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July 27, 2009

SPCA Wildlife Care Center Beautifies Grounds with Help of Broward Beautiful Community Grant

The Humane Society of the United States

The SPCA Wildlife Care Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. has completed the implementation of the Broward Beautiful Community Grant. Awarded to the WCC by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners and the Broward Beautiful Committee, the grant's purpose is to address environmental health concerns, foster a sense of place and improve county neighborhoods by supporting community-driven Florida Friendly landscape projects. With this mission in mind, the WCC used grant funds to beautify its property. 

The WCC planted new trees and vines, including gumbo limbo trees and corky stem passionflower vines, in the facility's industrial area, which formerly lacked trees and shade. This will provide a canopy of trees that not only improves the appearance of the property, but also provides shade and habitat for native butterflies. Gumbo limbo trees grow quickly and bear fruit eaten by several species of birds. Corky stem passionflower vines act as host plants for several types of butterflies. Both plants are native to south Florida.

The WCC recruited volunteers to plant the trees and vines, further instilling a sense of community and purpose to the project. 

"The Broward Beautiful Community Grant has allowed the Wildlife Care Center to improve our grounds with the help of committed local volunteers," said Sherry Schlueter, director of the center. "These new plants will provide habitat for wildlife, offer shade and protection for birds and butterflies and add an element of beauty to our grounds."

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Serving the South Florida Tri-County area, the WCC's mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release native wildlife that has been harmed or displaced; to treat and place certain needy domestic, exotic and farm animals; and to educate the public toward coexistence with all animals. The WCC admits approximately 14,000 injured, orphaned, abandoned or abused native wild animals or exotic domestic animals per year. The WCC is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.

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