Manatee no-kill shelters ask you to visit, adopt an animal

May 1, 2012 

Someone recently told me they read this column and enjoy it. They're interested in our no-kill plan, possibly volunteering or maybe adopting a dog or cat, of which we are all about.

I want to make sure everyone knows where to find us. Our main shelter and administration building are at 305 25th St. W. in Palmetto, where we care for all dogs and cats impounded, whether they are found, turned in or strays. We also have dogs and cats available for adoption at the Palmetto shelter too. Our new adoption center is in beautiful downtown Bradenton at 1002 B Manatee Ave. W, where you can find a large selection of dogs and cats available for adoption. Our downtown adoption center is located just east of the Manatee County Administration Building. Look for the white paw prints on our storefront windows -- you can't miss it. To contact us by phone, call 941-742-5933.

If you are an online person, look at our website where you are able to check out all of our dogs and cats. Our computer program updates the descriptions and photos of the sheltered dogs and cats each hour, making it easy to not only have the ability to locate your lost pet, but to check out all the adoption pets we have available.

We also have a lot of other information that may be helpful and useful, including our no-kill plan and resolution. We are into the social media explosion as well, providing a different means of information by being on Facebook. If you "LIKE" us, you will get updates on our no-kill progress with our plan, new adoption animals, links to great articles and a whole lot more. Check us out in any of these ways, or all of these ways. With each one, you will find something new and different.

Every dog and cat has a story and each one with a past. In most all cases, we have no idea where they came from or how they became lost. Think about each one of them, and if only they could talk. Since their past is unknown, we don't know about their medical history or their behavior.

Our staff makes sure each potential adopter gets their personal attention with the dog or cat they are interested in to make sure you and the pet are a match. We do our best to make sure you have a great experience with the selection of your new, furry family member.

If you don't find the one you were looking for when you stopped in, check our website often. If you see a dog or cat you are interested in on-line, you can look at the pet in person at our shelter, noting the location of the pet and the ani

mal ID number. If you are still interested in the pet, and it is in our impound area, you can place your name and telephone number for that dog or cat with our staff. You will be called when the pet is available for adoption to see if you are still interested. Names and phone numbers are entered in the order received. Even if you aren't able to get the pet you are interested in the first time, don't give up. Keep checking our website and visit often.

Adopt your new family member from Manatee County Animal Services today. Don't forget about our May adoption special. We are commemorating Educator Appreciation Month. Adoption prices have fallen to only $20 for cats and $25 for dogs; fee includes current license certificate/tag, health check, microchip, and current vaccinations. Specials are available to everyone who is or has ever taught another person or animal, as we appreciate the knowledge you have shared.

Free and low-cost spay and neuter programs: call our information line at 941-749-3067.

Kris Weiskopf, chief of Manatee County Animal Services, writes this weekly column for the Bradenton Herald.

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