Hillsborough County, with a population of 1.1 million, is the largest county in the Tampa Bay area of Florida.
TampaPets.org, No More Homeless Pets Hillsborough County (NMHP-HC) works to achieve their vision that “every dog and cat in Hillsborough County, Florida will live in a loving and healthy environment.”
Since 2007, this organization has hosted two day-long adoption events each year at the Florida State Fairgrounds, featuring hundreds of animals from:
These events attract over 2,000 potential adopters from the Tampa Bay area.
TampaPets.org, NMHP-HC has hosted four Adoption Expos (spring 2007, fall 2007 and spring and fall 2008) with plans for two Expos yearly into the future. To date, 1159 animals have been adopted at the Expos. As a result of adoptions by the public, as well as rescue group and humane society intervention, no animals have been returned to the Hillsborough County Animal Services municipal shelter after the events. This is a true celebration as Animal Services is often understaffed and overcrowded.
How Cool is That?
We’re impressed with the way The Humane Society of Tampa Bay, Hillsborough County Animal Services and dozens of private and non-profit animal and breed rescue groups join forces to offer residents of the Tampa Bay area one-stop-shopping for a new pet at the Florida State Fairgrounds.
Adopt or Adapt
The Adoption Expo can be adjusted to meet the needs of your community. The size and number of animal groups in your area and the facilities available for hosting the event are the major factors to determine the scope of the event for your community.
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