Manatee County Government is formally rolling out their Free Ride Home Program in April, 2014. The Free Ride Home Program is designed to encourage compliance with the County’s mandatory pet license law and offers dogs and cats a Free Ride Home when they get lost.
Statistically, one in three pets will get lost in their lifetime. Manatee County’s Free Fide Program allows Animal Control Officers to return registered pets directly to their homes, without the stress and expense of impound. Good Samaritans can use the online service petdata.com to return pets as well.
Yearly Pet Registration in Manatee County is the law and it is easy and affordable. Since a rabies vaccine is also required by law, pet owners are encouraged to visit their veterinarian to obtain the vaccine and license. Local low cost clinics can administer the rabies vaccine as well and tags can be purchased at either of the Manatee County Animal Services location.
Dogs and cats over 4 months old are required to be registered and first offense fines of $250 for non compliance of rabies vaccines and another $250 for non compliance with registration can be imposed.
The Free Ride Home Program is available at mymanatee.org/pets, where pet owners can find information on Pet Data, the County’s new registration partner. A list of participating veterinarians and clinics is available there as well.
The Manatee Marauders baseball team will be starring in upcoming promotions to educate the public about the Free Ride Program. Adopted and available rescue pets from the Shelter will be featured along with Dawg Phonics’ special star, Phoenix, the wonder dog.
The commercial will be shot at McKechnie Field at 9:30am on Thursday, April 24th. Interviews with all participants will be available to the media.