Pet of the week: 10-year-old Benjamin would love to take afternoon walks with you

Up for adoption from Pet Pal Animal Shelter
Posted at 9:40 AM, Jul 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-07 09:40:39-04

Every Friday ABC Action News puts a special spotlight on a dog or cat that needs a home in our Pet of the Week segment.

This week we are featuring Benjamin, a 10-year-old Boxer mix. This older gentleman comes from Pet Pal Animal Shelter in St. Petersburg.

As much as we all love puppies there is something extra special about older dogs.

Benjamin will electrify you with his personality. This 65 pound senior boy is energetic, loves his afternoon walks and never runs out of kisses.

Benjamin is neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. His adoption fee is $200.

For more information about how to adopt Benjamin or other adoptable animals at Pet Pal Animal Shelter, you can call them (727) 328-7738 or go online to

Pet Pal Animal Shelter is located at 405 22nd Street South Street in St. Petersburg. You can visit all their dogs and cats up for adoption Tuesdays to Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 to 4:30 p.m.

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If you cannot find a place in your home to adopt Benjamin you can help save a Tampa Bay area animal shelter from closing.

The SPCA Suncoast in New Port Richey is down on their luck. After serving the community for over 50 years, the shelter needs saving.

The non-profit pet shelter does not get money from county, state or federal governments, or even from the national SPCA organization. They rely on donations, which are down dramatically from years past so far in 2017.

Dee Ford, the President of the shelter's Board of Directors, tells Ford tells ABC Action News they need at least $25,000 to keep the lights on for another month or two.

There are two ways you can donate, either directly through the SPCA Suncoast website or via the GoFundMe account set up. The campaign's goal is still $15,000 short of their $50,000 goal.

Every dollar donated will have a direct impact on providing care for puppies and kittens.