The Manatee County Animal Services shelter in Palmetto is calling on all communities to participate in a much-needed adoption event on May 2 to ease the overcrowding at the shelter. Comprehensive adoption events are a large part of the No Kill Equation, and the shelter is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with low adoption fees and creative activities to encourage responsible pet parents to adopt a great dog.
Many of the dogs have been in the shelter for several months. Many of the animals have health problems that do not prevent them from being adoptable and getting their forever home. Dogs that have participated in the Bright Futures Training program to learn manners that socialize them will also be available for adoption. The shelter also has adoptable dogs that have participated in play groups to socialize them in order to get along with other dogs. All of these factors give these shelter dogs a second chance to get their forever home.
A special part of this adoption event will be the chance for 8 lucky dogs and pet parents who adopt to have their adoption fee covered by the generous donation of an anonymous supporter who has paid it forward with a donation to cover the adoption fees for a selected few, Only a few people know which dogs remain on the list. One of the original 9 has already been adopted, and the family received the nice surprise of discovering that the adoption fee was covered when the adoption was finalized. Pet parents are encouraged to come out on Saturday to choose a dog that just might be on the list of the remaining 8. This is an exciting “contest” that benefits both the dog that is chosen and the pet parent family.
There are many dogs that are also heartworm+ and the shelter staff is encouraging pet parents who can successfully adopt one of these deserving dogs to adopt so that the dog can receive treatment and get on the way to a healthy life in a forever home. The great news for these dogs is that there is NO COST to the adopting family for the heartworm treatment. The treatment will be paid for by The Animal Network, Inc. This is the time for responsible pet parents who can adopt to step up for these dogs to save a life and get a new family member. Adoption counselors will be available to counsel pet parents with information about the treatment. There are many pet parents who have successfully adopted a dog that is heartworm+ and the dogs are now living a healthy life in their new home.
Shelter dogs are community pets, and MCAS is still on the path to being a No Kill shelter. Community support is at the top of the list of factors that make up the No Kill equation.
“50 Dogs for 50 Families” on Saturday, May 2, will be a great way to celebrate the upcoming Cinco de Mayo holiday and get a new family member.