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South Florida SPCA Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Inc.

HELP THE HORSES

aka South Florida SPCA

Homestead, FL

Mission

South Florida SPCA's mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome abused and abandoned horses; to educate the community about responsible equine care and ownership, and to advocate for the humane treatment of all animals.

Ruling Year

1993

President

David Bialski

Main Address

P.O. Box 924088

Homestead, FL 33092 USA

Formerly Known As

South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty (SFSPCA) to Animals Inc.

Keywords

cruelty investigation, horse and livestock rescue, adoption, rehabilitation, animal care volunteer, cruelty prevention education, South Florida

EIN

65-0338657

 Number

5587188528

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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What we aim to solve

Florida ranks #3 in the nation with an equine population of over a half of million statewide! Horses are big business in Florida and many will be neglected, abused, abandoned and even slaughtered. SFSPCA is the last line of defense for horses in Miami-Dade County aAs the only 501(c)3 dedicated to horse rescue in the county where 1,000's of equines reside, SFSPCA partners with Miami-Dade County, responds 24/7 to local law enforcement to investigate all cruelty & abandonment cases; seize and care for victims at our ranch. SFSPCA is also dedicated to impacting equine law and prosecuting cases for awareness of animal cruelty. Our Legal Task Force utilizes pro bono services to assist in civil forfeiture and criminal cruelty cases and is committed to seeing justice served to abusers and that they are never allowed hurt animals again by collaborating with MDC Animal Services, Police, Attorney’s Office and State Attorney's Office.

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SFSPCA is the last line of defense for these horses in Miami-Dade County. As the only 501(c)3 organization dedicated to horse rescue in the county where thousands of equines reside, the SFSPCA partners with the county and responds 24/7 to local law enforcement to investigate all cruelty and abandonment cases, and to seize and care for those victims at our ranch facility.I n addition to our life saving work, SFSPCA seeks systemic change to reduce the number of in need of rescue by raising awareness of at-risk horses in the community and educate the public about responsible equine care and ownership. SFSPCA is also dedicated to impacting equine law and prosecuting cases to bring a higher awareness of animal cruelty and it is taken seriously and responsible for the crafting and passage of Florida’s Ivonne Rodriguez and Victoria McCullough Horse Protection Act making it illegal to transport, distribute, sell, purchase or possess horsemeat for human consumption.

When rescued, a tenure can be from 3 mo. to yrs, depending on the condition when rescued and if charges are filed. During this time, we provide daily nurturing, rehab, shelter, feed, vet, dental & farrier services. After a thorough exam and assessment, a rehab and nutrition program are designed. Horses are placed in a quarantined area to ensure they are free of diseases & healthy to be introduced to our herd. During their tenure, we prioritize restoration of the horse’s health and training both on the ground and under a saddle that qualifies them to be adoptable. Once adoptable, adopters complete a lengthy questionnaire, provide references/verification from a vet regarding the type of care and physical environment they provided horses previously owned. SFSPCA has strict protocols stating no SFSPCA animal may be bred; sold nor ownership transferred. We provide the right to return a horse for any reason. Some horses come too broken and a sanctuary as a retirement facility is found.

The SFSPCA is led by a Board of Directors of seven highly regarded and knowledgeable community stakeholders; a core staff of four full-time and three part-time qualified ranch staff and over 165 volunteers trained in the safe handling and care of these special needs horses. We are accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries whereas, both highly regarded and notable organizations provide for site inspections to analyze the quality of our operations as a nonprofit business to exhibit and engage in ethical behavior and maintain strict financial and managerial accountability. The SFSPCA is the only organization in Miami-Dade County authorized to work with Miami Law Enforcement to seize abandoned, neglected and abused horse and other large domestic animals including cows, sheep and goats.

The SFSPCA’s ultimate objective for each rescued horse is to live their life in a positive and nurturing environment. Therefore, success is ultimately measured by the rescued horses’ adoption by a qualified and compassionate individual or acceptance into a sanctuary for the duration if its life.

In 2017, we rescued 110 animals, 83 were horses and found adoptive homes for 54. We will continue to partner with Miami-Dade Law Enforcement to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome abandoned, neglected and abused horse and other large animals in Miami-Dade County.

External Reviews

Accreditations

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) 2015

Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries 2017

Financials

South Florida SPCA Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Inc.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Not Applicable

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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No

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