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Full Time Veterinarian - Humane Society of Tampa Bay

HSTB logoThe Humane Society of Tampa Bay is seeking a full time veterinarian for our shelter , as well as, a full-time veterinarian for our animal hospital. This position will perform high volume sterilizations, diagnostics and treatments for the over 11,000 shelter animals we care for each year. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is a cutting edge animal shelter which maintains a save rate of over 90%. We have built a new state-of-the-art shelter which opened September 2020.

GREAT benefits package which includes medical/dental/vision, life insurance, disability and paid time off, 401 K plan and more !!!

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Executive Director- Cat Depot

Cat Depot LogoCat Depot (Sarasota, FL) is seeking an experienced Executive Director to lead the area’s premier animal welfare organization and one of the largest feline-only rescue and adoption centers in the nation. Working with an engaged Board of Directors and dedicated staff, the Executive Director will have a minimum of ten (10) successful years of business management experience and demonstrated leadership, financial acumen, and measurable fundraising and development skills. Most importantly he or she will demonstrate a passion for animal welfare.

The Executive Director will be a dynamic spokesperson for Cat Depot and grow an engaged and supportive community in the prevention of feline homelessness and suffering. He/she will direct the development and implementation of a strategic plan for the short and long-term growth and success of the organization to ensure financial stability. He/she will put into place and maintain successful and sustainable development and giving programs while actively developing and enhancing relationships with all constituents.

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Associate Professor of Forensic Pathology - University of Florida Veterinary Forensic Sciences Laboratory

UF LogoThe University of Florida is an international leader in veterinary forensic sciences. The Veterinary Forensic Sciences program is housed within the College of Veterinary Medicine (UFCVM) and offers educational programs and laboratory services.  These programs have the primary mission to improve animal welfare for companion animals, livestock, and wildlife, by fostering the application of the forensic sciences to veterinary medicine and assisting with animal cruelty investigations.  Global outreach is achieved through online distance education, and in-person courses are offered on-campus for topics needing hands-on training in veterinary forensics sciences.  The Veterinary Forensic Sciences Laboratory has the only dedicated veterinary forensic pathology service in any veterinary college within the United States, as well as a veterinary forensic entomology service, a veterinary forensic DNA service, and access to a multitude of other forensic specialties.  Services include forensic autopsy, genetic analysis, species identification, forensic entomology, osteological analysis, forensic botany, and forensic toxicology.  On site crime scene assistance is also available.  This laboratory offers analytical services to law enforcement agencies, animal welfare groups, veterinarians, attorneys, and private citizens. 

Additionally, we offer autopsies of stray/feral dogs and cats at no cost.  This is offered through our A Dog Has No Name and A Cat Has No Name programs.  As part of this program, we screen for a variety of infectious disease processes.  More information about these programs can be found on our website (ADHNNand ACHNN).

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Senior Animal Services Officer - Osceola County Animal Services

Osceola County Animal ServicesSalary 
$45,531.20 - $65,977.60 Annually

General Description of Duties
Under general direction of the Animal Services Officer Supervisor, enforces animal cruelty, control, nuisance, dangerous dog and rabies laws in compliance with the County's Animal Control Ordinance & Florida State Statutes.  Employee functions at an entry supervisory level for daily operation of the field enforcement program in order to protect the safety, welfare and property of the citizens, staff and animals of Osceola County. Position is responsible for training and supervision of animal control officers.

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Full Time Veterinarian - Osceola County Animal Services

Osceola County Animal ServicesSalary
$81,723.20 - $118,560.00 Annually

General Description of Duties
The purpose of this position is to provide quality veterinary care to sheltered animals. The veterinarian will examine and prescribe treatments for a variety of animals, primarily dogs and cats, but also livestock, pocket pets, and occasionally other animals. Veterinarian functions at a professional level and is the primary person responsible for medical decisions for sheltered animals. Veterinarian is responsible for spay/neuter of adopted and/or impounded animals.

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Lead Veterinary Technician - Osceola County Animal Services

Osceola County Animal ServicesSalary 
$41,288.00 - $59,862.40 Annually

General Description of Duties
Under the supervision of the Operations Manager, the purpose of the position is to perform a variety of veterinary procedures on domestic animals in a clinic environment and in the field.  Employee functions at a lead level to assist the veterinarian and other veterinary technicians to help provide efficient and effective veterinary care within the Department. Position assists with maintaining accurate animal files, records, and reports associated with animal care. Lead Veterinary Technician assists in ensuring compliance with the ordering, receiving, administering, and record-keeping of controlled substances and ensures adequate supply inventory in the clinic.

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FAAWO Members now receive 50% off their annual dues with The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement

Beginning January 1, 2021, all FAAWO member organizations (and any staff members associated with that organization) are eligible for 50% off your annual AAWA membership dues! This partnership aims to bring animal welfare professionals the most thorough and up-to-date training and resources from both a local and national level. 

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Helping lost pets get home - a message from Pethealth, Inc.

Lost dog on train tracksWhile our goal in the animal welfare industry is to find pets their forever home, part of that involves reuniting lost pets with their families. Early 2020, Pethealth and PetCo Foundation conducted a study of 1400 shelters in North America to learn more about the number of pets being reunited the previous year.

Here are some highlights:

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Humane Society of NCFL to pay pet fees for people in transitional housing

Video play buttonCombating homelessness or a domestic violence situation is a cause that the Humane Society of North Central Florida says some shouldn’t deal with alone.

“And they will not leave that situation if they cannot take their pet with them,” mentioned Margot DeConna the Director of Advancement at the non-profit.

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Pet stores aren’t the place for furry friends, says Sam Killebrew bill


Courtesy of Florida Politics


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Humane Society of Tampa Bay Celebrates Grand Opening of New Shelter

New Shelter at HSTBOn November 12, 2020, nothing could dampen the excitement at Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB), not even a tropical storm. Though Eta pounded the Tampa Bay area with wind and rain during the early hours of Thursday morning, by afternoon the clouds had broken, and HSTB staff and volunteers were busy preparing for the Grand Opening of the long-awaited DeBartolo Family Animal Shelter. That evening, HSTB donors, friends, volunteers, staff and Tampa celebrities such as Mayor Jane Castor and Titus O’Neil gathered under the stars in the Lasher Family Courtyard to celebrate. The new shelter not only offers increased space for events, a recently launched Humane Education Program, and fully equipped surgical suites and intake areas, but it doubles the capacity for animal housing and will allow HSTB to save twice as many animals each year.

For more than 70 years, the Society operated from the ramshackle building at 3607 N Armenia Avenue, making the best of limited space, no climate control for animals, and structures crumbling from age. Despite the antiquated facility, HSTB placed thousands of animals each year by using space efficiently and creatively and maintaining a cheerful, happy environment for the people and animals who visited.

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SPCA of Brevard Highlights Borrowed Buddies Program to give dogs a break from the shelter

Borrowed Buddies allows individuals and families to "check out a dog for the day" to go on adventures, release some energy and have good old fashioned fun! It's a great way for people to get to know potential new family members and to encourage safe socialization during the pandemic. Check out the video below for more information:

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Furry Friends Adoption, Clinic & Ranch nominated for three Hats Off Nonprofit Awards

Pat DeShong and dogFurry Friends Adoption, Clinic & Ranch (Humane Society of Greater Jupiter/Tequesta) has been nominated for three 2020 Hats Off Nonprofit Awards:

  • Nonprofit Executive Of The Year: Pat Deshong (pictured left)
  • Nonprofit Of The Year
  • Community Collaborator of the Year: for their relationship with the Renewal Coalition through their Shelter to Service Dog Program

The awards ceremony will take place virtually on December 7th. We wish Ms. Deshong and Furry Friends the very best of luck and congratulate them on the hard work and dedication that led to these nominations.

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Cat Adoptions Get REAL at Southeast Volusia Humane Society

In September, Southeast Volusia Humane Society put a fancy twist on cat adoptions with their Real Housecats Adoption Promotion. For the entire month, adoption fees for cats featured in the event were just $20! Volunteers with the Society got creative with wardrobe and accessories giving these cats all the bling with NONE of the [email protected]!ch often seen on the popular Real Housewives TV series. The promotion was loads of fun and a huge success for cats (all found homes!) and adopters alike.

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Children Go to Work at Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando

child "working" at animal shelterStory and photo courtesy of The Association of Animal Welfare Advancement

When the pandemic first hit, Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando regularly asked staff what they needed and how they were doing. Their top 3 concerns? Their safety, their paycheck, and their families. In order to fully support employees who needed a safe space for their children to finish up the school year remotely, the Florida agency set up a Bring Your Child to Work Program. 

Here are the key components that made the program such a success:

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331 Animals Find Homes During Countdown 2 Zero Virtual Event

picture of couple with adopted dogPhotos and information courtesy of Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League

Each year, dozens of local animal rescue groups join together for the Countdown 2 Zero (C2Z) Adoption Event - Palm Beach County’s largest one-day adoption event- in an effort to save the lives of hundreds of animals. Due to COVID-19, the 7th Annual Countdown 2 Zero Adoption Event was held as a virtual event and took place for one-week, instead of one-day. 

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Flagler Humane Society helps affect legislative change to protect animals

Article featured in The New Barker Dog Magazine

Cowering dogAs our nation responds to the COVID- 19 pandemic, reports of increasing rates of domestic violence have surfaced across the country, including Florida. Thankfully, a new lifesaving law (SB 1082), signed by Governor DeSantis, went into effect on July 1, 2020.

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Pensacola Humane's Help Team saves lives amid pandemic

Pensacola staff pose with animalsCourtesy of Pensacola Humane Society

COVID-19 drastically changed how animal shelters operated around the country. As state stay-home mandates went into effect many shelters, Pensacola Humane Society included, scrambled to figure out how to keep animals safe and cared for while maneuvering the ever-changing rules and regulations that the global pandemic brought. One of the positive things to come out of it all was the way it brought together animal shelters around the nation with regular zoom calls keeping people in the loop, offering advice and being a sounding board as we all tried to make the best decisions. Another positive that came out of all the changes caused by COVID-19 was the forming of our Help Team. The Help Team was created to offer support, advice and help to the community of Pensacola by way of phone calls and emails, regularly communicating with the community remotely. 

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Decreasing Waits, Increasing Experience

Courtesy of SPCA Tampa Bay

SPCA Tampa Bay has been innovating a lot these past couple of months. With those new innovations, inevitably come new pitfalls. Our team is currently struggling with some of the consequences of moving our veterinary center to curbside and drop-off pick-up. We’ve asked clients to call to check-in but it’s clogging up our phone lines. Clients give vague descriptions of their cars which leaves our staff searching the parking lot for longer than they should. Additionally, some local facilities around us have closed and subsequently increased the number of clients we get seeking treatment.  

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Florida Governor Signs Bill to Protect Domestic Violence Survivors and their Pets

Courtesy of the ASPCA Media Team

Under normal circumstances, adults, children, and pets living in an abusive home can face major obstacles to escape harm’s way. In this time of quarantine, the necessity of staying at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has made domestic abuse situations substantially more dangerous for both people and pets. As our nation responds to this pandemic, reports of increasing rates of domestic violence have surfaced in many areas, including Florida. 

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