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:”
  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!



Congratulations, Finalists!

The 3rd annual ‘My Best Friend’ Wine Label Contest sponsored by Quantum Leap Winery was the most competitive to date with more than $24,000 raised to benefit Pet Alliance!  

The top three pets in each category, in terms of total votes, moved on to the final round and the grand prize winners will be announced at this year’s Furball. Winners will have their pets photo, name and story featured on the 2016 My Best Friend Rescue Red Wine produced by Quantum Leap Winery.  

Each finalists story can be read online here.

Finalists in the Dog Category:


“She was barely a week old when she was dropped off at animal control and she found her way into our hearts a few weeks later.  She is the happiest little soul we have ever met and we are so fortunate to have found her.” -Catherine Reynolds


“When Barkley saw the lion statue in our front yard so diligently guarding our home, Barkley immediately (with no prompt) struck an identical pose to the statue.  We are now into our third year as a family.  Thank you, Barkley, for the love, joy and companionship you so willingly share!” -Sue Drake



“Sophie was part of a large group of puppies rescued from a house in Ft. Pierce.  I had recently lost my dog and swore I would never go through that hurt again.  When I realized the hurt was from not having my couch companion and faithful wake up face licker, I did a search to find a dog to fill that ever growing hole in my life.  How lucky am I to have found her!” -Stephen Bardy


Finalists in the Cat Category:


“We were grieving the unexpected passing of our family cat. For months, we did everything we could to try to save our kitty and just when we thought we were over the hurdle, she crossed over the rainbow bridge. Heartbroken and distraught, I read about Daphne’s story and immediately knew I needed to meet this little survivor. Her resilience and spunk for life spoke directly to my heart, and within minutes of meeting this beauty, I knew she was the newest addition to our family!” – Kimberly Pouncey



“I fell in love with Luna the second I saw her. I was working my volunteer shift at the Pet Alliance the morning that she went up for adoption and knew that she was for me.” -Michele Hand



“Sammy was someone’s pet that ended up with a feral colony in Osceola county. He looked thin and pregnant from worms and was not neutered. I took him to my vet where we found out he was positive for feline AIDS and Leukemia. He underwent antibiotic treatment and targeted lymphocyte therapy and became the picture of great health. He had 20 months of happiness and love.” -Lisa Ericson


Paws in the Park

Untitled designLake Eola was overrun by furry friends on Saturday, February 13 for the Paws in the Park!

The 22nd Annual Paws in the Park was one for the record books with more than $100,000 raised to support homeless pets in our community. The event was also the largest in history with Lake Eola officials estimating more than 15,000 people in attendance!

The event began with a group walk of over 1,500 registered participants and their dogs. Afterward, guests enjoyed awards, talent shows and vendors offering food and gifts for humans and canines alike. Families could spend time in the Disney Kids and Family Zone which featured its own dog trainer shows and Canine Sports Arena.

We are also thrilled to announce that over 500 free microchip scans were performed, 35 pets received new microchips and four shelter dogs were adopted at the event!

Photos from the event can be viewed on the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando Facebook Page as well as our Storify story featuring photos shared with us through social media.

Fundraising for the event benefits Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, Florida’s oldest and largest animal welfare organization. Event proceeds supported veterinarian facilities for homeless pets at both of Pet Alliance’s locations. Pet Alliance was pleased to announce the fundraising goal has been exceeded due to the overwhelming support, bringing in $106,945.91 to help animals in need.

Disney Dogs
2016 Disney Dogs Team
2016 Mutts on a Mission

Top Fundraising Individuals:

  • Jan Staniszkis – $6,000
  • Kelly Mendez – $1,810
  • Irene Pabson – $1,615
Top Fundraising Teams:
  • Disney Dogs – $18,274
  • Mutts on a Mission – $3,435
  • Run of the Litter – $1,935


Appleton Creative contributed to this post

Pet Rescue Weekend

pet031_Calendar-COVERJoin us at the Orlando Bloomingdale’s on Saturday, November 14th for our Pet Rescue Weekend!

Enjoy a VIP meet-and-greet with the Orlando Firefighters from our Orlando Firefighters & Rescued Pets calendar, as well as our adoptable pets from 11am – 5pm.  Purchase your 2016 calendar and have it autographed by your favorite Firefighter – the perfect gift for the pet lover in your life!

Bloomingdale’s Orlando is pleased to donate 10% of supporter’s total tracked sales back to the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando on both Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15, 2015.


Photo credit: The Orlando Sentinel.

Hard Rock Pet Pins

OrlandoPinHRAnimal shelters in Florida are inundated with homeless pets year-round.  In Orlando, as many as 40,000 homeless dogs and cats will enter the city’s two animal shelters this year alone.

The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando and Hard Rock International have joined forces to draw attention to the plight of homeless pets in the Sunshine State by launching a collectible Shelter Pet Pin Series.  Each segment of the brilliantly colored guitar shaped pin represents a dog or cat adopted from a Florida animal shelter.  When the set of six is collected, the shelter pet pins fit together to form a beautiful mosaic of dogs and cats.

A unique pin is available at each participating locations; Hard Rock Cafe Orlando, Hard Rock Cafe Key West, Hard Rock Cafe Miami, Hard Rock Cafe Tampa and Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood, FL. Proceeds from each pin sold in Orlando directly benefit the pet adoption programs at the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.

“The Shelter Pet Pin series is a fun and unique way for Hard Rock fans to show their support for pet projects in the community,” says Fraily Rodriguez, Vice President of Community Outreach for the Pet Alliance.  “Funds raised by the sale of these pins in Orlando directly benefit the more than 400 homeless dogs and cats in our care every day.”

“Hard Rock International has a long-established history of promoting social awareness and raising funds for global and local causes,” said Keely Wade, Philanthropy & Marketing Manager for Hard Rock International.  “We believe in supporting our community, and we’re all animal lovers here at Hard Rock, so we’re excited about expanding the partnership with animal shelters in each of the five Florida Hard Rock Cafe communities.”

Collect all six to complete the set.  A different pin design is featured at each of the participating Hard Rock Cafes and online at


About Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando

As the go-to pet experts for 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 7,000 homeless dogs and cats turned to the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando for caring, compassion, and hope through its two animal shelters last 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. Visit for more information.

About Hard Rock International

With a total of 200 venues in 64 countries, including 154 cafes, 21 hotels and 10 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Chicago, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, Macau and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include San Juan, Lagos and Busan, South Korea. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Daytona Beach, Dubai, Los Cabos, Tenerife, Abu Dhabi, and Shenzhen and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit

My Best Friend Finalists!

Join us at Quantum Leap Winery on Saturday, August 22nd to meet the finalist. RSVP now!

We are so excited to announce that Junior, Augusta, Lilly, Bella, Byron and Phillipe have been selected by popular vote as finalists in the 2015 ‘My Best Friend’ wine label contest.  For the first time every, we will have six finalists because Byron and Phillipe were tied with 1,210 votes each!

Please join us on Saturday, August 22 at Quantum Leap Winery from 11 am to 2 pm as we announce this year’s winner, RSVP now!



The 2015 Finalists

size2_23505Junior is my hero because he survived an inauspicious beginning to become a warm and loving friend. He was only 3 weeks old and 1.4 pounds when I found him shivering by the side of the road. With a lot of loving care and around the clock attention he thrived. On his first birthday this July 15th he weighs a healthy and happy 10 pounds and is grateful to have been rescued. He is the best buddy I ever had.




size2_22190As beautiful as she is, Augusta was not born with a silver spoon in her mouth. She was turned in to Orange Co. Animal Control by someone who found her outside, declawed, covered in fleas and severely underweight. Thanks to her microchip, they determined that this was the SECOND TIME she had been turned in! For the last three years, she has been in my care. Two years ago, an oil portrait of her was sold to benefit the SPCA. I think it’s wonderful that after her frightening start, she has retired to a life of ease and modeling.



size2_23632Lilly is truly the sweetest and most loving pet anyone could ask for. She is a Beagle/Jack Russell mix that loves to cuddle, play and just hangout with the family. She and her 4 siblings were found abandoned and spent their first 8 weeks of life on their death beds being treated for malnutrition and Parvo. They were not even given names because they weren’t expected to survive. Luckily, we saw puppy #4 at a rescue event and it was puppy love at first sight.




size2_23622We were not looking to get a dog, especially a St. Bernard, but when we saw Bella we immediately knew we wanted her as part of our family! We rescued Bella a year and a half ago but in actuality, she has rescued us. Our son moved back in with us this year and she has provided much loyalty, companionship, unconditional love, hugs and kisses when he needed it most. We are so blessed to have Bella in our family…she is truly a best friend to each of us and we don’t know what we would do without her!




size2_23562My dog Byron is my hero because no matter what he greets me with a wagging tail and a smile. No really, he literally smiles by pulling his top lips above his teeth. No matter what kind of day I have had, he immediately makes it better. He is everything a gal could want in a best friend. He is loyal, protective, positive, forgiving and non-judgmental. How many humans do you know that you can say the same for?




size2_23280Phillipe was surrendered to Pet Alliance in his older years. His new family couldn’t be happier with their furry family member! At 15 years old, he still loves to play, go to the dog park and have his back scratched. His favorite activity is visiting his friends at Orlando Health and Rehab, where he is a pet therapy dog. Phillipe brings joy to all who meet him and ask, “is he a puppy!” Phillipe asks you to adopt from Pet Alliance – his many friends there are waiting to fulfill your life with love and joy… 🐾 Please visit today!