ASPCA® Awards Much Needed Funds to

the Humane Society of Greater Miami

Thanks to the generosity of the ASPCA ® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), the Humane Society of Greater Miami has received the following grants which will help fulfill our mission in a variety of ways.

  • Second Chance Fund – A grant in the amount of $100,000 per year for the next three years will enable us to expand the scope and impact of our current veterinary care efforts. These funds will be used to treat 120 pets each year, who may have curable but life-threatening medical conditions. Additionally, a small percentage of the funds will be used to assist pet owners in our community who may not able to keep their pets because they can’t afford to treat emergent health conditions.
  • Clinic Expansion Project – $10,000 was awarded to the Humane Society to help pay for an additional surgical suite in the clinic at the Soffer and FineAdoptionCenter in North Miami Beach. This expansion will enable the Clinic to perform double the amount of spay/neuter surgeries per day. The Humane Society is also seeking other funding from donations, other foundations, corporations, etc. to expand the Clinic. Please call 305-749-1817 for more information.
  • Mega Adoption Events – A $10,000 grant has been awarded to the ASPCA’s Miami Partnership, consisting of the Humane Society of Greater Miami, Miami-Dade Animal Services, and The Cat Network, for a 24-hour community wide adoption event. This event took place from Friday, March 30 11:59pm to Saturday, March 31 at TropicalPark where 288 animals found their forever families during that period. Another grant of $9,000 was aworded to the ASPCA’s Miami Partnership for the second 24 hour Mega Adoption event that took place on October 27, 2012 and that gave the opportunity to 438 animals to find their loving, forever home.
  • A Vet Techitian position at the Humane Society of Greater Miami is made possible by the generous founding of the ASPCA.


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Thanks to a grant by the ASPCA, David Shapiro, the shelter manager of the organization, was sent to the Wisconsin Humane Society to learn their best practices and procedures

NORTH MIAMI, FL—May 18, 2012— Thanks to the generosity of a grant sponsored by the ASPCA, David Shapiro, the shelter manager of the Humane Society of Greater Miami, was sent to the Wisconsin Humane Society to observe and learn their day to day operations. The Wisconsin Humane Society, located in Milwaukee, is considered a benchmark in running a successful animal shelter. What impressed him the most was their supreme customer service, detailed organizational processes, successful programs, and upbeat morale of the staff and volunteers.

Cleanliness is next to Godliness in animal shelters.  The Wisconsin Humane Society has innovative ways of reducing cross contamination through use of certain cleaning and disinfecting procedures. The staff at the Humane Society of Greater Miami is being taught how to use these procedures most appropriately. The cleaner the shelter, the healthier the animals.

Shapiro also learned ways to increase adoptions; the Wisconsin Humane Society shared many creative specials and promotions that can easily be implemented. Animal enrichment is another important factor in running a first rate shelter. After the visit, Shapiro hired a person to enhance the time that the animal stays at the shelter through activities that stimulate their senses. With a goal of increasing adoptions 15-25% each year, these ideas will help meet or exceed this goal.

“I see this as a symbiotic relationship where we teach each other the tricks of the trade—and what works best for the care of the animals,” says Shapiro. All in all, the trip gave Shapiro a wider grasp of ideas and best practices that can be immediately implemented that will help benefit day to day operations and, of course, the animals.

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