Orange County Government, Florida
Diane Summers,
Orange County Animal Services
(407) 254-9141
21 February 2014
Shelter Dog Short On Time Finds Adopter In Less Than Two Hours Thanks To Social Media

ORLANDO, Fla.—February 21st, 2014—Ernie, a 3-year-old male dog, has spent the past few weeks watching adopters walk past his kennel. Shelter staff and volunteers had been stumped as to why this lovable, smart dog had gone unnoticed by visitors. Due to a last ditch effort by the shelter, Ernie was shared on Animal Services’ Facebook page and within two hours had found a new family.

“We are thrilled to see the impact social media has with helping our shelter pets find forever homes,” said Dil Luther, Division Manager of Orange County Animal Services. “Our staff and volunteers have been pulling for Ernie for several weeks and are overjoyed to see him finally adopted.”

Nancy Brown, an Orlando resident, received Ernie’s Facebook photo from her daughter and made a trip to the shelter. She interacted with Ernie and quickly fell in love. She cried tears of joy as she completed the adoption application.

“We owe a big thanks to all of our Facebook fans who shared his picture and helped him find his way to Ms. Brown,” said Luther. “This is definitely one post that’s easy to like.”

Animal Services routinely utilizes social media to garner awareness for its life saving mission and shelter pets. While the shelter often finds homes through pets through social media, Ernie was by far the quickest turn around, with an approved adoption application completed within two hours of the post.

Orange County Animal Services is currently housing more than 200 homeless pets. Available pets can be viewed at www.ocnetpets.com and www.facebook.com/orangecountyanimalservices.

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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.