Shelter Announced as Finalist for “Agency of the Year” by the Florida Animal Control Association
For the second year in a row, Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) is once again in the running for several prestigious awards given by the Florida Animal Control Association. Among them is “Agency of the Year” — the highest honor.
The news follows on the heels of the announcement that Orange County Animal Services celebrated another fiscal year of record breaking adoption numbers with more than 8348 homeless dogs and cats finding homes through the efforts of the shelter, rescue organizations, volunteers and outstanding media partners who regularly host adoption segments and share images of available animals and promotions. These numbers are up from the previous fiscal year where OCAS reported 7842 adoptions.
Moving into 2017, the OCAS team is excited to once again be working in partnership with more than 100 rescue partners, hundreds of volunteers and many shelters throughout Central Florida and the state. The agency plans to continue to focus on maintaining the outstanding adoption rates, but also reducing pet overpopulation by launching spay and neuter educational campaigns and additional community clinics. The Animal Services’ Community Action Team, which focuses only on spay and neuter services as well as pet education, continues to be very active throughout the county and works hard to teach residents about the basic care and needs of their pets. By year’s end they will have reached thousands of citizens.
In response to the news, Dr. George Ralls, Public Safety and Health Services Director for Orange County praised OCAS Manager Dil Luther and his entire team for their tireless efforts to help homeless animals. In addition, Ralls recognized the local network of rescues and volunteers that together support the shelter team and their mission, and no doubt a community that clearly cares about its animals. What sets OCAS apart from other shelters is that the agency is the only “open admission” shelter in Orange County which means that it cannot turn away any animal regardless of its temperament or health, or the shelter’s capacity. On an average day the shelter accepts as many as 50 new animals, with numbers that as much as double during the summer months, considered peak breeding season. Their mission is truly life-saving for these animals.
Awards will be announced on February 11 at the 2017 FACA Conference in Orlando. Congratulations to Orange County Animal Services, and all shelters listed as finalists.
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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 23,000 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.
About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its citizens and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world famous theme parks, the nation’s second largest convention center, and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners including the Mayor who is elected countywide. For more information please visit www.OCFL.net or go to the Orange County Facebook and Twitter pages.