July 31, 2012
About South Florida Wildlife Center
Protecting wildlife through rescue, rehabilitation, and education
- South Florida Wildlife Center admits nearly 13,000 injured, orphaned, or imperiled animals annually, making us one of the largest wildlife hospitals, trauma centers, and rehabilitation facilities in the nation, in intake numbers.
- We provide field rescue, clinic triage, state-of-the-art diagnostics, expert veterinary treatment and surgery, as well as pediatric and rehabilitative care to our wildlife patients.
- Through the use of three rescue ambulances that collectively travel more than 7,000 milers per month, we serve the tri-county area of Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade.
- South Florida Wildlife Center employs more than 60 staff members, including three licensed veterinarians, wildlife rehabilitators, veterinary technicians, and many other animal care specialists. We also have more than 700 active volunteers.
- Founded in 1969, South Florida Wildlife Center has been an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States since 2009
- We operate at no cost to citizens, and are privately funded. To learn more about how you can support our work, please click here»
Founder Bea Humphreys began rescuing and caring for animals long before the center was incorporated in October 1969. For 19 years, she worked from her home, and her garage served as the first wildlife rehabilitation center.
As the number of animal patients increased, Bea realized that a larger facility was needed. With some help she began to establish what would become the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Inc., operating as the Wild Bird Center. The center grew and eventually moved to its current location in Fort Lauderdale. In the 1980s, the board of directors changed the name to the Wildlife Care Center to better describe our work.
Our state-of-the-art wildlife nursery admits up to 120 orphaned, abandoned, or displaced baby animals a day during baby season. Once the animals are admitted, our trained rehabilitators and veterinary technicians hand-feed and treat them around the clock. This is no small task, given the huge numbers of wild animals displaced as a direct result of unprecedented land development in South Florida.
The South Florida Wildlife Center receives approximately 150 phone calls reporting injured wildlife and requesting information about animals and the environment each day. Trained staff informs the public about environmental concerns, wildlife problems, and ways in which people and wildlife can peacefully coexist. The Center regularly participates in public events with displays, exhibits, and literature.
In addition to treating native wildlife, the SFWC assists certain non-native animals in finding just the right home. Because these animals were kept as pets and/or are not native to Florida, they cannot be released into the wild.
While we don't accept dogs or cats, we have an extensive adoption program to offer a second chance to a wide variety of surrendered or abandoned animals. Our goal is to find these animals life-long, loving homes. Learn more»
Sherry L. Schlueter, Executive Director
Dr. Stefan Harsch, Director of Clinic Operations
Dr. Renata Schneider, Director of Wildlife Rehabilitation
Jo-Anne Roman, Director of Operations
Jeffrey J. Arciniaco, President & Board Chair
Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO, The Humane Society of the United States
Debra Parsons-Drake, Director, Business Operations, Animal Care Centers
Melissa Rubin, Vice President, Animal Care Centers and Veterinary Services
As part of its commitment to transparency and accountability, SFWC makes available its most recent IRS Form 990. The document is available for download in PDF format below.
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