Gulfport's Get Rescued Just Around the Corner

Mark your calendars for the 9th Annual Gulfport's Get Rescued animal rescue festival and fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 23 in downtown Gulfport!

Are you ready for dogs, cats, and other furry friends to take over downtown Gulfport?

The ninth annual animal rescue festival and fundraiser, Gulfport's Get Rescued is less than a month away!

Mark your calendars:

This popular event has evolved from one block and a handful of animal rescue groups in its first year to a popular and festive event representing as many as 60 animal rescue groups from throughout the region. 

Gulfport's Get Rescued is one of the largest animal rescue events in the state, with all profits to benefit participating non-profit rescue groups. Animal rescue organizations, many appearing with adoptable pets, take over Beach Blvd. to raise money and awareness for their causes. Additionally, animal-related vendors, artists and crafters offer their wares to festival-goers. Pet Related activities will include a pet parade with domestic and adoptable pets, pet care education, pet services, a pet food  and supplies drive, animal rescue groups, free samples, training demos, Canine Massage, food, music & Games.

Each year, thousands of attendees, many accompanied by their own canine companions, make their way to Gulfport to participate in what has become a beloved tradition. Well behaved pets and their leashed people are welcome! The daytime event is free for the public to attend, with plenty of free parking in and around the area. 

Tails at Twilight: The Evening Celebration

The Get Rescued evening celebration, Tails at Twilight, is a popular component of a full day of festivities that begin with Gulfport’s Get Rescued, the beloved annual street festival and fundraiser held on Beach Blvd. on the same day.  Later in the evening, after the pets have gone to bed, all are invited to a lively evening of fun for humans that will also donate to the important cause of animal rescues.  The evening will include dancing and music performed by No Slack. Catered hors d’oeuvre, a cash bar, fresh flowers and festive décor will add to the party atmosphere.  Opportunity drawings will take place during the evening.  Proceeds from ticket sales, after expenses, will be donated to rescue groups participating in the evening event. Live and silent auctions will offer a chance to support participating non-profit rescue groups with a variety of auction items up for bids including travel, hotel stays, art, wine and food, pet accessories, restaurant gift certificates and much more.  Rescue groups solicit their own items and will receive 100% of proceeds from their auctions.  Tickets for the Get Rescued Evening Celebration are a $20 donation.  Advance tickets are recommended, however, a limited number of tickets may be available at the door on Saturday, February 25 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. South.  For more information on Tails at Twilight, or to purchase advance tickets, please visit www.GulfportMA or contact Lynda Shehan at (727) 323-3892 or No1Ringmaster@aol.com.

Become a Sponsor:

Enthusiasts can become involved in Gulfport’s Get Rescued by sponsoring an individual animal rescue group for $50, which will include a prominent sign at that group’s Beach Blvd. booth during the event. Local businesses are also encouraged to donate items for live and silent auctions, with the proceeds being divided among the participating rescues.  Visitors and attendees are encouraged to bring donations of dog and cat food, cat litter and pet supplies.  Several convenient drop off locations will be on site, and contributions will be distributed to participating rescues on the day of the event. 

Gulfport’s Get Rescued is proudly hosted by The Gulfport Merchants Association and is produced by SIK promotions. The event is co-sponsored by the City of Gulfport, The Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce, The Industrial Arts Center, Pet PRIDE Magazine, BeachLife, Gulfport Patch, Auntie Lynda’s Pet Care, The Gabber, Olympus Printing, Rainbow411.com, GSH Radio.com, Flexi USA, Natural Chemistry, Pet Passages, The Island Reporter and many more community sponsors.

For more information:

Visit www.GulfportMA.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. 3129 Beach Boulevard South Gulfport, FL 33707

Special thanks to SIK Promotions for sharing this press release with Gulfport Patch.


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