Cat-a-palooza Resulted in 103 Cat Adoptions

June 21-22 Event Found 103 Homes for Shelter’s Felines

Courtesy of Hill’s

ORLANDO, Fla.  – The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando hosted the first ever “Cat-a-palooza” event at its animal shelters in Orlando and Sanford, Florida on June 21 and 22. Celebrating “all things cats,” the event found 103 homes for the shelters’ cats and kittens, with Hill’s Pet Nutrition underwriting the adoption fee for the first 100 felines adopted during the event.

“Summer is the time of year we receive the most cats and yet adoptions are low,” says Kerri Burns, Executive Director for Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. “We are so excited that our partner with Hill’s Pet Nutrition not only to celebrated cats but also found 103 cats in our shelters a forever, loving home.”

In addition to the free adoptions, every adopted cat also received a free bag of Hill’s Science Diet cat food, 6 months of flea and heartworm prevention and free pet health insurance. As a special bonus, the first 20 cats adopted during Cat-a-palooza received a very special designer cat bed filled with toys and treats, a $200 value.

“We think cats are fantastic every day,” says Dianne Perkins, U.S. Shelter Program Manager for Hill’s.  “During our Cat-a-palooza partnership with Pet Alliance we focused special attention on felines and doing everything we could to adopt cats into new homes. We are glad the community took advantage of the very generous offer from Hill’s.”

On average, the Pet Alliance invests $254 in every adoptable cat. Every cat and kitten adopted by Pet Alliance has been spayed or neutered, permanently identified with a microchip, fully vaccinated and treated for fleas.

View photos from the event and see the happy new families!

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 laser 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.

About Hill’s Pet Nutrition

Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. manufactures Prescription Diet® brand  therapeutic pet foods and Healthy Advantage® brand preventative wellness pet foods available only through veterinarians, and Hill’s® Science Diet® and Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ brand pet foods sold through veterinarians and finer pet specialty stores. Founded more than 70 years ago with a unique commitment to pet nutrition and well-being, Hill’s is committed to its mission to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets. Hill’s produces high-quality, great-tasting pet foods owners can trust and give to their canine and feline companions as part of a veterinary health care team recommendation. This ultimately improves patient health and the health of the practice. For more information about Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. and Hill’s Evidence-Based Clinical Nutrition™ visit HillsVet.com, search for Hill’s Pet Nutrition on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @HillsVet.

Hot Dogs & Cool Cats All Weekend

$15 Dog & Free Cat Adoptions May 31st and June 1st
Dog Fighting Bust Causes Overcrowding at Shelter

ORLANDO, Fla., May 29, 2014 — Confiscating thirty-four dogs from a dog fighting ring this week caused Orange County Animal Services to exceed its animal housing capacity. To help ease crowding and to make room to for the dogs seized in the animal cruelty investigation, Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando accepted adoptable dogs from OCAS and is making those pets available for adoption. This weekend dog adoptions are $15 and cat adoptions are FREE at the Pet Alliance Orlando and Sanford shelters to give the public the opportunity to rescue a pet, in turn making shelter resources available to help other animals in need.

“Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando immediately stepped up to the plate to assist Orange County Animals Services with the animals confiscated in the dog fighting raid,” said Kerri Burns, Executive Director for Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. “Pet Alliance not only accepted adoptable animals from OCAS to ease crowding at their shelter but Pet Alliance veterinarians stepped in to provide medical support for OCAS shelter pets. Collaborating to save more lives is an appropriate use of Pet Alliance resources.”

All dog adoptions are $15 and cat adoptions are FREE at both Pet Alliance shelters on May 31, 2014 and June 1, 2014. On average, Pet Alliance invests about $300 in every adoptable pet to provide sterilization, micro chipping, vaccinations, flea and heartworm prevention, pet health insurance, and a veterinarian examination. The Pet Alliance Orlando shelter is located at 2727 Conroy Road, Orlando, Florida 32839, phone number (407)351-7722 and the Pet Alliance Sanford shelter is located at 2800 County Home Road, Sanford, Florida 32773, phone number (407) 323-8685. View all adoptable pets.

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 laser 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.

New Name and Brand Unveiled

SPCA of Central Florida Unveils New Name and Brand During
National Be Kind to Animals Week:

Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando Launched
|to Save More Animal Lives

ORLANDO, Fla., May 9, 2014 — The almost 80-year old SPCA of Central Florida unveiled its new name and brand, Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, to the community at today’s first-ever Humane Heroes Luncheon at The Alfond Inn in Winter Park, Florida. A new logo and the tagline “We speak. We heal. We care.” were also introduced at the event, which takes place during Be Kind to Animals Week, the oldest celebratory week in American history. The new collaborative direction for the organization follows changes in leadership that occurred late last year with the announcement of a new executive director by the organization’s board of directors.

“We have a new mission at Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando,” Kerri Burns, executive director, said. “That 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.” Burns and the staff are transforming the historical role of the animal shelter by more actively engaging the communities surrounding its Orlando and Sanford animal shelters and veterinary clinics with the responsibility of caring for animals.

“By enlisting help from the public, our goal is to keep dogs and cats out of shelters and instead keep them in loving homes with caring families,” Burns said. The organization currently provides adoption, affordable veterinary care and animal sheltering, as well as education and outreach. Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando has already expanded programs to include offsite adoptions at PetSmart and Petco stores, adopting more animals into homes and increasing efforts to sterilize pets, preventing future homeless puppies and kittens from ever being born.

A new partnership with Osceola County Animal Services and funding from private donors has allowed Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando to deploy its state-of-the-art mobile veterinary clinic. The mobile unit will assist underserved communities by providing reduced cost spaying and neutering services. According to Burns, “Thanks to generous support from private donors, free spaying and neutering is available for dogs and cats in qualifying low-income families through our mobile clinic.”

Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando has been selected by Ark Sciences to participate in the launch of ZeuterinTM for male dogs, a new technology that sterilizes pets without general anesthesia and surgery. ZeuterinTM is the first and only FDA-approved injection for sterilizing male dogs aged three months and older. It is administered on an outpatient basis at both the Pet Alliance Orlando and Pet Alliance Sanford veterinary clinics.

“In addition to preventing homeless animals, we have doubled our efforts to provide better care for animals who do end up in our facilities,” Burns announced. “We have also increased our foster home programs to care for special needs animals outside the shelters, and we have created enrichment programs for dogs and cats, all in an effort to help address the mental and physical health requirements for displaced animals in our care.” Burns adds, “Animal shelters are stressful environments for pets and enrichment activities help prepare pets for adoption into forever homes.”

Burns estimates Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando will provide care to more than 10,000 homeless dogs and cats this year alone through its animal shelters and health care services and to more than 45,000 animals through its veterinary clinics.

About Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando

The SPCA of Central Florida was founded in 1937 to promote “the prevention of cruelty to children and animals.” Today, the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is laser-focused on saving the lives of dogs and cats. As the “go to” experts, Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando provides sheltering, 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. No funding is received from national organizations.

Zeuterin: No Surgery Sterilization

Zeuterin, a safe and virtually painless alternative to surgical castration to sterilize male dogs, is now available as an alternative to traditional neutering through both Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando clinics, and is being performed on many of our shelter dogs as well. Zeuterin injections are offered on an outpatient basis but an appointment is required. Zeuterin is the first and only FDA approved injectable product for sterilizing male dogs aged three months and up. The Zeuterin solution is gently injected into each of the dog’s two testes with a fine (28 gauge) needle. The procedure takes approximately five minutes and does not require the use of general anesthesia. Patients benefit from mild sedation prior to the injection procedure. Following administration, sterilization is essentially 100% (99.6%) effective, permanent, and irreversible. Dogs sterilized with Zeuterin are identified with a permanent “Z” tattoo.

Recognized for its innovative and ‘best practice’ approaches to ending dog and cat overpopulation, the veterinary medical and animal protection policy teams at the Pet Alliance have carefully reviewed the use and effects of Zeuterin. “Having an injection available to sterilize male dogs, as opposed to traditional surgery, is truly revolutionary,” says Dr. Rebecca Rhoades, Medical Director of Pet Alliance. “There is no anesthesia with Zeuterin and dogs can go home right after the injections. Increased efficiencies also allow us to sterilize many more male dogs with this procedure.”

According to Kerri Burns, Executive Director of the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, “preventing homeless dogs and cats from being born is a critical part of our mission. For those pet owners who are not going to sterilize their male dogs with neutering surgery, we hope that Zeuterin injections will be an alternative. Also, administering the injections does not require a surgery suite or specialized equipment, so we can take Zeuterin injections into the field.”

The cost for Zeuterin dogs is $50, which includes the exam fee and anti-inflammatory medication. A veterinary exam prior to the procedure will determine whether the animal is an acceptable candidate for Zeuterin injections. The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando will be one of three training centers in the United States where veterinarians can receive training and certification in best practice usage of this new technology.

Free, Low Cost Spaying and Neutering

Partnering with Osceola County Animal Services, the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is offering free and low cost spaying and neutering for dogs and cats in Osceola County through our state-of-the-art mobile clinic. Dogs and cats breeding create unwanted litters of puppies and kittens. Spaying or neutering dogs and cats prevents homeless animals from being born. Pet Alliance mobile clinic brings safe, affordable spaying, neutering, and rabies vaccination services to Osceola County.

Fees are $25 for cats and $50 for dogs. Services are free for animals in income qualified families. In order to qualify for free services, dog and cat owners must demonstrate that they participate in one of the following public assistance programs: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Women, Infants & Children (WIC), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability (SSD), Medicaid, Section 8 Public Housing, Major VA Disability, Florida Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or Florida School Breakfast and Lunch Program.

Every Monday our mobile clinic will be parked at Osceola County Animal Services. Drop-off time is between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. and pick-up is between 4 and 5 p.m. that day. Appointments for spaying or neutering surgery are required. Schedule appointments by calling (407) 742-8000, option 2. Core vaccinations for dogs and cats, flea prevention, and heartworm testing and prevention will also be available for surgery patients at an additional cost. Dogs must arrive on a leash and cats must arrive in a secure carrier.