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SPCA Tampa Bay

SPCA Tampa Bay

This year has brought some unique challenges to our sheltering community. Not only here in Pinellas County, or even the Tampa Bay region, but all across the nation, shelters are seeing higher numbers of owner surrendered animals and a slowing in adoption rates, with dogs being most profoundly impacted. What does this mean? Well, it means that the shelters are experiencing higher numbers of animals, who are staying longer and needing more care. Several shelters in our area are at or nearly at capacity. While there are many theories as to why this is happening, increased cost of living factors predominantly in most researchers’ minds. If you are interested in more information, University of Florida’s own Shelter Medicine program has been sharing articles and information on this trend.

In order to help alleviate some of the need, I am asking that you please encourage people who are looking for a shelter pet to adopt to reach out to their local shelter this summer, and if they cannot adopt, consider fostering. If fostering is not your cup of tea, then consider volunteering or donating directly to your local shelter.

Here at SPCA Tampa Bay we are currently decreasing adoption fees for the summer, as well as implementing several other ideas to help get our shelter pets into homes. Attached is a flyer that you can print and share. Thank you in advance for helping in whatever way you can.


Cynthia Mitchell, DVM
Chief Veterinary Officer