ Verification Code: __________ Debit: q Checking Account q Savings Account Account Number: __________________________________Routing #: ________________________________________ (Please attach a voided check)

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The Annual Tree of Love Starting Tuesday, December 2nd through Friday, December 26th, come visit our Annual Tree of Love located in the Educational room at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Purchase an ornament to go on the tree in honor or memory of your beloved pet. Your donation will help care for the thousands of shelter pets who need someone to love them. New this year, you can purchase a “Paw” print with your pet’s name on it. These paw prints will be displayed throughout the shelter. Come find yours. And while you are visiting, don’t forget to leave a gift for the homeless animals (a toy, a bag of food, or treats) under the tree. Please place a “Paw” in the shelter or an ornament on the Holiday Tree of Love for my pet(s): ___________________________________________________________________ (Please specify “O” for ornament or “P” for paw print. Example: Rufus-P or Ginger-O) Number of Ornaments ______@ $10.00 each for a total of $_________ Number of Paws ________@ $5.00 each for a total of $__________ Total Enclosed: ___________

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9th Annual Pet Telethon raised over $185,000! Thank you to our supporters for another great Pet Telethon. Not only did we raise over $185,000 this year, but the best part is we adopted out 112 animals to their forever homes. Thank you to WFLA News Channel 8 hosts and staff for all of their hard work. Blue from the Tampa Yankees, Sparky the fire dog, The Tampa Bay Lightning Girls and The Tampa Bay Buccaneer Cheerleaders- thanks for stopping by the studio and saying hello to everyone.

Thank you to all of our sponsors for their support and generosity: Phone Bank and News Set Sponsors: ×× Shapes Total Fitness for Women ×× Taste of South Tampa ×× Mister Car Wash Adoptable Pet Set Sponsor: ×× Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc. Phone Bank Sponsors: ×× Krewe of Pandora ×× Camden News Set Sponsor: ×× William E. Hahn, PA ×× Progressive Insurance ×× Skippers Roadhouse ×× Pondscapes Mobile Adoption Center Sponsors: ×× Adcock Financial Group ×× Citi

Pet Sponsors: ×× Barkbusters Home Dog Training ×× Fifth Third Bank ×× Pet Pages ×× Forns Design and Construction ×× T.R.A.I.N. ×× Prida-Guida ×× Fourth Door Creative Group ×× Signs USA ×× Catherine M. Catlin Video Sponsor: ×× GTE Federal Credit Union ×× Winn Dixie Supermarkets ×× V.J. Alvarez & Associates, P.A. ×× Tailored Pet Sitting ×× Ryah Creative Group ×× Kitty City

In Kind Sponsors: ×× The Tampa Tribune- Media Sponsor ×× MacDinton’s Irish Pub and RestaurantAfter Party Sponsor ×× Mise En Place- Lunch Sponsor ×× Paci’s Pizza- Pizza Sponsor ×× Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea CompanyCoffee Sponsor ×× Krispy Kreme- Doughnut Sponsor ×× Ultra Pure Water- Water Sponsor ×× Katie’s Cookies- Cookie Sponsor ×× Rent All of Tampa- Set Sponsor ×× Baron’s Landscaping Services- Plant Sponsor

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Fall Pet Adoption Expo The HSTB Shelter will be closed on Saturday, November 15th because we won’t have any pets available for adoption. How could that be? All of our adoptable pets will be at the Florida State Fairgrounds from 10 am – 4 pm for the Fall Pet Adoption Expo, along with Hillsborough County Animal Services and almost forty different rescue groups. If you’re looking for an addition to your family, there is no better place to look. There will be at least one of everything imaginable. At the last Pet Adoption Expo, 386 pets found new homes. Let’s beat that record! For more information please call (813) 367-2078.

Food Assistance Program When a decision has to be made whether to fill your gas tank, purchase your medications or feed your pet, please know that the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is here to help. Many people are having a difficult time right now because of the economy. If you need help to feed your pet, come to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, and we will give you a few weeks of pet food to tide you over until things get better. If you are doing okay in this economy, but would like to help others, you can donate pet food or cash to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay to fund this program. It takes a community to make a difference and sometimes the community needs to lend a helping hand. For more information, please check our website at www.humanesocietytampa.org or call (813) 876-7138.

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Everyday Dangers for your Pet in the Holiday Season by Karla Bard, D.V.M.

FOOD AND DRINK TO AVOID

• Alcoholic beverages • Chocolate (baker’s, semi-sweet, milk chocolate): chocolate chips, powder, or bars • Coffee (grounds, beans, chocolate covered espresso beans) • Moldy or spoiled foods • Onions and onion powder • Fatty foods • Bones: Ham, turkey… • Xylitol (artificial sweetener in many gums and other products) is VERY toxic in small amounts! • Novelty foods • Yeast dough

PLANTS TO AVOID

• Lilies: Very toxic, leads to kidney failure. • Poinsettias: Mildly toxic, leads to vomiting and nausea. • Mistletoe: Toxic, usually leads to vomiting and diarrhea, but can cause heart problems. • Holly: Mildly toxic, leads to vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy.

HOLIDAY/WINTER HAZARDS TO YOUR PET

MEDICATIONS

eep all pet medication in a closed cabinet for safekeeping. K Some pet medications are flavored for ease of administration and enable your pet tastily overdose itself if it chews into the packaging. Keep all prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs out of the reach of your pets, preferably in closed cabinets. Pain killers, cold medicines, asthmatic medications, anti-cancer drugs, antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, vitamins, and diet pills are common examples of human medication that might be left out on a table in the coming season. Remember that no countertop or purse/backpack is safe from a pet that wants to explore it. Remind guests to store their medications and their sugar-free gum safely as well. During the holidays, many veterinary clinics have limited office hours. In some cases, pet owners try to medicate their animals without advice. Never give your animal any medications unless under the direction of a veterinarian. Many medications that humans use commonly can be deadly when used for your pet (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, aspirin, etc.) Your animal may become poisoned in spite of your best efforts to prevent it. Keep the phone numbers for your veterinarian, a local emergency veterinary hospitals, and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (1-888-4 ANI-HELP) in a convenient location. If you suspect that your pet has ingested something poisonous, seek veterinary attention immediately.

• Christmas tree water • Electric cords and Christmas light bulbs • Ribbon, garland, and tinsel • Batteries • Glass ornaments (intact or broken) • Potpourri, especially liquid potpourri • Wrapped packages, especially if containing any food items! • Antifreeze

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Special Thanks Thank you to The Garcia Pass It On Foundation for hosting an exclusive fundraising dinner at Bern’s Steakhouse for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Jeff Garcia, Tampa Bay Buccaneer quarterback and his wife Carmella hosted the event on Friday, September 26th. Guests enjoyed an exquisite dinner and the opportunity to speak one on one with both Jeff and Carmella. Jeff and Carmella are the proud parents of Andy whom they adopted from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay in 2007. We’re honored he chose to save a life by adopting from a Humane Society!

Greg Gruendel, Jeff Garcia, and Holu O’Brien, HSTB Board of Directors President

Jeff, Carmella and Andy

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

Holiday Hours The Humane Society of Tampa Bay will be closed on the following days: • Thanksgiving - November 27th • Christmas Eve - December 24th • Christmas Day - December 25th • New Years Eve, December 31, we will close at 4:00 p.m. • New Years Day - January 1st

Calendar of Events October

4th International Beerfest Saturday, October 18th Hosted by Creative Loafing Jannus Landing, 200 1st Ave N, St Petersburg FL 7th Annual Pumpkin Patch at Hyde Park Village Saturday, October 18th - Friday, October 31st Hours are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 5pm-8pm, Thursday and Friday: 12noon – 8pm Saturday: 10am-8pm and Sunday: 12noon-6pm Howl-O-Ween Fiesta at Taqueria Sunday, October 19, 2008 from 2:00pm-5:00pm 402 S Howard Ave Tampa, FL Pet Masquerade at the Pumpkin Patch in Hyde Park Village Date: October 25, 2008 @ 10:30 am “Dogs in Disguise” at Jackson’s Bistro on Harbour Island Thursday, October 30th from 6pm-9pm 601 S. Harbour Island Blvd.

November

Tampa Bay Lightning and Humane Society of Tampa Bay Day November 1, 2008 Hair of the Dog Part 4 at MacDinton’s Sunday, November 9, 2008 5:00pm-7:00pm 405 South Howard Avenue Come join the Humane Society of Tampa Bay as MacDinton’s goes to the dogs!

Microchip Clinic November 13th 5 - 7 pm at the shelter Fall Adoption Expo Saturday, November 15th 10:00am-4:00pm Florida State Fairgrounds-Special Events Center The Ultimate Girls Night Out Thursday, November 20, 2008 7:00pm-10:00pm The Kennedy 2408 W. Kennedy Blvd Tampa, FL

December

Yappy Hour with Santa Downtown Dogs at Hyde Park Village Tuesday, December 2nd from 6pm-8pm 601 S. Harbour Island Blvd. Photos with Santa-Hyde Park Village Saturday, December 6th thru Wednesday, December 24th, 2008 International Plaza photos with Santa and Pets Sunday, December 7th and Sunday, December 14th from 8am-10am. Microchip Clinic December 11th 5 - 7 pm at the shelter Humane Society of Tampa Bay Supply Drive at the Bucs Game Sunday, December 28, 2008 VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT www.humanesocietytampa.org FOR MORE EVENT INFORMATION OR CONTACT CATHY BELLATIN AT (813) 876-4150.


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