November 19, 2008
The HSUS Joins Forces with SPCA Wildlife Care Center
Florida-Based Wildlife Center the Nation's Largest Direct Animal Care Facility of Its Kind
The Humane Society of the United States and the Broward County SPCA Wildlife Care Center announce a corporate combination, the fourth for The HSUS in four years.
The SPCA Wildlife Care Center serves the South Florida Tri-County region with rescue, rehabilitation and release services for wildlife and selected domestic animals (not dogs and cats). The Center admits approximately 14,000 injured, orphaned, abandoned or abused native wild animals or exotic domestic animals per year. The SPCA Wildlife Care Center's employees will become employees of The HSUS when the combination is formalized in early January 2009, although the SPCA Wildlife Care Center will retain its management, distinctive programs and local identity.
"The SPCA Wildlife Care Center has a remarkable team of wildlife experts and other dedicated humane advocates who treat thousands of animals every year. The center is the last hope for so many animals in distress and serves a critical function in southeast Florida," said Wayne Pacelle, HSUS president and CEO. "The Humane Society of the United States is privileged to associate this Florida sanctuary with our family of animal care and protection programs."
Jeffrey Arciniaco, Board Chairman SPCA, Wildlife Care Center, stated, "This is the combination of two highly complementary organizations. We recognize The Humane Society of the United States as not only having the highest integrity and most professional team but an organization that has set the standard for doing what's right and just for the animals. Together we will have the potential to meet the unprecedented needs and challenges facing animals plus humane and environmental education in today's world. We will have enormous potential."
Bea Humphries rescued and cared for animals out of her Florida home before founding the Center on Oct. 9, 1969. The organization moved to a 4.1-acre property in Fort Lauderdale in 1970 and now has a staff of 55 and growing, including veterinarians and veterinary technicians. The staff is supported by 600 active volunteers who care for 400 to 900 animals at any one time. The property contains habitats and rehabilitation centers where animals are treated and prepared for release.
The SPCA Wildlife Care Center becomes the fifth permanent facility providing direct care for animals under The HSUS' umbrella. The others include the Cape Wildlife Center in Massachusetts, the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Texas, The Fund for Animals Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in California, and the Duchess Sanctuary in Oregon.
The corporate combination is the latest in a series of strategies to increase The HSUS' portfolio of programs and affiliates. In 2005 The HSUS joined with the Fund for Animals. In 2006 The HSUS joined with the Doris Day Animal League In 2007 The HSUS joined with the Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights to create the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.
About The HSUS:
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 10.5 million Americans, or one of every 30. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org.
About the SPCA Wildlife Care Center:
Serving the South Florida region, the mission of the SPCA Wildlife Care Center is to rescue, rehabilitate and release native wildlife that has been harmed or displaced; to treat and place certain domestic, exotic, and farm animals; and to educate the public toward co-existence with all animals. With five acres of property, three full-time ambulances, 60 employees and 600 volunteers, the WCC is home to up to 700 injured, harmed or orphaned wildlife at any given time. Last year alone nearly 14,000 sick, injured and orphaned animals were admitted to the SPCA Wildlife Care Center.
Over the past 39 years, the SPCA Wildlife Care Center has grown to be the largest facility of its kind in the nation. It is located at 3200 SW 4th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. For more information, please visit WildlifeCareCenter.org.