Humane Society of Manatee County Inc
2515 14th Street West
Bradenton FL 34205
The mission of the Humane Society of Manatee County is to lead Manatee County in creating a No-Kill community where animals receive the compassion and respect they deserve.
CEO/Executive Director Amy Van Dell
Board Chair Rebecca Neal
Board Chair Affiliation No affiliation
General Info
Organization DBA
Supported Organization
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1971
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Dec 2015
State Registration 0
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $1,000,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,000,000.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement
1. Spay/neutered approx 5,000 dogs and cats in 2012, resulting in a 25% drop in intake through our county facility.

2. Distributed over 2,000 lbs of dog and cat food per month to economically challenged pet owners, allowing them to keep their pets instead of having to surrender them to a shelter.

3. Providing adoption for more than 700 dogs and cats to loving homes. Many of these animals required extraordinary medical procedures, heartworm treatment or surgery.
Needs Statement
We are in desperate need of the following:
  1. Shortly we will be expanding our Spay/Neuter Clinic and will be able to see more clients on a daily basis.  We will need a another anesthesia machine($3,000) to support two vets working simultaneously.  
  2. We will also need  furniture and fixtures for new exams rooms, offices, reception areas, and lobbies.  ($15,000)
  3. We will also be creating some “Living Room” areas to showcase adoptable dogs and cats and will need pet friendly enclosures with window, doors, pet “furniture” and stimulation activities.  ($25,000)
Background Statement
The Humane Society of Manatee County was founded in 1971 by a group of animal loving individuals who were determined to save the thousands of animals euthanized each year.
Areas Served
Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
animal adoptions, spay and neuter clinic, humane society, animal welfare, dogs and cats
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
The Humane Society of Manatee County (HSMC) had already begun to evolve its mission in 2005, from simply being a No-Kill shelter to looking beyond their walls and addressing the state of animal welfare of the entire county/community. I am excited about being a part of this organization and its progressive, solution-oriented philosophy of ending the killing of homeless animals. 
The board agreed that prevention would be our focus and immediately began efforts to put into place programs that would support this focus. In April 2009, HSMC opened Manatee County’s only high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter clinic to reduce the population of unwanted pets. Since that time, the clinic has performed 20,000+ surgeries and dropped the intake of animals at Manatee County Animal Services (MCAS) by 20%. This translates to almost 1,000 lives saved annually. Other prevention programs include our pet retention program “Pet Safety Net” which includes a food bank; and a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program for feral and free-roaming cats. The TNR program is made possible by a formal partnership with MCAS and local animal welfare group, Gulf Shore Animal League, which has resulted in the live release rate of impounded feral cats from 0% to 100%. On top of our signature prevention programs, the HSMC continues its rescue, rehabilitation, sheltering and adoption of homeless animals, a program continuously operated since the organization’s founding in 1970.
While I am very proud of the board’s success in making measurable impact to our community and it’s animals, we are not without our challenges. HSMC is largely supported by the generosity of individual donors and foundations. In order to be self-sufficient, the board annually receives continuing education on development and fund raising, as well as coordinating two major fundraisers each year. Another funding hurdle is the fact that we are not supported such as The Humane Society of the United Sates or the ASPCA. In the future, the board would like to create awareness with a “donate local” campaign, making the distinction between local and national animal welfare groups. 
Our next looming challenge is the fact that our clinic and shelter are housed in a run-down building built in 1947 that was never intended for its current use.  The board is well aware of the building’s age and limitations and are currently preparing for a capital small undertaking in today’s economy. Bringing a greater volume of service to people and animals will help us to achieve our mission faster and more efficiently. 
Now as President, I can look back at my five years of service to the Humane Society of Manatee County with immense pride in seeing the strides that we have made for both animals and the people of Manatee County. Animals enrich our lives, brighten our day, and bring us comfort when we need it most. Yes, challenges lie ahead, but we are determined to accomplish our mission of leading Manatee County to a no-kill community status and in turn creating a kinder, gentler place for us all to live.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
As the Executive Director of the Humane Society of Manatee County I see looks of fear and trepidation change to happiness in the faces of dogs and cats that are given a second chance here at our shelter.  Our Animal Care staff members and volunteers provide reassuring care with walks and treats to make our shelter residents feel wanted while they wait for their forever home.  Our Spay/Neuter Clinic staff provides high quality care to our patients while meeting the high-volume demand to help control pet over- population and reduce the number of animals entering the County Shelter. We see the number of animals impounded and euthanized decreasing annually and know there is a direct correlation to our high-volume Spay/Neuter clinic, Pet Safety Net program and Second Chance adoption program.  Through the generous support of our donors, the Humane Society of Manatee County will lead Manatee County in creating a No-Kill community where animals receive the compassion and respect they deserve.    
Description We provide affordable spay and neuter services to the general public. Prices start at $40 for cats and $70 for dogs. There are no income or residency requirements. Some grants are available for free surgeries.
Budget $416,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Veterinary Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults
Short Term Success To provide an affordable solution to those who cannot afford conventional veterinary services and continue to educate the public on the benefits of spaying and neutering.
Long Term Success Our goal is to reduce the number of homeless animals in Manatee County by spaying and neutering. This will reduce unwanted litters who historically end up in the county shelter and are euthanized. It will also reduce the number of feral cats in the county. Our goal is to make Manatee County a "Humane Community" where every adoptable animal has a loving home.
Program Success Monitoring Reporting by Humane Society, Animal Services and Bishop SPCA in accordance with Asilomar accords to monitor euthanasia rates in the county.
Program Success Examples
Success will be measured by the reduced number of euthanasia in our county becaus ethere will be less animals entering our county shelter system.
We care for over 700 dogs and cats per year as they wait for their forever homes. HSMC takes animals with medical conditions who might otherwise be euthanized because of the lack of care in other facilities and give them a Second Chance at a happy life.
Budget $256,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal-Related, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families Adults
Short Term Success
Short term success is similar to long term success, having a 100% adoption rate.
Long Term Success
The success of our Second Chance program is dependent on tracking adoption numbers as well as the decrease in euthanized animals in our county. We are always looking to have 100% success in adopting our dogs and cats to loving homes.
Program Success Monitoring
This programed in monitored by shelter software as to the adoption rate.
Program Success Examples
We frequently receive success stories from our adoptive families with pictures and narratives of how happy they are with their new pet.
We provide dog and cat food to pet owners experiencing temporary economic difficulties in order for them to keep their pets. All food given out through our food bank is donated by the public. We distribute approx. 2,000 lbs per month and allow pet owners a month's supply for up to 3 times annually.
Budget $0
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Ownership
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success
Every month we provide 2,000 lbs of food to help feed hungry dogs and cats.
Long Term Success
By providing food to economically challenged pet owners, we estimate that hundreds of animals are kept in their homes and not relinquished to shelters or euthanized at the county facility.
Program Success Monitoring
We monitor the amount of food distributed and the number of animals helped.
Program Success Examples
There are many instances of owners telling us that they would have to give up their pets if it weren't for the food we provide. We also have those people who recover from their circumstances and become food donors themselves.
Program Comments by Organization
We have the opportunity to lead Manatee County to become a No-Kill community with our high volume spay/neuter clinic. We are performing approx. 6,000 surgeries per year which has a direct correlation to the number of animals ending up in our county facility where they are at risk of being euthanized. Our challenge is to be able to provide these surgeries at little to no cost for economically challenged individuals whose animals are at greatest risk. We have recently purchased an adjacent building and will be expanding our clinic and adding services to meet the needs of the community.  Once completed,  we will be making plans to build a new Shelter and Adoption Center at our current location.
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Amy Van Dell
CEO Term Start Dec 2011
CEO/Executive Director Email
Experience Amy has over 25 years of experience in the marketing and communications field, focusing for the last 11 years on community partnerships with non-profits and the education community. She has managed the community outreach efforts and staff for a major telecommunications company and brings a wealth of connections in the community to her role at HSMC.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Denise Deisler Sept 2008 - Nov 2011
Donna Steitler May 2005 - May 2008
Senior Staff
Dr. Julie Hollifield Medical Director
Hildy Russell Finance & Communications Director
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 12
Part Time Staff 11
Staff Retention Rate % 82
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 100
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
We collaborate on an informal basis with Manatee County Animal Services, Bishop SPCA and Gulfshore Animal League as well as other community based rescue groups to help reduce euthanasia in our community.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 2
Strategic Plan Adopted Apr 2013
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Management Comments by Organization
Management Comments by Foundation
Board Chair
Board Chair Rebecca Neal
Company Affiliation No affiliation
Board Term Oct 2012 to Sept 2014
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Xtavia Bailey Community Volunteer
Lisa Barnott Schroeder Manatee Ranch
Gina Brulato Realtor
Mark Burke Bright House
Kristeen Ezell Visual Harmony Productions
David Fink Rogan & Associates
Marsha Forrest Central Market
Toby Guinn Sarasota Opera
Cookie Jordan Parrish Village News
Melanie Luten Blalock, Walters, P.A.
Rebecca Neal No Affiliation
David Norris M&I Bank
Daniel Plonsky Esq.Attorney
Misty Servia King Engineering
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development?
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 76
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 64
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Governance Comments by Organization
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2014
Fiscal Year Ends 2015
Projected Revenue $1,000,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,000,000.00
Endowment Value
Endowment Spending Policy
Endowment Spending Policy %
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
IRS Form 990s
Historical Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$2,493,020$1,920,106$373,690
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$1,153$270
Membership Dues$2,208$0$0
Special Events$104,451$42,182$47,349
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$860,091$710,439$596,308
Administration Expense$99,039$84,785$83,598
Fundraising Expense$116,540$40,088$79,264
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.872.941.16
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%85%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%2%19%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$4,244,089$2,271,642$653,952
Current Assets$2,711,342$1,886,501$255,027
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$36,500$76,217$80,416
Total Net Assets$4,207,589$2,195,425$573,536
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $2,493,020Contributions, gifts, grants $1,920,106Medical Services $414,548
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMedical Clinic $415,406Medical Services $442,039Contributions, gifts, grants $373,690
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $104,451Adoptions $49,364Fundraising $21,807
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $75,001 - $100,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities74.2824.753.17
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Financial Comments by Foundation
Financial figures taken from Form 990 and audit documents. 990s and audits reconcile. Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support, as reported on Form 990.
Nonprofit Humane Society of Manatee County Inc
Address 2515 14th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34205
Primary Phone 941 747-8808