‘Eternally grateful’: Pet Alliance receives about $1M in donations after shelter destroyed in fire

ORLANDO, Fla. — Central Floridians have stepped up to help the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando after its main animal shelter on Conroy Road caught fire last month.

The building was deemed a total loss and 13 cats died in the blaze.

>>> STREAM CHANNEL 9 EYEWITNESS NEWS LIVE <<<

“I’ve been using the word ‘overwhelming’ a lot lately truly it is that,” said Cathy Rodgers.

In about two weeks, the animal shelter has collected about $1 million. Pet Alliance’s goal is to raise $2 million a year for operating costs.

PHOTOS: Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando fire

“I had some idea that people liked Pet Alliance because so many people adopted from us, but I had no idea the community would step us in this way,” Rodgers said.

Pet Alliance turned to the community for help. Not only has it received pet food and money, some donated office space like a unit it’s now using for storage. Its goal now is to raise $10 million to build a brand-new facility.

READ: How you can help Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando following fire

“We want everybody to know we are eternally grateful for everything the community has done,” Rodgers said.

Remember: Pet Alliance still has dogs and cats that still need forever homes as well, but if you’d like to help out with a monetary donation, click here.

READ: Pet Alliance continues their mission after fire decimates shelter

Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.

Q Mccray

Q McCray, WFTV.com

Q McCray is an award-winning general assignment reporter.