July Non-Profit Spotlight: SPCA of Tampa Bay

This month, we wanted to highlight one of the best organizations in Tampa Bay taking care of man’s best friend. The SPCA of Tampa Bay takes in and shelters thousands of animals every year, and they are almost at capacity right now. Hopefully, we can get some people involved and wanting to take home their new best friend!

This is amazing! 40 cats, 11 dogs, 5 rabbits, 8 guinea pigs, 3 hamsters, 1 gecko, 1 bearded dragon, 4 rats, 1 tortoise…

Posted by SPCA Tampa Bay on Monday, July 15, 2019

What is SPCA of Tampa Bay?

Short answer: A non-profit animal shelter and public vet center.

Long answer: SPCA Tampa Bay is the only non-profit, animal welfare agency that runs an open-admission animal shelter, pet training facility and public veterinary center in Pinellas County.

SPCA Tampa Bay cares for dogs, cats, pocket pets, exotic animals, and livestock like goats and pigs. Animals receive immunizations, medical care, behavior training, enrichment and loving care while they live at the shelters.

This pretty boy is Luchie. He is an independent cat that is about 3-years old. Luchie has previously lived with…

Posted by SPCA Tampa Bay on Friday, July 12, 2019

Services

While most people just think of the SPCA as a shelter for animals, they offer so much more than that. SPCA Tampa Bay processes every surrendered animal through intake and provides transport for any sick or injured pets. With a little bit of help from the Pinellas County Animal Services, SPCA Tampa Bay helps with lost and found pet assistance and wildlife rescue. They also have a team for animal cruelty investigations for wildlife and livestock because all animals deserve fair and ethical treatment.

SPCA Tampa Bay also offers a wide variety of programs, such as pet adoptions, free pet food banks for Pinellas residents, a pet behavior help line, animal behavioral center, and veterinary care for owned pets.

How does SPCA Tampa Bay fund all this?

Good question! SPCA Tampa Bay is fully funded by donors. They don’t receive any grants or any support from government aid. In 2018, these community raised funds went so far as to care for over 5,000 animals. Check out some of the deets on what SPCA Tampa Bay was able to do!

SPCA Upcoming Events

Drag Queen Bingo Benefiting SPCA Tampa Bay

drag Q Bingo
Wed, July 17th 7:00PM-9:00PM
Hamburger Mary’s Clearwater28910 US Hwy 19 N, Clearwater

Charity bingo benefiting the animals at SPCA Tampa Bay! BINGO starts at 7:00 pm. (But get there early to eat!) $10 for 10 games of bingo.

****Pet food donations will kindly be accepted at this event to benefit our community food bank, Pebbles Food Bank, to help the pets of families facing hardship in Pinellas County.*****

(Bring cash…’cause Mary don’t take plastic for Bingo or 50/50 Drawing!)

MAKE RESERVATIONS by calling Hamburger Mary’s at 727-400-6996

Animal Resource Center Grand Opening Week

ARC Grand OpeningSun, July 14th 2:00PM– Tue, July 16th 6:00pm
SPCA Tampa Bay Animal Resource Center34088 US Hwy 19 N, Palm Harbor

 

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If you wish to RSVP for Monday, July 15th please visit https://spcatampabay.org/arc-grand-opening/

Adoptions

Right now, the shelters are full. If you can, the best way to help is to adopt one of these babies! In the age of the internet, it could not be easier to adopt a pet. SPCA Tampa Bay has a webpage so you can see all the little guys that need a home. You can find dogs/puppies, cats/kittens, and rabbits and other critters.

How can you help?

Not everyone can adopt a pet, but there are many other ways to help! You can donate financially through a one time donation or a monthly gift. You can sign up to be a volunteer here.

SPCA Tampa Bay also has an Amazon Wish List and a pet food bank that can always use donations.

Written by Kacy Vance

Kacy Vance

Kacy is a freelance writer for I Love the Burg. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a degree in Mass Communications and Criminology. Her thesis on Deaf and Disability representation in the media was published as part of the DePauw University Ethics Symposium in 2018.