For All Dogs Partnership Pilot

DATED Friday, October 27, 2023. On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of SPCA Tampa Bay, we wish to thank all the animal lovers who shared their opinions on the For All Dogs Partnership pilot. We have heard a wide range of perspectives from people through emails, survey responses and conversations. 

The pilot program aimed to find a new approach to protecting puppies and consumers in Pinellas County, where six puppy stores operate. We knew this was uncharted territory.

We appreciate the constructive feedback and are convinced we have more to learn before we can solidify a program with non-traditional partners. Therefore, we are pausing the pilot program. More research needs to be conducted, more trust needs to be built, and much more work is still to be done.

As we look to the future, we will remain open to exploring new and different ways to protect animals.

In gratitude,

Catherine Mitchell, President, Board of Directors 
Martha Boden, CEO, SPCA Tampa Bay

SPCA Tampa Bay Waives Adoption Fees for Dogs (2 years old and up) SPCA Tampa Bay is waiving adoption fees for dogs that are two years old and up from Wednesday, December 20 through Sunday, December 24. We currently have more than 50 eligible dogs available for adoption at no fee from SPCA Tampa Bay. All dogs are microchipped, vaccinated, Read More

On Wednesday, December 13, the #TaylorSwiftChallenge is asking for the public to consider donating $13 to their local animal shelter!

This campaign was launched in honor of Taylor Swift recently being named TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year, where she is featured on the cover with her rescue cat, Benjamin Button.

Please consider making a donation today to SPCA Tampa Bay. Choose either a one time gift of $13 (or more) OR make a recurring $13 gift to help even more animals! Your contribution provides compassionate care for all of the animals on our campus. 

SPCA Tampa Bay’s For-All shelter in Largo cares for over 8,000 animals annually that have been surrendered by their owners, along with injured wildlife. Plus, our pet hospital in St. Petersburg provides pet health care for dogs and cats.

Thank YOU for supporting SPCA Tampa Bay!

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Kids and Dogs 

Congrats on your new FURchild. Now it’s time for your fur-child to meet your human child. Here are a few tips to ensure success!  Supervise, supervise, supervise and watch out for that crawling baby! As a parent, you are used to your child crawling and waddling around grabbing things out of curiosity. As tolerant as your new dog may be, they all have their limits. Make sure your human child is giving your fur-child space. In a new environment, it is normal for them to be a little stressed out or anxious.

If you find your dog running away and a child or toddler following shortly behind, this would be a great time to intercept and give your dog somewhere to relax for a little bit (we suggest a crate for this).

Is there a time to leave my dog alone? 

• It is important to reiterate the obvious to your children: do not bother Fido when he is eating. It is not nice to steal their toys when they are playing.

• If Fido is resting – let him rest! As temping as those wagging tails are, please do not pull them; the same goes for those cute little ears – no
tugging please.

How do kids play with dogs

• Along with an impeccable sense of smell, dogs’ also have the ability to hear extremely well! Let your little ones know, yelling at them will hurt their tiny ears. Lastly, we want to monitor how much our children are hugging our fur-babies. Although it is adorable, we want our dogs to feel comfortable!

Just remember to supervise, supervise and keep on supervising. Through this, you might catch a few “oops” moments where Fido knocks your child over during play but we are certain you will catch even more “aww” moments! Your child just gained a lifelong friend – time to enjoy it!

How to Introduce Dogs to Cats

First, remember this. Slow and steady wins this race. The process of getting a cat and a dog ready to meet is a long process, but please trust and stick to it. For this example, let’s introduce the new dog to a cat already at home.

Second, or maybe this is first, keep the two animals separated. Before bringing your new dog into the home, place your cat in the most comfortable room like your bedroom. This will allow your dog to sniff and smell around the house while your cat is in it’s happy place. The dog will still be able to smell the cat and the cat will still be able to smell the dog without seeing each other.

Now its time to switch. Place the dog into a room and allow your cat to explore and smell where the new dog just visited. 

Helpful introduction tips for dog and cats. 

Now that both animals have smelled the room where they have roamed it’s time to meet. Tip #1: Place a leash on your dog (we suggest a 3-6 feet leash that’s non-retractable). Once on a leash this will allow the dog and cat meet each other in the same room. Tip #2: reward your cat and dog for calm behavior. Continue (remember slow and steady) to introduce until your cat seems uninterested and relaxed. What does that look like? Your cat may use the litter box or go eat and your dog may not even care a cat is present.

However, if you find your dog is focused on the cat for a long period of time you are not ready to move on to the next step. You may need to keep them separated and try the leash method on another day until the dog does not care about the cat.

The introduction between your dog and cat is going well; now what? 

Once your cat and dog seem to show no interest in each other you can let roam and explore around the house. Tip #3: Remember to monitor this stage. Even though the dog is off leash instinct could take over. If the dog begins to chase or act inappropriately, crate your dog and allow the dog to try again in 5-10 minutes. Tip #4: Make sure you keep them two separated when no one is home. Just because the interactions between your dog and cat are going well does not mean you can leave them at home alone. This is not a scene from the Secret Life of Pets. Or maybe it could be, yikes. Use a baby gate, crate your dog or place one in a room. And always remember. Slow and steady wins the race. Good luck.