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Shelter Begins New Year with High Hopes for Increased Community Support

Updated on January 20, 2017
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I have created a new career for myself in retirement as an animal advocate. I write articles to create awareness of shelter pets.

First Yappy Hour Held for Manatee County Animal Services

The newly formed group, Friends of Manatee County Animal Services, along with Animal Network, Inc., was excited to announce this week that the first fundraiser, hosted by Motorworks Brewing as the first "Yappy Hour," raised $4265 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 on Sunday, January 15, is the first time that the county shelter has been able to be a beneficiary of money raised.

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, gift baskets, and 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.

Community Implements Concept of "It Takes a Village"

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The first to benefit  Manatee County Animal ServicesBeautiful gift baskets furnished for fundraiserGreat crowd came out to support the fundraiserOne of several vendors that supported the fundraiser
The first to benefit  Manatee County Animal Services
The first to benefit Manatee County Animal Services | Source
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Beautiful gift baskets furnished for fundraiser
Beautiful gift baskets furnished for fundraiser | Source
Great crowd came out to support the fundraiser
Great crowd came out to support the fundraiser
One of several vendors that supported the fundraiser
One of several vendors that supported the fundraiser

Adoptable Dogs from Manatee County Shelter Attended

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.

Candidates in Search of Forever Homes

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Valuable volunteer with just one of the adoptable dogs from MCASHans Wohlgefahrt from Manatee County Animal Services and just one of the adoptable dogs
Valuable volunteer with just one of the adoptable dogs from MCAS
Valuable volunteer with just one of the adoptable dogs from MCAS | Source
Hans Wohlgefahrt from Manatee County Animal Services and just one of the adoptable dogs
Hans Wohlgefahrt from Manatee County Animal Services and just one of the adoptable dogs | Source

Sponsoring Organizations Are Valuable Part of 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 and would like to invite interested persons to visit their FaceBook page along with their website at http://www.fomcas.org. 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 education 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. You are invited to visit their FaceBook page to learn about their organization and how you may 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.

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Happy Story in Memory of This Precious Life

I began writing publicity stories/articles for Manatee County Animal Services shelter in Palmetto, Florida, after being involved in getting this precious German Shepard 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 new article is dedicated to Konig.

Article Dedicated to Konig

A forever reminder of what adoption can do in the life of a deserving dog
A forever reminder of what adoption can do in the life of a deserving dog | Source

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