Rhea was failed by the rescue system, and now she will pay for it with her life.
Somehow, Rhea and her brother Victor ended up at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, a no-kill rescue. One might think that they would be safe, kept at the shelter until finding a loving and permanent home. That was not the case. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay transferred both dogs to the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center (HCPRC) where Rhea is now on the kill list. Victor was adopted — hopefully by a responsible person (see “Convicted dog fighters can adopt dogs from county shelter with failed policies”).
Beautiful Rhea is only four years old. She’s scared at the shelter but still wonderfully gentle and affectionate. Rhea is described as a sweetheart. She takes treats nicely, and the volunteers love her! Rhea walks nicely on a leash and gets along with dogs her size and older. Her video shows that she is well-mannered and gentle.
Rhea is urgent — if her kennel is needed tomorrow, she will be killed anytime after 9:00 am. If you can save her, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by 9:00 am tomorrow. You must include: Do Not Euth Rhea ID#A30997460 in the subject line. In the body of the email include your name and contact information. You must be willing to pick her up by 3:00 pm tomorrow.
It’s easy to be a no-kill shelter if you just get rid of the dogs that might be more difficult to adopt out. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay sends their unadoptables to HCPRC to kill, while Miami Dade dumps stray cats back on the streets and turns a blind eye to stray dogs. Too many Florida dogs end up with uncaring owners, in uncaring shelters, or on the streets trying to survive. Please help be part of the solution. Share the stories about dog and cats in need. Adopt instead of going to a breeder. Help educate neighbors about how to humanely care for pets. And please share Rhea’s story!
Note: There has been some drama on Rhea’s Facebook thread (see below). Someone went into the shelter to see her and claimed that the shelter said that Rhea wasn’t going to be killed. Rescue Me Tampa posted the communication from the shelter that was sent to rescues clearly stating that Rhea would be killed the next day if her kennel was needed. She in on the kill list. Also, someone who spent time with Rhea posted:
“I have had Rhea out and totally agree with Wendy. She may bark at other dogs in kennels but she is not aggressive. She is a sweetheart and low energy.”
Please, please share Rhea’s story! She needs networking, not drama.
Rhea is ID#A30997460. There is more information on how to save her on her Facebook thread. She is located at Hillsborough County Animal Services, 440 N. Falkenburg Road, Tampa, FL 33619. The phone number is 813-744-5660. The shelter is open daily from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.
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