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The Humane Society of Tampa Bay was elated to hear the news that Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus will eliminate elephant acts. While our mission is focused on companion animals, the plight and well-being of all animals is important to us and the suffering of any species is of grave concern.

We applaud the Circus for taking this important step towards improving the lives of these gentle, sensitive and emotional beings. We hope their decision will help to widen the circle of compassion for all animals across all industries and nations.

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HSTB Contributing $2,500 Reward to Cabela’s Case

UPDATE! March 12, 2015: The Tampa Police Department has made four arrests in Cabela’s case. Two of the suspects are juveniles who are charged with aggravated animal cruelty and armed trespassing. The other two suspects are adults who are both charged with possession of a fighting dog. Our hearts break for what Cabela went through but we know she is in wonderful hands at Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Service and will find a loving adoptive home through them. Help us spread the word through Cabela’s story that dog fighting and abuse is NOT cool and NOT to be tolerated, ever.

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay will contribute $2,500 to the reward being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) who shot Cabela (STORY HERE). If you have information about the perpetrator(s) please call 813-231-6130.

Many many thanks to Tampa Police Department for rescuing her and to our friends at Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Service for taking such good care of her while she recovers.

If you would like to contribute to our reward fund to help find Cabela’s abuser(s) and to assist with other cases like hers, you can do so HERE. (Any contributions to this fund may be added to Cabela’s reward and/or used to fund future rewards for similar cruelty cases)

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Walk. Wag. Bark. on March 21

The 28th annual Bark In The Park fundraising walk for the animals to feature live music, food and beer, adoptions, play stations for children and dogs, and more than 60 pet-friendly vendors!

On Saturday, March 21, 2015, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB) will host the 28th Annual Bark In The Park fundraising Walk For The Animals and pet-friendly festival from 11:00am to 3:00pm at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park in downtown Tampa.

One of Tampa Bay’s favorite fundraising events Bark In The Park will offer something for everyone:

  • Rescues and adoptions
  • Food and beer trucks
  • Live music by Halcyon
  • Pet-friendly vendors
  • Celebrity Emcees: FOX 13’s Jennifer Epstein & 93.3FM’ Katie Sommers
  • The Doggie Fun Zone
  • Children’s area and activities
  • Photo ops by the river
  • Doggie treat bar and play stations
  • Pet talent and costume contests
  • Best Pet/Owner Look-a-Like
  • Most Talented
  • Best Costume
  • Parade of rescues
  • One-mile fundraising walk led by FOX 13’s Lindsay Milbourne
  • “Bark In The Park is a wonderful way to celebrate the warm weather, enjoy beautiful downtown Tampa and share our love of pets with family and friends,” said HSTB Executive Director Sherry Silk. “Each year, the positive energy is palpable and it is inspiring to see so many animal lovers join together to raise money for homeless pets.”

    Walkers can form packs with their friends online at BarkInTheParkTampa.com to fundraise for the animals. Pack members will receive an event T-shirt, giveaways and additional prizes. Those who do not pre-register online can make a suggested donation of $20 at the door the day of the event (donation includes event T-shirt).

    The event day schedule is as follows:

    • Registration: 11:00am
    • Vendors & Festivities: 11:00am – 3:00pm
    • Pet Talent/Costume Contest Sign-Up: 11:00am
    • One-mile Walk For The Animals: 12:30pm
    • Parade of Adoptables & Rescues: 1:30pm
    • Pet Talent/Costume Contests: 2:00pm
    • Awards for Top Fundraisers: 2:45pm

    The Top Dog Sponsors for the event are Blue Grace Logistics, In Memory of Luigi Funk, and Town & Country Automotive, Inc. A complete list of sponsors, vendors and participating rescue groups can be found at http://barkintheparktampa.com.

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