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Community Cuddles: Orange County Animal Services Sees Record Live Release Rate in 2020

Orange County Animal Services has had a record live release rate for fiscal year 2020, the most in over half a century. With 6,436 domestic animals and other pets adopted, as well as the additional animals either rescued, relocated or returned to owners, the total number of live releases was 10,032, or 88 percent of total impounds. This live release rate increased from the 82 percent achieved in fiscal year 2019.

These are impressive numbers, especially considering the 51-year-old animal shelter is the County’s only open admission shelter, meaning no animal in need is turned away, regardless of their individual health or temperament challenges. More than 62,500 guests visited the shelter, located near the Mall at Millenia, and volunteers logged a remarkable 14,453 hours, which helped facilitate adoptions and guest interactions.

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2020 Orange County Government’s Community Conference Names Community Award Winners, Distinguished Citizen of the Year

At the 2020 Orange County Community Conference, which was held virtually on October 17, 2020 on the County’s social media platforms and hosted by...

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Hispanic Heritage Month: The Passing of a True Public Servant and Latina Trailblazer

On June 3, 2020, Orange County lost a committed community servant who epitomized what it means to be a tireless advocate for others. Mary...

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Orange County Domestic Violence Commission Member Speaks from Experience

When Mayor Jerry L. Demings reconvened the Orange County Domestic Violence Commission in 2019, he did so in response to higher rates of cases...

Community & Services

Community Cuddles: Orange County Animal Services Sees Record Live Release Rate in 2020

Orange County Animal Services has had a record live release rate for fiscal year 2020, the most in over half a century. With 6,436 domestic animals and other pets adopted, as well as the...

2020 Orange County Government’s Community Conference Names Community Award Winners, Distinguished Citizen of the Year

At the 2020 Orange County Community Conference, which was held virtually on October 17, 2020 on the County’s social media platforms and hosted by Orange TV, Orange County Government recognized several deserving residents and...

A black and white phto wit four people

Hispanic Heritage Month: The Passing of a True Public Servant and Latina Trailblazer

On June 3, 2020, Orange County lost a committed community servant who epitomized what it means to be a tireless advocate for others. Mary Johnson, who was 86, dedicated her life to the residents of Orlando and Orange County. She leaves behind an incomparable legacy.

Johnson was the first Hispanic to be elected to the...

Public Health & Safety

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Serving up Fire Safety for National Fire Prevention Week

Kitchen fires continue to be the number one cause of house fires and home fire injuries. This year, Orange County Fire Rescue joins the National Fire Prevention Association and departments across the nation to...

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The Plasma Promise: Frontline Workers Who Beat COVID Donate Plasma to Help Others

You may have heard the term “convalescent plasma therapy” as a new coronavirus buzzword, but doctors have been using it to treat infectious diseases for nearly a century, including during previous pandemics. What exactly is convalescent plasma? Well, 55% of our blood is plasma. It’s the liquid part of blood collected from patients who...

Orange County Fire Rescue Team Helps Weather Storm Despite Pandemic Challenges

On August 26, 2020 the Central Florida Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Task Force 4 (TF4) deployed to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, just ahead of Hurricane Laura. The category 4 hurricane was forecast to bring catastrophic storm surge and heavy winds upon making landfall.

When the state of Louisiana requested emergency resources – particularly teams with...

Business

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Orange County Toughens Parking Standards and Enforcement Tools

Every year, The Orange County Sheriff’s Office receives hundreds of complaints regarding improperly parked vehicles. The issues range from cars left on the side...

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Orange County Has ‘Got You Covered’ during COVID-19 Pandemic

By Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings

Wearing a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic is not a political statement or a personal opinion.  It is...

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Safely Seated: Orange County Fire Rescue Offers Free Car Seat Safety Checkpoints

It’s a proven fact car seats and boosters provide protection for infants and children. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car seats...