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Tampa Bay area pets hoping to find forever homes

A hobo dog and a homebody cat - They sound pretty normal, and they’ve got a lot of love to share.
Bella and Vera are two of many animals looking for forever homes.
Bella and Vera are two of many animals looking for forever homes. [ Times ]
Published Mar. 18
Updated Mar. 18

Hernando — Louie

Louie is a 9-year-old, male black Terrier mix. He was found roaming the streets like a hobo. When he arrived at the shelter, he was very shy and frightened. After a lot of tender loving care from volunteers, he has slowly come out of his shell. He’s an easy going old soul whose looking for a family to give him a forever home. If you’d like to meet him, contact Hernando County Animal Services at 352-796-5062.

Louie is an easy going guy looking for a laid back home.
Louie is an easy going guy looking for a laid back home. [ Hernando County Animal Services ]

Manatee — Bella

Bella is an 8-year-old, mixed breed female dog. She’s quite the socialite at the shelter and has been nicknamed “Queen of the Ball.” She is robust in size and has a personality to match. Bella loves to go for walks, play outside and is housebroken. Shelter volunteers say she is “single and loving it” and recommend she is the only animal in the house to keep the situation comfortable for her. If you’d like to meet her, schedule an appointment at Mymanatee.org/pets.

Bella is quite the social butterfly and is known as the "Queen of the Ball" at the shelter.
Bella is quite the social butterfly and is known as the "Queen of the Ball" at the shelter. [ Manatee County Animal Services ]

Pinellas — Vera

Vera is a 4-year-old, domestic short hair female cat. She’s quite the homebody. Her favorite thing is to curl up in your lap while you watch television. She’s perfect for the simplicities of a mature home. If you’d like a Netflix buddy, contact Friends of Strays at 727-522-6566.

Vera is looking for a mature home so she can kick back and chill.
Vera is looking for a mature home so she can kick back and chill. [ Friends of Strays ]

Pasco — Denver

Denver is 3-year-old male dog of unknown breed. He enjoys running the obstacle course and splashing in swimming pools. He loves play time and seeks out other dogs that match his size and strength. He’s a rough and tumble kind of guy. Yet, he loves quite time with his humans and getting hugs. He’s best suited for an adult only home and he doesn’t like sharing his food or toys with other dogs. To meet him, call Pasco County Animal Services at (813) 929-1212.

Denver might be rough and tumble, but he sure loves his human time.
Denver might be rough and tumble, but he sure loves his human time. [ Pasco County Animal Services ]

Hillsborough — Boots

Boots is a 10-month old strawberry crested male cat. His name was inspired by his big back feet. He’s long, lanky and playful. He gets along well with cats, kids and gentle dogs. To meet him, go to StFrancisRescue.org to make an appointment.

Boots got his name because of his big back feet.
Boots got his name because of his big back feet. [ St. Francis Animal Rescue ]