Pinellas Pet News: Golden Paw Gala to raise funds for Humane Society | Pets

CLEARWATER – The Humane Society of Pinellas is hosting the Golden Paw Gala, an annual fundraiser, on Friday, September 28, from 6pm to 9pm at Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach, 100 Coronado Drive, Clearwater Beach.

This annual fundraiser celebrates the thousands of lives saved and pet adoption made possible each year at the Humane Society of Pinellas. The Golden Paw Gala features dinner, cocktails, auctions, and more. Guests also hear stories of new beginnings, pets who have been helped, and achievements experienced year-round.

HSP, along with his wife Bridget, recently named the Hockey Hall of Famer Phil Esposito as co-chair of this year’s honorary event.

Reservations are now accepted. Sponsorship packages offer marketing benefits and many levels include tickets for the event. Sponsorship starts at $ 250. Single tickets can be purchased for $ 100 per person and include valet parking. For reservations, call 727-797-7722, ext 227, or visit

HSP is the largest no-kill animal shelter in the region and offers a variety of programs and services designed to help keep people and pets together.

New Dawn Animal Behavior Center as an open house

CLEARWATER – An open house will be held on Friday, September 28, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the New Dawn Animal Behavior Center, 11501A 47th St. N., Clearwater.

New Dawn is now a program from SPCA Tampa Bay that shares the vision and philosophy of New Dawn in its positive and reward-based training courses. The event allows attendees to tour the 4,000-square-foot training facility, meet the trainers, and enjoy wine tasting and refreshments during a question-and-answer session with the experts.

At 7 p.m. there will be a presentation on reading a dog’s body language. Participants should leave their pets at home. To register, visit

Puppy preschool plays in New Dawn

CLEARWATER – A six-week puppy preschool session begins Saturday, September 29, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the New Dawn Animal Behavior Center, 11501A 47th St. N., Clearwater.

Training is an important part of socialization and will help new puppies gain confidence and learn new skills. This six week session is open to all puppies up to 6 months of age. For puppies older than 6 months, contact the New Dawn Animal Behavior Center.

Pre-registration is required. To register, visit series.

St. Francis Society sponsors KittyCon

TAMPA – The St. Francis Society Animal Rescue is presenting KittyCon on Saturday, October 27th, 11 am-6pm at the Holiday Inn Westshore, 700 N. West Shore Blvd., Tampa.

KittyCon is a fan convention exclusively dedicated to the love and rescue of cats for people who are crazy about cats. There’s vendors, entertainment, kitty cosplay, a special Meow Ween costume contest, photo ops and autographs, kids’ activities, fun panels, a charity auction and sweepstakes, free product samples, and even a vegan cat café. Special guests for this fundraiser include Laura Lassiter, the animal communicator, Chris Poole of Cole and Marmalade, and Cameron Moore of the Million Cat Shelter Project. Sterling Davis, “The Trap King,” and Adam Myatt, “The Cat Man” from West Oakland will be available for meet-and-greets.

A central highlight of the event is the adoption ballroom, sponsored by Maddie’s Fund and filled with St. Francis Society kittens all ready for adoption.

The proceeds will allow the St. Francis Society to continue its life-saving work for newborn, sick, injured and homeless cats in the community.

For tickets and information, visit

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