Hurricane Pet Tips & Pet Friendly Shelters

Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando
Operation Hours during Hurricane Irma

  • Pet Alliance will be CLOSED on Monday and Tuesday.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season is June 1st to November 30th. Be prepared with these tips from the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.

Download our Hurricane Preparedness Sheet (PDF)
Download our Hurricane Preparedness Sheet (PDF)

Are you and your pet prepared?

  1. Never leave your pet behind.
  2. The safest place for your pet is with you! If you must evacuate, take your pet along.
  3. Place two ID tags on your pet’s collar. Include a temporary tag with the phone number of a friend or relative who lives outside your immediate area.
  4. Microchip your pet and make sure the chip registration is updated. Be sure to locate and update your microchip registry.
  5. Prepare a travel kit for your pet. Include bowls, food, bottled water, towels, needed prescriptions, bathing supplies, flea/tick control, and leashes.
  6. Make sure your pets are current on vaccinations.
  7. Create a record file for each pet. Include your pet’s vaccination records.
  8. Always travel with photographs of your pet.
  9. Have travel carriers handy for evacuation. Make your pet’s carrier a fun and safe place by placing treats, toys and meals in it on a routine basis.
  10. Most public evacuation shelters do not accept pets. Know ahead of time pet friendly accommodations. Visit ‘Bring Fido‘ to locate pet friendly accommodations, and view our map below for area shelters that do allow them.
  11. Take your dogs on a long walk before the storm.
  12. Keep your pets routine as normal as possible (feeding time and potty time
  13. Bonus tip: you can buy a small area of fake grass and a baby pool and put in the garage for them to use the bathroom during the storm.

For the latest storm information, visit the National Hurricane Center.

Keep checking back for more tips, first-hand accounts, and more, designed to help pet owners be prepared for hurricane season.

You can help a pet in need by supporting the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, donate today!

Pet Friendly Shelters

Below is a map of Pet Friendly shelters in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Volusia and Brevard counties:

If you do take your pet to a shelter, remember:

  • Shelters are first-come, first-served, so get there early.
  • You must have the pet in a carrier or cage.
  • You must provide proof of current vaccinations.
  • Bring Food, water and serving containers.

The shelter locations in the map above where current as of 9/5/2017 and may change. Please view your county website for full shelter information:

Osceola County
Seminole County
Orange County
Lake County
Brevard County
Volusia County

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:

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“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


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“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

 


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“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:

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“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

 


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“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

 


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“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

 

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 https://www.abcfws.com 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 www.PetAllianceOrlando.org.

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 www.abcfws.com.

 

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 www.quantumleapwinery.com or by calling 407-730-3082.

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  https://rockshop.hardrock.com/PinsCollectibles.

 

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 www.PetAllianceOrlando.org 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 www.hardrock.com.

Summer Volunteer Opportunities

Looking to become involved at the Pet Alliance but not sure the shelter is for you? We have lots of opportunities outside of the shelter including Office, Wizard, Party Animal (special events), Pet Food Pantry and Foster Care. This summer both of our shelter locations will be holding multiple Open Houses for these non-shelter roles.

One of the most important ways you can help homeless pets is to open your heart and home through foster care. Because pets are not eligible for adoption until eight weeks of age, they need a loving home to mature in. Foster parents play a pivotal part in the early socialization of these little ones, which is important to their overall development.

We are in need of additional Foster Homes for our incoming kitten and puppy population, which is where you come in! If you are interested in becoming a Foster Parent contact our Volunteer Department and sign up to attend one of our four upcoming Open Houses.

Orlando Open Houses

Sanford Open Houses

Thanks to our Foster Parents, we are able to provide safe, stable homes for our puppies and kittens to grow in. Please consider opening your home to a foster pet (or litter!) and help us ensure our underage animals are taken care of.

Luncheon Raises $131,420

Luncheon photos can be found on Facebook.
Luncheon photos can be found on Facebook.

The almost 80-year old Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando raised $131,420 last Thursday during its Humane Heroes Luncheon at The Alfond Inn in Winter Park, Florida.  Over 300 supporters gathered to celebrate the human-animal bond and a commitment to rescuing pets for the donor luncheon.  WFTV news anchors Vanessa Welch and Greg Warmoth hosted the program which featured a $10,000 leadership challenge from Stanley Steemer’s Connie Gellner and a $25,000 major gift announcement from Reed Nissan’s general manager Aaron Hill.

Through its two animal shelters and veterinary clinics, the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando placed 6,460 dogs and cats into new, loving homes last year and 14,445 pets were spayed or neutered, preventing even more homeless puppies and kittens.  “Unrestricted funds raised through the Humane Heroes luncheon support all of the programs at the Pet Alliance,” said the organization’s Vice President of Philanthropy Sean Hawkins.  “Our mission is to save more animal lives in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties, and we cannot do it alone. We need everyone who loves animals as our partners – our allies – in the welfare and well-being of dogs and cats.  The luncheon is a great example of people working together for a common cause.”

Corporate partners who helped produce the luncheon include Merial for major underwriting, and top dogs at Elanco, IDEXX, M.W.I., Purina and Wells Fargo.  Special thanks also goes out to Appleton Creative, the Alfond Inn, and partners at WFTV and the 9 Family Connection.

Photos from this years luncheon can be viewed on the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando Facebook page.

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 www.PetAllianceOrlando.org for more information.