The Tampa Bay Lightning will host the Humane Society of Tampa Bay for Pucks n’ Paws on Thursday, January 14 when they take on the Florida Panthers at 7:30 p.m. (Sun Sports, 620 WDAE).
Fans attending the game are asked to bring a minimum medium-sized bag of dry dog or cat food to the Humane Society table on the West Plaza of the St. Pete Times Forum from 5-7:45 p.m. Those who bring a food donation will receive a raffle ticket to be entered into a chance drawing to win an autographed jersey from Humane Society supporter and 2003-04 NHL Most Valuable Player, Martin St. Louis.
“We are extremely excited and proud to have partnered with the Humane Society of Tampa Bay to create awareness for such a great cause,” Shereen Koules, wife of Lightning Owner and Governor Oren Koules, said. “Hopefully, along with the Humane Society, we can help end animal homelessness and provide care for our four-legged friends in the Tampa Bay community. Our family recently adopted our dog, Willow, from the Humane Society and it was a wonderful experience. In this tough economy we want to keep people from being forced to give up their pets because they can not afford to feed them. By donating dry food to the Humane Society fans can help us accomplish that.”
The Humane Society will also have vehicles, including their mobile pet adoption unit, on the plaza to allow fans to adopt animals before the game. Fans can put animals on hold and pick them up from the Humane Society at a later date. Humane Society dogs will also accompany in-arena host Brittany Zion at various times throughout the game while game presentation will center around Humane Society initiatives. Lightning players, many of whom are animal lovers, will also be on LightningVision talking about their own personal pets. Representatives from the Humane Society will also kick things off by saying the traditional “Let’s Play Hockey” before the game.
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is dedicated to ending animal homelessness and providing care and comfort for companion animals in need. It is a limited admission shelter that only accepts animals that they feel can be adopted. They do not take in stray animals. Stray animals should be taken to the county facility where their owners can look for them.
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay does their best to find homes for as many animals as possible. They are committed to a community approach to help lower the euthanasia in the county. The Humane Society has an aggressive transfer program which takes in animals from other shelters that are open admission and house animals that are at risk of being euthanized.
Be sure to tune in to the Bubba The Love Sponge Show on 102.5 The Bone at 9:20 a.m. on January 13 as Shereen Koules will join the show to discuss the cause and its importance to the organization as well as the entire community.