The 5th Annual Island Paws ushered in the weekend with a tropical flare and sweet success for homeless animals. Guests enjoyed adoptable pets, silent auction, raffles, music, dancing, dining, and drinks all to support the homeless animals of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.  The Tampa Garden Club was transformed into a cozy scene from Old Havana complete with mojitos, cigars, and a menu of delicacies such as empanadas, gazpacho, churros, and more.

Featured guests at the event were nine dogs and three kittens who charmed the 300+ attendees. Seven of these pets found loving homes and the remaining five ended the evening with interested admirers who will be checking back this week. Event registration along with a highly successful silent auction, wine pull, and raffles helped the Society to surpass its fundraising goal and raise much-needed funds for the animals in their care.

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay would like to give a special thanks to all event sponsors and the event committee along with Busch Gardens Tampa (who provided entertainers), Republic National Distributing Co, DJ Arthur Lastra, and The Dashing Ginger Tampa Event Photography. In addition, the Society wishes to recognize the individuals and organizations that donated to the wine pull and silent auction as well as all of our amazing volunteers who assisted before, during, and after the event.