September 23-29 is National Hound Around Town Week

Central Florida’s Beloved Pet Experts Mark a Special Week Dedicated to Its New “Hound Around Town” Community Enrichment Program for Shelter Dogs.

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This month marks 83 years of Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando helping out furry companions of Central Florida.  To commemorate this milestone, Pet Alliance is dedicating a whole week to celebrate its new “Hound Around Town” program.  Pet Alliance declares “National Hound Around Town Week” from Monday, September 23 to Sunday, September 29, our official anniversary.  The week will emphasize Hound Around Town, which is a unique opportunity for animal lovers to enrich the life of a shelter dog by taking them out of the shelter for fresh air and into the community for a fun outing.

Those interested in Hound Around Town, simply fill out an application and watch a video to take a furry friend out on an excursion.  Once approved, designated shelter dogs are available to be checked out seven days a week from 12pm-3pm for a maximum of two hours, and they can be taken to any of the approved locations near the Pet Alliance shelters, like a pet-friendly restaurant or park.  Participants are encouraged to post pictures on social media with the hashtag #houndaroundtown in order to spread the word about the exciting new program. 

“The outing is perfect for members of the community who do not want the long-term commitment of adopting, but still want to help out dogs who need a day out,” says Executive Director Steve Bardy.  “The benefits of taking part in Hound Around Town are endless.  Not only is a nice day out for the participant, but taking animals out of the shelter environment for a ‘break’ has been proven to improve their behavior, as well as give them exposure to potential adopters.” 

He continues, “We are thrilled to honor our 83rd anniversary by creating this fun, new national holiday.  By implementing this initiative, we hope to encourage the more than 5,000 shelters around the country to create programming like this that connects their shelter dogs with their neighborhoods and communities.  Plus, dogs love being social!”

Celebrate “National Hound Around Town Week” September 23-29, and take part in Hound Around Town anytime.  For more information and requirements to participate, visit  For more information about Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, visit or call 407-351-7722.

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July 2019: Events, Specials, and Adoption Discounts

July is jam-packed with opportunities for you to connect with Pet Alliance in our shelters, clinics, and out in the community! Check out this month’s specials and events below:

Please note that on Thursday, July 4th all Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando shelters and clinics will be closed to the public and we honor the holiday. We will re-open on Friday, July 5th.


Bow Wow Luau at Aloft Orlando Downtown

The Bow Wow Luau is on July 27, 2019, from 3 – 7 PM at Aloft Orlando Downtown

Bid on custom dog houses at our PAWction (proceeds benefit Pet Alliance) and dress your pup in their finest tropical inspired look at the doggie Hawaiian shirt contest. You and your dog for SHORE, won’t want to miss this evening of live music, delicious food, and fun!

Your Pet Can Be a Star!

Start scrolling through your phone for that purfect photo of your dog or cat — the 2019 My Best Friend Wine Label Contest has arrived! 

Enter your furry friend now through July 31, 2019 for a chance to have them featured on Quantum Leap Winery Rescue Red or Rescue White labels! Submit a PAWsome picture of your pet and their rescue story for a chance to be featured. Proceeds from the photo contest and the sale of the wine benefit the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando to shelter pets in need. 

The Melting Pot Orlando’s  July 2019 Fondue Raiser partnership is with Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando! During the month of July, enjoy a 4 course dinner benefiting @petalliancego – a local organization dedicated to providing food, medical care, and shelter for the 7,000+ dogs & cats coming through their doors this year. Tag a friend below who you plan to donate and dine with! For reservations call 407-903-1100 🐶🐱

Adoption Weekend
July 27 - 28

Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando’s Sanford shelter will be closed on Saturday, June 29 – Sunday, June 30  as we take over the Lake Mary PetSmart for our monthly Adoption Weekend!

Located just a few minuets from the Sanford shelter, we will have adoptable dogs and cats available at this event On Saturday, June 29 (12 – 5PM) & Sunday, June 30 (12 – 4PM).



Vaccine Saturdays

In addition to low-cost spaying and neutering services every Tuesday – Thursday, Pet Alliance’s Alafaya Clinic provides core vaccinations for your dog or cat every Saturday. Give your pet the gift of health by dropping by from 9AM – 1:30PM — no appointment necessary! Vaccinations include Rabies, DA2PP, Leptospirosis, and FVRCP for cats. 

Sweet Senior Adoption Special

Thanks to one of our generous donors, Michelle Chandler, we have 60 senior shelter pets with waived adoption fees to celebrate her 60th Birthday.  

Help make her birthday wish come true by adopting a sweet senior (6 years and older) starting July 1, 2019! To see which dogs and cats are included, check out our adoption profile for both shelters below and look for “Sweet Seniors” in their bio.

Get Involved this Summer!

Hound Around Town

Hound Around Town offers residents the chance to take a dog out of our Orlando and Sanford shelters for a two-hour-long outing.

Become a Volunteer

Are you an animal lover wanting to give back? By exercising, socializing and providing enrichment activities for our dogs and cats, our volunteers help support our animals. Become a volunteer today!

Become a Shelter Star

Your monthly contribution is used to help provide ongoing care, enrichment, medical treatments, and nutritious meals to our shelter pets until they find their new ‘forever’ homes.

June 2019: Events, Clinic Specials, and Adoption Discounts

June is jam-packed with opportunities for you to connect with Pet Alliance in our shelters, clinics, and out in the community! Check out this month’s specials and events below:

Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

During kitten season, our tiny felines tend to find their furever homes quickly, but it’s our older cats who tend to stick around the shelter the longest.

That’s why from June 1 – June 30, 2019, we will have half-price adoptions on select cats 6 months or older. That’s adoption fees as low as $25! Available at the Orlando and Sanford shelters.

Veterinary Clinic Discount

June 4, 2019, is National Hug Your Cat Day! In true feline fashion, we’re celebrating all month long with a cat clinic special.

Receive 10% off wellness exams and $10 off Advantage Flea prevention for your cat starting June 1 – June 30, 2019. Call to book your appointment at (407) 351.7722.

Community Events

Best Friends Day with Rocky's Retreat

On Saturday, June 8, join Rocky’s Retreat and Pet Alliance as we celebrate Best Friends Day at the  Orlando shelter. All dogs who are adopted from the Orlando shelter on June 8, will go home with a special gift from Rocky’s Retreat called the Best Friends Bundle. 

This bundle includes two nights boarding, one swim in their indoor pool, and a going home bath. The perfect gift for your new best friend!

 Mills 50 District "Pup Crawl"

Pups and their humans are invited to the Dog Day Afternoon Pup Crawl!

Adults purchase a wristband for $5 at Ten 10 Brewing Company and receive drink specials at 11 participating bars & businesses. 50% of the wristband sales will be donated to Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando and we will have pets available for adoption throughout the day.  

Dine for Paws: A Delicious Way to Give Back!

On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, restaurants from all of Central Florida are coming together to support Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando (PAGO)! Dine at any of the restaurants below on Tuesday, May 21 and they will donate 15% of the proceeds to PAGO.

The answer is delicious…. combine the love of food with the love of our pets! Dine for Paws gives our community the opportunity to have a fun night out in the City Beautiful and beyond, enjoy a fabulous meal, and support the Pet Alliance all at the same time. How can your restaurant participate? Click here.

Participating Restaurants

Participating on Monday, May 20, 2019

Four Ways to Enjoy Paws in the Park 2019

On Saturday, February 9, pet lovers from all over Central Florida will gather at beautiful Lake Eola to support Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando’s mission at Paws in the Park. Here are our top four ways to join the celebration:

Join the Walk

Grab your closest pupper, doggo, or doge and meet us for a light walk around Lake Eola at 10:00 a.m. Don’t forget to register and fundraise — you could receive an exclusive t-shirt and bandana!

Dog Activities

Click the image for the 2019 Paws in the Park Event Map.

American Sporting Dogs Dock Diving

Ever wondered if your dog is a swimmer? Or, do you know your dog IS a swimmer? Your dog will have the opportunity to try their jumping skills as they launch into a 40 foot pool of water off the custom made dock! Hosted by American Sporting Dogs. ($20)

Canine Agility

Up the ramp, down the ramp, around the cones and through the tunnel! Try out your dogs physical prowess around this super sized agility course. Your dog will be lead by Pet Alliance trainers so never fear, they’re in great hands! ($10)


Lure Course 

Your pup will have the opportunity to burn off some extra calories at the Lure Course. They’ll run with all their might to catch the mechanical lure! ($10)

Loews Loves Pets Chill Zone

Who’s up for a puppy nap? Take tired pooches to the Loews Loves Pets Chill Zone for a mid-afternoon breather.

Reed Nissan Rest Stop

Feeling thirsty? Drop by the Reed Nissan Rest Stop for all your hydration needs — dog bowls included!

The Rocky’s Retreat Fun Zone

Doggie Tattoos, bobbing for tennis balls, photo booths, craft activities for kids and more! Visit the Rocky’s Retreat Fun Zone (near the beer garden) to have tons of fun and educational opportunities!

  • 11:30 am- How to get your dog ready for boarding/daycare
  • 12:00 pm- Benefits of Raw Feeding
  • 12:30 pm- How to take great pics of your pup
  • 1:00 pm- Dental care for your dog
  • 1:30 pm- Hydrotherapy for your dog
  • 2:00 pm- How to live in a house with cats and dogs
  • 2:30 pm- How to properly approach a dog to pet it
  • 3:00 pm- CBD oil for your dog-
  • 3:30 pm- Emergency preparedness for your dog

Human Activities

Need some time to unwind and just enjoy Lake Eola and the doggie sights? Take some time to enjoy our amenities and adoption opportunities.

  • Beer Garden: Featuring Orange Country Brewers, City Beverages, and Titos speciality drinks.
  • Food Trucks:  Click here for the full list.
  • Pet Alliance Swag: For small donations you can get your exclusive Pet Alliance magnet or Koozie! Just look for the #petalliancego banners!
  • Adopt: Not only will Pet Alliance be present with plenty of lovable, furry friends other local rescues and non profit organizations will be present too!

Share the Fun

Use #PetAllianceGO to post your pictures and video day of for a chance to get featured on our social channels.