Our Mission is to increase access to quality veterinary care, promote responsible pet ownership, increase awareness of the importance of the human-animal bond in our community, and support the effort to reduce pet overpopulation in South Florida.
Pets receiving free care with our Veterinarians volunteering at Project Unleashed at Camillus House
Dog receiving a manicure at Project Unleashed
Puppy and Kitten receiving free monthly care at Project Unleashed
Project Unleashed provides no cost veterinary services to pet owners in the most impoverished area of Miami-Dade County. The program is a partnership with Camillus House, a local agency serving men, women, and children who are homeless. The Foundation provides volunteer veterinarians and technicians, vaccines, wellness checks, flea and tick control and other care to pets of the homeless. The Foundation also collects pet food donations for pets served by Project Unleashed. The pet food is then distributed via Camillus House and other shelters for pets of the Homeless. Project Unleashed clinics are currently hosted every 3rd Sunday every month at Camillus House. Spay and neuter services are offered when possible in a joint effort with Miami Dade Animal Services Mobile Animal Clinic unit. Over 500 dogs and cats are served annually.
Spay and Neuter Veterinary Network
The SFVF works in partnership with Miami-Dade Animal Services by facilitating a network of veterinarians that provide spay and neuter services. To receive services, pet owners must qualify as 'low Income' for the veterinarian to be reimbursed through this partnership. Proof of low income status must be provided. Services are provided to Dog and Cat Rescue Organizations that require spay and neuter prior to adoption however the County limits funding to 25 pets per organization. Annually over 1,800 dogs and cats are sterilized, and provided rabies vaccines (if needed) via this program through a network of 27 participating veterinarians.
MVC-PUP- E Program is the Miami Veterinary Coalition to Prevent Unwanted Pet Euthanasia. This program serves to educate about the euthanasia rate in this county, offer supportive behavioral training initiatives for dogs adopted from Animal Services and to serve as liaison for programs working toward the goals of reducing shelter euthanasias as a result of behavioral problems.
Friends of the Foundation
Friends of the Foundation offers public education via a series of lectures offered at no cost for anyone who wishes to attend. The lectures are of various topics pertinent to pet care. Veterinarians donate their time to bring the education to the community. These lectures are targeted to para-professionals, canine sports enthusiasts, rescue groups, veterinary technicians and anyone who has an interest. Friends of the Foundation host their programs at the University of Miami.
Irving Lerner, DVM
Larry Bernstein, DVM
Millie Rosales, DVM, DACVD
Robert Pane, DVM
Karen Ashby, DVM
Maria Oliveira, DVM
Claudia Valderrama, DVM
Brad Richter, DVM
Katherine Boros, DVM
This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.