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 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

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