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Orange County pet adoptions hits record high


From the Orange County Public Information Office

Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) is pleased to announce 922 adoptions in the month of July, the highest number of pet adoptions in the agency’s 48-year history. The adoption of 473 dogs and 449 cats, was the highest number the shelter has ever achieved in one month’s time. The record was especially rewarding since the shelter reached capacity in early July with more than 500 animals in their care at one time. The spike in population prompted officials to place an urgent call for adoptive homes to the community and rescue partners, which was clearly heard.

“Pumpkin,” a 15 lb. orange tabby cat adopted by her new family on July 31, was ultimately the adoption to break the all-time record.

“920 adoptions in one month is an incredible milestone to have achieved,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. “This record-breaking number demonstrates how deeply our community cares – and the same goes for our Orange County Animal Services staff. In partnership with citizens and local families, as well as our dedicated volunteers and awesome rescue partners, we continue to surpass expectations in finding ‘forever homes’ for our four-pawed friends.”

In addition to the July record number of adoptions, OCAS celebrated additional milestones:

  • 10,316 guests visited with animals at the shelter.
  • 930 pet spay and neuter surgeries were performed by clinic staff.
  • 170 pets were taken in by rescue partners.

Orange County Animal Services also credits the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, United Paws Rescue and CARE Feline TNR with helping to find placement for dozens of cats and orphaned kittens requiring special care.

“We can’t do this alone,” acknowledged Dil Luther, manager of Orange County Animal Services. “We have an incredible team of staff and volunteers who love animals, and we’re within a tremendous community that does as well.”

While celebrating this victory, shelter staff are aiming for another successful month. Orange County Animal Services is currently offering the “Pawgust” promotion which reduces dog adoption fees to $15 and cat adoption fees to $10. Adoption includes spay or neuter surgery, initial vaccinations and microchip implantation for identification purposes.

Although adoption remains a top priority, shelter staff plan to do more work later this year to help encourage greater spay and neuter services within the community to control pet overpopulation.

About Orange County Animal Services

Orange County Animal Services is Central Florida’s largest pet rescue and adoption center. Last year, Animal Services received nearly 20,000 animals at its shelter. For more than 40 years, the agency’s mission has been to protect the citizens and animals of Orange County. Its vision is to give abandoned and neglected pets a second chance to live long, healthy lives in safe, loving homes.

Orange County Animal Services is located at 2769 Conroy Road in Orlando near the Mall at Millenia. The facility is open for adoptions Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call (407) 254-9150 or visit www.ocnetpets.com.


Orange County Animal Services