Corona Virus Update

SPCA Florida’s Medical Clinic goes curb-side. Read more here!


Update March 23, 2020

Adoptions and Shelter

SPCA Florida is open for serious adopters only. We will allow up to 3 people per family to come into the shelter. We permit only 5 adopters in any adoption room at one time. Hours are 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM M-F, and 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Sat and Sun. This is subject to change without notice. Please check our website prior to arrival.

Foster Care

If you are interested in fostering, SPCA Florida has an emergency foster application and orientation online. If you are a new foster, please complete the online application and orientation. Completion of the foster application does not guarantee that SPCAF will place a dog or cat in your care at this time.

Clinics

Effective March 24, 2020, SPCA Florida Medical Center will meet clients at their cars to take their pets inside. Please see full details, under SPCA Florida Medical Center

Volunteers

All offsite volunteer activities have been suspended until further notice.

Volunteers with the AniMeals and FAP will continue to prepare and deliver pet food as scheduled. If you are unable to volunteer, please notify Jordan.

Inhouse volunteers are limited to 5 per shift. If you have any questions, please email Jordan at [email protected]

Admissions

SPCA Florida admissions is by appointment only. This process remains in effect, but can change immediately. Admissions is closed Sunday and Monday.

Please be patient as we are receiving an unusually high request rate.


Dear Friends,

SPCA Florida understands the growing concerns about COVID-19 and has taken measures to keep pets and people safe within our Shelter and Medical Center.

Knowing that animals will continue to need medical care, our Medical Center remains open to the public by appointment and for daily emergencies. We are asking clients who feel ill not enter to our doors but to make arrangements to “drop off” their pet with instructions for care. Our staff is also instructed to do the same.

Cleaning has always been a priority at SPCA Florida, and every surface, door handle, chair, bench, and countertop is being cleaned between clients.

Our Adoption Center is open with a limited number of staff to help those who are serious about helping a dog or cat find a forever home. Our goal is to move as many of these animals as possible into responsible loving homes in the upcoming weeks. We ask that those who are only looking, be thoughtful about staying away during this time.

Due to many of our large dogs being treated for pneumovirus (pneumonia) we have taken every precaution to keep our small to medium dogs safe and contagion free. It is our goal to move all the small and medium size dogs into homes as quickly as possible. If you are serious about finding a little buddy, please come check them out.

We love pets and are passionate about their care. We also care for hundreds of community pets by providing supplemental food every month. We will continue to run our monthly Food Assistance Program and our Animeals program that partners with Meals on Wheels, Viste, and Network of Hope. Should you or anyone you know need food assistance during this time, please contact us at 863-577-4615.

In an effort to support the health and safety of the animals we love, we will currently remain open 7 days a week. Please help us by staying home, unless you are serious about adopting or have a pet who needs medical care. Our hope is to remain a source of support for our community as long as safely possible.

We will continue to refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and other public health agencies to determine the safest course of action for everyone who enters our Medical Center or Adoption Center.

As always, we will provide hand sanitizer throughout all our exam and adoption rooms for customers and associates, and we will work closely with our teams to ensure that anyone who is not feeling well understands that we support them staying home.

To date, there is no evidence that companion animals or pets can spread COVID-19 (per CDC guidance). For the latest information about coronavirus and pets, we encourage you to visit the links below:

It’s our honor and privilege to serve our community, and we will do so as long as we can safely and responsibly.

Thank you and stay well,

Shelley Thayer
Executive Director
SPCA Florida