By Eric Keaton

Spca Pet Walk

For 83 years, SPCA Tampa Bay, a For-All Shelter, has supported a healthy community and animal well-being. The organization’s annual Pet Walk has brought together families and their canine (and sometimes a goat or two) companions to celebrate and spread what the SPCA calls “humanimality,” the almost indescribable joy that animals bring to our lives.

This year’s Pet Walk is right around the corner, set for Saturday, April 6 at North Straub Park along St. Petersburg’s beautiful waterfront and at Largo’s Central Park. To help support our shelter the community can form a team with friends and family or join an existing team to help make a difference in the lives of Pinellas County’s homeless pets and wildlife in SPCA Tampa Bay’s care.

The community’s support at Pet Walk helps SPCA Tampa Bay continue to offer a variety of services to Pinellas County and the Tampa Bay area. Just a few examples:

  • Adoptions program: SPCA Tampa Bay cares for more than 8,500 animals admitted to the shelter each year, striving to help them find their forever homes. Adoption counselors focus heavily on matchmaking, which helps families experience a successful pet adoption and pets gain a home where they will thrive.


  • Wildlife program: The animals we care for go beyond cats, dogs and rabbits. We also care for wildlife at our animal shelter in Largo. Our team, in collaboration with local partners, provides medical attention and rehabilitation services for possums, blue jays, squirrels, rabbits and more animals native to Florida.


  • Pebbles Food Bank: SPCA Tampa Bay’s Pebbles Food Bank provides free dog and cat food to families facing unexpected financial hardships, which can help keep families together. SPCA Tampa Bay understands that financial issues often lead a family to make the difficult decision to surrender a pet.


Pet Walk is more than just a walk – it’s a community party with a variety of activities for families and canine companions, including a fun-filled walk along the water, pet costume contest, doggie waterpark and a vendor village featuring local businesses.

Start your team today at The sign-up fee is free. Participants who raise $50 or more receive a customized Pet Walk T-Shirt and participants who raise $100 or more win prizes.