Virtual Pet Adoptions now Available!

 In light of COVID-19 and subsequent shelter closures, Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is branching out with our new Virtual Adoption opportunity! 

Conducted through the Zoom app, virtual meet and greet are designed to introduce potential adopters to a pet currently in our care at our shelters, as well as those currently in Foster Care.

What to Expect

To set up a virtual meet and greet, simply follow the contact instructions on a shelter pet’s adoption profile located at the bottom of their page (link below). 

Shelter staff or a Pet Alliance Volunteer who are currently fostering will inform the adopters of any specific requirements regarding the dog or cat. To see if the pet you’re interested in is a good fit, some questions they will ask are: Do you have other pets? Do you have children either in the home or that visit a lot? Do you have breed or pet restrictions where they live?

And, of course, they will give you as much time within your appointment to see and interact with the pet!

Pet listings are updated in real-time. All adoptions are first come, first served. Foster parents interested in having a dog or cat in their care listed for Virtual Adoption, please reach out to your shelter location’s foster care coordinator. 

Adopt Then and There!

If the dog or cat is deemed a good match and you’re ready to adopt your next furry friend, then adoption can happen then and there!

A staff member will be in contact the following day to go through the rest of the adoption process and go through the medical information on the pet. We are able to take a credit card over the phone or you can pay with cash at pick-up.

Each adoption includes: spay/neuter surgery, vaccines, FIV/FeLV/Heartworm testing, and flea/heartworm prevention. Some adoptions will also include other medical care if the animal has a more detailed medical history.

  • Adult dogs 1 year and older – $75
  • Adult dogs 1 year and older under 24 pounds – $125
  • Puppies 6 months to year – $250
  • Puppies under 6 months – $350
  • Adults cats over 6 months – $50
  • Kittens under 6 months – $100
  • *All pricing is subject to change at the discretion of the shelter manager

Curbside Pick-Up

Once a shelter staff member has reached out to confirm your adoption and have discussed payment, they will work to schedule pick up.

Foster parents will drop off the pet at either our shelter in Orlando or Sanford for the adopter. There will be curbside pick-up, so adopters won’t have to leave their vehicle. The whole curbside adoption process will be explained to adopters over the phone while scheduling their pick up day and time.

Cats will be placed in cardboard carriers and dogs will be on a leash and escorted to your vehicle. Adopters picking up a dog should have their own collar and leash ready at pick up, or you can inquire about including a collar and leash in the adoption price from our shelter store. All purchase go back to the shelter.

Questions?

This is a new process for all of us here at the shelter, and our foster parents are doing an incredible service to our pets by taking on this new role. So we may have a few hiccups along the way, or you may have additional questions. 

Please reach out to our call center at (407) 351 – 7722 for more information. We are available Monday – Friday 8:30AM – 4:30PM.

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

FREE Pet Food Drive-Thru on Sunday, September 27, 2020

We’re kicking off the Pet Alliance Giving Day in a big way! If you or someone you know is in need of a helping “paw” with pet supplies, then join Pet Alliance on Sunday, September 27 as we hand out FREE pet food to our community. Supported by Chewy and Reed Nissan of Central Florida!

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Whisker’s Workforce

WHISKER’S WORKFORCE cats are felines that cannot thrive living as a pet in a traditional household environment. These cats are better suited to live in barns, warehouses, wineries, plant nurseries, and earn their keep by controlling the rodent and pest population. Whisker’s Workforce cats want to work for you and be allowed to live a

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Come To The Rescue for Pets This “Giving Day”!

All Donations Made During the All-Day Fundraiser Will Be Matched Dollar For Dollar Up to $150,000 by The Sherry Chappell Cooper Foundation! Central Florida’s go-to pet experts Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando are continuing to work hard to ensure that all the animals in our care are healthy, safe and have the opportunity to find their furever homes,

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Sanford Shelter Dog Adoptions and Intake Closed Until Further Notice

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 Update

Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is happy to announce that dog adoptions and intakes at our Sanford facility will be reopening at 12 pm on Wednesday, December 18, 2019.

Over the last several weeks, we treated seven confirmed cases of puppies with canine parvovirus across both shelters. When faced with an outbreak of parvo, many shelters will put down all affected puppies in their care because they lack the resources to isolate and treat it. Thankfully, we did not have to do that.

Thanks to the quick thinking of our shelter staff and the expertise of our shelter medical team, we were able to provide lifesaving care to the puppies affected as well as preventable care to 20 additional dogs.

The puppies are now recovering and will be ready to find their forever homes soon. The cost of treating parvo ranges from $500 – $2,000 as each case presents its own challenges and treatment plan. 

We are lucky enough to not only have the ability to isolate these puppies but also experienced staff and the resources to treat the virus thanks to your support. Each donation helps provide lifesaving medical support to animals in need. Your support also helps ensure that operations continue as normal for all of the pets in our shelters.

Will you donate today to continue to make this lifesaving work possible?

We are happy to reopen the shelter to the community just in time to find them loving homes for the holidays. Help us clear our shelters! As of today, over 245 animals are ready to find their next forever home at both our shelters and offsite locations. An additional 120 cats and dogs are in foster care and will soon be looking for their new family too!

Monday, December 2, 2019 Update

Over the last several weeks, Pet Alliance has confirmed 6 dogs with canine parvovirus at the Orlando Shelter and Sanford Shelter. Due to our building capacity, we will suspend dog adoption and intakes at our Sanford location until further notice. Additionally, Hound Around Town at BOTH shelters will also be closed until further notice. 

The Orlando shelter will continue as normal due to the ability to quarantine and isolate. The puppies are being treated and are responding well.

We will have several extended adoption events that will have both cats and dog at PetSmart Lake Mary. Here is the schedule:

  • Mon. Dec 2nd, 1-4pm
  • Thurs. Dec 5th, 12-4pm
  • Fri. Dec 6th, 12-4pm
  • Mon. Dec 9th, 1-4pm
  • Thurs. Dec 12th, 12-4pm
  • Fri. Dec 13th, 12-4pm

Normal weekend events at Lake Mary are still on schedule. You can find ALL of our offsite adoptable pets here

Things to know about Canine Parvovirus (CPV or Parvo) Virus

What is the Parvo Virus?

Parvo is a highly contagious virus that largely affects puppies ages six weeks to six months. Unvaccinated or dogs who have not received their booster shots are most at risk for contracting Parvo.

There is no evidence that this Canine Parvovirus can infect people.

What does Parvo cause?

Parvo causes a severe intestinal infection that replicates most commonly in the small intestine causing a number of GI issues and can even make its way into lymphopoietic tissue and bone marrow. Here are a few common symptoms to look out for:

  • Depression
  • Lethargy
  • Dehydration
  • Severe, bloody diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Weight-loss related to not eating
  • Weakness

How do dogs get Parvo?

This virus is highly contagious and is spread through direct contact with an infected dog, or through indirect contact with contaminated areas. Antibodies from mom help protect puppies after they’re born, but soon fade as the puppy starts weaning. That’s why it’s strongly encouraged for pet parents to vaccinate young pups as soon as they’re able to at six-eight weeks against Parvo as well as many other preventable illnesses, as they are most susceptible. 

It’s also strongly recommended that puppies who are not vaccinated (starting as early as when they are first born to when they are first vaccinated) are quarantined from other dogs to limit their exposure to potentially harmful viruses like Parvo. 

How are Parvo-infected dogs treated?

All cases are treated individually by our shelter medical team, but affected dogs can receive a combination of IV antibiotics, fluids, anti nausea and anti diarrheal medicine in addition to round the clock care. 

Parvo reduces a dog’s ability to fight infection by lowering white blood cell count, so keeping pups stable is imperative. 

Is there a vaccine for Parvo?

Puppies are vaccinated against parvo at approximately 6, 8, and 12 weeks of age via the DHPP vaccine that also helps prevent other illnesses as well. 

Is diagnostic testing necessary if I strongly suspect Parvo?

If you suspect your dog has the symptoms of Parvo, it’s important to contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. 

At your appointment, the vet will conduct a run a test called an ELISA to search for virus antigens your dog’s fece, as well as any additional testing.

What can I do if Parvo is confirmed by diagnostic testing?

You veterinarian will want to begin immediately treating the virus and it’s symptoms. Reference the “How are Parvo-infected dogs treated” section for  details. 

  • Most puppies that survive the first 3-to-4 days will make a complete recovery, which usually takes around one week.
  • Bleach is one of the few disinfectants known to kill the virus.