TAMPA, FLA (March 8, 2016) – 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)
• 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
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 http://barkintheparktampa.com.
About the Humane Society of Tampa Bay
For more than 100 years, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay has been dedicated to ending animal homelessness and providing care and comfort for companion animals in need. Named a Four-Star Charity by Charity Navigator for six years running, and accredited by AAHA, the standard in veterinary excellence, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is dedicated to the highest standards in animal sheltering and veterinary care. Our adoption programs, Animal Health Center services, community outreach efforts and volunteer opportunities are essential to the health and well being of animals across Tampa Bay. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is leading the way because every life counts. www.humanesocietytampa.org.