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How to Leave a Legacy

It’s easy. To make a gift to the Humane Society of Manatee County, you simply include a provision in your will specifying the type and/ or the amount you would like to give. Your gift can consist of almostanything—money, bank accounts, securities or real estate. Although the provision can be a short paragraph, the language … continuing reading


Founded in 1971 by Gertrude Decker and a courageous group of volunteers dedicated to the humane treatment of animals in Manatee County, the Humane Society of Manatee County first operated as a foster-based organization without a facility. On April 7, 1973, the organization received non-profit 501 (c)(3) status. After many fund-raisers and a couple of … continuing reading

Second Chances Save Lives

The dedicated shelter staff and volunteers are committed to helping you find your perfect match. Adoption counselors will work to ensure that your new companion animal is a perfect fit for you, your family, your lifestyle and your home. Our Sleepover Program allows you to take home an animal you are considering adopting to see … continuing reading

Second Chances

It is very difficult to write this story without being judgmental, but we have to remember that giving an animal a second chance at a healthy life and love is the goal of the Humane Society of Manatee County. This is what each dog and cat deserves and thanks to the generous support of our … continuing reading

Feline Souvenir

When Andreas Dietrich and his family came from Germany to Anna Maria Island for a vacation, little did they know they would be going home with a feline souvenir. Several days after arriving they heard a meow and upon opening the door, there stood a beautiful tortie/calico cat, hungry and lonely. Whether abandoned or lost, … continuing reading

If I Could Turn Back Time

This song was made famous by Cher, but not the Cher in this story. Cher was a six-year-old, 126 lb. bull mastiff who was suffering from a horrible uterine infection called pyometra as a result of not being spayed. This condition manifests itself when bacteria collect and multiplies in a female dog’s uterus and has … continuing reading

Angus finds a home

Angus had a home until he didn’t. Through no fault of his own, he found himself at the shelter and as a result of undergoing a complete examination, it was found that he tested positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). FIV attacks the immune system of infected cats, making them more vulnerable to other infections. … continuing reading

Waiting for Someone to Love **Update**

Ishia has been adopted!!! She is now living the life she deserves with her wonderful new family!!! Ishia waited and waited, but no one came home that night, or for that matter any other night. The person she loved, the one who fed her and took her for car rides, was never coming home. That … continuing reading

Taking a Bite out of High Cost Dentals

Dental health is an extremely important part of your pet’s overall health, and it is the reason that annual dental appointments to examine an animal’s gums and teeth are highly recommended. These annual dental visits allow our veterinarians to check for early signs of oral issues and to keep your pet’s mouth healthy.  Click to … continuing reading

Spaying / Neutering

Spaying and neutering your pets is the humane solution to pet overpopulation, homeless animals and overcrowded shelters.