No-kill column: Manatee dogs, cats want a home for the holidays

December 18, 2012 

'Twas a week before Christmas and all through the town, each dog and cat at the shelter, wait without a frown. Resting in a cage with food and a warm blanket, in hopes their humans would soon be able to make it.

As the pets wait, they close their eyes to sleep; counting the minutes, while counting some sheep. Waiting for a home so they can be nestled in their beds, while visions of family and love goes 'round in their heads.

When all of a sudden, the shelter made some clatter; all pets arose to see what was the matter. They went to the front of the cage in a flash, barking and meowing, "Pick me in a dash!"

The sun was now shining in, trying to make it far, as if to say, "Look at me, and take me home in your car." As the humans approach, I can really see, it looks as though they may pick me.

At first I jump up and down to get their attention. I think they like me, not to mention. I go outside with them to show my fun side and to fetch the ball, bringing it back with pride.

No more time was needed, I saw the smile on their faces; I was going home, just had to go through the paces. Once it was all done, my new family rang the big old bell, I knew everything was great and all was way more than well.

Going home was all I could have wished for; but leaving my friends was hard, something I just could not ignore. But, the holidays are here, many families looking too, my pet friends will never give up, promising not to be blue.

Looking for a pet for the holidays, Santa is near. We have the dogs and cats at our shelter, come see them here. We want to make sure each pet can find their fur-ever home; we want them to be happy and never alone.

Giving shelter pets a second chance to live and love is why we are here; a no-kill nation is coming, it is really near. As I got into the car and rode out of site, the wind causing my ears to flop; happy holidays to all and remember, "Don't shop, you must adopt!"

For all shelter pets, there is one for each family. We would like everyone to look at the dogs and cats we have in our shelter. Each one of them had a home, at one time. Someone cared for them, at one time. Someone needed them and loved them, at one time.

If you have only thought about a pet and what it would be like to have a dog or cat in your life, the thought could be turned into reality. Look at our website and spark the interest. Don't wait, do it

today. Visit our Palmetto shelter or downtown Bradenton center and see these pets in person. Walk a dog, pet a cat; visit, play, enjoy. Take your time and make the most out of the experience. You may not know what to expect, but we have experienced and compassionate staff who are available to assist and answer any questions you may have.

We are on our way toward becoming a no-kill community, but we can't do it alone. We need your help and support. The dogs and cats need your home. They need a home for the holidays; a warm lap, a smiling face, a place to call a fur-ever home. A family to love, a family to care. In return, you get the unconditional love that only a shelter pet can give. No pets, no love. Know shelter pets, know unconditional love. Happy Holidays from Manatee County Animal Services and the sheltered pets!

Manatee County Animal Services is offering cats for adoption at no cost in December. Calling all cat-a-holics or wannabees, we have your cat! Here at Animal Services we aim to please. Stop by the shelter or adoption center and find your fur-ever friend today. All pets adopted will receive a health check, be spayed/neutered, vaccinated including rabies and microchipped. Now the disclaimer in not-so-small print: "Free" does not include a license certificate/tag required for Manatee County residents, which is $15.

If you never have to look into the eyes of a dog or cat and make a choice, you are lucky. One day, we all would like to be lucky, too.

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

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