Orange County Animal Shelter Fights Overcrowding – WFTV

‘We’re about maxed out right now’: Orange County animal shelter battles overcrowding (Phylicia Ashley,

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orange County Animal Services needs help.

The shelter says this is way beyond the number of animals the facility is supposed to care for and every day more and more animals are coming in.


Animal care assistant Jackie Early said the influx of abandoned pets has been in difficult neighborhoods.

“We’re pretty bad at max right now on kennels, so we’re starting to put three dogs, four dogs in a kennel now, which isn’t always the best situation,” Early said.

Animal Services said nearly 100 dogs are being abandoned daily and about 20 are returning to a home.

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Currently, the shelter says it has 360 animals in its shelter, with 165 available for adoption.

With more pets being abandoned every day, the need for homes will only grow.

In order to help with adoptions, Animal Services says all adoptions are $25 and plans for adoption and fostering events are underway.

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Animal care workers say if someone wants to help but can’t adopt a pet, foster care is another option.

Animal Services said giving an animal a few days in a loving home not only helps reduce pressure on shelter resources, but is also better for animal welfare.

You can find more information about pets available for adoption and how to adopt or foster an animal here.

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