We have a true passion for animals.

We have a true passion for animals. We believe we can work collaboratively with MCAS, community animal rescues, and county government. Using our combined experience and expertise, we will work to raise the community's understanding of responsible pet ownership. As a community outreach, we will raise funds to provide MCAS with support for animal care. The organization's plans for growth will include recruiting like-minded individuals as "Friends" dedicated to helping the Manatee County animal population or homeless animal population.


Board Members


Rebecca St. Jean (President), Kassandra Zess-Pagel (Vice President), Susan O’Day (Treasurer), Caryn Hodge, Katie Rose Howard (consultant), Brian King, Lori Gurley (consultant).


Our Roles in FoMCAS

Board Members

The Friends of Manatee County Animal Services Board consists of strong community members with a mutual passion for saving animals and animal rights. This board is focused on raising funds for pets in need at Manatee County Animal Services as well as educating adopters for successful pet ownership. 

Executive Board Roles:

  • President

  • Vice President

  • Secretary/Treasurer

Board of Director Roles:

  • Web Donations

  • Fundraising

  • Marketing

  • Social Media Relations

  • Community Outreach

Board Consultant Roles:

  • Brand & Organizational Consultant

  • Founding Board Member Consultant


Friends of Manatee County Animal Services welcomes volunteers. We are always looking for volunteers to assist with events, outreach, fundraising and to help MCAS. FoMCAS provides opportunities for verified volunteer hours if needed. 


  • Enjoy volunteering

  • Have a love for animals

  • Must be 16 or older

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