Update April 6, 2020
This will be an interesting week for all departments. I am very proud of everyone’s cross training, and positive “lending hand” spirit! This weekend, we experienced many “no-shows” and cancellations. As a result of the government telling everyone that we are heading into the most challenging week of the pandemic, we may see even more cancellations as people decide to stay home.
As of today, our Medical Center is open with curbside services Monday – Thursday. Closed Friday and Saturday.
We have 5 Veterinarians scheduled per day.
As a result of no-shows and cancellations, our Adoption Center is closed this week for appointments.
We will re-evaluate the situation at the end of the week.
Shelter Medical Center
Our medical team will process and care for all inhouse animals and incoming animals.
Remaining dogs and cats will be s/n and placed into foster care.
Foster photos will be available online, so potential adopters can browse pets online while they are homebound.
“Trickle in – trickle out” will be the norm, with the goal to place all dogs and cats into appropriate foster care.
No large dogs will be accepted, unless injured or at serious risk. (Kennels are being updated with doggie doors/repairs)
Food and medical safety net procedures will be encouraged.
Volunteers for FAP and Ani-Meals
Volunteers who run FAP and Ani-Meals are welcome to help organize and distribute food.
Limited admittance into the building will be allowed for breaks, bathrooms, water, etc.
We are getting daily requests for food assistance.
COMPASSION AND CARE
More than ever, this is a time for everyone to show compassion and care. Many of our residents have not received a paycheck for weeks. Others do not have healthcare. Single moms are worried about what will happen to their kids if something should happen to them. Older people are worried about their pets, should they become ill. The list goes on.
Please know that SPCA Florida is doing everything we can so that you do not have to face those same anxieties.
In the next few weeks and months, more and more people will need our help. Let’s be there for them.
Both our nonprofit Medical Center and our Shelter are here to serve the people of Polk County. And, more than ever, they will be counting on our compassionate care. We want to be there for everyone who needs us.
Thank you, everyone.
Update April 4, 2020
Good Day to All Our Animal Loving Friends,
Trinka, an important member of our SPCA Florida Canine Team, pointed out to all of us today, the positive inroads that are being made during this challenging time.
For me it was uplifting, so I thought you might enjoy it too.
Note: The Canine Team’s large dogs have been battling with Pneumovirus for months. Through the help of Dr. Cynda Crawford, DVM University of Florida, and Cornell University Veterinary Specialists, we were able to come up with a formula that cured the dogs in 14 -21 days versus months. We are grateful for their support!
As a result of the pneumovirus, we needed to move all dogs out of the Kennel and thoroughly clean. And, without dogs, a whole lot more cleaning is being done by volunteers and staff. All while the Canine Team is cross training and helping with Admissions, Adoptions, Animal Care and Foster Care.
Today, we salute Trinka and our amazing Canine Team of Erika, Shawn, Tori, Connor, Maxine, and of course, Trinka.
Here is her email:
There’s a lot happening. A lot happening fast.
But I’d like to point out, that it’s happening. Everyone has stepped up, pulled together and is doing amazing work!!
Thanks to Miss Sue and Gavin for clearing the vines, weeds, overgrown shrubs away from the fences.
Tori and Conner; Extra cleaning of kennels
Everyone helping heal and clear the shelter. Finding emergency fosters.
Making go-home kits for them.
Victoria helped label each one.
And So many more behind the scenes!!
Good job everyone!!!!!
Update April 3, 2020
Good Morning Friends of SPCA Florida,
It’s Friday – and another week has passed safely for us – thank goodness!
We’ve made a few updates that you should know about.
Due to less clientele and everyone’s safety, we are reducing our work schedule from 6 days a week to 4 days a week, Monday through Thursday. We will be closed NEXT WEEK – Friday and Saturday. This week we are open.
We are eliminating small Technician appts for nail trims, anal gland expressions, ear cleanings, etc.
We are asking everyone who is working with the public to wear a facial mask and gloves for safety reasons.
We are encouraging everyone to keep their pets and are offering food and medical assistance to those who need and qualify.
We can only assist a limited number of animals daily.
Adoptions is currently open normal hours, 7 days a week, by appointment only.
We are keeping a limited number of adorable cats, kittens, puppies and dogs in the adoption center.
We have 3 large dogs currently available – but that could change quickly.
Trapping stopped Wednesday until further notice to conserve supplies.
In an effort to keep everyone safe, we are asking volunteers to stay safe and stay home during this crucial time. The only exceptions will be those who assist with the Ani-meals Program, Food Assistance Program and Front Desk. If you have any questions, please contact Jordan at [email protected].
How You Can Help
We are running low or out of supplies that we typically order and can use your help. If you are out shopping, please consider making a purchase to help us.
We will have bins and carts outside our building for safe drop off. And, if you call our administration 863-577-4600 (M-F) or adoption number 863-577-4615, we will come outside to help unload – and provide a donation receipt.
Cat Food – both dry and wet
Cat Litter – both clumping and non-clumping
Kitten Food – wet
Puppy Food – wet
Dog Food – wet
Thank you, for helping us keep our doors open during this difficult time. Our homeless population is counting on us for care.
Your support has been and remains – life saving.
Update April 2, 2020
Yesterday was April Fool’s Day, but there was “no foolin” when the Governor made his COVID-19 announcements. This was a serious declaration, and our SPCA Florida Team went into serious Organized Emergency Response.
The Adoption Center worked with Dr. Vonteru, a dedicated Relief Veterinarian, who plowed through a list of endless cats and dogs who needed rabies vaccines, health checks and pneumonia clearance to move quickly into foster homes. The Vet Techs focused on the animals who could move out and those who needed crucial medical care. The team effort was impressive and results oriented. In other words – they rocked!
Our Administration Team assisted Animal Care, Foster, Admissions and Maintenance. Did you see Randa in the wash room? WOW – talk about no job being too great or too small. Jo was mopping floors! Our Medical Center assisted with critical care – among their already busy load.
Everyone worked together with one mission – to move our homeless cats and dogs into homes – adoptive homes and mostly foster homes. Or, give them back to their grateful owners.
Fosters and Admissions
Without a moments hesitation, these teams (kennel staff assisting)moved into emergency response mode. They ramped up phone calls, intakes, and foster care through drive up pickup and delivery service. They were focused and right on target! We could not be prouder.
SPCA Florida Medical Center
Our dedicated team has been serving a grateful public with professional care. To reduce risks, our Medical Center will complete their scheduled week and next week they will move to a four day work week, being open Monday through Thursday for medical care. They are receiving well deserved accolades!
Our goal is to keep you safe – both physically and financially. SPCA Florida is applying for a loan through CARE to cover your pay checks, should something happen and we need to close. Our insurance carrier has also stepped up. (see email from Jo) This is all good news!
Please self-distance, and use your face masks and gloves when interacting with the public. We are counting on all of us to make it through this pandemic . . . together.
Your efforts have been heroic and the animals and those who love them are grateful for everything you are doing. I for one, am very proud to be a part of this dynamic team.
We are currently reviewing options to divide into two teams. One team working, one team off, and then switching. More information about that possibility will be coming soon.
Thank you, everyone. Let’s have a great day!
SPCA Florida’s Medical Center Remains Open
SPCA Florida’s Medical Center is open to the public, offering curb side service. You and your fur family members are important to us. As we continue to monitor the ever-changing situations surrounding COVID-19 and the impact it is having on our community, our top priority continues to be the safety and well-being of you, your pets, and our team members.
We have eliminated client access to the interior of the Medical Center building to follow the CDC guidelines for social distancing. Our goal is to remain open, so we can continue to serve you and your pets. On appointment day, a member of our Medical Team will meet you at your car to bring your pet in for their exam, or to bring your prescription order to you.
Same day appointments are available to continue to care for Polk County’s dogs and cats.
The SPCA Florida Medical Center is open Monday through Thursday, for as long as we can safely.
Please check with us to schedule an appointment or to place a medication refill by calling 863-646-4647. A representative will provide you with special instructions for checking in for your appointment or picking up your pet’s medications.
And please remember to use our online pharmacy whenever possible: http://spcainc.vetsourceweb.com/index.pml
We are Here for You.
Update April 1, 2020
It’s a Good News Morning!
Pneumovirus Has Left the Building
Thanks to the intervention of Cyndy Crawford, DVM, UF and Cornell University, we put together a health formula that worked for treating our pneumonia dogs. As of yesterday, the final dogs were cleared to go home. These dogs have undergone months of medication and isolation. During that time, they were given lots of love and care by our Canine Team and Medical Team. Aa a result, they are now available for adoption and foster care.
We can’t thank Dr. Crawford enough for her guidance, and for picking up the expense of testing all our dogs.
A huge round of applause to our dedicated Canine Team, Vet Tech Team and Dr. Cooper for doing everything possible to help these dogs through their very long ordeal.
Emphasis on Foster Care
As of today, all of our healthy cats and dogs will move into foster care.
New staff members will be added to the current team of Laine and Jordan.
500 Emergency Foster Applications
Our task is to get back to every foster who applied, as we will need their help throughout April.
Staff Cross Training
The Canine Team will change roles and help Admissions, Foster and Adoption Teams.
Vaccines and Sick Appts
Two parking spaces in front of Admissions will be dedicated to Foster appointments.
Staff, wearing PPE, will meet fosters at their vehicles, take cats, dogs, kittens, puppies and return them after being seen
Fosters will be given a FREE 24/7 “Tele Doc” number to call FIRST, before calling SPCAF
Two parking spaces in front of Education will be dedicated to Intake appointments.
Staff, wearing PPE, will conduct transactions outside the building – maintaining distance
Staff will wash off all incoming animals
Two parking spaces in front of Adoptions will be dedicated to intake sick appointments.
Adopters will be given a FREE 24/7 “Tele Doc” number to call FIRST, before calling SPCAF
Staff, wearing PPE, will meet fosters, at their vehicles, take cats, dogs, kittens, puppies
Fosters to Adopt
Adoptions will be conducted via phone
Supplies to be dropped off and inventoried
All traps will be recalled, as SPCAF will not support s/n at this time, per the Surgeon General request.
Traps will be inspected, repaired, inventoried and remarked with SPCAF information
SPCAF Medical Center
Our hospital remains open to help the public and is receiving daily notes of thanks for their professional medical service.
Thank you Medical Team for your precautions, additional efforts (you are definitely getting your daily steps) and consistent quality care.
More news daily . . .
Stay healthy everyone!
Update March 31, 2020
Hi SPCA Florida Family,
It’s Tuesday, and we are closing our Adoption Center and moving all our efforts to foster care. Here’s the latest.
Open and taking precautions, only staff are allowed in the building, and they are providing great curb service!
Check out these kind words from a client:
We were extremely impressed with everyone we came into contact with at our recent visit with Toolie. Even under the circumstances all of our questions we’re addressed and we did not feel rushed. Thanks to everyone who worked together patiently with the restrictions placed due to the coronovirus. We will recommend you to everyone with confidence they will be as happy as we are.
A special thanks to Christian who made the extra effort to ensure we understood everything and for his kindness to Toolie.
Ed and Penny McQueen and Toolie
The adoption center will close to the public today.
Pre Adopts will be picked up today and tomorrow.
Admissions and Fosters
Our focus will move from Adoptions to Admissions and Fosters, saving the lives of those who are in greatest peril. Pet Safety Net practices will be promoted, to keep animals in homes. Food assistance will be offered. We have dry dog food, but unfortunately no cat food as of today.
Foster Vaccine and Sick Appointments
Two parking spots will be reserved in front of Admissions for vaccine and foster kitten appointments. Staff will pick up kittens from the vehicles. For everyone’s safety, fosters will stay in their vehicles. Proper PPE will be worn.
Post Adopt Sick Appointments
Two parking spots will be reserved in front of the Adoption Center for post adopt appointments. Staff will pick up animals from the vehicles. For everyone’s safety, adopters will not enter the building. Proper PPE will be worn.
Newly Assigned Responsibilities