Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando 23rd Annual Furball: Rescue

Celebrating Animals and the Heroic People Who Save Their Lives

Orlando, FL, September 24, 2014 --( Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is celebrating animals and the heroic people who rescue them at its 23rd Annual Furball, presented by SeaWorld®. The event will take place at SeaWorld Orlando’s Ports of Call® on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Guests will experience amazing animal encounters and a “Chilling” Magellanic Penguin VIP reception hosted by Merial®. ABC News Correspondent and host of the Emmy® nominated television series “SeaRescue,” Matt Gutman, is the very special celebrity host for this year’s event. WFTV 9 Family Connection also joins the party animals this year as the official network television partner.

New, and exclusively for Furball attendees, “SeaWorld’s Animal Rescue Show” will be presented where guests will meet the men and women on the front lines of saving animal lives every day – on land and at sea. Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando will also be presenting its inaugural Animal Hero Award, recognizing individuals or organizations that exhibit extraordinary efforts to save the lives of animals. All proceeds from Furball benefit the programs and services of Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando to save more lives of dogs and cats.

“We rescue the lives of dogs and cats every day at Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando,” said Kerri Burns, Executive Director for the organization. “This year’s Furball tribute to Rescue honors the men and women who support the important work of rescuing animals. We are thrilled to have Matt Gutman as our special celebrity host and to partner with such an impactful organization as SeaWorld. Over the last 50 years, SeaWorld alone has rescued more the 23,000 marine animals, whether ill, injured or orphaned.”

The Inaugural Pet Alliance Animal Hero Award will be presented to humanitarian Joel Slaven. Slaven has rescued almost 1,000 dogs and cats from animal shelters across America and employed them as animal actors in his Pets Ahoy shows from coast to coast.

“Joel has adopted almost 300 dogs and cats from the Pet Alliance animal shelters in Orlando and Sanford, many of whom were unadoptable. Through rewards based training, Joel has given them a new life and permanent homes as animal actors,” said Burns.

It takes a network of rescue partners, supporters like SeaWorld and adopters like Joel Slaven to care for the almost 500 dogs and cats Pet Alliance is responsible for every day. Tickets and sponsorships for the event are available for purchase here,

About Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando
As the go-to pet experts across Central Florida, the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando does good things for dogs and cats and the people who love them. Formerly the SPCA of Central Florida, our goal is to provide compassionate and knowledgeable services for pets and to be leaders in innovative animal care and veterinary medicine. More than 10,000 homeless dogs and cats will turn to the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando for caring, compassion, and hope through our animal shelters this year. Our highly skilled veterinarians will help and heal an additional 45,000 animals in our veterinary clinics. Providing shelter for animals in crisis, disaster response efforts, and pet food pantry for dogs and cats in need, we will help thousands of additional animals this year.

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Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando
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