Orange County Government, Florida

Pet Overpopulation

Be part of the solution

What’s the problem?

Each year, Orange County Animal Services receives 23,000 animals. That’s approximately 53 dogs and cats every day! While we wish there were 53 people coming to adopt every day, unfortunately there are not. As a result, the shelter is forced to humanely euthanize pets that are not adopted or rescued. Approximately 50% of the dogs and cats entering the shelter will not find new homes.

What is the solution?

Pet overpopulation is a problem that cannot be resolved quickly, but everyone is able to do something to prevent it from getting worse.

  1. ADOPT. We encourage everyone who is looking for a pet to adopt from a shelter rather than purchase a pet from a breeder or pet store. When you rescue a pet from a shelter you are saving that pet’s life and opening up one more space at the shelter for another pet.
  2. SPAY/NEUTER. If you are not able to adopt, we ask that you spay and neuter the pets you currently have. A spay (females) or neuter (males) is a surgery that takes away the pet's reproductive abilities. We recommend you spay/neuter your pets to prevent any unwanted litters. Spaying and neutering is not always expensive. We recommend you contact your local vet or search for low-cost spay/neuter options in your area. Even if you think you would be able to find homes for all of the puppies/kittens your pet may have, remember every home you find for that newborn pet is a home you are taking away from a shelter pet.
  3. EDUCATE. If you cannot adopt and do not have any pets you can still help by spreading the word. We encourage you to educate your friends and family members about the pet overpopulation problem in our community. Share our informational graph with them and tell them about the statistics. Remember only 50% of animals entering our shelter are able to leave with a new family; the other half are humanely euthanized.

Take a look at Orange County Animal Services’ Info Graphic.

Contact Us

Orange County Animal Services
Pet Rescue & Adoption Center
2769 Conroy Road
Orlando, FL. 32839-2162

Email: AnimalServices@ocfl.net
Phone: (407) 836-3111

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