Celebrate Valentine's Day by Adopting a Pet

Celebrate Valentine's Day by Adopting a Pet
Posted on 02/14/2022

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Manatee County Animal Services (MCAS) is working to find homes for its long-term resident pets.

Manatee County's only open-admission shelter will offer waived adoption fees for six pets (referred to as “The Lonely Hearts Club”) who have been in the care of MCAS for extended periods of time. All other pets will have reduced adoption fees of $10 from February 12-18.

“Many of these pets simply don't ‘show well,’ sometimes they're shy and hide, are jumpy or barky, or have given up all hope for being picked,” says Sarah Brown, Division Chief for MCAS. "We haven’t given up on them, and they are all adored by staff and volunteers who've had the opportunity to spend time with them.”

Check out the members of “The Lonely Hearts Club” below:

Indigo (female, 8-year-old, mixed breed)

This beautiful, sweet, senior dog will do best as your "one and only" cherished pet


Bella (female, 9-year-old, mixed breed)

A gorgeous dog with a big personality and a loving heart to match


Buddy (male, 6-year-old, mixed breed)

Full of life and fun, this handsome, brindled boy is ready to steal your heart


Betty (female, 4-years-old, mixed breed)

When Betty isn't cuddling with you, she enjoys long walks and romping around outdoors


Wonder Woman (female, 2-years-old, domestic shorthair)

After recovering from a car hit, this quiet cat is here to save the day


Toffee (female, 6-years-old, domestic shorthair)

This stunning cat is ready to give you affection between her peaceful naps


Adoptions include spay/neuter, microchip and rabies certificate -- a value of over $300 in savings. Manatee County residents are required to license their new pet for an additional $20. At the time of this release, MCAS has 65 dogs and 31 cats at the shelter.


The Palmetto Adoption Center and Shelter is located at 305 25th Street West in Palmetto, and Manatee County Cat Town is located at 216 6th Avenue East in Bradenton. Appointments are preferred, and walk-ins will be accommodated when available. You can plan your visit by going to mymanatee.org/pets to view all adoptable pets and schedule an appointment.


MCAS is Manatee County’s only open-admission shelter facility, taking in an average of 9 animals per day in 2021. The mission of MCAS is to maintain public health and safety through the enforcement of laws and ordinances related to animals, issue and maintain records for annual pet licensing, to promote responsible pet ownership, promote adoptions, and reduce pet overpopulation. MCAS continues to operate the Pet Pantry Program offering free food and supplies to pet owners facing financial and housing hardships. The Rescue Transfer Program continues to expand with a current roster of 120 rescues and shelters as partners accepting 853 pets into their care last year. For the 2020-21 fiscal year, MCAS had a 94% save rate.