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Lakeland - For this month's "In The Spotlight," we want to feature a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the lives of our beloved animals. Without further ado, let us introduce to you the SPCA Organization.
Founded in 1979, SPCA Florida is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Lakeland. Dedicated to improving the lives of pets and people in the community, SPCA Florida provides caring, compassion and hope to more than 4,000 homeless animals entering our doors each year.
Open to the public, our McClurg Animal Medical Center is a state-of-the-art veterinary facility that heals and helps 50,000 patients annually. Thousands of more pets and people are served through our community outreach and education programs.
SPCA Florida is a No-Kill organization and will only euthanize animals for medical reasons.
Attorney Rick Stephens drafted the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, and the three founders recruited the SPCA’s first Board of Directors and served as its first officers.
From 1980 to 1991, volunteers held off-site adoptions every Saturday at the Publix in Lake Miriam Plaza on South Florida Avenue. SPCA members were recruited and foster animals found forever homes. Funds for the outreaches and for the foster care program were raised through a crafts group’s Christmas sales and an annual SPCA Flea Fair. By 1988, the Flea Fair grew into the Treasure Chest Thrift Shop in downtown Lakeland which eventually closed in 1999.
As the number of unwanted animals grew, volunteers realized that a shelter was needed. After a Building Committee spent ten years seeking a property donation, the hard work finally paid off in 1990. SPCA member Betty Thornton appealed to Dr. and Mrs. E.L. Kinsinger who left a bequest in excess of $200,000. The money was used to purchase the land on which the SPCA shelter was built in 1991.
On May 8, 2001, through a grant from the City of Lakeland, county funding and widespread support from private donors, more than $500,000 was raised to build and equip the low cost spay/neuter clinic.
In 2003, the spay/neuter clinic expanded to include wellness services for animals in need of vaccinations and other healthcare. Now, the SPCA shelter takes in over 6,000 animals annually and the clinic has been expanded to a full-service medical center.
Thanks to a contribution of eight acres of adjoining property by Reva McClurg, SPCA Florida will continue to expand its Campus of Kindness and its community impact.
How Can You Help?
Each year, compassionate donors enable SPCA Florida to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home thousands of orphaned animals. We also serve over 2,000 pets and people through our community programs and provide affordable veterinary care through our veterinary hospital. As a private 501(3) non-profit, the majority of SPCA Florida’s funding comes from generous donors and business partners like you.
Our organization does not receive state or federal funding and is not associated with the ASPCA or United Way. Your tax-deductible gift will help us to improve the life of a pet in need.
Helping dogs and cats in need is easy. Select from one of the online options below or see Other Ways to Give. You may also donate over the phone (863) 577-4608, mail a check to SPCA Florida, Attention: Philanthropy, 5850 Brannen Road South, Lakeland, FL 33813, or visit the Administrative Office Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM. To schedule an after-hours donation please call (863) 577-4600.
For more information about this great organization, visit their website at https://www.spcaflorida.org/