ACT’s mission is to improve the welfare of animals through spay/neuter programs, affordable veterinary services, innovative adoption and comprehensive humane education programs.
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.
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.
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.