Friends of HCAS

Friends of Hillsborough County Animal Services is a nonprofit organization comprised of private citizens. It was formed to help address the challenges the at-risk animals in the County’s shelter face every day. Flag as Inappropriate

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Dessa Stone-Pividal August 16, 2013 at 01:38 pm
Thank you for the work you do! It is so sad that so many animals do not have homes or end up inRead More shelters. I think there should be a moratorium on animal breeding until all the animals in shelters across the United States are adopted out. I know it would be a drastic measure, but it is needed. We can't keep euthanizing animals because we are too irresponsible or lazy as a population to make sure our pets are spayed or neutered so overpopulation doesn't happen. Come on people, we can do better !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jackie Zapolsky Osborne August 12, 2013 at 08:33 am
Timely information - it is Hurricane Season & thunderstorms are almost daily. Best to make sureRead More the information is accurate just in case your pet gets lost. Thanks for the reminder!
Meet Cojo - 2 y/o, 20lb, neutered Keeshound mix stray that is very scared in the shelter.
Kim Kenney August 6, 2013 at 02:40 pm
Katherine, thanks for commenting! It sounds like you are passionate about animals. What other thanRead More what you stated above can the community do to help out the euthanasia rates at HCAS? I would like to know your thoughts...
Channing Carrie Ivey August 6, 2013 at 10:47 pm
Keep animals sociable and friendly, develop strategies to draw people in (update facebook page withRead More pics of animals, etc), keep the facility bright and clean, expand spay and neuter programs to provide free or low cost procedures for low income households, expand spay and neuter programs for feral cats (catch/release), require all animals adopted be spayed or neutered before going home to new family, partner with local vets to provide low cost animal care/shots post adoption (in case they get sick in the months following adoption) and hold more adoption events outside of shelter.
Kim Kenney August 6, 2013 at 11:11 pm
Channing, Thank you for commenting! Thank you for all of your ideas. Since Friends of HCAS is aRead More separate entity, we have no control over the shelter itself. We are a nonprofit run entirely by volunteers that funds medically necessary procedures to shelter animals such as heartworm treatments or surgeries that would prevent someone from adopting the animal. We also work to educate the public on responsible pet ownership. I can tell you that all animals never leave HCAS without being spayed or neutered. There are also low income programs out in the Hillsborough County area for spaying and neutering as well as low cost medical treatments and vaccines. It sounds as if we should do some education on where to find options for low cost options in pet care. When you get a chance, please check us out on Facebook at Friends of HCAS. Thanks for all of the insight!
Jackson - 2 y.o. male Beagle Mix - Owners fell on hard times & he's now with a foster.  Call HCAS to meet this gentleman!  #1479376
Annette Renny August 3, 2013 at 08:40 am
Good idea, I would add all pets should have more than just a license, there has to be some sort ofRead More identification as pet people, consider their animals to be a family member. My pets have microchips, good point do we know if animal services have properly working scanners? They have many issues their, this should be checked out.
Kim Kenney August 3, 2013 at 08:52 am
HCAS does have working microchip scanners and uses them daily. Animals that have been running strayRead More for awhile sometimes have a significant weight loss that can contribute to a microchip migrating to another area which can be an issue in locating the information.
Annette Renny August 3, 2013 at 02:47 pm
I guess they should do more than one area,
Meet Ricky - 2/4 y.o that needs a foster or family by this Wednesday.  If you are interested in adopting him, please go to HCAS from 10 am 7 pm daily.
ROB MCDONELL July 29, 2013 at 10:01 am
get your dog vaccinated as a pup and you don't have to worry about parvo virus
Kim Kenney July 30, 2013 at 06:31 am
Rob, You are very correct about the vaccination. However, there is still in outbreak here inRead More Florida and if owners do not take their pets in for regular visits and vaccinations, we will have more animals suffering with Parvo, ultimately dying. Yesterday, a story was run on ABC Action News regarding this issue at HCAS. I would recommend that you check it out. Thanks for reading our blog! :)
James Cass August 2, 2013 at 09:37 am
What Rob mentioned is correct -- of your dog has ever had a parvovirus vaccine, they never needRead More another one. Regular vaccines do not refresh or renew antibodies, but can have negative effects.