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Post-hurricane, Humane Society of Tampa Bay has too many dogs and needs help

The shelter has canines doubled up in cages and can’t take in any more. So they’re waiving fees to adopt bigger dogs.
A stray called Snowflake stands in her kennel at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
A stray called Snowflake stands in her kennel at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. [ ANGELICA EDWARDS | Times ]
Published Oct. 4|Updated Oct. 4

TAMPA — Someone dropped off the stray — a fluffy white dog with big, sad eyes — at the West Tampa shelter just after the storm passed. Snowflake, the staff at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay named her.

She joined Buddy the boxer mix, Lorenzo the coonhound and dozens of other canines crowded into a shelter currently in crisis.

The big dogs need help.

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay at 3607 N Armenia Ave. suddenly has so many dogs it can no longer accept any more strays or dogs surrendered by their owners.

“First there’s the storm — it didn’t hit us, but there was a spike in people giving us their pets because they were leaving the area,” Humane Society CEO Sherry Silk said Tuesday. Good Samaritans brought in stray dogs in droves around the time of the storm, and the Humane Society also took in animals when another local shelter temporarily closed last week. The Humane Society also received seven dogs and 15 cats from hard-hit Hardee County related to Hurricane Ian.

Cages at the shelter, which has capacity for 175 dogs, have been divided in half to make room. Dogs lie on cots or donated blankets or sit at their cage doors, wagging tails hopefully when people pass by.

But there’s no more room at the inn, officials there say.

Mya, a 2-year-old female terrier mix, stands in her kennel at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay Tuesday,
Mya, a 2-year-old female terrier mix, stands in her kennel at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay Tuesday, [ ANGELICA EDWARDS | Times ]

“Our only choice is to not take (strays or surrendered dogs) or start euthanizing the animals that have been in our care,” said Silk. “And we’re not going to do that.”

As incentive for anyone considering adding a dog their household, the shelter is waiving the $125 adoption fee for dogs that weigh 30 pounds or more through Friday at 5 p.m..

The shelter is not, at the moment, overcrowded with cats, though there are plenty of adoptable ones, officials said.

Charlie stands in his kennel at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay Tuesday. The shelter is overwhelmed with dogs after a spike in surrendered animals during Hurricane Ian. So it is waiving adoption fees Tuesday through Friday for all dogs 30 pounds or larger.
Charlie stands in his kennel at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay Tuesday. The shelter is overwhelmed with dogs after a spike in surrendered animals during Hurricane Ian. So it is waiving adoption fees Tuesday through Friday for all dogs 30 pounds or larger. [ ANGELICA EDWARDS | Times ]

People are welcome to visit the shelter for a meet-and-greet, said marketing and content manager Regan Blessinger.

“They’re loving, great dogs,” she said.

For more information, go to https://humanesocietytampa.org.

Maddox, a 7-year-old female German shepherd, at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
Maddox, a 7-year-old female German shepherd, at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. [ ANGELICA EDWARDS | Times ]

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Tampa Bay Times Hurricane Ian coverage

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WEATHER EFFECTS: Hurricane Ian was supposed to slam Tampa Bay head on. What happened?

MORE STORM COVERAGE: Get ready and stay informed at tampabay.com/hurricane.

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