Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando was awarded a $95,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support our lifesaving efforts centered around our Virtual Kitten Nursery and Community Cat Initiative.
The Petco Foundation investment will support Pet Alliance’s efforts to decrease the number of homeless kittens and cats in the community. Modeled after successful programs from other parts of the country, Pet Alliance’s Community Cat Initiative targets neighborhoods with large populations of unowned cats to perform trap-neuter-release.
Staff work each week to educate residents and perform the spay/neuter surgeries at Pet Alliance’s Alafaya Clinic. The Virtual Kitten Nursery is Pet Alliance’s volunteer network that cares for kittens until they reach the
appropriate age and size for adoption. Petco Foundation’s support will help provide the supplies and support the volunteers need for this program.
“We are deeply grateful for the Petco Foundation’s generous gift. This support will allow Pet Alliance to continue its critical work to make Central Florida a happier and healthier place for pets and people through innovative outreach programs and high-quality sheltering and care,” said Stephen Bardy, Executive Director of Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. “Within five years, our community should see a significant reduction of homeless cats and fewer kittens and cats being turned in at animal shelters.”
Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is a nonprofit organization that provides temporary shelter and care to more than 8,000 homeless dogs and cats each year. In addition, the organization provides important surrender prevention, spay/neuter and outreach programs that help reduce the number of homeless pets. Since 1937, Pet Alliance has helped hundreds of thousands of pets receive care and find new homes in Central Florida. In addition, Pet Alliance works tirelessly to transfer in dogs and cats from high euthanasia shelters and those displaced by cruelty situations and natural disasters. In the past year, 7,111 pets were adopted, 1,543 dogs and cats were transferred in and staff veterinarians performed 12,348 spay/neuter surgeries. Volunteers served 79,748 hours including time fostering 1,274 kittens and puppies.
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