Our Coalition

Since 2003, euthanasia in Hillsborough County has dropped from over 34,000 dogs and cats to 16,500 (2010). TampaPets.org - No More Homeless Pets, Hillsborough County, is a coalition of concerned animal welfare groups, including the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, Hillsborough County Animal Services and over 50 Rescue groups, business leaders and individuals working together to end this tragedy in our community. As partners we originally targeted a 50% save rate by 2012 and happily were able to achieve this goal in 2010. Our new goal is a save rate of 80% by 2015.

Support animal welfare groups and inspire compassion for our pet community.

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.

TampaPets is proud to announce an overall decrease in euthanasia of homeless animals in our county. In 2003, over 34,000 animals were put to sleep due to overpopulation. Thanks to the combined efforts of animal groups and caring individuals, the number has been steadily decreasing.

In the past three years, this decrease has shot forward, largely due to the impact of grants from the ASPCA's Partnership program. From 2007-2008 alone our results improved 65%.

This progress would not have been possible without the collaborative efforts of Hillsborough County Animal Services, The Humane Society of Tampa Bay, the ASPCA, and our many Rescue member groups. We are proud to have formed the first ever coalition of animal welfare groups and individuals in Hillsborough County and to see that working together truly does make a difference!

We are committed to reducing euthansia of adoptable pets 50% by 2010 and 80% by 2015. These goals have been met in other communitites and can be achieved in ours but we still have a long way to go! Our Tampa Pet Adoption Expos have become the largest pet event in Tampa Bay and continue to grow in size and number of adoptions. These events are free of charge to the public and our member groups and provide a wonderful opportunity to showcase so many of the wonderful dogs, cats, puppies and kittens looking for their new family. As an all-volunteer organization, your donation directly impacts our ability to hold these events and continue to make them more successful. Other important projects planned this year include increased spay/neuter efforts and working together with the community. Find out how you can help make a difference today!

Board of Directors:

  • President: Cory Cooper, MICOcreative
  • Secretary: Summer Taylor, GDBD Creative Design
  • Treasurer: Diane Homa, Fountainhead Funding
  • Holly O'Brien - former Chair HSTB
  • Kathy Walvoord - St. Francis Animal Society
  • Kelly Heckinger - Busch Gardens

    Advisory Board:

    • Mary Key, Key Associates, Inc.
    • Amy Wells Brennan, St. Francis Animal Society
    • Cheryl Stine, Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida
    • Bill Gray, Florida Boxer Rescue
    • Jane Byers, Newfoundland Rescue

    PARTNERS

    Pinch Penny Press
    LocalShops1.com
    Good Dog Bad Dog Creative Design
    MICOcreative
    Busch Gardens
    Subaru of America
    Fresh Step / Clorox
    Gaspars Grotto
    WIT Comedy Troupe
    WTAN1340
    Barkbusters
    Wellpet
    Halo Pet Food / FreeKibble.com

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