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Longtime Shelter Dog Returned Following Adoption

Orange County Announces New “Pick Nick” Event this Saturday at Animal Services

Orange County Animal ServicesOrange County, Fla. – Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) announced today that it would again be hosting the adoption event entitled “Pick Nick” day, in an effort to find a long-term home for shelter dog who has struggled. The dog, Nicholas (A505387), was in the shelter’s care for approximately 100 days, prompting the initial event on Saturday, March 25. He was adopted the day prior, leading shelter staff and volunteers to rejoice. Sadly, the dog was returned to the shelter on April 21 with the adopter citing landlord issues and noise complaints for the reason for return.

“When our staff loaded him into the adopter’s care back in March, we were hopeful that this was the last time we would see him,” said Diane Summers, manager for Orange County Animal Services. “After 95 days here, we thought he had finally landed that right home, with someone who would treasure him for years. We’re heartbroken to see him returned and want to ensure his next home can commit, so this sweet boy never has to step foot in the shelter again.”

Prior to his adoption, the shelter made significant effort to promote him – placing a special banner on his cage to draw attention, sharing special flyers with his information, and pushing him on the shelter’s social media platforms.

Nicholas was initially brought to Orange County Animal Services on December 18, 2022, by a resident who had found him loose at a nearby intersection. Unfortunately, no owner came forward and so Nicholas’s background remains a mystery.

“With him being here for a longer period of time, we’ve had the opportunity to get to know him, his likes and dislikes,” said Summers. “He loves walks, playing with toys, is easily handled, loves treats, and is motivated by them to learn. We do believe, based on the reaction he’s shown to other dogs, he would do best as the only dog in his future home.”

During this Saturday’s “Pick Nick” event, the shelter will be placing Nicholas in its front play yard, inviting guests to interact with him directly and with ease. The shelter last hosted a similar event, Blue Diamond Day, in May 2022 and the event led to the adoption of the featured pet.

Nicholas is available for adoption for $25. He has already been neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped and is ready to depart immediately with his new family. More information about the shelter’s adoption process can be found here.

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