Orange County Animal Services, in partnership with the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, celebrated the opening of its new offsite sterilization clinic.
The Orange County Animal Services East-Side Clinic: Operated by the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, will be open to the public in mid-November 2018 and will offer high-volume spay/neuter and vaccination services. Orange County Government invested approximately $750,000 to this project.
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs welcomed guests, advocates and staff to celebrate the opening at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Nov. 7, 2018.
“Again and again, I’ve marveled at the compassionate heart of our Orange County residents and leaders. Today, you are once again demonstrating that spirit,” Mayor Jacobs said. ”On behalf of a grateful community, thank you for your continued commitment to caring for these precious, innocent animals, and for helping to make Orange County the best place to live, work and raise our families.”
The clinic was planned to address a challenge plaguing Orange County for decades – pet overpopulation. Each year, Animal Services – the county’s only open admission shelter – receives approximately 18,000 homeless pets. While the shelter makes every effort to secure a live release for these pets, due to the sheer volume that is not always possible. Accessibility of spay and neuter services is a key to help curb this problem and is a step forward for animal welfare in Orange County.
“Both the staff and supporters of Orange County Animal Services are elated to see this project at completion,” said Dil Luther, division manager at Orange County Animal Services. “We are so fortunate to have the support of Orange County’s administration in this project and implore all pet owners to take advantage of the services offered at this clinic.”
The Orange County Animal Services East-Side Clinic will officially open to the public on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 and will have availability between Tuesdays and Saturdays. To make an appointment at the clinic, residents are encouraged to call the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando at 407-351-7722. The clinic is located adjacent to the Alafaya Branch Library at 12000 E. Colonial Dr. in Orlando.
Orange County Government plans to unveil a similar clinic on the west side of Orange County in the future.
Photo Caption: Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Orange County Animal Services Division Manager Dil Luther and Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando Executive Director Stephen Bardy joined guests, advocates and staff to celebrate the opening of their new offsite sterilization clinic in east Orange County on Nov. 7, 2018.