I have created a new career for myself in retirement as an animal advocate. I write articles to create awareness of shelter pets.
Why "Yappy Hours" Help Improve Shelter Environments
The group Friends of Manatee County Animal Services along with Animal Network, Inc., was excited to announce its first fundraiser—"Yappy Hour." Hosted by Motorworks Brewing, the event raised $4,265 to help with medical needs and supplies to benefit the county shelter.
"Yappy Hour" is held monthly at Motorworks Brewing in Bradenton to raise money for a variety of rescue organizations. The fundraiser was the first time that the county shelter had been able to be a beneficiary of money raised.
Fundraising for a Good Cause
This fundraiser is an example of what the community can accomplish when the phrase "it takes a village" is implemented. Vendors participated with great prizes, raffles, and gift baskets. A silent auction was also a part of the fundraiser. The newly formed board of the group Friends of Manatee County Animal Services along with representatives of Animal Network, Inc. were present to answer questions about both organizations. Adoptable dogs from the shelter were also available.
Families who attended were invited to bring their own pets on a leash to enjoy a family outing. Great food and drinks were available for purchase inside Motorworks Brewing, and pet-friendly treats were also provided.
How Social Events Lead to Higher Adoption Rates
Several adoptable dogs from the shelter also attended "Yappy Hour" in order to be showcased as deserving dogs that the dream team shelter staff cares for along with volunteers on a daily basis. The Manatee County Animal Services shelter staff makes every effort to get animals out into public arenas in order to find forever homes.
Opportunities such as "Yappy Hour" are helpful in providing public awareness and interest in adoption. Volunteers work diligently to socialize these dogs in playgroups and social events in order to facilitate adoptions.
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Sponsoring Organizations Save Shelter Animals' Lives
The new group Friends of Manatee County Animal Services was recently formed to add assistance in helping with the medical and supply needs that the shelter has to care for the animals. The group is a non-profit organization The money raised from this fundraiser will go to help with heartworm treatment for shelter dogs that are waiting for their forever home. The new group also has a mission to promote adoptions for these deserving animals and to provide educational materials for the community to emphasize responsible adoptions and responsible pet ownership.
The Animal Network, Inc. is an ongoing organization that provides support for MCAS. This organization participates in the monthly "Yappy Hours" that are held at Motorworks Brewing. It is instrumental in providing funds to pay for heartworm treatment for shelter dogs. Pet parents who adopt a heartworm+ dog from the shelter do not have to pay for treatment because of this organization's help. donate.
Both groups would like to give a huge thank you to the vendors who donated for this "Yappy Hour." Beach Veterinary Clinic, LuLaRoe, Scentsy, and Farrell's Macrame were participating vendors.
Happy Story in Memory of This Precious Life
I began writing publicity stories and articles for Manatee County Animal Services shelter in Palmetto, Florida, after getting this precious German Shepherd adopted at the 11th hour just before being euthanized. His last two years of life were spent in an awesome home with awesome pet parents.
He recently had to be sent to the Rainbow Bridge by this awesome family because of a debilitating hip and leg condition. I keep his picture as my profile picture as a reminder that responsible pet parents can make a difference in the lives of these shelter dogs when they adopt. This article is dedicated to Konig.
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