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


June is Adopt-A-Cat Month

Cat in our Sanford Shelter.Throughout the month of June we’ll be celebrating Adopt-A-Cat Month and for good reason, kitten season is upon us.  Each spring our shelters find there are more cats in need than ever.

All cats, regardless of age, can be adopt for just $10 at our Orlando and Sanford shelters.  You can also visit our offsite PetSmart adoption sites.

We understand if you aren’t able to adopt at this time, you can still help!  Here are 10 ways to help cats during Adopt-A-Cat month:

  1. Donate your Facebook status!  Sharing photos of adoptable pets is a wonderful way to help them find loving homes and who knows? Perhaps one of your friends or family members will adopt the pet you’ve had your eye on…you may even be able to pet sit when they are out of town.
  2. Put a Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando magnet on your car. Stop by our locations in Orlando or Sanford (donations appreciated).
  3. Running a 5K? Have an upcoming birthday? Planning a happy hour? Create a Furry Fundraiser campaign online now, it takes just minutes.  Then share your campaign with friends and family.
  4. Make the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando your charity of choice on Amazon Smile.
  5. Take a look at our shelter wishlist, you may already have many of the items in your home.
  6. Retweet Pet Alliance Tweets! (Follow us at @PetAllianceGO)
  7. Become a Volunteer!
  8. Sign up to read to our cats, they love a good story!
  9. Make sure your pets, and the pets of friends and family, have been spayed or neutered.
  10. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of our facilities during ‘Dogs & Cats Matter.’  You’ll learn more about our vision for people and pets here in Central Florida.

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.







Check the Chip Day is August 15

Millions of pets go missing each year, and while we hope it never happens to your furry friend a microchip can significantly improve the chance of their safe return.

That’s why we’re inviting you to celebrate ‘Check the Chip Day’ on Monday, August 15.  This is the perfect time to update your pets microchip registration or get your pet microchipped if they are not already.

Keep reading below as we address the many misconceptions about microchips.


What is a pet microchip?
The purpose of the microchip is to provide a form of permanent identification. These microchip implants are called RFID tags, (Radio Frequency Identification). They are tiny, about the size of a grain of rice, and are passive. This means that they passively store a unique identification number and do not actively transmit any information. The microchip implanted in your pet has no battery and no internal power source, so it sits inertly in the pet until it is read by a special microchip scanner.

How will the microchip help my pet get home?
Most, if not all, humane societies and animal shelters now have universal microchip readers, and scan all animals that come into their care. If a lost pet is brought to a veterinary clinic, the veterinary staff will use their reader to check for a microchip. The reader will detect the electronic code embedded in the chip and display the identification number on its screen. The registration database is then checked for this identification number (either online or by telephone), and the pet owner’s contact information is retrieved.

Once my pet has been microchipped, is there anything else I need to do?
Yes, you must register the number with the appropriate agency. Your veterinarian will provide you with the documents and contact information and will tell you if any fees are required.

Although the implanted microchip will continue to function over your pet’s lifetime without any need for maintenance, the system won’t work unless you keep your contact information current. If you move or change your telephone number, make sure you update the information with the registration agency. Remember to also get new ID tags for your pet at the same time.

You can search the AAHA’s Universal Pet Microchip database using your pets microchip number

microchipcatHow is the microchip put into my pet?

Before insertion, the sterile microchip is scanned in the package to confirm that the identification code of the transponder is the same as that shown on the package bar code label. Next, the needle containing the microchip is loaded into the application gun or syringe. For pets, the standard site for microchip placement is in the subcutaneous tissue between the shoulder blades. The loose skin between the shoulder blades is gently pulled up, and the needle is quickly inserted. After insertion, the pet is scanned to make sure that the chip is reading properly.

How long does it take?
The procedure is fast, taking about the same amount of time it takes to give any other injection. It takes more time to do the registration paperwork than it does to implant the microchip.

Is it painful to my pet?
It hurts about as much as having blood drawn. The chips are usually inserted without incident in awake animals, even in the tiniest kitten. Some clients choose to have the microchip implanted when their pet is spayed or neutered so that the pet can be anesthetized for the injection, but this is not necessary; the microchip can be implanted at any time that is convenient.

blog5dMy pet never goes outdoors. Does he need a microchip?
Even the most responsible pet owners cannot ensure that their pet won’t get lost. Although most indoor pets tend to stay indoors, there is always a possibility that they can escape if somebody opens a door at the wrong time, if they manage to push through loose window screen if something petches their attention outside, or if there is an emergency situation where the home has to be evacuated. Indoor pets that are not familiar with the great outdoors can become very frightened in these situations and may not be able to figure out how to get back home.

My pet already wears a collar with a tag on it. Does she need a microchip?
If your pet gets lost or picked up by animal control, the more types of identification that she has the better. Although collars are a very visible form of identification, they can accidentally fall off or be intentionally removed. Furthermore, if you have a collar on your pet, it should be a breakaway type so that it doesn’t get caught on anything and cause an injury. In addition, the information on the tag is legible when the tag is new, but as it gets old and worn it may become unreadable. This means that your pet’s collar is not a permanent form of identification.

My pet has a tattoo. Does he need a microchip?
While tattoos are permanent, in reality they aren’t always that helpful as a form of identification. The first problem with tattoos is that they become faded over time, making them difficult to read correctly. The second, more important problem is that there are no common databases for tattoo information, so any information about the pet and its owner can be difficult to trace.

The benefits of microchips are that they cannot be misread, and the identification number is tamper-proof. The information about the pet and owner is usually readily retrievable from the database.

Is there anything else I should know?

Millions of pets get lost every year, and pets that do not have microchips have less than a 5% chance of being reunited with their families. Pets with microchips were found to be more than twenty times as likely to be reunited with their families. The main reasons that owners weren’t found if the pet was microchipped were that the telephone number was incorrect or disconnected, or the owners did not return the phone call or letter from the finder.

The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando offers free or reduced microchipping at both our Orlando and Sanford clinics for just $30.

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