Adoption Events Supported by Rescue Organizations and Pet Vendors Meet Standards in the No Kill Equation

Pieces of the Puzzle of the No Kill Equation were Met with Successful Adoption Event

Shelters around the country are continuing their move toward no kill in order to save as many lives for animals as possible. Small, crowded shelters in out-of-the-way areas have challenges in meeting their goals to fulfill the no kill equation. The Manatee County Animal Services shelter in Palmetto, Florida is still on the path to their no kill goal and is successfully continuing to use all of the pieces that make up the puzzle of the no kill equation. Public relations and community involvement, rescue partnerships, dedicated volunteers, a TNR program in place, and a high-volume, low-cost- spay/neuter program are all part of the no kill equation, Manatee County Animal Services shelter is continuing to be successful in implementing all of these parts of the equation.

A successful adoption event was held on August 6, 2016 that demonstrated the shelter's ability to meet these standards in a no kill community. The second Adopt-A-Palooza adoption event was held at the Bradenton Convention Center with participation by respected rescue organizations and pet vendors. The Manatee County Animal Services shelter is one of hundreds of small shelters around the country that is located in what is seen as an inconvenient location to many people, and holding this event at the large convention center presented the opportunity for responsible pet parents to come out and adopt. The Bradenton Convention Center is a large venue that is conveniently located and their partnership with the shelter is a positive show of community involvement. A total of 36 deserving animals found their forever homes this weekend. 22 great dogs and 14 cats from MCAS found homes in addition to pets that were brought from respected rescue organization.

Adopt-A-Palooza Finds Home for Deserving Shelter Pets

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Crowd arrived early to support adoption of deserving pets
Crowd arrived early to support adoption of deserving pets | Source

Portrait of a Successful Community Adoption Event for Deserving Animals

Participation by respected rescue organizations provide support for shelters around the country. Manatee County Animal Services shelter is fortunate to have a network of rescue organizations, both public and private that participated in Adopt-A-Palooza at the convention center for its second adoption event. The rescue organizations that participated are consistent in their support of MCAS and adoptions from these rescues enable rescues to pull more animals from the shelter to find their forever homes.

Forget-Me-Not, Inc., Hooves, Paws, and Claws, Canine Castaways, Bishop Animal Shelter SPCA of Manatee County, Inc., Moonracer No Kill Animal Rescue, Inc., and Royal Pet Rescue were present at Adopt-A-Palooza to support MCAS. Each of these organizations is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit rescue that consistently supports MCAS. Honor Rescue was also present with its support and a volunteer was pleased to report that all of its animals were adopted in a matter of minutes when pet parents arrived early at the event. Royal Pet Rescue reported 6 adoptions for the day and went home with empty crates. These adoptions enable the rescue organizations to pull more deserving pets from MCAS in the coming weeks. Community residents had the opportunity to get to know these rescues along with adopting dogs and cats from Manatee County Animal Services shelter directly. Information brochures and pamphlets were available from all rescues and MCAS. The Humane Society of Manatee County also had a display run by volunteers with informative brochures about pet care and services offered by the humane society.

Several pet vendors participated in the adoption event. Dirty Dog Grooming in Bradenton, Dawg Phonics Training facility, and Petsmart provided pet parents with information about pet care, grooming, and training.

Rescues and Vendors Supported Adopt-A-Palooza

Valued supporter of Manatee County animal services shelter.
Valued supporter of Manatee County animal services shelter. | Source
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Canine Castaways participation
Canine Castaways participation | Source
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Full service grooming in Bradenton for all sizes and breeds.  6600 Manatee Ave W
Full service grooming in Bradenton for all sizes and breeds. 6600 Manatee Ave W | Source
Trisha Antonelli offers a free training session for each family who adopts from Manatee County Animal Services to help in adapting to a new home
Trisha Antonelli offers a free training session for each family who adopts from Manatee County Animal Services to help in adapting to a new home | Source

Animal Network, Inc Participation and Support for MCAS

Animal Network, Inc. provides funds for heartworm treatment for shelter animals
Animal Network, Inc. provides funds for heartworm treatment for shelter animals | Source

Volunteers Add a Special Touch to Finding Forever Homes

Volunteers in a variety of capacities add to the success of a shelter's ability to find forever homes for deserving shelter pets. Volunteers for Picture Them Adopted also participated in the community adoption event. Volunteer photographers and dog handlers for the Manatee County Animal Services shelter take professional quality photos of the adoptable dogs to present them at their best. These beautiful photos increase the chance of adoption. This organization is a valued member of the community in its service to the animals.

Professional Quality Photos Find Forever Homes

Volunteers in special capacity
Volunteers in special capacity | Source

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A Few of the Animals from MCAS That Found Forever Homes

Dogs from the Manatee County Animal Services shelter were well presented at Adopt-A-Palooza. They arrived in nice crates and each had a toy to keep them happy as they waited. Shelter and community volunteers who regularly handle the dogs walked each around to demonstrate good behavior and each dog had an opportunity to meet potential pet parents.

Just a Sample of Pets That Were Adopted at Big Event

Ginger adopted by responsible pet parent
Ginger adopted by responsible pet parent | Source

Happy Camper from MCAS Found Her Forever Home by Attending Adoption Event

Just one of 36 deserving animals from Manatee County Animal Services that found their forever home by attending Adopt-A-Palooza event
Just one of 36 deserving animals from Manatee County Animal Services that found their forever home by attending Adopt-A-Palooza event | Source

Total of 36 Animals Found Homes by Attending Community Adoption Event

The Manatee County Animal Services shelter in Palmetto, Florida hopes to continue with large adoption events in order to save lives. The event was the second Adopt-A-Palooza event held for the shelter and county residents who attended and adopted had a chance to see that shelter animals are adoptable and deserving of great homes. It is hoped that responsible pet parents will continue to support MCAS by volunteering and spreading the word about the work of the new dream team of management to save the lives of animals.

Please visit Downtown Meowtown, the second adoption center for cats who are also in residence at the Manatee County Animal Services shelter. Downtown Meowtown volunteers also worked tirelessly for Adopt-A-Palooza to find forever homes for the cats. Downtown Meowtown is located at 1002 Manatee Avenue W in Bradenton, Florida.

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Debara Mathews 3 months ago

This is a great article written on a well organized event saving lives in Manatee County, it was exciting to be there! I volunteered at the Animal Network booth, we help to sponsor a monthly event called Yappy Hour at Motorworks brewery, featuring a different rescue.Every adoption saves two lives, the pet who got the new home and the one who gets that space to wait for their forever home. I am thankful for every adoption and everyone willing to help,all rescues and vendor assisting MCAS save lives. GREAT job!

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