Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The threat of wild boars, coyotes and feral hogs, such as those spotted in FishHawk Ranch, have caught the eye of Hillsborough County Commissioners, who are expected to consider an action plan of protection proposed by Commissioner Ken Hagan.
Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan wants to protect residents and property from “potentially dangerous” wild animals that have been spotted in densely populated areas. Recent such incidents include feral hogs in FishHawk, boars roaming New Tampa parking lots and coyotes making their presence known in Carrollwood. In Northdale, a dog goes face fo face with a boar and loses its life. Hagan intends to ask county staff to look into the “state of the situation” when commissioners meet today, Feb. 6 for their regular meeting. According to Hagan’s agenda item, he wants staff directed to “recommend an action plan designed to alert citizens of the dangers as well as advise on ways to best protect themselves and their property.” Coyote …
Monday, January 28, 2013
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Reggie-Red is a 2-year old male chihuahua found stray and frightened. Thanks to a cushy bed in the shelter donation bin at Hillsborough County Animal Services, he's now giving kisses ... especially for special food treats. He has a tiny white tippy tail and huge heart. He's fully vaccinated, neutered, microchipped and licensed. You can see Reggie-Red at Hillsborough County Animal Services on Falkenburg Road, open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Reggie-Red's ID is #1506095.
Monday, December 24, 2012
This dog is available for adoption through Hillsborough County Animal Services.
Monday, December 24, 2012
Barnaby is a sweet 6-year-old male boxer dog found stray with no tag or chip. He doesn't even mind wearing the Santa hat. Barnaby (ID1495059) can be adopted fully neutered/vaccinated/licensed and microchipped for the super low holiday price of just $20 from Hillsborough County Animal Services. Want to help the shelter? Drop off items from the Animal Angel Tree Wish list www.hillsboroughcounty.org/animalservices.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Residents are invited to meet Phoebe and Santa, and drop off donations for the dogs and cats at Hillsborough County Animal Services.
It was a horrendous case of animal abuse that shocked animal lovers throughout Tampa Bay. On Oct. 29, someone in the Clair-Mel area buried a mixed-breed pitbull up to her neck and then shot her twice in the head. An anonymous caller notified Hillsborough County Animal Services officers. Upon arriving at the scene, Officer Rene Northrup encountered a heartbreaking sight -- two terrified brown eyes looking up at her from a freshly dug hole in the ground. Using her bare hands as a shovel, Northrop spent 15 minutes freeing the dog from the hole. The pitbull mix was painfully thin and bloody from two gunshot wounds. One bullet had entered her forehead and exited through the back. The other entered under her eye and came out through the neck. …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Local animal hospitals are participating in a pilot fostering program.
The Hillsborough Animal Health Foundation, in conjunction with the Hillsborough County Veterinary Medical Association, has announced two new initiatives as part of its AWAKE! Plan to reduce the number of animals euthanized in Hillsborough County. In support of their continuing emphasis on adoption, the groups have announced a pilot fostering project involving several local veterinary hospitals. The local hospitals have agreed to take pets from Hillsborough County Animal Services to foster until a permanent home can be located. These are pets that are beyond the normal wait time and would have to be euthanized but for this fostering program. Participating hospitals include Boyette Animal Hospital, Four Paws Veterinary Hospital and the …
Monday, November 12, 2012
The shelter will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Many county government offices will be closed in observance of Veterans Day today but Hillsborough County Animal Services will offer special holiday hours and a Pets For Vets special to honor those who serve our country. On Monday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Animal Services will offer half-priced pet adoptions to all active or retired military members - the Pets For Vets special. Adoption fees include spaying/neutering, vaccinations, microchip, Hillsborough County registration tag and veterinary health check. All Veterans Day adopters during Pets For Vets, both military and civilian, will receive a patriotic pet goodie bag, and all adult felines (age 1 year and older) may be adopted for just $20. To honor the service men and women now…
Monday, November 5, 2012
Carter, a labrador/mastiff mix, is available for adoption at Hillsborough County Animal Services.
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Monday, November 5, 2012
This guy's heart matches his big head. Carter is a gentle 1 1/2-year-old chocolate labrador/mastiff mix. He was found stray and is now seeking some big-hearted residents to adopt him. Carter will go home with some lucky family fully neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and licensed for a modest fee. His animal ID number is 1488320. To adopt him, visit the shelter at 440 N. Falkenburg Rd., Tampa.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Residents are invited to drop by Nov. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m.
On Thursday, Nov. 1, Hillsborough County Animal Services will kick off “Newvember”and its new 10-7-7 schedule for shelter hours with a festive Yappy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m. at its shelter on 440 N. Falkenburg Rd. in Tampa. Yappy Hour patrons can talk with new Animal Services Director Ian Hallett about his vision for the department, meet shelter animals and enjoy some refreshments to celebrate the new shelter hours of 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. The goal of 10-7-7 is to offer more shelter hours, which can lead to more pet adoptions, lost pet searches by owners and transfers of homeless animals to adoption partners. The new shelter hours will also also will give residents more opportunities to purchase pet registration tags, …
Saturday, October 20, 2012
The event takes place today, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hillsborough County Animal Services will combine Halloween fun with pet adoptions during its "Cats, Bats & Bones" bash Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the county shelter at 440 N. Falkenburg Rd. in Tampa. Children are invited to participate in a costume parade, enter the "meow off" contest and decorate the shelter with artwork from the creative coloring station. In addition, the event will feature an appearance by Bat Belfrys Inc. of Merritt Island. The nonprofit organization is making a special stop in Hillsborough County as part of its mission to debunk misconceptions and promote conservation of Florida's beneficial bats. "Bat Chats" begin at 1:30 p.m. with a biologist on hand to answer questions, show the animals and …
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 …