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Yappy Hour

Yappy Hour Extravaganza at Motorworks to
Benefit Friends of Manatee County Animal Services

| Caryn V. Hodge |

Friends of Manatee County Animal Services is excited to be the featured nonprofit recipient of the February Yappy Hour Extravaganza at Motorworks Brewing. The family friendly event will take place Sunday, February 20th in the Motorworks Beer Garden from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. The event will feature vendors selling their products, food truck options and silent auction and raffles including the now famous Motorworks beer that featured shelter dogs on the cans. Lunch and Brunch items with bottomless mimosas are available.

Yappy Hour Particulars

The Raffles and Silent Auction will feature over $3000 in gourmet gift baskets, gift certificates for dining in area restaurants, tickets to area excursions and fun things to go, wine and spirits packages, pet related and non-pet related products and services and much more.

The weather will be perfect this weekend to sit outside in the Beer Garden. There will be live music provided by local musicians. Pet owners are encouraged to bring their leashed pets to enjoy the day and help contribute to the Friends of Manatee County Animal Services whose mission it is to work hand in hand with Manatee County Animal Services to enrich the lives of the shelter animals by raising funds to provide additional resources, medical care and heartworm treatment. February’s Yappy Hour is sponsored by Motorworks Brewing, Sarasota Herald Tribune and Local iQ and Suncoast Post.

Yappy Hour features different local nonprofit animal organizations that support, rescue, and find loving homes for dogs and cats in our community. Each month, the guest organization receives the funds raised through the silent auction, raffles and 50/50 split drawing. Over the last three years the event has raised over $100,000 shared among the various guest organizations.

From the Manatee County Animal Services Website:
Pet adoptions are processed on a first come basis. It’s possible that an animal listed may already be adopted when you visit the shelter. If you are interested in adopting a pet, please first fill out the online adoption application, which is where you can then make an appointment to visit the shelter. Please email for general inquiries or with the animal ID number to find out the current status of a pet.


Dogs/Puppies: $50
Cats: $25
Kittens: $50

The Seniors for Seniors Program pairs adopters aged 55 or older with a 7 year-old or older pet for a reduced $10 adoption fee. Military, Veterans and First Responders will have adoption fees waived with ID. Adoption fees are waived for animals residing at the shelter for longer than 60 days. Every Tuesday is Half Price Tuesday, where all adoption fees are 50% off. Manatee County residents are required to license their new pet for an additional $20, regardless of the price of adoption.

Note: Regardless of adoption fee, Manatee County residents will still need to pay for a 
pet license.


The adoption fees that we collect help us provide food, shelter, important medical care and inoculations for the animals.

Each adoption fee includes the following for your new pet (retail value is approximately $400):

  • Cost of spaying and neutering
  • Initial vaccines
  • Microchip implant (all animals)
  • FeLV/FIV Combo Test (cats only)
  • Heartworm Test (dogs only)
  • Parvovirus testing on puppies (if needed)
  • Rabies vaccine
  • Flea and Tick Prevention
  • Monthly Parasite Prevention

The adoption fee does not include the cost to license your new pet (required for Manatee County residents). You can buy the license at the shelter when you adopt.

For more information contact Caryn Hodge at 941-713-3105 or

Photo credit – Motorworks. 

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