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One year after fire, new cat shelter to open in downtown Orlando

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ORLANDO, Fla. — One year after a fire devasted an Orlando pet shelter, Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is opening a new facility for cats downtown.

According to a news release, a grand opening ceremony is scheduled for next Tuesday, September 27.

What You Need To Know

  •  Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is opening a new cat shelter in downtown Orlando

  •  It comes one year after Pet Alliance’s Conroy Road facility was declared a total loss

  • The shelter opens Tuesday, September 27 with a ceremony at 9 a.m.

It will kick off at 9 a.m. with tours and refreshments, followed by opening remarks by Executive Director Steve Bardy and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and a ribbon cutting at 9:30 a.m.

The 3,000 square foot shelter will house around 30 cats at a time and provide services of owner surrendered cats.  

“It’s hard to believe it’s been one year since the devastating fire in our Conroy home where we lost 17 members of our feline family,” says Pet Alliance Executive Director Steve Bardy. “After the fire, we determined that wanted a space where we could continue some of our sheltering operations in Orlando until the permanent shelter is built. The downtown location will help relieve some of the pressure off of the Sanford facility and also give people in Orlando a more convenient location for cat adoption and surrender.”

The permanent shelter, located on South John Young Parkway, is projected to break ground in Spring 2023 and open late Summer 2024. The downtown facility will eventually turn into an afforadble veterinary clinic.

Bardy continues, “To see this project finally come to completion and the facility open to the public is an important stepping-stone as we continue to rebuild after the fire.” 

Zesty Paws, maker of premium quality dog and cat supplements, is sponsoring adoption fees and providing feline care kits for the first 30 cats adopted at the shelter.

The Downtown Cat Shelter is located at 777 W. Central Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32801.

For shelter hours and contact information visit the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando website.

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