Manatee animal rescue offering discounted pet microchipping

Rescue offers discounted services

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.

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.

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. June 23, focused on the Florida panther and the Imperiled Species Management Plan.

Sessions start at 8:30 a.m. 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 proposed special opportunity for lobster harvesters who remove invasive lionfish during the two-day lobster miniseason.

-- Herald staff reports