Photos courtesy of BlueGrace Logistics and Charley Belcher
Photos courtesy of BlueGrace Logistics and Charley Belcher

Despite a woefully bleak forecast, dog-lovers and HSTB supporters showed up in droves for the 27th Annual Bark In The Park on March 29 at noon. There was standing room only in much of Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park as patrons and their pets visited vendors, enjoyed food and beer and rocked out to live music by Halcyon. As always, FOX 13’s Charley Belcher was the perfect emcee and entertained the crowd through his jovial banter with HSTB Executive Director Sherry Silk. A special thanks goes out to our top event sponsors, PetSupermarket and BlueGrace Logistics, who were on hand to receive much-deserved recognition for their support.
Fun was had by all for ninety minutes until, sadly, the weather gods prevailed and the event was forced to cancel due to torrential downpour, thunder and lightning. However, this didn’t dampen the giving spirits of hundreds of patrons. Even with the cancellation of the Fundraising Walk, Pet Costume Contests and Parade of Rescues, our generous supporters raised more than $100,000 for our animals! These funds will go towards our numerous programs and services, allowing us to save the lives of more homeless pets in need.
Congratulations and THANK YOU to our top fundraisers for the Walk For The Animals. We didn’t get to walk but are cheering you on nevertheless, and couldn’t be more proud of your amazing efforts on behalf of our animals!

Top Fundraising Individuals

  • Anne Shields
  • Merritt Barrow

Top Fundraising Packs

  • FIRST PLACE: PARty Animals
  • SECOND PLACE: Team Ladybug
  • THIRD PLACE: Niko & Poochie’s Pack

Please stay tuned for pictures and video from the event. We can’t wait until next year.
Until then, Walk. Wag. Bark.!

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay’s 27th annual Bark In The Park to offer live music, food trucks, beer and wine along the water in downtown Tampa park!
On Saturday, March 29, 2014, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB) will host the 27th Annual Bark In The Park fundraising Walk For The Animals and pet-friendly festival from noon to 4:00pm at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park in downtown Tampa.
Recently voted as Tampa Bay’s favorite fundraising event by Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Readers Choice Awards, Bark In The Park will offer new attractions this year including live music by Halcyon, food trucks, beer and wine.
“After being voted as Tampa Bay’s favorite fundraising event, we decided to it was time to kick things up a notch with a new location, afternoon hours, music, food and beer,” said HSTB Executive Director Sherry Silk. “Every year pet-lovers and their pooches gather at Bark in the Park to celebrate our common love for animals and we wanted to give them an even more exciting, fulfilling experience.”
Attendees will also enjoy a variety of vendors, adoptable pets, a pet activity center featuring Doggie Fun Zone, and activities for children. All proceeds benefit the programs and services at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
FOX 13’s Charley Belcher will serve as the event emcee and his colleagues, Jennifer Epstein and Lindsay Milbourne, will lead the one-mile Walk For The Animals.
Walkers can form packs with their friends online at 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 $25 at the door, the day of the event (donation includes event T-shirt).
The event day schedule is as follows:
Registration: 12:00pm
Vendors & Festivities: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Pet Costume Contest Sign-Up: 12:00pm
One-mile Walk For The Animals: 1:30pm
Parade of Adoptables & Rescues: 2:45pm
Pet Costume Contests: 3:00pm
Awards for Top Fundraisers: 3:45pm
The Top Dog Sponsor for the event is Pet Supermarket. A complete list of sponsors and vendors can be found at

Our wonderful friends at BlueGrace Logistics came through in a BIG way for pets in need. For their annual Cats vs. Dogs competition, where female employees (cats) and male employees (dogs) compete to see who can collect the most pet food for our animals, they collected MORE THAN 44K POUNDS OF FOOD! A few of our animals visited the headquarters on Friday, February 28, 2014 to see the food get loaded and to give an official THANK YOU!
Though the cats won this competition, yet again, our animals are the real winners and we are so grateful. Thank you, Blue Grace!

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