Kris Weiskopf: July 23, 2013: Music, food and more at next Manatee Animal Services adoption event

July 23, 2013 

Does anyone know what is happening Saturday, July 27? If you don't, you should mark your calendar and attend a great adoption event at Manatee County Animal Services in Palmetto. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.

How did this get started and who is behind all of this? Marci Baker is.

Baker took it upon herself to do something to help with the overcrowding in our shelter. Knowing every dog and cat deserves a second chance, Baker set out on a mission.

Within a few short days, after announcing the event, Baker lined up the Famous Hit Crew Roller Derby Team to do some grilling; had several local businesses donate food, soda and water; and obtained raffle prizes and giveaways.

To add even more excitement, Baker got a couple of local favorite bands to play for the event.

We are having live music at our adoption event? This was unheard of. Baker decided there would be no-holds barred. Going all out, she got a commitment from the Kara Nally Band, playing from 10 a.m. to noon, and Kimberly Betts and the Gamble Creek Band, playing from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

The whole concept of this event started when Baker and her daughter spoke with us a couple of weeks ago at Animal Services. Kennel space issues were outlined and we explained how many dogs and cats are impounded in the shelter each day.

Baker needed to act fast and set the date for the event. Since that time, the event has taken on an amazing life of its own. People have been offering their assistance, rolling up their sleeves and helping out.

Everyone at Animal Services can feel the excitement surrounding the adoption event and the positive message Baker is promoting. We know the event will be a huge success and we also know a lot of dogs and cats will find new homes.

The goal is to get every dog and cat out of the shelter and into forever homes. This is possible with the help of the community and everyone looking for a dog or cat to come to the adoption event. Come look around, get some food, listen to the live music, play

a few games and spend time finding your new furry friend.

We are offering adoption specials, giveaways and raffles. We will have something for everyone.

This is sure to be the adoption event of events, one not to miss. I am sure we will see you there.

Please note the Downtown Adoption Centerwill be closed the day of the event. We will be moving dogs and cats from downtown to Palmetto so they will be there for the event.

Watch for more coming events and adoption specials. Don't forget the ongoing BOGO special where you can adopt a dog or cat at the regular adoption fee and get a dog or cat for no adoption fee.

Also, any dog or cat in the shelter for more than 60 days is available for no adoption fee.

If you never have tolook 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.

Check out Manatee County Animal Services on Facebook. Like us and share us with all your friends.

Our website,, has awealth of information, including your new family member for adoption. Or call 941-742-5933 for information.

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

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