‘Urgent need’: Orange County Animal Services nearing capacity, seeking adopters

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County Animal Services is urgently seeking adopters and fosters as it’s nearing capacity caring for nearly 300 pets.

As of Monday, the shelter has 167 dogs and 119 cats. That’s compared to just 117 dogs and 17 cats this time last year.

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“We’re no strangers to asking for help when needed and we’ve been amazed each and every time we’ve turned to the community for support,” said Diane Summers, manager of Orange County Animal Services, in a statement. “We are in urgent need of assistance yet again and I want to implore everyone to try to help in some way — whether that be by adopting a shelter pet, temporarily fostering an animal or helping to spread the word.”

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In recent weeks the shelter said assisting with several different seizures of animals from substandard conditions has contributed to the influx of animals in its care. The shelter is currently caring for 51 dogs from various cases, the largest of which was an impound of 33 dogs from a single residence.

The shelter is seeking adopters specifically for the dogs available for adoption, many of which have already been spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped, making them eligible for immediate adoption.

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During May, the shelter is offering a Bridgerton-themed promotion, titled Lady Whiskertown, which reduces the fees for dogs and cats ready for immediate adoption to $10, in an effort to highlight these pets.

Click here for more details on how you can help.

Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.