Who is Canine Care Tampa Bay?

My name is Alicia and I share my life with 3 German Shepherds – Kai, Ellie, and Ernie. They are an important part of my family and I would do anything to keep them safe, happy, and healthy. We moved to Florida in 2006 and since coming here I volunteered at a local animal shelter and was disturbed by the number of dogs turned in to the shelter due to their owners’ inability to properly care for them. I decided one day that volunteering wasn’t enough; I needed to find a way to keep them out of the shelters. One day after a particularly pricey vet visit, it hit me what might help our community.

We are in a tough economy. Many people are out of work. Others have suffered through life events that have negatively impacted their income. We all know that it is expensive to take our pets to the vet. We also know that when the choice comes down to paying the mortgage or rent, putting food on the table, or getting our pets their annual vaccinations to keep them healthy, sometimes the pets lose out. Even a vet visit to treat a minor ailment like a skin or ear infection can sometimes be too much for a family to financially bear. The result is that too frequently animals are turned in to shelters, not properly cared for, or even euthanized.

That’s where Canine Care comes in. Our goal is to help people by paying a majority percentage of their vet bill upon application to make it possible for family pets to be properly cared for during the toughest times. We need to keep dogs and cats out of shelters and with their families. We need to keep our pets from being euthanized due to their owner’s inability to properly care for them. We need to keep our pets healthy.

It has been very challenging and at the same time very rewarding to become a non-profit organization 501(c)(3). I can’t do this alone and depend on donations and support from the community. If you are able to make a contribution to this cause, please know that 100% of your donation is tax deductible and goes toward the health care assistance of our local pets.

I have trusted the care of the Vet Clinic of Palm Harbor for my dogs’ health care since moving to Palm Harbor 5 years ago. They believe in Canine Care and have partnered with us to be the health care provider for those who need our assistance. You can learn more about the Vet Clinic of Palm Harbor by visiting their website at www.thevetclinic.com.

Whether you are someone who has a dog or cat in need of our support, or someone who believes in what we are trying to do and are able to help, I thank you for taking the time to read this. Together we can make a difference.