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Newsletter of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay

Spring 2013

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Inside This Issue

Free Shot Clinics in our Community A Bucket of Christmas Kittens Introducing our AHC Family

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Letter from the Executive Director


ast month we completed our eighth free shot clinic for lower income families and their pets. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay has vaccinated 6,628 animals for free since 2009. Each animal receives a distemper shot as well as rabies vaccine, which translates into healthier pets and a safer community. Additionally, Hillsborough County Animal Services (HCAS) was on hand to give out free licenses, which means those pets will be reunited with their owners if they ever get lost. As with other free clinics, we found that most people did not have their own veterinarian or came to this free clinic because they simply couldn’t afford veterinary care.  We are fortunate that Hillsborough County offers vouchers for low-income families to get their pets sterilized.

Sherry Silk Executive Director (813) 774-4309

Board of Directors President Mary Birrell Vice President Cynthia Sarff Treasurer Michael Neff Secretary Diane Homa

Mike Gratz Kimberly Mello Linda Reitz Christopher Stephens Laura Tatem

Advisory Board:

Victoria J. Alvarez, P.A. Pat Antinori City Councilwoman Yvonne Yolie Capin John Dingfelder Rose Ferlita Carol Funk Richard Gonzmart Bobby Harris Stephanie Mastro Dominique Mellow County Commissioner Sandy Murman Karyn Ringhaver Cathy Smith


Lisa Knight (813) 367-2078


Lisa Knight Nash McCutchen Shannon Sellards Sherry Silk Ornella Varchi

These free clinics touch all of the volunteers and staff who participate. They are certainly some of my personal favorites because people are so grateful for our help. Even if people have a limited income, you can see that they truly love their pets and don’t mind standing in line in the early morning hours to ensure their pets are healthy.  We are grateful to continue our partnership with HCAS at these events. Between our two agencies, we are committed to helping keep pets with their families so that they do not have to be turned in to a shelter. We would like to thank the Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center and the Wells Fargo Foundation for helping with the cost of this shot clinic. And, we want to thank each of you for supporting our organization so that we continue to offer services to assist the public and the animals they love.  Sincerely, Sherry Silk Executive Director

GET YOUR BARK ON! Saturday, March 2

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Al Lopez Park • 4810 N. Himes Avenue

Layout & Design: Nash McCutchen

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

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Join our Walk For The Animals to help raise money for our homeless pets. Bring your four-legged friend out for a morning of doggy fun at our Post-Walk Pet Party emceed by FOX 13's Charley Belcher! For details and to register, visit:

B a r k I n T h e P a r k Ta m p a . c o m Cover Photo: A boy and his dog at the Wimauma Shot Clinic in January 2013

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Free Shot Clinics in our Community January 2009 March 2009 September 2009 February 2010 February 2011 December 2011 November 2012 January 2013

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A Bucket of Christmas Kittens


n December 18th, just one week before Christmas, a good Samaritan brought in a bucket of cold, wet kittens he found. At only four weeks of age, they were too small for adoption, plus they were scared, unfriendly and needed socialization.

Most of our foster homes were either already full with animals or the families were out of town for the holidays. However, these babies needed help! Our foster coordinator kept making calls determined to find an available foster home! Finally, a kind foster mom agreed to take the kittens. Within days the kittens were coming out of their shells, purring and happy! Thankfully, these kittens spent their Christmas in a warm, loving, home and will be ready for adoption soon. Five very cold, wet, helpless kittens arrived at HSTB in a bucket.

Within days the kittens were happy, loving their new foster mom ...

Dr. Jennifer Buzzett, who cared for the kittens, comments on fostering, "I just love doing this. It is my passion." If you too would like to make a difference in the lives of animals by fostering, please contact HSTB Foster Care Coordinator Lisa Knight at or 813-367-2078.

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... and enjoying lots of play time! Making Tracks

Save The Date!

Photo by Ali Darvish

Saturday, April 20, 2013 6pm – 11pm Tampa Marriott waterside New Location!

700 S. Florida Ave. • Tampa, FL 33602


oin us for this spectacular event voted Favorite Black-Tie Event/Fundraising Gala by Tampa Bay Business Journal's Reader's Choice Awards! Enjoy a star-studded fashion show featuring local celebrities and our adorable adoptables, silent and live auctions, live music, cigar bar and more!


Tickets – $125 per person Corporate Table Sponsorships – $2,000 Other sponsorship opportunities available starting at $500 Contact Shannon Sellards at 813.876.4150 or Making Tracks

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Introducing Our AHC Family – Veterinarians


he Humane Society of Tampa Bay is dedicated to ending animal homelessness and providing care and comfort for companion animals in need. We are highly committed to keeping pets in their homes with the people who love them.

For many individuals, the high cost of veterinary care leads them to relinquish their pets to shelters because they simply can't afford to give them the medical help they need. The Animal Health Center was built to offer assistance to people facing these circumstances. Here, we offer affordable, high-quality veterinary care to the public, seven days a week. Our practice is growing and we are proud to have cared for 19,847 owned pets and sterilized 12,701 owned pets in 2012! Our amazing veterinarians and staff work diligently every day to help pets from all across Tampa Bay. We thought you'd like to see some of the friendly faces that will greet you on your next visit to our practice. Whether your pet needs routine annual care, diagnosis and services for an illness or injury, dental care, or spay/neuter surgery, we hope you will visit us! In providing your pet with veterinary care at our Center, you are also helping our shelter pets, as any proceeds from the Animal Health Center will benefit our mission and programs!

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay

ANIMAL HEALTH CENTER 3809 N. Armenia Avenue Tampa, FL 33607

813.870.3304 HOURS

Monday: 12:00PM – 7:00PM

Tuesday - Saturday: 8:30PM – 3:00PM Visit for more information

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Bring this coupon and receive $25 off your next visit to the Animal Health Center! One per customer. Expires August 31, 2013. Not redeemable for cash. Not transferable to adoption fees. Photos on page 6-7 by Krista Sparkman

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Introducing Our AHC Family – Administrative Staff

Welcome To Our Practice!

Spotlight on Saving Lives – Juan Diego


ne morning in December, a young dog was hit by a car near the Animal Health Center. A kind passer-by stopped and brought him to us; he was in shock and badly hurt. Our AHC staff immediately stabilized and examined him and found that, although he had not sustained severe internal damage, his back leg was badly mangled and would need to be amputated. In the capable and caring hands of Dr. Bard, the surgery was a success!

Although very depressed during recovery, the little guy was sweet and trusting. He is now being fostered by our Volunteer and Outreach Manager who named him Juan Diego, symbolizing good luck. In her care he has come out of his shell, gained weight and is healing. It took no time for this endearing tripod to learn to do everything a four-legged dog can do. 

Juan Diego is a loving and wonderful canine companion who adores his foster brothers and sister, is gentle with children, and is drawn to people. He often accompanies his foster mom to the shelter and greets visitors in her office. We know his new life will bring him much luck, just like his name promises!  Making Tracks

Clockwise from left: A special bond with Dr. Bard; Juan Diego recovers; Dr. Bard and her sweet patient.

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Successful Adoptions "I adopted Jack (formerly Billy Joe) on June 13, 2012. He was the first one I came to when I entered HSTB. He caught my eye. I saw a couple of other dogs that had potential, but Jack had already put his dibs on me. Jack joins my partner and I on sailing trips and traveling around the United States. He travels so well. Just like he always has been a traveling boy. He’s truly a good guy. I’ve always adopted my pets and am very grateful to the HSTB." Becky Hatten



"I saw Henrietta’s (now Regan) photo on the website and dragged my roommate to go and see her that day. Once we saw her in person, there was no way we were leaving without her! Regan is settling into her new home very well! She and my other cat, Tybalt, are getting along so well. Even though he is only one and a half, he is four times her size. It is so cute to watch them rolling around playing together!" Molly Fargo

"We adopted Lulu (known as Luli) during the summer of 2012. She looked so shy in her cage and instantly we fell in love with her! Since bringing her home she has brought such happiness to us. She loves to cuddle and just lay in your lap all day long and she adores people no matter who it is. We could not have hoped for a more amazing dog than Lulu. She is quite spoiled now being our fur baby princess and she is very happy that way too! Thank you so much, HSTB, for bringing us together!"


Mallory and Andy

"To Ben and all the volunteers and workers at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, I wanted to take a minute to say Thank You and send you this picture!

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It has been a week since adopting “Oreo and Sistah” and these two sweeties are getting along very well. They wrestle all day and cuddle with each other. I am so happy to welcome them to my family. Thanks again for them and for everything you do!" Courtney Coggan Making Tracks


Volunteer of the Quarter

lan Ledo has been a volunteer with HSTB for almost a year. In that time, he has donated more than 600 hundred hours to the shelter animals.

Alan walks the dogs who are not yet available for adoption, and he will not leave the shelter until each one has had his or her turn. Alan has an amazing heart and loves the animals profoundly. He has a special way of relating to the shy dogs and helping them to open up. If a dog needs a little extra attention, he will come in each day to make sure that he/she gets the special care needed. Alan always has a smile on his face and makes a point to learn the name of every volunteer and staff member that he encounters. His passion is contagious and both HSTB and the animals at the shelter are extremely fortunate to have such a wonderful volunteer. Thank you, Alan, for all you do for the animals!


Photo by Krista Sparkman

And The Winner Is ...

n November, we hosted our first “Best in Show” Children’s Art Contest. Children ages 12 and under submitted their original artwork in one of three categories; Dog, Cat or Other Animal. We were thrilled and impressed to see all of the different creations from many talented children. We chose a winner from each category, and one for overall “Best in Show”, and their artwork now hangs in the Animal Health Center lobby. Special thanks to Dale Wellhofer of Monalisa Custom Picture Framing who helped coordinate the contest and provided complimentary framing of the winning artwork!

Annie Dixon received a $25 gift card for Best Dog and a $100 gift card for Best in Show.

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Ethan Gillett won a $25 gift card for Best Other Animal for his portrait of a squirrel.

Abigail Hinkley received a $25 gift card for Best Cat.

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Gasparilla Time!


his year, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay participated in the Gasparilla Children's Parade! This festive and highenergy event was the perfect venue to showcase our wonderful animals and have fun while promoting our important, lifesaving mission! More than 60 staff and volunteers walked alongside our Mobile Adoption Center with more than 30 pirate pups! The Krewe of Argos, named for Argos The Great Dog from Homer's "Odyssey" who waited faithfully for Odysseus for 20 years, was a parade favorite and was featured on FOX 13 News that evening!

Said Sherry Silk, "It was so inspiring to hear the crowds yell 'It's the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, look at the dogs!', and cheer for us as we walked past. More than one parade-watcher was heard to say 'We got our pet from you!'. It affirmed to us that we are touching lives, human and animal!"

Photos by Krista Sparkman

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Special Thanks

Because of generous organizations, businesses and individuals, our life-saving programs continue to blossom and grow. THANK YOU! 22squared Ameriprise – Lance Becatti Art Institute of Tampa ASPCA Asset Acceptance Citi Clear Channel Outdoor Advertising Connie Brooks-Bay Area DART Fund Downtown Dogs Courtney Frank Greenacre Properties Hidden River Travel Resort in Riverview Humana Health Services Team Hyde Park Village International Plaza Jones Lang LaSalle Krista Sparkman Photography MacDinton's Soho

Thank you to Alpha Phi Omega and Achieve Global who both helped prepare the MAC and animals for the Gasparilla Children's Parade.

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Thank you to Moose Riders of North Hillsborough who raised more than $1,000 for HSTB!

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Mastro Subaru Monalisa Picture Framing Paul Mitchell School Pet Smart Charities Petco Foundation Photography by Norman Mark Pinch a Penny – Apollo Beach Purina One Dwight & Laurie Raines Salesforce Santa Cruz Animal Clinic Tampa Bay Society JT Taylor T Rowe Price Cathy Unruh USAA Wendy's Kitty Fund

Thank you to Kiera Jane Graebner who celebrated her fifth birthday by asking her friends to bring pet food donations to our animals instead of receiving presents!

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Humane Society of Tampa Bay 3607 N. Armenia Ave. Tampa, FL 33607 (813) 876-7138 Adoption Hours: Monday: Closed Tuesday - Friday: Noon - 7:00pm Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Animal Health Center 3809 N. Armenia Ave. Tampa, FL 33607 (813) 870-3304 Spay/Neuter Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 5:00pm Veterinary Services Monday: Noon - 7:00pm Tuesday-Sunday: 8:30am - 3:00pm Call for an appointment. Walk-ins also accepted until 2:00 pm (5:30pm on Mondays) OUR VISION: Leading the way because every life counts. OUR MISSION: Dedicated to ending animal homelessness and providing care and comfort for companion animals in need.

Calendar of Events MARCH 2013 26th Annual BARK in the PARK

Fundraising Walk for the Animals Saturday, March 2nd; 8:30am - 12 noon 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 barkintheparktampa. com where you can create your own FREE website to collect donations for HSTB!

APRIL 2013 8th Annual Taste of South Tampa

Sunday, April 14th; 1pm - 4pm Hyde Park Village Enjoy food and beverages from 40 local restaurants and live music. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Visit pages/TasteofSouthTampa1 to purchase your tickets ahead of time. We will be accepting dog and cat food donations at our Mobile Adoption Center at this event.

11th Annual TUXES & TAILS

Saturday, April 20th; 6pm – 11pm Tampa Marriott Waterside. Black Tie Event Please join us for Tampa Bay’s Favorite Black-Tie Event! Enjoy a star-studded fashion show featuring local celebrities and adorable adoptables from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, silent and live auctions, and cigar bar along the water in beautiful, downtown Tampa.

MAY 2013 Meow Mixer

Monday, May 6th; 6pm – 9pm Manhattan Dolce Bistro & Bar Join us for a Chinese raffle, food, drinks, music, and adoptable kittens! Proceeds will benefit the Feral Cat Program and Trap/ Neuter/Vaccinate/Return efforts at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Sponsored by Wendy's Kitty fund.

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

Making Tracks Spring 2013  

Making Tracks is the quarterly newsletter of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

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