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Shelter Miracle on 25th Street W Brings Holiday Joy to All Supporters Of Manatee County Animal Services Shelter

Updated on December 2, 2018
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Manatee County Animal Services-Close Out 2018 with News of Good things Happening

A Celebration for Installation of New Turf this year
A Celebration for Installation of New Turf this year | Source

Close Out 2018 with Great Things That Happened for the Animals at MCAS

This holiday season is a great time to celebrate the wonderful things that have happened for the animals at the Manatee County Animal Services shelter in Palmetto, Florida. This shelter has been dear to my heart for several years, and it brings real joy to see the things that have occurred this past year because of some awesome volunteers and the dream team staff that took over a few years ago. I call this a real "Miracle on 25th Street W" and there are more great things to come.

New turf was put in place for the playground this year due to the efforts of Lori Gurley and the volunteer group Furry friends of Manatee County Animal Services. Monetary donations to fund this project came in and the project was successful. The playground was formerly only dirt and it made it very difficult to keep the dogs clean when they played outside. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to formally open the new playground turf.

The shelter has made a strong effort to make it convenient for potential responsible pet parents to come out and adopt one of the beautiful dogs that are available. Adoptions have been successful because of these efforts. There have been several weeks of reduction in adoption fees through the past year. Reduction of fees associated with the adoption of an animal makes it possible for people to afford an adoption. The shelter will continue this practice to aid responsible pet parents in adoption. 2018 also has brought the implementation of a 7-day open policy for the shelter for this holiday season. Many families who would not be able to come out to the shelter during the week have come out on the weekend to experience a Meet and Greet and adopt an deserving animal. Being open on Sundays for this holiday season has been an experiment that hopefully will continue.

A "Dog of the Week" feature has been used to promote a dog that may have been at the shelter for a long period of time. The shelter also implemented a list of "Priority Dogs" and a notebook of pictures and information about each dog is available in the shelter lobby for responsible pet owners to view and choose to adopt of of these dogs that need a forever home. "Priority Dogs" have been in the shelter for a long period of time and may have special needs.

New Turf for the Playground Area

Ribbon cutting ceremony for the new turf on the playground
Ribbon cutting ceremony for the new turf on the playground | Source
Beautiful new turf for the playground at MCAS
Beautiful new turf for the playground at MCAS | Source

Volunteers and the Dream Team Shelter Management Have Made 2018 a Year of Shelter Miracles

The dream team management gives thanks for all of the volunteers this past year for making good things happen for the shelter animals. There is a core group of dedicated volunteers who are at the shelter daily to walk the dogs and engage the dogs in play on the playground. Volunteers have dedicated several social media pages to photos and information about the adoptable dogs. These volunteers have increased their efforts by featuring new pictures and new information about each dog as these become available. The social media page that is run by the Furry Friends of Manatee County has made an important difference in the public's access to pictures and information.

An important promise has been kept recently that brings the end of an era in the shelter's past. The incinerator that was used on the property for many years is now gone. The recently released photo of this part of the shelter's past is now available. The shelter is now using a private cremation service and the ashes of precious animals are now scattered in a beautiful pet cemetery. The dignity of these precious lives is now a reality. This is a major part of the shelter's "miracle on 25th Street".

New groups of volunteers have made a huge difference this past year in helping the shelter staff to care for the animals in residence. The Sarasota Red Cross has continued to make beds for monthly donations. A new group has been featured that has made new bandanas and smaller blankets and quilts to keep the animals warm. It takes a village and the village is getting larger. 2018 has truly been a year of the "miracle on 25th Street W" for Manatee County Animal Services.

Happy Holidays from this volunteer who is celebrating all of these things that have come about for this beloved animal shelter.


Soft Beds Add to the Comfort

"I received one of the pillow beds"  Happy smiles go with soft beds.
"I received one of the pillow beds" Happy smiles go with soft beds. | Source

The End of an Era for Manatee County Animal Services Shelter.

Part of the shelter "miracle on 25th Street-the incinerator has been taken away.
Part of the shelter "miracle on 25th Street-the incinerator has been taken away. | Source

© 2018 Cindy Hewitt

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