Landlord to renters: Bring pets
By JACKIE RIPLEY
Published May 11, 2007
You might see as many pets as people in the parking lot at Camden Citrus Park apartments on Sheldon Road on Saturday.
That's when the complex opens its doors wide to renters with pets.
"We understand that pets play an important role in many people's lives and we appreciate that, " said Brooke Middleton, regional marketing director for Camden Apartment Communities, with 10 complexes in Hillsborough County.
"We're helping make a difference in saving the lives of many dogs and cats by being a pet-friendly community."
To drive that point home, the company is teaming up with the Humane Society of Tampa Bay to host a Pet Palooza benefit.
The 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. event is free and open to the public and to leashed pets. There will be pets available for adoption, courtesy of the humane society.
There will be hurricane preparedness tips for pet owners. And guests can win prizes and receive dog training tips. While the event is part marketing, animal welfare workers applaud Camden's willingness to reach out to pet owners.
"It is very common for to see people surrender their pets at our shelter and at other shelters because they cannot find a pet-friendly apartment to live in, " said Linda Baker, executive director of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
Hillsborough Animal Services euthanizes nearly 30, 000 animals a year, giving it the highest per-capita rate of any Florida county.
"We are aware that it is especially difficult to find an apartment community that will accept large dogs, " Middleton said. At Camden Citrus Park, renters can have dogs weighing up to 45 pounds.
Elsewhere, such as Camden's Providence Lakes in Brandon, there is no weight limit.
The outreach goes beyond the one-day event.
Camden Citrus Park says it will waive its pet deposit for anyone who signs a pet lease at any of its communities in May, Middleton said. And the company will donate $50 to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay for every new pet lease signed this month.
The company hosts another Pet Palooza, on Sunday at Camden Preserve, 6501 S Westshore Blvd. That event will feature on-site microchipping for dogs and cats for a $15 fee.
Yet another Pet Palooza will take place on Sunday, May 20, at Camden Woods, 250 Belle Chase Circle in Town 'N Country.
Jackie Ripley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 813 269-5308.
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Where: Camden Citrus Park, 8102 Sheldon Road, Tampa.
When: Saturday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Info: For more information, call 1-866-362-3757 or visit www.camdenliving.com.
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