13 Neglected Dogs are Now Safe at Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando

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Earlier this week, Pet Alliance jumped into action to rescue 13 neglected dogs from a hoarding case in North Florida. The situation was first uncovered by the Humane Society of the United States and Dixie County Sheriff’s Office. On a 5-acre property, nearly 150 dogs lived outside in appalling conditions without access to food or water. Many dogs were found enclosed in hutches, stranded and drenched from recent rains. A camper van was filled with over two dozen small dogs — the floor caked in feces and urine. 

After initial recovery efforts that included veterinary checks and sheltering from North Florida Animal Rescue, the dogs were then transported to rescue partners, including Pet Alliance, for placement. 

While in our care, staff will perform a full assessment of the 13 dogs and provide them with whatever they need to get healthy and be ready for adoption. Many of them have severe skin conditions including missing fur, painful sores and itchy, inflamed skin. They will likely require several weeks of treatment before they can find their forever homes.

Your support will ensure these dogs have the care and love they need to get healthy and strong. Thanks to you, we can care for these dogs and all of the other animals in our shelter. Will you help us care for these 13 dogs?

$20 monthly is all it takes to ensure that we are able to quickly respond to cases of neglect without hesitation.

$35 microchips two shelter pets, which can help reunite the countless lost and/or stolen animals in Central Florida and beyond.

$50 provides a spay/neuter surgery for one animal — helping to reduce pet overpopulation that leads to hoarding cases like this.

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Help Us Earn Up To $10,000 Through Petco Foundation’s #ShelterValentine

Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is asking our local adopters to help us earn a lifesaving grant award by posting photos of their pets!

The Petco Foundation’s Send Love to Shelter Pets campaign will take place from Feb. 1 to Feb. 14 and is as simple as posting a photo and  story of your adopted dog or cat from Pet Alliance on social media. 

Animal lovers can post a photo or video using #ShelterValentine on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for a chance to win daily prizes and a grant award for the organization they adopted from Pet Alliance.

Your submission will help Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando the chance to earn a $1,000 daily grant award (yes, you can post daily!), or a $10,000 Valentine’s Day grant award. Valentines can be a message of love to an adopted pet, a thank you to shelter staff who work hard to save lives every day, or a note of encouragement to shelter pets looking for loving homes.

To be eligible, Pet Alliance adopters must include in their post:

Participants will have the chance to win a daily prize pack containing a Petco gift card, an item from Mutts, a BOBS from Skechers item, and a Petco Foundation swag item. To view full campaign rules, visit petcofoundation.org/love.

On the week of Valentine’s Day, representatives from the Petco Foundation will travel the country
visiting animal welfare organizations with a special valentine delivery.

The Petco Foundation will also compile #ShelterValentine messages from across the country to send a virtual valentine to more than 4,000 animal welfare organizations, thanking them for their lifesaving work. To learn more about the Petco Foundation, visit petcofoundation.org.

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Happy Tails: 11-Year-Old Gwen’s Skin Cancer Diagnosis and Adoption

This year had no shortage of incredible Tails of Joy, as over 5,200 homeless dogs and cats turned to Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando for compassionate care. 

No matter the shape, size, breed or age, dogs and cats who come to Pet Alliance are always given the second chance they need and deserve.

None of this would be possible without your support. 

One shelter dog who knows what your generosity is capable of firsthand is 11-year-old Gwen.

Gwen spent most of her life living outside before she arrived at Pet Alliance. When our shelter medical staff examined her, they discovered she was suffering from skin cancer due to so much time spent in the strong Florida sun. Just like with humans, this diagnosis was life-changing for Gwen. She became a first of its kind special needs adoption case at Pet Alliance.

Unable to spend any significant amount of time in the sun, Gwen needed to find a special owner who would understand her unique situation. Her age and diagnosis would require frequent vet visits, additional expenses and, especially disheartening for a dog, a life spent mostly indoors. 

Sweet seniors like Gwen deserve to spend their remaining years in a loving home and we realize that it can take time to find the right adopter. It took 51 days in the shelter, but Gwen found the human she needed. 

Gwen’s story is a tale of hope. When you give, we are able to provide second chances to animals who have no where else to turn for lifesaving medical care, nutritious meals, playtime and lots of love from staff and volunteers.

Will you donate to give animals like Gwen a second chance at life?

$25 – microchips 2 dogs 

$50 – one shelter pet medical exam

$100 – spay/neuter surgery for one shelter pet

$250 – five shelter pet medical exams 

$500 – spay/neuter surgery for five shelter pets

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4 Holiday Pet Saftey Dos and Don’ts

The holidays wouldn’t be the same if we weren’t celebrating alongside our furrier family members. You know the feeling; stuffed and content while sprawled out on the couch watching the National Dog Show with your dog or cat keeping you toasty. It’s something we look forward to all season long!

To help keep your season merry and bright, it’s important to remember that safety should be a top priority given the exposure your pets face to potentially dangerous plants, human food, and decorations this time of year. Here are a few safety tips to follow:

With so much great food around for Thanksgiving and holiday parties, it’s important to understand what food might cause upset tummies — or worse, a visit to the emergency vet. 

We recommend to avoid giving your pet any table scraps as added ingredients such as spices (notably sage, nutmeg, and cinnamon), added fat (butter, cream, oil), and additive ingredients (sugar, Xylitol, corn syrup) can have harmful effects on your pets health. Here is a resource for you to ponder, as well as a TL;DR bullet points on what to avoid from this article:

 

9 Classic Thanksgiving Foods Dangerous to Dogs

  • Bread dough 
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Turkey and ham (skin spiced and salted)
  • Stuffing 
  • Side dishes
  • Bones
  • Chocolate
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Nuts
  • Alcohol
  • Garbage

If you’re looking to make your home pet-friendly this season, it’s important to know which holiday plants could potentially cause pets medical distress if eaten.

Here are resources from PetMD and others to refer to when deicing which plants to bring into your home, as well as a TL;DR in bullet points for what not to let your pets eat:

Dangerous Winter Holiday Plants for Pets

Dangerous Holiday Plants to Avoid for Your Cat

5 Dog-Safe Alternatives to Popular Holiday Plants

 

  • Poinsettia Plants
  • Holly and Mistletoe
  • Lilies and Daffodils
  • Amaryllis (Belladonna)
  • Christmas Cactus

If you have young children, you’ll probably notice a lot of cross over between Christmas tree safety for your pets. But for anyone not in the know, here are a few important notes on keeping your Christmas tree (real or fake) safely in your home. Learn more on securing your tree from THE DOG PEOPLE. TL;DR:

  • Secure your tree: Christmas trees near excited wagging tails, kittens eager to climb, or anyone who has the zoomies is bound to topple over. This can be a dangerous scenario if it happens to your pets with breakable ornaments and the tree itself can cause bodily harm. Make sure to anchor the tree as best as possible. 
  • Hide electrical chords: A Pet Alliance staff member recalls her 9 month-old-kitten once having quite the shock while chewing on a string light cord connected to her Christmas tree. “All we herd was a yelp and saw orange fuzz booking it to the bedroom. We then looked over and saw our 4 ft tree toppled over and the lights completely out. He was perfectly fine after the ordeal, but it could have been avoided if we the chords out of reach as it could have been much worse.”
  • Fake Trees: We all love the smell of a Christmas tree, but make sure to ensure your pet cannot reach the water dish and drink from the base. Not only is there bacteria that can develop in the water, but there is a likelihood of fertilizers and pesticide leached from the tree to the water dish.
  • Present Stealers: It’s a truth universally acknowledged that despite buying the most interesting toys, pets love playing with trash. And we know plenty of pets who would love to swipe a few already wrapped gifts from under the tree.  Especially ones with bows (we see you cats and kittens). It’s best that if you don’t want your beautifully wrapped presents torn into, spoiling someones gift in the process, to not put presents down till the morning you plant to open them. This can help avoid accidentally eating a ribbon as well, as blockages from tinsel and string.  

Just like how the holiday’s can be stressful for us with family members new and old dropping by for dinner and presents, the same is true for your animals. It’s essential to set ground rules for your family member to ensure the pets in your home aren’t stressed by all the excitement.

Whether you are hosting for the holidays or traveling with your pets, always make sure you put a pet’s routine and preference into consideration.

Here is a resource from NC State University on the subject. TL;DR subjects covered:

  • Stick to a schedule 
  • Boarding
  • Travel
  • Setting rules with your family 

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Parramore’s Smallest Animal Advocates Enjoy Pet-Themed Summer Camp

New Image Youth Center Campers with a Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando therapy dog.

The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando launched our hugely successful Summer Camp program in the summer of 2007. Since then, we have seen kids embrace their passion for dogs and cats and become advocates for animal welfare. We have heard many poignant stories of human-animal bonds formed with shelter animals during this program. While education and community outreach is our primary focus with the summer camp, we have also witnessed participating families blossom into adopters, volunteers, counselors, staff members, and donors. 

Three years ago, we noticed that something was missing from our summer camp program. Even though we were providing scholarships to children who couldn’t afford the camp, we still weren’t reaching kids with transportation issues. 

There were kids in the community that would benefit greatly from our camp but simply couldn’t get there. This forced us to face some difficult questions. Could we logistically operate a traveling summer camp? Could we find an off-site location to host our camp? Could we find a donor to offset the cost of an offsite camp? The search began and all three questions were answered with a resounding YES from our community partners.

Through the generosity of a grant from Franklin’s Friends, our dream to reach the Parramore community with our summer camp became a reality. Franklin’s Friends sponsored the program in 2017 and has committed to funding the offsite summer camp for the next five years. That commitment has enabled us not only to launch the program but also is a promise to the Parramore community that we are there to stay. We want to help the children in their community become advocates for dogs & cats and embrace the human-animal bond.

“Being able to reach these kids in Parramore who otherwise might not have access to this amazing summer camp really means a lot to Franklin’s Friends.  Community education is one of the three pillars of our mission statement. Being able to impact our youth - the leaders of tomorrow - is such an important part of what we do."

Monisha Seth, President of Franklin’s Friends.

New Image Youth Center was excited to host our offsite summer program. They were already providing summer camp services to youth in the Parramore area and were looking to enhance their program. Pet Alliance was able to add a week of pet-related modules to their summer camp curriculum. Our team, including our dog ambassador, literally brings our summer camp to elementary, middle and high school age boys & girls in Parramore. The week culminates in a field trip where students go to explore 75 acres of farmland and meet the pigs, donkeys, goats, and cows of Kindred Spirits animal sanctuary! Our off-site summer camp has become a highlight of the summer for our staff.

“The kids become part of our family. We truly enjoy every minute and seeing their faces with our dogs is unbelievable.”

Lenai Montgomery - Camp Manager

The Pet Alliance of Central Florida is so thankful to our community partners for enabling us to launch this offsite summer camp program. Franklin’s Friends and New Image Youth Center have made an enormous impact in helping us to expand our summer camp program to the Parramore community. These children are enjoying not only a week-long animal focussed summer camp, but will celebrate the human-animal bond this program helps them to forge for years to come.

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Sanford Location Opens Shelter Medical Clinic

Veterinarian Dr. Morris with Clinic staff member Leslie Martinez.

Pet Alliance’s Sanford shelter recently opened a dedicated shelter veterinary clinic due to a generous gift from the Estate of Annie L. Bowman. A longtime resident of Casselberry, and friend of many cats, Annie chose to include Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando in her will. Annie’s family wanted to ensure the gift would have a lasting impact on animals, and the opportunity to fund a new state of the art shelter clinic was a perfect fit.

Over the last few years, the Sanford shelter relied heavily on the resources from Pet Alliance’s public clinic to operate and care for the animals surrendered to the shelter. 

The gift from the Estate of Annie L. Bowman provided the resources needed to fund equipment purchases and renovations to complete the shelter medical space. Having a shelter medical clinic and dedicated veterinary team to care for shelter pets allows Pet Alliance to better meet the healthcare needs of the animals and create a more efficient operation.

“The Sanford shelter clinic will have a significant impact on our shelter pets,” said Fraily Rodriguez, Vice President of Operations. “Pet Alliance’s policy is that all dogs and cats in our shelters must be seen by a veterinarian and, if needed, spayed or neutered before adoption. Before Sanford had its own shelter medical team, animals had to wait, sometimes for days at a time, to be seen by veterinarians in our public clinic. Now, our dedicated staff is doing surgeries 5-6 days a week, which translates to our animals being ready for adoption sooner”

Sanford Shelter Medical team and Shelter staff.

The full-time team made up of Veterinarian, Dr. Nanea Morris, and Veterinary Technician, Tanya Ogle is very excited to have this amazing new clinic space where each dog and cat surrendered to Pet Alliance receives a thorough medical exam, vaccines, preventive medicine, specialized medical issues, and spay/neuter surgery (if needed)—without a significant wait time.

‘It’s exciting how a meaningful innovation like this, thanks to the kindness of donors like Annie and her family, can end up saving more lives in our Seminole County community.”

To learn more about out our clinics, click here.

 

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