Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
We are a no-kill shelter funded strictly on donations and grants.Our dogs have indoor and outdoor kennels along with a small play area attatched to the building and another off leash area where they can romp with their playmates and volunteers.
The mission of the Humane Society of Manatee County is to create a "No-Kill Community" where animals receive the compassion and respect they deserve
Our ongoing mission is to help all the animals in Manatee County by:
Reducing the pet over-population problem by providing several different spay/neuter programs..
Sheltering homeless animals until a "forever home" is found. There is no time limit on the animals that are waiting to be adopted at our shelter. They stay either at the shelter or in a foster home. Volunteers and foster homes are always desperately needed.
Empowering the community, through education, (children, as well as adults) to be responsible animal advocates.
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
Low Cost Spay/Neuter is available through our clinic. Some Manatee County residents may qualify for free surgeries, but low cost is available to anyone, no residency or income qualifications required. Fees range from $35-$50 for cats and $55-$65 for dogs. Proof of current rabies vaccinations is required. Other services available at time of surgery. Call 941-747-8808 x 302 for an appointment. Surgery is done Monday thru Friday.
ADOPTION PROGRAM – We encourage the public to visit our adoption center to work with our staff to find the perfect match to become a new addition to your home..
TNR PROGRAM - Trap/Neuter/Release Program. Cats (feral) at large are spayed or neutered; vaccinated for rabies and distemper, ear-notched for identification purposes at no cost. This is available to people who agree to become the owner, take responsibility for future care, health and maintenance of the cat. TNR clinics are held one Sundat a month, please call 941-747-8808 x 309 for more information.
FOOD PROGRAM - Dog and cat food is readily available at no cost for people experiencing temporary financial problems.
We are located on 14th Street about a mile and a half north of Cortez Road. We are located in the 2 story yellow building on the east side of 14th Srteet.
VOLUNTEER JOB OPPORTUNITIES
KITTY CUDDLERS – This program was designed to ensure that every cat gets one-on-one attention every day. The volunteer interested in this role needs to be very comfortable with all breeds of cats, and be willing to go home full of cat hair and pulls in their clothing. They need to be able to assess animal body language and behavior. There is a short training that will be scheduled and we utilize Kitty Cuddler Volunteers 6 days a week from 10 am to 5 pm.
CANINE COMPANIONS – This program was designed to ensure that every dog gets one-on-one attention every day. This is our most physically demanding volunteer position; the volunteer interested in this role needs to be physically fit, very comfortable with all breeds and all sizes of dogs and willing to go home full of dog hair, dog slobber and exhausted. They need to be able to assess animal body language and behavior. There is a short training that will be scheduled and we utilize Canine Companion volunteers 6 days a week from 10 am – 5 pm.
FOSTER CARE PROGRAMS
MEDICAL FOSTERS - Some animals at the Shelter have special medical needs that need attending after recuperating from surgery or due to cruelty issues. Foster parents receive special instructions from our Clinic to help care for these special needs animals.
PUPPY/KITTEN FOSTERS – We need foster parents who are willing to take these little babies in and take care of them until they are big enough to come back to the Shelter and be put up for adoption. This is usually any where from a 2 week to potentially a 2 month commitment.
For more information on animals available please call 941-747-8808 x 313. Check back often. as we frequently get new animals into the shelter. Please email or call the shelter to check the status of an available animal. All adopters MUST visit the shelter and complete all paperwork in person. The adoption fee for kittens is $75 and cats over 6 months are $50. The fee includes testing for feline leukemia/FIV, all vaccinations, deworming, altering and treatment with Frontine. The adoption fee for dogs is $75. The fee includes testing for heartworms, all vaccinations, deworming, altering, treatment with Heartgard and Frontline.
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.