Executive Director’s Corner
From the desk of Executive Director Adam Stanfield
Last year was a record year for SPCA Florida. The 35-year-old agency increased adoptions by 648 pets for a total of 5,011 pets finding forever homes. Continuing to further its mission of building humane communities, SPCA Florida worked closely with its partner Polk County Animal Control (PCAC) to transfer in over 1,200 pets from the county facility in 2014 and frequently shared donated food and supplies. Through its state-of-the-art Medical Center, SPCA Florida spayed or neutered 13,577 cats and dogs; more than 11,000 pets received quality, affordable veterinary care and treatment. In 2015 SPCA Florida will continue to increase its adoption efforts and expand its medical treatment areas.
Expanded Veterinary Services
Recently Dr. Miller joined SPCA Florida, bringing 28 years of experience including specialized surgeries and treatments, and emergency and critical care. Dr. Miller is helping SPCA Florida expand its specialty services and surgeries including diagnostic ultrasound, cardiac laparoscope evaluation, ophthalmic surgery and more. Dr. Miller’s expertise also includes the use of cold laser therapy, which uses light wavelengths to interact with tissue and accelerate the healing process. This therapy will be a critical component to helping strays taken in from PCAC as well as owned animals who arrive at SPCA Florida’s Medical Center heal from prior traumatic injuries.
Additionally one of SPCA Florida’s seven veterinarians, Dr. Kristi Pippin, recently completed acupuncture training at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, which is affiliated with the University of Florida. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine that safely delivers a variety of benefits including pain relief, anti-inflammatory, immuno-regulation, and helps address orthopedic issues and more.
Vet techs are training on SPCA Florida’s cutting-edge hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) unit, which delivers highly concentrated levels of oxygen to cells and into the bloodstream. SPCA Florida has used HBOT to treat patients with snakebites, slow healing wounds, chronic back issues, smoke inhalation and more.
Re-newed Focus on Humane Education
In addition to continuing its popular, hands-on spring break and summer Critter Camps, SPCA Florida is renewing its focus on humane education. This will help to not only keep children safe through bite prevention education and other initiatives, but also elevate the standard of pet care by teaching youth responsible pet ownership, especially spay/neuter, and how to spot and handle suspected animal abuse.
Ways You Can Help
The agency will continue its many community outreach programs and aims to grow its fundraising efforts so that SPCA Florida can help even more pets and people in the community. The next two upcoming fundraisers are the Brewz Crewz craft beer festival on Saturday, March 21 and Walk for Animals on Saturday, April 18. Both events take place in downtown Lakeland and more information can be found at www.spcaflorida.org/upcoming-events.
For more information on how you can help homeless pets and get involved at SPCA Florida please visit spcaflorida.org or call (863) 577-4607.