Our History

Saving Abused and Abandoned Horses and Livestock in Miami-Dade, Florida Since 1992

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Laurie Waggoner Founder, SFSPCA

The last line of defense

South Florida SPCA (SFSPCA) is the last line of defense for abused and abandoned horses in Miami-Dade, Florida. It’s the only thing standing between them and starvation, death, and even slaughter. The GFAS and TAA accredited 501(c)(3) nonprofit works with the 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, FL facility.

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Our Mission

Marking its 29th year in 2021, SFSPCA is the only organization qualified to rescue, rehabilitate, retrain and rehome horses in Miami-Dade.

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.

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South Florida SPCA Over the Years

Fast Facts

** Since 2008, Miami-Dade Animal Services Department (ASD) has provided partial funding to the SFSPCA for the care and rescue of abandoned and stray horses and other large farm animals.

ASD provides comprehensive animal services including: large and small animal cruelty investigations, pet adoption programs, pet licensing services, mobile adoptions, spay/neuter programs and funds local outreach spay/neuter services through private veterinary offices and two satellite clinics. In 2015, ASD achieved it’s no kill goal. The new Pet Adoption and Protection Center is located in Doral, Florida. For more information please visit www.miamidade.gov/animals or call 311.

Financial Information

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Non-Discrimination Policy

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South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Inc. (SFSPCA) does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors and clients.

IMPORTANT: In accordance with Chapter 496.411, Florida Statutes, the Solicitations of Contributions Act, the following information is provided: Charity Name/Location: South Florida SPCA Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty to Animals, Inc./Homestead, FL; Florida Charity Registration #: CH9651. EIN: 65-0338657.
A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1-800-435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE OR OUTSIDE FLORIDA AT 850-410-3800. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.  Also see: www.FloridaConsumerHelp.com.