Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month

Kane at Reed (2)Throughout October we celebrate Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog month. This annual celebration raises awareness of the approximately 4 million dogs in shelters in the United States right now.

The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is proud to support this national event by offering $25 adoptions all month long on regularly priced pets (normally $75), age six months or older, at our Orlando and Sanford shelters.

Can’t adopt or already have pets? There’s still a lot you can do to help dogs in need during Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog month.

10 ways to help shelter dogs:

  1. Help spread the word! Share adoptable pet photos from the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando on Facebook and encourage friends to do the same.
  2. Ensure your pet is spayed or neutered. This is a vital step toward preventing additional unwanted puppies and kittens.
  3. Create your very own personal page to celebrate your pets adopt-a-versary,  birthday, Halloween or any other creative idea you have! Then ask friends or family to support you. Each donation, whether $5 or $10, is significant toward providing care to pets in need.
  4. Share our shelter wish list with friends and family or start a donation drive. Items like dog and cat treats, toys, and towels go a long way toward making pets stay in our shelter more comfortable. Most items can be easily purchased on Amazon.
  5. Microchip your pet! By reuniting lost pets with their owners, we reduce the stress on local shelters in the area. Without a microchip, only 15% of dogs that enter a shelter are reunited with their owners.
  6. Attend the 25th Anniversary of Furball on Saturday, November 5 at Rosen Shingle Creek.  Tickets are available online now.
  7. Tweet about it! This is a great start: “October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog month! Check out @PetAllianceGO’s pets now: https://bit.ly/adPAGO”
  8. Donate!  We invest $356.50 in each dog and $225.50 in each cat up for adoption. Fees are typically $75, we depend on community support for the difference.
  9. Sign up to volunteer at the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. We have shelters in Orlando and Sanford with opportunities in a variety of areas including photography, fostering, helping with special events or just being advocates for us in the community.
  10. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter! It’s fast, free and fun! Each month you’ll get event news, pet health tips and more!

 

 

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Cinco de Mayo Adoption Special

Untitled design (69)Did you know?  Cinco de Mayo is a day to celebrate the Mexican army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

We want to celebrate a victory of another kind, over pet homelessness.  From Thursday, May 5 to Sunday, May 8 you can adopt any regularly priced dog or cat for just $5!

Your new furry friend will go home already spayed/neutered, treated for internal and external parasites, microchipped and vaccinaed against rabies, distemper and upper respiratory viruses. Cats receive a Feline Leukemia test and dogs will have been tested for heartworm disease.

You’ll also receive a free post-adoption veterinary exam and one month of flea prevention.

This special is valid at our Orlando and Sanford shelters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Million Cat Challenge

challenger300x250[1]The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is joining animal shelters across North America to save the lives of one million more cats in the next five years. It’s all part of a joint campaign of the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida and the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program.

The Million Cat Challenge is based on five key initiatives that offer every shelter, in every community, practical choices to reduce euthanasia and increase live outcomes for shelter cats.

“Kittens are usually adopted pretty quickly, it’s the adult cats who may stay in the shelter for a while”, says Rachel Klaren, Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando Shelter Manager.  “One of our approaches to keep adult cats in the home is by offering a free spay for the mother cat when families surrender kittens”

These owners were very grateful to be able to keep their cat, Midnight, and have her spayed for no charge.
These owners were very grateful to be able to keep their cat, Midnight, and have her spayed for no charge.

“The shelters who have taken the Challenge are leading the way in finding and implementing new approaches to saving cats’ lives,” said Dr. Kate Hurley, director of the UC Davis program.

“Spaying and neutering” is key to preventing more homeless cats in our community, says Dr. Morris, Clinic Director for PAGO.  Daily, we offer a variety of free and affordable spay/neuter services for owned and community cats at our Sanford and Orlando clinics as well as on our mobile unit in St. Cloud.

 

About the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando

Formerly the SPCA of Central Florida, our goal is to provide compassionate care to the pets and people of our community.  More than 10,000 homeless dogs and cats will turn to the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando for caring, compassion, and hope through our animal shelters this year. Our highly skilled veterinarians will help and heal an additional 45,000 animals in our veterinary clinics. Learn more at https://petallianceorlando.org.

 

About the Million Cat Challenge

The Million Cat Challenge is a shelter-based campaign to save the lives of one million cats in North America over the next five years. The core strategy of the campaign will focus on five key initiatives that offer every shelter, in every community, practical choices to reduce euthanasia and increase live outcomes for shelter cats. Drs. Levy and Hurley are available for interviews. For more information, visit https://www.millioncatchallenge.org/.

Home for the Holiday

Orange County Animal Services, Seminole County Animal Services, Osceola County Animal Services and the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando are teaming up to host a Central Florida shelter pet adoption special. All four shelters will be reducing adoption fees for dogs and cats to $12 for the month of December. This “Home for the Holidays” adoption promotion will help spread awareness for the homeless shelter pets who are ready to find a new family.

View Adoptable Dogs   View Adoptable Cats

“The homeless animal crisis tragically impacts all of Central Florida,” said Fraily Rodriguez, Vice President of the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, “area animal shelters have aligned with the single focus of saving lives this holiday season and we are asking the community to do its part by adopting a dog or cat.” Kim Staton, Director for Osceola County Animal Services added, “we want all the participating shelters to be empty for Christmas. That would be a huge gift to the animals and community.”

Uncontrolled breeding of dogs and cats and selling of puppies and kittens online and in stores contribute to animal homelessness. Animals adopted from shelters are spayed or neutered, completely vaccinated, microchipped for identification, and examined by a veterinarian.

“This holiday season, please consider bringing home a very special gift from our family to yours – a lovable shelter pet!”, said Bob Hunter, Seminole County Animal Services Manager. “Open your heart and your home to our partnership pets, and you’ll be making a difference in both of your lives.”

Four area animal shelters have combined efforts to support the “Home for the Holidays” adoption promotion:

The goal for the adoption promotion is to adopt out a total of 2,000 animals from the participating shelters during the month of December. Animals available for adoption are viewable on each participating organization’s web site. Contact animal shelters individually for specific information about a particular adoptable dog or cat.

“While every animal in our shelter is warm and well taken care of this holiday season, we know they would rather be snuggling with a new family in a cozy home,” said Dil Luther, Division Manager for Orange County Animal Services, “we encourage everyone who is ready for the life-long commitment of owning a pet to adopt this holiday season and experience the unconditional love they have to offer.”

Reed Nissan Adopt-a-Thon

Reed Nissan 90-Day Adopt-a-ThonThe “Reed Nissan Pet Rescue Project 90-Day Adopt-a-Thon” officially kicked off its third year with the goal once again to help find 2,000 cats and dogs FURever homes.

Reed Nissan, Reed Nissan Clermont and the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando (PAGO) have come together for the third time to host the 90-Day Adopt-a-Thon in hopes of exceeding their success in 2015. Throughout the 2016 Adopt-a-Thon, adoption fees have been reduced to just $25 for all pets age six months of age.

Fees will be waived for animals adopted at Reed Nissan Clermont (16005 State Road 50) AND at both Pet Alliance shelter locations on December 13!  Please note our shelters are open 12pm-6pm and pets will be available at Reed from 4pm-7pm.

Louie at Reed Nissan (2)Reed Nissan is a longtime supporter of the Pet Alliance and the organization’s two shelters. Currently, the dealership donates a portion of sales from each car sold to PAGO, a pledge that raised more than $100,000 in 2014. Reed Nissan’s donation directly supported projects dedicated to the safety and well-being of the animals, including play yard sun shades—critical for the animals enduring the hot Florida weather.

Last year’s first 90-day Adopt-a-Thon resulted in adoptions of over 2,000 dogs, cats and other pets from October through December.  The 2016 Adopt-a-Thon encourages and challenges the central Florida community to adopt a pet in need of a safe and happy FURever home.

“We are ecstatic to be working with our friends at the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando as sponsor of another 90-Day Adopt-a-Thon,” said Aaron Hill, General Manager of Reed Nissan and Reed Nissan Clermont. “Last year our community responded overwhelmingly to the importance of finding families for thousands of pets through their support of this event.”

“Our Reed Nissan associates at both of our stores are excited to help the Pet Alliance find even more FURever homes for these animals in need.”

The Reed Nissan Pet Rescue 90-day Adopt-a-Thon officially kicked off October 1 and will continue through December 31. The dealer encourages the community to visit the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando adoption centers during this 90-day event.

“To see a homeless dog or cat experience his or her ride home from the animal shelter to a new FURever home is the best feeling ever. It’s what we at the Pet Alliance want to see for every single pet,” said Fraily Rodriguez, Vice President of Operations at the Pet Alliance. “We know that together with Reed Nissan, we can help 2,000 pets make their way Home for the Holidays.”

To learn more about the Reed Nissan Pet Rescue Project and see dogs and cats that are currently available for adoption through the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, please visit https://www.friendinreed.com/.

 

 

About Reed Nissan

For over 65 years, Floridians have come to respect Reed Nissan’s commitment to excellent customer service which has led to six Circle of Excellence Awards – one of the only large volume dealerships to receive this prestigious honor from Nissan North America. By building relationships with customers and the community, Reed Nissan continues to grow as a family business and as a top Nissan dealership family offering the finest selection, service and value to its customers. Reed Nissan is located at 3776 West Colonial Drive, Orlando and Reed Nissan Clermont is located at 16005 State Road 50, Clermont.  www.reednissan.com and www.reednissanclermont.com

 

About Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando

As the go-to pet experts across Central Florida, the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando does good things for dogs and cats and the people who love them. Formerly the SPCA of Central Florida, the organization’s goal is to provide compassionate and knowledgeable services for pets and to be leaders in innovative animal care and veterinary medicine. Visit www.PetAllianceOrlando.org for more information.

 

National Cat Day

The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is doing it’s part to break the Internet with cat cuteness on National Cat Day (Thursday, October 29th). All day at our Orlando and Sanford shelters, you’ll be able to adopt a cat or kitten at no charge!

NCDimageWe understand many of you may already have a cat (or three!) but we still want you involved!

Here are the Top 10 ways you can help on National Cat Day, if you can’t adopt:

  1. Help spread the cuteness!  Share adoptable pet photos from the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando on Facebook and encourage friends and family to do the same.
  2. Make sure your pet is spayed or neutered.  We cannot stress how important this to preventing additional unwanted pets.
  3. Celebrating a birthday? Running a 5K? Any special day can be donated to help pets in our area!  Create a page today and then share it with friends and family.  It’s fun and easy!
  4. Buy your cat a new toy to keep them active!  Did you know?  Both Pet Alliance locations have retail stores that offer discounted prices on pet supplies.  Plus 100% of proceeds go back into our shelters!
  5. Start a donation drive in your office for shelters.  Our wish list has many items such as blankets and towels that you may already have.
  6. Microchip your pet! By reuniting lost pets with their owners, we reduce the stress on local shelters in the area.
  7. Subscribe to our newsletter!  Once a month you’ll get an email with pet health articles, local events, and more!
  8. Sign up to volunteer at the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. We have shelters in Orlando and Sanford with opportunities in a variety of areas including photography, fostering, helping with special events or just being advocates for us in the community.
  9. Purchase an Orlando Firefighters & Rescued Pets calendar! This 14-month calendar features full color photos of shelter cats and dogs with an Orlando Firefighter. 100% of proceeds benefit homeless pets.
  10. Tweet about it! This is a great start: “Celebrate #NationalCatDay! Check out @PetAllianceGO’s pets now: https://bit.ly/adPAGO”