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Lil Bit has no fear: Meet her and other pets up for adoption

Tampa Bay area shelter pets
Jackson, Tiffany, Samson and Lil Bit the Misfit are looking for their forever homes. [Times]
Jackson, Tiffany, Samson and Lil Bit the Misfit are looking for their forever homes. [Times]
Published Jan. 14
Updated Jan. 14

Hillsborough — Lil Bit the Misfit

It’s early for Valentine’s Day, but hold onto your heart. Here comes Lil Bit the Misfit: a snowy, 6-month old Chihuahua mix auditioning to be the face of the new decade. Lil Bit was given up to a Tampa veterinarian while ill, but she’s now healthy and happy. She eats like a big dog, adores people and snuggles with everyone. Unlike many Chi-Chi’s and other small breeds, Lil Bit doesn’t shake or shiver in fear. She wags in full confidence, determined to find her place in the world. Lil Bit the Misfit is unusually quiet and is learning potty training. Lil Bit comes vaccinated, spayed and microchipped from New Life Dog Rescue. Visit the website at Find them on Facebook or email

Lil Bit the Misfit [New Life Dog Rescue]

Hernando — Jackson

Jackson is a beautiful black and white male lab/terrier mix, approximately 2 years old. He was found wandering on Oliver Street in Brooksville (near Hernando County Animal Services) when he was brought into shelter care. Jackson isa “big puppy” with lots of energy to burn. Although he’s working on basic commands and leash training, this will need to be reinforced by his new owner. Jackson is extremely friendly and would love a fenced back yard to play in. Jackson’s identification number is D#10322749 at Hernando County Animal Services. He is neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, heartworm-tested and will have a one-year county animal license. The shelter is at 19450 Oliver St., Brooksville. Visiting hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Adoption fees are $50 for adult dogs over 25 pounds, $70 for puppies and small dogs under 25 pounds, $25 for heartworm-positive and senior dogs, $20 for adult cats and $40 for kittens. Call (352) 796-5062. Visit the website at

Jackson [Hernando County Animal Services]

Pasco County — Tiffany

Tiffany is an older gal, and although she is 13 years old, she still has a lot of spunk left in her. Like most cats, Tiffany is curious and cuddly. But being older means she needs a little extra care. She has some dental issues, but a good cleaning and proper maintenance should keep her good as new. Tiffany needs a home that is more adult- and teenage-savvy, as small children would not be good for this senior girl. Tiffany is available for adoption at Pasco County Animal Services, 19640 Dogpatch Lane, Land O’ Lakes. The shelter is open noon to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and noon to 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Email to

Tiffany [Pasco County Animal Services]

Pinellas County — Samson

Samson is a big, sweet boy with special needs. Due to medical issues as a puppy, his back knees and ankles don’t bend, causing him to walk with his hind legs straightened. But he is a happy dog and doesn’t let his disability get him down. Samson is able to get around just fine, but will need a family that can be patient and guide him through any obstacles the future may hold. Samson is available for adoption at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave N, Largo. The shelter is open from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. All pets are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Call (727) 586-3591. Visit, or

Samson [SPCA Tampa Bay]


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