Orange County Animal Services Sees Increase in Pet Intakes, Reduces Adoption Fees for “Ready to Go” Pets to $10 for One Week Only
Orange County, Fla. – Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) currently has nearly 450 animals under its umbrella of care, 291 are physically at the shelter plus an additional 131 in foster care. Yesterday alone the shelter received 57 animals.
“Unfortunately, we’re experiencing higher intakes, and the rate at which animals are arriving is outpacing the rate at which they’re leaving,” said Diane Summers, manager of Orange County Animal Services. “We’re imploring our community to consider adopting or fostering and are asking them to try and keep animals at home rather than bringing them to the shelter during this time.”
The shelter shared the below data reflecting the intake and outcome information:
|Date||Intakes (Dogs)||Outcomes (Dogs)|
|Tuesday, April 11||26||45|
|Monday, April 10||31||18|
|Sunday, April 9||20||11|
Orange County Animal Services is reducing the adoption fees for its “ready to go” pets to just $10 beginning on Thursday, April 13 through end of day on Thursday, April 20. The shelter has approximately 120 animals designated as “ready to go.” These are pets that have already been spayed/neutered, microchipped and have received their initial vaccines, meaning they are ready to depart the shelter immediately with their new family.
“This is a community problem and one that everyone can play a role in helping to resolve, whether that be by taking in a pet permanently or even just short-term, volunteering for the shelter or a local rescue group or simply sharing the word about these challenges,” said Summers.
Those interested in adopting are encouraged to check out the available pets on the shelter’s website here. More information on the adoption process can be found here. Additionally, the shelter is actively recruiting new members to its foster care program.
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