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

HELP THE HORSES

aka South Florida SPCA   |   Homestead, FL   |  https://www.spca-sofla.org

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 info

1993

President

David Bialski

Main address

P.O. Box 924088

Homestead, FL 33092 USA

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Formerly known as

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

EIN

65-0338657

NTEE code info

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

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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.

Our programs

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Program Overview

South Florida SPCA (SFSPCA) is the last line of defense for abused and abandoned horses and livestock in Miami-Dade, Florida. It’s the only thing standing between them and starvation, death, and even slaughter. SFSPCA works with in partnership with Miami-Dade County and responds 24/7 to local law enforcement to investigate cruelty and abandonment cases, and to seize and care for those victims at its Homestead, Florida facility. Since 1992, SFSPCA has pursued its mission to:

RESCUE - In cooperation with local law enforcement, SFSPCA rescues horses from abusive situations – including cases of animal cruelty and abandonment – and provides them with safe shelter, proper nutrition and immediate medical care; REHABILITATE - The horses SFSPCA rescues come from the worst conditions imaginable. Life saving measures are the first priority, involving extensive veterinary treatment, a careful refeeding program, and extraordinary efforts by staff and volunteers to restore abused horses’ health and trust; RETRAIN - When physically and mentally ready, SFSPCA’s rescued horses receive training/retraining by staff and in some cases, outside professionals, to give them the best possible chance at adoption; REHOME -
SFSPCA’s goal is to adopt each horse into a forever home where its emotional, social, and medical needs will be met and where it will be happy, safe, and loved for the rest of its life. An Adoption Committee oversees the comprehensive application process, and provides post-adoption support and monitoring; EDUCATE - SFSPCA is dedicated to educating the public and promoting the humane treatment of equines through its outreach, member and volunteer programs, as well as through its website and social media channels. Events and community appearances also help raise awareness; ADVOCATE - The fight for horses doesn’t stop at the ranch. SFSPCA promotes the welfare of equines through local and national advocacy. Its Legal Task Force, comprised of top attorneys, works pro bono assisting the county and state attorneys in the prosecution of civil seizure and criminal cruelty cases.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) 2015

Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries 2017

Equus Guardian 2017

Affiliations & memberships

Thoroughbred After Care Alliance 2020

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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.

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.

Financials

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Operations

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

Board of directors
as of 2/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. David Bialski

Julie Shelton

Roy Pressman

Pressman Engineering & Technology, Inc.

David Bialski

Knowles Animal Clinics

Melissa Peacock

Miami Dade Police Department

Emily Marquez

Brooke USA

Nicole Trujillo

Criden & Love

Christine Septer

South Fla SPCA

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/01/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/01/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.