Are your children hounding you for a cute little puppy? Have you seen the prices of puppies in the pet stores and ads for a pure breed? If you are looking for a new pet to welcome to your home, check out your nearest animal shelter. In addition to pet adoptions, the local SPCA of Central Florida provides affordable veterinarian services. Both of the animal shelters listed below provide adoption services for pets and offer volunteer opportunities for adults, youth and families to participate in.
The difference between the following Orlando Animal Shelters is that the Orange County Animal Services is a public, open-admission shelter and is the only enforcement agency in Orange County which will respond to concerns to protect pets and people in Orange County.
The SPCA is a private, non-profit. They will accept owner-surrendered pets and will not pick up strays. The SPCA also has a full-service pet clinic affordably priced to the public, whereas the Orange County Animal Services provide a low-cost spay/neuter clinic only.
Orange County Animal Services
Pet Rescue and Adoption Center
2769 Conroy Road
Orlando, FL 32839-2162
SPCA of Central Florida
Orlando Facility (Across from Millenia Mall)
2727 Conroy Road
Orlando, FL 32839
There are two SPCA of Central Florida facilities, one in Orlando and one in Sanford. SPCA stands for Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
My Experience with SPCA of Central Florida Full-Service Pet Clinic
When I moved from Hawaii to Orlando, I brought my two Chihuahuas. They have had their teeth cleaned on a regular basis without being put under anesthesia. However when I arrived here I could not find anyone who would provide the same service for the low cost I paid was just $75 per dog.
One veterinarian clinic would do the service for almost the same price as a regular cleaning, just without the anesthesia which was about $500. Because small dogs tend to accumulate tartar faster than larger dogs the vet offices that I called all gave me an estimate of over $500 per pet cleaning, not including pain meds and teeth extractions, based on their weight, one was 12 pounds and the other is about four pounds.
After talking to several pet owners I found that the SPCA of Central Florida (Orlando Facility) would provide the teeth cleaning and teeth extractions for less than half the amount charged by vet offices in the Orlando area. The wait for an appointment was longer than the other vet clinics, but due to the expense I had to wait.
I was concerned by the quality of the care and was eased by the initial appointment that I made with the office. The vet can change on a daily basis, however the staff was caring to my dogs and I felt assured they would do a good job by observing how they handled not just my dogs but others in the waiting room.
Interesting to note that the SPCA of Central Florida will only provide general pet care to spayed/neutered animals, since both of my dogs are already neutered this wasn’t an issue but you should know this should you have a pet that you choose not to have your pet spayed or neutered.
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