Big Cat Habitat Gulf Coast Sanctuary Inc.
7101 Palmer Boulevard
Sarasota FL 34240
Our mission is to provide a safe, loving and permanent home for big cats and other exotic creatures and to educate mankind on the importance of species preservation and to ensure the survival of these magnificent animals for future generations.
CEO/Executive Director Ms Kay P. Ross
Board Chair Ms. Kay P. Ross
Board Chair Affiliation Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary
General Info
Organization DBA
Big Cat Habitat
Supported Organization
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1995
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2016
State Registration Yes Jan 2016
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $900,000.00
Projected Expenses $785,000.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement
The final touches were put on the new habitat constructed for Brutus, a 1,000 + pound liger.  He was moved into his new surrounding in 2014.  His "house" area (sheltered) and exercise area are more fitting an exotic cat of his size.

Completion of the monkey habitat was done.  This included new fencing, poured cement floors and unencumbered  play areas.  Plenty of room to 'monkey around.'

Plans were drawn up to erect 3 monitors in the Demonstration Barn.  These monitors will be mounted in the center of the room and raised to ceiling height.  Educational videos will be shown, the history of the Habitat will be told, along with photos of the many unique animals at the Sanctuary.

In 2015, the Habitat will build a walk-way between the enclosed cat barn and the newly completed cat habitats.  This will allow visitors to view all the exotic cats at the Sanctuary.  Completing the walk-way, will permit perimeter fencing to be put up so all the pasture animals can be viewed.  These animals include, camels, donkeys, ponies, a zebra, a Clydesdale horse and an American buffalo. 

Clearing of the perimeter land has begun.  This will allow a property fence to be constructed around the Sanctuary.  In addition, this should help in the drainage and drying of the property during the rainy season. 
Needs Statement
$6,000 is needed to offer our elementary educational program to economically disadvantaged students throughout Sarasota and Manatee County schools.Three new habitats have been built for our growing number of exotic cat population.  These new habitats are in need of pools for the cats to cool off in.  The cost for each pool is $4,000.  Hayward Pool Pumps has donated the pumps.  As summer approaches, completing these pools becomes an important issue. An escrow account has been set up for donations to build permanent restrooms.  The cost will be $60,000.  The Habitat has been using portable toilets.  Do to the increase in visitors and the need to provide "changing areas"  for infants, has made this a priority. We currently need; volunteers with educational degrees or teaching experience to administer our new elementary education program to students and provide educational tours to groups;  encourage local individuals to become volunteers to provide needed manpower for our newly constructed habitats.
Background Statement
      Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a safe and permanent home to many endangered big cat species and a variety of other exotic animals that have been surrendered or confiscated from their original owners who could no longer properly care for them. Along with our commitment to provide these beautiful creatures a loving home for life, our mission embodies educating adults and children about species of animals and habitat conservation in a effort to ensure the survival of these magnificent creatures for future generations.
      Founded by Kay Rosaire, a world renowned animal trainer and eighth generation circus family descendent, the Sanctuary began providing permanent homes for rescued big cats in 1987. The Sanctuary, which, was originally supported by Ms. Rosaire's career performing with her own big cats, didn't obtain its nonprofit status until 1996. Since then, the Rosaire's have continued to save hundreds of animals from unhealthy situations and the possibility of being euthanized. At present, the entire facility supports more than 140 animals including an abundance of exotic big cat species (lions, tigers, leopards, cougars, and servals, etc, ), as well as a wide variety of other creatures (bears, camels, monkeys, lemurs, macaws, cockatoos, tortoises, etc.). In addition to providing lifelong homes for big cats (which can span upwards of twenty years or more) and other wildlife, Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary also fosters public appreciation of exotic animals and imparts the importance of species preservation and habitat conservation through our educational programs. While this is accomplished primarily through our live animal educational demonstrations performed by Ms. Kay Rosaire and her son, Clayton Rosaire, the sanctuary also possesses an excellent elementary education program serving students in both Sarasota and Manatee schools and performs outreach to organizations throughout the community. An estimated total of 50,000 guests visited our facility in 2012 and received our important educational message about the need to preserve exotic animals from extinction.
      While Ms. Rosaire has no plans of retiring from her leadership position anytime soon, Clayton Rosaire is poised to carry on the important work Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary provides to the current animal population and will continue to educate the public regarding the plight of these exotics.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Animal Related
Big Cat Sanctuary, Wildlife Sanctuary, Animal Welfare, Exotic Cat Education, Exotic Animal Rescue
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Our animal care program was designed around our belief that people who live and work with animals are bound by duty to assure their well-being; to provide appropriate housing, nutrition, medical care, and humane treatment and handling. As a result of our vision, our animal care program which is administered by our professionally trained caregiver staff provides the optimum mental and physical health of our animals. The program features multiple enrichment opportunities in each of our animal habitats, such as filtered pools and climbing apparatuses for our larger animals and small toys for our smaller animals. The nutritional needs of our animals are thoroughly researched with each animal receiving an individual dietary plan which is monitored daily. Our medical team is comprised of local board certified veternarians who frequently consult with our animal caregiver staff, as our staff are often the first to notice any changes in animal behavior which might result in a need for medical care or further observation. Each of our animal caregiver staff values the human animal bond and therefore, ensures that each of our animals is treated with dignity, respect and love.  
Budget $100,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families
Short Term Success
All of the animals at the facility will exhibit optimum health on a daily basis and those who do not, will receive immediate medical attention in an effort to prevent continued illness and/or loss of life.    
Long Term Success
All animals within our care, regardless of their health status upon their arrival at our facility, will exhibit optimum mental and physical health throughout their natural remaining lifespan which for captive big cats is twenty or more years.     
Program Success Monitoring
Animals are monitored on a daily basis for any behavioral changes that might indicate a deviation in their overall health status. Changes indicating a decline in health are recorded and reported immediately to veterinary staff to determine if medical attention is necessary. As a result of constant behavioral observation by our animal caregiver staff and our veterinary team, animals exhibiting a decline in health are treated immediately and loss of life is minimal.
Program Success Examples
As a result of the success of our program, a high percentage of the animals live the full term of their natural "captive" lifespan which has been noted to be at least twice the lifespan for their wild counterparts. Often, we receive animals from situations that were previously unhealthy for them and we invest incredible effort into restoring them to their optimum health. One such lioness, who came to us in extremely poor physical condition as a cub, is now healthy and happily turning three this year. Not only did she receive excellent medical care upon arrival, but also benefited greatly from proper nutrition and hands on care from our animal caregiver staff.  Fortunately, she is just one of our many success stories and represents many of our animals who have been given the wonderful opportunity of lifelong sanctuary with us.
Program Comments by Organization
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms Kay P. Ross
CEO Term Start Jan 1996
CEO/Executive Director Email
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 11
Part Time Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 90
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 50
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 5
Strategic Plan Adopted May 2014
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization
Management Comments by Foundation
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization
Planning & Policies Comments by Foundation
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Kay P. Ross
Company Affiliation Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary
Board Term May 1996 to May 2050
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Ms. An Cantor Community Volunteer
Mr. Richard Czina Retired
Ms. Regina Iovine Armour Tight Concrete
Mr. Clayton R. Mowrey Rosaire Productions
Ms. Shareet Pennino Providence Service Corporation
Ms. Linda Rosaire Retired
Ms. Kay P. Ross Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 93
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Donor Services
Fiscal Affairs
Housing and Community Development
Governance Comments by Organization
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2015
Fiscal Year Ends 2015
Projected Revenue $900,000.00
Projected Expenses $785,000.00
Endowment Value
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Policy %
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign Yes
Campaign Purpose Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, Inc. needs to construct permanent restrooms. Due to the increased number of visitors to the Habitat, permanent restrooms will be a major upgrade from portable restrooms.
Campaign Goal $75,000.00
Campaign Dates Sept 2015 to Dec 2015
Amount Raised To Date 6000 as of Jan 2015
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Audit/Financial Documents
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 Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$157,787$161,297$113,940
Investment Income, Net of Losses$136$209$501
Membership Dues$1,952$0$0
Special Events$125,104$71,058$73,248
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$690,885$577,971$406,571
Administration Expense$37,547$42,427$34,290
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.111.081.28
Program Expense/Total Expenses97%93%92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$806,599$747,572$682,019
Current Assets$177,885$182,109$301,991
Long-Term Liabilities$0$25,000$0
Current Liabilities$4,768$2,126$11,683
Total Net Assets$801,831$720,446$670,336
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnimal Behavior Exhibitions $492,995Animal Behavior Exhibitions $421,227Animal Behavior Exhibits $351,646
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $157,787Contributions, gifts, grants $161,297Contributions, gifts, grants $113,940
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $125,104Fundraising $71,058Fundraising $73,248
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities37.3185.6625.85
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%3%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Financial Comments by Foundation
Organization filed extension for 2014 Form 990 (should be complete by August).
Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990s.  Financial figures were taken from the Federal 990s.
Nonprofit Big Cat Habitat Gulf Coast Sanctuary Inc.
Address 7101 Palmer Boulevard
Sarasota, FL 34240
Phone 941 371-6377