Animal Rescue Coalition Inc
6320 Tower Lane
Sarasota FL 34240

ARC's mission is to save animals for the benefit of humanity.

CEO/Executive Director Ms. Gisele Pintchuck
Board Chair Mrs. Joanna Pace-Brackett
Board Chair Affiliation G.E.
General Info
Organization DBA
Supported Organization
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1999
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Mar 2016
State Registration Yes Mar 2015
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $861,441.00
Projected Expenses $475,100.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement
  • In November 2014, ARC opened a high-quality, high-volume 3,800 sq/ft, fully-equipped Spay and Neuter Clinic.
  •  ARC was accepted as the 139th Humane Alliance clinic and  adopted its nationally recognized,  tested-and tried operating model to offer low-cost, high-volume and high-quality spay and neuter services.
  • In the past 12 months ARC has completed nearly 3000 spay/neuters of animals of low-income families in Sarasota, Manatee, Desoto and Charlotte counties, bringing the total number of spay/neuters to over 35,000 significantly decreasing the number of homeless animals in our community.  
  • ARC's Emergency Medical Fund treated nearly 530 homeless animals that were injured or sick that otherwise would have been left untreated and likely euthanized.
Needs Statement
  1. Free Spay and Neuter Program: ARC's low-cost services are sometimes still not affordable to many local low-income families. ARC would like to offer FREE Spay and neuter services to qualified low-income families and Feral Cat groups: $6,000 can cover the cost of approximately 100 Spay/Neuter surgeries .
  2. Hire a  part-time coordinator/driver to oversee our Transport Program to be implemented during the Summer of 2015 where a transport vehicle will reach areas where no spay and neuter services are available and overpopulation/euthanasia rates are high. The Transport Program will allow ARC to expand its services to communities within a 60-mile radius of our clinic. Animals will be picked up, brought to ARC's clinic for surgery and returned to their owners within 24 hours. Part time position is estimated between $11,000 - $15,000/year.
  3. ARC's Emergency Medical Fund provides medical treatment for Sarasota County Animal Services' animals that come into their shelters who are injured, abandoned, lost or sick but still adoptable.  Without EMF's support, these animals are euthanized. $5,000 covers the cost of treatment for approximately 20 animals.
  4. Marketing is a crucial tool for the success of our operation and programs. Because of the various special offers and promotions we are fortunate to participate, we often do not have the means to publicize it effectively to the audience we need to reach. Radio plays a vital role in the distribution to our target audience, especially to the Hispanic and migrant populations. Cost of a one-month radio campaign can cost up to $3,000.
Background Statement

Ira Barsky and Edward Sarbey founded Animal Rescue Coalition (ARC) in 1999 when they brought together leaders from local animal welfare organizations and Sarasota County Animal Services to collaborate and develop a plan to end the killing of adoptable dogs and cats.  Since 2002 ARC’s  Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic has spayed and neutered over 38,000 dogs and cats substantially reducing pet overpopulation in our community. In order to expand its capacity and meet the demand of spay and neuter services, ARC opened a 3,800 sq/ft fully equipped surgical facility conveniently located on the I-75 corridor, near Fruitville Road to better serve the north, south, east and west residents. The following programs summarize ARC’s initiatives:

 Program 1:  Low-cost spay/neuter services
ARC provides  high-quality, high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter services to income-eligible families in Sarasota, Manatee, Desoto and Charlotte counties. ARC's new clinic is a state-of-the art surgical facility, staffed by three Florida licensed veterinarians,  a clinic manager, two veterinary technicians and a technician assistant. It operates five days a week from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Program 2: Feral Cat Program
ARC's Feral Cat program's mission is spaying and neutering feral and free-roaming outdoor cats.  Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program  is a nationally recognized program where cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated for rabies and returned to their colonies/location of origin. ARC's Feral program promotes the humane care and treatment of feral with the goal of preventing them from ever entering county shelters where euthanasia rates are nearly 100%. This program relies exclusively on grants and donor support.
Program 3: Emergency Medical Fund
ARC works with Sarasota County Animal Services to rehabilitate injured, abandoned and stray animals. This program began in 2003 and was a direct response to a plea for help for the many injured dogs and cats that are abandoned or lost but are still adoptable. Previously, there were no resources for the county animal services to handle these cases and the animals would be euthanized. the Emergency Medical Fund relies solely on grants and donor support.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
FL- Charlotte
FL- DeSoto
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
ARC, spay/neuter, animal rescue, feral cat, no-kill
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

A) Mobile Spay/Neuter Program - Following an analysis of ARC’s mobile clinic business model, the board concluded that ARC's mobile operation to be unsustainable due to costly and /frequent repair expenditures of its aging mobile unit.  Fixed costs associated with veterinarian services have caused ARC to loose $20 for every spay/neuter service performed.  Extensive research, planning and execution was put into the enrollment, acceptance and implementation of the tested-and-tried, self-sustaining operating model of the Humane Alliance, a 20-year old nationally recognized non-profit organization that has mentored the opening of approximately 140 spay/neuter clinic across the country. This operating model facilitates high-volume, high quality and low-cost spay/neuter services for low-income families, county animal shelters and rescue groups. ARC's new clinic is expected to increase its number of procedures from 3,000 up to 8,400 a year, making a greater impact in the organization role of addressing overpopulation and euthanasia at the core of the problem.

B) Feral cat program - ARC has moved away from a “once  a month” model to a daily surgery program in order to better service our clientele.   The program is in need of a sponsor to augment its budgetary constraints.  ARC maintains a backlog of approximately 300 feral cats that are waiting for spay/neuter service due to a lack of funding.
C)Emergency Medical Fund - ARC is committed to providing medical care for homeless animals and continually faces operating deficits due to high program demand despite tremendous efforts to reduce costs and subsidized care from ARC’s medical director staff.   ARC would like to expand its care of injured and sick stray animals to the southern borders of Sarasota County, an area that is presently under served.  In addition to the above challenges, ARC needs to increase its donor base, both large and small, for all of its programs.   ARC has a dedicated board but is in need of additional support to assist with ARC’s finance and fundraising/marketing committee efforts.
Why I Volunteer:
I became involved with ARC about 4 years ago as a donor and about a year and a half ago as a board member.  My interest in the organization was two fold; ARC’s spay and neuter focus is key to controlling companion animal overpopulation and two like-minded business professionals who take a business-minded approach to running a non-profit organization founded ARC.  On a personal note, I am the proud owner of two rescued dogs and three rescued cats.  I feel incredibly blessed for everyday that I benefit from their unconditional love and play witness to “living in the moment” joy.   We have much to learn and love about our pets and I feel one of the best ways we can give back to them is to support spay/neuter initiatives.  The service that ARC provides to the community is exponential.  For every animal that ARC spays or neuters countless animals will be spared the potential of be euthanized in a county animal shelter or left homeless wandering the streets of our community. 
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
There is no other organization similar to ARC in our area.  ARC addresses the overpopulation issue and high euthanasia rates at its core by providing low-cost spay and neuter services to low-income families. By expanding its business model to a high-volume operation and a fully-equipped clinic, ARC is contributing substantially to the unnecessary death of future generation of animals from entering a world with no homes for them.

ARC's new Spay & Neuter Clinic, is a state-of-the-art surgical facility utilizing a Florida licensed, full time veterinarian/medical director, a clinic manager, two veterinary technicians and a veterinary assistant as part of the medical staff,  as well as two relief, contracted  and licensed veterinarians.  Spay and neuter services are provided Monday through Friday by appointment only. Pet owners are referred to ARC by animal services agencies, rescue groups, animal welfare organizations and word of mouth. Upon scheduled appointment, pet owners receive complete information of low-cost services and answer pet related health questions. Pets are dropped off at 8:30 am to clinic on date of scheduled surgery and picked-up same day in the afternoon. Upon discharge of animals, pet owners receive post-surgical care instructions.

Budget $500,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Veterinary Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Families Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Short Term Success
ARC's short term success is  measured by the number of animals that are spayed and neutered daily, weekly and monthly. The higher volume we can achieve per day, a lower number of unwanted litters is reached. Animal Service agencies and Rescue Groups can attest the fact that high volume spay and neuter contributes to higher rate of adoptions, decreasing intake and euthanasia rates.
Long Term Success The long term success of the program is distinctly about the number of animals that are spayed/neutered preventing tens of thousands of animals from being born into a world with no home for them.  The long term success of the organization is under analysis by a strategic planning committee and may very well change.  The model  is based on high volume, low-cost program which is currently in its third month of implementation.
Program Success Monitoring
ARC's success is monitored in a number of ways.  The first is by the number of dogs and cats of low income families ARC neuters in a year.  The second is whether we are meeting our goals financially.  The third is the number of days the mobile clinic operates without mechanical failure.  
Program Success Examples
ARC has spayed/neutered over 35,000 dogs and cats of low income families since the program's inception in 2002.  The mobile clinic went from operating four days per week in 2009 to five days per week beginning in 2011. 
Description ARC leads the way in humanely controlling the feral cat population in Sarasota and Manatee counties, having developed a highly successful Trap-Neuter-Return program.  Feral cats, also known as community cats are safely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, treated for internal and external parasites, ear-tipped for identification, in many cases microchipped and returned to their colonies. Since most feral cat groups, coordinators and colony caretakers are volunteers and rarely have the funding for the spay and neuter expenses,  ARC works diligently in raising
Budget $20,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term Success ARC received a $34,500 grant from PetSmart Charities in 2010-2011 for the spay/neuter of 708 feral cats in the Myakka Community.  ARC was able to spay/neuter more than the grant provided for.  Statistically the intake of cats in that community dropped by 60%, proving that spay/neuter really works! 
Long Term Success Since the inception of ARC's Feral Cat Program, the organization has spayed/neutered more than 6000 feral cats.  There are two frequent measurement objectives, number of ferals spayed/neutered and a drop in intake statistics provided by County Animal Services.  
Program Success Monitoring Statistics including number of ferals spayed/neutered and Animal Services intake statistics are monitored at least monthly by ARC's Executive Director and ARC's Feral Cat Program Director.
Program Success Examples As stated above when ARC participated in a Trap-Neuter-Return initiative in Myakka City last year resulting in the spay/neuter of more than 708 feral cats.  One feral cat can, during its lifetime, produce literally hundreds of offspring.  TNR is the only humane way to deal with feral cats.  Animal Service intake dropped nearly 60% in that zip code.

They are injured or sick, but treatable.  Homeless and helpless, these animals could be saved.  But many are euthanized anyway, simply for lack of money.  ARC’s Emergency Medical Fund provides the necessary medicine and supplies.  ARC’s medical directors, Dr. Nan Rosenberry and Dr. David Smith of Bay Road Animal Hospital, donate care and services, ARC provides $1500 per month medical supplies, and lives are saved.  Many go on to become loving companion animals. 

Budget $21,600
Category Animal-Related, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term Success More animals get medical attention and go on to become companion animals.
Long Term Success Through invoices ARC has been able to track that the organization has helped over 2400 sick and injured animals with The Emergency Medical Fund since the program's inception..
Program Success Monitoring ARC's Executive and Medical Director's monitor the number of animals that utilize the Emergency Medical Fund and report them to the board monthly.
Program Success Examples

Pippi is an example. Found on the street with fight wounds and a dislocated shoulder, Pippi found a home in 2007 after being nursed back to health by the EMF.  Since then, despite an amputated leg, she has become a hospital volunteer and has visited thousands of recovering patients at HealthSouth Hospital.  A young-ish (40's) woman was the patient. She apparently had a stroke. When Tom Hudson (ARC Board member and Pippi's owner)  and Pippi went into the room, the patient's entire family was there. All were enthusiastic about Pippi's visit. 

Tom picked Pippi up, and held her in the patient's field of view. She smiled when she focused on Pippi. She struggled to make a word and clearly said, "Dog." She continued to smile broadly. 

Someone put the patient's hand on Pippi's head and she started to stroke it. She said "Dog" again. The family was overjoyed that the patient had spoken so clearly. When Pippi and Tom left the room, Tom had tears in his eyes. Pippi just wagged her tail!


All over the area, lives are better because of loving creatures whose injuries were healed and lives were saved by the ARC Emergency Medical Fund.

Program Comments by Organization
ARC’s mission is to  address and decrease the overpopulation and euthanasia rates affecting our community. Our goal is to reduce the number of animals in Sarasota County and surrounding areas that are needlessly euthanized each year by implementing a proactive and impactful high-volume, affordable spay and neuter program.  A new era for ARC has just begun with the opening of its first stand-alone building which houses a fully equipped and modern spay and neuter facility.  ARC's new clinic will  provide low cost high-quality spay/neuter services and employ a transportation program which will benefit countless numbers of animals in Sarasota County and surrounding communities. The transportation program will also allow ARC to expand its feral TNR effort to under-served areas.
To maintain and expand much needed programs, funding is crucial and ARC works diligently to meet the demand of low-cost programs for the under-privileged population in Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto and Charlotte counties.  A voucher/subsidy program to low-income families would be a transformative initiative in areas where animal overpopulation and human poverty are prevalent.  
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Gisele Pintchuck
CEO Term Start Sept 2013
CEO/Executive Director Email
Gisele Pintchuck has received a BA in Mass Communication and has spent the past 18 years working in the local non-profit community. Her background and experience include all areas of fund-development, public relations, event planning, communications and programming. Prior to joining ARC, Pintchuck served as associate executive director of Embracing Our Differences and before that as director of development for the Suncoast Communities Blood Bank. As the executive director of Animal Rescue Coalition, Pintchuck is responsible for the development and implementation of all aspects of the organization’s fundraising and community relations campaigns. She also oversees program growth, manages administrative and operational duties of spay and neuter clinic.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Ms. Roberta Druif June 2007 - July 2010
Brenda Terris Aug 2010 - May 2013
Senior Staff
Ms. Shannon Flick Project Manager
Mrs. Stephanie James Lead Veterinary Tech
Ms. Angelica Mendoza Clinic Manager
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 6
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 3
Volunteers 15
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaboration is a big part of ARC's spay and neuter program. Animal Rescue Coalition collaborates with Sarasota and Manatee County Animal Services and the organization has been a leader in the "No Kill" Movement embraced by Manatee County.  In addition of strong relationship with government agencies, ARC collaborates with many local rescue groups offering discounted Spay/Neuter services to them. Groups include Honor Sanctuary, Royal Rescue, Forge-me-Not, Inc. Aussie & Me Animal Rescue, Cat Depot, St. Francis Animal Rescue, SunCoast Humane Society of Englewood, Mimi's Rescue, EARS, Venice Cat Coalition and Underdog Rescue, Gulfshore Animal League, Humane Society of Sarasota and Humane Society of  Manatee and Little Angels Rescue.  
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Favorite Animal RescueNatural Awakening Magazine2011
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 1
Strategic Plan Adopted July 2014
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Management Comments by Organization ARC's is fortunate to rely on strong and experienced clinical staff as well as administrative staff. Due to budget limitations, our staff fulfills multiple tasks within and outside of their departments and we also depend on volunteers to fulfill tasks such as kennel support, marketing and many other clerical duties. With the implementation of the Transport Program there is a crucial position to be filled that would put strain onto our budget. To accommodate that need until funds can be released to cover that expense, current clinic manager will split her duties between clinic operations and transport program coordination.
Management Comments by Foundation
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Joanna Pace-Brackett
Company Affiliation G.E.
Board Term Mar 2014 to Feb 2016
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. Scott Bush Suncoast Communities Blood Bank
Mrs. Karin Gustafson Retired - YMCA Foundation
Mr. Chris Jones JP Morgan
Mr. Elliott Metcalfe Attorney at Law
Mrs. Joanna Pace-Brackett G.E.
Ms. Judith Ragona Retired
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 84
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 50
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Board Governance
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Governance Comments by Organization
ARC is very fortunate to have the level of commitment, passion and dedication that it receives from its board members. Their commitment goes beyond and above the general support in time, expertise and guidance. All members are active participants of special projects and fundraising, committing not only their time, but also financial effort.  In additional to our Executive Board of Directors, ARC  has an Advisory Board comprised of individuals who share the love of animals and actively serve as animal welfare advocates in our community. These individuals represent all facets of professional fields including veterinary, business, legal and philanthropy. Their dedication and expertise are invaluable ARC’s mission. The Advisory Board of Directors meet 5 times a year and currently has 9 members.
Governance Comments by Foundation
Board attendance rate includes 4 board meetings that took place after governance shift.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2014
Fiscal Year Ends 2015
Projected Revenue $861,441.00
Projected Expenses $475,100.00
Endowment Value
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Policy %
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign Yes
Campaign Purpose ARC launched a campaign in February 2014 to raise funds for the renovation and purchase of the building housing ARC's Spay/Neuter clinic. By the end of 2014 the campaign goal was reached. ARC has established a 2nd phase for additional building needs.
Campaign Goal $800,000.00
Campaign Dates Feb 2014 to June 2016
Amount Raised To Date 835270 as of Mar 2015
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$353,871$258,480$370,949
Administration Expense$139,730$170,896$100,844
Fundraising Expense$1,819$8,953$21,848
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.001.091.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses71%59%75%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%3%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$722,000$240,600$166,090
Current Assets$565,305$172,645$131,414
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$37,121$13,089$12,330
Total Net Assets$684,879$191,511$153,760
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $586,756Program Service Revenue $216,439Contributions, gifts, grants $369,335
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $203,716Fundraising $160,821Fundraising $124,306
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $199,792Contributions, gifts, grants $98,8200 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities15.2313.1910.66
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
ARC is entering an exciting and promising phase of growth and strength.  For 15 years ARC has offered low-cost spay and neuter services via a mobile clinic under the premise that the mobile clinic could be moved to areas of need throughout Manatee and Sarasota Counties. The mobile clinic model became increasingly inefficient given its size, age, and cost structure. The mobile clinic also became unreliable  to move to outlying areas where the need for spay/neuter services is the greatest. In an effort to improve its operations, increase its capacity, and operate a self-sustaining clinic ARC’s board applied for and received approval to join the Humane Alliance’s National Spay and Neuter Response Team (NSNRT) program. The opening of the new clinic has been a critical step in establishing a more effective and sustainable business model . The clinic will soon implement  a transportation program that will allow ARC to nearly triple its capacity in the next two to three years, service outlying areas of critical need, and expand its feral cat program. The freestanding ARC clinic also offers numerous small local shelters a dependable resource for low cost spay/neuter services.
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990s or audits.  Financial figures were taken from the 990s.  The Federal tax returns and audited financial statements reconcile.
Nonprofit Animal Rescue Coalition Inc
Address 6320 Tower Lane
Sarasota, FL 34240
Primary Phone 941 957-1955 3