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FAAWO member agencies share inspiring stories of how their work strengthens the human-animal bond ... one person, one companion animal at a time.

FAAWO MEMBERS: If you would like to share stories of how your organization's proactive approach to a challenge has improved the lives of both people and companion animals, please email your information via the share button below. Copy should be no more than 300 words. Include photos and video links.


  • 7 Jul 2020 2:59 PM | FAAWO (Administrator)

    Courtesy of SPCA Tampa Bay:

    The Sunshine State kicked off another hurricane season on June 1. Usually our SPCA Tampa Bay Veterinary Center is encouraging clients to prepare their emergency kits. For years that messaging has prompted clients to swing by during their commute home to grab extra pet food or medicine for their kit. It’s also not unusual to have them drop-by our lobby unannounced for a copy of their pets’ records.

    This year isn’t like most though. Our calls to action have to be a little different. If you want to drop-by our lobby, you need an appointment and clients must have a mask. If you want to pick up food or medications, we can only accommodate curbside. That means our clients have to call ahead so we can prepare their order prior to their arrival.

    Our messaging is special this year because it’s harder to focus on just the list of things we recommend you pack. We have to prioritize important safety procedures for visiting our practice that will help protect our staff and clients.

    Many of our calls to action are driving people online. Our veterinary center’s Vet2Pet app has also taken a new place in our hurricane preparedness plan. We’re promoting it like never before as a virtual way for our clients to make requests. We’re encouraging record, medication and food requests all be submitted through the app. Clients can also check their pets’ vaccination status there. We are happy to find many more clients have downloaded the app.

    Starting on our messaging this hurricane season was a reminder that for the time being, everything about the way we do business needs to be considered with a pandemic overlay.

    Find out more about SPCA Tampa Bay
  • 7 Jul 2020 2:35 PM | FAAWO (Administrator)

    There are many stories that have inspired us during the pandemic.  During the COVID-19 lockdown eight volunteers with Misty’s Pals, a pet therapy program of the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, made an unusual visit to Symphony at Stuart, an assisted living facility. Typically, these volunteers and their pets spend time visiting with the residents indoors but due to COVID-19 restrictions, they remained outdoors and visited residents outside their windows.  They have ongoing relationships with 19 nursing homes/assisted living facilities and two hospitals in Martin and St. Lucie counties.

    To learn more about the humane society’s pet therapy programs, visit the website at HSTC1.ORG



    Find out more about Humane Society of the Treasure Coast

  • 7 Jul 2020 2:13 PM | FAAWO (Administrator)

    Courtesy of Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County:

    Throughout the pandemic, the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County has continually established strategies to maintain the safety of our staff and community.

    In early April, we developed a new standard operating procedure (SOP) for the intake and handling of known COVID-19 exposed animals out of an abundance of caution which continues to be strictly followed. Routine mock practices have been an essential part of the new SOP training for all staff.

    In order to minimize any human-to-human contact at the shelter, admission and adoption processes have indefinitely been converted to appointments only through our new online booking web portal. In addition, we have been able to reduce the number of on-site staff present each day through creative scheduling and team assignments. 

    Significant efforts were made early on to expand our foster program, resulting in fosters becoming our primary source of housing for our shelter pets. To ensure lasting success, we have provided complimentary delivery of all necessary food and supplies for each of our foster volunteers and additionally any families in need. 

    When re-opening our thrift stores, masks have been mandated and visual social distancing reminders were placed throughout our stores. 

    We are extremely proud of our entire team of animal welfare professionals during this trying time!

    Learn more about the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County
  • 18 Mar 2020 10:18 AM | FAAWO (Administrator)

    Written by Kate MacFall, Florida Senior State Director, HSUS

    On February 25th the Humane Society of the United States assisted Dixie County Sheriff’s Office in a large animal cruelty case.  The HSUS Animal Rescue Team arrived at dawn in the pouring rain where they saw dozens of barking dogs housed in makeshift hutch-like cages throughout the property.  The dilapidated enclosures were caked with feces, leaking from the pouring rain and the stench was revolting. There were no permanent buildings on the property, just a mobile home and a few structures that appeared to be old campers.  The team removed all 145 dogs from the 5 acre property and they were taken to a safe location where they received the medical care they so badly needed.  Several of the dogs were missing hair while others were in need of dental care, but they all seemed to know their futures were bright.  The senior dogs pulled on my heartstrings the most. 

    The 5 individuals living on the property were charged with animal cruelty and the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office is actively working on the case now.  Most of the dogs have been received by our incredible shelter partners around Florida and a handful by our partners in other states.  Thank you to our wonderful shelter partners including:

    These shelters stepped up to take dogs from this case and we are grateful for the amazing work you do on behalf of animals all year long!  We were so pleased the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office reached out to the HSUS for help and we were so happy to assist.   

  • 10 Mar 2020 4:55 AM | FAAWO (Administrator)

    This story was featured on CBS Sunday Morning, March 1, 2020


    Eight-year-old Robbie Gay loves an underdog. An abused child who entered the foster care system before being adopted, he now goes to the Flagler County Humane Society in Palm Coast, Florida, determined to adopt as many dogs as his parents will allow. But not just any dogs.

    “Robbie's wish is that people will look at and consider adopting the often over looked older dogs. The older dogs are house trained, you know what type of temperament they have, you know how big they are going to be and they truly appreciate their second chance at life.  This kid has a resilience about him and the older dogs are like that as well.  We are so blessed that Robbie is a part of our Flagler Humane Society family.  We can't wait to host this year's Camp Pawprint, our summer camp with Robbie as our first attendee.”, said Amy Wade-Carotenuto, Executive Director, Flagler County Humane Society. 

    Flagler County Humane Society

Florida Association of Animal Welfare Organizations


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