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Orange County Animal Services reports the best year ever for live releases. This is what it means


ORLANDO, Florida. – Orange County Animal Services announced its highest live release rate in its 52-year history on Wednesday.

According to OCAS, a “live release rate” is a measure commonly used among shelter systems that divides the number of live results – combining adoptions, rescues, relocations, owner recoveries and trap-neutral return statistics – total results.

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During his fiscal year 2021, observed from October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021, OCAS reported receiving 13,527 domestic animals, achieving live release rates of 96% for dogs and 88% for cats, or 91% overall .

OCAS director Diane Summers said the record reached despite staff shortages and capacity issues at the shelter that began at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“We are incredibly grateful to our community and network of supporters, including our volunteers, foster parents and rescue partners, for helping to take this step,” Summers said in a statement. “I invite and encourage anyone who is not already involved to consider finding an outlet to help; Pet overpopulation continues to be a challenge in this community and it will take all of us to continue this progress. “

The shelter is actively seeking more help from potential volunteers, reception guards and philanthropists.

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