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Paula Creamer, Director of Marketing & Development
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Below are SPCA Florida’s press release or pitches in chronological order. Previous years’ press releases are here:

2014 Releases                     2013 Releases                       2012 Releases

Current Releases


Curious Kelsey

A fun perspective from Kelsey Laird, a nine year old Eaglebrooke resident, on fostering for SPCA Florida. In this article Curious Kelsey shares her wonderful experience fostering SPCA Florida kittens.

Read the rest of Curious Kelsey’s article here.




dogrescue3_1481675336230_2437366_ver1-0_640_360SPCA removes dozens of dogs from Lakeland home
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

For the second time in two weeks, employees of SPCA Florida responded to a Lakeland home and removed dozens of dogsRead the complete article>>



SPCA gives Ledger Article 9.6.16more than aid to animals in Polk County
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
A recently completed economic impact study shows the largest local non-profit organization dealing with animal welfare does even more: SPCA Florida contributes nearly $12 million annually to the regional economic engine. Read the complete article>>


07.02.15 - PCAC Transfers5SPCA Florida Focuses on Successful Adoptions Through Community Partnerships
Friday, November 6, 2015
SPCA Florida partnership efforts result in more second chances for pets in need, such as Bella and Tupac, the Labradors who were viciously beaten with a sledgehammer. They are two of 660 pets SPCA Florida has transferred in from Polk County Animal Control this year. Like Bella and Tupac, many of the pets we intake from partner agencies require veterinary treatment and foster care. SPCA Florida will continue to leverage its services and programs to help even more homeless pets in and beyond Polk County. Read the complete press release>>


Free Pet Loss Program Launches Wednesday, November 4th
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Pets are members of the family, a staple in our lives offering unconditional love and constant companionship. When the time comes for them to cross over to Rainbow Bridge, their loss can be severe. To offer support to those who have lost a furry, four-legged loved one, SPCA Florida is partnering with Certified Pet Loss Counselor Bruce Jordan to provide a free pet loss seminar. Read complete release>>


Gladys, a Lakeland resident, and her three dogs are one of the new VISTE clients served by Ani-Meals.SPCA Florida Partners with VISTE to Expand Ani-Meals Program
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
 SPCA Florida recently partnered with Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE) to expand its Ani-Meals Program, which provides supplemental food and supplies to pets of homebound residents and seniors. Currently SPCA Florida’s volunteers prepare customized packages for 89 clients and their 170 pets, and take them to partners Meals on Wheels Polk County and Polk County Elderly Services for delivery to their clients. Read complete release>>

Downtown Lakeland First Friday(From Downtown Lakeland Partnership)
First Friday- Dog Days Downtown
The Downtown Lakeland Partnership is excited to partner with SPCA Florida once again this year for its most popular First Friday event: Dog Days Downtown. The event is Sept. 4, 6-9 p.m., and is expected to draw 8,000 to 10,000 people.Residents are invited to pack up their social pooches, make sure they’re on a leash, and head downtown. Read DLP’s complete release>>

Dr. Ashley Humes and Vet Tech Lisa Koiner Exam and Provide Oxygen to Canine Rescued by LFDSPCA Florida Provides Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Veterinary Care to Canine Fire Victim Through Lakeland Fire Department Partnership
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Through its partnership with Lakeland Fire Department (LFD), SPCA Florida is providing veterinary care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to a 17-pound Terrier Mix, estimated to be around two to three years old, whose owner’s house caught fire today. LFD transported the dog on oxygen to SPCA Florida’s full-service animal medical center located at 5850 Brannen Road South in Lakeland, where she received additional oxygen, a physical exam, thorough bath to remove all potentially flammable soot, and an hour-long HBOT session.

LFD and SPCA Florida Partnership Launch (3)Lakeland Fire Department and SPCA Florida Launch Partnership
Wellness Wagon Stop Scheduled for Saturday, August 8 at Station 1
Monday, July 27, 2015
Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) and SPCA Florida—organizations that value the role pets play in healthy lives—are partnering together to further each organization’s mission of serving the community’s two and four-legged residents. On Saturday, August 8, SPCA Florida’s mobile pet vaccination unit, the Wellness Wagon, will visit LFD Station 1, 701 E Main St, Lakeland, 33801 from 3-5 p.m. The Wagon is open to public animals in need of affordable vaccines, microchips, and preventative products such as flea, tick and heartworm control. The location is ideal as it is centrally located, easily accessible and pet-friendly with shade.

Pet Insurance Growing Trend, Over 100 Insured SPCA Florida Clients
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
More and more pet guardians are securing insurance for their pets. Right now our clinic as 161 insured pets (71% dogs vs. 29% cats). December 2014-June 2015 Embrace Pet Insurance paid $2,631 of wellness (22 claims) and $185 accident/illness (3 claims). Here’s one story of a dog adopted from SPCA Florida who started having seizures and received treatment through our medical facility. Because the adopter had insured Troy Embrace paid over $500 back to the client.

SPCA Florida Hosts Free Pet Loss Seminar on August 5
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Losing a loved one is challenging, even when that loved one is furry, their loss can be felt dramatically. SPCA Florida is partnering with a certified pet loss therapist Bruce Jordan to provide a free seminar. It is scheduled for Wednesday, August 5th 1-2 pm and 6-7 pm at SPCA Florida, 5850 Brannen Road South, Lakeland 33813. People can email Director of Philanthropy Stacy Williams, CFRE to RSVP, [email protected].

$17.76 Adoption Specials at SPCA Florida
Thursday, July 2, 2015
This Fourth of July SPCA Florida is encouraging the community to “let freedom ring” for homeless pets through a $17.76 adoption special. Beginning Friday, July 3rd and running until Sunday, July 5th, adoption fees will be $17.76 for all cats and dogs older than 6 months. Most adoption fees range from $30 to $70 for felines and $50 to $175 for canines. All pets are spayed or neutered, microchipped, up to date on vaccines and come with a month of flea and heartworm prevention. All adoptable pets can be viewed online at or in person at 5850 Brannen Road South, Lakeland 33813. The Adoption Center will be open all weekend from 11 am to 5 pm, except for Saturday, July 4th when the Adoption Center will close an hour early, at 4 pm.

Event Manager Joins SPCA Florida
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Hope Bogel recently joined SPCA Florida as Events and Program Coordinator. In this role she manages SPCA Florida’s signature events, Auction for the Animals in the Fall and the Walk for the Animals in the Spring, as well as community outreach and campus service projects.

SPCA Florida Receives $7,000 for Pet Safety Net Programs
from The George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation
Monday, June 15, 2015
SPCA Florida recently received a $7,000 grant from The George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation for Safety Net Programs. Safety Net provides resources for pet owners during a temporary financial hardship to retain their pets. Grant funding will be allotted to help clients facing unemployment, domestic violence, foreclosure, or other financial crises. Funds from this grant may be used to provide affordable veterinary care for sick and injured animals, temporary boarding fees, pet food, grooming, and more. This grant funding is in addition to the $10,000 to $15,000 of free or reduced veterinary services SPCA Florida gives away monthly through its Guardian Angel Fund.

DSCF3116WaterVentures Florida Learning Lab to Visit SPCA Florida Summer Camp
Monday, June 15, 2015
As part of its summer Critter Camp, SPCA Florida will host WaterVentures Florida’s traveling science center Friday, June 19th and Tuesday, July 14th at 5850 Brannen Road South in Lakeland. The Learning Lab is a 53-foot semi-trailer that provides hands-on student stations for watershed, water features, recycling, and more. Students will explore museum-quality, directed learning activities focused on water education and how it moves through our lives. WaterVentures is targeted at kids 9 to 13 years old and is open to the public on both Friday, June 19th and Tuesday, July 14th from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. RSVPs are not required, but space is limited to the first 50 youth. Demonstrating its partnerships with other community organizations, children from the local Boys & Girls Club will also enjoy the workshop from 12:15 to 1:15 pm those days after our regular Critter Campers’ session (10:30 to 11:30).

SPCA Florida to Participate in Just One Day
Monday, June 8, 2015
What does one day mean to you? In animal shelters across this country, a single day represents 10,411 dogs and cats euthanized. In 2014, during “Just One Day,” a national movement to stop dog and animal euthanasia across the country for one day, 13,000 pets were adopted – in one day. Thanks to a partnership with The New Barker dog magazine, the third annual “Just One Day,” is scheduled for June 11, 2015 from 11 am to 2 pm at five Morgan Auto Group locations across Florida. SPCA Florida will be at Brandon Honda location, 9209 East Adamo Drive, Tampa, FL 33619 with adoptable puppies and its Wellness Wagon, a mobile pet vaccine unit that offers affordable pet wellness packages and preventative products.

Banfield Charitable Trust Awards SPCA Florida $10,000 for Safety Net Programs
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
SPCA Florida recently received a $10,000 grant from Banfield Charitable Trust for Safety Net Retention Programs. Safety Net provides resources for pet owners during a temporary financial hardship to retain their pets. Every month, $835 of grant funding will be allotted to help clients facing unemployment, domestic violence, foreclosure, or other financial crises. This grant funding is in addition to the $10,000 to $15,000 of free or reduced veterinary services SPCA Florida gives away monthly through its Guardian Angel Fund.