The Animal Coalition of Tampa is a non-profit organization which exists to improve the welfare of animals through spay/neuter programs, affordable veterinary services, innovative adoption and comprehensive humane education programs.
To reach this mission, we offer non-lethal options at affordable prices. Lost cost, high quality services include a full array of medical services, focusing on spay and neuter, but also including most other necessary medical procedures such as: wellness checks, vaccinations, dentals, pet medicines, diagnostic exams and treatments.
Our vision is to make pet ownership a reality to many people who would not otherwise have that opportunity due to financial constraints. Every day, we make a difference in the lives of animals and the people who love them. We serve animals and help them to live better, healthier, happier lives through quality veterinary care services.
Our belief is that if people are given affordable and accessible options, they will do the right thing for their four legged family members. Our knowledge is that there are, right now, too many animals losing their lives for no other reason than economics or lack of knowledge of the options.
In 2015, the Animal Coalition of Tampa (ACT) provided 11,033 animal spay/neuters, as well as 14,521 veterinary vaccinations at affordable prices for the Tampa Bay community. In addition, ACT provided pet wellness exams, veterinary follow-ups, and dental procedures at discounted rates. Our goal is to eventually perform 15,000 spay/neuter surgeries a year.
A Quick History of ACT 2001-2016...
Animal Coalition of Tampa (ACT), is focused on ending companion animal euthanasia in Hillsborough County. ACT has performed over 100,000 sterilization surgeries since the organization was founded in 2001.
We are dedicated to bringing affordable and accessible spay/neuter to the residents Hillsborough County to bring an end to the needless euthanasia. We also provide low cost heartworm and flea preventive treatments. Our goal in providing these services is to keep companion animals safely in their homes and out of the shelter.
A Timeline of ACT
- January 13, 2002: ACT's first service event. SpayDay: 32 feral cats fixed and returned to their communities.
- Jan 2002 - Feb 2005: ACT performs low cost surgeries at borrowed clinics on Sundays. Supplies provided by Big Cat Rescue.
- March 13, 2006: ACT opens it first Clinic. 11 dogs and 20 cats were fixed and vaccinated.
- March 25, 2011: ACT Clinic celebrates its 50,000th dog/cat sterilization surgery.
- 2011, 2012, & 2013: ACT's three yearly $5 Neuter-a-thons results in well over 1,000 neutered male cats who are no longer adding to the overpopulation crisis.
- 2002 through 2009: ACT grows by an average of 30% a year. Bigger facilities are planned.
- August 2011: ACT renovates and moves to 10,000 sq. ft. building. Adds special surgeries and exams.
- 2014: Arson fire destroys the new clinic and kills 3 house cats. Determination and public support enables ACT to relocate and reopen in 5 weeks at a new, smaller location.
- 2014-2015: ACT stabilizes from the fire, cutting back on all but core mission services. ACT focuses on updating foundation, protocol, and technology. ACT manages, through your support, to retain the preceding years' number of spay and neuters.
- Jan 2016: ACT Clinic celebrates its 100,000th dog/cat sterilization surgery.
- ACT's smaller facility is undergoing a professional space optimization design, so that we can regain our prior-to-fire services in a cost-effective manner. Comprehensive exams, special surgeries and dentals return in March 2016.
- Currently: ACT is working on Strategic Plan goals, which include improved fundraising capacities, business sponsorship programs, a community ambassador program, building expansion, and overall organization development.
Spay/Neuter Voucher Program Partnership
ACT is committed to helping dogs and cats live healthy, high quality lives. ACT works in tandem with Hillsborough County to reach out to lower income pet owners through the Spay/Neuter Voucher Program at a cost to clients of just $10 per pet. The voucher program helps prevent overpopulation of cats and dogs, which in turn lowers euthanasia and unwanted pets being taken to animal shelters. Pets are healthier and are vaccinated against disease. Surveys show that often these are pets otherwise might not receive veterinary care. As a result of doing what they know is the right thing, clients receive the benefit of a happier and healthier companion animal.
TNVR Community Cat Program
The plight of feral cats has captured the hearts of animal lovers for many years, but only recently has a non-lethal option for their care become available. Called a Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) program, this humane alternative involves spaying and neutering feral cats, then returning them to their colonies where they are looked after and fed by volunteer caretakers (An estimated 12% of families in the US take on this role). ACT offers a special Community Cat package rate for feral cats, as well as offering trap loans and supportive services.
The Neuter Scooter a free transportation for surgery candidates. Each week, the Neuter Scooter van picks up pets from locations and clients who are under-served and economically disadvantaged, as well as those who do not have transportation. The pets are brought into the clinic, where they receive sterilization care. Then the pets are returned to their designated location after stabilization from the surgeries. This is a free transportation service that is provided to the community and people of Tampa Bay in order to offer the dignity of responsible pet ownership to those who could not otherwise bring their pet into the clinic.
ACT's Program SpayDay addresses some of the very most vulnerable members of our society – the feral cat population, which is often prone to discrimination and persecution. On the second Monday of every month, feral cats are brought by caregivers to be spayed or neutered, given three year rabies shots, distemper, penicillin, de-wormer, ear mite treatment, flea treatment, and the lifesaving ear tip that identifies them as an official community cat. The caregivers then pick the cats up and return them to their designated colony. This procedure is referred to as "trap, neuter, vaccinate, return" (TNVR) and it saves many lives by stabilizing the colonies and keeping the cats vaccinated.