PALMETTO -- You can brighten the holidays for many at one time this weekend -- both of the two- and four-legged varieties.
Manatee County Animal Services, 305 25th St. W., Palmetto, will hold a holiday pet-adoption event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday.
Bill Hutchison, interim director of animal services, said people will have many cats and dogs from which to choose.
"The dogs have such a wonderful disposition," Hutchison said. "If you go into the kennels, you'll see them wagging their tails off."
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There will be about 80 dogs and 87 cats available for adoption. And at a great price, Hutchison added.
The cost of taking a dog or cat home to make a child or adult happy will be only $20, plus a $15 license fee.
What usually costs $80 for dogs ($45 for cats), plus the license fee, will include a checkup to ensure the pet's health, spaying or neutering, all vaccinations and a micro-chip so the pet can be identified if lost.
And free, life-time office visits with Dr. Luke Berglund at Beach Veterinary Clinic, he said.
There are a variety of dog breeds available, including pit bulls, a greyhound, and mixed-breeds. "There's more 'Heinz-57' than anything," Hutchison said, "but sometimes mutts make the best pets." There are mostly large- and medium-size dogs available, because "all of the little ones are gobbled up by the other adoption agencies," he said.
The idea of the holiday pet-adoption event was sparked by the success of its Day-After-Black-Friday sale.
"We're going to keep that good momentum moving," said Samantha Wolf, volunteer coordinator at animal services, "and we're going to do all we can to match as many families with pets as possible this weekend."
Since the November adoption event, the kennels have again become overpopulated, Hutchison said.
"We've had to double up some of the dogs (in kennels)," he said, "and that creates a risk for infections."
Animal Services also will have pets available for adoption at the Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton, during the 1914 Florida Cracker Christmas event.