Volunteers of the Month

LorraineMayVOTMLorraine has been a Volunteer at Pet Alliance for 12 years! She started in 2004 as a Kitty Cuddler and has become a Lead Volunteer and Crafty Critter. She helps in the monthly Interactive Training Sessions, teaching new volunteers the ins and outs of being a Kitty Cuddler. She also makes comfy cozy blankets for all of the shelter kitties. We are so thankful for Lorraine’s positive attitude and sweet demeanor with the adoptable cats and potential adopters!


EmmaMayVOTMEmma has been volunteering at Pet Alliance as a Bark Buddy since June 2015! She aspires to become a Veterinarian and soon started volunteering as a Hospital Helper in our Shelter Clinic. She has served over 330 hours in a little less than a year! Emma has recently been accepted into University of Florida, where she will pursue her passion in working with animals as Veterinarian in their College of Veterinary Medicine. We are so proud of her and thank her for all her service at Pet Alliance!


TerriMayVOTMTerri is an energetic, compassionate Bark Buddy who volunteers her time freely to exercise the dogs through our jog-a-dog program, socialize them at our shelter, give them baths and help them get adopted at Petsmart or other off-site events. In addition to donating her time to the dogs, she also donates enrichment items such as kiddy pools for the dogs to cool off in during these hot summer months! Thank you Terri!


DorrMayVOTMDorothy dedicates 3 hours every Tuesday and Thursday to the cats in the Sanford shelter! Whether she is socializing cats, training new volunteers or fostering kittens, we can always count on Dorothy! We truly appreciate the almost 1,000 hours Dorothy has given, but more importantly, the cats appreciate it!

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 https://petallianceorlando.org.


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 https://www.millioncatchallenge.org/.

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


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Home for the Holiday

Orange County Animal Services, Seminole County Animal Services, Osceola County Animal Services and the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando are teaming up to host a Central Florida shelter pet adoption special. All four shelters will be reducing adoption fees for dogs and cats to $12 for the month of December. This “Home for the Holidays” adoption promotion will help spread awareness for the homeless shelter pets who are ready to find a new family.

View Adoptable Dogs   View Adoptable Cats

“The homeless animal crisis tragically impacts all of Central Florida,” said Fraily Rodriguez, Vice President of the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, “area animal shelters have aligned with the single focus of saving lives this holiday season and we are asking the community to do its part by adopting a dog or cat.” Kim Staton, Director for Osceola County Animal Services added, “we want all the participating shelters to be empty for Christmas. That would be a huge gift to the animals and community.”

Uncontrolled breeding of dogs and cats and selling of puppies and kittens online and in stores contribute to animal homelessness. Animals adopted from shelters are spayed or neutered, completely vaccinated, microchipped for identification, and examined by a veterinarian.

“This holiday season, please consider bringing home a very special gift from our family to yours – a lovable shelter pet!”, said Bob Hunter, Seminole County Animal Services Manager. “Open your heart and your home to our partnership pets, and you’ll be making a difference in both of your lives.”

Four area animal shelters have combined efforts to support the “Home for the Holidays” adoption promotion:

The goal for the adoption promotion is to adopt out a total of 2,000 animals from the participating shelters during the month of December. Animals available for adoption are viewable on each participating organization’s web site. Contact animal shelters individually for specific information about a particular adoptable dog or cat.

“While every animal in our shelter is warm and well taken care of this holiday season, we know they would rather be snuggling with a new family in a cozy home,” said Dil Luther, Division Manager for Orange County Animal Services, “we encourage everyone who is ready for the life-long commitment of owning a pet to adopt this holiday season and experience the unconditional love they have to offer.”

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.