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Pet Alliance Adopt-a-thon at Reed Nissan

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 16, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is holding its first ever Adopt-a-thon, free dog and cat adoptions, at Reed Nissan, 3776 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808, from noon to 4 p.m. this Saturday, October 18, 2014. The Adopt-a-thon continues the Reed Nissan Pet Rescue Project by announcing the goal to adopt 2,000 homeless pets into new homes by the end of the year. Pet Alliance’s full service veterinary department has checked “under the hood” on all dogs and cats for the Adopt-a-thon, making sure each pet is spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and equipped with a Pet Theft Detection Device, also known as a microchip.

“There is nothing more heartwarming than to see a homeless dog or cat experience his or her ride home from the animal shelter,” says Sean Hawkins, Director of Marketing for the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. “We call the ride home a #Freedomride and we could not think of a better way to kick-off the year-end Adopt-a-thon than by partnering with Reed Nissan.”

small white dog in car“We have set a goal of adopting 2,000 homeless pets into new homes by the end of the year,” adds Aaron Hill, General Manager for Reed Nissan. “Our dealership has stepped up to the plate to help homeless pets in the community and now we are asking the public to help by adopting a pet. Saving one dog or cat will not change the world, but surely for that one dog or cat, the world will change forever.”

The Adopt-a-thon keeps going all weekend. In addition to free pet adoptions at Reed Nissan on Saturday, all fees to adopt a pet will be waived at both Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando animal shelters all weekend. The Orlando location is 2727 Conroy Road, Orlando, FL 32839 and the Sanford location is 2800 County Home Road, Sanford, FL 32773. Both shelters are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. View all available pets. Please bring a collar and leash for dogs or a carrier for cats who are adopted or purchase one on site at all locations.

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. More than 10,000 homeless dogs and cats will turn to the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando for caring, compassion, and hope through its two animal shelters this year. Highly skilled veterinarians will help and heal an additional 45,000 animals through two veterinary clinics. Providing shelter for animals in crisis, disaster response efforts, and pet food pantry programs for dogs and cats in need, thousands of additional animals are helped each year.

Jasper and Alice Visit the Pet Alliance

Do you remember Jasper and Alice? In August of 2013, they came to us, along with 26 other dogs rescued from a hoarding case in Altamonte Springs. The two had never had a life outside of the small crate they were kept in.

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Executive Director Kerri Burns and Volunteer Cece Weldon are reunited with Jasper and Alice.

They were used solely for breeding. When they first arrived, they had never seen grass, were too afraid to be touched by humans, and didn’t even know what a toy was. After more than four months of rehabilitation and tireless work from our staff and volunteers, Jasper and Alice went up for adoption.

A couple, Mike and Sue, came in to adopt a dog. The two live in a fifth wheel RV and travel around the country. They needed a smaller dog as a companion for Penny, the pup they had at home. Our staff and volunteers immediately thought of Jasper and Alice, but did not want them to be adopted out separately.

After a long conversation, Mike and Sue were almost convinced to adopt them both. They decided to think it over and come back a few days later. Because they lived so far away, Pet Alliance staff were afraid they wouldn’t make the long trip back. Just a few days later, Mike and Sue were back to adopt Jasper and Alice.

At first Jasper and Alice were hesitant. They weren’t quite sure how to be dogs. With a lot of patience, Mike and Sue have helped them recover and become a part of the family. They love to lay on the couch and the bed with Mike and Sue, and have become true lap dogs. They are still incredibly affectionate with one another, always sharing kisses. And, they love to take showers!

picture from Sue

The most exciting part of jasper and Alice’s new lives is that they are able to travel around the country with their people and their sister, Penny. They have already been to Chicago, the mountains of North Carolina, and even Mt. Rushmore! We were so happy when these traveling companions came to visit and remembered their roots, even though they’re living the high life now! Congratulations to Jasper, Alice, Penny, Mike, and Sue!

Adopt a Pet This Summer – It’s the Perfect Time!

By Executive Director Kerri Burns

Summertime is filled with vacations, kids are out of school, and there’s a lot more time to spend with family. Why not add a furry addition to your family this summer? Adopting a pet from a shelter is always an exciting event.

Getting everything together in your home to welcome their arrival, taking them for walks in the evening around your neighborhood—there are a number of wonderful moments that occur in your first few months with your new pet. Below are a few reasons why summer is a great time to adopt your new cat or dog:

1. You have more time to spend with them
If you have some spare time during summer then it’s perfect for bringing home your newly adopted cat or dog. You can help them settle into the new family environment, get use to your routines, start a schedule for feeding, walking, play time, etc. You can take your new adopted pet to the veterinarian, post all your new photos and videos to Facebook, Twitter or YouTube (because you will have a lot to post). When you do get back to your regular routine and the kids are in school, then the transition will be much more comfortable for everyone involved.

2. Family entertainment (especially for the kids)
Orlando is a fun city to live in with all of its theme parks, but it can be expensive. For a fraction of the cost you can adopt your new pet and family member. Our adoption fees include a microchip, spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, a free vet exam, and a month of heartworm protection. Pick up a few toys, a couple bowls, some food, leash, and collar, and you will enjoy years of love for your family. Have the kids involved in selecting your new pet, training, feeding, and just sheer entertainment in the backyard.

3. Shelters seem to be full of pets during the summer months
For most shelters, the summer months are a time that the number of animals they have occupying space reaches a record high. We have all sizes and types of dogs, puppies, cats and kittens. Adopting in the summer helps shelters to alleviate the stress of overcrowding. Think about your family environment, are you active? Do you like to stay at home and watch movies a lot? How many hours a day are you home? There are many factors to think about before choosing your new pet. So make sure you ask the right questions to the staff or volunteers about each animal you are considering so that this time when the pet leaves the shelter, he/she never has to return. You are now one big happy family.

Enjoy your summer, and the years to come with your new adopted pet!

Hot Dogs & Cool Cats All Weekend

$15 Dog & Free Cat Adoptions May 31st and June 1st
Dog Fighting Bust Causes Overcrowding at Shelter

ORLANDO, Fla., May 29, 2014 — Confiscating thirty-four dogs from a dog fighting ring this week caused Orange County Animal Services to exceed its animal housing capacity. To help ease crowding and to make room to for the dogs seized in the animal cruelty investigation, Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando accepted adoptable dogs from OCAS and is making those pets available for adoption. This weekend dog adoptions are $15 and cat adoptions are FREE at the Pet Alliance Orlando and Sanford shelters to give the public the opportunity to rescue a pet, in turn making shelter resources available to help other animals in need.

“Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando immediately stepped up to the plate to assist Orange County Animals Services with the animals confiscated in the dog fighting raid,” said Kerri Burns, Executive Director for Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. “Pet Alliance not only accepted adoptable animals from OCAS to ease crowding at their shelter but Pet Alliance veterinarians stepped in to provide medical support for OCAS shelter pets. Collaborating to save more lives is an appropriate use of Pet Alliance resources.”

All dog adoptions are $15 and cat adoptions are FREE at both Pet Alliance shelters on May 31, 2014 and June 1, 2014. On average, Pet Alliance invests about $300 in every adoptable pet to provide sterilization, micro chipping, vaccinations, flea and heartworm prevention, pet health insurance, and a veterinarian examination. The Pet Alliance Orlando shelter is located at 2727 Conroy Road, Orlando, Florida 32839, phone number (407)351-7722 and the Pet Alliance Sanford shelter is located at 2800 County Home Road, Sanford, Florida 32773, phone number (407) 323-8685. View all adoptable pets.

About Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando

Formerly the SPCA of Central Florida, the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is the oldest and largest animal welfare organization in Central Florida. Today, Pet Alliance is laser focused on saving the lives of dogs and cats. As the “go to “ experts, the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando provides emergency shelter, affordable veterinary care, “meals on wheels” for dogs and cats, and community education, helping tens of thousands of animals each year across Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties. Funding for Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando programs comes from individual and corporate donors within the communities it serves.