The FACES of Shelter Medicine


Erin Arruda, Lead DVM; Emily Wydysh, DVM; and Roderick Wood, DVM, Humane Society of the Treasure Coast

The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast (HSTC) services over 7,500 animals a year. Each animal receives exceptional care from a team of highly trained, board-certified veterinarians and veterinary professionals. The veterinary team is led by Dr. Erin Arruda, a 2008 graduate of the UF College of Veterinary Medicine who has been part of the HSTC
since 2019. The HSTC team are veterinarians Dr. Arruda, Dr. Wydysh, and Dr. Wood, and veterinary team members Lori Tucker, Kacie Valentin, Lauren Anderson, and Alissa Tocko.

The no-kill, open-admission shelter operates the largest low-cost spay and neuter program on the Treasure Coast. In addition, it is the only shelter in Martin County that provides free Trap-Neuter- Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) services to free-roaming cats. This past fiscal year, the HSTC completed over 4,800 surgeries, which included spay and neuter surgeries, dentals, amputations, and many other lifesaving procedures.

In addition, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast offers special veterinary pricing for rescue groups, which allows those groups to help more pets in need. All critters adopted from the nonprofit shelter are spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, evaluated by a veterinarian, treated with flea prevention, and temperament tested. The HSTC is proud of its amazing team and all it does to help its shelter animals.


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