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Meet Greta — a 3-legged playful pup

Tampa Bay area shelter pets are looking for permanent homes.
Trixie, Abby, Greta and Butterbeans are available for adoption at Tampa Bay area shelters. [Times]
Trixie, Abby, Greta and Butterbeans are available for adoption at Tampa Bay area shelters. [Times]
Published Dec. 2

Greta — Hernando County

Greta is a terrier mix, approximately 2-1/2 years old and 59 pounds. She was found with another dog living in an overgrown wood, and had a debilitating injury to her right hind leg, which had to be amputated. Since then she has been recovering at the shelter but is ready for a home of her own. Greta is a volunteer favorite and is taken to local adoption events because she’s a great representative of shelter dogs and her breed. She’s sweet and playful, and has done well learning basic commands. Greta’s identification number is D#10321461 at Hernando County Animal Control. She is spayed, 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

Greta. [Hernando County Animal Services]

Abby — Pasco County

Abby is a girl who is endlessly loving, agreeable, calm and will capture your heart with her soulful eyes. This sweet kitty has a lame rear leg, but it barely slows down her movements and doesn’t stop her from approaching everyone who enters the Feline Freedom Room at Pasco County Animal Services. Abby desires and deserves a loving home where she can thrive. Abby and all the pets adopted are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Pasco County Animal Services is at 19640 Dogpatch Lane, Land O’ Lakes. The shelter is open from noon to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and from noon to 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For information, email to

Abby. [Pasco County Animal Services]

Trixie — Hillsborough County

Trixie is a 1-year-old terrier with a flair for holiday decorating. She arrived as a stray to a public shelter, but was plucked from obscurity less than 24 hours before becoming a statistic. This bright youngster is a shining star in her rescue group — a bundle of energy who loves to play. Trixie also is an obedience class graduate who listens when instructed to sit and chill. Trixie is crate-trained, housebroken and very entertaining. A meet-and-greet can be arranged today, and this gingerbread girl can be part of a new family tradition. Trixie is available through New Life Dog Rescue and comes fully vaccinated, spayed, microchipped and more. Visit or on Facebook at NewLifeDogRescue.

Trixie. [New Life Dog Rescue]

Butterbeans — Pinellas County

Meet Butterbeans, a sweet and petite girl who is 6 years old. Butterbeans was found abandoned at SPCA Tampa Bay, scared and malnourished. She is now healthy and beginning to come out of her shell, and loves to play. Butterbeans is goofy and has quite the personality. She is waiting for a new home 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

Butterbeans [SPCA Tampa Bay]


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