08Nov/19

SPCA Florida hosts the 27th Annual Auction for Animals

Lakeland, FL— SPCA Florida will host its much anticipated 27th Annual Auction for Animals on Saturday, November 16th, 2019 at Haus 820 in Downtown Lakeland. The theme for this year’s auction is Mission Impawsible and attendees are encouraged to have fun dressing up in spy wear for the event. This festive affair will include a silent auction, sit down dinner, live auction, raffle and bar. The auction is sponsored by Publix Super Markets Charities, Anne Watkins, The Carol and Barney Barnett Family within the GiveWell Community Foundation, and many other generous supporters.

“This may be our best Auction for Animals to date,” stated Shelley Thayer, Executive Director, SPCA Florida. “We’ve changed up our event to add a few fun surprises, and we are serving a delicious three-course dinner provided by Terrie Lobb Catering. For anyone who wants to help Polk County’s homeless animals, you won’t want to miss this fun filled evening,” said Thayer.

Every year SPCA Florida offers a unique 1 in 1000 chance to win $5,000 cash or a choice of five fabulous vacations.  Winner’s Choice tickets are one for $50 or three for $100 and can be purchased by calling 863.577.4603 or visiting spcaflorida.org/auction.

SPCA Florida’s goal is to raise over $300,000 to care for the more than ten thousand homeless dogs and cats in our community.  To learn more and to purchase tickets, visit https://spcaflorida.ticket.qtego.net/tickets/list

About SPCA Florida

Founded in 1979, SPCA Florida is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Lakeland, serving all of Polk County and the surrounding communities. Dedicated to improving the lives of pets and people, SPCA Florida provides caring, compassion and hope to more than 4,000 homeless animals entering our doors each year.

Simplistically, every $100 donated to SPCA Florida, or essentially the cost of an average adoption, equates to $3,000 worth of positive economic impact throughout Polk County, Central Florida, and the state.  Additionally, we are proud of the fact that 91% of every dollar goes to program resources and helping homeless animals.

08Nov/19

Harvard Professor Emeritus Joins Florida Poly as New Trustee

LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Polytechnic University’s Board of Trustees can now count on valuable Harvard wisdom from its new trustee, Dr. Earl Sasser. Florida’s Board of Governors appointed the Harvard Business School professor emeritus recently to serve as a trustee effective immediately. Sasser was a Harvard faculty member from 1969 until his retirement in 2017.

“This is still a young university and being a member of the Board of Trustees gives me the opportunity to have an impact,” Sasser said. “If this venture turns out the way I think it will, Florida Poly will be a real asset not only for Central Florida, but for the entire state.”

Sasser’s successful career in academia earned him multiple leadership roles within Harvard Business School. He was chair of the MBA Program from 1988 to 1991, faculty chair of the Advanced Management Executive Education Program from 1992 to 1995, senior associate dean of executive education from 1995 to 2000, and chair of the Board of Harvard Business School Interactive from 2000 to 2003.

“I’ve been part of the decision-making process at Harvard and I’ve seen what the issues are, mainly in terms of students and faculty,” Sasser said. “As a trustee I’ll be able to transfer some of those insights as we make decisions to make Florida Poly better. I bring a perspective that others on the Board might not have.”

Sasser, who now lives in Winter Park, Florida, is no stranger to Florida Poly. In 2018, he helped develop an executive leadership course at the University designed to help managers expand their leadership skills and innovative thinking. However, Sasser said he has much to learn as he moves forward as a trustee.

“I have to learn more about being in a public institution because I come from a private one and I know that things operate differently when you’re talking about a state university,” he said.

Sasser will serve on Florida Poly’s Board of Trustees until the term expires on July 15, 2024.

“Dr. Sasser is a distinguished academic and professor at Harvard and we are excited and honored to welcome him to our Board of Trustees,” said Dr. Randy Avent, president of Florida Poly.  “I’m looking forward to his remarkable expertise as we continue to build the academic curriculums and reputation that make Florida Poly the best STEM institution it can be.”

W. EARL SASSER

For the most recent university news, visit Florida Poly News.

About Florida Polytechnic University: Florida Polytechnic University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is a member of the State University System of Florida. It is the only state university dedicated exclusively to STEM and offers ABET accredited degrees. Florida Poly is a powerful economic engine within the state of Florida, blending applied research with industry partnerships to give students an academically rigorous education with real-world relevance. Connect with Florida Poly.

08Nov/19

It’s Back! 2020 Lakeland Firefighter Calendar to Benefit SPCA Florida On Sale Now

Lakeland, FL – For a fifth year in a row, the Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) and SPCA Florida proudly present its Rescued Pets Calendar! The calendar features beautifully photographed SPCA Florida rescued pets and buff Lakeland firefighters.

Each month of the year also features helpful safety tips and information
from both organizations. The high-quality calendars can be purchased for a $10.00 donation and make the perfect gift for the upcoming holidays. Calendars can be purchased online now! The calendars are also available for purchase, at the locations below, starting November 12, 2019. Available online at www.spcaflorida.org or in person at:
• SPCA Florida campus at 5850 Brannen Road S. Lakeland, FL 33813
• Lakeland Fire Department Administration Building at 701 E Main Street Lakeland, FL 33801
• Partner locations; a list of locations is available at http://www.spcaflorida.org
Cash and checks are accepted at all sites. Credit cards are only accepted online at
www.spcaflorida.org/2019calendar and at SPCA Florida’s Medical Center, Adoption Center, and Administration buildings.

spca calendar

Partnership for Pets:

A major highlight of the partnership between both organizations has been the Rescued Pets Calendar. Proceeds go directly to helping rescued animals in Lakeland. Last year’s calendar was a great success, generating over $15,000 to pay for the medical care of animals encountered on human emergency scenes by the Lakeland Fire Department and treated at SPCA Florida’s Reva McClurg Medical Center. Additionally, the funds raised allowed for the purchase of new animal oxygen
masks to replace existing masks for Lakeland Fire Department apparatus. The annual calendar is a fun and philanthropic cornerstone of the partnership. It is a great way for SPCA Florida to expand on its mission of helping animals while the Lakeland Fire Department can show its compassion and care for all of the living creatures in its community. Firefighters featured in the calendar and SPCA Florida representatives are available for interviews. Please contact each respective organization’s communication contact for more information.

06Nov/19

SPCA Florida Welcomes New Medical Center Management Team

Lakeland, FL—After months of searching to fill two crucial positions at SPCA Florida, leadership has selected Paula Murrell and Dr. Dorian Lara to join the Medical Center Management Team.

 

SPCA Florida is on a mission to save Polk County’s homeless animals. With great responsibility comes a critical need for strong leadership and creative talent. We are excited to welcome Paula Murrell in her new role as Hospital Administrator, where she will oversee business management, revenue projections, and overall medical center operations.

“I am honored and thrilled to join this compassionate and brilliant team of veterinary professionals. By choosing SPCA Florida Animal Hospital your pets will receive exemplary veterinary health care, and you will support our shelter’s mission to save Polk Counties homeless animals. Our goal is to provide continued quality service and experienced professional care at affordable prices. We’ll make your dog’s and cat’s visits easy when we pair friendly, efficient service with experienced loving veterinary care that you can trust. It’s a privilege to welcome new clients and to thank our loyal clients for placing their pets’ medical needs in our hands, stated Hospital Administrator, Paula Murrell.

Dr. Dorian Lara has accepted his new position as Medical Director, where he will oversee medical policies, protocols, and the highest standards of professional care. Dr. Lara brings extended skills and talent to expanded procedures and techniques that will benefit Polk Counties four legged friends.  Such procedures include, but not limited to orthopedic and advanced soft tissue procedures.

“SPCA Florida now has Ligasure(TM) technology in its surgical suite to help lessen massive blood loss and decrease anesthetic times”, said Dr. Lara. “The Ligasure™ is a complex medical device that uses electrical energy to fuse tissue and vessels without suture. This device is commonly found in hospitals geared toward specialty-level surgery, and we are excited to have it here at SPCA Florida’s Animal Hospital which is open to the public. It allows us to continue our mission of affordable high-level care for dogs and cats in central Florida”, states Medical Director Dr. Lara.

 

For more information, visit SPCA Florida Animal Hospital at spcahospital.org or call 863.646.4647. Walk-in’s welcome, with wait time.

 

About SPCA Florida

Founded in 1979, SPCA Florida is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Lakeland, serving all of Polk County and the surrounding communities. Dedicated to improving the lives of pets and people, SPCA Florida provides caring, compassion and hope to more than 4,300 homeless animals entering our doors each year.

 

Open to the public, our Reva McClurg Animal Medical Center is a state-of-the-art veterinary facility that heals and helps 50,000 patients annually. Thousands more pets and people are served through our community outreach and education programs.

 

Simplistically, every $100 donated to SPCA Florida, or essentially the cost of an average adoption, equates to $3,000 worth of positive economic impact throughout Polk County, Central Florida, and the state.  Additionally, we are proud of the fact that 92% of every dollar goes to program resources and helping homeless animals.