St. Petersburg Community Page

St. Petersburg, also known as the Sunshine City, is a top destination for the arts – with the dynamic Dali Museum, the Dale Chihuly world-renowned glass collection, and six art districts. More than 900 events bring over 10 million people each year to the sunshine city to experience yacht races, triathlons, baseball, basketball, cycling, festivals, cultural exhibits, and music. With so much to do around the city, you may want to take your four legged friend out for a day of adventure in town! St. Petersburg has been ranked among the most pet friendly cities in the United States, so whether you’d like to bring your pet along to one of the many beautiful waterfront parks downtown or take a trip to the popular beach strips on the other side of town – your pet is welcomed there and anywhere in between.

Pet Laws in St. Petersburg

In public places, dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet long in areas open to the public, including City parks and may be off leash in fenced, designated dog parks, in enclosed or limited areas for an event of limited duration as designated by City Council. Dogs are prohibited from athletic fields and playgrounds. Learn more here. In Pinellas County, it is required by law that pet owners obtain a license for their cats & dogs. In order to obtain a pet license, each dog and cat over the age of four months must receive rabies vaccinations or an exemption letter from their veterinarian. Learn more here.

Pet Friendly Activities in St. Petersburg

Saturday Morning Market Spend your Saturday morning strolling through the park, enjoy the live music, meet the local farmers and vendors of our community, and discover interesting crafts – all with your furry best friend in tow! Located in the Al Lang Field parking lot every Saturday from 9a-2p, early October – late May.

Location: Located downtown in the Al Lang Stadium parking lot, 100 1st St. SE (at 1st Ave S) 

Ft. DeSoto Dog Beach If you’re visiting the historic Fort De Soto beach, rest assured you can bring Fido with! This is the ONLY place in Fort De Soto Park where dogs have a dog beach where they are allowed on the beach. Splash around in the sparkling water, play in rolling sand hills, or pop into the dog park to meet new friends!

Location: 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, St. Petersburg, FL 33715

Pet Services in St. Petersburg

Calling All Dogs Locally owned & operated since 2004. We provide a full range of services from daily dog walking and cat sitting, to doggy sleepovers (sitter’s  home) and overnight stays (your home) throughout Pinellas County. All visits are GPS tracked for accountability and receive journals with notes and photos after each visit. All sitters are licensed, bonded, and insured, so you can rest assured that your pet and personal property are covered!  Contact: (727) 537-6306

Pet Organizations in St. Petersburg

St. Pete Paws Need more pet-friendly resources? St. Petersburg’s PAWS initiative is focused on highlighting all of the pet-centric restaurants, events, and organizations in our community. Check out their map and event guide to plan your doggy day out!

Mutts & More Mutts & More is a foster based rescue with operations in South Carolina and Florida. Their passion is not specific to any animal type and they advocate for all because a rescue is not about the breed it’s about the need! Visit the website for info on volunteering and to view their adoptable pets!

Contact: [email protected]

History St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg was founded in 1888 by John C. Williams, who purchased the land, and by Peter Demens, who brought the railroad industry into the area. As a part of a coin toss bet, the winner, Peter Demens, named the land after Saint Petersburg, Russia, while Williams opted to name the first hotel built which was named the Detroit Hotel, both named after their home towns respectively. St. Petersburg was incorporated as a town on February 29, 1892, and re-incorporated as a city on June 6, 1903. The city is often referred to by locals as St. Pete. Neighboring St. Pete Beach formally shortened its name in 1994 after a vote by its residents. St. Petersburg is governed by a mayor and city council. With an average of some 361 days of sunshine each year and a Guinness World Record for logging the most consecutive days of sunshine (768 days between 1967 and 1969), it is nicknamed “The Sunshine City”. You can learn more here

Haines Road Animal Hospital has been proudly serving the St. Pete community since 1960. Located on Haines Road just west of 16th Street.