Our Coalition

In 2003, the euthanasia rate in Hillsborough County was over 34,000 dogs and cats Our coalition was formed in 2004 to represent the volunteer rescue groups in our community who work with our County's Animal Services shelter and The Humane Society of Tampa Bay. The common goal is to move as many animals as possible out of shelters and into foster homes where they have more time to be adopted.

With the help of the ASPCA's 3-year Community Program [2007-2010], our euthanasia rate has been steadily dropping ever since. TampaPets.org - No More Homeless Pets in Hillsborough County, remains a coalition of concerned animal welfare groups, local business leaders, and individuals working together to end this tragedy in our community.

We changed the format of our large pet adoption expos at the Florida State Fairground to sponsor events in specific communities. Our goal is to foster a stronger tie between rescue groups and local businesses. Rescue groups and local businesses share the same dilemma in today’s very competitive world. The rescues are competing with national organizations for donations while local business has to compete against big box stores. In both cases there are impossibly massive advertising budgets to fight against.

There is a ray of light though and it’s centered on providing an avenue for people who want to improve their community. The rescue groups have loyal supporters to offer local business; local business receives a much more impactful result from their limited advertising budgets by supporting rescue and the pet loving community gets to support the people making a difference where they actually live and work.

We are working diligently to build a support center for smaller independent rescues. This will offer Tampa Bay's first Cat Cafe, a Happy Yap patio for dogs and a location to distribute larger scale food and product donations. Stay tuned for event postings in our blog or social media – and sign up for our newsletter to receive valuable coupons from our business sponsors.

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To end euthanasia as the primary means of animal population control.

1. Be an easily accessible hub for integrating animal welfare initiatives.
2. Raise funds to support adoption, spay and neuter and medical care for animals.
3. Establish strategic alliances.
4. Educate the public about responsible pet ownership resources.
5. Develop and maintain a web-based forum for animal welfare issues.

1. Be open to using innovative and non-traditional ideas.
2. Appreciate and utilize our diversity to meet our goals.
3. Nourish a cooperative culture between rescue groups, shelters and agencies.
4. Communicate our message consistently.
5. Respect each other as much as we respect animals.

Everyone in our coalition is committed to reducing the euthanasia of adoptable pets. High expectations have been met in other communities and can be achieved in ours but we still have a long way to go.