Community involvement and public relations are two important pieces of the No Kill Equation that the Manatee County Animal Services shelter is continuing to work toward. Foster care and adoptions are also parts of the No Kill policy that are key to getting the animals out of the shelter. Many of the animals become residents at the shelter for more than 60 days. The shelter is over-crowded almost on a daily basis now because there is a basic lack of education programs for pet parents in the community. The shelter is aware that many people are allowing their dogs to run loose and these pets eventually get picked up by animal control and are taken to the shelter. Many pets are not chipped and eventually get tagged as a “stray”. The Manatee County Animal Services has not reached its goal that it announced back in 2011 to be a No Kill shelter. MCAS is a KILL SHELTER. The community needs to step up and be aware that your pet can be killed at any time if it becomes a resident of the shelter. The shelter would like everyone to be a responsible pet parent. There are also problems with pets that are not spayed/neutered, and are let out to roam their neighborhoods. All of these issues should be addressed by a responsible pet parent..
MCAS is making progress in its effort to become a REAL NO KILL shelter, but community involvement and public relations are in trouble because people are still under the impression that the shelter is a No Kill shelter. Fosters are greatly needed to foster animals that are pulled by the rescue groups. Rescues have stepped up their efforts to pull as many animals as they can on a daily and weekly basis. The community needs to know that these rescue groups such as Forgetmenot, Inc. and Moon Racer need foster pet parents to help. When an animal is fostered, there is room for another to be pulled from the shelter in order not to be euthanized for space. Euthanization for space is NOT an acceptable piece of the No Kill equation. This should be part of the education for the community to be aware of how this cycle actually works. Rescues are not able to pull animals from the shelters if they don’t have the room because of a lack of fosters. The shelter is in need of a larger pool of rescues, and would like any information from the community about rescues from other states. The Bradenton-Sarasota area is unique in that a good portion of the community is seasonal, and live here for the winter months. These citizens would be of great help to MCAS if they could provide information about rescue groups from their home state. Many other states are using a transport system to move healthy, homeless animals that become residents at the shelter for a period of time. The Manatee County Animal Services is interested in forming a transport team in the coming months to take animals to loving homes and rescues in other states. The seasonal residents would be an asset in making this a part of community involvement. Seasonal residents who are arriving for the winter would make great foster pet parents to ease the crowding in the rescue organizations. There is no cost to the foster pet parent. Expenses are paid for by each rescue organization. There is also a special foster program for dogs that are heartworm positive. Pet parents who foster an animal with heartworms can provide a loving temporary home while the animal receives treatment. The treatment is provided by a non-profit organization, and there is no cost to the foster pet parent. The shelter has a complete list of rescues that need foster pet parents in order to continue to save lives.
Businesses in the community can also be of help to the shelter in helping to promote the efforts that MCAS is involved in to save lives. If you are a business owner, please do your part to help save lives if approached by one of the shelter employees with a request to help in any way. Realtors and the Chamber of Commerce are of special value to the shelter in that these organizations are aware of new members of the community on a regular basis.
The shelter is also stepping up its effort to get the dogs out in front of the public with adoption events. Many people are not aware of the location of the shelter. The shelter is not visible to the public, and citizens who work are not able to get to the shelter during work hours. Public adoption events are part of the shelter’s efforts to present the shelter pets to the public. Volunteers are needed to help take the shelter animals to adoption events.
All of these pieces to the No Kill Equation need to be addressed in order to save lives. The Manatee County Animal Services shelter is located at 305 25th Street W in Palmetto. Please visit the shelter and offer services that are needed to save lives. You may call the shelter at 941-742-5933 to volunteer or contribute to the shelter animals.
Communities all over the country have succeeded in becoming a No Kill shelter. The Palmetto-Bradenton area should be no exception to this movement. Stronger community awareness of what is needed and improved public relations can save lives. Social media has been a giant force in damaging public relations in that publicity about the shelter has spread. There have been statements made through social media that people will not move to Florida if there are Kill shelters in the state. This is an unfortunate backlash that can happen if community relations do not improve in saving the lives of shelter animals at MCAS.
Be a life-saver and get involved with your shelter animals.
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