Clear the Shelters

Manatee County Animal Services joins nationwide effort to “Clear The Shelter”

Manatee County Animal Services teams up with news channel 8 WFLA to host sixth annual pet adoption drive – Clear the Shelter – for the month of August

Everyone across the US can take part in helping find homes for shelter animals this month! Manatee County Animal Services (MCAS) announced that it will join with News Channel 8 WFLA to host Clear the Shelter. This is the sixth annual nationwide pet adoption drive, from Saturday, August 1 – Monday, August 31.  For the entire month, all adoption fees are waived in lieu of a donation made to the Friends of Manatee County Animal Services (FoMCAS). FoMCAS is a nonprofit organization that works hand in hand with MCAS to enrich the lives of the shelter animals by raising funds to provide additional resources, medical care, and heartworm treatment MCAS is participating in the nationwide Clear the Shelters initiative, in an effort seeks to help families find and adopt homeless pets. Since 2015, Clear the Shelters has resulted in more than 410,000 pet adoptions nationwide.

Local Clear the Shelter Events

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 of 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, is 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.

NBC (WFLA News Channel 8) and Telemundo stations all across the country will join with hundreds of animal shelters to Clear the Shelter by helping families find and adopt a new pet. This effort also raises 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.

The proceeds from the month-long event will benefit Friends of Manatee County Animal Services. FoMCAS is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit that serves as a fundraising arm whose mission it is to work hand in hand with Manatee County Animal Services. They seek to enrich the lives of the shelter animals by raising funds to provide additional resources, medical care, and heartworm treatment.

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. For the 2019 calendar year, MCAS had a 95% save rate.

Information about Manatee County Animal Services can be received by contacting Hans Wohlgefahrt at or 941-417-9592 or visit our website.

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

Find out more HERE.

Photos from Manatee County Animal Services

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