Orange County Government, Florida

Pet Overpopulation

Be part of the solution


Pet overpopulation occurs when there are more homeless pets than there are available homes. This is a problem across the country.

Each year, Orange County Animal Services receives approximately 20,000 animals. That's approximately 53 dogs and cats each day! While we wish we were conducting 53 adoptions each day, that is just not the current reality. As a result, the shelter is forced to humanely euthanize pets that are not adopted or rescued, often times due to moderate to severe medical or temperament issues.

The shelter makes every effort to secure homes for our shelter pets, but to the high volume we receive it is not always possible.

What is the solution?

Pet overpopulation is a problem that cannot be resolved quickly, but everyone is able to do something to prevent it from getting worse.

  1. ADOPT. We encourage everyone who is looking for a pet to adopt from a shelter rather than purchase a pet from a breeder or pet store. When you rescue a pet from a shelter you are saving that pet’s life and opening up one more space at the shelter for another pet.
  2. SPAY/NEUTER. If you are not able to adopt, we ask that you spay and neuter the pets you currently have. A spay (females) or neuter (males) is a surgery that takes away the pet's reproductive abilities. We recommend you spay/neuter your pets to prevent any unwanted litters. Spaying and neutering is not always expensive. We recommend you contact your local vet or search for low-cost spay/neuter options in your area. Even if you think you would be able to find homes for all of the puppies/kittens your pet may have, remember every home you find for that newborn pet is a home you are taking away from a shelter pet.
  3. EDUCATE. If you cannot adopt and do not have any pets you can still help by spreading the word. We encourage you to educate your friends and family members about the pet overpopulation problem in our community. Share our informational graph with them and tell them about the statistics. Remember only 50% of animals entering our shelter are able to leave with a new family; the other half are humanely euthanized.

Contact Us

Orange County Animal Services
Pet Rescue & Adoption Center
2769 Conroy Road
Orlando, FL. 32839-2162

Phone: (407) 836-3111

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