In July, 922 cats and dogs were adopted into new homes from the Orange County Animal Services shelter, setting the highest record in the shelter’s 48-year history.
County officials say the adoption of 473 dogs and 449 cats last month was the most number of adoptions the shelter had in one month's time, according to a news release. Recently, the shelter reduced adoption fees to $10 because the facility was almost at capacity with 539 dogs and cats, as well as 102 animals in foster homes. The population spike during the summer is largely due to the breeding season.
"[Nine hundred twenty] adoptions in one month is an incredible milestone to have achieved," Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs says in a statement. "This record-breaking number demonstrates how deeply our community cares – and the same goes for our Orange County Animal Services staff. In partnership with citizens and local families, as well as our dedicated volunteers and awesome rescue partners, we continue to surpass expectations in finding 'forever homes' for our four-pawed friends."
Photo via Orange County Animal Services
The last adoption needed to break the record came from an orange tabby cat named "Pumpkin," who was adopted by a family on July 31. OCAS says it also credits the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, United Paws Rescue and CARE Feline TNR for finding homes for cats and kittens that needed special care.
"We can't do this alone," says Dil Luther, manager of Orange County Animal Services, in a statement. "We have an incredible team of staff and volunteers who love animals, and we're within a tremendous community that does as well."
OCAS is currently offering a "Pawgust" promotion that reduces dog adoption fees to $15 and cat adoption fees to $10, and includes spay or neuter surgery, initial vaccinations and a microchip. The OCAS shelter is located at 2769 Conroy Road in Orlando