In October of 2011, Manatee County made the goal to make their county Animal Shelter No Kill by December of 2012.
"No Kill actually means you are vowing not to kill any healthy, adoptable animal," said Kris Weiskopf, Manatee County Animal Services Chief.
The policy has been put into place and the save rate went up 20 percent for 2012 vs 2011. Manatee County is also serving as a model for other counties considering going no kill.
"We have a lot of other counties looking at our plan," Weiskopf said.
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While the county has not been able to increase its Animal Services budget, volunteers in the community have raised money through the Manatee County No Kill effort to help pay for medical care for animals in need.
On Saturday proceeds from the 6th Annual Bradenton Beer Festival: Mardi Gras charity event will go to Manatee County No Kill. The event, featuring nearly 50 breweries, will take place in downtown Bradenton from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Mardis Gras-themed event will have Creole food and beer to sample including more than 80 beers from the craft beer scene. Ten food trucks are expected to offer tasty treatsat the downtown event as well.
Manatee County Animal Serivices will also hold a special adoption event later this month.