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


Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Cinco de Mayo Adoption Special

Untitled design (69)Did you know?  Cinco de Mayo is a day to celebrate the Mexican army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

We want to celebrate a victory of another kind, over pet homelessness.  From Thursday, May 5 to Sunday, May 8 you can adopt any regularly priced dog or cat for just $5!

Your new furry friend will go home already spayed/neutered, treated for internal and external parasites, microchipped and vaccinaed against rabies, distemper and upper respiratory viruses. Cats receive a Feline Leukemia test and dogs will have been tested for heartworm disease.

You’ll also receive a free post-adoption veterinary exam and one month of flea prevention.

This special is valid at our Orlando and Sanford shelters.







One Million Cat Challenge

challenger300x250[1]The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is joining animal shelters across North America to save the lives of one million more cats in the next five years. It’s all part of a joint campaign of the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida and the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program.

The Million Cat Challenge is based on five key initiatives that offer every shelter, in every community, practical choices to reduce euthanasia and increase live outcomes for shelter cats.

“Kittens are usually adopted pretty quickly, it’s the adult cats who may stay in the shelter for a while”, says Rachel Klaren, Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando Shelter Manager.  “One of our approaches to keep adult cats in the home is by offering a free spay for the mother cat when families surrender kittens”

These owners were very grateful to be able to keep their cat, Midnight, and have her spayed for no charge.
These owners were very grateful to be able to keep their cat, Midnight, and have her spayed for no charge.

“The shelters who have taken the Challenge are leading the way in finding and implementing new approaches to saving cats’ lives,” said Dr. Kate Hurley, director of the UC Davis program.

“Spaying and neutering” is key to preventing more homeless cats in our community, says Dr. Morris, Clinic Director for PAGO.  Daily, we offer a variety of free and affordable spay/neuter services for owned and community cats at our Sanford and Orlando clinics as well as on our mobile unit in St. Cloud.


About the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando

Formerly the SPCA of Central Florida, our goal is to provide compassionate care to the pets and people of our community.  More than 10,000 homeless dogs and cats will turn to the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando for caring, compassion, and hope through our animal shelters this year. Our highly skilled veterinarians will help and heal an additional 45,000 animals in our veterinary clinics. Learn more at


About the Million Cat Challenge

The Million Cat Challenge is a shelter-based campaign to save the lives of one million cats in North America over the next five years. The core strategy of the campaign will focus on five key initiatives that offer every shelter, in every community, practical choices to reduce euthanasia and increase live outcomes for shelter cats. Drs. Levy and Hurley are available for interviews. For more information, visit

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

Quantum Leap’s ‘My Best Friend’ now available!

pet033_winelabel-05Florida’s local, urban winery, Quantum Leap Winery, and ABC Fine Wine & Spirits joined forces with the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando in search of a spokesdog or spokescat to appear on the label of the 2015 ‘My Best Friend’ rescue red wine. The blend is now available at Quantum Leap Winery and in Orlando-area ABC Fine Wine & Spirits retail stores. Proceeds from the sale of the wine benefit the programs and services of the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando to help rescue pets in need.

Phillipe, the winning spokesdog, was surrendered to the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando as a senior pet and despite his advanced age, is very active and serves as a therapy dog visiting a local rehabilitation center. The voting phase raised nearly $16,000 for the Pet Alliance and its local community programs.

“We are thrilled with the success of the search and the ability to raise additional funds through the sale of this unique wine,” said Fraily Rodriguez, Vice President of Community Initiatives for the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.  “All the proceeds directly assist pets and their families in our local community through our services and programs. This is the perfect holiday gift for the animal lover in you.”

“Since ABC Fine Wine & Spirits was founded we’ve been committed to giving back to the community and supporting worthy causes,” said Jess Bailes, Executive Vice President for ABC Wine & Spirits. “We couldn’t pass on this opportunity to combine our love of wine and our love for animals. My two dogs are my loyal companions and I believe this fundraiser will give others the opportunity to find their pet pals.”

IMG_0236‘My Best Friend’ specially labeled red blend will be available in limited quantities at select ABC Stores and through their online store at as well as through Quantum Leap Winery. What a perfect holiday gift for the pet lovers amongst your family and friends!


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 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.  More information about the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is available at

About ABC Fine Wine & Spirits
Founded by Jack Holloway in 1936 in Orlando, Florida, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits is America’s largest family-owned wine and spirits retailer. With over 130 locations from Destin to Miami, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits offers thousands of spirits, wines, gourmet foods and craft beers in bottles, cans and growlers, as well as walk-in humidors home to hundreds of fine cigars. ABC Fine Wine & Spirits has the selection, lower prices, and expertise you need to Always Be Celebrating. Find more information and start celebrating online at


About Quantum Leap Winery

Quantum Leap Winery opened in October 2012 as Orlando’s first winery, offering a wine tasting room and venue for events. It operates on a business philosophy of sustainable production. Jill Ramsier, a former food and beverage executive, and David Forrester, a successful CEO and environmental industry pioneer, work with small producers in premier wine-growing regions around the world to obtain sustainably grown wine. The wine is then transported to Quantum Leap where it is aged, finished, blended and packaged. The evolution of the winery will include packaging its wine in kegs, pouches or boxes, reducing the carbon footprint associated with traditional wine production.  Quantum Leap is located in the Mills 50 district at 1312 Wilfred Drive, Orlando, FL  32803. More information is available at or by calling 407-730-3082.