Celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, Friends of Strays has been making an impact on St. Pete by saving the lives of homeless and abandoned animals. Friends of Strays started in 1978 when a group of local women noticed there were many stray cats roaming the streets of St. Petersburg. Two years later, they were able to purchase the building they are currently housed in and became a true animal shelter. Their services have expanded, but they stay true to the mission that started it all – save lives and find homes for homeless and abandoned animals of Pinellas County and beyond.
Friends of Strays strives to help adopters find the perfect pet to join their family. They do this by taking the time to learn as much as they can about the family’s lifestyle and what they are looking for in a pet. Their adoptions counselors and animal care staff know the animals well and are able to suggest the perfect match. They work hard to ensure that each person that comes in to adopt an animal has an excellent experience and leaves with a happy, healthy pet who will spend the rest of their lives with their new loving family.
2018 has been a year of celebration for Friends of Strays, with a variety of events leading up to their upcoming fundraising gala – Wags and Whiskers: Disco Fever on October 20th. Wags and Whiskers is a disco-themed gala at the fabulous Duncan McClellan Gallery. This year’s event will feature Matthew McGee as emcee, dancing to disco music and hits of the 70s, a glass blowing demo, and a program highlighting the life-saving work of the organization.
Learn more about Wags and Whiskers: Disco Fever here.