Adopt-A-Palooza returns Saturday for a 6th time


The one-day event is the largest pet adoption in Manatee County.

BRADENTON, Fla. – Adopt-A-Palooza returns for the sixth time Saturday, May 21 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center and will have over one hundred pets available for adoption.

Manatee County Animal Services will be offering a free pet vaccine and microchip this year, which is a new installment of the event, according to a news release.

“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.”

Pet owners who need their dog or cat vaccinated or microchipped are encouraged to visit the free clinic at the event. The clinic is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and vaccines and microchips are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Manatee County Animal Services, local shelters and animal rescues will be responsible for supervising pets for adoption. All MCAS pet adoption fees will be waived in lieu of donation to Friends of Manatee County Animal Services, according to the press release.

All pets at the event will be spayed or neutered, and Manatee County residents must authorize their adopted pet for an additional $20 fee.

Adopt-A-Palooza will also feature a marketplace containing more than 30 vendors selling different types of products and services, some specifically aimed at pet owners.

Proceeds from the event will go to FoMCAS, which is a non-profit organization that works to work with MCAS to support the lives of shelter animals by providing medical care and heartworm treatment. The funds will also help animal shelters with dog beds, enrichment items, crates, medical care and grass for playgrounds.

“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.”

Other participating adoption organizations include Canine Castaways, Cat Depot, Humane Society of Manatee County, Moonracer Rescue, Barking Out Loud Rescue, and Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch.

Adopt-A-Palooza will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. Admission and parking are free.

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