The SFSPCA is the only thing standing between horses and other animals, and starvation, death, and even slaughter. The nonprofit organization works with Miami-Dade County, and responds 24/7 to local law enforcement to investigate cruelty and abandonment cases, and to seize and care for those victims at its Homestead facility. Since 2008, Miami-Dade Animal Services Department (ASD) has provided partial funding required to the SFSPCA for the care and rescue of abandoned and stray horses and other large farm animals. Marking its 27th year in 2019, SFSPCA is the only organization qualified to rescue, rehabilitate, retrain and rehome horses in Miami-Dade.
About David Bialski, DVM. – President
David was born and raised in Brazil and since his childhood had always being fascinated with horses. In 1997, he received his veterinary degree from the University of Marilia – UNIMAR. He has extensive equine experience and has had many international internships focusing on medicine, myofascial release, and holistic medicine for sport horses. Subsequent to graduation, he worked in private practice before joining the McPhail Laboratory. David completed his master’s degree at the McPhail Equine Performance Center and an MBA from Michigan State University. David works as a hospital administrator for Knowles Animal Clinics.
David is also an accomplished powerlifter athlete holding two world records in deadlift. He is a fierce and outspoken animal advocate. David is the proud parent of Salome, a SFSPCA rescue horse, and four adorable dogs – Salomon, Samuel, Selena and Sophia.
About Julie Shelton – Vice President
Born in New York City, Julie moved to Miami where she became a personal exercise trainer, helping people find the motivation and drive needed to make health and fitness a lifetime commitment. Julie enjoys spending time outdoors where her love for wildlife and nature is fulfilled.
A lifelong animal lover who has volunteered at the SFSPCA for close to a decade, Julie’s drive and energy has made a significantly positive impact on the organization and its rescued horses and animals. “There is no greater reward!” says Julie.
About Roy Pressman – Treasurer
President and Owner of Pressman Engineering & Technology, Inc. (P.E.T. INC.), Roy runs a full-service company which oversees the engineering of radio stations, recording studios and radio networks all over the United States. Today, he is one of the most respected engineers in the radio business, having held top engineering positions at Heftel, Community Service Broadcasters, Gilmore Broadcasting, Paxson Communications, and Radio Unica. Roy has also served as a consultant to the University of Miami and Florida International University for over 20 years.
Roy has been a lover of animals for his entire life. He became interested in dog training and showed his dogs in the obedience ring. He served as Training Director for the South Dade Kennel Club. Roy has been involved in horse rescue and the SFSPCA for over 18 years. He enjoys spending much time with his family of rescues: two horses, two dogs and one cat.