“Yappy Hour” in August dedicated to senior dogs.

Our August Yappy Hour feature rescue was Vintage Paws Sanctuary.

From 1 to 4 p.m. on the third Sunday of every month, Bradenton’s Motorworks Brewing, 1014 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, itself one of the most dog-friendly places in Bradenton, co-hosts with Animal Network and Dawg Phonics “Yappy Hour”, an event that showcases a different animal rescue each month.

You can read more about our August event below:



Manatee United 4 Pets: No Kill effort gets TV show

Just four years ago, Manatee County took its step on the journey to “No Kill” when it declared its intentions to work towards this worthwhile goal of not euthanizing healthy, adoptable dogs and cats because of shelter overcrowding.

ManateeUnited4Pets Fast forward to 2015. Save rates are up as many citizens have been successfully educated, enabled and encouraged to act responsibly in regards to their four legged friends.

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New hope for animals in Manatee

When the new director of Manatee County Animal Services stepped into a meeting room at the downtown Bradenton library, he encountered a “very refreshing” sight.

More than 60 people attended an organizational rally for Manatee United 4 Pets, an umbrella coalition whose mission is to establish a fresh working relationship among animal rescue advocates and the county agency that serves as a shelter of last resort for homeless dogs and cats.
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New coalition of animal advocates forming in Manatee

Animal advocates and rescue group volunteers will meet with the new head of Manatee County Animal Services on Monday evening (Oct. 6).

catMCASDebra Starr of Animal Network wants to unite the rescue community under an umbrella organization called Manatee United 4 Pets. The organizational meeting will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton.

Animal Services director Bill Hutchison and new volunteer specialist Sam Wolfe are to talk about innovations that are ahead for the county agency.
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Manatee County animal rescue groups team up with new organization

Nearly a dozen local animal rescue organizations and shelters are teaming up to more efficiently raise money, sponsor joint events and push for better implementation of Manatee County’s no-kill program as the county government’s Animal Services Division, which has drawn fire for how it has managed the effort, transitions to new leadership.

The rescue groups are collaborating under the moniker “Manatee United for Pets.”

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