The South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of abused, neglected and abandoned horses and other livestock, to the education of the community about responsible animal care and animal ownership, and to the promotion of animal welfare through local and national advocacy.
The Year 2014 in pictures at South Florida SPCA Horse Rescue.
South Florida SPCA is the only qualified resource for law enforcement in Miami-Dade when encountering horses and other farm animals that are victims of cruelty or abandonment. Laurie Waggoner, SFSPCA founder and director of ranch operations, is on call 24/7 to assist police in the safe removal of large stray animals that pose a danger to themselves and the public, and those that are being abused and/or neglected by their owners. The horses and animals are signed over to SFSPCA, and are taken to the organization's ranch in Homestead for safe shelter, proper feed, veterinary care, farrier services, and more. Waggoner also lends her knowledge and expertise in animal cruelty investigations, and serves as an expert witness when needed.
SFSPCA rehabilitates rescued animals by providing safety, shelter, food, veterinary care, and re-training. This horse, Sambuca, was rescued from a cruelty situation. She was found starving and emaciated, confined in a stall and on death's door. It took months but she has been restored to full health.
Once health and trust are restored to its rescued horses,
SFSPCA arranges permanent, loving adoptive homes for them.
SFSPCA promotes the welfare and well-being of animals, and educates the public on responsible animal care and ownership.
Education & Outreach Program
Groups come to the rescue ranch to learn about SFSPCA and its mission; the care and feeding of rescued horses; and how we rescue, rehabilitate and rehome them. Participants are given demonstrations and instructions on proper horse care and handling, and receive hands-on experience.
South Florida SPCA has a wonderful volunteer program for ages 12 and up that offers hands-on work with the horses and ranch hand duties at its facility in Homestead. The program also offers opportunities to volunteer at events in the community to help spread awareness of its mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome abused and abandoned horses in Miami-Dade, Florida. Volunteer Orientation & Horse Safety Classes are held on the second Saturday of most months throughout the year.