A new, temporary Osceola County Animal Services location could be a time-saver for residents wanting to adopt a pet, and a lifesaver for animals needing a forever home.
Residents who can’t make it to Animal Services in St. Cloud can find animals available for adoption at the 3096 Michigan Avenue location in Kissimmee. The facility is open twice a week— from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
The county turned this vacant facility into an adoption annex, with much of the staffing provided from a pool of dedicated volunteers. As the number of animals needing homes has surged this summer, Animal Services also has seen its number of volunteers swell to more than 130.
Shelter Supervisor Vickie Dryer went on location recently to see facility and the animals who were available for adoption. There were four dogs and four cats available, varying in size from medium sized "Dolly" to small kittens with unusual names like "Bowtie" and "Beanbag." By the end of the day, two of the dogs had been adopted, however two dogs and the cats remained. The county is trying to get the word out that this site is open twice a week, and is much closer to downtown Kissimmee, so that residents will be aware of the adoptable animals at this location.
In this video, you get to meet some of the first animals to be offered for adoption from this facility. All of these efforts are part of the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, a national competition to inspire animal shelters—and those who support them—to go above and beyond to increase pet adoption, reunite lost pets with their families and save more animals’ lives. The is the second year in a row that Animal Services is one of 50 shelters across the nation participating in the competition.
HOW TO FIND THE LOCATION: Formerly an office for the Osceola Parkway, the building is located behind an old gas station near the Parkway and can be accessed by a short entrance road off Michigan Avenue.
Keep an eye on the Shelter's Facebook page for more information on how the Shelter is promotion pet adoptions all Summer long! Please also keep in mind that the animals' stay at the Shelter and at the new off-site adoption location is EXTREMELY limited, and they may or may not be available when you arrive.
If you are unable to find the animal you are looking for a the Michigan Ave location, you can always take a short trip to St. Cloud and look at the animals there. The main Shelter is located at 3910 Old Canoe Creek Road in St. Cloud, or to find out what animals are available, check the adoptable pets on the Osceola County Animal Services website at osceolacountypets.com. You can also find Osceola County Animal Services on FACEBOOK at facebook.com/OsceolaCountyAnimalServices.