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July 12, 2018 - Humane Society of Pinellas Receives Dog Rescued by ASPCA from Dogfighting Case. ASPCA transports nearly 20 dogs across five states; One special rescue will be made available for adoption in Clearwater.

The Humane Society of Pinellas today announced that a dog rescued by the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) during a dogfighting case in the Southeast will be made available for adoption at its shelter. The dog was cared for by ASPCA responders at a temporary shelter in an undisclosed location over the past several months and transported to Humane Society of Pinellas to be given a second chance at finding a loving home.

The dog, named Gaston, is an approximately 2-year-old male, pit bull mix - a huge heart in a tiny package, Gaston is a petite "pocket-pittie" that enjoys snuggles and kisses just as much as a fun walk through the park!

“We are always happy to help the ASPCA and contribute to their rescue and rehabilitation efforts,” said Amanda Audia, Director of Operations with the Humane Society of Pinellas. “Our intensive behavioral health and enrichment programs, as well as our match making process allow us to continue the great work the ASPCA has already started with dogs like Gaston. We are excited to watch him blossom here during his stay with us, and even more anxious to find him the perfect home. These dogs have seen so much heartache and we feel proud that we are able to give one of them that second chance."

“We got to know Gaston and our other dogfighting rescues over the past several months, and they all opened up to show us their unique personalities and vie for human affection,” said Jasmine Holsinger, Animal Placement Manager of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “We’re thrilled to see dogs like Gaston finally move on to the next chapter in their lives, and we’re grateful to our Response Partners, including the Humane Society of Pinellas, for making our lifesaving work possible by helping victims of animal cruelty find safe and loving homes.”

The ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team is commonly called upon by state and municipal governments and other animal welfare agencies to lend expertise during large-scale animal rescue operations. Since 2010, the ASPCA has assisted with approximately 200 dogfighting cases in at least 24 states, and has impacted nearly 5,000 victims of dogfighting through rescue, consultations, and investigations. For more information on Gaston and the Humane Society of Pinellas adoption application process, please visit or call 727-797-7722.

May 8, 2018 - Our Pet Clinic has finally opened in its new location! Please stop by and visit our new, full-service facility at 2907 State Road 590, Suite 5, Clearwater FL (Located In the Mission Hills Plaza - near Johnny's Italian Restaurant), just down the street from the shelter! Our Pet Clinic is still affordable for our community and all proceeds go towards the homeless pets cared for by the Humane Society of Pinellas!

August 21, 2017 - Check our feature out on Bayside!

June 15th, 2017 - Reading with our pets is an amazing experience for both animals and children alike! Children can come to our reading nook anytime during business hours, grab a book and make new animal friends! See our amazing readers in action!:

April 4th, 2017 - GoodLiving Magazines publishes a printed Guide to Happy Healthy Kids for parents throughout Pinellas County, which has become the community voice for local families. The mission of the publication is to encourage a lifestyle that includes healthy bodies, healthy brains, healthy families and healthy communities. The publisher, Pam Settle, has been an ongoing supporter of the Humane Society of Pinellas, and in their current spring issue reported on a school project her son Jackson did to raise money for the HSP Senior Pet Connection program. She encouraged other families to get involved with the HSP, and also promoted our camps and youth activities.

Jackson's project raised awareness and money through his campaign called Pets + Seniors = Love, and he wants to let other parents know that this is a campaign that any child can do to make a difference. To read the magazine:

December 19th, 2016 - Senior Pet Connection helps homebound seniors care for their pets with a "meals on wheels" style delivery service of pet food and supplies, as well as providing veterinary care! Read about our story in the Tampa Bay Times and News Channel 10.