Clear the Shelters at MCAS this August

Clear the Shelters at MCAS this August
Posted on 07/30/2020

Manatee County Animal Services (MCAS) announced that it will join with News Channel 8 WFLA to host Clear the Shelters, the sixth annual nationwide pet adoption drive, from Saturday, August 1 - Monday, August 31.  For the entire month, all adoption fees will be 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 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 that seeks to help families find and adopt homeless pets. Since 2015, Clear the Shelters has resulted in more than 410,000 pet adoptions nationwide.


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 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, are available to visit by appointment only. You can make your online appointment by clicking 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 help families find and adopt a new pet. The 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 to enrich the lives of the shelter animals by raising funds to provide additional resources, medical care and heartworm treatment.

 

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.

 

For media inquiries about Manatee County Animal Services, please contact Hans Wohlgefahrt at hans.wohlgefahrt@mymanatee.org or 941-417-9592 or visit www.mymanatee.org/pets.

 

For media inquiries about Friends of Manatee County Animal Services, please contact Caryn Hodge at carynhodgefomcas@gmail.com or 941-713-3105 or click here.

 

Find out more at ClearTheShelters.com

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