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Manatee County Animal Services

Final Week, Clear the Shelters for Manatee Animal Services

| Caryn V. Hodge |

Clear the Shelters is a nationwide effort with a goal to find forever homes for every single animal in shelters all across the country. Manatee County Animal Services is excited to be participating in the effort and hopes to find homes for all the cats and dogs currently housed at their facility.

Clear the Shelter 2020

Manatee County Animal Services

MCAS joined with News Channel 8 WFLA for Clear the Shelters, the sixth annual nationwide pet adoption drive, for the month of August. Through August 31, all adoption fees are waived in lieu of a donation made to the Friends of Manatee County Animal Services (FoMCAS). FoMCAS, a 501(c)3,  is a nonprofit organization that works hand in hand with MCAS to enrich the lives of the shelter animals. They do so by raising funds to provide additional resources, medical care, and heartworm treatment.

Since August 1, MCAS has placed 96 pets in loving homes as part of the Clear the Shelters effort.

With one week left of the promotion, there are still many pets waiting to meet their forever families. Some of these pets include:

•             Frank, an 8-year-old Mixed Breed

•             Bella, a 7-year-old Dog Argentino

•             Fabio, a 4-year-old Orange Tabby        

Adoption Requirements     

Manatee County residents are required to license their new pet for an additional $20 tag fee. All pets will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and micro-chipped – a value over $300.   Select long-term shelter pets who are adopted will go home with a complimentary gift bag of toys and supplies to celebrate their arrival to a new home. Gift bags are limited.

The Palmetto Adoption Center and Shelter, located at 305 25th Street West in Palmetto, and Manatee County Cat Town, located at 216 6th Avenue East, Bradenton, are available to visit by appointment only. You can make your online appointment by going to HERE and filling out an adopter profile and reserving your appointment date.

MCAS hopes Clear the Shelters will raise awareness about the importance of pet adoption and the overcrowding issues that local animal shelters typically experience in the summer months because of spring litters.

Manatee County Animal Services

Manatee County Animal Services

MCAS is Manatee County’s only open-admission shelter facility, taking in an average of 12 animals per day in 2019. The mission of MCAS is to maintain public health and safety through the enforcement of laws and ordinances related to animals, to promote responsible pet ownership, promote adoptions, and reduce pet overpopulation. During the 2019 calendar year, MCAS had a 95% save rate.

To get more information about Manatee County Animal Services, please contact Hans Wohlgefahrt at or 941-417-9592 or visit the website.

For information about Friends of Manatee County Animal Services, please contact Caryn Hodge at or 941-713-3105 or visit their website.

Find out more at Clear the Shelters website.

Photos from Manatee County Animal Services

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