Archive for February 2013

HSTB & Busch Gardens Partner to Promote Pet Adoptions

By Lauren Cresta, Interactive Marketing Manager, Busch Gardens Tampa

Busch Gardens has joined forces with the Humane Society of Tampa Bay with the “Busch Gardens Happy Tails” program to raise adoption awareness for homeless dogs and cats. Starting Feb. 27, Busch Gardens will provide two complimentary single-day admission tickets to pet lovers who adopt a new dog or cat from the Humane Society’s Tampa shelter.

Busch Gardens has long supported local animal shelters by providing homes, and a second chance at life, for abandoned and neglected animals. Considered by many to be “untrainable,” these adopted animals now steal the stage—and fans’ hearts –as stars in the park’s popular show “Critter Castaways.” These furry ambassadors bring smiles to thousands of guests every day while promoting the importance of shelter adoptions.

The park’s most famous adoptee, Mtani, a Labrador-retriever mix, joined the Busch Gardens family in 2011 to become life-long friends to Kasi the cheetah after the baby cheetah was orphaned. Since coming to the park, the cheetah and dog have lived together at Cheetah Run.

This is the fourth region to launch the Happy Tails program, started by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. The program has helped thousands of dogs and cats find loving homes in the communities and neighborhoods surrounding SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld San Diego and Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

The tickets are valid for a single-day admission to the theme park and are valid for one year from the pet adoption date. Tickets will be printed onsite at the participating shelter. Happy Tails details and participating shelter information can be found at

Comfort In Hard Times

Dear Helena and all the staff at the Animal Intake,

Many many thanks. My wife and I brought our little darling to the center [for humane euthanasia], Animal Intake, and they could not have been more pleasant, more understanding, and more comforting. Everything was well organized, patient, and understanding. Even the comment “take care driving home” was greatly appreciated for it is sometimes hard to drive through the tears. Thank you.


poppy1Attached are pics of our adopted pup Anna Mae who we have since named Poppy. We love her very much and I think she’s quite content in her new home. Thanks for all you do for our furry friends and the people who love them!


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