1. Actor and former WWE star Dave Bautista in Tampa in 2022. Bautista has offered $5,000 to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay's reward for information on who threw three puppies from a car in Tampa.
  2. Blanca Uribe, vice president and medical director of Great Lakes Pigeon Rescue, plays with an injured pigeon named William Palomo at the non-profit organization's rehabilitation center, Feb. 6 in Maple Park. Currently, about 250 injured and abandoned pigeons are being cared for at the facility. Uribe said between 70-80 percent are former racing pigeons.
  3. Get ready to collect some colorful beads and listen to jazz music. Here is a list of 16 ways you can celebrate Mardi Gras in the Tampa Bay area.
  4. Florida first lady Casey DeSantis posted a photo on X of the family's new dog.
  5. Peacocks seen in Tampa’s Wellswood neighborhood on Jan. 24.
  6. Milo, a golden retriever puppy, was among dozens of dogs dressed up Sunday for Tampa's Pirate Pup Parade.
  7. My cat, Countess, who died this month, in better days.
  8. Wedo, a Pomeranian mix, waits near Seddon Channel, where the pirate ship Jose Gasparilla was expected to invade during the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates in downtown Tampa in 2020.
  9. The reimagined Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, The Greatest Show on Earth, hit the road in September for the first time since 2017
  10. From left: Chobani, Harrison and Ghost are staged in kennels where they remained available for adoption on Monday, Nov 27, 2023, at Pinellas County Animal Services on Ulmerton Road in the Largo area.
  11. In this Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, photo Tinkerbelle the Dog models a Martha Stewart Pets scarf sweater and a Santa hat during the PetSmart holiday collection preview in New York.
  12. Tinkerbelle the Dog models a Martha Stewart Pets scarf sweater and a Santa hat during the PetSmart holiday collection preview in New York in 2016. Studies show more than half of dog owners and nearly 40 percent of cat owners buy their pets gifts for Christmas or Hanukkah, according to the American Pet Products Association, an industry trade group.
  13. Lee Araujo steadies his dog Becca, a 7-year-old cocker spaniel, in his backyard in Largo on Oct. 27. Araujo said Becca is frightened at every sound and quick movement. Going on walks is too overstimulating. Becca was part of SPCA’s now-suspended partnership with Sunshine Pet stores and the Missouri-based Pinnacle Pet broker.
  14. Justine Griffin purchased War Feather, an 8-year-old thoroughbred gelding, after his racing career ended in 2022. She retrained him to compete in the Thoroughbred Makeover, a competition for retiring racehorses, held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.
  15. Savannah Boan is the lead caretaker of the gator nicknamed Jawlene, which was rescued with a missing top jaw.
  16. Daily activities of Clearwater Marine Aquarium animals, such as this one of Hope the dolphin, will be available 24 hours a day on the new zoolife website.
  17. Dogs interact during play group, a time for dogs to socialize while staff members monitor their behavior and personalities, at the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center in Tampa. Animal shelters across the country are overrun with a post-pandemic flood of surrendered pets this year with a spike in euthanasia rates — but not in Tampa Bay.
  18. The house at 1908 E. Fifth Ave. in Ybor City is home to a rooster cemetery. Tommy Stephens, who buried two roosters there, is selling the house and hopes the cemetery remains on the property. Stephens is responsible for the city's ordinance that protects Ybor's chickens.
  19. Goldfinger sleeps on a couch at Kam Hearing's house. The cat previously belonged to Nancy Sauer, who left an inheritance for her seven Persians. She died in November and the cats have since been adopted by seven Tampa Bay families.
  20. A flamingo in Old Tampa Bay on Monday. Give the flamingos some space, and definitely do not try to pet them.
  21. Peaches the flamingo, rescued off the shore of St. Pete Beach on Friday, is recovering at Indian Shores’ Seaside Seabird Sanctuary.
  22. Jill Horstmann, founder of wildlife rescue and nonprofit Squirrelly AF, feeds a young squirrel at her home in St. Petersburg.
  23. Willow, a black lab and golden retriever mix, shakes water off while having fun during Dog Swim Day at Fossil Park Pool on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2023 in St. Petersburg .
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