South Florida SPCA Ranch Roundup
MARCH 2017
Meet Lola, Lucille, Penny & JJ

Our first rescue of the year was our little Lola on January 5, a malnourished stray. As you can see she has completely transformed! CLICK HERE to visit her adoption page.

We rescued elderly mare Lucille on January 20, found emaciated and abandoned in NW Miami Dade's infamous C-9 Basin. She's getting a lot of extra TLC, like massages from volunteers as shown in the photo, and so much more. Her rehabilitation is slow but steady. CLICK HERE to learn more about Lucille.

Saved from the streets: We rescued Paso Fino stallion JJ (left) and mare Penny (right) earlier this month, which were running loose in the roads of Southwest Miami Dade. If they aren't claimed by an owner, JJ will be gelded after his quarantine period ends, and both will be made available for adoption.
Forever Homes Found!

Love, a beautiful Paso Fino mare, with her adopter Suzana (left), and Libby, a Tennessee Walker, with new mom Ingrid (right).

Pi, a flashy Arabian/Quarter Horse cross with his new family (left), and Grey, a handsome Quarter Horse with adopter and SFSPCA employee Suzy (right). 

Milo, an Arabian cross gelding at the site of his rescue (left); fully rehabilitated and getting to know his adopter, Deirdre (right).

Also adopted were Bonnie and Clay, as well as Miles and Ruthie who were adopted together! 

To view our adoptable horses on our website, CLICK HERE.

Born at our ranch on July 22, 2013, Bachelor is a stunning Paso Fino gelding.  He is a ranch favorite with his sweet nature and engaging personality.  Bachelor was started under saddle in August 2015.   CLICK HERE for more info, photos and video of him on our website. 

Volunteer Hours
Saturdays, 1:00 to 5:30pm &  Sundays, 8:30am to 1:00pm
Other days can be arranged by contacting Dio Benitez at 954-829-3338 or

Upcoming Volunteer Orientation Class
Saturday, April 8, 9:30am to 1:00pm
Open to current SFSPCA Members only, contact Dio to reserve your spot.


Member Visitation
Have you visited the ranch lately? As a member, you may come and meet the rescues and tour the facility. Simply email Tanya Rocha at to make an appointment. Not a member? 

Pictured L-R: Members and volunteers Julie Wieliczko and Mary Maggio with Winter Alban. As a Signature Member, Mary had the honor of naming Winter. Cameo by Oliver the pig.
Mango's Tropical Cafe
We are incredibly grateful for Mango's Tropical Cafe's generous monthly donations and regular event sponsorships for over three years. We are also humbled by president and CEO David Wallack's very kind words:   "My visit to South Florida SPCA showed me the incredible dedication and caring by amazing people to such vulnerable, magnificent animals. I was so moved by that, that it became important for Mango's Tropical Cafe to be supportive of such esteemed work."   Thank you, David and Mango's!!!

Students Get Hands-on Experience at SFSPCA
SFSPCA is delighted to welcome  groups to the ranch as part of its Education and Outreach Program. Recently, students from Ben Gamla Charter School and University of Miami visited the rescue ranch for learning and hands-on experiences with our rescues. Click the images below to read more details and to see photo diaries of their visits!  Those interested in coordinating a visit for their group may contact Susie Martell at .

Honor students from Ben Gamla Charter School.
University of Miami Pre-vet students and volunteers.

Bidding For Good Auctions
Thank you to all who participated in our auctions at Bidding for Good. Most exciting was the O.F.C. 1982 Rare Vintage Bourbon donated by Buffalo Trace Distillery, which fetched $6,800! We are grateful to Buffalo Trace, and to Nancy Piacentino for procuring the bourbon for SFSPCA. Thanks also to event chair Connie Cioffi for her time, effort, and very generous donations of auction items, and to Roy Pressman for his work on the auctions.

We'll be announcing our next auction soon, stay tuned!
IN MEMORIAM   Topper, Our Gentle Giant

Topper, beloved ambassador for South Florida SPCA since 2011, crossed the rainbow bridge peacefully and comfortably on Friday, December 30, 2016 after a hard fought battle against founder. Our cherished memories of Topper are memorialized in a video tribute viewable on our website.  Click here or on his photo below. 

"Here's to one horse we will never forget. We were all blessed with a memory, a treasure. Topper was loved by so many beyond words and will be missed beyond measure. Some friends have to walk on all four legs just so they can carry around such a big heart. Go free, dear friend of mine."   - JULIE SHELTON
A Word of Thanks
Kim Rodstein, a Miami professional who juggles a successful  real estate career with Keller Williams Realty, numerous philanthropic causes, and a growing family, has served on SFSPCA's board of directors for an incredible 16 years. Our sincere thanks to Kim for her extraordinary commitment and generosity to the abused and abandoned horses of Miami-Dade.  Thank you, Kim!

The South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization located in Miami, Florida. Founded in 1992, it is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of abused, neglected and abandoned horses and other livestock. The organization also educates the community about responsible equine care and ownership, and promotes the welfare of equines through local and national advocacy. South Florida SPCA works in partnership with  Miami-Dade County Agricultural Police  and receives partial funding from  Miami-Dade Animal Services (MDAS) . SFSPCA's CFC (Combined Federal Campaign) number is: South Florida SPCA Society For The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - 13214.