Manatee No-Kill plans weeklong marathon to adopt all shelter pets

April 16, 2013 

The DeSoto Heritage Festival is in full swing and Manatee County Animal Services is holding an extraordinary adoption event for our pets. We are partnering with two national organizations, Paws for Hope and Faith founded by Shane and Janet Smith and The Patrick Miracle founded by Coty Hohanshelt and John Rosa.

The goal is to find forever homes for all dogs and cats in the Manatee County Animal Shelter. Yes, you read that correctly. Our goal is to find forever homes for all animals in the Manatee County Animal Shelter and the Downtown Bradenton Adoption Center.

Our marathon adoption event kicks off Saturday and continues through April 27. Adoption fees will be waived for all dogs and cats; Manatee County residents will be required to pay a $15 pet license fee. All pets adopted from Manatee County Animal Services are spayed or neutered, have been health-checked, received vaccinations, including rabies, and have been microchipped.

"Fox and Friends" will broadcast live on the Fox News Channel from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. April 23.

We have a unique opportunity to showcase our shelter, adoption center and this beautiful county. "Fox and Friends" is broadcast nationally and can be viewed on your cable or satellite provider from anywhere in the world.

For the first time, we will use social media throughout an adoption event to introduce pets to prospective furrever homes. If you are on Facebook, please like Support No Kill Manatee County, which is administered by volunteers, and Hope, which is administered by Shane and Janet Smith. You can find your furrever friend or help a pet find a home by clicking share to share the pets with your friends. The Facebook page for Support No Kill Manatee County and the Facebook page for Hope will feature pets available for adoption and inform you of each adoption.

We are fortunate to have two national organizations, Paws for Hope and Faith and The Patrick Miracle, donating time and services to help network our pets.

Shane and Janet Smith founded Paws for Hope and Faith, which is named after their furr-kid, Faith, and a beloved furr-kid, Hope. Shane and Janet met Hope July 7, 2011, as she was huddled in the back of a kennel in an animal shelter. Hope was nearly decapitated because her prior "owner" left her tied up with a cable around her neck. Shane and Janet immediately secured permission to take her to their veterinarian where she had surgery to repair the

injury. Although beautiful Hope lived for only 19 days, her impact changed the lives of Shane and Janet forever.

The Patrick Miracle was founded by Coty Hohanshelt and John Rosa after an "owner" nearly starved his dog to death and then dumped him in the garbage chute of a 22-story apartment building. A maintenance worker at the apartment building observed something moving in a bag that was about to be placed in the trash compactor. When he peered inside, much to his dismay, he saw a severely emaciated dog. The city of Newark Animal Control transported the dog to a 24-hour emergency clinic. Fortunately, the dog survived. To honor the first day of his rebirth, which was St. Patrick's Day, this miracle dog was named Patrick.

Manatee County Animal Services has played host to many successful adoption events but this time we have national support and a presence on social media. The critical ingredient for this marathon adoption event to succeed is support from you. If you are thinking of adopting a pet, come out to the shelter in Palmetto (305 - 25th St. W, Palmetto) or visit the downtown adoption center, 1002-B Manatee Ave. W, Bradenton, and find your furr-ever friend. For information, call 941-742-5933, Ext. 8314.

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

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