Manatee animal rescue offering discounted pet microchipping

Manatee animal rescue offering discounted pet microchipping

MANATEE -- Nate's Honor Animal Rescue, 8437 Cooper Creek Blvd., will offer $15 microchipping for pets between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday.

Micro-chipping usually costs around $45 at veterinary hospitals.

An estimated 74 percent of dogs and 95 percent of cats in animal shelters as strays are never returned to their owners, said Karen Slomba, associate director at Nate's Honor Animal Rescue. Many lost pets are euthanized rather than being reunited with their families, which could change if owners microchipped pets, she said.

The will be the first of 12 clinics from a grant from the Bill and Maryann Vinall Fund for Animal Welfare at the Manatee Community Foundation.

Nate's Honor Animal Rescue is taking walk-ups and appointments. Appointments can be made athonoranimalrescue.org or by calling 941-538-6201.

Bradenton, Holmes Beach officials named Home Rule Heroes

SARASOTA -- The ManaSota League of Cities announced Tuesday six elected officials from member municipalities have been selected by the Florida League of Cities to receive the Home Rule Hero Award for outstanding advocacy for the protection of home rule rights for constituents.

The recipients are: Bradenton Councilman Patrick Roff, Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen, Sarasota Mayor Willie Charles Shaw, North Port Mayor Rhonda DiFranco, North Port Commissioner Linda Yates

State Rep Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, was also recognized as a Home Rule Hero legislator from the ManaSota delegation.

The ManaSota League of Cities is comprised of nine municipalities in Manatee and Sarasota counties: Anna Maria, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key, North Port, Palmetto, Sarasota and Venice.

The presentation will be at the Florida League of Cities meeting at 9:30 a.m. July 9 in the Sarasota City Commission Chambers at City Hall, 1565 First St., Sarasota.

FWC to meet June 23-25 in Sarasota

SARASOTA -- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will meet June 23-25 in the Hyatt Regency, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota. All sessions are open to the public.

A half-day session starts at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, focused on the Florida panther and the Imperiled Species Management Plan.

Sessions start at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, June 24-25.

Wednesday will focus on bear management, including a limited bear hunting season; and proposed draft rules to change statewide and specific length limits for black bass species.

Thursday topics include a possible barracuda draft rule addressing population declines and a proposed special opportunity for lobster harvesters who remove invasive lionfish during the two-day lobster miniseason.

-- Herald staff reports