Thanksgiving is right around the corner, just two days away. It is a time when families gather to spend quality time together, eat delicious food and, more often these days, begin their holiday shopping.
Stores tantalize us with bargains galore for Black Friday, just three days away. Not to be outdone, internet sellers gear up for Cyber Monday, which is only six days away. Any way you look at it, the holidays are near and shopping is here.
This year, Manatee County Animal Services is offering its own version of these much-anticipated sales events. Although our facilities are closed Friday, our adoption shelter in Palmetto and downtown Bradenton will be offering special adoption rates Saturday (let's call it a Post-Black Friday event) and Cyber Monday.
Special discounts will give adopters up to $40 off adoptable pets and still include free adoptions for pets sheltered for more than 60 days. Our Buy One, Get One program will allow adopters to save even more and quickly expand their family just in time for the winter holidays.
This is how it works. Let's say you've fallen in love with Bretta, (identification number A061397) a young brown and white hound mix in residence in Kennel 49. Bretta has a colored sticker on her cage, which means instead of paying the $80 adoption fee and the $15 county license tag, she can be adopted for a discounted fee by matching the colored dot to the discount.
Bretta shares her kennel with Amber, (identification number A061396) a 3-year-old boxer mix. They came in together Oct. 31, and we are sure you will want to take both of them once you meet them. No problem! You can take Bretta and Amber home by matching the discount dot -- and why not add our BOGO, adopt one, get one, special? Talk about a gift that keeps giving.
If you are more into boy dogs, take a peek at Bert (identification number A061453) and Bob (identification number A061460), now in Kennel 44. They are super fun to watch as they play, and will make you laugh with their tug-of-war games and games of "leap dog." Their kennel also has a colored sticker, which means you would match that colored dot to the discounted adoption fee to adopt one or both of them.
You'll find all these pets in a gallery on Bradenton.com.
Maybe cats and kittens are more to your liking?
We have plenty of them available in our downtown adoption center. What could be cuter than a Christmas kitten? They are waiting for you.
It is our sincere wish that you consider adopting from our shelter this season. The homeless pet population continues to keep our kennels at full ca
pacity despite the help of dedicated rescue organizations. Make yourself, your children and a homeless pet happy by giving any of them a forever home.
If you can't adopt, consider making a holiday donation to Animal Network, the nonprofit that provides our medical fund for heartworm-positive dogs and helps with injured pets.
And, of course, we welcome you as a volunteer in any capacity. We do need you, if you can spare some time. Simply go to mymanatee.org/pets and fill out an application and immediately sign up for an orientation class.
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 Herald.