On May 1, 2019, Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB) supporters, board members, advisory council members, staff, volunteers and furry friends gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking for the DeBartolo Family Animal Shelter.
The new multi-story facility will be built on the Society's current property, replacing the standing 50+ year-old shelter and significantly increasing the organization’s adoption capacity. Some of the new facility’s highlights include:
Lisa DeBartolo spoke on behalf of the DeBartolo family who donated $3,000,000 for naming rights to the multi-story building that will allow the Society to save an additional 2,000 lives a year.
Tampa Bay Community leaders including Mayor Jane Castor (who gave remarks), Councilman Guido Maniscalco (who gave remarks), Councilman Charlie Miranda, Commissioner Ken Hagan, Commissioner Sandra Murman, and Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister also attended to lend their support for the construction project.
Sherry Silk, HSTB CEO is urging citizens to support their "community shelter" by helping raise the additional $985,000 needed to open the doors once construction is complete in mid to late 2020.
"While we celebrate the growth of our vibrant community we cannot ignore its voiceless citizens whose needs have kept pace with expansion," said Silk. "As a community, it is our job to Shelter Them. They won’t survive without us."
"Although construction is already under way, there are still many naming opportunities for people who want to leave a legacy for animals," said Ornella Varchi, HSTB Chief Development Officer. "We even have ways for children to be involved through purchased tiles that they will decorate at a family painting party at the shelter. The tiles will be hung in the Humane Education Center allowing young people to have a role in this important community project."
To find out more about naming opportunities, tiles or other ways to donate to the DeBartolo Family Animal Shelter, visit ShelterThemTampa.com.