It’s (Pet) Election Season in Gulfport, Florida!

We don’t have to tell you, Gulfport – our pets are the best critters around. And while we do a lot as a town to celebrate our fine furry and feathered friends, the Gulfport Historical Society aims to extend a tradition that recognizes their extraordinary purr-tential: the Gulfport Pet Mayor election.

Now the time has come for Gulportians to uphold our pet-friendly reputation by electing one of our hardworking doglegates, catdidates, and pork-liticians for Gulfport’s Pet Mayor. And better still, our election fundraiser will benefit not just the Gulfport Historical Society – which runs the Gulfport History Museum and the Gulfport Arts Center – but also Friends of Strays, Pinellas County’s oldest no-kill shelter.

Voting rules.

Voting will open on January 27 and close on February 20. Fans can vote for their candidate(s) of choice by clicking on the links below or by visiting ballot boxes at select locations in Gulfport (including the Beach Bazaar, Paw Paw’s Pet Boutique, GulfPerk, Gulfport Brewery, The Gabber, North End Tap House, the Gulfport Library and the Gulfport History Museum. Each vote costs $1, and you can vote as many times, and for as many pets, as you like. Anyone can vote – you don’t have to be a Gulfport resident! Please direct any questions about the process to Amanda at amanda@gulfporthistoricalsociety.org.

We will announce the winners of the election at a Wagging In Ceremony at Gulfport’s Get Rescued festival on Feb 25. All proceeds will go to benefit Gulfport Historical Society, which runs the Gulfport History Museum and the Gulfport Arts Center, as well as Friends of Strays, a wonderful no-kill shelter that works to ensure animal companionship is accessible to all through adoption, advocacy, and services.

But wait, there’s more!

If you love animals, remember to stop by the Gulfport Arts Center on Saturday, February 18 for the opening of the GAC’s newest show: Show Us Your Pets! Our friends from Friends of Strays will be present and we may just have a few of the candidates on hand for a quick political debark.

Pet Mayor 2023 Candidates (click links below images to vote)

ADMIRAL BYRD

ARABELLA

ARYA

BANYAN & CALPSO (THE GABBER TEAM)

BEAGLE

BEAR

BIGSBEE WELLS REESE

BLUE

CHARLIE

FINN

HARRY

IZZY THE SHEEPDOG

MAZIE LEI

MECCA

OPIE

PICKLE

TYRANNOSAURUS FRED