MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. -- It's the peak of kitten season, and area animal shelters are filling up with the felines. In some cases, it's the most they've ever seen. So this weekend, there's a special adoption event unlike many of the ones we've seen before.
It seems like every weekend on the Suncoast we hear about these cat adoption events taking place, but this one is truly unique, bringing together six animal rescue organizations from around Manatee County with the common goal of finding kittens a forever home.
Sue Farence from Bradenton thinks she's found one. “I love the saying, cats are like potato chips. You can't just have one.”
Especially in the summer -- a time when kittens arrive at animal shelters on a daily basis, sometimes in the dozens. “It's a sad thing, but it's reality.”
What's not sad is the camaraderie between the animal rescue groups in Manatee County that are coming together for a weekend-long kitten adoption event. These are the same groups that compete with one another for your donations and grants.
“I think it's a good way of highlighting how we do work together,” says Amy Van Dell of Humane Society of Manatee County.
“We do good on our own, but it's nice to have the partnerships and to be grouped with all the rescues,” says Cheryl Hanbury of Gulf Shore Animal League.
Through this Sunday, the rescues will offer their kittens for only $25.
“Cats choose you; you don't choose them. I think I found one that chose me,” says Farence.
And if a rambunctious kitten isn’t your style, some of the rescue organizations are having specials on their adult cats as well.
Participating organizations in the adopt-a-thon are:
- Animal Services Downtown Adoption Center (10028 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton)
- Bishop Animal Shelter SPCA (5718 21st Avenue West, Bradenton)
- Gulf Shore Animal League at HSMC (2415 14th Street West, Bradenton)
- Gulf Shore Animal League at Pet Supermarket (6908 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton)
- Humane Society of Lakewood Ranch (7334 Trade Court, Sarasota)
- Humane Society of Manatee County (2515 14th Street West, Bradenton)
- Manatee County Animal Services (305 25th Street West, Palmetto)
- Nate's Honor Animal Rescue (4951 Lorraine Road, Bradenton)
- Nate's Place Adoption Center (8437 Cooper Creek Boulevard, Bradenton)