Today’s special guest was Fraily Rodriguez, Vice President of Operations for Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando (PAGO). Fraily is a seasoned not for profit professional with more than 15 years of experience. His professional training is in counseling. Fraily has trained over 100,000 individuals on responsible pet ownership, bite prevention, animal cruelty, pet overpopulations, pet-friendly housing and leadership.
PAGO has a long-standing history in Orlando. The organization is led by Stephen Bardy, its’ Executive Director. Under his leadership, the organization serves the community with two shelters, two veterinary clinics and a mobile clinic plus numerous offsite partnerships PAGO was formerly the Humane Society of Orlando and the SPCA of Seminole County. These organizations were merged and reintroduced under a new name, Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.
More than 8,500 homeless dogs and cats will receive care and compassion through PAGO this year. When a pet is adopted, one pet gets a loving family and another pet is afforded the opportunity for a new home. You can view adoptable pets online or at their adoption centers seven (7) days a week from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Pets are given up for adoption for many reasons. One of the most common reasons for surrendering a pet is the family is moving and they can’t take the new pet along. To ensure that pet owners are afforded the best opportunity to retain their pet, PAGO has worked diligently to identify and catalog pet-friendly apartment complexes through their Pet Apartment Registry. Studies indicate that pet-friendly apartment communities are safer and the residents stay longer.
Another reason loved pets are surrendered is their pet parent has become disabled, has entered a nursing or assisted living facility or has died. PAGO and Animal Care Trust USA have similar goals when it comes to educating pet parents about the options for making sure their pets are cared for in the event of disability or death. The Pawsitive Care Program allows pet parents to register their pets and/or leave a legacy gift in their Last Will or Living Trust to ensure their pet will be placed in a loving home. You can find more information about the Pawsitive Care Program here.
PAGO hosts several fund raising events each year including the always popular Fur Ball and Paws in the Park. Paws in the Park will be held at Lake Eola on Saturday February 8, 2020. Teams are already forming. There will be a Pawrade Costume Contest, dog games, food trucks and of course, adoptable pets! Their goal is to raise $125,000 to help Central Florida pets. If you are a wine enthusiast, you can enter your pet in the annual wine label contest co-sponsored by Quantum Leap Winery.
If you love pets, there are lots of ways you can give. You can become a volunteer, provide a foster home, or make a legacy gift through your estate plan. Contact PAGO today for more information and how you can get involved.
All My Children Wear Fur Coats (the podcast) was honored to speak today to Stephen Bardy, Executive Director of the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando (PAGO). Steve shared with the listeners some of the exciting initiatives being undertaken by PAGO to make the lives of Central Florida pets better.
The Pet Apartment Registry is making an impact. More than twenty-one (21) apartment communities in Central Florida now participate. PAGO has a goal of 100 pet friendly communities as part of their program. A participating apartment community has no breed or size restrictions for dogs and also welcomes cats. PAGO has learned there is a 7:1 return on investment for communities that participate. In addition to having higher and longer occupancy rates, communities that allow pets of all breeds and sizes are safer. People are outside, walking their dogs, talking to each other and are more aware of their surroundings. Steve says, "You may not know your neighbor's name, but you will likely know their dog's name!" The Pet Apartment Registry has resulted in fewer dogs being surrendered to PAGO because someone couldn't find a "dog friendly" community.
The Community Cats initiative is working to Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) feral or community cats. A community cat is a cat that lives outside, is not owned by one person and may be cared for by a number of people. Sometimes these cats are feral, but some are tame but don't live inside. TNR programs are designed to alter (spay and neuter) free-roaming cats to reduce the overall cat population. Cats in Florida can have two litters a year because of the moderate climate. The ASPCA reports that in just seven years, one unspayed female cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 kittens! Reducing the number of kittens born annually will result in an overall reduction of community cats. PAGO estimates there are approximately 70,000 community cats in Orange County, Florida. PAGO is working directly with larger colonies of more than 30 cats. Other organizations like Care Feline TNR are working with midsize cat colonies and Orange County Animal Services through their "dial 311" program is working with individuals who may have one or two cats in their neighborhood. The Orange County program is ideal for residents who are willing to have the cats on their property but would like them to be sterilized and vaccinated. The Orange County Animal Services TNR program is free to Orange County residents for up to five cats per household.
The Pawsitive Care Program allows responsible, senior or terminally ill Pet Parents to sign up in advance for the re-homing of their pet when they are no longer able to care for the pet. Forms are available online for submission. PAGO requests but does not require a donation to participate in this very valuable program. Animal Care Trust USA is also available for consultation for Pet Parents that want their Loved Pet to stay at home or if they have horses or other pets (like parrots) that need a Forever Home.
Thanks to Steve Bardy and the PAGO team for all the great work they do. You can participate at one of their annual fundraising events like the upcoming Dine for Paws , FurBall or Paws in the Park. Volunteers and donations are welcomed as well. If you have an elementary or middle school student, check out PAGO's summer camp for kids. Look for PAGO on FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram!
Doc's pet parent died without a plan. As a result, Doc and his sister, Rasha went to live at the Wild Horse Rescue Center in Mims, Florida. With the help of Diane Delano and Animal Care Trust USA, Doc met his new family! Look how happy they all are! We are so happy for Doc and for the Zancas!
Make sure your loved pet has a plan if something happens to you. Animal Care Trust USA is here to help.
Peggy R. Hoyt, Founder/CEO