Healing Chico: A Story of Love and Recovery


Chico the Chihuahua arrived at our door after he received two complex injuries to his legs. His owners didn’t have the medical skill or money to care for him, so they brought him to SPCA Tampa Bay.

He was having his broken legs examined when our CEO first saw him. His happy, curious personality was evident even during his exam. She wanted to help the little guy and knew her husband would, too. It was going to take a team of people to help Chico heal. She offered to foster Chico, and watched as he got his first set of bright green bandages.

Chico has now been with his foster family for four months now. The road to recovery has been long, full of bumps and involved a whole team of people collaborating together to get him though treatments, diagnosis, physical therapy and eventually to the adoption floor.

Unfortunately shelters see many pets like Chico – ones whose care is so intense or prohibitively expensive that there are very few places for them to go. We’re proud to be able to offer a safe place for pets in need of medical recovery to heal. We’re thankful for the support of all our donors who have made resources available for this special population of animals. If you would like to help pets like Chico find forever homes, please donate.

Largo Shelter

9099 130th Avenue North
Largo, Florida 33773

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Adoptions Hours:

Monday & Tuesday: CLOSED

Wednesday – Friday: 1:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.

Saturday & Sunday: 10:00a.m. - 6:00p.m.

Intake Hours

Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday - Friday: 1:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.

Saturday & Sunday: 10:00a.m. - 6:00p.m.

Veterinary Center

3250 5th Avenue North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33713

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Veterinary Center Hours:

Monday – Friday: 7:30a.m. – 6:00p.m.*
Saturday: 8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.

*Closed 12:30p.m. - 2:00p.m. every 3rd & 4th Tuesday of the month

New Dawn Animal Behavior Center

11501A 47th St. North
Clearwater, FL 33762

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New Dawn Animal Behavior Center Hours:

Open Tuesday – Saturday

Closed Sundays and Mondays

Visit NewDawnABC.com for upcoming classes

Animal Resource Center

34088 US Hwy 19
Palm Harbor, Florida 34684

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Animal Resource Center Hours:

Sunday - Thursday: 9:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.

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