13 Neglected Dogs are Now Safe at Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando

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Earlier this week, Pet Alliance jumped into action to rescue 13 neglected dogs from a hoarding case in North Florida. The situation was first uncovered by the Humane Society of the United States and Dixie County Sheriff’s Office. On a 5-acre property, nearly 150 dogs lived outside in appalling conditions without access to food or water. Many dogs were found enclosed in hutches, stranded and drenched from recent rains. A camper van was filled with over two dozen small dogs — the floor caked in feces and urine. 

After initial recovery efforts that included veterinary checks and sheltering from North Florida Animal Rescue, the dogs were then transported to rescue partners, including Pet Alliance, for placement. 

While in our care, staff will perform a full assessment of the 13 dogs and provide them with whatever they need to get healthy and be ready for adoption. Many of them have severe skin conditions including missing fur, painful sores and itchy, inflamed skin. They will likely require several weeks of treatment before they can find their forever homes.

Your support will ensure these dogs have the care and love they need to get healthy and strong. Thanks to you, we can care for these dogs and all of the other animals in our shelter. Will you help us care for these 13 dogs?

$20 monthly is all it takes to ensure that we are able to quickly respond to cases of neglect without hesitation.

$35 microchips two shelter pets, which can help reunite the countless lost and/or stolen animals in Central Florida and beyond.

$50 provides a spay/neuter surgery for one animal — helping to reduce pet overpopulation that leads to hoarding cases like this.

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Sanford Shelter Dog Adoptions to Reopen Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 Update

Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is happy to announce that dog adoptions and intakes at our Sanford facility will be reopening at 12 pm on Wednesday, December 18, 2019.

Over the last several weeks, we treated seven confirmed cases of puppies with canine parvovirus across both shelters. When faced with an outbreak of parvo, many shelters will put down all affected puppies in their care because they lack the resources to isolate and treat it. Thankfully, we did not have to do that.

Thanks to the quick thinking of our shelter staff and the expertise of our shelter medical team, we were able to provide lifesaving care to the puppies affected as well as preventable care to 20 additional dogs.

The puppies are now recovering and will be ready to find their forever homes soon. The cost of treating parvo ranges from $500 – $2,000 as each case presents its own challenges and treatment plan. 

We are lucky enough to not only have the ability to isolate these puppies but also experienced staff and the resources to treat the virus thanks to your support. Each donation helps provide lifesaving medical support to animals in need. Your support also helps ensure that operations continue as normal for all of the pets in our shelters.

Will you donate today to continue to make this lifesaving work possible?

We are happy to reopen the shelter to the community just in time to find them loving homes for the holidays. Help us clear our shelters! As of today, over 245 animals are ready to find their next forever home at both our shelters and offsite locations. An additional 120 cats and dogs are in foster care and will soon be looking for their new family too!

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862 Miles Traveled. 9 Bahamian Dogs Rescued.

After the destructive path of Hurricane Dorian displaced hundreds of dogs and cats in the Bahamas, rescues looked state-side for relief in finding them care and forever homes. Pet Alliance was ready and able to lend a hand as soon as we received the call for help.

Throughout September, Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando worked alongside rescue partners to bring 9 dogs to our shelter in Orlando. Four dogs, Chucky, Waggy, Bernice, and Adventure, made the journey in early September directly from the Bahamas to Orlando. When they arrived, they received health checks and were put under a two-week quarantine to ensure that they were healthy enough for adoption. Three of the four have heartworms but received treatment through Pet Alliance.

The five additional dogs had a more roundabout journey to Orlando. All five were among the 97 dogs that Chella Phillips took into her Nassau home as Hurricane Dorian approached the Bahamas. 

Ms. Phillips story garnered national media attention for her big heart and willingness to house these animals when they had nowhere else to go during the storm. The dogs made their way from Nassau to Fernandina Beach, Florida before being flown to Orlando by Pilots N Paws, a nonprofit that provides transport for rescue dogs. Danilo, Jeremy, Anabel, Daya and Martin are being cared for and loved at Pet Alliance’s Orlando shelter until they find their new Florida forever homes.

Pet Alliance is fortunate to have the resources to care not only for the dogs and cats here in Central Florida, but also to assist animals that are displaced by natural disasters or in unsafe situations outside of our community. Your support is critical to saving these precious lives and helping them find their new homes. Each day, dogs and cats come through our shelter doors in need, and your gifts of time and treasure ensure that they will receive the care and love they need.

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If you make a contribution to Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando through your IRA, you’ll be saving the lives of homeless pets and you’ll get great benefits, too!

A charitable IRA rollover is a wonderful option for people 70 ½ years of age and older. That’s because it allows you to make a gift to the animals — from $100 to $100,000 — and the distribution won’t count as taxable income. An IRA rollover is also a great option if you don’t normally itemize your charitable deductions. It is possible to give individual retirement account (IRA) assets to charity, free from federal tax, annually.

Commonly Asked Questions​

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What’s a charitable IRA rollover?

A charitable IRA rollover is a direct contribution made from your traditional or Roth IRA to a public charity like Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. Your contribution is excluded from your taxable income and can’t exceed $100,000 per year.

Is my IRA rollover gift deductible?

No. The transfer generates neither taxable income nor a tax deduction. You will not pay any income tax on the gift either, so you benefit even if you do not itemize your deductions.

Who benefits most from an IRA rollover?

Those with significant assets in an IRA or those who don’t deduct charitable gifts benefit the most from an IRA rollover. Charitable IRA rollover distributions count toward required minimum distributions.

When do I need to make my gift?

We must receive your gift by Dec. 31 for your donation to qualify this year. If you have check-writing privileges on your IRA account, please mail your check by Dec. 20 in order to give us time to process your gift before the end of the year. Otherwise, please contact your financial advisor to find out how to make a gift via your IRA.

If you have additional questions about making a charitable IRA Rollover or planned giving, please contact Cathy Rodgers at [email protected]

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Our Commitment to Rescuing Animals in the Community

By Executive Director Kerri Burns

The problem of dog and cat overpopulation has existed for decades in Central Florida.

Animal homelessness is an issue that needs education and community assistance. For many years our community has been in the dark on the gravity and complexity of the issues that we are facing. Everyday sheltering, whether it be a county facility, non-profit, or rescue group, is a job that takes commitment and hard work. Communication and outreach is how we all make good things happen for the animals in this community.

The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is calling on all who care about the welfare and well being of animals to work together for a common cause and not attack each other for different approaches.

Organizations do their best to work with each other and from the perspective of the outside it may not seem that way. Until there is a reduction in animal homelessness we will always have shelters and there will always be decisions to make. Please do not judge if you are standing on the outside. Be assured that we are doing our best to bring all able parties together in the best interest of the animals.

We are committed to raising the status of dogs and cats in our community. This is not a job we can accomplish alone. We need the community’s help. We have already reached out to local rescue groups and asked them to be allies in our mission.

On September 3, we will be hosting area rescue groups in an effort to open the conversation and create a dialogue between us and the community. In the end, the animals win, and that’s our mission: to educate, shelter, place, and heal pets and their families. Find out more about how you can help us achieve these goals.