All incoming animals receive a cursory examination, vaccinations, and any necessary medical treatment from the shelter's veterinary staff. Additionally, every dog and cat is neutered (a term that, contrary to popular belief, actually includes both spay and castration surgeries) as a part of their efforts to mitigate the overpopulation that leads to homeless pets. Osceola County Animal Services is involved with community outreach through neuter education, vaccination clinics, and education programs on the importance of preventative care.
They have also partnered in with the Transition House, a place for former inmates to stay as they prepare to join the workforce again, to form the T.R.E.A.T.S. program (Training & Rescuing Eagerly Adoptable & Talented Shelter Dogs). Dogs in the T.R.E.A.T.S. program receive extra training, attention, and enrichment to enhance their adoptability while the trainers gain skills to help them integrate back into the workforce.
Services offered by the government-operated shelter include lost and found pet reporting, a foster program, pet licensing, field education, pet owner resources, and animal rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption. Osceola County Animal Services is fundamental to the health and happiness of the Kissimmee community.
Take a short drive over to Windermere for Pet Fest, an annual celebration of the animals we love! This family and dog-friendly event sponsored by Windermere Parks and Recreation takes place at the Windermere Town Hall. Bring your two and four-legged friends to check out the Doggie Fun Zone, Police K-9 demonstrations, local food trucks, face painting, dog grooming, loads of pet-related vendors, and much more. Come learn about the incredible work of several local rescue and welfare groups, including PolkaDogz Pet Rescue, Greyhound Friends of Orlando, Franklin's Friends, and VIP Rescue of Central Florida. Crowd-friendly, leashed dogs are encouraged to join you and will receive a free Pet Fest bandana!