In the News 2019

December 23, 2019

SPCA Tampa Bay animals find temporary holiday homes

The animals at SPCA Tampa Bay don’t have loving homes to go to, but thanks for the Fa-la-la-la Foster program, they’ll have temporary families for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Foster families will take various pets home for two days, giving them exposure to potential adopters and the experience of a loving family.

December 11, 2019

SPCA Tampa Bay Representatives Travel to Tallahassee to Support SB 186

Sen. Annette Taddeo (D-Miami) and Rep. Sam Killebrew (R-Winter Haven) announced new legislation – S.B. 186/H.B. 363 – to end deceptive rent-to-own “pet leasing” arrangements that are being offered at Florida pet stores and leave consumers and pets at great risk.

November 27, 2019

Channel 10- Traveling with your Pet

Keeping your pets safe during the holiday season and ways to reduce their stress.

November 20, 2019

Channel 10 – Keeping your Pet Safe

Reporter Jenny Dean takes a look at how to keep your furbaby safe during the holidays.

November 5, 2019

Fox 13 – What You Need In A Pet First Aid Kit

A well-stocked first-aid kit is a must for every home. They can keep small injuries from becoming big problems. But do you have one for your pets? Learn what you should stock.

October 25, 2019

Channel 10 – Haunted house donates ticket sales to SPCA

Scare House Pinellas in Largo is back and a portion of ticket sales get donated directly to SPCA of Tampa Bay.

October 24, 2019

New For All Animals Exhibit

SPCA Tampa Bay and Great Explorations have partnered on a new “For All Animals” exhibit inside the popular children’s museum.

September 4, 2019

Animals moved to Tampa Bay to escape Hurricane Dorian’s path

Dozens of animals are in Tampa Bay this evening safe and out of the way of hurricane Dorian. Twenty-three animals arrived Sunday evening from the Jacksonville area, and 15 on Friday from Levy County.

August 21, 2019

How to Keep Your Pet Healthy

Like humans, a healthy lifestyle is a critical component of pet health and a key to longevity.

July 11, 2019

New animal resource in north Pinellas

A new, more convenient resource for animals and pet owners has opened in Palm Harbor. SPCA Tampa Bay’s Animal Resource Center, 34088 U.S. Highway 19 N, is now providing services in north Pinellas County.

July 8, 2019

Safely enjoy the summer with your pet

For many, summertime is perfect for enjoying poolside barbecues or visiting dog-friendly beaches like Fort DeSoto. But our pets disagree – it can be too hot for them to enjoy it.

June 30, 2019

City of St. Pete wins award, $30K grant for being pet friendly

The city of St. Petersburg won an award on Sunday for their pet friendly efforts. The $30,000 grant they also got was just a bonus!

June 5, 2019

Is your business pet-friendly? Apply for Mayor Kriseman’s new program

Businesses can apply for the program now, and will receive a listing on the City’s pet-friendly map, a window decal, social media collateral and additional informational resources about being a pet-friendly business.

May 22, 2019

Tampa Bay Newspapers – SPCA Tampa Bay Names New Chief Operating Officer

Veteran animal welfare executive Tara Yurkshat recently joined SPCA Tampa Bay’s leadership team.

May 3, 2019

Feathersound News – How You Can Help During Kitten Season

Both spring and summer seasons are referred to as “Kitten Season” because it is the time of year that cats give birth to many litters. The cuteness overload of a new litter of kittens can become rather sad when many of them end up homeless.

May 1, 2019

Tampa Bay Newspapers – SPCA receives $50,000 PetSmart grant for spay and neuter efforts

With the help of this grant, SPCA Tampa Bay Veterinary Center is offering spay and neuter services for cats and dogs for only $10 until June 26.

April 30, 2019

Tampa Bay Reporter – SPCA Tampa Bay Offers Low Cost Spay and Neuter Thanks To A PetSmart Charities Grant

SPCA Tampa Bay Veterinary Center has received a $50,000 grant from PetSmart Charities to help fuel its spay and neuter efforts in Pinellas County.

April 26, 2019

St. Pete Catalyst – SPCA Tampa Bay CEO talks social enterprise and the importance of collective messaging

For years, SPCA Tampa Bay CEO Martha Boden and her staff considered multiple mechanisms of self-sustaining funding, including an animal hospital, a boarding facility, even a pizza parlor. Learn how her nonprofit organization is applying “for-profit” business lessons to a “for-good” organization.

April 25, 2019

The Tampa Bay 100 – Chico’s Road To Recovery

Chico the Chihuahua arrived at the SPCA Tampa Bay Veterinary Center after injuring his two front legs. He needed splints for his fractures and many vet visits, but his owners didn’t have the ability to provide this care.

April 22, 2019

The Alaska 100 – Do you have a pet first aid kit?

Accidents happen to everyone, including our pets. It’s important to keep a pet first-aid kit in your home in case of emergency.

April 19, 2019

Fox News – Tough and Tiny Chihuahua Ready for Adoption at SPCA Tampa Bay

A tiny Chihuahua arrived at SPCA Tampa Bay a few months ago – underweight and with two broken legs. He is small, but he is mighty, and ready for a new home.

April 16, 2019

Channel 10 – Pet of the Week: Playful Pup Arya

She’s two years old and LOVES to play. Get to know this playful pup through the eyes of Channel 10 Meteorologist, Ashley Batey.

March 29, 2019

The Tampa Bay 100 – Pet First Aid Kits with SPCA Tampa Bay

Accidents happen to everyone, including our pets. It’s important to keep a pet first-aid kit in your home in case of emergency. SPCA Tampa Bay veterinarian, Dr. Amber Sherry, makes suggestions on what you need.

March 29, 2019

Channel 10 – Pet of the Week: Guinea Pigs Barley and Oats

These 2-month-old guinea pigs are in need of a loving home. They would make great pets for children and are very social creatures. Adopting a pair is recommended.

March 25, 2019

Channel 8 – SPCA Tampa Bay caring for more than 15 rabbits from Texas hoarding case

The rabbits arrived Sunday night. They are some of the 452 rabbits that were confiscated as part of a hoarding situation from the Dallas area.

March 25, 2019

Fox 13 – Rabbits from a TX hoarder home are at SPCA Tampa Bay

A group of rabbit rescued as part of a 452 rabbit hoarding case are in Tampa Bay, and pretty soon, they’ll need new homes.

March 19, 2019

ABC News – Young Chihuahua in recovery at SPCA Tampa Bay

An 8-month-old Chihuahua named Chico is recovering at the SPCA Tampa Bay after fracturing both of his legs. Officials say Chico’s previous owners surrendered him after learning the cost to fix his injuries and the time it would take.

March 13, 2019

Channel 10 – Pet of the Week: Bobo the Dog

This sweet guy is a 1-year-old dog who has lots of energy and loves to play, especially with toys. He’s very affectionate and loves to snuggle just as much as he loves playing.

March 13, 2019

Tampa Bay Newspapers – St. Pitties and Kitties Day at SPCA Tampa Bay

Fees will be waived on St. Pitties and Kitties Day, set for Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N., Largo.

March 6, 2019

Channel 10 – Pet of the Week: Pepper The Cat

Meet Pepper the Cat at SPCA Tampa Bay

March 1, 2019

Feather Sounds News – Pocket Pets As Starter Pets

While common, cats and dogs aren’t the best fit for every family. Pocket pets, like guinea pigs, can be great pets for families who are adopting for the first time. Ever considered a guinea pig? Click to learn more.

February 27, 2019

Channel 10 – Meet Cedric, A Lucky Rat Up For Adoption

The SPCA Tampa Bay wants to find homes for animals of all shapes and sizes. Did you know they have rats available for adoption?

February 19, 2019

Tampa Bay Times: From Pups To Partners – Pet Weddings

Pups “tie the leash” for a cause – supporting homeless animals still looking for love at SPCA Tampa Bay.

February 18, 2019

Fox 13 – SPCA “Pet Wedding” FUNdraiser

Getting married for a cause! Watch pups “tie the leash” during SPCA Tampa Bay’s pet wedding ceremonies on February 16th, 2019.

February 14, 2019

Tampa Bay Newspapers: Don’t forget to add dental heath to your pet’s annual screening

Like humans, dental care is an important aspect of pets’ overall health. February is National Pet Dental Health Month, which is a perfect time to schedule your pet’s dental health checkup and annual oral health cleaning.

February 13, 2019

Channel 10 – Pet of the Week: Rose the Bunny

She’s an active 2-year-old rabbit who already has been spayed and microchipped. She’s at the SPCA Tampa Bay right now but is looking for her forever home.

February 13, 2019

Channel 10/WTSP- Love some bunny this Valentine’s Day: Meet Rose!

Starting Valentine’s Day through Feb. 17, the SPCA Tampa Bay adoption fees will be waived for all bunnies at the shelter.

February 11, 2019

Creative Loafing – SPCA Tampa Bay hosts “Tie the Leash” pet wedding celebration to benefit shelter pets

Pets can bring their human companions while they “tie the leash” with their beloved four-footed friends. And, hey, if you need a new furry friend? The SPCA Tampa Bay has an abundance of buddies you can bring home.

February 7, 2019

Channel 10/WTSP – Meet Pandora at SPCATB!

Pandora is a 3-year-old old mixed breed dog who has been in the good hands of the SPCA Tampa Bay for a few months now but is looking for her forever home. Reach out to SPCA Tampa Bay to meet her and other adoptable pets!

February 5, 2019

FeatherSound News – Add dental health check-ups to your pet’s annual screening

In recognition of National Pet Dental Health Month, SPCA Tampa Bay Veterinary Center in St. Petersburg is offering 15 percent off all dental services provided in February 2019. Visit or call 727-220-1770 to make an appointment for your pet.

February 4, 2019

Fox 13 – Pet Weddings, PupCakes and More with SPCA Tampa Bay

SPCA Tampa Bay’s Luan Dean, Director of Mission Advancement, and Anna Cooke from The New Barker joined Fox 13’s Linda Furtado to talk about pets getting married! We’re hosting pet weddings at SPCA Tampa Bay on February 16th.

February 1, 2019

Martha Boden’s Extraordinary Passion for People and Pets – Bank OZK blog

You might be surprised that a leading Florida animal welfare executive considers herself in the people business. But that’s exactly how Martha Boden, Chief Executive Officer of SPCA Tampa Bay, describes her job. “People tend to think this work is about animals, but it’s really about people and how they intersect with animals,” says Boden.

January 31, 2019

The Tampa Bay 100 – Top Reasons To Spay or Neuter Your Pet

Spaying or neutering pets prevents accidental litters, resulting in fewer homeless animals in shelters. It’s the single most impactful thing you can do to help homeless pets in our community.

January 9, 2019

FeatherSound News – Include your pet in your resolution for a greater chance of success

January is a time for a self-reflection and resolution, a time to set goals for the New Year. Including your pet in your resolutions can increase your chances of achieving your goals!

January 3, 2019

Tampa Bay 100 – 7 Resolutions For You And Your Pet

A new year means a new set of New Year’s resolutions. Consider your pet’s health and behavior as you begin to think about the changes you want to make this year.