EQUINE WELFARE NETWORK PROFILE
South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

https://www.spca-sofla.org/




South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
24650 S.W. 170 AVE
Homestead, FL 33031

Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 924008
Homestead, FL 33092


Phone: 305-825-8826  MAKE AN INQUIRY

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EIN: 65-0338657
Founded: 1992

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Profile Last Updated February 22, 2024

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Equine Welfare Network Guardian
2024

The Guardian Seal of Transparency is awarded annually to recognize an organization's commitment to transparency and accountability by their willingness to make comprehensive data about their programs, horse care practices, and governance available for public scrutiny. The Guardian Seal of Transparency is NOT an endorsement.
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Last Updated: March 19, 2024
Martini
Our Equine Ambassador
Martini is a little mare that was rescued in May 2015 from a tragic cruelty case. She was in horrible condition, scared and untrusting of humans. Due to her lack of proper feeding, exercise, interactions and the cruel situation she endured prior to rescue, compounded by her poor confirmation, Martini has never been trained as a riding horse. Martini has been chosen as our Equine Ambassador, because in spite of it all, she has learned to trust humans, love life living like a horse should and she has a sweet nature with a kind soul. Martini participates as one of our equine ambassadors with our volunteer program. She helps educate our volunteers about proper equine care. She is available for adoption as a companion only horse. Unfortunately not being able to ride Martini makes it challenging to find her a suitable adopter, so until that day comes, she continues to live a loved and cared for life at the South Florida SPCA. She would deeply appreciate you sharing your love and support for companion only horses!


MISSION & PROGRAMS

Mission:
The South Florida SPCA mission is to rescue and rehabilitate horses and other livestock in Miami-Dade County and safely rehome them across the country.
     
     Since 1992, the SFSPCA has been the last line of defense for abused and abandoned horses and livestock in Miami-Dade County, Florida. We are the only thing standing between them and starvation, death, and even slaughter. SFSPCA works in cooperation with Miami-Dade Animal Services Department & Miami-Dade Agricultural Police Unit to respond 24/7 to investigate cruelty and abandonment cases, and to seize and care for those victims at our Homestead facility.
     
     SFSPCA is the only organization qualified to rescue, rehabilitate, retrain and re-home horses in Miami-Dade County. The organization educates the public and promotes the humane treatment of equines through its outreach and volunteer programs, website and social media. Additionally SFSPCA attends community events to promote the mission. SFSPCA promotes the welfare of equines through local and national advocacy.

Our organization provides programs involved with equine rescue & adoption
Our organization provides community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses.
Our organization is directly responsible for the care and shelter of equines involved in our programs.
Over 90% of our total programs and services are equine-related.

Our organization does not CURRENTLY use satellite, overflow, foster, and/or outreach facilities.


Summary of organization's recent accomplishments, goals, strategies to achieve the goals, and capabilities to meet the goals, including its long-term plans to sustain its programs:
We identified our Core values as : Gratitude, Accountability, Nobility, Compassion & Excellence
     
     We generated our vision statement: "Fueled by the love of animals, through rescue, community education and an ongoing commitment to funding the mission, our vision is for the South Florida SPCA to be a timeless organization that continues to actively protect horses, livestock, and other non-cat, non-dog animals from suffering, for as long as they need us."
     
     We have the goal to maintain our Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Accreditation, our Global Federation of Sanctuaries Accreditation, our Equus Foundation Guardian status and to maintain our Platinum transparency rating with GuideStar.
     
     We had the goal to start an annual reception fundraiser that would expand our network of donors, create additional awareness and facilitate fundraising. We just completed hosting our 2nd Hearts & Hoofbeats Reception Fundraiser in February 24.
     
     We had the goal to structure a planned giving page within our website, and to set up an investment account that would allow receipt of donations of gifts other than direct "cash" donations. This goal has been accomplished.
     
     We had the goal to pivot our Open House into an income producing event. We have accomplished this while still maintaining no charge to attend and visit our Rescue Ranch.
     
     We have the ongoing goal to explore new and novel ways to raise funds, such as Hearts & Hoofbeats, volunteer created horseshoe crafts, various raffle items, merchandise from our painting horse, such as socks, her custom painted canvases, etc. as well as more events, such as the Phyllis Carpet Tufting and Pottery Gathering.
     
     We established our Annual Meeting in December via Zoom. The meeting is open to the public. We extended the invitation to all. Our CPA reviews our financial status and answers any questions, then the full Board reports on all aspects of the Organization. After all reports are given the meeting is then open for questions from the public.
     
     We had the goal to be more proactive with our outreach and community work. We now have a dedicated volunteer Outreach Coordinator. She has been actively bringing various groups to the South Florida SPCA Rescue Ranch for education, awareness and service projects.
     
     We restructured our volunteer mentor program to create more flexibility in days and times volunteers are allowed at the ranch.
     
     We have expanded our enrichment program for horses in rehabilitation and are including clicker training, positive reinforcement training and even taught one of our horses how to paint. We took a negative behavior, biting, and redirected the horse to holding a paint brush in her mouth. You are sure to see more about Bis Golden Glory. We are using her painting as education on enrichment, positive reinforcement training and merchandising her items for fundraising.
     
     We continue to expand our network of partnerships with other Equine Organizations. This year in support of our EQUUS Foundation Horse Protector Pledge, we took some of the proceeds from Hearts & Hoofbeats, in conjunction with a matching donation by our Vice-President, and donated to Fleet of Angels. Fleet of Angels provides a first line of defense in keeping horses out of rescue.
     
     We have the goal to maintain our partnership with Miami-Dade County Department of Animal Services and the Miami-Dade County Agricultural Police Unit so that we can continue to meet our ongoing goal to respond to every call of horse abuse, abandonment, cruelty, or any other human failing that causes harm to a horse.
     
     We had the goal to secure a grant of funds to upgrade our overall security at the ranch, including our camera monitoring system to a commercial system, more lighting, upgrade our smoke alarm system and to replace our perimeter fencing with a 6' fence with a coyote roller to ensure our animals are safe from any potential predators, human or animal. We left the existing fence in place, so we now have a double, wood and rolled wire perimeter fence line. We were able to secure a grant as a result of our relationship with Miami-Dade County. All of our security upgrades have been completed.
     
     We had the goal to have the entire facility termite tented, which we accomplished.
     
     We had the goal to hire and maintain a full time Executive Director which we have accomplished.
     
     We have the ongoing goal to continue to pursue individually appropriate homes for each horse that enters our rescue, be it retirement or adoption.

Please describe what steps your organization takes to ensure that:
1) the interactions between your equines and people are mutually beneficial and conducted in accordance with the Guidelines for Human-Equine Interactions stated below;
2) all equines in the care of our organization and/or equines that participate in the organization's program have access to clean drinking water at all times; nutritious food in sufficient quantity, including natural forage such as pasture grass and/or hay; appropriate veterinary, farrier, and dental care; shelter and protection from the weather; sufficient safe space to move around comfortably on a daily basis; and daily opportunity to freely interact and have contact with other equines.
     1) Our equines only interact with our volunteers for the purposes of grooming and hand grazing. Any of our equines that are deemed inappropriate for volunteers to handle, or are infirm, or otherwise would experience any negative consequences from being handled by our volunteers, are only handled by trained members of staff. As it relates to enrichment and clicker training, that is overseen and administered by our professional trainer.
     
     2) All horse stalls, pastures and paddocks have automatic waterers that are cleaned daily. We have a back-up generator that is properly started and maintained to ensure access to water is always available. Each horse, unless it is against veterinary advice, is given daily turn out time with other horses. Generally, due to extremely hot weather conditions, horses are in stalls under fans during the day, and out overnight. All paddocks and pastures have shelters from the elements as well as plenty of space for a buck, fart and some zoomies.
     
     Horses are always provided feed morning and evening, and hay morning, evening and throughout the day as appropriate or needed. Every horse is given a dental exam upon arrival and then a minimum of annually, unless on an individual basis more frequently is indicated. We feed Purina Feed and Alfalfa hay. We clean our hay container routinely and rotate hay positions within the container to ensure the highest freshness. All unopened feed is kept on pallets and open feed is kept in waterproof pestilence proof containers. Feed containers are rotated and cleaned so ensure feed is feed in proper sequence of being opened and to verify that it is free of mold or foreign objects.


Equine Transition Services:
Overview of our programs involved with rescue, rehabilitation, retraining, re-homing and/or retirement:
     South Florida SPCA Horse Rescue (SFSPCA) is a rescue organization working in cooperation with local law enforcement to retrieve or seize horses and livestock that are stray/abandoned or abused/neglected in Miami-Dade County, Florida.
     
     All horses are placed in designated quarantine areas upon arrival for a minimum of 21 days, and are given veterinary and farrier care immediately upon arrival or shortly thereafter. After the quarantine period, horses are evaluated by our Equine Case Review Committee and placed in rehabilitation or retraining based on their physical condition and disposition.
     
     Horses being considered for retraining are given lameness assessments (as needed) to determine soundness. Other factors, such as their general health, body condition score, riding history (if known), and temperament are taken into consideration. This determines which level of retraining is appropriate, e.g., ground work/stable manners, round penning, or under saddle. Once retraining begins, logs are kept to monitor and document each horse‚Äôs progress. Photos and videos are taken of horses in retraining as well. SFSPCA's Equine Case Review Committee meets once per month to discuss horses' status, training, medical needs, etc.
     
     Once deemed in good health and trained to an acceptable level, horses are adopted out to those who have met the high criteria we set for adoption. Prospective adopters complete a detailed adoption application and are interviewed and evaluated on the ground and in the saddle by our Adoption Committee. We place horses of retirement age, pending available space, with Retirement Home for Horses at Mill Creek, in Alachua, Florida. When horses are placed with the RHFH they are owner transfers.
     
     When health, injury, or incapacity make it impossible for a horse to be sustained further, a program of humane euthanasia is performed by our veterinarian, with great reluctance and proper consideration for the animal.

Community Outreach and/or Public Education:
Overview of our programs involved with providing community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses:
     We host on-site informational and advocacy programs to educate young people on all aspects of horse care, ownership and humane treatment. Our staff and volunteers also attend community events in order to connect with the public and educate them about responsible equine ownership care and animal welfare. When invited we also provide speakers for Animal Welfare symposiums.

Research/Medical Use of Equines:
Our organization has never made, and would not ever consider making, equines available for research studies or medical training that involves invasive procedures and/or that which may cause pain or suffering to the equine. 

Religious Affiliation:
Our organization does not promote religious education, religious purposes, or a specific religious faith or use donations for religious education or religious purposes; require participants to be of a certain faith; require participation in religious, instruction, activities or services; or require participation in prayer, worship, religious instruction or other religious activities as a condition of receiving social or secular services offered. 

Auction Donation:
Our organization has never allowed, or would not consider allowing, an equine to be sold, transferred, released, or otherwise placed into possession of any person or organization that would cause or allow the equine to be sold at auction for slaughter. 

Our Programs/Activities that are not equine-related and/or involving animals other than equines:
 SFSPCA is primarily a horse rescue, however we are contracted by Miami-Dade County to rescue large farm animals/livestock as well.

EQUINE CENSUS SUMMARY

Total Facilities: 1
Total days that equines were in the care of South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals during 2023: 7211
Average length of stay for an equine based on equines under the care of the organization during 2023: 172 days (7211/42)
Average number of equines during 2023: 20 (7211/365)


20 Total number of horses involved with your programs on January 1, 2023
PLUS: Horse Intake during 2023
5 Donated
0 Lease
0 Purchase from Owner
0 Auction
0 Kill Pen/Feedlot
3 Surrendered
2 Seized
8 Abandoned
4 Returned
0 Transfer
0 Born at facility
0 Adoption from Rescue
0 Owner Owned
22 Total intakes
LESS: Horse Departure during 2023
12 Horses adopted/sold:
7 Horses transferred/returned
0 Horses deceased
2 Horses euthanized
21 Total departures
21 Number of horses involved with your programs on December 31, 2023
21 Total number of active horses (not retired) including
horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
0 Total number of horses permanently retired.

Summary: 20 on 1/1/2023+ 22 Intakes - Departures = 21 on 12/31/2023 Adoption Rate: 28.57%



POLICIES: ACQUISITION


Our organization acquires horses/equines from the following source(s):
    Return  
    Surrender  
    Seizure  
    Abandonment  

Our organization does not acquire horses/equines from the following source(s):
    Donation  
    Lease  
    Purchase from Owner  
    Auction  
    Kill pen/Feedlot  

Our organization will accept the following:
    Geldings
    Mares
    Pregnant Mares
    Foals
    Stallions
    Only Stallions to be castrated

Additional information about our acquisition policies and practices:
SFSPCA works in cooperation with Miami-Dade Animal Services Department and the Miami- Dade County Agricultural Police to respond 24/7 to local law enforcement to investigate cruelty and abandonment cases, and to seize and care for those victims at its Homestead facility. All stallions are gelded once they are deemed healthy enough for the procedure.
     
     The only horses we accept as "donated" (by your definition) are Thoroughbreds from The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, who come directly from their trainers or owners.


POLICIES: INTAKE, ASSESSMENT & TRAININING

Prior to a horse being accepted and/or arriving at the facility, the organization requires the following with respect to the health status of the horse:
    If health records are not available or are out-of-date, our veterinarian will administer appropriate vaccinations
Not Checked:
    A current Coggins
    Vaccination records that have been administered within the last 12 months
    If health records are not available or are out-of-date, the owner is responsible for having vaccinations administered.
    A health certificate signed by a veterinarian and dated no more than seven days prior to arrival is provided to our organization either prior to or upon arrival of the equine attesting to the health status of the equine

Prior to a horse being accepted and/or arriving at the facility, the organization has the following policies in place:
    Equines are not taken on trial
Not Checked:
    The owner of a potential equine is interviewed over the phone or in person prior to seeing the equine
    The equine is evaluated at its place of residence
    The owner completes an application/contract which constitutes the agreement between the owner and our organization
    The owner is financially responsible for the shipping of the equine to and from the organization

Following arrival of the equine at the facility, the following is performed:
    A Henneke Body Conditioning Score or other body conditioning score is assigned
    Physical examination by trained barn staff
    Photographs are taken of each equine upon arrival at the facility and kept with the equine's health records
    Physical examination by a farrier
    Physical examination by a dentist
    Coggins test
    Blood work other than Coggins
    Fecal test
    Vaccinations
    De-worming
    The equine is scanned to check for a microchip
    The equine is microchipped if the scan indicates that there is no microchip
Not Checked:
    Physical examination by a veterinarian upon arrival

Upon intake, the organization has the following quarantine policy in place:
    The equine is confined to a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine at the facility for a prescribed period of time
Not Checked:
    The equine is confined to a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine off-site for a prescribed period of time
    The equine is not quarantined

The typical length of quarantine is:   20 to 30 days

Horses are assessed for following skills and behaviors:
    Retrieval from a pasture/paddock
    Leading with a halter and lead rope
    Temperament, disposition and attitude, such as rated from very calm to very high spirited
    Saddling
    Bridling
    Lunging
    Loading onto and unloading off a trailer
    Mounting and dismounting
    Riding at the walk
    Riding at the trot
    Riding at the canter
    Riding by a beginner and/or unbalanced rider
    Tolerance to unusual objects and loud noises
    Known vices, i.e., cribbing, biting, kicking, weaving, stall walking, etc
    Grooming
    Bathing
    Clipping
    Tolerance to multiple handlers at the same time
Not Checked:
    Jumping
    Driving (Pulling a carriage)

Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to the ongoing assessment of horses in its care:
    Physical examination by a veterinarian at least annually
    The Henneke Body Condition score or other body conditioning score is updated at least annually
    Photographs are taken of each equine annually and kept with the equine's health records
    Equines at our facility may be treated by an equine chiropractor
    Equines at our facility may be treated by an equine acupuncturist
    Equines at our facility may be treated by an equine massage therapist
    Equines at our facility may be treated by an equine nutritionist
Not Checked:
    Photographs are taken of each equine monthly and kept with the equine's health records
    
    
Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to the weight-carrying or workload capabilities of horses/equines that are ridden in our care:
    Our organization evaluates at least annually and maintains a written record of the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine that is ridden
Not Checked:
    Our organization does not evaluate the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine that is ridden
    No equines are ridden; not applicable

The following variables are considered in determining the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine that is ridden:
    Equine age, weight, breed, body condition, fitness, balance, health and soundness
    Equine conformation to include the top line, length of back, strength and width of loin, bone density (measured by the circumference of the cannon bone just below the knee)
    Size, shape, condition and angle of the hooves
    Participant weight, height, body proportions, balance, fitness and riding skills as well as behavioral issues and safety concerns
    Weight and proper fit of the saddle and other equipment
    Duration and frequency of working sessions, as the frequency with which an equine is subjected to maximum weight carrying and/or workload
    Nature and pace of work, repetitive or varied, radius of turns, degree of incline and regularity of footing when equine is subject to maximum weight-carrying capacity
    Temperature and/or weather conditions
Not Checked:
    Terrain and footing in the working environment
    Seasonal impact on the equines' workload and weight-carrying capabilities and limitations
    Our organization does not evaluate the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine that is ridden
    No equines are ridden; not applicable


Horses provided formal training (groundwork or riding):   As needed; no set schedule

Additional information about our intake, assessment & training policies and practices:
It's extremely rare for us to receive health records for our rescued horses. Generally, all intakes are immediately de-wormed, vaccinated and a coggins pulled. If pregnancy is suspected, we order a pregnancy panel.
     
     Regarding the requirement for veterinary exams on arrival, not all equines receive a veterinary exam on arrival. If we have the intake of a rescue, we do have a veterinary assessment at intake as soon as the veterinary scheduling allows. However, having said that, we do receive returned horses, or horses that have been found at large in good shape, or Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance horses, that would not require an immediate veterinary assessment. Additionally, sometimes an intake requires emergency medical treatment, in which case we may have to seek an alternative Equine Veterinarian who is readily available to attend to the horse's immediate need.
     
     Generally we provide training 3 times a week for each horse that is in the retraining process. What the training consist of is determined by our trainer and suited specifically for the individual horse. We have added clicker training and enrichment to our rehabilitation process and to enhance our behavior training.


POLICIES: BREEDING

The organization has the following policies related to breeding and stallions:
    Our main facility where our organization conducts its programs does NOT breed equines.
Not Checked:
    One or more of the facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, breeds equines
    One or more of the facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, are permitted to house stallions


POLICIES: EUTHANASIA

The organization has the following policies related to euthanasia:
    Our organization will never have an equine euthanized for space
    Our organization will have an equine euthanized upon the recommendation of the veterinarian if the equine is a threat to itself, other equines, or people
    Our organization will have an equine euthanized upon the recommendation of the veterinarian after all reasonable treatment options have been explored
    Euthanasia is done on site when possible to decrease trauma from transport
    Disposal of the carcass is handled within 24 hours
Not Checked:
    Our organization will never have an equine euthanized under any circumstances
    Euthanasia is done at the veterinarian's facility

The following are authorized to administer the procedure for your organization in accordance with state laws:
    Veterinarian
Not Checked:
    A certified euthanasia technician
    Senior staff with appropriate training
    Employee of animal control shelter or humane society with appropriate training
    Veterinary student under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian
    Not applicable. Our organization prohibits euthanasia under any circumstances


POLICIES: RE-HOMING

View Re-homing Agreement
Our organization has the following re-homing (adoption/purchase) policies and procedures in place:
    All potential adopters/purchasers complete a written contract which constitutes the agreement between our organization and the new owner
    Our organization will only re-home an equine to a location where another equine resides
    Potential adopters/purchasers must visit our organization and be observed with the equine on site
    The distance of a potential adopter/purchaser's home from our facility is a consideration for when re-homing an equine
Not Checked:
    Our organization does NOT re-home an equine to first time equine owners
    Our organization conducts a site visit of the adopter/purchaser's facility before the transfer of the equine to the adopter/purchaser's facility
    Potential adopters/purchasers are encouraged to do a short-term, on-site foster with the equine
    Adopters/purchasers are NOT required to provide updates

Our organization has the following policies and procedures related to horses that need to be retired, are no longer able to contribute to the mission of the organization, and/or are no longer manageable:
    Equines may be found suitable homes by our organization
    In the case an equine is unmanageable and demonstrates repeated dangerous behaviors, the equine may be euthanized upon the recommendation of the veterinarian
    In the case an equine is unsound and/or unhealthy and cannot be treated to relieve suffering, the equine may be euthanized upon the recommendation of the veterinarian
Not Checked:
    Equines may remain at our organization for their lifetimes
    Equines may be returned to their owners
    Equines may be sent to auction
    If a suitable home cannot be located within 12 months, the equine may be euthanized
    The organization will accept financial responsibility for equines in the current care of the organization that need to be retired or are no longer able to contribute to the mission of the organization if all alternatives have been explored to find the equine an appropriate placement and space is not available for the equine to remain at the organization.

The uploaded Re-homing agreement includes the following re-homing (adoption/purchase) statements:
    The agreement reflects that any individual or organization in possession of the equine as of the date of the agreement and any time thereafter is bound to not sell the equine at auction for slaughter or allow the equine to be sold, transferred, released, or otherwise placed into possession of any person or organization that will cause or allow the equine to be sold at auction for slaughter.
    The agreement states that should the adopter decide to re-home the equine, our organization must grant approval of any individual or organization intending to take possession of the equine for any reason prior to the equine being placed into the possession of such individual or organization, including being provided written notification of the name, address, and telephone number of any individual or organization intending to take possession of the equine for any reason.
    The agreement states that re-homed equines cannot be bred
    The agreement states that if there is any breach of contract the equine must be returned to our organization
    The agreement states that our organization reserves the right to make unannounced visits
    The agreement states that our organization reserves the right to make scheduled visits
Not Checked:
    The agreement states that should the adopter decide to re-home the equine, our organization must be notified of the name, address, and telephone number of any individual or organization intending to take possession of the equine for any reason prior to the equine being placed into the possession of such individual or organization.
    The agreement states that the re-homed equine CANNOT be sold, adopted, transferred, auctioned, released, given away, or otherwise placed into the possession of another individual or organization under any circumstances and must be returned to our organization should the adopter decide that he/she is no longer able, or no longer wishes, to care for the equine.
    The agreement states that the terms of our organization's agreement will be binding on any future individual or organization taking and/or in possession of the equine for any reason.
    The agreement states that adopters/purchasers can return an equine to our organization free of charge
    The agreement states that adopters/purchasers can return an equine to our organization for a fee
    The agreement states that adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for one year
    The agreement states that adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for two years
    The agreement states that adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for three or more years
    None of the statements are included.
    The organization does not re-home equines under any circumstances; our organization retains custody of our equines and ensures care of the equines for their lifetimes.
    Our organization does not have the authority to transfer ownership and/or does not own any of the equines involved with our programs.

Our organization requires references from the following:
    Veterinarian
    Farrier
    Personal/Other
Not Checked:
    Not applicable or no references required.

Transfer of ownership occurs:   Immediately (at the time of adoption/purchase) or less than one year

The average equine re-homing (adoption/purchase) fee received by your organization:
$751 to $1,000

Additional information about our rehoming policies and practices:
At the advice of legal council, SFSPCA transfers ownership of horses at time of adoption, but thought the adoption agreement retains control of specific items, as listed, contractually.

EQUINE CARE & SHELTER/FACILITY INFORMATION

Total facilities at which our organization cares for and shelters horses used in our programs: 1
Our organization does not CURRENTLY use satellite, overflow, foster, and/or outreach facilities.



South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Horse Rescue
Contact: Christine Septer
Contact's Phone: 786-786-5874
Contact's Email: Chris@helpthehorses.org
Currently operational
Total number of horses/equines currently involved with your programs, under your care, and/or owned by your organization at this facility: 23
Total number of horses at this facility INCLUDING those counted above: 23
Maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 80

Does your organization own, lease or use a part of this facility? Own

Provide the contact information for the individual or organization responsible for investigating abuse in the county where the facility is located, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
     Miami Dade Animal Services (MDAS) Annette Jose, Director 3599 NW 79 Avenue, Doral, FL 33122 Annette.jose@miamidade.gov 305-418-7151

Does your organization conduct Equine Assisted Services (EAS) at this facility in accordance with the EQUUS Foundation Guidelines on Qualifications of Organizations Conducting Equine Assisted Services (EAS)? No


South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Horse Rescue

Veterinarian Information
Veterinarian: Dr. Nate Heidbrink
Clinic Name: Scott Equine Services
1909 S.E. 4th Ave
Fort Lauderdale   FL   33316
Phone: 954-252-9744


Overview: South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Horse Rescue (*Main)
Total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 8
Our organization has use of the following at this facility:
Structures/Barns: 3  Run-in sheds: 29
Pastures: 2  Paddocks/Pens/Turnout Areas: 6
Uncovered Outdoor Rings: 1  Covered Outdoor Rings: 0  Indoor Rings: 0
































Regarding structures at this facility where horses are stalled:
Do horses have assigned stalls in the structure(s)?    Yes    
Do all stalls/enclosures allow horses to lie down, stand up and turn around?    Yes    
Is there adequate ceiling & beam height (a minimum of 12 feet above the tip of the horse's ear) when standing in all stalls/enclosures?    Yes    
How often are the stalls/enclosures cleaned? 6-7 Days a Week
Are floors constructed and maintained for both good drainage and traction?    Yes    
Is there a ventilation and circulation system in place to control temperature and prevent buildup of toxic gases?    Yes    
Is wiring inaccessible to horses and maintained for safety?    Yes    
Are fire prevention/protection measures (fire alarms, extinguishers and sprinkler systems) maintained and in good working order?     Yes    
Is there adequate lighting to ensure safety in all areas of facility?     Yes    
Are emergency contacts, including veterinarian contact information, conspicuously posted in easily accessible locations?    Yes    
Are human and equine first aid kits easily accessible?     Yes    

How many hours per day, on average, are horses stalled? 4-8
How many hours per day, on average, are horses turned out:
    Equines are out 9 to 15 hours per day

The following describes the pastures at this facility:
    A dedicated staff person(s) is responsible for pasture management
    All pastures are fenced to prevent escape or injury
    Fencing checks, such as broken or missing planks, loose fence posts, exposed or loose nails, detached wires, etc., are done regularly
    Pastures have natural protection for equines (i.e., trees)
    Pastures have man-made protection for equines (i.e., shelters)
Not Checked:
    This facility does not have pastures where equines can graze on pasture grass
    This facility has a written plan in place for pasture management, which includes guidelines for seeding, fertilizing, irrigation, mowing, dragging, harrowing, manure removal, removal of debris, the control of poisonous plants, and a schedule for cleaning
    Barbed wire is used for fencing
    Electric fencing is used; electric wires or tape fence are visibly marked
    Pastures are rotated

The following describes the turnout areas other than pastures at this facility:
    A dedicated staff person(s) is responsible for the maintenance of turnout areas
    All turnout areas are fenced to prevent escape or injury
    Turnout areas have man-made protection for equines (i.e., shelters)
    Fencing checks, such as broken or missing planks, loose fence posts, exposed or loose nails, detached wires, etc., are done regularly
Not Checked:
    This facility does not have turnout areas
    This facility has a written plan in place for the maintenance of turnout areas, which includes a schedule for cleaning, manure removal, and dragging
    Barbed wire is used for fencing
    Electric fencing is used; electric wires or tape fence are visibly marked

The following policies and procedures are in place at the facility to restrict public access and to keep horses safe:
    The property owner, staff member or caretaker lives on the premises and ensures that public access is restricted and is responsible for the security of the facility and equines
    Equines are checked overnight
    No Trespassing signs are posted
    Hold Harmless signs are posted
    Authorized Personnel Only signs are posted
    Entrance gates are locked at night
    Visitors are only permitted at specific times
    Visitors are only permitted in specific areas
    The property is fitted with motion lights
    The property is fitted with a security system that is monitored internally by staff (or the property owner)
    The perimeter of the property is fully fenced
Not Checked:
    A security guard is present at night
    By Appointment Only signs are posted.
    The property is fitted with a security system monitored by police or a professional service

Equine Care/Emergency Preparedness: South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Horse Rescue (*Main) 2024 and 2023 This section is required.

Horse Health Care/Barn Management Records: What system is used to collect and store health/horse care records?
    Onsite computer with cloud-based backup storage system
    Our organization utilizes a software application to maintain records

The following items are consistent with our feed management plan and practices:
    Equines are provided with individualized feeding plans, including supplements, according to age and any health issues
    Feed plans are determined in consultation with a veterinarian
    Supplement plans are determined in consultation with a veterinarian
    Equines are fed in individual stalls
    Staff and volunteers are trained in proper feed measurements and protocols and observed periodically to ensure they are feeding correctly
    The feed chart is centrally located and updated as needed
    The area(s) where hay, feed, grain, and supplements are stored are kept clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals in rodent-proof and mold-proof containers and grain bins
    Feed, supplements and hay types are clearly labeled
    Water sources, i.e., buckets, troughs, automatic waterers, etc. are kept clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals
    Medications are kept in a locked, climate-controlled area
Not Checked:
    Equines are fed in groups

Do horses have access to clean drinking water at all times?     Yes    

Hoof Care: How often is hoof care provided for each equine? Every 4-8 weeks and when an issue arises

Dental Care: How often is dental care provided for each equine? Annually and when an issue arises

Horse checks: How often are equines visually and physically checked by personnel at the facility? Every day or 6 days a week


Parasite Control: Our organization has the following worming protocols in place: (Check all that apply
    The protocol for each equine is determined in consultation with a veterinarian
    A de-wormer is used without fecal testing

Fly/Insect Control: What remedies are used to control flies and insects?
    Fly parasites
    Fly Traps and Tapes
    Fly Spray Repellent
    Fly Masks
    Fans

The following represent the biosecurity practices in place at facility:
    Our organization follows the biosecurity guidelines of our veterinarian
    Sick, affected and/or quarantined equines do not have contact with other equines or other animals
    The organization has a written biosecurity plan
    All staff are trained in best practices related to biosecurity
    All volunteers are trained in best practices related to biosecurity
    A specific individual is assigned to care for sick, affected and/or quarantined equines
    Sick, affected and/or quarantined equines are cared for last if the caretaker must also care for healthy equines
    Restricted access signs are posted at primary points of access to sick, affected and/or quarantined equines
    Hand sanitizers and footbaths are available at all primary points of access to sick, affected and/or quarantined equines
    Trailers/vans used by sick, affected and/or quarantined equines are cleaned and disinfected after each use and cleaning takes place away from where equines are sheltered
    Equipment used by sick, affected and/or quarantined equines is not shared and is clearly labeled
    Equipment used by sick, affected and/or quarantined equines is cleaned of organic debris and disinfected after each use
    Latex gloves are worn when working with sick, affected and/or quarantined equines
    Personnel are required to leave the facility (or shower and change clothing) after working with quarantined equines
Not Checked:
    Our organization follows the AAEP's Biosecurity Guidelines and/or the UC Davis Biosecurity Guidelines
    Manure and bedding from sick, affected and/or quarantined equines is disposed of in specific areas designated for infectious materials - not put in open air piles, and not spread on pastures
    Stalls, aisle ways, and common areas are disinfected after conclusion of the quarantine
    Equines are not quarantined on arrival.

The following represent the manure removal practices in place at facility:
    Manure is piled in an area where equines are not located
    Manure is hauled, sold or given away
    Manure piles are composted or spread on pastures
Not Checked:
    Manure is stored in dumpster(s)
    Manure piles are covered
    Our organization adheres to the manure management guidelines set by state and/or local authorities

The following steps are taken to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property:
    Equines are assigned the same stall/location each day
    Name plates are located on the stall
    Equines wear halters with nametags
    Equine photos and profiles are available on the website
    Staff/volunteers are provided training on conformation, markings, colors, and breeds
    Team leaders work with new staff/volunteers until they are able to identify the equines
Not Checked:
    Photos are located on the stall
    A notebook or binder with photos and information on each equine is easily accessible
    A map/diagram is posted showing the location of each equine with equine names and photos
    Staff and volunteers are provided with an information packet with equine profiles, including photos and detailed descriptions

Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to tack, apparel and equipment:
    Saddles are shared
    Saddle pads are shared
    Bridles are shared
    Bits are shared
    Blankets are shared
    Blankets, sheets and turn out apparel are fitted and utilized for each equine appropriate to the equine's needs and the weather conditions
    Blankets, sheets and turn out apparel are cleaned regularly as needed
    Tack is cleaned only when needed
    Tack is inspected for overall working condition before each use by trained personnel
    Tack is assessed for fit before each use by trained personnel
    Tack is assessed for fit by trained personnel when an equine's body condition changes
    Tack is assessed for fit by trained personnel when an equine's disposition changes
    Assigned tack is clearly labeled
    Helmets are shared
    Helmets are replaced after a fall
Not Checked:
     All equines have specifically assigned tack, apparel and equipment that is not shared
    Sheets are shared
    Turnout apparel is shared
     Halters are shared
    Tack is cleaned after each use
    Tack is cleaned weekly
    This facility enlists the services of a professional saddle fitter at least once a year
    Tack is stored in a climate-controlled location
    Helmets are cleaned/disinfected after each use
    Helmets are replaced at least every five years.
    No equines are ridden; not applicable.

Emergency Preparedness: South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Horse Rescue: *Main This section is required.
The following plans, policies, and procedures are in place at the facility to handle emergencies and address weather related issues, fire safety procedures, and/or any additional hazardous scenarios the facility could potentially experience:
    Emergency phone numbers are posted prominently
    The facility owns or has access to a generator
    The facility maintains at least two weeks of hay, feed, shavings and medications
    The facility collects and maintains medical information from staff, volunteers, and clients
    The facility maintains appropriate liability and/or workers' compensation insurance
    All staff/volunteers are briefed regularly on emergency preparedness/safety procedures
    The organization has a written emergency preparedness/safety plan (EPP)
Not Checked:
    Emergency procedures are posted prominently
The written EPP addresses the following areas:
    Local fire department and/or the state's emergency planning department procedures
    Medical emergencies for clients, staff, and volunteers
    Medical emergencies for equines
    Evacuation plans
    Power outages
    Fire
    Natural Disasters - thunderstorm, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, etc
    Protocols to notify emergency personnel
    Building/facility exit plans
Not Checked:
    Terrorist attacks


The facility follows the specific procedures to help PREVENT emergency situations:
    Smoking is strictly prohibited
    NO SMOKING signs are posted prominently
    Hay is stored away from permanent or temporary structures where equines are stalled
    Permanent or temporary structures where equines are stalled are kept free of dust, cobwebs, trash, cleaning rags, and other flammable items
    Aisles and doorways are kept clear
Not Checked:
    Heaters with automatic shutoff settings are used

How often are the following checked or performed?
Fire Extinguishers are checked: Annually
Smoke detectors are checked: Semi-annually
Electrical Systems are checked: Semi-annually
Fence lines are checked: Daily
Turnout Areas are checked: Daily
Sprinkler systems are checked: Not at all/NA
Fire drills are conducted: Not at all/NA
Review of safety protocols with staff are conducted: Quarterly
Review of safety protocols with volunteers are conducted: Monthly
The Emergency Preparedness Plan is reviewed and updated: Semi-annually

Equine Transportation
2-horse van/trailer with truck:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  2 Access offsite;
3-horse van/trailer with truck:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  0 Access offsite;
4-horse van/trailer with truck:
    1 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  1 Access offsite;
6-horse van/trailer with truck:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  0 Access offsite;
8-horse van/trailer with truck:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  1 Access offsite;
10-horse van/trailer with truck:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  0 Access offsite;


GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & FINANCIAL REPORTING

Financial Reporting
Budget:  
$500K to $1M
Equine Budget:   $250K to $500K
Month Fiscal Year Ends: 12
Type of Financial Reporting (Audit, Review, Compilation): Review
Type of IRS Filing (990, 990-EZ, 990-N): 990

Does the uploaded Pro Forma 990/990 represent ? No
View The IRS Form 990/Pro Forma 990


Governing Body:
Board meetings per year:  12
Number of Board Members:  6  Number of Voting Board Members:  6

Board Compensation:
Is the Board Chair compensated?  No  Is the Treasurer compensated?  No
Are there any other Voting Board Members that are compensated?  No

Board/Staff Relationships:
Are any members of the Board, Staff or Program Participants related to each other through family or business relationships? No

Board Affiliations:
Are any Board members providing services to your organization or compensated by your organization, or are any Board members or staff members associated with and/or compensated by another organization with a relationship or business affiliation to your organization? No

Conflict of Interest:
Does your organization have a written conflict of interest policy that ensures that any compensated board member is a NON-VOTING (Independent) board member or that any compensated board member or any board member related to a compensated staff member, independent contractor, or any related board members, or any individual or organization that might benefit from a board decision, abstains from voting on issues impacting such compensation and requires officers, directors or trustees, and key employees to disclose at least annually in writing interests that could give rise to conflicts?  Yes


Compliance:
Below is a list all local, state and federal licenses held by the organization, and/or accreditations or compliances with the published standards of an accrediting organization, if applicable:  Accredited: Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries
     Accredited: 2023-2024 Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance
     
     License to solicit- State of Florida- CH961- Exp,. April 2024

Organization documents available on our website:
    Most recent Financials
    Most recent IRS Form 990
    Adoption/Foster Agreement

Organization documents available on request:
    Most recent Financials
    Most recent IRS Form 990
    Equine Intake Guidelines
    Adoption/Foster Agreement
    Volunteer Handbook
    Staff Handbook
    Bylaws


Staff & Volunteers:
Chief Staff Officer (CSO):  Christine Septer, Executive Director
Employees/Independent Contractors:   Full-Time:  6  Part-Time:  1  Volunteers:  50
Staff Recruitment, Screening and Training processes including employees and independent contractors:
    Prospective staff/independent contractors complete a written application/agreement
    Our organization has a practice in place to ensure that the organization has sufficient knowledge of the background of prospective staff and independent contractors that may impact the safety of your clients and your horses, such as whether prospective staff/independent contractors serving in the capacity as staff have been convicted of a sexual offense or convicted for animal cruelty or neglect. Such practices must comply with local, state, and federal mandates.
    Staff and/or contractors are required to complete a Liability Release/Hold Harmless Agreement
    Staff and/or contractors are required to provide Emergency Medical Information
    Staff and/or contractors are required to sign a Photo Release
    Prospective staff/independent contractors are required to undergo a Background Check
    Staff and/or contractors have a written job description
    Staff and/or contractors are evaluated on an annual and as needed basis or with any change in their job description
    Staff and/or contractors are updated on all the organization's policies and procedures on an annual and as needed basis or with any change in policy or procedure
    Staff and/or contractors receive training that includes safety guidelines, confidentiality, equine handling, equine identification, and emergency procedures; additional training is job specific
    Staff and/or contractors have a supervisor and is responsible for keeping their supervisor up to date on work related activities
    The organization provides a handbook to every member of the staff, including employees and/or independent contractors serving in staff positions;
    The handbook includes information, such as hours of work, vacation, sick leave, dress code, cell phone usage, and the protocol for dismissal
    The handbook is reviewed annually and updated
    One or more staff members or contractors are trained in CPR and human first aid
    One or more staff members or contractors are trained in equine first aid
    Staff and/or contractors are subject to Random Drug Screening
Not Checked:
    Staff and/or contractors provide parent/guardian information if applicable
    Staff and/or contractors carry current health insurance

Volunteer Recruitment, Screening and Training processes:
    Every volunteer is required to complete a Liability Release/Hold Harmless Agreement
    Every volunteer is required to provide Emergency Medical Information
    Every volunteer is required to sign a Photo Release
    Every volunteer provides parent/guardian information if applicable
    Every volunteer is updated on all the organization's policies and procedures on an annual and as needed basis or with any change in policy or procedure
    Every volunteer receives training that includes safety guidelines, confidentiality, equine handling, equine identification, and emergency procedures; additional training is job specific
    Every volunteer is assigned a supervisor (staff member and/or senior volunteer) and is responsible for keeping their supervisor up to date on work related activities
    The supervisor assesses the volunteer's abilities and assigns specific duties to the volunteer based on their skills
    The organization records and maintains written attendance information and hours on every volunteer
    The organization provides a Volunteer Handbook to every volunteer
    The Volunteer Handbook includes volunteer-related information, such as hours of work, dress code, cell phone usage, and the protocol for dismissal
    The Volunteer Handbook is reviewed annually and updated
    The organization holds regular orientation sessions for volunteers and prospective volunteers that includes an overview of the organization, its mission, activities, volunteer responsibilities and expectations, safety guidelines, and a tour of the facility
Not Checked:
    Prospective volunteers complete a written application/agreement
    Our organization has a practice in place to ensure that the organization has sufficient knowledge of the background of prospective volunteers that may impact the safety of your clients and your horses, such as whether prospective volunteers have been convicted of a sexual offense or convicted for animal cruelty or neglect. Such practices must comply with local, state, and federal mandates.
    Prospective volunteers are required to undergo a Background Check
    Every volunteer carries current health insurance
    Every volunteer has a written job description
    Every volunteer is evaluated on an annual and as needed basis or with any change in their job description
    Every volunteer is subject to Random Drug Screening

Additional explanation regarding governance, staffing and volunteer practices or further explanation of the answers above.
Rather than print an annual report, we now host an annual Zoom Annual Year End meeting that is open to all public.

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