Letters to the Editor

Manatee County animal shelter crowded; cheap dog, cat adoptions this weekend

Most people would agree that there is nothing cuter than a puppy or a kitten. Although it may sometimes feel that we can't get enough of them, I can personally attest that in Manatee County, we now have too much of a good thing.

Our county shelter is overflowing with homeless dogs. Kennels are doubled up and over 140 dogs are living in a facility built for 60. Downtown Meowtown has an entire room of kittens with more arriving daily.

What's a county to do? The long-term answer lies, of course, in educating, encouraging and enabling citizens to spay/neuter and microchip their pets.

The rescue community has many low-cost and free programs available.

Manatee County Animal Services is dedicated to its No Kill policy, but can't do it alone. They need citizens to step up as adopters, fosters, or to donate their time and/or money.

This weekend, MCAS is inviting all adopters to visit the Palmetto facility and save a life. The situation is, as Beth Lewis, the kennel manager, puts it, "beyond critical."

All dogs are just $15 and there are some really wonderful ones to choose from. Come save a life and fill your life with the joy that only a dog can bring.

Debra Starr, Animal Network