Cat Adoptions From the Manatee County Animal Services Downtown Satellite Adoption Center
Each year, hundreds of cats are relinquished, found, or somehow end up at the Manatee County Animal Services (MCAS) door. This creates an immediate need for homes for these beautiful felines. They seem to come in all ages and colors—black, black and white, all white, orange, tabby-- a never-ending combination of colors, sizes, and shapes. They are all beautiful and want a family they can love. This year is starting out with a bang. Last year’s total adoption from Downtown was (unofficially) 214 and in January and February combined, there were 19 cats adopted. This year, in that same combination of months, there have been forty cats adopted. This is double the number of last year!!
This early-2017 tally is worthy of celebration, but there is always the knowledge in the backs of our minds, that this adoption rate could slow to a trickle as the year wears on. And of course, soon kitten season will be upon us, that time of year during which most kittens are born. Many of these babies are surprises to the owners, so they wind up in the MCAS shelter, stretching the shelter’s capacity to manage so many cats. Adopting families are always needed to help our shelter move its inhabitants into loving homes, but ensuring that these litters do not happen is even more important. Guaranteeing that everyone’s companion cats are spayed or neutered and that they stay inside their homes is a very important. This ensures that unwanted litters of kittens do not happen and that each family pet remains healthy.
If you are considering adopting a cat or kitten, always consider the responsibility this entails. Responsible feeding and watering is a must. Indoor or screened-in habitats are also better for pets. Regular vet checkups and appropriate vaccinations are also a must. Safe environments are critical--poisonous plants should be removed from a cat’s reach; plastic bags should be disposed of immediately; and falling, and tangling dangers should be removed for kittens.
All cats or kittens available for adoption from the shelter have been fixed, given a rabies shot, and are chipped. If you think you are ready to adopt one of the beautiful MCAS cats or kittens, please visit Downtown, located at 1002 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, Florida 34205. They can be contacted at 941-742-5824.