5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, May 30, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, May 30, 2014.

(1) Salvation Army Domestic Violence dog shelter

The Salvation Army of Pasco County will hold a ribbon cutting event for its new domestic violence dog kennel on Friday.

The kennel will allow victims of domestic violence to bring along their dogs when they are forced to flee their abusive homes. Often times victims have to leave their beloved pet behind.

The air conditioned kennel will be able to host four dogs and includes an area for the canines to run in. It is located on the shelter property in Hudson.

The Salvation Army Domestic Violence hotline to receive help is (727) 856-5797.

You can find more information on other DV shelters in the Tampa Bay area and other helpful resources on the ABC Action News Taking Action Against Domestic Violence website by clicking here .

(2) Hillsborough County Animal Services summer baby shower

Hillsborough County Animal Services (HCAS) is hosting a summer baby shower event on Friday evening.

The public is invited to learn about dogs and cats at the shelter who are in need of foster care. Refreshments will be served.

Foster volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Training will be provided.

The shelter is also offering a two-for-one "Twin-Spin" adoption special: any two cats or kittens (any age, breed or color) can be yours for just $10. The cats will be vaccinated, spayed or neutered, microchipped and have their county registration.

Animal lovers who are unable to adopt or foster can still save lives by donating supplies as part of the shelter's baby shower. Needed items include kitten bottles, formula, pet crates and food.

Donations may be dropped off tonight or during normal shelter hours: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The HCAS shelter is located at 440 N. Falkenburg Road in Tampa. For more information, call (813) 744-5660 or visit www.HillsboroughCounty.org/Pets .

(3) Al Austin visitation

A visitation will be held for Tampa civic leader Al Austin on Friday at the University of Tampa.

Austin attended the university for two years, but did not graduate. Later he headed an eight-year captial campaign for the school that raised $84 million dollars.

Austin also was the finance chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. He helped bring the Republican National Convention to Tampa in 2012.

Governor Rick Scott praised Austin, calling him "one of the most influential Floridians to ever call Tampa Bay home."

The visitation at the University of Tampa will be held in the Vaughn Center from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m.

His funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church at 3501 W San Jose Street in Tampa.

(4) Smokey's Cabin at Safety Town grand opening

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office will hold a grand opening celebration on Friday for the new Smokey's Cabin exhibit at Safety Town.

The cabin will help educate the thousands of children who visit Safety Town each year. It will help teach the kids about the dangers of wildfires and Smokey the Bear's five rules in preventing them.

The rules are:

  1. Only you can prevent wildfires
  2.  Always be careful with fire
  3.  Never play with lighters or matches
  4.  Always watch your campfire
  5.  Make sure your campfire is completely out before leaving it

The inside of the cabin is decorated with a static life size Smokey, wildfire gear, pictures of Smokey and a television that will play a Smokey's Story.

Sheriff Chris Nocco and representatives from the Florida Forestry Division will attend the grand opening celebration which is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Safety Town is located at 15325 Alric Pottberg Road in Shady Hills.

(5) AVP St. Petersburg Open

A number of the world's best beach volleyball players will be at Spa Beach Park for the AVP St. Petersburg Open on Friday.

The three-day event will see the pros play for $150,000 in prize money in AVP's season-opening tournament.

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh-Jennings headlines an impressive field of players. Also participating are Olympics stars April Ross, Phil Dalhausser, Todd Rogers and Jake Gibb.

Main-draw play begins at 10:00 a.m. today and continues all weekend. The men's and women's finals on Sunday will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.

Tickets start at $10. Spa Beach Park is located at 615 2nd Avenue NE in St. Petersburg. For more information, visit www.avp.com .

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