Manatee County Pet Adoption Event This Weekend


Manatee County Animal Welfare is teaming up with the Best Friends Animal Society for an animal adoption drive this weekend, encouraging people to choose to adopt, not buy, their next pet from company.

The adoption event runs from Friday, September 16 through Sunday, September 18 at all Manatee County Animal Welfare (MCAW) locations. The Palmetto Adoption Center (located at 305 25th Street West in Palmetto) and Bishop Animal Shelter (at 5718 21st Avenue W in Bradenton) are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Cat Town Adoption Center (located at 216 6th Avenue E in Bradenton) will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday but will be closed on Sunday.

Adoption fees for all pets are waived. Adopters will receive a free gift bag for their new pet (while supplies last), as well as entry to win a special prize basket, courtesy of Manatee County Animal Welfare Friends. Adoptions include sterilization, microchipping and rabies certificate (a value of over $300). Manatee County residents are required to register their new pet for a $20 fee.

“This National Adoption Weekend is an opportunity to bring home a forever friend,” said Sarah Brown, Manatee County Animal Welfare Division Chief.

Recent data published by Best Friends showed that US shelters were seeing an increase in animal intakes and a decrease in pet adoptions from shelters. This has gradually turned into a crisis in the animal welfare community, where many shelters are over capacity.

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