Many thanks to Claire Aronson and the Bradenton Herald for continuing to highlight important programs in the pet rescue community. Manantee County Animal Services' Bright Futures Program is a wonderful opportunity for shelter dogs to learn manners and volunteer handlers to learn training techniques.
There are many ways to get involved with pet rescue in Manatee County. Volunteers can make their own schedules at the Palmetto shelter and may choose to walk dogs, socialize cats/kittens or spend time with the shy new dogs and help bring them out of their shells. The reward of seeing a joyless dog or cat transform into a wagging or purring adoptable pet is priceless!
For feline lovers, visit Downtown Meowtown. This adorable facility is conveniently located across from the courthouse on Manatee Avenue and they have adopted almost 200 cats this year. Visit their cheerful Facebook page to donate or volunteer.
Another great way to get involved is the "One to One Program." It's like rent-a-dog with purpose. Volunteers can take pre-approved program dogs wearing "adopt me" vests to local events, parks and around town wherever dogs are welcome. Participants enjoy some canine company while helping a special dog get adopted.
Be a foster and open your house to a nursing mom and her kittens or "feed and grow" some underweight kittens. It's a short-term commitment that makes a world of difference.
Help out at on- and offsite adoption events. Sam Wolfe, volunteer coordinator, is always in need of volunteers to help showcase adoptable pets and will be holding a $10 adoption event this Saturday in Palmetto.
I hope you will consider joining the caring rescue community. You are sure to be welcome with open paws!
Visit www.mymanatee/pets for more information.
Debra Starr, Animal Network