Manatee County Animal Services is proud to announce the great success that was realized at the recent Adopt-A-Palooza at the Bradenton Area Convention Center. Over 100 pets went home with loving families.
This event could not have happened without a number of factors that led to its success. First we must thank our fantastic sponsors, including the Bradenton Herald and Feld Motor Sports Entertainment.
Secondly, we could not have pulled this off without the diligence of the convention center administration, which offered up their entire team and resources to make this a great project. Aimee Blenker was crucial to the success and was the most efficient and patient person I have ever had the pleasure to work with.
Special consideration to Beachin' Rides who donated a golf cart, and Peyt Dewar as the exceptional emcee. The fly ball team of Sarasota Obedience and Training Club put on a fun-filled tournament and made a generous donation.
The most significant thank you goes to the volunteers who not only posted flyers, pushed the event on social media, pounded the pavement to spread the word and came out in droves during the event as well as Samantha Wolfe, volunteer specialist who motivated the volunteers.
The dog walkers who daily walk all the dogs at the shelter are amazing and their hard work paid off when many people complimented on the astonishing manners of these shelter dogs.
Last but not least is Caryn Hodge. This woman is a force to be reckoned with. She has the tenacity of a Jack Russell, the "won't take no for an answer' of a Border collie and the fierce loyalty of a Lab. I really don't think we could have pulled this off without her considerable marketing skills.
Thanks to the community for opening their hearts and homes for these homeless pets.