Fox and Friends show No Kill support

April 23, 2013 

I want to start off by saying the past week ended with Joel Richmond, Nicki Bentley and I driving back from Atlanta after making a presentation at the Transforming Local Government conference. Out of hundreds of case study applications, Animal Services was selected to make a presentation about the positive effects of our No Kill plan. In our presentation we explained where we had been, our progress and the road to the future as we continue to develop better ways to save the lives of pets impounded in our shelter.

Back home after an exhausting road trip, we immediately started to prepare for another momentous occasion. Shane and Janet Smith, founders of Paws for Hope and Faith, were scheduled to arrive at our shelter for a pet pardon signing at 2 p.m. Friday, April 19.

Shane Smith and I signed the pet pardon promptly at 2 p.m. with a crowd of onlookers around our conference room table. This pardon is given to lost sheltered pets in need of new homes. The Smiths will now work diligently, networking our sheltered dogs and cats, doing what they know how to do best; clear the shelter of adoptable pets. Our hope is all available dogs and cats will be able to find a new furrever home. With the Smiths and all the Paws for Hope and Faith people around the country, we are sure reality is inevitable.

Visit the shelter in Palmetto to see the Smith's work firsthand. When I first met Shane and Janet, I could immediately feel the sincerity and heartfelt passion they have for the animals. They are great people, working toward a great cause. You don't have to be a part of Paws for Hope and Faith to help. If you have a place in your heart and room in your home, a dog or cat could fill any space you may have.

Through Saturday, April 27, all dogs and cats available for adoption are being offered for no adoption fee. Manatee County residents must purchase a license certificate and tag for $15.

That's right, dogs and cats for adoption for no adoption fee. We are sure to have the dog or cat you are looking for to fit right in.

At 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. today, the nationally syndicated Fox and Friends show will broadcast live from Manatee County Animal Services in Palmetto. This is a first for us and we are honored to be part of this event. The main benefit to all of this is to find homes for the dogs and cats, next is the importance of every

one working together toward a No Kill Community and eventually a No Kill Nation.

To end the event, the DeSoto Heritage Festival Grand Parade is Saturday night, April 27. Again this year, the No Kill Train will chug down the parade route promoting No Kill awareness. We are not there yet with the energy it takes to become a No Kill Community. Manatee County must band together to form this bond to help all pets find furrever homes and educate the public on how to keep pets out of the shelter in the first place. Show your support by watching Fox and Friends this morning. Better yet, come join us in Palmetto; Adopt a dog or cat, watch the DeSoto Grand Parade and yell "We Support No Kill" for beads!

Manatee County Animal Services has many successful local adoption events, but this time we have national support and a presence on social media. Despite this support, 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 furrever friend. For more information, call 941-742-5933, Ext. 8314.

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.

For more information, call 941-742-5933.

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