Paws in the Park 2021 Raises an Astounding $111,000!

Paws in the Park

It was a day for the dogs (and the occasional cat), as thousands of pet people came out to support Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando’s 28th Annual Paws in the Park — Orlando Largest Pet Festival! “Cat’s” off to all of our generous donors who spent several months fundraising as individuals and in teams — together we raised an astounding $111,259!

These funds will get straight to work supporting Pet Alliance’s mission of care, compassion, and hope for the over 5,200 homeless dogs and cats who temporarily call Pet Alliance home each year. 

We celebrated alongside our fundraisers at Lake Eola Park on Saturday, May 8, 2021 with fun-filled day of dog and human activities! This year’s Paws in the Park included the always popular Reed Nissan Lure Courses, the Urgent Vet Doggie Fun Zone, “Feeling Zesty With Your Bestie” Speaker Series with Zesty Paws, and the much anticipated Tito’s Vodka for Dog People “Pet Costume Contest”

Fundraising Leaders of the Pack


Edward Hensley and Javier Quesada

Patty Sheehan
$3,015.60 raised

Suzanne Fleming
$2,385.60 raised


The Butler and Tibet Team
$7,548.60 raised

Disney Dogs
$5,173.99 raised

City of Orlando Employees, Friends & Family
$3,300.60 raised

The fun didn’t stop there as more than 50 vendors and 13 food trucks located throughout Lake Eola for shopping and delicious food options. The beer/cocktail garden was a popular hangout for dogs and humans alike at the Persimmon and Hallow Brewing Co. featuring brews from Revel Tales and Sunshine State Distributing. 

Thank you to all of our sponsors, vendors and attendees who registered and raised funds — you made the day an enormous success!

If you are interested in joining the event committee or getting involved in the 2022 Paws in the Park, please contact Special Event Manager Amanda Henry  at [email protected] Enjoy our photo gallery from the 2021 Paws in the Park on Facebook here or below:

Paws in the Park 2021 — Photo Gallery

Thank you to our Event Sponors


Paws In The Park Returning To Lake Eola Park on Saturday, May 8, 2021!

Save-the-Date, Register Today and Start Fundraising to Help Support the Region’s Oldest and Largest Animal Welfare Agency at The Fun-Filled Annual Event Featuring Adoptable Pets, Doggy Sports, a Costume Contest, Pet-Friendly Vendors, Food Trucks and More!

Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, the region’s oldest and largest animal welfare agency, is excited to announce the return of their popular pet festival “Paws in the Park” to Lake Eola Park in Downtown Orlando on Saturday, May 8, 2021 starting at 10am.  Pet parents and pet lovers are all invited to join together with their fur children and fur friends for the fun-filled, free event, which features a full day of both “human” and “canine” activities, food and fun, like lure courses for big and small dogs, photo stations, doggy fun zone, costume contest, vendor marketplace, food trucks, Pet Alliance swag, plus plenty of pet adoption opportunities. 

Pet Alliance is working closely with the City Of Orlando to ensure Paws in the Park is a safe event for the whole family to enjoy by implementing new public safety guidelines, including “human” attendees required to wear masks and social distancing measures.

Attendees are encouraged to register now and start fundraising.  Participants who raise $15 receive a commemorative dog bandana, and those who raise $75 receive the 2021 Paws in the Park T-shirt.  Paws in the Park will also feature virtual components this year for people who prefer to take part from home.

“We are thrilled to bring back our biggest event of the year Paws in the Park,” says Pet Alliance Executive Director Steve Bardy.  “Though the past year has been unique, we were still able to adopt out, rescue and foster thousands of dogs and cats.  We certainly have a lot to celebrate with our animal-loving community and a huge mission to continue fundraising for, and so we look forward to seeing everyone and their cherished pets back out at Lake Eola Park for a very fun, memorable and safe day for all.”

Paws in the Park supports the mission of Pet Alliance to educate, shelter, place and heal pets and their families with compassionate, responsible care, and funds raised from the beloved event help Pet Alliance save over 5,200 dogs and cats this year by providing shelter, care and love until they find their forever home.

For more information on Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando and to register and fundraise for Paws in the Park, visit and

Event Sponsors

Doggie Fun Zone
BEER GARDEN at Persimmon Hollow Brewery

About Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando

Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando was founded in 1937 as the Orlando Humane Society.  Since then, the organization has worked hard to provide positive and safe outcomes for pets.  Today, Pet Alliance has a dedicated focus on the welfare and well-being of dogs and cats in Orange, Seminole and Osceola Counties.  As the “go to” experts in Greater Orlando, they do good things for dogs and cats and the people who love them.  Their goal is to provide compassionate and knowledgeable services for pets and to be leaders in innovative animal care and veterinary medicine.  More than 5,000 surrendered pets and homeless animals turn to the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando for caring, compassion and hope through their shelters each year.  Pet Alliance provides food, medical care and shelter for dogs and cats until they find their new homes.  In addition to providing housing and care, Pet Alliance works to develop progressive and innovative programs that help keep pets and people together.  Pet Alliance also provides low-cost spay/neuter surgeries and animal wellness through their public veterinary clinics.  Their shelter programs are supported entirely by donations from the community they serve.  Pet Alliance has two pet adoption centers (Orlando and Sanford) and three veterinary clinics (Orlando, Sanford and Alafaya).

MEDIA CONTACT: Ilene Lieber, Passion PR Consulting, 321-277-7812, [email protected]m

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Tune into the Pet Alliance PUP BOWL on Friday 2/5!

Who’s ready for some football?

Support our two adorable puppy teams, WAGS and WHISKERS, as they go paw-to-paw to help raise donations for the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando! Last year, Pet Alliance sheltered over 5,200 dogs and cats and they’re in need of your support more than ever. 

Make a donation below to the 2021 Pup Bowl and let us know which team your are rooting for! 

And don’t forget to turn in on Pet Alliance social media to see the Pup Bowl in action on Friday, February 5 @ 1:00pm!

Watch the 2021 Pup Bowl!

Ways to Tune in to the Pup Bowl

Free Vaccine Saturdays

PetSmart Charities awarded Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando with a $75,000 grant to provide veterinary care to pets in underserved communities. At Pet Alliance, our goal is to keep people and pets together and ensure that pet owners have the support they need to keep their dogs and cats healthy and happy. This grant will allow Pet Alliance to provide free vaccines to residents who might not otherwise be able to afford them. 

Do I need to bring proof of current financial hardship?

Please understand that while we will not be checking clients for their current employment status or other forms of government assistance, these services are intended for pet parents in need so they do no have to surrender their animals.
Our three Pet Alliance clinics offer low-cost veterinary care options for those who are able to afford it. Take a look at our price sheets to make an informed and thoughtful decision before potentially taking a spot away from a pet truly in need. 

Do I need to make an appointment?

All free vaccine events are FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED up to 75 patients. We recommend arriving early to better ensure you receive this service. When you arrive, please check in with a staff member to sign in and then return to your vehicle while you wait. Please wear a mask or face covering while interacting with Pet Alliance Staff.


What vaccines are offered and how many pets can I bring?

Canine influenza and FELV vaccines are available for purchase. Free heartworm test is offered with purchase of 6 months preventative.  Limit two pets per household.

FREE Dog Vaccines:




FREE Cat Vaccines:



Free vaccine dates and locations:

Questions? Please call (407) 351 – 7722 for more information. 

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Holiday Events Benefiting Pet Alliance

Attention, Orlando! November is packed with holiday and fall events for every pet lover or those looking to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year! Take a look at a few partner events, fun-raisers, and more!

"Yappy Hour" at World of Beer Downtown Orlando

Saturday, November 14
12 – 4PM

Proceeds Benefit the
Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando

$6 Tito’s Handmade Vodka Cocktails

World of Beer Downtown Orlando
431 E Central Blvd ste b, Orlando, FL 32801

Dog Days Pet Portraits with MacBeth Studios

Thursday, November 19 – Friday, November 20
View available time slots here.

❄️ Barking in a Winter Pupperland! ❄️

Macbeth Studio has teamed up again with Appleton Creative to make pet lovers’ wishes come true!
The annual Dog Days Pet Portrait charity event to benefit the @petalliancego will be on November 19th & 20th.
Proceeds Benefit the
Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando

2020 "My Best Friend" Wine Release at Quantum Leap Winery

Thursday, November 19
5:30 – 7:30PM

You’re invited to drop by Quantum Leap Winery for the exclusive release of the 2020 My Best Friends Rescue Red Wine release!

We had a recorder breaking year fundraising during our annual photo contest, so we’re thrilled to help present the 2020 winners, Wilson and Sooki, to the public!

Stop by and try the newest Rescue Red and pick-up a bottle (or case) for the holidays!

Quantum Leap Winery
 1312 Wilfred Dr, Orlando, FL 32803

Holiday Wander at the Mall at Millenia

November 28 – December 24
Wednesday through Saturday Noon – 8pm
Sunday 11am – 7pm

100% of proceeds benefit Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. 

Experience an interactive imagination experience with selfie extravaganzas at the Mall at Mellenia! Picture yourself in candy cane swirls, a snowflake blizzard, inside a giant snow globe, or on a rooftop as Santa in his sleigh pass by!   

Join the fun by coloring a massive Holiday Wander mural designed by NYC artist, Jon Burgerman.  Before you leave, opt for a takeaway customizable cape, tote, pencil case and more!    

Admission per person $5 donation, and optional $5 donation for crafts. Fun for all ages! Located on level 2 near the Grand Court.

8th Annual Violectric Holiday Show @ Lake Eola Amphitheatre

Saturday, December 12 at 7:00pm
Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park

Are you craving a live, high energy OUTDOOR rock show this holiday season? Come to the 8th Annual Violectric Holiday Show at Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park on Saturday, December 12 at 7:00pm! It is FREE (donations for Pet Alliance shelter pets are encouraged), family and pet-friendly and will be simulcast around the entire lake on their audio system.

Please visit our Wish List for a list of needs for our shelter pets including, food, treats, towels, supplies, and more. 

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Dog Day Afternoon Pup Crawl & Costume Contest

Bring your pup to the Mills 50 District for the annual Dog Day Afternoon Pup Crawl & Costume Contest on Sunday, October 18 from 1pm – 4pm.

This will be a socially distant “Pup Crawl” as we hop from one of Mills 50’s 12 participating bars and restaurants. Don’t forget to mask up for a frightful time! Pups in Halloween costumes can win prizes, compliments of Loch Haven Veterinary HospitalAdults in costumes can win prizes too!

Up to 50% of wristband sales will be donated to Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. We will be at The Twisted Handle with some adorable adoptable dogs.

Purchase a wristband for $5 at Ten 10 Brewing Company or The Twisted Handle and take advantage of drink specials at twelve participating bars & businesses. The first 100 pups (accompanied by an adult) will receive a bandana, compliments of our partner Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Pups in costumes can win prizes, compliments of Loch Haven Veterinary Hospital! Adults in costumes can win prizes too!

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