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Animal Services offers pet adoption discounts through August

Animal Services offers pet adoption discounts through August

Bradenton, Florida – Manatee County Animal Services is getting the back-to-school fever by offering a “buy one, get one free” adoption event throughout August.  

Adopt a dog or cat at the regular adoption fee and get a second dog or cat at no charge. New owners may mix or match dogs and cats. The offer is good Monday, August 1, 2011 through Wednesday, August 31.  The regular adoption fee is $80 for dogs and $60 for cats.

"We have a variety of dogs and cats,” said Animal Services Chief Kris Weiskopf. “I am sure we have one or more that will fit right into your family.  You can stop looking for that new family member, because you have found us."

Pet Paparazzi: Send us your pics!

Pet Paparazzi: Send us your pics!

Calling all residents, we want your pet photos!

Send us your pet's cutest, silliest, craziest photo and it may make it on your city's community site. The more creative, the better!

Make sure you include your name and the name of your pet along with their breed, your city of residence and, if you like, add a caption.

Check out the pics we've collected so far in our Pet Paparazzi Gallery!

Animal Rescue offers discounted adoptions for dogs

Animal Rescue offers discounted adoptions for dogs

Bradenton, Florida -- Several adult, large/medium mixed breed dogs and a few adult small mixed breed dogs are available for $45 adoption donation at Napier's Log Cabin Horse & Animal Sanctuary in East Bradenton, a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) no-kill Florida corporation that provides loving adoptive homes or permanent homes to needy animals.

All dogs are spayed/neutered, have shots, microchipped for ID, and come with 30-days of free pet health insurance for unforeseen illnesses. Visit www.NapierFamilyFarm.com for a listing of dogs with photos including the following:

County to offer military discounts on pet adoptions through July

County to offer military discounts on pet adoptions through July

Bradenton, Florida -- Manatee County Animal Services will honor all active and retired United States military personnel by offering half-price adoption fees for dogs and cats throughout July.  

All current and retired United States military personnel may adopt a dog or cat for half the regular adoption fee.  The offer is good Friday, July 1 through Saturday, July 30.  The regular adoption fee is $80 for dogs and $60 for cats. Active and retired military may purchase dogs for $40 and cats for $30.

"Everyone needs a pet, or three,” said Animal Services Chief Kris Weiskopf. “Giving current and retired military half off the adoption fee is only a small token of our gratitude for their service to our country.  We have a number of family-friendly dogs and cats at both of our two facilities."

Animal Services waives cat adoption fees

Animal Services waives cat adoption fees

Manatee County Animal Services is waiving the adoption fee for cats in June to commemorate the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month.

Throughout the month of June cat adoptions will be available at no charge, a $60 value to the public.

"Simply put, cats are in need of homes,” said Kris Weiskopf, Animal Services Chief. “We have a number of family-friendly cats at both of our two facilities. It’s a win-win for everyone involved."

The initiative is another step in the County’s plan to become a no-kill community. Weiskopf said other animal adoption promotions are planned throughout the year that will help in achieving the no-kill goal.

Conga for a Cause this Saturday on Bradenton Beach

Conga for a Cause this Saturday on Bradenton Beach

If you're looking for something fun to do this Saturday, why not participate in what will soon be the world's longest beach conga line? I'll be leading the way, guitar in hand, and belting out original island tunes (and a few covers) during Conga for a Cause on Bradenton Beach. We're dancing on the beach and raising awareness about the Lisa Williams Initiative to start Moonracer: No Kill Animal Rescue. It's also a great opportunity to learn about ways to volunteer, adopt and help support Manatee County animals.

When: This Saturday, April 23, 2011, from 1 – 2 p.m.

Where:  Bradenton Beach, on the beach at Bridge St. and Gulf Drive (the roundabout just south of Cortez Rd.) on Anna Maria Island.

Conga for a Cause: Adopting a No-Kill Policy in Manatee County

Conga for a Cause: Adopting a No-Kill Policy in Manatee County

Manatee County, Florida -- It all began when island musician Mike Sales got deleted from Wikipedia.

Hurt, but not crushed, he approached the Mayor Bob Bartelt – who happened to be at one of his shows on Anna Maria Island.

“Pardon me Mayor, but I'm having a little trouble getting into Wikipedia and they'll never call me to perform in the USO if I'm not a household name. So, would you be so kind as to give me some designation like the official singer of Bradenton Beach?

The mayor responded that, while it was perfectly in his province to issue a proclamation, he wouldn't do that because there are many fine singers on the island who would qualify just as well...