The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando kicked off its annual Giving Day event with a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new temporary cat shelter on Tuesday, Sept. 27.
The facility, located across from Exploria Stadium on West Central Boulevard, will house about 20 to 30 cats that are up for adoption.
Although the grand opening for the public is delayed due to the oncoming hurricane, the organization has come a long way since 23 cats were lost in an unexpected fire in September 2021.
The new temporary shelter will have a full medical facility for surgeries, X-rays and teeth cleaning for cats.
Director Steve Bardy said the organization will initially bring in some of the cats from the Sanford shelter and some of the cats from the foster programs. This will allow the organization to have a physical location and be able to work with more cats.
Giving Day focuses on the organization's shelter pets, the dogs and cats that come to Pet Alliance with nowhere else to turn.
All donations given on the day will go towards the construction of the organization's new shelter and be matched dollar for dollar by Orange County Government.
Orange County is providing a matching grant up to $500,000. The goal this Giving Day is to raise 20% – or $100,000 – towards the match.
For more information, visit the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando website here.