Thursday, April 25, 2013
Ever thought about being a foster parent to a pet? Learn about the process at the New Tampa Regional Library.
When you think about pet adoption, images of heading to the Hillsborough County Animal Services shelter and picking out the perfect pet likely come to mind. But there's a group of people you may not think about who contribute a valuable resource to county pet adoption—pet foster families. Animals are typically placed in foster families when space is limited at the Hillsborough County Animal Services shelter at 440 N. Falkenburg Road, or the animal needs some special care before adoption. Often, foster families can provide insight and guidance to the people who ultimately adopt the pets. "Having a foster family is helpful on so many different levels," said Marti Ryan, spokeswoman for Hillsborough County Animal Services. "The animal has a …
Friday, February 1, 2013
He's at the county animal shelter.
From Marti Ryan, spokeswoman for Hillsborough County Animal Services: Superbowl week means friends, flavor, and action. Twix is all the above - a fun-loving, hambone of a hound that commands the attention of all he meets. This year and half old chocolate and caramel Mastiff mix is a crowd favorite at the shelter, but ready to perform at your house. Adopt Twix (ID#1509570) fully neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and more at a Super-Sunday special price from Hillsborough County Animal Services on Falkenburg Road, Tampa (open daily 10 until 7pm). Go to www.hillsboroughcounty.org.
Monday, October 15, 2012
The animal shelter is expanding its hours to facilitate the adoption of more pets and to allow pet owners to search for their lost pets.
Starting Thursday, Nov. 1, residents will have plenty of opportunities to adopt an unwanted dog or cat from Hillsborough County Animal Services. In what it's calling its 10-7-7 plan, the animal shelter will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. "This is a big deal," said Animal Services spokeswoman Marti Ryan. "This not only will allow us to adopt more animals but it will allow pet owners to search for their lost pets at our shelter immediately." It also permits residents like Sue Green of Apollo Beach more chances to volunteer at the county animal shelter. "I just love animals and I enjoy working with them at Animal Services," said Green. "It's so rewarding to see a dog or cat get a new home." Ryan said Green is among a cadre …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The task force will study ways to reduce the number of dogs and cats that are killed at Hillsborough County Animal Services.
Charged with finding ways to reduce the number of animals euthanized at the Hillsborough County animal shelter, the newly created Animal Services Task Force will hold its first meeting Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held in the 26th Floor Conference Rooms A and B at County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., in downtown Tampa. Reacting to charges from animal welfare groups that Hillsborough County Animal Services is euthanizing too many dogs and cats at its facility at 440 N. Falkenburg Rd., Tampa, in May the Hillsborough County Commission called for the creation of the task force to study ways to reduce the number of euthanized animals. Now, with a new Animal Services director, Ian Hallett, on the job, the task force is …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Find out how to adopt.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Hillsborough County Animal Services invites the public to "fly in" on Saturday, Oct. 20 for the annual Cats, Bats & Bones bash. This day of Halloween fun and pet adoption runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the County shelter located at 440 N. Falkenburg Road in Tampa. Offerings include unconditional love, kid contests, and real, live bat chats! Children attending Cats, Bats & Bones can come dressed for the kids costume parade, enter the "meow off" contest, and decorate the shelter with artwork from the creative coloring station. In addition to adorable faces and tail-wagging deals, Cats, Bats & Bones celebrates the season with an appearance by Bat Belfrys, Inc. of Merritt Island. The non-profit organization is making a special stop in …
Friday, August 24, 2012
Animal services officials say get ready as soon as possible.
Early next week, Tampa Bay could be slammed with a hurricane. This comes only weeks after Tropical Storm Debby caused flooding and structural damage in June. With that in mind, animal experts in Hillsborough County say now is the time to make preparations for pets before Isaac arrives. Carol Childs, founder of the National Humane Society at 4039 Gunn Highway in Carrollwood, often cares for animals after natural disasters. She said having a plan in place before a tropical storm or hurricane hits is crucial. "Pet owners need to know where shelters are," she said. "I'd rather have a plan and not need it than need it and not have a plan. A common mistake pet owners make is putting animals in wire cages, Childs said. "They are better off in the…
Thursday, May 3, 2012
County Commissioner Ken Hagan said the county's current 65 percent euthanasia rate is unacceptable.
There's changes on the horizon for Hillsborough County Animal Services as a new director comes on board and the county studies ways to reduce the number of animals euthanized at the shelter at 440 N. Falkenburg Rd., Tampa. At the Hillsborough County Commission meeting May 2, County Administrator Mike Merrill said the county will release the name of the new director of the shelter. For the past several years, Animal Services has been overseen by interim directors, most recently Jack Carlisle. Merrill told commissioners that the chosen candidate was selected after a comprehensive review of candidates including members of the veterinary community and members of the Hillsborough County Animal Advisory Committee. "There were a lot of …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
What should Hillsborough County do to reduce its animal euthanasia rate?
An estimated 14,500 animals are euthanized each year by Hillsborough County Animal Services. Those numbers, according to The Tampa Tribune, have at least one commissioner concerned. “I think we can do better,” Commissioner Ken Hagan told The Tampa Tribune. To that end, Hagan is expected to ask commissioners to look into studying the possibility of adopting a no-kill policy in Hillsborough. Under a no-kill policy, healthy animals that are deemed worthy of adoption are never euthanized to make room in a shelter. Other communities around the country, including Manatee County, have adopted no-kill policies with some success. Austin, Texas, for example, has a 90 percent save rate, the Tribune reports. (Read the Tribune’s full story by …
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Hillsborough County Animal Services is trying to find a home for this rabbit.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Thunder-Bun is one tough rabbit. The strong silent type, this silver-flecked Lion Head bunny was rescued by Hillsborough County Animal Services. Neutered and nursed back to health, he's the official mascot for the office's "HOP" (Help Our Pets) adopt-a-thon and egg hunt, which happens Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thunder-Bun and several hundred more adorable homeless fur-brothers and sisters will be showcased and ready for new families at Saturday's event. Thunder-Bun's animal ID is #1413048. If You Go: When: Saturday, April 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. What: "HOP" (Help Our Pets) Adopt-a-Thon and Egg Hunt Where: Hillsborough County Animal Services, 440 N. Falkenburg Road. For more information call: 813-744-5660.
Friday, February 3, 2012
Save90 is a local organization pushing for Hillsborough County to adopt a no-kill policy.
A group called Save90 has formed recently in Hillsborough County with the goal of finding homes for 90 percent of the animals that end up at the county’s shelter. The local project will gain momentum on Saturday, Feb. 4, when Nathan Winograd will make an appearance in South Tampa. Winograd, who is the founder of the No Kill Advocacy Center and the inspiration for the local Save90 organization, will discuss his alternatives to animal euthanasia and the steps needed to become a no-kill community during an almost sold-out workshop at the Westshore Marriott. Cities like San Francisco and Austin, TX, and most recently neighboring Manatee County, have already adopted a no-kill policy. “Our goal is to stop the unnecessary killing of animals at …