A little rain didn’t dampen the party at Cotanchobee Park on Saturday, March 19. Faithful HSTB supporters still flocked to the park with their pets and umbrellas in tow to celebrate all things “dog” and raise money for our homeless animals. Unfortunately, the event ended early at 1:00pm because of lightning and we were unable to do the walk. Despite that, more than $93,000 was still raised and will benefit hundreds of animals in need. Each and every person who donated to this event, no matter how large or small the amount, should feel proud knowing that they have made a difference.

Each year, Walker Packs (teams of fundraisers) raise money for the walk portion of the event through on- and off-line donations. The three teams and individuals who raise the most are recognized and rewarded for their efforts.

2016 Top Fundraising Packs

    In Third Place, raising $3,771: CitiBark
    In Second Place, raising $4,090: Niko & Poochie’s Pack
    In First Place, raising $7,460: PARty Animals (pictured)

Top individual fundraisers will be announced on March 23, 2016.

Photos courtesy of Krista Sparkman Photography

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Photos courtesy of Jesse Adair Photography
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The 29th annual Bark In The Park, Tampa Bay’s oldest and largest fundraising walk and pet festival, returns to Cotanchobee Park on March 19th from 11:00am to 3:00pm.

On Saturday, March 19, 2016, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB) will host the 29th 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. Registration for the walk can be done online at BarkInTheParkTampa.com or at the door the day of the event.

One of Tampa’s most beloved events, Bark In The Park is the best pet fest in the Bay because it offers something for everyone:

    Craft beer and wine
    Green beer from tap to match the green river for St. Patty’s Day celebrations
    Food trucks
    Live music by Stereo FM
    *Pre-event pancake breakfast, hosted by IHop for all packs who raise more than $250
    More than 70 Pet-friendly vendors and rescue groups
    Celebrity Emcees: FOX 13’s Lindsay Milbourne and Walter Allen
    Doggie Pop-Up Park for off-leash play time
    The Doggie Fun Zone where every dog is an agility star
    Face painting and activities for children
    Photo ops by the water
    Pet costume contests

      Best “Downtown Chic”
      Best “Workout Buddy”
      Best “Salty Dawg” (nautical)
      Most Creative

    Parade of rescues

“Not only is Bark In The Park Tampa Bay’s oldest fundraising pet festival, it is also the best, in my opinion,” said HSTB CEO Sherry Silk. “We really do have something for everyone and the positive vibe is palpable every year. Whether you bring your dog or just love spending a gorgeous afternoon by the water with friends and family you are going to have a fantastic time while helping to support homeless pets. Cold beer, delicious food, good music, fun vendors, a walk by the water, and lots of dogs; what more do you need?”

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. New this year, any pack that raises more than $250 prior to the event will be treated to a pre-event pancake breakfast hosted by IHop *(eligible participants will receive wristbands. No entry to breakfast without wristbands). 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:

    Pancake Breakfast: 10:00am – 11:00am
    Vendors & Festivities: 11:00am – 3:00pm
    Registration: 11:00am
    Pet Costume Contest Sign-Up: 11:00am
    Pet Costume Contests: 12:30pm
    One-mile Walk For The Animals: 1:30pm

The Top Dog Sponsors for the event are “In Memory of Luigi Funk”, TECO, Mastro Subaru, PetSupermarket, Tampa Bay Times, and Town & Country Automotive, Inc. A complete list of sponsors, vendors and participating rescue groups can be found at BarkInTheParkTampa.com”.

Florida State Homes, a full service brokerage firm serving all of Florida, decided to feature our programs and services in order to help raise awareness about the problem of pet overpopulation and animal homelessness in our state and beyond. We appreciate being placed front and center for individuals looking to make their home in Tampa Bay.

100 Years of Providing Care and Comfort to Tampa Animals in Need

By Allison Wilson

One of the largest contributors to pet overpopulation in Tampa, and across the country, is the failure of individuals to spay or neuter their pets. This is especially true for cats. Shelters across the nation are filled with unwanted pets that were born to families who could not care for them or find homes for them. READ MORE

Fourteen dogs rescued by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) from a suspected puppy mill in Madison County, Arkansas will arrive at our shelter today (March 10) at approximately 5:30pm. HSUS worked with Madison County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) to rescue the 295 dogs living in deplorable conditions and suffering from untreated medical issues. The property owner surrendered the dogs to the MCSO and is facing two counts of animal cruelty.

As an HSUS Emergency Placement Partner, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay traveled to the temporary holding location to pick up the dogs and are currently en route back to our shelter. Upon arrival, the dogs will receive any medical care necessary for injury or illness, be evaluated, spayed and neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped before being made available for adoption.

Media is invited to the shelter at 5:30pm today (March 10) to capture footage of the arrival. On site contact is Lon Savini, 904-894-0139. In addition, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay will make pictures and video of the arrival available to the media on the morning of March 11.

More information about the puppy mill raid can be found at HSUS.org.

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Private party on Davis Island to raise money for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay

On Friday, April 8, 2016 Davis Island residents Nancy and Tom Newman will hold the 3rd Annual Island Paws Party at their waterfront home. The sunset soiree will bring more than 200 guests to the island for cocktails, dinner, dancing, and a silent auction to raise much-needed funds for the homeless animals at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB). Honored guests at the event will be more than 20 adoptable pets hoping to find forever homes with the animal-loving partygoers.

“Three years ago we decided to showcase the Humane Society of Tampa Bay in our home so that our friends and neighbors could learn about the wonderful work they are doing on behalf of homeless pets,” said Nancy Newman, HSTB board member and host of Island Paws Party. “The more money we raise and awareness we spread, the more lives we can save. That is our motivation.”

Island Paws Party, which raised more than $20,000 last year, represents a new kind of fundraising event for the Society, the private party that raises money through ticket sales, sponsorships, and donations.

“Smaller parties in intimate settings allow us to personalize our mission,” said HSTB Chief Development Officer Karen Ryals. “We get to offer potential supporters a meaningful experience that they won’t soon forget- spending a moonlit evening by the water with an adoptable pet. We could not be more grateful to the Newmans for this opportunity.”

Top sponsors for this year’s event are Air Animal® Pet Movers, Diane Homa and Fountainhead Funding, Nancy and Tom Newman, Harris & Hunt, P.A., J.C. Newman Cigar Company, and Nancy Turner. A complete list of sponsors can be found at IslandPawsParty.com.