Paws in the Park 2021 Raises an Astounding $111,000!

Paws in the Park

It was a day for the dogs (and the occasional cat), as thousands of pet people came out to support Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando’s 28th Annual Paws in the Park — Orlando Largest Pet Festival! “Cat’s” off to all of our generous donors who spent several months fundraising as individuals and in teams — together we raised an astounding $111,259!

These funds will get straight to work supporting Pet Alliance’s mission of care, compassion, and hope for the over 5,200 homeless dogs and cats who temporarily call Pet Alliance home each year. 

We celebrated alongside our fundraisers at Lake Eola Park on Saturday, May 8, 2021 with fun-filled day of dog and human activities! This year’s Paws in the Park included the always popular Reed Nissan Lure Courses, the Urgent Vet Doggie Fun Zone, “Feeling Zesty With Your Bestie” Speaker Series with Zesty Paws, and the much anticipated Tito’s Vodka for Dog People “Pet Costume Contest”

Fundraising Leaders of the Pack


Edward Hensley and Javier Quesada

Patty Sheehan
$3,015.60 raised

Suzanne Fleming
$2,385.60 raised


The Butler and Tibet Team
$7,548.60 raised

Disney Dogs
$5,173.99 raised

City of Orlando Employees, Friends & Family
$3,300.60 raised

The fun didn’t stop there as more than 50 vendors and 13 food trucks located throughout Lake Eola for shopping and delicious food options. The beer/cocktail garden was a popular hangout for dogs and humans alike at the Persimmon and Hallow Brewing Co. featuring brews from Revel Tales and Sunshine State Distributing. 

Thank you to all of our sponsors, vendors and attendees who registered and raised funds — you made the day an enormous success!

If you are interested in joining the event committee or getting involved in the 2022 Paws in the Park, please contact Special Event Manager Amanda Henry  at [email protected] Enjoy our photo gallery from the 2021 Paws in the Park on Facebook here or below:

Paws in the Park 2021 — Photo Gallery

Thank you to our Event Sponors


Essential Guide to Paws in the Park 2020

On Saturday, February 8, 2020, 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

As Orlando’s largest pet parade and festival, there are plenty of opportunities to get you and your pet out in the community. So grab your leash and your float, fun times are on their way!

See our top ways to join the celebration below, but first we have the Paws in the Park Event Map — click to download:

New This Year: Pet Costume Contest sponsored by Loews Hotels & Co!

Best in Show will win a $200 cash prize! Additional prizes for the top three winners in each category.

If you have a creative AND competitive spirit, then enter the juried PAWrade Costume Contest! *Entry is $15 donation for the following categories:

  • Superheroes
  • Favorite Food
  • Binge-Worthy TV Shows

Must register prior to the event here.

Reed Nissan Rest Stop

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

Zesty Paws 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! (Large Breed $10 | Small Breed $5)

American Sporting Dogs Dock Diving

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! ($20)

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!

Beer Garden

Need some time to unwind and just enjoy Lake Eola and the doggie sights? Take some time to enjoy the new beer garden at Paws in the Park. Open 11a-3:30p.

Skin Wars Artist – Shannon Holt

Visit the body painting booth by the beer garden! Skin Wars runner-up, Shannon Holt will paint a lucky few! Faces, arms, legs…if you’re going to try it, it may as well be by the best! 

Orlando Health – Photo Booth and Therapy Teams

Stop by the Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center photo booth near dock diving. Speak with the pet therapy team and see if your dog has what it takes!

Food Trucks

The best food trucks in town will be joining us! See our Vendor Page for a full list of the delicious food that will be available! 

20TH Century Fox’s – THE CALL OF THE WILD

Adapted from the beloved literary classic, the new adventure film, “THE CALL OF THE WILD” from 20th Century Fox comes to Paws in the Park! Stop by their booth near the Beer Garden for free goodies and your chance to win a FREE pass for two to attend the Orlando advance screening of the film!


Not only will Pet Alliance be present with plenty of lovable, furry friends other local rescues and non-profit organizations will be present too. 

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

Let the Fundraising Begin — Paws in the Park 2020!

Grab your Leash and your Float: Orlando’s Largest Pet Parade is on its way! 

Paws in the Park Dock Diving station in action!

Join us on Saturday, February 8, 2020 for Paws in the Park where we’ll parade (in style!) around Lake Eola in support of Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, the region’s oldest and largest animal welfare agency.

Paws in the Park Festivities:

  • Dog games for pups of all sizes, including dock diving and lure courses
  • PAWrade Costume Contest 
  • Shopping
  • Beer Garden
  • Food trucks
  • Adoptable pets
  • And, so much more!

Your support will help Pet Alliance save over 6,000 dogs and cats this year by providing shelter, care and love until they find their forever home.

Registration Details

Sign up online, form a team and invite your friends and family to join you as you support Pet Alliance! You and your pack can start fundraising for our shelter pets today. 

  • Raise $15: receive a commemorative dog bandana
  • Raise $75: receive the 2020 Paws in the Park t-shirt 

Pick up your bandana and shirt on walk day and join us at 10 am as we proudly “parade” around Lake Eola in support of the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. 



New this year: PAWrade Costume Contest!

This year we have a third way for you to donate! Whether your pet arrives by float, pet carriage, or struts in like they own the joint — we want to see you in costume!

If you have a creative AND competitive spirit, then enter the juried PAWrade Costume Contest! *Entry is $30 for any of the following categories:

  • Superheroes
  • Favorite Food
  • Binge-Worthy TV Shows

*Must register prior to the event. Contest entires limited. 

2019 Paws in the Park Highlights

Most Valuable Pet Tailgate Charity Event with Quantum Leap Winery

This isn’t your typical puppy bowl…

Kick off the NFL Conference Championships by showing team pride with your pack at this dog-friendly tailgate event! Hang out with Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando and the Quantum Leap Winery for a day of fun, all while supporting the homeless dogs and cats of Central Florida.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Quantum Leap Winery
  1312 Wilfred Drive Orlando, FL 32803
1:00 – 5:00PM | Costume Contest 3:00PM

This Tailgate Party will have…

  • Vendors & Food Trucks
  • Wine that Gives Back
    • $5 donation for purchase of “Rescue
      Blend” wine bottles &
    • 10% of each glass of wine purchase will benefit Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando
  • Dog Games
  • Tailgate Tunes


The MVP Costume Contest

Dress your pups to impress tailgate-style or as your favorite NFL team/players. Whether it’s a wiener dog dressed as a hot dog or pups dressed as starting line up of the Philadelphia Eagles — we want to see your creativity shine!

Judges include Orlando City Commissioner, Patty Sheehan and WFTV Investigative Reporter, Karla Ray. The winner will receive an exclusive Quantum Leap wine basket!

Pet Alliance’s 2019 Furball Gala Raises an Astounding $346,000!

What A Night! 

This year’s Furball was the largest and most successful in the event’s 28-year history raising $346,000!

Located at the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort, Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando gathered nearly 600 animal advocates to hear stories of rescue this past Saturday at the 2019 Furball: A Rescue to Remember. 

After Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico in 2017, Pet Alliance quickly jumped to action to help rescue the animals displaced by these storms. This soon became an expertise at Pet Alliance. As additional hurricanes and large scale neglect cases affected animals in Florida and beyond, Pet Alliance became a trusted partner and go-to agency to help these animals.

Since 2017, 3,102 dogs and cats have been rescued from shelters and circumstances that would likely have led to euthanasia. This life-saving work is critical to Pet Alliance’s mission and ensuring that all dogs and cats have happy, healthy homes. 

This work is done in addition to the day-to-day intake of surrendered dogs and cats, outreach programs and veterinary services that Pet Alliance provides. If it were not for the generosity of donors, we would not have the resources to do all of this important work. However, there is still more to do. All of the funds generated at Furball will go directly to supporting Pet Alliance rescue work. 

Whether they’re flown to us by a rescuer like Sali Gear (Island Dog Rescue) following the devastating hurricanes in 2017 (and more recently Hurricane Dorian) or brought to us by someone locally who can no longer care for them — Pet Alliance is here for any dog or cat that needs our help.

We hope you had fun and enjoyed learning more about Pet Alliance and the work we do.

Event Highlights

We were joined by Quantum Leap Winery Owner, David Forrester who announced the much-aticpated finalists and winners of the My Best Freind Wine Contest. Two winners were selected to be featured on the “My Best Friend Rescue Red” wine which will be sold commercially throughout the next year.

In the dog category, Lily, Emma, and Emmy were the top three finalists. The feline category was represented by Charlie, Taurus, and Max. Based on not only the total amount each entrant raised, the winners were selected based on their pet’s rescue story. And the Winners are…

Puppies and kittens were ready to snuggle at the exclusive Woof Gang Bakery Cuddle Lounge which boasted SEVEN adoptions by the end of the evening! But the fun didn’t end there. From the fabulous auction items donated from all over the world, delicious food prepared by the acclaimed chefs at the Four Seasons and the fun-filled Stanley Steemer After Party — it surly was an evening to remember.


Saturday, November 14, 2020

Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World

The 2019 event sold out early, so we are offering the opportunity to secure your seats for the 2020 Furball Gala. Please contact Caryn Freas at [email protected] to receive early access to sponsorships and tickets.


Thank you to our Sponsors!

Celebrating 100th Adoption at At Aloft Orlando Downtown With a “Bow Wow Luau”

Central Florida’s Pet Experts Mark Their Milestone 100th Adoption Through The Dog in Residence Foster Program at Aloft Orlando Downtown Hotel With a Pawaiian-Themed Event and Fundraiser

Dress your pup up for the Pawaiian costume contest!

For the past year, visitors of Aloft Orlando Downtown have been met with an extra sweet, adorable greeting by adoptable dogs from Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando housed in the lobby through the Dog in Residence program.  Now, Pet Alliance is proud to announce the 100th dog adopted through the foster program, which they will celebrate with a special “Bow Wow Luau” held at the hotel on Saturday, July 27. From 3pm-7pm, all are encouraged to dress their pup in their favorite Pawaiian attire and enjoy a costume contest, live music, Hawaiian cuisine, pawsitively awesome merchants and uniquely designed custom tile dog houses up for auction with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Pet Alliance. Plus, pawty guests will get their last chance to register for the My Best Friend Wine Contest for a chance to have their pet featured on Quantum Leap Winery’s Rescue Red or Rescue White labels.  The fun-filled event is free to attend.  Pup parents can also purchase cocktails for $10, which includes a specialty cup, sunglasses and a dog bandana, with proceeds as well supporting Pet Alliance.

Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando and Aloft Orlando Downtown’s Dog in Residence program is the first and only hotel dog adoption program in Central Florida.  Through the program, the pet-friendly hotel houses one dog from Pet Alliance at a time in a mini-Aloft doghouse and enclosure stationed for public view in the lobby, who can be adopted by hotel guests and visiting locals.  Since launching in late May of last year, every pup part of the program has found their furever home at Aloft. See the dog houses below and bid here (ends at the Luau on July 27).

“We are thrilled to reach our 100th dog adoption through the Dog in Residence program at Aloft Orlando Downtown,” says Special Events Manager Caryn Freas.  “This has been a hugely popular program that we are very grateful to our partners at Aloft for.  From hotel guests (even some celebrity!) to visiting locals, it warms our hearts to see the families created for our pups this way.  We look forward to celebrating Pawaiian-style at the Bow Wow Luau and continuing to raise awareness overall for our beloved cause.” 

Join the “Bow Wow Luau” on Saturday, July 27 from 3pm-7pm at Aloft Orlando Downtown located at 500 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801.  For more information about Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, call 407-351-7722 or visit

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