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:

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“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


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“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

 


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“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:

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“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

 


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“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

 


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“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

 

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!

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.

National Cat Day

The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is doing it’s part to break the Internet with cat cuteness on National Cat Day (Thursday, October 29th). All day at our Orlando and Sanford shelters, you’ll be able to adopt a cat or kitten at no charge!

NCDimageWe understand many of you may already have a cat (or three!) but we still want you involved!

Here are the Top 10 ways you can help on National Cat Day, if you can’t adopt:

  1. Help spread the cuteness!  Share adoptable pet photos from the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando on Facebook and encourage friends and family to do the same.
  2. Make sure your pet is spayed or neutered.  We cannot stress how important this to preventing additional unwanted pets.
  3. Celebrating a birthday? Running a 5K? Any special day can be donated to help pets in our area!  Create a page today and then share it with friends and family.  It’s fun and easy!
  4. Buy your cat a new toy to keep them active!  Did you know?  Both Pet Alliance locations have retail stores that offer discounted prices on pet supplies.  Plus 100% of proceeds go back into our shelters!
  5. Start a donation drive in your office for shelters.  Our wish list has many items such as blankets and towels that you may already have.
  6. Microchip your pet! By reuniting lost pets with their owners, we reduce the stress on local shelters in the area.
  7. Subscribe to our newsletter!  Once a month you’ll get an email with pet health articles, local events, and more!
  8. 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.
  9. Purchase an Orlando Firefighters & Rescued Pets calendar! This 14-month calendar features full color photos of shelter cats and dogs with an Orlando Firefighter. 100% of proceeds benefit homeless pets.
  10. Tweet about it! This is a great start: “Celebrate #NationalCatDay! Check out @PetAllianceGO’s pets now: https://bit.ly/adPAGO”

Hard Rock Pet Pins

OrlandoPinHRAnimal shelters in Florida are inundated with homeless pets year-round.  In Orlando, as many as 40,000 homeless dogs and cats will enter the city’s two animal shelters this year alone.

The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando and Hard Rock International have joined forces to draw attention to the plight of homeless pets in the Sunshine State by launching a collectible Shelter Pet Pin Series.  Each segment of the brilliantly colored guitar shaped pin represents a dog or cat adopted from a Florida animal shelter.  When the set of six is collected, the shelter pet pins fit together to form a beautiful mosaic of dogs and cats.

A unique pin is available at each participating locations; Hard Rock Cafe Orlando, Hard Rock Cafe Key West, Hard Rock Cafe Miami, Hard Rock Cafe Tampa and Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood, FL. Proceeds from each pin sold in Orlando directly benefit the pet adoption programs at the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.

“The Shelter Pet Pin series is a fun and unique way for Hard Rock fans to show their support for pet projects in the community,” says Fraily Rodriguez, Vice President of Community Outreach for the Pet Alliance.  “Funds raised by the sale of these pins in Orlando directly benefit the more than 400 homeless dogs and cats in our care every day.”

“Hard Rock International has a long-established history of promoting social awareness and raising funds for global and local causes,” said Keely Wade, Philanthropy & Marketing Manager for Hard Rock International.  “We believe in supporting our community, and we’re all animal lovers here at Hard Rock, so we’re excited about expanding the partnership with animal shelters in each of the five Florida Hard Rock Cafe communities.”

Collect all six to complete the set.  A different pin design is featured at each of the participating Hard Rock Cafes and online at  https://rockshop.hardrock.com/PinsCollectibles.

 

About Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando

As the go-to pet experts for Central Florida, the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando does good things for dogs and cats and the people who love them. Formerly the SPCA of Central Florida, the organization’s goal is to provide compassionate and knowledgeable services for pets and to be leaders in innovative animal care and veterinary medicine. More than 7,000 homeless dogs and cats turned to the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando for caring, compassion, and hope through its two animal shelters last year. Highly skilled veterinarians will help and heal an additional 45,000 animals through two veterinary clinics. Providing shelter for animals in crisis, disaster response efforts, and pet food pantry programs for dogs and cats in need, thousands of additional animals are helped each year. Visit www.PetAllianceOrlando.org for more information.

About Hard Rock International

With a total of 200 venues in 64 countries, including 154 cafes, 21 hotels and 10 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Chicago, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, Macau and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include San Juan, Lagos and Busan, South Korea. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Daytona Beach, Dubai, Los Cabos, Tenerife, Abu Dhabi, and Shenzhen and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.

My Best Friend Finalists!

Join us at Quantum Leap Winery on Saturday, August 22nd to meet the finalist. RSVP now!

We are so excited to announce that Junior, Augusta, Lilly, Bella, Byron and Phillipe have been selected by popular vote as finalists in the 2015 ‘My Best Friend’ wine label contest.  For the first time every, we will have six finalists because Byron and Phillipe were tied with 1,210 votes each!

Please join us on Saturday, August 22 at Quantum Leap Winery from 11 am to 2 pm as we announce this year’s winner, RSVP now!

 

 

The 2015 Finalists

size2_23505Junior is my hero because he survived an inauspicious beginning to become a warm and loving friend. He was only 3 weeks old and 1.4 pounds when I found him shivering by the side of the road. With a lot of loving care and around the clock attention he thrived. On his first birthday this July 15th he weighs a healthy and happy 10 pounds and is grateful to have been rescued. He is the best buddy I ever had.

 

 

 

size2_22190As beautiful as she is, Augusta was not born with a silver spoon in her mouth. She was turned in to Orange Co. Animal Control by someone who found her outside, declawed, covered in fleas and severely underweight. Thanks to her microchip, they determined that this was the SECOND TIME she had been turned in! For the last three years, she has been in my care. Two years ago, an oil portrait of her was sold to benefit the SPCA. I think it’s wonderful that after her frightening start, she has retired to a life of ease and modeling.

 

 

size2_23632Lilly is truly the sweetest and most loving pet anyone could ask for. She is a Beagle/Jack Russell mix that loves to cuddle, play and just hangout with the family. She and her 4 siblings were found abandoned and spent their first 8 weeks of life on their death beds being treated for malnutrition and Parvo. They were not even given names because they weren’t expected to survive. Luckily, we saw puppy #4 at a rescue event and it was puppy love at first sight.

 

 

 

size2_23622We were not looking to get a dog, especially a St. Bernard, but when we saw Bella we immediately knew we wanted her as part of our family! We rescued Bella a year and a half ago but in actuality, she has rescued us. Our son moved back in with us this year and she has provided much loyalty, companionship, unconditional love, hugs and kisses when he needed it most. We are so blessed to have Bella in our family…she is truly a best friend to each of us and we don’t know what we would do without her!

 

 

 

size2_23562My dog Byron is my hero because no matter what he greets me with a wagging tail and a smile. No really, he literally smiles by pulling his top lips above his teeth. No matter what kind of day I have had, he immediately makes it better. He is everything a gal could want in a best friend. He is loyal, protective, positive, forgiving and non-judgmental. How many humans do you know that you can say the same for?

 

 

 

size2_23280Phillipe was surrendered to Pet Alliance in his older years. His new family couldn’t be happier with their furry family member! At 15 years old, he still loves to play, go to the dog park and have his back scratched. His favorite activity is visiting his friends at Orlando Health and Rehab, where he is a pet therapy dog. Phillipe brings joy to all who meet him and ask, “is he a puppy!” Phillipe asks you to adopt from Pet Alliance – his many friends there are waiting to fulfill your life with love and joy… 🐾 Please visit today!