Not 10 miles south of my home there is a 6.5 acre sanctuary for injured and abused exotic animals. The Southern Florida Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, or SFWRC, has been in existence since 1981, although only at it's present location since 1989. It is run by Dirk Neugebohrn with the help of volunteers.
When the center started, their sole animal was one cougar who had been confiscated from a tool salesman in Ohio. They now have over 30 "cats" as well as monkeys, geese, macaws and others. Many of these animals were kept as "pets" by their previous owners until they were taken away from them, due to neglect and oftentimes injured. Such was the case with Sabbi, one of the many Florida panthers, who was brought to the center bloodied and with broken feet - the doings of an owner who didn't want his "pet" wandering off. It is not only the intent of the center to rescue and rehabilitate these animals but to educate the public about the harm of owning exotic animals as pets.
The center receives no federal, state or county funding. It survives entirely on donations. Although visits can be made most Sundays, there is a special Open House this Saturday, February 24, 2007 from 10AM - 4PM. It is the hope of the center that visitors to the Open House will learn more about the animals and how much help they truly need. Admission is free and there will be guided tours.
The SFWRC is located at 19391 SW 336 Street, South Miami-Dade
For more information please call 305-247-7885 or 786-246-4263
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