We are a non-profit, animal rescue shelter and adoption center.
Our shelter takes in emergency, abuse and neglect cases as well as dogs
and cats from various animal control agencies in Palm Beach, Dade and
Broward Counties in South Florida. We offer cats and dogs for adoption
6 days a week.
We are a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization which relies solely
of our goals is to address the overpopulation problem of stray and
feral cats by offering the public a humane trap/spay/return
service. Our program includes vaccinations, Aids/Leukemia
testing, recovery & release, foster homes, medical care, and
an adoption program.
Tamera DeMello has devoted her life to helping animals. She trained as a vet-tech in Virginia and dedicated her free time volunteering with the SPCA until she moved to Orlando in 1983, where she worked for a tree service and discovered numerous orphaned baby squirrels who had survived when trees were cut down. Tamera joined a wildlife rehabilitate and release program to help care for and return animals to their native habitat.
Tamera soon after discovered the severe overpopulation of feral and abandoned cats. Using her own money, she began a humane trap/spay/release program for feral (wild) cats.
She would foster and tame any kittens and then set up tables outside local stores to show and find homes for them. People wishing to adopt would have to pass her adoption
screening process in order to ensure a suitable match for each home and each animal. After working with many local organizations, in 1999, Tamera decided to start her own rescue group, "Animal Aid".
Tamera then realized that it is wrong to cause ANY ANIMAL to suffer and made a commitment to respect all animals and became a vegan in 2000.
In 2000, Tamera was joined by her mother, Lee Sparkman (a bookkeeper) who on January 1, 2001, had Animal Aid incorporated, received its non-profit, 501(c)(3) status and opened Animal Aid's
first adoption center in Boca Raton. In 2001, 273 animals were rescued and adopted, 363 animals in 2002, 447 in 2003, 617 in 2004, 905 in 2005,
and ever since 2006 Animal Aid has been finding homes for an average of 1200 cats and dogs per year.
Animal Aid, Inc. has grown over the years; in 2007 Tamera opened a feline retreat for feral cats in Naples,
Florida which has now become an enclosed beautiful 3-acre "cat park". In 2008 Tamera opened a thrift store in Boca Raton to help fund her rescue efforts.
In 2009 Tamera purchased a mobile spay/neuter clinic providing low cost, high volume, high quality spay/neuter to the public to reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs.
In 2010 her dreams went up in smoke when her mobile clinic caught fire. By 2011, Tamera was able to acquire and equip another mobile unit to replace the one lost in the fire.
In 2012, Tamera purchased Sheinholm Veterinary Clinic and moved the adoption center to this location at
571 NE 44th Street.
In 2014, Animal Aid's
Clinic was able to spay/neuter 3,060 cats and dogs and find homes for 1,400 cats and dogs that would have otherwise been destroyed.
In 2017 Animal Aid purchashed the adjoining warehouse and parking lot to add a separate cat adoption area in the new building and increase the parking area for our adoptors and spay/neuter clients.