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Manatee shelter pushes to get every animal adopted

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They all need to find a home and last Friday, they were all given a little more time to find new owners, a 7-day pardon.

So far, 85 of the pets in the Manatee shelter have been adopted, but thanks to a huge social media push, that number is changing by the minute.

FOX & Friends, the national morning show, was in town Tuesday, and that helped pump up the interest across the country. Now, they're getting calls from rescue groups as far away as Australia.

Michael Flach of Tampa saw FOX 13's coverage at noon Thursday and drove down with his niece Harmony from Tampa. They took home a beautiful, brindle-coated mixed breed.

"And we were talking about it for a while, and we thought this was a good time to call," said Flach. "So she [Harmony] went online, saw some dogs, we called and they said, come over, so here we are!"

"We chose a puppy, she's about 10 months old, " said Harmony Nutt. "We have an older dog, he's about 2, so they should be able to play together."

Nutt's 2-year-old son Michael named the dog Cinnamon, which is a high-energy mixed breed. They signed an adoption agreement, but got the dog for free.

"You will provide food, water, shelter and treat her humanely all the time," said Theresa Wunderlich, who works at the kennel.

And the adoption was free, because Flach and Nutt live out of county. They will still have to pay a small license fee to keep the pet in Hillsborough County, though.

"We're getting lots of calls thanks to FOX13," said Shane Smith with the rescue group, "So it's all good today."

Smith said he and his wife Janet will work hard with the shelter through the weekend to get every cat and dog a loving home.

"The numbers are changing by the hour, so and then there are still animals coming in, as they go out, they come in to their stray hold," said Smith.

The stray hold is five days.

There are still at least a hundred or more animals looking for homes from the Manatee County Animal Shelter right now, which has been setting the standard nationwide by reducing its kill rate steadily over the past few years.

Manatee was the first county in the state to adopt a "no-kill" policy at its public shelters, so they already have one of the best 'save' rates in Florida.

"It's a personal goal, I just don't want to leave any behind," said Smith.

The seven-day pardon was set to expire on Friday, but it is going to be extended through the weekend.

Another rescue group is coming Monday, so the Smith's will stay until then to make sure every last animal gets a home. They've had a 100 percent success rate at the last five shelters they've visited, so they want to keep that winning streak going.


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