Volunteer Spotlights

Cat Condo Care Volunteer Jami Hines

Jami has been a Superstar volunteer these past few months! A dedicated volunteer for the past three-years, Jami spends most of her volunteer hours caring for cats at our offsite adoption locations. 

Recently she has been helping out at the Ocoee PetSmart. With our animal care staff busy at the shelter, and without an official Offsite Coordinator, Jami has stepped up and helped with transporting cats to and from PetSmart in Ocoee. 

She truly has a passion for kitties and finding them homes, and it shows each time she interacts with them. Jami stops by PetSmart 2-4 times a week to check in on the cats, clean their cages, spend time with them and help facilitate adoptions. 

She even helped out with training new Kitty Cuddlers so that they could help out at offsite locations too. Jami always has the cats’ happiness top of mind and regularly communicates with staff to ensure that each animal has everything they need while they await their forever home. Plus, she’s just a real ray of sunshine!

Volunteer Elsa Hill

Elsa started volunteering at the Sanford shelter back in 2017 after retiring from the United States Air Force in Medical Administration.  Her passion for working with animals showed when she logged over 300 hours that year as a Kitty Cuddler, Bark Buddy and Foster Volunteer. A medical situation prevented her from volunteering for about a year but now she is back in full swing!

Elsa has been especially helpful during the pandemic. With the shelter being open for adoptions by appointment only, the cattery at Lake Mary PetSmart has become a bustling location for cat adoptions. Elsa cleans the cat kennels and helps with adoptions at least three times a week. She also is “on-call” for transporting cats and kittens from the shelter to the store. It seems that whenever we need someone on short notice, Elsa is ready and eager to help!

When Elsa is not volunteering at Pet Alliance her attention is on her five rescued cats and her dog.
I’m back and loving the chance to once again work with the great animals and people of Pet Alliance!  And looking forward to many more years, so thank you!” No, Elsa, thank YOU!

Volunteer Program Update

The new volunteer orientation process is still on hold and will likely not resume before 2021. Please keep your eye on our website and social media pages for updates!

Latest Blog Posts

FREE Pet Food Drive-Thru on Sunday, September 27, 2020

We’re kicking off the Pet Alliance Giving Day in a big way! If you or someone you know is in need of a helping “paw” with pet supplies, then join Pet Alliance on Sunday, September 27 as we hand out FREE pet food to our community. Supported by Chewy and Reed Nissan of Central Florida!

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Whisker’s Workforce

WHISKER’S WORKFORCE cats are felines that cannot thrive living as a pet in a traditional household environment. These cats are better suited to live in barns, warehouses, wineries, plant nurseries, and earn their keep by controlling the rodent and pest population. Whisker’s Workforce cats want to work for you and be allowed to live a

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Come To The Rescue for Pets This “Giving Day”!

All Donations Made During the All-Day Fundraiser Will Be Matched Dollar For Dollar Up to $150,000 by The Sherry Chappell Cooper Foundation! Central Florida’s go-to pet experts Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando are continuing to work hard to ensure that all the animals in our care are healthy, safe and have the opportunity to find their furever homes,

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Thank you, Pet Alliance Volunteers! 2020 Volunteer Appreciation Week

It’s time again to celebrate the volunteers who so graciously give of themselves in the service of others — it’s Volunteer Appreciation Week! This week of recognition (April 19 – 25, 2020) honors the impact volunteers have on organizations and non-profits nationwide.

Last year, Pet Alliance volunteers contributed over 89,000 hours of service to help the dogs and cats of Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. That’s equivalent to 43 full-time staff!

These amazing individuals normally exercise, socialize and provide enrichment activities for our dogs and cats at the shelter, but more recently have pivoted in a different way — through fostering.  In light of COVID-19, over 88% of Pet Alliance pets have been placed in foster care. This has helped our shelter staff greatly these last few weeks. 

We say it frequently because it’s true: We could not help the thousands of pets we do each year without the dedication and kindness of our volunteers. 

Thank you for being a HERO to a shelter pet!

Thank You form our Shelter Staff!

Candyce Hatch, Pet Alliance Voulnteer Manager with her rescue pups.
By Candyce Hatch, Pet Alliance Volunteer Manager

As I sit and write this small but mighty letter my heart is incredibly full of appreciation and happiness thanks to you. I’m happy because, during tough times, you have all come together to make me truly proud to be your volunteer manager.

Since we have suspended all volunteer shifts, I have seen you all come together in an amazing way. I cannot tell you enough how much I have loved the daily Facebook posts. They make me smile and make me feel like we truly are the best shelter around.  

You are an important part of our shelter that makes it run like a well-oiled machine. You work hard, you stay happy, and above all else, you love the animals with all of your hearts.  

Instead of focusing on yourselves, you’ve wanted to help the cats and dogs at Pet Alliance, and for that, I couldn’t be more thankful. For now, I hope these words are enough to let you know how much I appreciate you, admire you, and am happy you’re all here for Pet Alliance. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, volunteers. Can’t wait until you’re all back at the shelter!

We Think Volunteers are SUPER!

By Sydney Midgett, Orlando Volunteer Coordinator

There are many things that people don’t know about being involved in animal sheltering. Working with shelter animals can be joyful, hard, sweaty, fun, not-so-fun, stinky, or emotional, but I think we can all agree on one thing: it is REWARDING! You are making a huge difference in their lives, and those positive experiences will stay with them, even after they’ve been adopted.

It never ceases to amaze me how far reaching our volunteer program really is. From our clinics to TNR, offsite volunteers, admin assistants, and more, you are all truly making a difference in our community and in the lives of so many animals.

Even during the closure, you continue to be there to help out, even if it is not in the way that you usually do. Every donation has been appreciated, every fostered animal has been loved to the fullest potential, even your involvement in our digital attempts to keep you all connected has made us smile!

You guys hear this all the time but it couldn’t be more true, we absolutely could not do what we do without you!  Your commitment to this organization and our animals is nothing short of incredible!

Can’t wait to see all of your shining faces again soon. Thank you for volunteering for Pet Alliance.

By Beth Gustin, Sanford Volunteer Coordinator

This Volunteer Appreciation Week, when we are not at the shelter, has really got me thinking about our wonderful volunteers. You guys help us with the daily routines that need to get done- cleaning cat cages, walking dogs, showing cats and dogs to adopters and providing enrichment. Our Foster Volunteers nurse our kittens and keep our youngest puppies out of the shelter. And we always can count on the volunteers who help out at our offsite events.

But it is the things that we don’t necessarily see every day that really show that our volunteers are truly invaluable to us. It is the personal connection a Bark Buddy makes with a special dog or the Kitty Cuddler who steers adopters toward the cat that perhaps has been overlooked. And most recently it is our Fosters who have taken the extra step in doing virtual adoptions for their foster pets.

Our cats and dogs get so much from our volunteers- love, exercise, enrichment and ultimately forever homes. And not seeing all of your familiar faces has us really missing you guys! We hope that all of you are staying safe and healthy and that we will be back at the shelter soon.

We really can’t say it too many times-thank you for volunteering

The Pets Thank You!

Bark Buddy Shy Kelly Completed 280 Hours of Volunteer Service in just 5 Months!

Bark Buddy, Shy Kelly snuggling a PAGO resident.

Schuyler “Shy” Kelly is the volunteer we all hope to be one day – dedicated, committed, helpful and kind. Since starting her volunteer service in early March, Shy has quickly learned many different roles throughout the Orlando location. She volunteered her time with our 2019 summer camp program, as an administrative receptionist and, her personal favorite, as a Bark Buddy. You can often find her helping wherever it is needed most with a positive and can-do attitude.  Shy accumulated more than 280 hours of volunteer service in just 5 months! She is knowledgeable and extremely reliable

She always offers help, has been very involved with dog enrichment and possesses great customer service skills with potential adopters. 

Volunteers like Shy are the reason Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is able to thrive in the way it does. Volunteer dedication and determination contributed to more than 89,000 hours in the last year – that’s equivalent to 43 full-time staff members! Volunteers help to exercise dogs, care for foster animals, enrich the lives of cats, assist the shelter medical teams, work with the public clinics, assist with special events and help out in the Orlando business office. Thank you Shy for all over your dedication to making Central Florida a better place for people and their pets with Pet Alliance!

For more information and volunteering opportunities, please visit: http://bit.ly/PAGOVolunteer 

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News

FREE Pet Food Drive-Thru on Sunday, September 27, 2020

We’re kicking off the Pet Alliance Giving Day in a big way! If you or someone you know is in need of a helping “paw” with pet supplies, then join Pet Alliance on Sunday, September 27 as we hand out FREE pet food to our community. Supported by Chewy and Reed Nissan of Central Florida!

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News

Whisker’s Workforce

WHISKER’S WORKFORCE cats are felines that cannot thrive living as a pet in a traditional household environment. These cats are better suited to live in barns, warehouses, wineries, plant nurseries, and earn their keep by controlling the rodent and pest population. Whisker’s Workforce cats want to work for you and be allowed to live a

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Fundrasing

Come To The Rescue for Pets This “Giving Day”!

All Donations Made During the All-Day Fundraiser Will Be Matched Dollar For Dollar Up to $150,000 by The Sherry Chappell Cooper Foundation! Central Florida’s go-to pet experts Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando are continuing to work hard to ensure that all the animals in our care are healthy, safe and have the opportunity to find their furever homes,

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2018 Year in Review

We’re thrilled to share the impact you — our donors, volunteers, adopters, and supporters — helped create in the 2018 fiscal year. It takes a group of altruistic pet people to make sure that each cat and dog that come through our doors is treated with care and compassion. We say it because it’s true: we couldn’t help these animals without you.

FREE Pet Food Drive-Thru on Sunday, September 27, 2020

We’re kicking off the Pet Alliance Giving Day in a big way! If you or someone you know is in need of a helping “paw” with pet supplies, then join Pet Alliance on Sunday, September 27 as we hand out FREE pet food to our community. Supported by Chewy and Reed Nissan of Central Florida!

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Whisker’s Workforce

WHISKER’S WORKFORCE cats are felines that cannot thrive living as a pet in a traditional household environment. These cats are better suited to live in barns, warehouses, wineries, plant nurseries, and earn their keep by controlling the rodent and pest population. Whisker’s Workforce cats want to work for you and be allowed to live a

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Come To The Rescue for Pets This “Giving Day”!

All Donations Made During the All-Day Fundraiser Will Be Matched Dollar For Dollar Up to $150,000 by The Sherry Chappell Cooper Foundation! Central Florida’s go-to pet experts Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando are continuing to work hard to ensure that all the animals in our care are healthy, safe and have the opportunity to find their furever homes,

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Finding Sweet Seniors Homes

Michelle Chandler with one of her beloved cats.

Celebrating sixty years of life by helping sixty senior shelter pets, donor Michelle Chandler decided to celebrate her birthday a little differently this year. In honor of her 60th birthday, Chandler sponsored the adoption fees of 60 senior animals at both the Orlando and Sanford shelters. 

Her passion is undeniable as she serves as a community advocate and a dedicated volunteer for Pet Alliance. Michelle has been volunteering with Pet Alliance since 2014 in roles ranging from kitty cuddler to administrative receptionist. Her hope this year was to do something a bit different when it comes to celebrating another turn around the sun. She just wants to help dogs and cats find their furever homes.

Help make her birthday wish come true by adopting a sweet senior. To see which animals are available for adoption under this promotion, check out the adoption profile of the animal and look for “Sweet Senior” in their bio. 

Latest Blog Posts

FREE Pet Food Drive-Thru on Sunday, September 27, 2020

We’re kicking off the Pet Alliance Giving Day in a big way! If you or someone you know is in need of a helping “paw” with pet supplies, then join Pet Alliance on Sunday, September 27 as we hand out FREE pet food to our community. Supported by Chewy and Reed Nissan of Central Florida!

Read More »

Whisker’s Workforce

WHISKER’S WORKFORCE cats are felines that cannot thrive living as a pet in a traditional household environment. These cats are better suited to live in barns, warehouses, wineries, plant nurseries, and earn their keep by controlling the rodent and pest population. Whisker’s Workforce cats want to work for you and be allowed to live a

Read More »

Come To The Rescue for Pets This “Giving Day”!

All Donations Made During the All-Day Fundraiser Will Be Matched Dollar For Dollar Up to $150,000 by The Sherry Chappell Cooper Foundation! Central Florida’s go-to pet experts Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando are continuing to work hard to ensure that all the animals in our care are healthy, safe and have the opportunity to find their furever homes,

Read More »

Spring 2019 Newsletter

Check out our 2019 Spring Newsletter to keep up to date on the latest happenings at Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.

Learn about the rescue of 21 German Shepherds from Georgia, our Community Cat Initiative and how many dogs and cats we helped last year. We hope you enjoy!