Rescue dogs of Tampa, Florida

May 07, 2021  •  3 Comments

This week's blog post features rescue dogs of Tampa, Florida (and surrounding areas which includes all of Hillsborough and Pinellas counties).  A google search reveals the top 3 rescues in Tampa (not dog specific) are:

Heidi's Legacy Dog Rescue, Society of Tampa Bay and St. Francis Society.  This was an interesting search to see who was the top responses from Google based on doing a simple search of "Rescues in Tampa".

I've 2 different quotes that I have seen while writing this blog post.  The first one, is from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay "Leading the way because every life counts".  The second one is from Maxx and Me Pet Rescue, "It matters to that one" ....which is so true.  That one animal is depending on us (humans) to care about that one life.

As many of you know, we, VP Shoots Photography, volunteer to photograph rescue dogs (and sometimes kittens/cats if we receive a request) in the Tampa Bay area.  We have travelled as far east as Lakeland to photograph a beagle for the Beagle rescue, as far south as South Tampa and South St. Petersburg, as far west as the water's edge of Tampa Bay (Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, etc) and as far north as Spring Hill.  That's quite a large area that we have covered - and we have met so many dogs along the way.

I'd like to take a few minutes of your time to share with you the primary organizations that we volunteer with.

1) Maxx and Me Pet Rescue - this is the primary rescue that we provide photography services to in the Tampa Bay area.  Per the website for Maxx and Me, the "About Us" says: "Maxx & Me Pet Rescue is a Non-Profit founded in 2014 by Lea Haverstock in memory of her beloved rescue Golden Retriever, Maxx."  Their website is:

On September 18, 2017 we met "Irma" and her litter mates.  This little puppy just seemed to know exactly how to pose for the camera.  She was so small, about 10 weeks of age and the entire litter had been turned into a shelter without any parents.  Eventually, this little cutie ended up in our household along with her sister, Rue - and she is now known as Ollie.  (Irma was because Hurricane Irma was coming through our area at the time she was coming into the Maxx and Me Pet Rescue.)

Colt - a beautiful husky - needs someone to adopt him that understands the whole mindset of a husky.  He has been looking for a home for a while and hopefully will find that perfect match soon.


2) Polka Dogz - They are located in central Florida (Winter Garden/Clermont Florida areas).  We volunteer to provide photography services for special events like the Christmas pose with Santa Claus and home checks within the Tampa areas for dogs that are potentially being adopted in our area. Their website is and they feature mostly smaller dogs and specialize in seniors, special needs and shy dogs.

In addition we have done photographs for other rescues including:

1) Heidi's Legacy Dog Rescue

2) Rescue Teamsters

and 3) Tampa Bay Beagle Rescue

Blogging with Pet Photographers

This is a personal project that I try to participate in each week (as much as possible).  This post is part of a 'blog circle' which is with several other Professional Pet Photographers around the world.  Each week a different theme is provided to the group and we, as pet photographers, interpret the theme in our own way.  Follow the link provided at the end of each of my blogs to the next pet photographer's blog - and when you arrive back at my blog - you've completed the entire circle of blogs for this theme.  For more pet photographers sharing their take on this theme, head over to visit Marika Moffitt of Dirtie Dog Photography shines the light on harder-to-adopt pets with The Limelight Pet Project in Seattle, Washington.


Interested in a Pet Photography Session?

If you would like to discuss or book a custom pet portrait session, send an email to [email protected] or give us a call/text Linda at 813-610-2671 in the Tampa Bay area (Hillsborough/Pinellas/Pasco/Polk counties in Florida).  We have flexible rates and packages to fit most everyone’s budget as we believe that having wonderful photographs of your pet is important to so many people.




Tracy Allard(non-registered)
Tampa area animal rescues are so luck to have you! Your wonderful pet portraits are sure to help them find their furever homes quickly!
Wow, Linda! These organizations are so lucky to have you. Thanks for doing what you do!
Angela Schneider(non-registered)
You do great work for the rescue dogs of Tampa. I sure hope that gorgeous image of Colt helps him find a home soon.
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