Throughout my life, I have owned and cared for a wide variety of animals. In 1992, I started Hire A Pony Riding Academy in Safety Harbor, FL. After 2 years at the Safety Harbor Location, as my business grew, I found myself looking for a larger location. I relocated to my present location, 8005 South Racetrack Road, Tampa FL. In 2010, Hire A Pony Riding Academy became what is today​ Horse Power for Kids and Animal Sanctuary, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. I realized so many children and adults in the Tampa Bay Area are not able to learn and be around horses and animals because of financial hardship, but also that so many pets find themselves homeless because their owners are no longer able to care for them. I offer such animals a home here at the farm. To expand our services, starting January 2017, we offer Pet Boarding! We name our Service: All Critter Pet Boarding Service! 

Look No Further for Pet Care

The staff here is amazing and they really do treat your animals as their own!

They insure safety, and your pet learns

to be social with other creatures! 

Posted on Jan 2, 2017


Armando Gort, Founder

(813) 418-9039

My bearded dragon

I have a bearded dragon, and I travel for work. Owning a bearded dragon and travel is challenging. Not with this service in the picture! The friendly and caring staff keeps my critter happy while I am gone!

Posted on March 7, 2016

My Dog loved his stay!

We've have known Armando Gort since 2007 and trust him with our loving dog! He plays outside and gets to enjoy the beautiful shaded property! 

Posted on Jan 19, 2016