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New drug for Feline Herpes of the eye.
Posted: June 28, 2016

This information was sent to me on 6/27/16  by a member to share with cat guardians, volunteers and fosters and is directly quoted. There is a [promising drug in the treatment] of FHV (Feline Herpes Virus)! But only in compound form. It's called Cidofovir o.5% Eye Drops. Here are a couple of links to give you more info:




This information came to me when my own experiences took me to University of Florida's Small Animal Hospital. I had x3 kittens that were not getting better with the standard Vet care, that consisted of BNP antibiotic eye ointment, Tobramycin drops, & oral antibiotics.


Amazingly, the visit there at UF was the answer! The brain storming between the UF Vet Ophthalmology doctors (Resident & Clinician), and their Grad student, was very educational, which ultimately sent me home with a script for Cidofovir. Then the next trick came trying to find an affordable Compound Pharmacy.....which ended up being Lincourt Compound Pharmacy in Clearwater. And it worked!! Kittens recovered quickly. :)


To arm you with this wonder medicine, I have called Lincourt to request a copy of this script, so that I can share it with you.  Having this information for whomever is trying to help them would be good info to know.




What do Iowa Puppy Mills have to do with Florida pet stores?
Posted: September 26, 2013

What do Iowa Puppy Mills have to do with Florida pet stores?

More than you can imagine! Learn the shocking truth about the Florida connection to Iowa puppy mills during Puppy Mills: From Iowa to Florida, an informative presentation conducted by Mary LaHay, President and Founder of Iowa Friends of Companion Animals.

Mary LaHay is coming to Florida  from Iowa to give her special presentation on Iowa puppy mills.  She was told that there were many dog lovers here who want to know what they can do about this cancer that exists regarding sales at pet stores of dogs bred in abysmal conditions. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear it straight from "the horses mouth", so to speak. We hope the variety of venues, listed below, will offer you a convenient location to meet and greet a woman who is working to change puppy mill dogs lives.

Puppy Mills: From Iowa to Florida,  is a powerful and informative presentation about commercial breeding facilities, also known as puppy mills, which put profits before animal welfare. Dogs at these mills are kept in deplorable conditions often resulting in sick puppies being sold to unaware consumers.
The presentations will include an update on Florida's Puppy Sellers' Disclosure Bill which was introduced for the first time in 2013. Although it did not pass, there is a great deal of support for 2014. Many Florida pet stores obtain puppies from out of state puppy mills and dupe consumers into thinking their puppy came from a local breeder. This bill would make disclosure a requirement and it would also prohibit the sale of dogs and cats at flea markets, roadsides and other outdoor locations.


Three presentations:

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
St. Petersburg College Veterinary Technology Center
12376 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33744

Thursday, October 10, 2013
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
SPCA Tampa Bay
9099 130th Avenue North
Largo, FL

Saturday, October 12, 2013
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Regency Park Branch Library
9701 Little Road
New Port Richey, FL 34654

Free to the public!

Additional details can be found here: http://www.iafriends.org
Florida Congressman speaks up for sharks
Posted: September 3, 2013

On June 28, U.S. Representative Vern Buchanan (representing Florida’s 16th Congressional District) introduced a resolution condemning the killing of sharks for their fins. The resolution states: “the United States should ban and prevent the import of shark fins from sharks caught through the practice of finning.” Thanks Vern!

Florida U.S. Representatives C.W. Bill Young, Frederica Wilson, Patrick Murphy, Alcee Hastings and Ander Crenshaw are among those who quickly signed on as cosponsors of the resolution.

Tens of millions of sharks are killed each year for their fins, an ingredient in shark fin soup. “Finning,” removing a shark’s fins and dumping the injured fish back into the ocean, is banned in U.S. (and Florida) waters. But fins from sharks outside U.S. territorial waters continue to be imported into the country. A federal ban on shark fin products would help to eliminate the cruel trade around the world.

Additional details can be found here: http://www.blog.animalrightsflorida.org/?p=1195
Humane Society of Tampa Bay Named One of America's Best Animal Charities
Posted: July 13, 2013

The Society is one of only 23 humane societies in 20 states to receive Charity Navigator’s Highest Rating

TAMPA, FLA (JULY 11, 2013)In a recent blog post titled, “Spotlight on Charity: The Fight Against Animal Cruelty”, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB) is named as one of only 23 local charities in 20 states to receive Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating, it’s highest level. In light of recent scrutiny of charitable organizations that has left many donors feeling wary, HSTB’s inclusion as one of America’s Best Animal Charities demonstrates to the public that the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is worthy of their trust.

In the Wallet Hub post, author John Kiernan makes the case for supporting animal charities, despite the current economic climate that may cause some individuals to hang on to their hard-earned dollars. For all that animals give to us, he points out, we have a responsibility to give back to them, especially since they “can’t speak for themselves” and are “at the mercy of man”. He promotes being smarter about what organizations we give to, to ensure that our donations are being handled with integrity.

2012 marked the fourth consecutive year that HSTB received a 4-Star Rating. According to Charity Navigator, receiving four stars signifies an organization’s adherence to good governance, fiscal responsibility and minimizing the chance for unethical activity. For the Humane Society of Tampa Bay to receive the highest score year after year is a notable achievement.

“Only 6% of the charities we rate have received at least four consecutive 4-star evaluations,” said Ken Berger, Charity Navigator’s President and CEO. “[This indicates] that Humane Society of Tampa Bay outperforms most other charities in America.

“We are proud to have been recognized for the integrity with which we treat our generous donations,” said HSTB Executive Director Sherry Silk. “We are committed not only to helping animals, but to protecting the resources we are given by following the highest ethical standards and best practices.

The Sale of Dogs, Cats, and Rabbits Banned in San Diego pet stores!
Posted: July 13, 2013

Victory! The Sale of Dogs, Cats, and Rabbits Banned in San Diego pet stores!

On Tuesday, July 9, 2013, the San Diego City Council passed an ordinance to ban the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in city “pet” stores. Last September, the San Diego Animal Defense Team (ADT) gave the city council a petition with forty pages of signatures requesting this ordinance. ADT joined with In Defense of Animals, San Diego Humane Society, Animal Protection and Rescue League, and other organizations to garner attention and support for the ordinance. More than 75 animal-related businesses and animal advocacy groups signed on to support the ban.

Pet stores get animals from commercial breeding facilities, including puppy mills, where animals are imprisoned for life in cramped, filthy conditions and used as breeding machines until they can no longer reproduce. Three to four million animals are killed in American shelters every year because of the difficulty of securing enough good homes for them. Please adopt rather than buy animal companions to break this cycle of suffering, misery, and death.

Retirement Home For Horses at Mill Creek Farm
Posted: May 20, 2013

We provide lifetime care to horses seized by law enforcement agencies, rescued by the SPCA or humane societies, horses retired from government service such as police patrol or state and federal parks, and unwanted horses that are destined for slaughter.

(We do not accept horses from private owners.)

Additional details can be found here: http://www.millcreekfarm.org/
Visit the Coalition to Unchain Dogs web site
Posted: April 3, 2013

The Coalition to Unchain Dogs is a non-profit, volunteer effort dedicated to improving the welfare of dogs living outdoors on chains.

Visit their web site and learn more about this exciting organization.  You can also find a link to the organization under the Animal Rescues tab on our Links to other sites page.

Additional details can be found here: http://www.unchaindogs.net/
Manatee receives award for its No Kill program!
Posted: April 3, 2013

We are proud to announce that Manatee County Animal Services received a second-place award in community service at the 21st annual Future of the Regions Award hosted by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council for its entry entitled "Innovation for a No Kill Nation: Anything's PAWSible!"

Please see additional details at the link below.

Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2013/04/02/4463724/kris-weiskopf-manatee-no-kill.html#storylink=cpy

Additional details can be found here: http://www.bradenton.com/2013/04/02/4463724/kris-weiskopf-manatee-no-kill.html
Spaying and neutering pets could save taxpayers millions.
Posted: March 9, 2013

Euthanizing unwanted cats and dogs at animal shelters happens nearly every day, in every Florida county.  It's a problem costing taxpayers nearly $100 million dollars each year. 

The FOX news article below shows how spaying and neutering of pets could save this amount or more.

Additional details can be found here: http://www.myfoxorlando.com/story/21236723/animal-shelters-costing-taxpayers-millions?fb_action_ids=169802409834845&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=[338329906284696]&action_type_map=[%22og.recommends%22]&action_re
Local veterinarian offers house calls for pets!
Posted: November 26, 2012

Vet with Hart Veterinary House Call Practice is owned and operated by Dr. Hillary Hart.  Dr. Hart believes there is an easier way to provide quality veterinary  care for your pets… in the comfort of your own home!
Dr. Hart has a passion for all animals and is a strong proponent of animal welfare.  She currently works part-time as a veterinarian for the Animal Coalition of Tampa.  Dr. Hart is also a volunteer at several TNVR programs in the Tampa Bay area.

Her house call fee includes a physical examination for one pet in your home. Multi-pet households receive a discount if more than one pet is seen at the time of visit. Diagnostic services, other health services and additional pet examinations are all available at an additional cost.  If you have trouble getting your pets to the vets, this service could quite easily be a life saver for you or your pets!

For additional information, see the listing in our Links to other sites page or Dr. Harts web page below.

Additional details can be found here: http://www.vetwithhart.com/
Local journalist publishes new book based on a feral cat!
Posted: September 16, 2012

Cathy Unruh is an Emmy award winning television journalist and long time animal advocate.  She has written a new book based on the life of "Lucy", a feral cat, and Cathy's work with the feral cats on a Bahamian island.  The book is published by Collage Books.

You can see the book jacket by clicking on the following link:  Taming Me.  You will need to have the Adobe Acrobat Player plugin to open this link.

Her book is now available for pre-order on the Barnes and Noble website at a discount.  Please help support Cathy and her work with feral cats.

Additional details can be found here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/taming-me-cathy-unruh/1112749565?ean=9780938728153
Study Reveals Dogs May Protect Babies From Infections
Posted: August 28, 2012

A recent study has shown that babies who spend time around pet dogs had fewer respiratory tract symptoms or infections than babies who grow up in pet-free homes.

"We offer preliminary evidence that dog ownership may be protective against respiratory tract infections during the first year of life," the study stated

"We speculate that animal contacts could help to mature the immunologic system, leading to more composed immunologic response and shorter duration of infections."

Additional details can be found here: http://wp.me/p2gQHB-12H