Pet-A-Palooza is This Sunday, March 11 at Coachman Park, Clearwater

CBS RADIO Tampa Bay (WSJT-FM, WYUU-FM, WRBQ-FM, WQYK-FM and WQYK-AM), brings Pet-A-Palooza back to Coachman Park in Clearwater on Sunday, March 11th. The day is filled with pets, food, vendors, interactive booths, live music and more.

The goal of Pet-A-Palooza is to adopt animals and increase the awareness of the rescue causes in the Tampa Bay Area. This year, the Animal Based Charities’ Adopt-A-Thon Alley will be filled with over 30 rescues and shelters, see the fill list of shelters and rescues on below. We have also received a generous donation of 36,000 meals of Halo Spot’s Stew through Free Kibble, for the rescue groups involved in the event. Information on this donation can be found at

Entertainment and activities will include Twig the Skateboarding Sheltie and Puppy-in-Training Chili, The Upper Suncoast Dog Training Club, the Tampa Bay Lightning Rolling Thunder and the Tampa Bay Rays Street Team and Raymond. Plus, multiple performances from The Canine Stars, a world famous, world class group of dogs working who have been featured on Animal Planet.

Live music will fill the park all day long. There will also be an acoustic performance from American Idol Season 10 fan favorite, James Durbin, closing out the day at 4pm. James Durbin was known for “bringing heavy metal to the ‘American Idol’ stage” last season by performing Queen and Muse songs and then by singing onstage with metal legends Judas Priest during the final episodes. Durbin ultimately placed fourth on Season 10 of the ratings juggernaut, going that far due to his “rawk” edge, his unbridled emotion, his undeniable swagger, his powerhouse voice and his God-given talent, all of which meshed into a potent cocktail that allowed him to stand head and shoulders above a sea of pop singers.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or at Coachman Park on the day of show for $5, tickets can also be purchased, service charge-free at area business, a full list is available at A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Animal Based Charities to support their efforts to find every one of our furry friends a happy home.

Further information on Pet-A-Palooza can be found at

The History of Pet-A-Palooza:
The inaugural “Pet-a-Palooza” premiered on Saturday, April 15th, 2000 in Las Vegas and attracted over 4,000 pet lovers and 1,500 dogs. It has since grown to attract over 15,000 pet lovers and 3,000-4,000 dogs. Additionally, CBS RADIO Tampa Bay has worked with over 40 different animal rescue groups and non-profit organizations to adopt animals and increase the awareness of the rescue causes. Pet-a-Palooza has grown into a national platform across multiple CBS RADIO markets.

About Animal Based Charities:
Animal Based Charities, Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that supports Tampa Bay animal rescue groups. ABC’s mission is to support animal rescue groups with their fundraising efforts, media awareness and adoption event exposure. ABC provides the groups with these tools so they can concentrate on what they do best — rescue and adoption. You can find more information on Animal Based Charities, Inc. at

Rescues Involved in Pet-A-Palooza 2012

ABC Animal Based Charities
All Dog Rescue of Florida
Animal Friends Society
Akita Rescue / A New Leash on Life
Boston Terrier Rescue of FL
CARES Brooksville Rescue
Cat Crusaders
Dalmatian Rescue of Tampa Bay
DARE To Rescue
Dunedin Doggie Rescue (Dog-eden)
English Springer Rescue America
Feral Fanciers of Polk County
Florida Big Dog Rescue
Florida Parrot Rescue
Friends of Strays Foster
Humane Society of Florida – Citrus County
Husky Haven of Florida
Internet Miniature Pinscher Service
League of Humane Voters-FL
Limbo Chihuahuas-Chi Mix-Small Dog Rescue
Manatee Doberman Rescue
PAWS Rescue Group
Pibbles To The Rescue
Pinellas County Animal Services
Pit Bull
Pet Pal Animal Shelter
Pug Rescue of Florida
RUFF; Rescued Unwanted Furry Friends
Rugaz Rescue
S.A.F.E. Saving Animals From Euthanasia Society of Florida
Save Our Strays
Siberian Husky Rescue of FL
Southeast Beagle Rescue
Suncoast Basset Rescue
Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary
We Care For Paws Foundation

Read more about Animal Based Charities at

Pet-A-Palooza 2012 is sponsored by Mastro Subaru and Halo: Purely for Pets. The New Barker is the official Dog Magazine of Pet-A-Palooza.

CBS RADIO, is one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States.  A division of CBS Corporation, CBS RADIO operates 130 radio stations, the majority of which are in the nation’s top 50 markets. CBS RADIO owns and operates WSJT, WLLD, WYUU, WRBQ, WQYK FM/AM in Tampa.



Media Contacts:

Amanda Allwood – 727.563.8839



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