TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Dogs rescued from a Korean dog meat farm will be available for adoption from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay on Friday.
Rescuers with the Humane Society International recently brought 200 dogs saved from the dog meat farm to the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The local Humane Society is one of 18 designated "emergency placement" shelters across the United States, and one of six in Florida, that will welcome the dogs to be placed for adoption, Humane Society of Tampa Bay Chief Executive Officer Sherry Silk said.
Then, a reprieve. The aging woman who owned the farm in Wonju, South Korea wanted to get out of the business. Now, 14 dogs saved from the farm are bound for Tampa, where they will be put up for adoption by the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
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HSTB is a Managed Admission shelter that works to help stop the needless euthanizing of adoptables animals in the Tampa Bay area. We now take owned adoptable dogs and cats by appointment only. We also transfer more than 3,000 dogs and cats from high-euthanasia facilities to our shelter each year. We do not euthanize a dog or cat to make room for another one. G'Day Cattle Dogs is based out of Tampa, Florida. We WILL do long-distance adoptions with a vet reference check. We also need foster homes throughout the state of Florida.We don't have a facility to house our animals. All of our dogs live in foster homes, and can be seen by appointment only. Cats can be visited in our adoption center at PetsMart on Citrus Park Blvd. in Tampa, FL, across from the mall. No adoption inquiry calls please. Priority is given to those who fill out an Adoption Agreement online or in person. This process does not require you to adopt or guarantee you will be approved to adopt.“All of us in animal rescue know this is true, that black cats and black dogs routinely get overlooked by potential adopters,” said Sherry Silk, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. “And yet, famous leaders favored black pets. For instance during World War II, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had a black dog and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had a black cat. Both pets actually sat in on strategic meetings.”The Humane Society of Tampa Bay, a no-kill for space shelter located in West Tampa, is confronting this issue head-on by holding a “Back in Black” adoption promotion aimed at showcasing their beautiful black pets. From November 1 – 30, adoption fees for all black dogs, cats, puppies and kittens will be half-off.Kathy has been volunteering with St. Francis Society since 2004. She became St. Francis Society’s Cat Care Coordinator in 2004 and was elected as Vice President in 2010. Kathy moved to Tampa in the fall of 1988 from Omaha, Nebraska with her daughter and family dog in tow. She has been rescuing animals as long as she can remember, and it seems she has an invisible welcome sign on her door. Kathy began her work with St. Francis Society in 2004, when she saw a dog running along the fence of the airport on busy Hillsborough Avenue. She was on her way to meet with a client and called her boss to say she would be late and please make her apologies. Fortunately, her boss was an animal lover too. Her veterinarian suggested she try St. Francis Society for help in placing the dog. She joined the organization soon thereafter, working the adoption center and kenneling. Because of her dedication and commitment, she quickly moved into the Cat Care Coordinator position. She has built a cat team of which she is tremendously proud, and other rescue groups and shelters aspire to duplicate. Kathy is trained in disaster rescue and relief with the Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS) and has completed several Red Cross animal first aid courses. She is on the board of Tampapets – No More Homeless Pets Hillsborough County, a coalition of rescue groups and individuals working together to end euthanasia as a primary means of pet population control. She also works at the Animal Coalition of Tampa, a low-cost spay and neuter clinic dedicated to providing non-lethal solutions to animal overpopulation in our community. Her employment is a symbiotic relationship for Kathy, as it fits with the mission of St. Francis Animal Rescue and her desire to see every animal in a safe environment, healthy and loved. Kathy shares her home with a band of rescue misfits that no one else wanted. One is blind, two are neurotic, and others are just special in their own ways. For whatever reason, they all require tenderness and lots of patience and love.