Pinellas Pet News: Southeastern Guide Dogs to present Superheroes on Parade | Pets

ST. PETERSBURG – Southeastern Guide Dogs launches the third season of Superheroes on Parade, a creative collaboration of sponsors and artists that will showcase a new crop of creatively painted dog sculptures in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota.

This unique, quirky, dog-centric fundraiser raises awareness of Southeastern Guide Dogs’ life changing programs that benefit the inspiring people and superhero dogs who advance our mission.

A unveiling event will take place on Wednesday, September 12th from 7pm to 9pm at the Dali Museum, One Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg.

Sponsors and artists will present the first series of 14 new superheroes: four life-size dogs, six puppies and four relief sculptures.

The sculptures are modeled on the real superheroes of the Southeastern Guide Dogs: the Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers and Goldadors, who were born, raised and trained on the Southeastern Guide Dogs campus in Palmetto.

The public is invited to take part in an online competition to vote for their favorite sculpture. The campaign will culminate on April 4, 2019 at the Art Ovation Hotel with an awards ceremony on the red carpet.

Southeastern Guide Dogs is life changing by creating and nurturing extraordinary relationships between humans and dogs. The organization employs some of the most talented and innovative scientists and trainers in the working dog industry and operates the most advanced training facilities of any service dog organization in the world. Their experts train guide dogs, assistance dogs, and assistance dogs for people with significant challenges, including people with visual impairments and veterans with disabilities.


St. Francis Society sponsors KittyCon

TAMPA – The St. Francis Society Animal Rescue is proud to present 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 the life-saving work we do for newborn, sick, injured, and homeless cats in the community.

For tickets and information, visit

New Dawn presents Power of Positive Training Class

CLEARWATER – The Power of Positive Training class, a six-week class, begins Friday, September 7th at 6:30 pm at the New Dawn Animal Behavior Center, 11501A 47th St. N., Clearwater.

The class introduces the participants and their dogs to clicker training. Participants work on cues such as sit, sit, watch, walk on a leash, come when called, stay, leave, and other useful behaviors that are part of a strong foundation.

The cost is $ 150. Pre-registration is required. To register, visit

Diamonds in the Ruff fundraiser for the benefit of Pet Pal

ST. PETERSBURG – Diamonds in the Ruff will take place on Friday, September 7th from 6pm to 9pm at Kozuba & Sons Distillery, 1960 Fifth Ave. S., St. Petersburg.

Participants will have the opportunity to purchase new and “little-used” jewelry, including some donated jewelry from local artists. The proceeds will go to the Pet Pal shelter. Participation in the fundraiser is free. Participants are encouraged to buy a cocktail or two from Kozuba while browsing.

For more information, visit

Humane Society of Pinellas Presents Golden Paw Gala

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

The event features entertainment, awards, auctions, and more. Sponsors and Furry 500 members will receive a VIP reception from 5:30 p.m. prior to the event. Sponsorships start at $ 500. Email Sharon Boyes at [email protected] for details.

Single tickets cost $ 100 per person and include valet parking. For tickets, please visit The proceeds will benefit homeless pets in need.

To submit pet news, email [email protected] Entries can also be faxed to 727-397-5900, dropped off at the office, or sent to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772. Please include contact information with all submissions.

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