Kris Weiskopf: Volunteers: We need your help to save lives!

February 19, 2013 

If you have a love of animals and space in your heart for a few extra friends, our dogs and cats need you! Volunteers are needed to foster the dogs and cats from our shelter into your homes.

Foster homes and transitional foster homes are especially needed for kittens that require bottle feeding and shy dogs that may just need a little bit of socialization. We are always available to provide support while you are fostering our pets.

Some cats, dogs, puppies and kittens need special care until they are ready for adoption. They may need special care because of health needs or because they are just too young to be adopted. We would like to see every pet in our shelter get into a home environment, even if it is only temporary, until they can find their permanent forever home.

We can always use photographers too. Are you good with a camera? Whether you are an amateur or professional, our dogs and cats always looks better with a natural outdoor or live action shot. Help the dogs and cats show their true personality by taking some photos. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and in our environment, that could not be more true. Good photos help our dogs and cats get into their forever homes by showing a different side of their personality, outside of their sheltered world. Whether they are playing ball, running, just laying around or even dressed up a bit with some of our props, dogs and cats always look better with a photographers help.

Something that often gets overlooked is the outside appearance of our fa

cility. If you are good with planting, maintaining a garden or weeding, look no further. Animal Services can use your talents to make our shelter more pleasant and inviting.

By planting a few flowering plants you could help us spruce up the look of our facility.

We can also use donations of usable pet items if you are not able to volunteer your time and talents.

If you would like to donate items, you can call ahead and ask what we need at the time that may be special or extraordinary, or we always have a need for towels, blankets, dog or cat food (both dry and canned), pet toys, collars, leashes, blankets, pet treats, grooming supplies or anything else related to dogs and cats that you can think of.

Our shelter has many needs, and with your assistance we can all help to make our sheltered dogs and cats stay a more pleasant one. You will find that anything you do is worthwhile and rewarding, especially to see the smiles on the faces of the lost and abandoned pets.

If you are interested in helping us in any way, please call our shelter at 941-742-5933. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Are you ready to give a forever home to a wonderful pet? Look no further because we have the dog or cat of your dreams right here at Animal Services. Check our website at www.mymanatee.org/pets or visit our shelter in Palmetto or our Downtown Adoption Center in Bradenton today.

Help us become a No Kill community in Manatee County! We are not there yet and we can do better!

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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