Providing immediate emergency funding for animals in distress
© 2019 Animal Care Now, Inc. a 501c3 Non-Profit Charity
Animal Care Now, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides immediate emergency funding for animals in distress.
Animal Care Now is NOT an animal shelter or rescue and is at no time the custodian of the animals. Our role is to provide the financial support required to save lives.
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Founder and CEO
Steven Shulman was born in LA and raised in Miami Beach.
At age 18, after graduating high school, both of his parents died. Moving to Tampa to attend college, and without any family, he adopted a stray collie named Star, and a bond was soon formed.
Steven realized both he and Star were each other’s only family. His compassion for animals was born out of mutual respect and the need for each other to live a life of happiness and contentment. There was a purpose for Star and Steven protecting and caring for one another that wouldn’t come to light until years later.
Returning to Miami after college, Steven worked menial jobs until a mentor named Myrna entered his life, convincing Steven to quit his job, get an insurance license and create financial freedom by being his own boss with limitless success awaiting.
Steven’s career as an independent insurance broker flourished, as did his love and compassion for helping stray and abandoned animals. Knowing he needed to make an impact in the lives of animals in distress, “To whom much is given, much is expected” became Steven’s mantra for his motivation to do something.
In January 2015, along with fellow animal advocate Jacquelyn Johnston, Animal Care Now, Inc was born.
How did being sent 100 feet up in the air to rescue an Osprey caught in fishing line in the top of a Norfolk Pine help me become a well-grounded victim advocate? How would founding a 501c3 non-profit animal rescue lead me to a supervisory level job in a county agency, running manufacturing efficiency analyses on veterinary services? My heart is neither still nor silent.
I grew up overseas, and graduated from an arts boarding high school near Boston. I earned an undergraduate degree in Visual Art and Art History at Barnard College, Columbia University in 2004 and with a worldly mind, a car and my dog, I set out to couch surf my way south as the fall grew colder. By winter, I planted my roots in Miami sand and never looked back. I opened Faktura Gallery in April 2005, a place to explore technically innovative artwork and counter-commodification concepts in contemporary art viewership and production. Constantly aware of larger social issues in my community and the need for a systematic approach to more humane human-nonhuman encounters, I also founded a grassroots 501c3 non-profit – No Paw Left Behind.
My interest in social science research began immediately upon my arrival to Miami. To quote my 2005 self, I’m interested in what nonhuman policies reveal about the larger structures of inequalities in Miami: regarding an art show featuring luscious portraits of road kill around the city, my photographs “romanticize the grim fate of many street animals in order to question the viewer about modern ironies, such as the tolerance of pain for beauty and the loss of everyday kindness in a high-speed world.” That art show was inspired by a specific situation, where an unwanted stray dog was hit by a car, and left to rot for weeks, within olfactory distance of one of Miami’s struggling low-income F-rated high schools. The smell or sight of such decomposition, degradation and death would not be tolerated in wealthier areas; the inequalities in the provision of public services can be told through such human-nonhuman entanglements.
After a decade of work with animal welfare nonprofits and one of the largest municipal kill shelters in the nation, I earned an MBA from Florida International University in 2014, and a Master of Veterinary Forensic Science at University of Florida in Spring 2017.
I am currently in the second year of the PhD program in GSS, and hold the title of president of the graduate student organization SAGGSA. My dissertation research combines big data analysis, efficiency studies, GIS mapping, policy strategies, issues regarding political transparency, and ethnography to explore the ways nonhuman interactions reflect and perpetuate inequalities in South Florida.
Jason S. Weiss, ESQ
Jason S. Weiss, ESQ is an attorney who is an advocate for the rights of his clients.
Sarah Leddick grew up in Southern California. Graduating from San Diego State University with an MA degree, Sarah worked full time as a fashion model throughout Europe, eventually leading to a full-time career as a professional makeup artist for TV and movies. Sarah is fluent in English and conversational in Spanish, French and Italian.
Sarah started rescuing stray animals as a child. In 2009, when asked by a friend to visit Miami Dade Animal Services (MDAS) and help rescue three Chihuahuas before they were scheduled to be euthanized (due to lack of space), that her passion for animal rescue came full circle.
The sadness and desperation she witnessed in the eyes shelter dogs and cats motivated her to regularly start rescuing animals out of the MDAS, with intentions of placing them with people in loving homes, once they were well enough to be adopted, after any medical issues were addressed and resolved.
Sarah started pulling animals out of MDAS shelter for other nonprofit rescue groups, saving them from their ultimate fate, euthanasia, and transported them to numerous boarding facilities throughout South Florida, where various rescue groups would take over responsibility of each dog she pulled out of MDAS.
This experience prompted Sarah to create her own rescue, Green Mile Rescue of So. Fla. Through Green Mile Rescue she continues her efforts to save the lives of dogs and cats by giving them a safe environment to live and play in, while waiting for their forever families to come adopt them.