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Carnival Cruise Line and Evan Longario team up to help animals

b17Carnival Cruise Line and Tampa Rays third baseman and home run sensation Evan Longario make a great team when it comes to helping homeless pets. The cruise line and Longario are each donating $100 to Pet Pal Animal Shelter whenever Longario knocks another one out of the park in 2015. They’re already handed over a $2,000 check.

Longario also came aboard the Carnival Paradise when it was docked in Tampa on July 30 to read Dr. Seuss’s new book, “What Pet Should I Get,” to a group of eager youngsters, as well as three dogs from the SPCA, who all settled in for story time. The Port of Tampa is the home base for the Paradise, which takes passengers to trips to Cozumel and Cayman.

Here’s Longario reading the book that was found by Theodor Geisel’s widow after being lost among his papers for half a century. It’s a cute story with an interesting twist on the ending:


As you can see in the video, the book talks about getting a pet from a pet store, as was the custom when Dr. Seuss wrote it many decades ago, but we all know now that an animal shelter is the best place to adopt a new friend. Not only do you gain a new family member, but you also save a life when you adopt a cat or dog.

After the reading, Carnival Cruise Line presented the Tampa SPCA with $5,000 to help the group save more pets:


Lots of kids are likely to be inspired to beg Mom or Dad to add a new cat, dog, or other pet to their household. Hopefully that will mean an increased number of adoptions at places like the SPCA and Pet Pal animal shelter, where your new best friend is waiting for you, just like my menagerie of my dog, cats, and even my guinea pigs were waiting for me.

If you’re interested in taking a Carnival Cruise and meeting some Dr. Seuss Characters like the Cat in the Hat, Things 1 and 2, and Sam I Am, check out my experience dining on Green Eggs and Ham on the Paradise in my “In the Shadow of the Mouse” blog:

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