Manatee County's movement towards a sustainable No Kill community is advancing thanks to the united efforts of caring and dedicated individuals and groups.
Some of them contribute on a daily basis, some weekly and some do their part by adopting and donating. In the rescue world, where the lives of dogs, puppies, cats and kittens hang in the balance, all players are welcome.
I would particularly like to commend some of the "background" players who provide services and support. Recently, that group included the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, which provided free booths to nonprofits for a pep rally, where five homeless puppies from Royal Rescue found their forever homes.
Students and teachers at Manatee Technical College are supporting the movement as well. Under the direction of instructor Vera Bourenina, her web development students have devoted countless hours creating web pages, flyers, banners, and advertisements for a community fundraiser, Retro Rocks the Renaissance.
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The March 28 concert will benefit Animal Network, Meals on Wheels Plus and some local rescues. MTC students will film the event and enter their completed project in a statewide contest.
Motorworks Brewing has stepped up to help promote the 1960s-themed "fun-raiser" as well and will be providing an after-party, complete with band. The pet-friendly establishment also sponsors Yappy Hour on the third Sunday every month, with fun for patrons and their pets, as well as adoptable animals from the Humane Society of Manatee County.
No Kill is a worthwhile goal and only sustainable when an entire community embraces the challenge. Get involved by volunteering, fostering, adopting, donating and supporting businesses that support the movement.
Have some fun and support local fundraisers. Manatee County is coming together and you can be part of the journey.
Debra Starr, Director of Marketing, PR, Animal Network Palmetto