GULFPORT, FL: Gulfport’s Get Rescued is leashed up and ready for its 14th annual event on Saturday, February 24, 2018. This event has grown faster than your favorite Big Red Dog, with over 45 rescue groups participating and more than 1000 pets ready to find their “fur-ever” homes with you! This is the largest pet rescue festival in the State, with groups traveling to our little town of Gulfport from every side of the Tampa Bay and beyond. 

From as far east as Windermere and as far north as Brooksville, animal rescues will converge from far and wide. Over 250 animals are in need of a happy home from just down in Palmetto alone, with a total of more than 1000 pups, kitties, birds, bunnies and even skunks ready for you to be their special person. These amazing rescue groups will be traveling more than a combined 1,700 miles to be with us! 

You will have the opportunity to meet with many of these cuddly creatures from 10am to 6pm on Beach Boulevard. We want to raise money and awareness, and the fur babies are hoping that you want to raise them! If you aren’t looking to find your fine furry or feathered friend, there will still be plenty for you to do. There will be vendors from all walks of life, selling animal related products and crafts, artwork and unique pieces that you won’t find anywhere else. 

Other pet-related activities include pet care education, a food and supplies drive, animal training demos, contests, the Florida Weiner Dog Derby and our annual Bark-B-Que event, food, music and more. Bring your own critter companion, and join thousands of other visitors in Downtown Gulfport to participate in one of our area’s most beloved traditions. All well-behaved people (and their surely polite pets) are welcome to the daytime event, and it won’t cost a cent to attend! Don’t worry about paying for parking either, as plenty of convenient complimentary parking will be available all around the area. 

Returning Traditions! 

Salty’s, a popular bar & grill on Gulfport’s Shore Boulevard, will be hosting the 5th annual Bark-B-Que fun-raiser from 11AM to 6PM. There will be food for you and your pup. For a donation of $5.00, get a burger or two hot dogs, a bag of chips and a soda. A $2.00 donation gets your puppy pal a frozen “Doggie Daiquiri” of peanut butter & yogurt. For those of you with a sweet fang, there will be a bake sale with goodies galore to be enjoyed by all. For those of you who howl over prizes (and who doesn’t?) there will be a “Pick-A-Prize” raffle with items presented by our very generous donors. Choose your prize, cross your paws and hope to win! And don’t bark too loud, because there will also be a silent auction. Skip your cat nap and join the fun. All proceeds will be split among the many rescues who will be bringing their beautiful animals from near and far. Don’t drop the leash on them! 

Don’t miss the Weiner Dog Derby! The Florida Wiener Dog Derby and Florida Dachshund Rescue are proud to apart of Gulfport Gets Rescued and host the finest in dachshund racing and small breed races during the event. Races and contests include Pure Breed Dachshund races and Weiner Wanna-be small breed races. Pure Breed dachshunds and small breed dogs can register early online for a $7.00 donation at: www.floridawienerdogderby.com. Registration on the day of the event will be $10 if there’s available space for additional racers. They’ll hold 3 additional fun contests for a $5 donation starting with the P-nut Butter Lick, Best K-9 Kisser and Best Nose contests open to ALL breed dogs. The top times will be posted and ribbons award to the top three winners. 

With the help of our very hard-working sponsors we expect more than 3 TONS of pet food will be distributed to participating rescue groups! Visitors and attendees are encouraged to bring donations of unopened dog and cat food, cat litter and pet supplies.  The drive-by drop-off location on the day of the event will be conveniently located at the Historic Gulfport Casino & Ballroom on Shore Blvd.  Donations prior to event can be dropped off at Stella’s, Pet Supermarket, Reefdog Gifts & Grooming, O’Maddy’s, Pet Supplies Plus, Brew D Licious and Gulfport Welcome Center. All contributions will be distributed to the participating rescues on the day of the event.

These wonderful showcases are a must-see for any animal lover. It’s an event we can ALL get into! 

For more information on Gulfport’s Get Rescued, visit www.GulfportsGetRescued.com, VisitGulfportFlorida.com or www.facebook.com/GetRescued or contact Suzanne King at 727-322-5217 / email SuzFest@gmail.com. Pet friendly vendors and rescue groups can download the applications at www.SIKPromotions.com under the vendor info tab.

 

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