Orange County Government, Florida
Diane Summers, Animal Services Public Information Officer
Orange County Government
(407) 600-5714
10 June 2016
Central Florida Animals Shelters Compete to Increase Summer Pet Adoptions Release Video Challenge to South Florida Shelter

Orange County, FL - In an effort to find more forever homes for homeless animals this summer, shelters from Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties entered into their first adoption challenge. Summer months are peak breading seasons often leaving shelters at maximum capacity or over capacity. In addition to dedicated rescues accepting animals into foster and permanent homes, Central Florida shelters are expanding efforts to find four-legged friends new loving families. At the end of the summer season, the tri-county area shelters will compare adoption percentages from the previous year to 2016, and name the victor. Even with months to go, the friendly rivalry has begun. While final percentages will ultimately award victory, all agree the true winners will be the homeless animals and their new families.

In an effort to extend the challenge beyond Central Florida, Orange County released a video challenge to their colleagues in Palm Beach County, asking them to also increase their pet adoptions this summer.

On any given day, Orange County Animal Services, the largest of the three shelters, reports that on average as many as 50 animals are surrendered or rescued by animal service officers. During the summer, those numbers can double. The Summer Adoption Challenge will offer adoption promotions and educational outreach. Adoption fees at the shelters will be reduced by 50 percent and personnel will be encouraging spay and neuter programs.

Visit Available Pets to see photos of dogs and cats ready for adoption through Orange County Animal Services.

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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 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.

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.