The South Florida Wildlife Center (SFWC) has received a $250,000 grant from the Kislak Family Foundation to support wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and release programs and community education initiatives in the Tri-County area.
The grant from the Kislak Family Foundation will support the Center’s ability to provide comprehensive trauma care and rehabilitation for sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals, with the end goal to release them back into their native habitats in South Florida. Additionally, the funding will help to provide professional training for veterinary students and interns, and support educational programs through community outreach.
“The South Florida Wildlife Center is dedicated to providing critical care for injured wildlife, and to promoting wildlife protection and environmental conservation through its educational outreach programs,” says Tom Bartelmo, CEO of the Kislak Family Foundation. “It is an essential resource for our community and a perfect partner for our foundation’s focus on supporting animal welfare, environmental preservation and education.”
Since 1969, SFWC has protected wildlife by providing skilled and compassionate veterinary service, rehabilitative care, community education and conservation programs. Annually, SFWC provides care for over 9,000 wildlife patients from 260 species with the goal to release the rehabilitated animals back into their natural habitat.
“This grant will have a significant impact on the programs and services we offer to our community,” says Alessandra Medri, Executive Director of the South Florida Wildlife Center. “It is a great honor to have our work supported by the Kislak Family Foundation, which continues to create an impactful legacy in this community in honor of its founder, legendary philanthropist and business leader Jay I. Kislak. We are grateful to have the support of the Kislak Family Foundation to help us continue our mission and serve this community as a trusted wildlife care center and environmental education resource.” About the Kislak Family Foundation The Kislak Family Foundation is a private philanthropic foundation established in 1992 to support leadership and innovation in the fields of education, arts and humanities, animal welfare and environmental preservation, and other charitable endeavors in the United States and abroad.
Based in Miami Lakes, Florida, the foundation provides grant funding to a wide range of nonprofit organizations and projects. For more information about the Kislak Family Foundation, visit: www.kislakfamilyfoundation.org
. About the South Florida Wildlife Center The South Florida Wildlife Center is one of the nation’s highest-volume wildlife trauma hospitals. A national leader and teaching facility in wildlife veterinary medicine and rehabilitation, SFWC provides emergency rescue, veterinary treatment, and expert rehabilitative care to more than 260 wild species. Founded in October 1969, the Fort Lauderdale-based facility helps more than 9,000 injured, orphaned, or imperiled animals annually, responds to wildlife conflicts, and collaborates locally and nationally on issues impacting human, environmental and animal health.
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