Located just a handful of miles northwest of downtown Tampa, Egypt Lake Leto boasts easy access to the city’s best dog-friendly attractions. It’s also well served by a number of paw-some rescue groups and animal welfare groups, such as the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
Founded in 1912, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is dedicated to ending pet homelessness and providing care and shelter to companion animals in need. From dogs and cats to rabbits and pocket pets, this non-profit provides essential medical care, spay and neuter services, and a successful adoption program to a wide variety of furry friends.
However, as the society is not associated with the Humane Society of the United States or any other national animal welfare organization, and because it doesn’t receive any state or federal funding, it relies on the generous support of the community to keep making a difference in the lives of at-risk animals. Volunteers are also always welcome and are essential to the work the group does throughout the Tampa Bay area.
Paw Print Hearts Animal Rescue is another group that helps the local animals that need it most. This Tampa-based rescue was established in 2014 to tackle the pet overpopulation problem, and this non-profit group has saved the lives of more than 900 dogs since that time.
Run entirely by volunteers, Paw Print Hearts Animal Rescue transfers many rescued dogs to out-of-state no-kill shelters, and also holds its own adoption events locally. The group wouldn’t be able to survive and keep saving the lives of animals without donations from the community, so visit its website to find out how you can help.
If you love ice hockey almost as much as you love spending time with your dog, this is the event for you! Pucks For Paws promises a grrr-eat night out for all animal-loving hockey fans, giving you the chance to take in some high-quality hockey with your pooch by your side. Leashed, well-behaved dogs are more than welcome to join you as you sit back and enjoy the Tampa Bay Lightning take to the ice. It’s a paw-some way to enjoy a night out with your dog and meet plenty of other animal lovers, but the best part of all is that a portion of proceeds from all tickets directly benefits the Humane Society of Tampa Bay!
If you want to enjoy a relaxing day out in the park and raise money for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay at the same time, grab your dog and get ready for Bark in the Park! Held at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa in a beautiful location on the Hillsborough River, this festival of doggy fun provides four hours of pet-friendly games and activities for you and your pooch to enjoy! There are a dog costume contest and a pop-up dog park for canines and plenty of beer and wine and delicious food for two-legged guests. Best of all, the money raised helps the Humane Society care for the thousands of animals that enter its doors each year!
Walk your dog, socialize with some new friends, and raise money for a very good cause — that’s more or less what you can expect at SPCA Tampa Bay’s annual pet walk fundraiser! Held at Vinoy Park, this dog-friendly walk always draws a big crowd of animal lovers keen to raise money to support the hard work of this paw-some animal welfare organization. Your four-legged friend can also compete in a costume contest, get wet in the doggy water park, tackle an agility course, or just relax in the sun by your side. Doggy days out don’t come much better than this one, so make sure you don’t miss it!
Wienerfest is a woof-tastic annual fundraiser for Florida Dachshund Rescue, a non-profit, all-volunteer group that helps rescued Dachshunds find loving and permanent homes. But Wienerfest isn’t just for Dachshunds, all breeds of dog (and their two-legged friends) are welcome to enjoy this jam-packed day of canine fun and games! Held at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, the event features a doxie race, a ridiculously cute dog costume contest, raffles, food trucks, and so much more. And because funds raised go to support an excellent cause, there’s no excuse not to join in all the fun with your furry friend!
Every April, the Holy Spirit Synodal Catholic Church in Safety Harbor throws a pet paw-ty and blessing of the animals that draws dog lovers from far and wide! As well as the pet blessing, which often features animals of all shapes and sizes, there’s a whole lot of other games and activities to indulge in throughout the day. You, your dog, and the rest of the family can enjoy a sheriff’s K9 demo, meet adoptable animals, win grrr-eat raffle prizes and generally enjoy yourselves with plenty of other like-minded animal lovers. Best of all, it’s free for you and your dog to attend!