WCI Gives Back to Help Pets

Leesa M. Robertson, M.Ed., ConservCare, Inc.

Dogs are considered by many to be man’s best friend. From service dogs to loyal friends, they provide medical assistance and companionship. Just petting a cat or dog can reduce blood pressure. A relaxation hormone is released, while stress hormones are reduced when spending time with a cherished pet. A study from the University of Minnesota found that cat owners are 30 percent less likely to die from a heart attack. Dog owners meet their steps goal while walking their companion!

Animals help us in so many ways. Join WCI in our Spirit to Serve initiative as we lend a little help to animals in need. The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando comes to the rescue of more than 5,200 homeless dogs and cats through their animal shelters and foster program. These dogs and cats include those transferred from the hurricane-impacted areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Texas and those impacted by the recent fire at the shelter in Orlando.

The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is one of the region’s oldest and largest animal welfare agencies. They are nationally recognized for providing care, compassion, and hope to animals in need. National and international efforts heal, rehabilitate, and re-home animals rescued from abusive and national disaster situations.

As you may have heard in the news, the Pet Alliance’s shelter in Orlando was devasted by fire in September. With the brave heroics of firefighters, staff, and volunteers, most of the animals were saved, but the loss was immeasurable.

How can you help? Start by donating to our Pet Food Drive. Conference attendees are encouraged to contribute the needed dog, cat, puppy, and kitten food. Volunteers will be collecting donated food at registration sites and the Cuddle Zone in the exhibit hall.

Another way to help is to sponsor a Rescue Transfer. Monetary donations will help support Rescue Transfer efforts.

Please visit www.wci360.com/give-back-pets for more information to participate.

NEW for our 2021 Conference – Puppy and Kitten Cuddle Zone!

Visit the NEW Puppy & Kitten Cuddle Zone located in the exhibit hall sponsored by ConservCare, Inc. and the law firm of McConnaughhay, Coonrod, Pope, Weaver & Stern, P.A. Recharge, relax, and play with our furry friends from the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando in need of attention and “furever” homes. The Cuddle Zone hours are Monday, December 13th, from 8 am to 5 pm, and Tuesday, December 14th, from 9 am to 3 pm.