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If the boot fits… wear it and join SFSPCA as a volunteer!

What is a SFSPCA Volunteer? It’s a very special individual who doesn’t necessarily know anything about horses, and may even have a fear of them, but takes the initiative to sign up, show up and become willing to learn for the sake of the rescued animal. They go through the orientation and buy their boots…

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Par For The Horse 2014 a Win for the Rescues

The 11th Annual Lowell S. & Betty L. Dunn Family Foundation Par For The Horse Challenge Tournament & Luncheon was a phenomenal success and raised significant funds for the horses and other rescued animals at South Florida SPCA. Hosted on May 9 at Miami Shores Golf & Country Club, the event raised over $78,000, meeting and…

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Off-Track Thoroughbreds: SPCA rescue mare ribbons in Florida; hard won

This is a wonderful story about one of our rescued horses, and the adopter who wouldn’t give up on her. Shared with permission by the author. By Susan Salk on May 9, 2014 offtrackthoroughbreds.com In a squalid yard littered with empty grain bags starved a mare named La Sheikh. The name alone might have seemed ironic, even pathetic,…

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Horsekeeping: 7 Things to Consider if Your Horse is Overweight

The horses at the South Florida SPCA rescue ranch most often come to us severely underfed, scoring usually between 1 and 3 on the Henneke Body Condition scale. But the average pleasure horse can have a different problem than Defense Team, a recent arrival. Instead, being overweight is the problem. This can be especially true of…

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Equine Welfare: Legislative Update

For the first time in eight years, horse slaughter plants were poised to open in New Mexico, Iowa and Missouri. On January 17, 2014 they were stopped dead in their tracks when President Obama signed the Omnibus Spending Bill containing language to defund FDA inspections. Did you know that pro-slaughter advocates categorize horses as “livestock?”…

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Sonny Garguilo clinic a success for rescues and participants

As part of the South Florida SPCA’s mission to rehabilitate the rescue horses and prepare them for adoption, we had Sonny Garguilo, one of the country’s leading Natural Horsemanship trainers and clinicians, visit the rescue ranch for the weekend of February 21-23, 2014. The purpose of the clinic was to partner 10 of our rescue…

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Discarded Thoroughbred Defense Team fighting for his life at the rescue ranch

MIAMI, FL  (February 19, 2014)  Abandoned along a Hialeah roadside and left to fend for himself, 15 year-old off-the-track Thoroughbred Defense Team is now fighting for his life at the South Florida SPCA rescue ranch in Homestead. The chestnut gelding was rescued on Monday, February 17 and brought to safety by Laurie Waggoner, SFSPCA director…

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Humane Scorecard: See how your legislators stand and voted on animal protection issues

Each year, the Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) publishes a Humane Scorecard of Congress to inform us of every legislator’s record on animal protection issues. We urge everyone to take time to read the recently-published Midterm Report for the 113th Congress, an invaluable resource for staying informed on animal rights legislation. With this information, we…

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Abandoned Thoroughbred, Defense Team, rescued by South Florida SPCA

MIAMI, FL (February 17, 2014)  Defense Team, a Thoroughbred gelding, was rescued today by South Florida SPCA. Laurie Waggoner, SFSPCA director of ranch operations, received  a mid-morning call from a Hialeah farmer who reported the former racehorse wandering along a road near one of his pastures, and that he looked “really bad…really skinny.” Waggoner and…

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Young fundraiser warms hearts at South Florida SPCA ranch

MIAMI, FL (February 16, 2014) Though it was a bone-chilling 29 below in her home town of Winnetka, Illinois, young Carly Jennings brought heart-melting warmth with her on a recent visit to South Florida SPCA’s ranch in Homestead. The journey to South Florida essentially began on April 29, 2012 when Carly created her bat mitzvah…