Even though we have been working on the no-kill initiative for some time, history in this county changed forever Oct. 11 when our Manatee Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved the resolution and no-kill plan.
Hard work will continue. New ideas, new volunteers, new animal welfare organizations and more lives of dogs and cats saved each day.
To help us help you and your pet at the same time, Animal Services is issuing microchip scanners/readers to all the officers in the field. The microchip scanners/readers will give officers the ability to scan each dog and cat in the field to check for a microchip, especially if your pet is not wearing the required Manatee County license tag.
If a microchip is located, the owner can be notified and the dog or cat may be returned while the Animal Services officer is still in the area. When the officer is able to identify the pet, the pet owner doesn’t have to worry any longer -- the officer knows who the pet owner is and the dog or cat is happy because it gets to go home.
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It is very important for pet owners to license their pet with a Manatee County license tag and certificate. Both of these are requirements of the Manatee County animal ordinance.
As a pet owner, you should visit your veterinarian’s office to get the license certificate and tag. The microchip, which provides owner information if your pet becomes lost, can also be obtained through your veterinarian.
If Animal Services is able to identify the owner of a dog or cat, we can guarantee your pet can get home. See your veterinarian today to get the Manatee County license certificate and tag, and a microchip.
If your dog or cat does not have a Manatee license tag or microchip, it is impounded at the shelter. If we do not know who the owner is, your pet is listed as a stray. Being out of its usual routine and environment, your pet becomes afraid, distressed, sad and hopeless. Make sure your pet never has to experience these feelings by making sure they are tagged and microchipped.
Help Manatee County Animal Services help you get your pet back home. Help Manatee County become a no-kill community. Get your pet tagged and chipped today.
We are looking for pet fosters and volunteers. An open house has been scheduled 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Central Library in downtown Bradenton, 1301 First Ave. W. Foster coordinators and animal welfare groups will be present to answer any questions. If you are interested, please attend this important event.
Check out Manatee County Animal Services on Facebook. Like us and share us with all your friends. Our web site www.mymanatee.org/pets has a wealth of information, including your new family member for adoption.
Kris Weiskopf, chief of Manatee County Animal Services, writes this weekly column for the Bradenton Herald.