Manatee County Animal Services is not a "no kill." Despite the big red "no kill" words you see on their vehicles, in the literature they publish, and on the side of the adoption center building on Manatee Avenue, they do kill and will kill healthy and treatable animals for space.
Please do not surrender your beloved pet to Manatee County Animal Services believing he/she will find a new home and family. This cannot be promised.
If you cannot keep your pet, first please try the following steps: call, visit or email area rescues; find a friend, family member, co-worker, or friend of a friend to adopt your pet. Or ask if one of these resources could "foster" your pet, until a permanent home can be found; offer to pay for food and veterinary care while in foster.
If you find a stray, please do not call Animal Services to pick them up. Put the animal in a safe place first.
Place "Found" ads (they are free) in the local papers; post on the many Lost Pet sites online and on Facebook, and use the steps listed above. There are large online community networks of people who will spread the word to help find the owner or help place your pet. Do not ever post a free pet on Craigslist as it is a known resource for dogs used in dog fighting rings.
Taking these steps versus surrendering your pet to Animal Services may mean the difference between life and death.