Adopt A Palooza Thank YOu

The 3rd Annual Adopt A Palooza, the largest one day adoption and pet expo event in Manatee County, is over and  54 (20 dogs and 34 cats) animals from Manatee County Animal Services found their forever homes! 

Finding homes for shelter pets is not easy! Overpopulation in shelters is an ongoing and seemingly endless problem. Yesterday, instead of spending one more night in a shelter they are no doubt cuddling up on the couch or bed with their new family. Congratulations to the adopters who added a new member to their family!  We wish you many years of happy tails and sloppy kisses.

This makes all the hard work of fundraising, endless hours of planning and pulling all the event elements together worth it. This is why people in animal rescue do what they do – to find a home for a shelter pet, one animal at a time. Results like today are also due to people who chose to adopt rather than shop for a pet. 

The Bradenton Area Convention Center was full of great vendors and local rescue groups. There were raffles, silent auctions, Big Mutt trucks, food, music and K9 demonstrations. Adopt A Palooza is a community event bringing together the county shelter with other shelters, area rescues, local businesses and pet related vendors. Adopt A Palooza shows what can be accomplished when a community works together.  

A large scale event like this takes support from amazing committed volunteers, sponsors, individuals and media and MCAS staff. We are lucky to have all of those entities come together and share a common desire and passion to help the animals. 

The Proceeds from today's event will go directly to support the needs of the Manatee County Animal Services shelter animals through the nonprofit 501c3, Friends of Manatee County Animal Services.  

We want to thank everyone who made this year’s Adopt A Palooza a success!