MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – The 6th annual Adopt-A-Palooza will be held at the Bradenton Area Convention Center on Saturday, May 21.
The Adopt-A-Palooza will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with free admission and parking.
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Adopt-A-Palooza is the largest one-day pet adoption and show event in Manatee County and will feature over 100 adoptable pets from Manatee County Animal Services (MCAS) , local shelters and animal rescues – all under one roof. Participating adoption organizations include Humane Society of Manatee County, Canine Castaways, Moonracer Rescue, Cat Depot, Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch, and Barking Out Loud Rescue.
For MCAS pets, all adoption fees will be waived in lieu of a donation made to Friends of Manatee County Animal Services (FoMCAS). Manatee County residents are required to register their new pet for an additional $20 fee. All animals will be neutered or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.
The family event will feature a market with over 30 retail vendors selling a variety of products and services, including vendors for pet owners.
New this year, courtesy of Manatee County Animal Services, is a free pet vaccine and microchipping clinic. Pet owners with dogs and cats requiring vaccinations and/or microchips may bring their pet to the event to receive it free of charge. This free clinic is offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.
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“With hurricane season almost upon us, the free pet vaccine and microchip clinic will help pet owners prepare,” said Sarah Brown, Animal Services Division Manager. “This event is truly a fun example of the great things that can happen when communities work together to help homeless animals in and around Manatee County.”
Proceeds from the event will benefit Friends of Manatee County Animal Services. FoMCAS is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves as a fundraising arm whose mission is to work hand-in-hand with Manatee County Animal Services to enrich the lives of shelter animals by raising funds to provide additional resources, medical care and heartworms. treatment. Funds raised by FoMCAS go directly to help the animals at the shelter and to help with shelter initiatives such as dog beds, playground grass, enrichment items, crates and medical care.
“We are thrilled to co-host Adopt-A-Palooza,” said Kassandra Zess-Pagel, Chair of the FoMCAS Board of Directors. “And even if people aren’t looking to adopt, we hope they will attend the event to help us help the animals in our county.”
On the day of the event, the Palmetto Adoption Center, located at 305 25th Street West in Palmetto, will be closed to the public. The Cat Town Adoption Center, located at 216 6th Avenue East in Bradenton, will remain open – and special adoption fees will apply to all cats there. The Bishop Animal Shelter (for lost and found animals), located at 5718 21st Avenue West in Bradenton, will be open during normal business hours. For all locations, walk-ins are preferred, but walk-ins will be accepted when available. Animal Services can be contacted at 941-742-5933.
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For the latest information on Adopt-A-Palooza, please visit their website, call 941-713-3105, or visit their Facebook page.