Pet Lifestyle Expert Kristen Levine to Compete in Tampa Bay’s Dancing With The Stars 2012 to Support Pet Charities

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Levine is one of 13 local celebrity dancers to participate in this year’s benefit event

Kristen Levine, pet lifestyle expert and founder and president of the pet-focused PR agency Fetching Communications, will be dancing for the benefit of two pet organizations on October 13, 2012 in Tampa Bay's Dancing With The Stars, for Julie Weintraub’s Hands Across the Bay. Companies sponsoring Levine in the dance competition include Tampa-based Hooters and Dimmitt Automotive Group, along with Palm Harbor businesses, Casa Ludivico and Elite Body Fitness.

Of the five beneficiaries of this year’s event, Levine feels strongly about Saddle Up Riding Club, whose vision is to provide the highest quality therapeutic horseback riding and related activities to all those who can benefit, and Suncoast Animal League, which takes in abandoned, abused, homeless and unwanted animals. Suncoast provides medical treatment, shelter, socialization and plenty of love to the animals while they wait for their forever home. Information about all benefiting charities can be found at

"I believe strongly that animals and people together offer one another innumerable benefits. They make us laugh, reduce stress, promote physical activity, and they promote well-being and self worth," says Levine. "While you can’t help me be a better dancer – that’s the job of my fabulous dance partner, Alberto Tabares at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in St. Petersburg – I'd so appreciate it if my colleagues and friends in the pet and vet industries, and locally here in Tampa, can help me support these great causes and share our mutual love for pets."

Levine and Hands Across the Bay hope to reach their fundraising goal for Saddle Up, Suncoast Animal League and the other great causes. If you would like to help, here are three ways to get involved:

1.    Vote for Kristen Levine! A $10 tax deductible contribution will help the charities through Hands Across the Bay. Voting closes on October 12, 2012 at 11:59 pm.
2.    Share the news about Levine's goal on Facebook and Twitter.
3.    Attend the star-studded, spectacular event in Tampa Bay with a ballroom seat or suggest a sponsor! More info here.

About Kristen Levine, Pet Lifestyle Expert
Kristen Levine’s volunteer work led to a 15-year career as the Public Relations Director of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Tampa Bay, Fla., where she played a critical role in promoting pet adoption and pet lifestyle education. With her knowledge of public relations, pet lifestyle concerns and family dynamics, she founded Fetching Communications, the nation’s first marketing and public relations firm wholly dedicated to serving the pet and veterinary industry, in 2003. In November 2011, Levine published “Pampered Pets on a Budget: Caring for Your Pet Without Losing Your Tail” with co-author Jeffrey Barnes, available on Having logged over 1,000 live national radio and television show appearances, Levine is a frequent contributor to pet and veterinary trade magazines nationwide. She serves as Bissell Homecare’s official pet spokesperson, educating pet parents about pet clean-up solutions, as well as on the Toyota Pet Expert Team (P.E.T.), where she shares her knowledge to help develop programs to teach pet parents the importance of properly protecting and securing pets in automobiles. Levine lives in Florida with her husband, dog, two cats and a pair of miniature donkeys. For more information about Levine, please visit and for more information about Fetching Communications, please visit

About Julie Weintraub’s Hands Across the Bay
Hands Across the Bay’s mission is to support programs, organizations and individuals whose objectives and efforts are dedicated to improving the quality of life in Tampa Bay. Their goal is to touch the lives of as many Bay Area residents as possible. Their efforts range from simple acts of kindness such as paying an electric bill to hosting signature Black Tie events which bring together many members of the community, generating hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of local charities. For more information, please visit

About Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Tampa Bay
With 4 locations in Tampa Bay, the renowned, nationally-acclaimed and award -winning Fred Astaire Tampa Bay are best known for their exciting dance performances throughout the Bay area at various events with smooth moves. From saucy Latin to classic Waltz, Fred Astaire has entirely full-time, certified, professional dance instructors specializing in Rhythm Dances (Cha-Cha, Rumba, Salsa, Mambo, Samba, Merengue, Bolero, Paso Doble, Swing) and Smooth Dances (Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz). These two styles of dancing include social and party, ballroom, Latin and/or competitive dances. For more information, please visit

About Saddle Up Riding Club
Saddle Up Riding Club is an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for persons with disabilities as well as enriching the lives of disabled and able-bodied children and adults through various equine-related activities and direct interactions with horses. Saddle Up Riding Club’s vision is to provide the highest quality therapeutic horseback riding and related activities to all those who can benefit. Their organization understands the many difficulties that disabled children and adults face and they take great pride in being able to inspire these individuals in overcoming life’s challenges by providing therapeutic riding sessions. For more information, please visit

About Suncoast Animal League
Suncoast Animal League is a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue agency, taking in abandoned, abused, homeless and unwanted animals. They provide medical treatment, shelter, socialization and plenty of love to the animals while they wait for their forever home. In addition, they provide specialized services for animals traumatized from previous experiences and, in some cases, provide temporary foster care in a home setting for those animals in need of more intense, hands-on care. They also counsel existing pet owners in solving common pet problems so that more animals are not abandoned or taken to shelters. For more information, please visit

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