Animal Coalition of Tampa Launches its Phoenix Campaign: Rising from the Ashes


Contact: Wanda Velez –, 772-301-8313

Animal Coalition of Tampa (ACT) Launches its Phoenix Campaign: Rising from the Ashes – A yearlong community outreach and fundraising effort to support its mission to end animal euthanasia and improve the welfare of animals through their affordable spay/neuter programs and veterinary services in Tampa Bay.

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Tampa, FL October 17, 2018 – Animal Coalition Of Tampa (ACT) has launched a new campaign to rebuild following the tragic arson fire that destroyed its building, killing their three cats. In the years immediately following this disaster, the focus for ACT was survival – to continue providing immediate services for area residents and animals in need. Survive they did, and now their focus has shifted to thriving.

“The devastating fire never dampened our mission of providing affordable veterinary services to our community. We found a small building and made it work. Now we are in a position to focus on growth – reaching more animals in need, preventing euthanasia and promoting health via spay/neuter. The phoenix is a fitting mascot for this year’s campaign: a culmination of survival and renewal – rebuilding and growth, and we sincerely hope that the community realizes the importance of our work and rallies behind us,” said Linda Hamilton, Executive Director.

The Phoenix Campaign will officially launch on November 27 – Giving Tuesday – a day where people across the country give back to important causes in their community. The Phoenix Campaign will have three areas of focus:

New Beginnings Fund: ACT has purchased a new building in Carrollwood that will allow ACT to serve the community in an expanded capacity with double its current amount of office space. ACT will begin moving to its new location in December and will be fully transitioned by February, 2019. However, with affordability comes repairs. The aging building needs about $99,000 in updates to get it up to code and safe. The New Beginnings Fund will give community members a chance to help successfully launch this new office, or allow construction companies to offer their services as an in-kind donation.

Community Outreach: increasing awareness about the importance of spay/neuter and the affordable veterinary services that ACT offers. ACT provides approximately 10,000 animal spay/neuters and 15,000 wellness exams per year, in addition to affordable vaccinations, essential veterinary services, treatments and prescriptions. ACT is the highest participant in
the county’s $10 spay/neuter voucher program for pets of low income and disabled residents. ACT also hosts a monthly program, SpayDay Tampa Bay, which provides $10 sterilization surgeries for feral cats, and provides homeless cat caretakers TNVR services.

Fundraising: ACT has always relied on support from the community to maintain its services, especially for its feral cat spay/neuter program. Keeping populations under control not only helps the animals by preventing certain diseases and euthanasia of unwanted pets, but is also good for our community, property values, businesses, citizens, and local pet shelters. ACT will continue its two annual fundraising events in 2019: the spring Spay-ghetti Dinner and fall Walk-a-thon, seeking community support via corporate sponsorships, individual donations, in-kind donations, and volunteers.

“Giving Tuesday provides the first opportunity of the holiday season to ask: can you be a part of our mission at the new hospital’s foundational level? Can you help us do more? Whatever the amount, the support fuels us. It’s the donor that makes the difference; without their love, support, and belief in our mission it would never happen,” said Wanda Velez, Giving Tuesday Program Manager.

Help ACT launch its Phoenix Campaign by donating on November 27 – Giving Tuesday. Visit to donate and learn more about ACT’s important work in the Tampa Bay area, and keep an eye out for additional activities of the Phoenix Campaign through the holiday season and 2019. ACT’s mission can only be accomplished through the generosity of the Tampa Bay Community, and it sincerely thanks each supporter!

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About ACT

Animal Coalition of Tampa (ACT) is a not-for-profit veterinary service organization focused on ending companion animal euthanasia in Hillsborough County by providing affordable sterilization, and vaccination and health services to canine and feline pets in addition to services for homeless cats since 2002.

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