SPCA FLORIDA

SPCA FLORIDA

A Legacy Built on Community Compassion and Engagement

SPCA Florida, started over 30 years ago, has evolved into a state-of-the-art facility not only for animal care and enrichment, but also the latest in veterinary medicine. The organization focuses its efforts to create partnerships and work beyond the traditional shelter walls with the goal of building humane communities in three key ways:

1. Keep Animals from Entering the Shelter System

Every day SPCA Florida receives more than 200 calls from people facing challenges they think make it necessary to relinquish their pet. Our safety net program counselors intervene on a case-by-case basis to provide guardians with resources to keep their pets. Whether it is food from our pantry during a challenging financial season or flea control for suffering pets, SPCA Florida is there. By working with pet parents to resolve issues we prevent 33 percent of animals from entering our shelters.

Medical Center - Maggie (2)

Affordable spay and neuter services are core to SPCA Florida’s mission of reducing pet overpopulation. This year the organization is on track to sterilize more than 12,000 dogs and cats at its state-of-theart, full-service medical center. At SPCA Florida’s Animal Medical Center our first attention is to the injured animal, not their guardian’s ability to pay. Much like St. Jude’s Hospital for Children, people who can afford to pay help subsidize those who can’t and generous donors also help cover our medical mission. Last year more than 70,000 dogs and cats received healing and hope from SPCA Florida’s Medical Center.

2. Keep Animals Enriched and Make Them Adoptable

Of the 6,000 animals that arrive at SPCA Florida each year, few come who are groomed, trained, and healthy. In addition to providing basic care, SPCA Florida animal care specialists and volunteers work diligently to socialize cats and kittens, and teach dogs good manners to make them more adoptable and less likely to be returned.

3. Keep Animals Adopted

Research shows people decide whether they will keep their new pet within 60 days of adoption. SPCA Florida staff members conduct follow up calls during that critical timeframe to troubleshoot any challenges. Is the cat not using the litter box? Is the dog chewing on shoes? Our certified staff members offer support and guidance, helping to keep pets exactly where they belong, with their new families.

Animal Welfare: A Community Approach

Through the community’s generous support, what began as an initiative to adopt out stray dogs and cats is now an organization positioned to lead the way in the industry, elevating the quality of care while also creating a sustainable model. Find out more about SPCA Florida and become a member: www.spcaflorida.org.

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