Making a Difference: Bob Reina's passion and money benefits pets

6:48 PM, Sep 5, 2012   |    comments
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Brandon, Florida -- Talk Fusion develops video communication products and the company's founder Bob Reina is always thinking ahead.

"The need is great and it's a neat technology," he says.

But look around the Brandon office and there are clues that Reina has more on his mind than just gigabytes; there's a leash on his desk and by the water cooler-a water dish.

"Bindi, come here girl," Reina calls and a three-legged shepherd mix comes running down the hallway.

Besides Bindi, an adopted stray who lost her leg to an alligator, Reina has six other dogs at home and photos of pets past and present line the shelves above his desk. 

"I keep them all around for memories and inspiration," the 46-year-old entrepreneur says holding a photo frame.

But Reina's love for animals goes far beyond his own. He helped make the Humane Society of Tampa Bay's new health center a reality with a million dollar donation. It's the largest donation the group has ever received.

"Honestly, it's the best million I've ever spent," says Reina.

The health center has been open for a month, but its official ribbon-cutting is on Thursday evening. The center provides low-cost veterinary care with the hopes of keeping more pets in homes and reducing the county's euthanasia rate.

Reina saw the need and responded, because he thinks there's something to learn from big brown eyes or a wagging tail. 

"First and foremost, it's really the unconditional love," he says of his passion for pets. "I think there's a lot of lessons there."

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