For anyone who's ever visited an animal shelter and seen a warm, fuzzy creature sleeping on a hard concrete floor, this volunteer opportunity might be hard to resist.
Supporters of the no kill movement and animal loving volunteers are invited to join forces on Thursday at 10 a.m. at Manatee County Animal Services for the Build a Bed Party. Volunteers will be building 50 beds for shelter dogs that currently have no beds in their kennels to lie on. The shelter is at 305 25th St., Palmetto
Because shelter dogs need special chew-proof, durable beds, volunteers and shelter administrators decided on Kuranda beds, which are made from PVC pipe and marine canvas material and don't have any rough edges the dogs can get a hold of to chew.
In order to save on shipping and get a discounted price, volunteers from Picture Them Adopted had to order a minimum of 50 beds. The first collection to raise money for the beds took place at the Bayfest festival this past October, where they were able to get enough donations to buy 12 beds. Donations for the remainder of the 38 beds came from local business on Anna Maria Island and Bradenton as well as from booths set up at various dog related events like Canine Christmas and the Bully Walk. Just in time for Christmas, the first 50 beds have been ordered and delivered and are ready to be assembled.
Volunteers are encouraged to wear their pajamas to go along with the theme of a slumber party. Pizza and beverages will be served to all those participating compliments of Picture Them Adopted and NO KILL Manatee. Participants are asked to bring a Phillips head screwdriver and an adjustable wrench or 7/16" wrench if they have them. Organizers will have extra ones available. According to shelter staff, the beds are not difficult to put together.
The shelter is also asking the public to step up and consider buying a bed to help reach the 100-bed goal. The regular rate to order a large bed online, shipping included, is $68.62. These orders can be placed directly through the MCAS website at mymanatee.org/pets. Click on Donate a Kuranda bed on the right hand side of the page. Or you can order them through Caryn Hodge of Picture Them Adopted for a total of only $50. Both donations are tax deductible. A receipt will be supplied upon request. For information on ordering a bed you can contact Hodge at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (941) 713-3105.
According to the news release about this event, Manatee County is the first county in the state to attempt to become a no kill county. According to the most recent statistics, the no kill percentage there is hovering around 85 percent, compared to 30 percent this time last year.