By Jenny Traina
Saturday, Feb 27th, was the annual “Gulfport’s Get’s Rescued” event which took place down by the city’s waterfront district. Admission was free for all in attendance and many animal rescue organizations, as well as a long line of vendors and artists making an appearance. The event hosted an array of activities including a pet parade, animal services, and training demonstrations.
Gulfport has been hosting this event for the past twelve years now, with the fundraiser initially only taking up one block. Now it is known as one of the largest animal rescue events throughout Florida, and organizers plan on keeping the tradition going for many years to come. Not only did this incredible fundraiser help animals find a home and raise better awareness of our local organizations, but also all profits and donations went towards non-profit animal rescue organizations. “Not only was it a perfect day for the event, but I got lots of free samples and the animals were adorable,” said former student Amanda G.
One of Gulfport’s most popular restaurants, Salty’s, helped out for the third year in a row by continuing its Bark-B-Que. A small donation of five dollars provided a meal per person in addition to offering treats for puppies.
Shortly after the event, Gulfport hosted another animal fundraiser called Tails At Twilight from seven to ten at night. This event, which was twenty-five dollars per person, included food and dancing, but the main prospect was an auction for an African Wildlife encounter and a private sunset cruise among many other prizes. Once again, all proceeds were contributed towards non-profit animal organizations.
“The entire day was packed with fun, but best of all my German shepherd has a wonderful time interacting with other animals and got some goodies along the way,” said attendee Mary Johnson.
Gulfport once again had another successful year for this event, and helped raise awareness of a vast assortment of animal organizations throughout Florida. . Food, music, free samples, and an abundance of animals were in store for all those in attendance. Additionally, an assortment of animals now have a new place to call home, and many people left with innovative information on how to give their animals the best life possible. Let’s start counting down for next years “Gulfport Gets Rescued”!