Get down and boogie with cool cats and groovy dogs during the ‘Stayin’ Alive’ disco extravaganza at the Lake County Animal Shelter. Residents are encouraged to visit the shelter on Saturday, Jan. 20, between 11 am and 5 pm wearing their favorite ‘70s-era outfits to enjoy free refreshments, a photo booth, and no-cost adoptions, courtesy of LEASH, Inc.

During the event, the shelter is celebrating its official no-kill status. The shelter was required to have a live-release rate of at least 90 percent for one year to reach this distinction. The Live Release includes returning stray pets to their owners, adoptions and rescues.

“The shelter was able to create positive outcomes for more than 5,436 pets this year, up from 4,268 last year – while taking in the same number of animals,” said Whitney Boylston, Shelter Director. “We could not have achieved this major accomplishment without the support of the Board of County Commissioners, and the dedication of our shelter staff, volunteers, rescue partners and of course, our wonderful adopters.”

In November 2015, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Board of County Commissioners entered into an agreement for the county to re-assume operation and responsibilities of the Animal Shelter on Jan. 15, 2017. The Sheriff’s Office continues to maintain responsibility for Animal Services enforcement.

Since that time, the shelter hired a No Kill Learning consultant and underwent the 11 steps of the “No Kill Equation” including trap neuter return, comprehensive adoptions, low cost spay/neuter, rescue partnerships, foster care, pet retention, rehabilitation, engaging the public, volunteer recruitment, proactive redemption and effective leadership.

To find out more about the Lake County Animal Shelter, stop by the shelter at 28123 County Road 561, Tavares, call 352-343-9688 or visit The shelter will be open from 10 am – 6 pm. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and on weekends from 11 am – 5 pm. The shelter will be closed every Wednesday and on holidays.

For the most up-to-date information and photos of adoptable animals, follow the shelter on Facebook at and Twitter at