This Month at Animal Services

April is National Heartworm Awareness Month!

Did you know approximately 10% of the dogs we receive at our shelter test positive for heartworm disease? Many years ago, with a lack of available resources, this resulted in a poor prognosis for these dogs, with few people willing to take them in. Now, thanks to our heartworm sponsorship program, we cover the treatment costs for all adopted and rescued dogs through the partnerships we've established with Ocoee Animal Hospital, the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando and Snip-It.

Heartworm disease is a treatable condition. Orange County Animal Services endorses the American Heartworm Society treatment plan as detailed here: In short, a few veterinary visits on a specific timeline with medication and injections will cure this disease and rid the heart of the worms. If untreated, the condition causes damage to the heart that will result in a fatality for the dog.

To celebrate our heartworm disease sponsorship program, bring awareness to heartworm disease as a whole and to highlight our dogs with the condition, we are reducing the adoption fees for these dogs to $30 for the month of April. That adoption fee covers the spay/neuter, initial vaccines and microchip identification. The fees for all remaining dogs are $55 and $40 for cats.

We invite you to take a look at all of our available pets on our website here:

Partnership with Feline Logic

Through the remainder of calendar year 2024, Animal Services is partnering with local cat behaviorist Monika Kropp of Feline Logic LLC, who has offered to provide a free behavior assessment and therapeutic intervention for select cats struggling with socialization/other problem behaviors. For more information on this partnership, please email and/or




Everyday Promotions

Orange County Animal Services offers several promotions that extend year-round. Please note that there is a limit of two per year.
  • First Responders Adopt for Free

    First Responders Adopt for Free

    As a small token of appreciation, Orange County Animal Services hopes to bring joy to local heroes by waiving the fees. First Responders are defined as police officers (federal, state or local), Sheriff's Deputies, State Troopers, Career Firefighters, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), correctional officers, Corrections Health staff, paramedics and 911 dispatchers. Those seeking to qualify for this promotion will need to present proof of occupation.

  • Veterans Adopt for Free

    Veterans Adopt for Free

    As a thank you to those who have served, veterans can adopt for free. Please bring your Military ID or a copy of your DD Form 214 with honorable discharge.

  • BOGO Cats!

    BOGO Cats!

    Two are better than one! Adopters are encouraged to adopt two felines for the price of one, as cats tend to do well in pairs.

  • Looking for a Full Time Exterminator?

    Looking for a Full Time Exterminator?

    Looking for a full time exterminator? Well look no further. Why not adopt one of our hard working cats to keep your property free and clear of pests? To help promote the adoption of our unsocialized felines, Orange County Animal Services will be waiving the adoption fee for any cats that will be utilized as working or barn cats. Email for more information.

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