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A Heartfelt Letter & Update from Our President

Reflecting on the year that has nearly passed, I am truly grateful to our supporters who make our animal welfare work possible. 2017 has been a busy year. In addition to our humane education and Nourish the Needy programs, the Animal League Wellness Center, and the Orlando Cat Café… we also took in over 1,000 dogs and cats.


On our 20-acre campus at this very moment are dogs and cats who are at various stages in their journey to a better life:

  • Some cats and dogs are in the Loos Recovery Center where they are being treated for diseases such as upper respiratory infections and Parvo.
  • Some dogs are in our adoption center waiting to find their forever family. Right now I see some of them lounging on a bed playing with a toy in their indoor air conditioned kennel. Others are enjoying sunshine and fresh air in their private outdoor space attached to the kennels. It’s almost time for breakfast and they seem to know it.
  • Some cats, down campus a bit in our Cat Cottage, are on the screened porch watching the morning come alive, while others are inside the cottage napping.


I’ve been an animal welfare advocate since I was a child and am honored to be a volunteer for The Animal League for the last 9 years. Animal rescue hasn’t gotten easier from year to year but we will never give up our efforts to end abuse and neglect. The Animal League is often a last chance for survival. When we’re called in to help, it’s because other agencies are unable to provide the necessary medical care.


We took in over 1,000 cats and dogs from potential euthanization this year alone. Upon arrival, every pet is placed into our on-site New Hope Intake Center for a vet assessment and a quarantine period. Standard care includes:


  • a wellness exam by a vet
  • appropriate vaccines
  • a registered microchip
  • preventative medicines
  • heartworm or Leukemia/AIDS testing
  • bathing and medical grooms
  • a spay/neuter surgery


If, upon arrival, our vet determines a pet has a contagious disease or injury, the pet is transferred to our Loos Recovery Center, also on campus, for treatment. As we take in abandoned, abused and neglected pets, these diseases often include: upper respiratory infections, skin disease and severe parasites. We also take in broken bones, pregnancy, and musculoskeletal injuries. These cases are typically transferred to our in-home foster care units.


The average cost of medical care for a pet entering our doors can exceed $450. And let’s not forget about the operating expenses to keep our pets comfortable, well-fed, and cared for.


The Animal League receives no funding from the county, government, or taxpayers. The question often follows, “how can you save so many pets without funding?” The answer is simple. You.


If you’ve already donated this holiday season, we are truly grateful. If you haven’t made a tax-deductible donation, there’s still time!


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With gratitude of your support,

Doreen Barker
The Animal League