The “Race Into Fall” adoption event, presented by Verizon and held at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, was a huge success.
TAMPA, FLA (AUGUST 18, 2014) – The Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB) was buzzing with activity last weekend as potential pet parents and animal lovers gathered to celebrate half-priced adoptions. The “Race Into Fall”-themed event featured photo ops with Verizon’s Indy Show Car, a racecar simulator, Verizon giveaways, food, music and children’s activities. The shelter and grounds were festooned with checkered flags and racecar décor that added to the excitement and fun.
On any given weekend (Friday/Saturday/Sunday), HSTB averages 65-70 adoptions. Last weekend’s half-priced promotion and festivities drew an enthusiastic crowd, resulting in 76 adoptions for the two-day event and a weekend total of 100 adoptions.
“We were ecstatic to see 100 animals go to loving homes,” said HSTB Executive Director Sherry Silk. “Not only is it wonderful for them, but every adopted animal leaves behind an open kennel for another pet in need. We are extremely grateful to Verizon for helping us to save more lives.”
A highlight of the weekend occurred when Verizon’s Florida region operations president, Jeanmarie Milla, presented HSTB with a check for $10,000, initiating a partnership that both organizations foresee will be strong and long-lasting.
“This was an incredible experience for Verizon and we were honored to be a part of so many happy endings,” said Milla. “The Verizon Foundation commitment was just icing on top of this heartwarming weekend. We hope to do it again.”
Verizon and HSTB plan to hold this collaborative event on an annual basis, with varying themes and adoption promotions aimed at finding homes for as many pets as possible.
“Our partnership with Verizon is a perfect example of how the community can come together to make a difference,” said HSTB Development Director Karen Heinemann. “Verizon’s staff and volunteers are clearly engaged and committed to giving back. We are thrilled and honored to be part of their philanthropic initiatives.”
About Humane Society of Tampa Bay
For more than 100 years, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay has been dedicated to ending animal homelessness and providing care and comfort for companion animals in need. Named a Four-Star Charity by Charity Navigator for five years running, and accredited by AAHA, the standard in veterinary excellence, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is dedicated to the highest standards in animal sheltering and veterinary care. Our adoption programs, Animal Health Center services, community outreach efforts and volunteer opportunities are essential to the health and well being of animals across Tampa Bay. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is leading the way because every life counts. www.humanesocietytampa.org.