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9/14/2015 Member News

SPCA Tampa Bay celebrates 25th year of PetWalk, adds feline fun

SPCA Tampa Bay celebrates 25th year of PetWalk, adds feline fun

The Internet Cat Video Festival returns to downtown St. Petersburg to kick off PetWalk festivities


ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. (September 14, 2015) – SPCA Tampa Bay celebrates the 25th anniversary of PetWalk by adding an event for cat enthusiasts. PetWalk, presented by Hills Science Diet, is SPCA Tampa Bay’s largest event of the year and raises money for the animals in their care that need a home. The fun-filled walk returns to Vinoy Park on Oct. 10. This year, PetWalk weekend kicks off with the return of the Internet Cat Video Festival.


Each year, PetWalk offers a variety of activities for families and canine companions including a walk along St. Petersburg’s waterfront, pet costume contest, doggie waterpark provided by Love My Dog, vendor village with 30 local businesses and the Sniff University amateur dog agility course. PetWalkers looking to add a new four-legged member to the family can visit several rescue groups at the “Take Me Home Zone” and view the Power Design Adoptable Pet Parade. 


Saturday’s PetWalk may be all about the dogs, but Friday belongs to the cats. SPCA Tampa Bay and Friends of Strays will bring the Internet Cat Video Festival to downtown St. Petersburg for an outdoor screening. The just-released reel features 75-minutes of all-new cat antics.


The wildly popular festival will be shown in Vinoy Park to accommodate hundreds of feline fanatics. Festivalgoers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for a comfortable viewing. Food and beer trucks will be onsite to meet attendees’ noshing needs.


The Internet Cat Video Festival starts at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9 in Vinoy Park, 701 Bay Shore Dr. NE. Tickets cost $10, but PetWalkers who raise at least $50 will receive a free ticket. To purchase tickets, visit or   


The festivities continue on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 9 a.m. with the main event, PetWalk, in Vinoy Park. Visit for more information or to register as a walker or start a team.


About SPCA Tampa Bay

SPCA Tampa Bay accepts all pets surrendered by their owners and sick or injured stray animals. More than 7,500 animals are admitted each year. Owners are required to make an appointment but no fee is charged for admission, though donations are strongly encouraged. The organization’s mission is to improve the community by promoting humane care, preventing animal cruelty and reducing pet overpopulation. Community services include animal cruelty investigation, accessible wellness care, lost/found pet assistance, animal admission and ambulance transport for sick/injured strays. SPCA programs include pet adoption, free pet behavior help, Sniff University training for dogs and cats, children’s summer camps and more. Founded in 1940, SPCA Tampa Bay is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization located on 10 acres in Largo with a planned full-service veterinary hospital expected to open in St. Petersburg in 2016.

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