(Pinellas County, FL ~ March 15, 2013) — SPCA Tampa Bay today announced today that $5,000 in ASPCA grant funding has been awarded to the animal welfare non-profit agency for its care of the 300+ animals confiscated from a home in Oldsmar early this year.
The large number of animals stretched SPCA resources, underscoring CEO Boden’s announcement two months later that better solutions are needed for special segments of the Pinellas animal community: wildlife, livestock and exotic animals.
“The Oldsmar animal cruelty case doubled our animal population overnight,” said Martha Boden, SPCA CEO. “Staff and volunteers worked long hours to care for the animals. Some of the species were unknown to us and we are grateful for the help we received from exotic specialists in our community.”
The original 299 removed from the home in Oldsmar grew to 374 due to births that occurred after intake. Currently, 111 animals remain in SPCA care as they await adoption.
“Local shelters have seen a significant increase in admission of these types of animals but none of the facilities are truly equipped to handle their special needs,” said Boden. “We are grateful to the ASPCA for this grant just as we are grateful to our local PetSmart and the many people who responded to our plea for items needed to stabilize the animals environment during their stay here.”
SPCA estimated its average cost per animal at $10 per day. Many of the animals have been at the Largo facility for 64 days now.
By engaging all those interested in a discussion about the requirements of these animals, SPCA hopes to determine what needs must be covered and which groups are best suited to assist animals in distress. The proposed summit series will be scheduled soon. Those interested in getting involved can contact SPCA Tampa Bay at Info@SPCATampaBay.org for more information.
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SPCA Tampa Bay has been at the forefront of humane care since its beginnings in 1940. SPCA’s mission is to be the leader in animal advocacy by preventing cruelty, promoting humane care and reducing pet overpopulation. SPCA services for the community include animal cruelty investigation, lost/found pet assistance, animal admission and pet cremation assistance, pet adoption, ambulance transport for sick/injured strays and estate planning with pets in mind. Located on ten acres in Largo, FL, SPCA programs include a free pet behavior helpline service; canine training, cat and critter care workshops through its Sniff University; and, children’s summer camps and birthday parties. Visit www.SPCATampaBay.org for more information.