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SPCA Tampa Bay

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Training, Animals, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Protection Against Abuse

Mission: Through passionate collaboration with our community, we transform the lives of animals.

Results: Adoptions are up and euthanasia is down in Pinellas County shelters! SPCA Tampa Bay CEO Martha Boden were joined by Pinellas County Animal Services director Doug Brightwell, Humane Society of Pinellas executive director Stacey Efaw and Friends of Strays board president Mo Eppley for a news conference to announce the Pinellas County Pet Partnership’s 2018 Animal Welfare Report. This report, started in 2012, is a singular set of data from our combined facilities which presents a clear picture of animal welfare in our community. Changes we’ve seen over time 2012 – 2017: * 16% increase in adoptions, * 50% decrease in shelter euthanasia, * 24% decrease in stray intake, *34% decrease in pets surrendered to shelters

Geographic areas served: Tampa Bay

Programs: SPCA Tampa Bay is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that transforms the lives of animals through passionate collaboration with its community. It operates Tampa Bay’s only non-profit animal shelter that assists all animals in need, regardless of species or circumstance, at its 10-acre campus in Largo. It also operates a full-service veterinary hospital in St. Petersburg that is open to all pet owners and provides pets with a lifetime of high-quality care including dental and surgical procedures, diagnostic testing, annual exams, vaccines and spay/neuter. Founded in 1940, SPCA Tampa Bay has cared for millions of homeless, surrendered, and injured animals.

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 Lady G


Rating: 3

It's sad to hear the negative reviews and information about this organization. I adopted my first cat from the SPCA in Largo... they were very thorough in interviewing me to make sure I was a suitable "parent" - they microchipped her and gave her a flea bath before I picked her up. I spent 13 long and wonderful years with my cat before she passed away. I will continue to donate but I hope they clean up their act - especially with regard to killing unwanted animals. I know there is not enough room to keep them all, but something must be done. At least they are well cared for and not tortured prior to being put down. Still, very sad.

Review from CharityNavigator


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SPCA Tampa Bay provides a wonderful service and is one of the few remaining shelters that will receive any animal.



Rating: 1

This organization kills approximately 100 animals per day, according to their own records. How is it possible to take in AND SPEND nearly 4 MILLION DOLLARS PER YEAR, and make any kind of plausible claim that you are helping animals with that money, when you are KILLING that many animals per day? Why aren't the financials available online? Is the "shelter" "director" ashamed of what she gets paid to kill animals? She ought to be ashamed, and is, which is why she hides the truth behind evasive emails. This organization is not a cruelty prevention organization. It is an organization that gets paid ENORMOUS AMOUNTS OF MONEY EACH YEAR to kill animals. If SPCA Tampa Bay wanted to help animals, it can afford to do so. Instead $$$$$$$$$ is all that matters, not the lives taken against their will and unnecessarily.



Rating: 5

This is a fine charity. As a former board member, I can attest to the fact that this SPCA's humane education programs and aggressive policies on pursuing animal cruelty are well worth one's contributions. Adoption and related ancillary programs are top-notch and I encourage anyone to remember this SPCA in their estate plans and make contributions when able, as this organization relies solely on the generosity of animal-lovers.

Review from Guidestar