Cat Depot
2542 17th Street
Sarasota FL 34234
Cat Depot's mission is to save lives, find loving homes, and provide the resources and education to improve the destiny of homeless cats. Cat Depot, a no-kill, free-roaming center, is recognized for its progressive design and commitment to helping homeless, abandoned and injured cats and kittens.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Shelley Thayer
Board Chair Ken Slavin
Board Chair Affiliation retired
General Info
Organization DBA
Supported Organization
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2003
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 $1,330,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,306,000.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement
2014 Accomplishments

1. Rescued 1,123 homeless cats and kittens and found homes for 1,045
2. Accepted 246 cats and kittens from local animal groups and Animal Services to increase adoptions and decrease euthanasia

3. Community Cat Program:
- Food Bank distributed over 17,800 lbs. of dry food and 13,414 cans of wet food to those supporting feral cats and those in need of food for their pets in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Fed 240 personal pets and over 500 community cats.
- Loaned 465 traps to capture injured cats and colony cats for sterilization
- Grants awarded to spay/neuter 834 community cats and pet cats
4. Opened Cat Care Clinic providing low-cost veterinary services 
5. Cat Depot Emergency Response Team (CDERT) worked with ASPCA, Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Best Friends Animal Society
6. Rescued 58 cats from 5 hoarding situations in FL
7. 176 volunteers contributed over 18,931 hours
8. Won Best Nonprofit - SRQ Magazine Best of 2014
9. Hosted events including Pet CPR, Paw Project film screening, 2 FL SARC training classes and Take Action for Animals Lecture featuring Kate MacFall, HSUS and Carey Theil, GREY2K USA.
2015 Goals
1. Find homes for 1,000 homeless cats and kittens
2. Spay/Neuter 1,000 community/free roaming/feral cats
- Increase the number of free Trap/Neuter/Vaccinate/Release (TNVR) offered to the public
- Expand the geographic area of free TNVR in Sarasota and Manatee counties
- Target trailer parks in Sarasota county for free TNVR
- Engage colony care givers to monitor colonies for new arrivals
- Reduce feline population and increase live release rate in Sarasota and Manatee counties
3. Increase awareness of our low-cost Cat Care Clinic and the necessity to spay/neuter cats
4. Provide 1,500 lbs. of dry food and 300 cans of wet food for community and pet cats each month
5. Continue Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with ASPCA for disaster work in FL and the U.S.
Needs Statement
CBC (Complete Blood Count) Machine = $12,000

Gives blood cell count so we can determine if a cat has an infection or is anemic. By having this machine in-house, we have immediate results rather than waiting 24 hours to be able to treat an ill kitty.

Surgery Center Fluid Poles and Fluid Pumps = $2,730

The mobile poles are used in our surgery rooms to carry fluids that will be administered to cats and kittens intravenously.

3 iPads = $1,720

For the adoption floor to give quick and efficient access to cats' behavior, history and medical records.

5 Surgery Packs = $990 each

Surgery packs consist of instruments used in spay/neuter surgeries. We are now performing spay/neuter surgeries five days a week. The increased surgeries warrant extra sets of surgical instruments for a more efficient process and will allow us to sterilize more animals.

Intake of One Cat = $150 each

Includes the cost of a veterinary exam, spay/neuter surgery, microchip, vaccinations, FIV/FeLV test and flea treatment.

Background Statement
In September 2003, due to the neglect and abandonment of several hundred free-roaming cats residing at a shelter in Sarasota, Florida, five concerned citizens stepped up to rescue the felines in distress. The founders rented a small warehouse in which the cats would temporarily reside until future legal custody could be determined. Their original mission was to provide a safe haven for the 262 cats and give a voice to those that had none.
Relocation of the cats was an amazing display of local unity and cooperation. The founders at Cat Depot, volunteers, and local animal organizations joined forces with Sarasota Animal Services to transfer the cats to their temporary quarters, a 2500 square foot facility. Needing a name to identify their location, they called it "Cat Depot." Over the course of the next few months, each cat was examined, treated, and documented by the county's veterinarian. In total, 262 cats survived.

Cat Depot moved into a 10,000 sq. ft. state-of-the art facility on 17th Street, Sarasota, in October 2009. Two years of planning and extensive research led to the development of one of the most creative and innovative ‘green’ adoption centers in the nation. An 800 sq. foot education and activity center was added in the fall of 2010, and a surgery center opened in the spring of 2011.
Cat Depot houses over 130 cats and kittens on any given day, with another 20-50 in foster care.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type Animal Related
cat, animal, shelter, education, rescue, adopt
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Challenges are always present, and we constantly evaluate policies, procedures and methodology to keep up with evolving education in the care of cats. Learning is never ending.

One of our greatest challenges is consistency in every aspect of our operation. Volunteers are a big part of our success and without them we could not help all the animals we are able to assist because of their support. We are able to help more animals because of them.
The never ending and always growing cries for help drive us to find additional means of support. We know what we want and need to do to increase our ability to save lives, assist other organizations in their efforts, and be a true asset to the community.  Funds however do not always flow as quickly as ideas.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Cat Depot is a joyous adoption facility where motion is consistent, change is progressive, and education is never ending.

We strive for achievement through innovation and dedication to both the physical and mental well being of every cat who enters our doors. Our dedicated staff and volunteers work seven days a week to help as many cats as possible, through rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing.
Our cats benefit from creative programs that promote curiosity and mental stimulation. And our community benefits from programs designed to learn about cat care ad responsibility for personal pets and community cats.
Cat Depot continually strives to improve our feline care by applying technology advances with old fashioned love.

In 2011, Cat Depot opened an in-house medical center for surgeries and treatment of Cat Depot's cats. The treatment center is overseen by two Florida licensed veterinarians (one full time and one part time), who are assisted by four vet techs and daily tech assistants.

A vet tech is available seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  A vet tech is also available every holiday that Cat Depot is closed to the public.

Cat Depot's full time veterinarian works 40 hours a week and our part time veterinarian works two days a week for a total of 10 hours. To supplement our needs, we work with local veterinarian. Their assistance includes emergency care, surgeries and behavioral modification for extreme cases that include abuse.

In addition to off-site help, local veterinarians assist with onsite surgeries and overall treatment and care of Cat Depot's cats.
Cat Depot is a no-kill facility and makes every effort to help as many cats as possible. Dental care, and specialists in a multitude of fields including cardiology, neurology and oncology, are consulted on a regular basis. Every step is taken to ensure a quality of life. 
Budget $295,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified Families Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success
Immediate medical care and physical relief are given to all cats who enter our program. Fear, hunger, and suffering are abated for pregnant cats and newborn cats, as well as homeless, motherless kittens. For injured animals, pain and suffering are reduced and eliminated. Every cat is physically examined and provided with immediate care, including x-rays, surgery, dental work and treatment.
Long Term Success
Increased numbers of sterilizations will impact the overall population of homeless cats and curb the breeding of unwanted kittens. It will also reduce the suffering caused by lack of food, shelter and medical care. Our goal is to sustain efforts through grants and donations, while meeting and exceeding our 2013 figures for spay and neuter of community and domestic cats.

No cat will need to suffer on the streets because they do not have a wallet to pay for needed medical services. Cats suffering from illness, broken bones, and who need emergency care will receive relief and medical care.
A monthly Community Food Bank is offered to individuals in two counties. Cat Depot distributes 1,000 lbs. of dry food and 100-300 cans of wet food every month for personal pets and community (feral) cats.
Program Success Monitoring

The number of animals treated for emergency and non-emergency related medical care has increased since 2012.  The increase is a direct result of Cat Depot altering its admission percentages to include a greater number of cats off the street. Of the cats who received immediate emergency care, the majority went on to live normal, joyous lives. This program is tracked and monitored by ShelterPro, an animal shelter software program. Each cat is tracked from admission through adoption, including all medical records. In addition, Cat Depot works with local veterinarians who donate their time and services. Each veterinarian's services are tracked on a monthly basis to insure maximum value. These partnerships are lifesaving, and great relationships have been formed in support of caring for the cats and kittens.

Program Success Examples
Sterilization of cats and kittens has significantly increased, as well as the number of emergency and scheduled surgeries.
On-Site (Cat Depot)                                   2010   2011   2012  2013  
Spay/Neuter Personal/Community Cats         800   1400   1000    532
Kittens, motherless, bottle fed                        200    400     400    400+
Emergency Care                                              40      80       95    100
Medical Treatment                                           75    150     320    500
(75 Caboodle Cats 2012)
Dental Care                                                      20     70       85     41

To help the public and encourage adoptions, Cat Depot's doors are open seven days a week, with extended hours of Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday - Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Cat Depot houses from 125 to 150 cats on any given day, and cats are accepted into Cat Depot seven days a week. Adoption counselors work with volunteer staff to promote both onsite and offsite adoption efforts. 

Every cat is given the best opportunity to find a loving home and efforts can include medical care, and help to develop social skills through clicker training, food motivation, leash walking and one-on-one loving care.

Budget $90,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified Families Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success
Short term success is saving lives and preventing unwanted litters of kittens through sterilization. Every cat who is pulled off the street is taken out of harm's way. 

Every day that we save a life is a good day and every cat who is brought into our care has a 100% chance at a better life.
Long Term Success

The long term success of our adoption program is that through dedicated efforts soon we will attain a time of no more homeless pets. Every adoptable cat will have a loving home despite of his/her age or health. And, all animals will receive love, medical attention and a chance to grow old. For now, we work seven days a week to try and find good and loving families for homeless cats. 

Our goal is to reach 1,000 adoptions in 2014. This figure is a 20% increase from 2013.

Program Success Monitoring

What's Working
Every adoptive parent is called twice. First, within 48 hours and then a second call or email is made, 7-14 days later. Should there be questions or challenges with the adopted cat, advice will be provided and another follow up call will be made. An adoption counselor may follow up even a year later to check on the progress of a cat.

A good match is when the cat stays in the home, and reports are a happy and healthy relationship between all family members and animals. Maintaining and increasing adoption numbers are also a good indicator of success.

Cat Depot has a return policy, and in 2013, only 25 Cat Depot cats were relinquished due to owner deaths and financial difficulties. Some of the returned cats were adopted more than seven years ago. This number is a decrease from over 100 in 2012 and is a direct result of Cat Depot employees taking Pet Safety Net Training (an 8 hour program designed to help pet owners keep their pets). The program has a 33% retention rate and the tools learned are being used when speaking with pet owners.

Program Success Examples
Increased adoption figures every year, through greater out reach efforts, training, and adoption counseling.

Adoption Figures
2009:  459
2010:  869
2011:  893
2012:  896
2013:  846
Adoption Success: Mighty Lou was brought to Cat Depot by a woman who thought he had been hit by a car. He was dragging his back legs, unable to walk. After being rushed to emergency care, it was determined Mighty Lou was an untreated diabetic cat. A regimented series of treatments began. Unable to get his insulin regulated, he was placed in foster care.  There he excelled with a regimented routine and daily therapy for his legs.  Once regulated, he was taken to an Honored Veterinarian for acupuncture treatment and proper diet. After several months, and dedicated foster care, Mighty Lou was off insulin and could use his back legs.  After one year, he could walk, run, and even jump.
Mighty Lou was adopted by his foster parents, 13 months after his arrival at Cat Depot.  We could not ask for a happier ending and new beginning for Mighty Lou.


Cat Depot provides daily cat care by trained and employed Cat Care Givers. Feeding starts at 7 a.m. with individual bowls of wet food. Dry food is replenished along with fresh water. All cats are quickly assessed for general overall good health, adhering to Standard Operating Procedures, reviewed and approved by Maddie's Shelter Medicine Assessment Team. Once cats are assessed, Cat Care Givers begin their detailed cleaning utilizing ASPCA- approved cleaning techniques which improve productivity of time and cleanliness.  Daily routines are supplemented with weekly, monthly, and quarterly tasks.
Once check lists are completed, cat socialization begins. Each Cat Care Giver is assigned or chooses cats who need additional help overcoming fears. Clicker training, food motivation, and one-on-one play are used when working with fearful cats.  Care Givers perform monthly Spa Days, when every cat gets a nail trim, ear, eye and teeth cleaning, weigh-in, flea/heartworm/tick preventative and overall general health check.

Care Givers work with volunteers, seven days a week, to assist with cleaning, and to promote good cat care and positive socialization.  

Budget $145,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified Adults Families
Short Term Success
Every day is a good day, knowing that basic requirements of nourishing food and clean water are always available. Toys for play, a selection of soft beds for napping, loving hands to brush long coats, and treats that arrive at the same time every evening before lights out, provide a consistent environment for cats who lacked stability before.
Fear of predators and unknown dangers are removed, allowing a mother cat to sleep with both eyes closed, and every cat can rest easy with a full stomach. 
Long Term Success Excellent cat care begets positive results, including healthy, socialized cats and kittens and increased adoptions. As more cats are moved through the system, more lives are saved, less animals suffer. Hunger is eliminated, and pain and suffering is replaced with consistent care and love. Currently over 100 volunteers help us with our efforts every month. Our goal is to increase adoption numbers through cat care and cat socialization techniques, by helping shy cats over come their fears and gain increased confidence. Better cat care and consistency in cat care will promote all aspects of medical and mental well being for every cat.
Program Success Monitoring

Success is measured in a variety of ways. For fearful cats, success is measured by the length of stay in a cage or office until the cat is adopted.  For the cats on the adoption floor success is measured similarly, by the length of stay.

Cat Depot's goal is to never have a cat longer than one year. We currently have not met that goal, but we are introducing a test called, Less is More, to help adopters understand the cat's various personalities. Care Givers work daily with troubled cats and cats who need help overcoming their fears. Success is often measured slowly and in stages, but the ultimate goal is eventually realized.

Program Success Examples
The reduction of long term cats (more than one year) and hard to place cats (feral) that Cat Depot had inherited from various rescue operations has reduced in the last few years.

Year                       Hard to Place Cats
2009                               78
2010                               42
2011                               14
2012                               11                     
Lucy Lu was a long term cat, coming to Cat Depot as an "abused animal."  Several attempts had been made on her life, and the mental scars were much worse than the physical wounds and hernia she endured by her attackers.   Clicker training and behavior modification techniques were used over the months that followed. A certified animal behavior specialist was brought in from Tampa and months later, a local veterinarian, specializing in animal abuse was assigned to her case. Unfortunately, her quirky, unpredictable behavior and lack of trust kept her for improving enough to find a loving home. Her next best option was foster care. Lucy Lu worked with dedicated foster parents on a daily basis to overcome basic every day noises and movements by her care givers. After five months in a loving environment, Lucy Lu returned to Cat Depot to find her forever home.  In 2013, this front paw declawed, abandoned, Russian Blue finally overcame her horrible past and found love again - with her foster parents, who took her in permanently.

Education begins with the youngest child and continues to the oldest senior. 

In our education center, Cat Depot offers classes on emergency rescue training, safe trapping , cat colony care giving, foster parent skills, bottle feeding, adoption assistant, ambassadors in our welcome center, socialization 200, clicker training, and positive behavior modification.

In addition, every month, a speaker addresses Cat Depot's staff on specific subjects that include, zoonotic disease, common shelter diseases, new techniques in cat care, safety, and rescue.

Cat Depot offers summer camp to boys and girls in grades 2 - 5. Activities include: safety, how not to get bit, cat care, emergency care, what to do when you find a stray animal, reptile knowledge, learning and loving horses, birds, turtles, K-9 dogs, therapy animals and a week long cat project, from admittance to adoption.

Cat Depot continues to expand the variety and outreach of our education programs.

Budget $45,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success
More than 800 visitors in an age range from small children to seniors, visit Cat Depot every month. In addition, two volunteer training classes are offered monthly, and each class delivers positive messaging and basic, critical cat care information. In 2013, 32 classes were held with 580 attendees.

Visitors of all ages learn about proper handling, reading cat signals, leash walking, clicker training, food motivation, and basic 101 cat care. In 2012, for the first time, we offered Critter Camp for grades 2 - 5. In 2013 we doubled camp efforts and included grades 6-7. Cat Depot offers two full scholarships per session and one full week of free camp to a local children's program. Daily learning experiences can be shared and remembered, including safety, how not to get bit, kindness to animals, and what to do when you find a stray animal, to name a few.
The sharing of knowledge is universal, and hopefully, the more than 10,000 visitors who visit Cat Depot every year will take away knowledge that will benefit all animals.
Long Term Success Success is reached when all homeless domestic animals will find themselves in someone's care.  Domestic house cats will live in loving homes and feral community cats will find care from community members.  Every cat will have consistent nourishing food, clean water, and safe shelter. Children and adults will understand the importance of kindness to animals and will follow good practices in feline care. No one will "dump" cats, simply because they think the cats can fend for themselves. And, they will reach out and help homeless cats, even if it means taking part in helping them with temporary housing.
Program Success Monitoring

Is our education working?  Ask the children who have come back to Cat Depot with their friends, or the 'mommy and me' teams who are walking cats and providing basic care.

In 2013, the number of children and teens who attended cat related activities and attend volunteer training increased over the previous year. These figures were tracked and recorded through sign-in sheets. We will continue to measure success using camp program results, attendee results, and participation in camp and other offered activities.
Program Success Examples
Several aspects of education have increased since our education and activity center opened in October, 2010. From the day of opening until now, 1000's of children, teens and adults have reaped the rewards of learning about animals, their care, and how they can make a difference, in their home and in their community.
Year   Volunteers   Fosters   Food Bank          Programs
2009   110                8          Non existent       Distribution of Information
2010   380               16         Non existent       Chubby Cat Diet, Spa Day for
2011   740               38         6 Cat Colonies
                                             6 individuals         Leash Walking, Cat Care 101
                                                                        and 102, Clicker Training,
                                                                        First Aid for Pets, Rescue

2012     850             73          Food Bank: 1,000 lbs. dry and 300 cans wet food distributed every month, over 90 individuals and 1,000 cats registered to receive help. Over 12 monthly programs offered to the public - onsite and offsite.
2013     774              67           68 registered colonies (fed an average of 30 colonies per month)

Cat Depot Emergency ResponseTeam (CDERT) 
Cat Depot has responded to more than a dozen man-made or natural disasters in the last three years. They include, Tornado/Joplin, MO, Cruelty/Clewiston, FL, Cruelty/Elk County, PA, Cruelty/Jacksonville, FL, Hoarding/Sarasota, FL, Hoarding/Bradenton, FL, Rescue/Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Rescue/Punta Gorda, FL, Rescue/Oneco, FL, Rescue/Port St. Lucie, FL, Rescue-dog fighting/ASPCA shelter in undisclosed location and numerous local rescues of cats and kittens.

Rescue Training
Cat Depot hosts two FL State Animal Response Coalition trainings every year, as well as trainings on dog safety, pet retention, safe trapping procedures and emergency first aid. Staff and volunteers are encouraged to complete their FEMA certifications and FL SARC training which qualifies them for National Disaster Response.

2011, 60% Cat Depot's staff certified
2012, 65% Cat Depot staff certified
2013, 82% Cat Depot staff certified
2014 Goal, 100% Cat Depot staff certified 
Budget $55,500
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Families Victims
Short Term Success
2014 Napier's Log Cabin Horse & Animal Sanctuary rescue of 34 cats. Cat Depot assisted in the rescue and subsequent care of 34 cats confiscated by Manatee County Animal Services in a hoarding situation. The very ill cats were nursed back to health at Cat Depot and the majority of them have now found their forever homes.
2012 Caboodle Ranch Animal Sanctuary anti-cruelty rescue of 700+ cats. Cat Depot worked directly with the ASPCA to care for 700 cats for a five month duration. Cat Depot's emergency response veterinarian assisted the ASPCA from the beginning raid through the distribution of all cats. Cat Depot accepted 150 cats which were housed at Robarts Arena in temporary emergency shelter. A two-day adoption event resulted in homes for 110. Cat Depot assisted a dozen organizations in 2012 and took in more than 200 cats. We will continue to provide this service for those cats in greatest need.
Long Term Success

Cat Depot has signed a memorandum of understanding with the ASPCA. Our partnership will remain in place for years to come. Cat Depot has agreed to assist the ASPCA on a local and national level for large scale disaster, including cruelty (hoarding) and natural disaster.

In 2012 Cat Depot received a grant from the ASPCA for a rescue trailer that houses 120 small animals. In 2013, Cat Depot secured a 12 passenger van, in addition to an existing cargo van. Together, the three vehicles can transport 150 cats and kittens out of Sarasota County to the safety of a partnering facility.

Cat Depot’s Emergency Response Team (CDERT) deployed twice in 2013 at the request of the ASPCA® to help care for hundreds of dogs rescued in a multi-state, federal dog fighting raid – the second largest dog fighting bust in United States history. CDERT joined dozens of workers at the ASPCA’s temporary shelter to assist with the rescued dogs.

In addition, Cat Depot has prepared our facility for emergency care.

Cat Depot, with the assistance of Emergency Management of Sarasota County, completed a comprehensive and approved Emergency Management Disaster Plan for all housed residents of Cat Depot. The plan includes: 7 Days food/water/medications for 150 cats and 10 Employees.

Program Success Monitoring
Partnerships with the ASPCA are monitored by the ASPCA and Cat Depot. Additional programs and grants associated with rescue efforts eg. humane traps, medical expenses, medical care are tracked, monitored and reported on a case by case basis up to a monthly tracking for 12 months.
Program Success Examples
The Caboodle Ranch rescue and adoption of 134 cats.
Best Friends Animal Society - 7 humane traps.
Averaged 40 TNR cats per month.
CDERT assistance with the ASPCA dog fighting rescue.
CDERT assistance with Napier Sanctuary rescue and adoption of 34 cats
Program Comments by Organization
Cat Depot's five main programs include rescue, adoptions, medical care, cat care and education. These are five areas of concentration, although Cat Depot has numerous smaller programs and is continually working to develop pertinent educational programs and activities that will meet the needs of both homeless cats and members of  the community.


Cat Depot's reputation as "an organization to emulate" has grown, and to an equal degree so have the requests for help on both a local and national level. In 2013, Cat Depot experienced a significant increase in emergency care costs as a result of cats injured by cars, dogs and wildlife, as well as long term untreated medical conditions.

Partnerships with national organizations such as Maddie's Shelter Medicine and the ASPCA have contributed to spiked expenditures during times of rescue from man-made or natural disasters.

The ever pressing need for community education, as well as staff education, is also a rising cost.

Those who succeed, grow. Cat Depot has grown from inception with the rate of growth increasing in pace every year. With increased growth comes demands on our facility. Limited space is an issue and Cat Depot has become skilled at innovative juggling.  The future may need to include expansion.



Partnerships with organizations on a local and national level are inevitable to attain a no kill equation. 

Cat Depot is a member of the Florida Association of Animal Welfare Organizations (FAAWO), and our executive director is Vice President.

Florida Association of Animal Welfare Organizations (FAAWO) is a non-profit membership organization developed to strengthen the animal welfare field. FAAWO's goals are to unite animal advocates, provide professional growth and education opportunities and maintain a unified voice for animal welfare in the state of Florida. FAAWO focuses on best practices for humane organizations and its members work closely to rescue, shelter, rehabilitate and place abandoned and orphaned animals in their forever homes.

Cat Depot works with local organizations predominately in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, as well as outlying counties, greater FL and occasionally the nation. In 2013, 55% of incoming cats came off the streets, 16% were relinquished, and 14% came from other organizations.
Cat Depot works with national organizations, including the ASPCA, Maddie's Shelter Medicine, Best Friends Animal Society, and the American Humane Association.  
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Shelley Thayer
CEO Term Start July 2009
CEO/Executive Director Email

Shelley Thayer is a veteran of Best Friends Animal Society, having served in rescue operations including, Hurricane Katrina (6,000 animals), Pets Alive in upstate New York (500 animals), the Reno Rabbit Rescue (1,600 rabbits), the Great Kitty Rescue in Pahrump, NV (800 cats), and the Beirut, Lebanon rescue (400 dogs and cats) to name a few. She developed and co-authored Best Friends first 200 page rapid-response rescue procedures manual, and spent more than 10,000 hours in rescue field work. She was circulation manager of Best Friends “good news” magazine, and later introduced the "Give the Gift" 25th Anniversary Campaign.

Before entering the nonprofit world, Ms. Thayer was co-founder and CEO of Super Marketing, Inc., a national corporation based in Irvine, CA, that specialized in packaged goods, new brand introductions and special events for corporations that included Best Foods, General Mills, Pepsi, Nike, and McCormick and Company, Inc. She was co-owner and Director of Operations for Tooned-In School Menus, that published four million free school menus every month, delivered to 200 school districts in 40 states. And, she was Vice President of Field Marketing, Inc. a national marketing corporation based in Chicago, IL.
During Ms. Thayer's marketing career, she remained connected to numerous humane organizations as both a volunteer, foster, and fundraiser. She rallied for wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, domestic animal rehabilitation, and big cat rescue.


Ms. Thayer is Vice President of the Florida Association for Animal Welfare Organizations.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Lynn Rasys Director of Communications
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 16
Part Time Staff 10
Staff Retention Rate % 77
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 774
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Cat Depot partners with local veterinarians who provide their professional services and time onsite and offsite to help with injured cats and kittens, emergency care and special needs cats.
Cat Depot has a continued memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the ASPCA.
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)
Florida Association of Animal Welfare Organizations
American Humane Association
Florida Public Relations Association2013
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Best Non Profit of Sarasota Top Three FinalistsSarasota Herald-Tribune2011
Best Animal Rescue OrganizationSarasota Pet2010
Best Domestic Animal OrganizationSarasota Pet2010
Best NonProfit FundraiserSarasota Pet2010
Recognition as "finest feline exclusive facility"Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program, University of Florida2010
Natural Choice Award Nomination for Best Feral Cat ProgramNatural Pet Awakening2011
Frank G. Berlin, Sr. 2012 Small Business Awards - Finalist Nonprofit of the YearSarasota Chamber of Commerce2012
Best Animal Rescue Organization - First Runner UpSarasota Pet Magazine Choice Awards2012
Best Pet Community Service - First Runner UpSarasota Pet Magazine Choice Awards2012
Best Pet Event - Second Runner Up - Cat'sinoSarasota Pet Magazine Choice Awards2012
Outstanding Acheivement for Website Development - Cat DepotInteractive Media Award, International Media Council, Inc.2012
Volunteer of the Year - Robert Burns, Cat DepotSarasota Magazine2012
Recepient of 25,000 cans of FriskiesNestle Purina "The Friskies Internet Cat Video Contest"2012
Local nonprofit nomination - Recipient of $10,000 grantChase2012
Grant for climate controlled animal rescue trailerASPCA2012
Nattie Awards for Best Event, Best Adoption Event, Best Place to Shop, and Best Animal Rescue Organization.Natural Awakenings2012
Finalist, NonProfit OrganizationSarasota Chamber Frank G. Berlin Sr. Small Business Award2013
Best Pet Event - Cat'sino Night - 1st PlaceSarasota Pet's Choice Awards2013
Best Domestic Group for Animals - 1st PlaceSarasota Pet's Choice Awards2013
Best Community Pet Service - First Runner UpSarasota Pet's Choice Awards2013
Best Feral Cat Program - First Runner UpSarasota Pet's Choice Awards2013
Outstanding Community Service Award - First Runner UpSarasota Pet's Choice Awards2013
Best Cause - FinalistSRQ Magazine Best of SRQ Local2013
Top-Rated NonprofitGreat Nonprofits 20132013
In-kind cat food donationASPCA and 9 Lives2013
Grant for "Share the Love" Dealership EventASPCA and Subaru2013
Grant for Food Bank Food for Personal PetsBanfield Charitable Trust2013
Grant for TNR low cost programBuild a Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation2013
Grant for Medical CenterCharles H. Leach Foundation2013
Grant for server upgradeCommunity Foundation of Sarasota County2013
Grant for Surgery LightsThe Edward E. and Lillian H. Bishop Foundation2013
Grant for Spay/Neuter of Personal Pets in Manatee/Sarasota CountiesThe Mary E. Parker Foundation2013
Meacham grant for medical equipmentAmerican Humane Association2013
Grant for Spay/Neuter of Community Cats and Personal PetsRyan Newman Foundation2013
Best Non-Profit AwardSRQ Magazine Best of SRQ Local 20142014
Grant for Kitten Supply/Fostering KitsDeupree Family Foundation2014
Emergency Relief Grant for 34 Rescued Napier CatsPetSmart Charities2014
Grant for Spay/Neuter of Community Cats and Personal Pets in 2 local zip codesFlorida Animal Friend2014
Emergency Relief Grant for 34 Rescued Napier CatsManatee Community Foundation/Animal Welfare Fund2014
Scholarship Grant to attend HSUS ExpoEdith J. Goode Charitable Trust2014
Mentoring Grant for TNRMerrimack River Feline Rescue Society2014
Lil' Bub's Big Fund - A Forever Home for KirkASPCA2014
Pet Food Grant for Food BankBanfield Charitable Trust2014
Spay/Neuter for Personal PetsBest Friends Animal Society2014
Kitten Intake FundingASPCA2014
Share the Love Adoption Event GrantASPCA2014
Equipment for Cat Care Clinic/Surgery RoomThe Mary E. Parker Foundation2014
Printing GrantConquest Graphics2015
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Blanket Personal Property
Commercial General Insurance
Commercial General Liability
General Property Coverage
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted July 2012
Management Succession Plan Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
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 Ken Slavin
Company Affiliation retired
Board Term Nov 2003 to Oct 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Michael Siegel Shutts & Bowen LLP
Linda Slavin Retired
Ken Slavin Retired
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 5
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Meeting Attendance % 67
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 0
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Governance Comments by Organization
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2014
Fiscal Year Ends 2015
Projected Revenue $1,330,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,306,000.00
Endowment Value $250,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
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
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$953,575$866,801$751,730
Administration Expense$69,037$59,574$51,200
Fundraising Expense$36,230$31,178$29,693
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.141.060.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%91%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%3%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$348,482$204,772$150,329
Current Assets$200,644$33,947$3,932
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$572$380$295
Total Net Assets$347,910$204,392$150,034
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $1,019,291Contributions, gifts, grants $854,651Contributions, gifts, grants $691,040
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $77,596Adoptions $60,040Cat Adoptions $69,087
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountCat Adoptions $74,740Fundraising $59,654Fundraising $56,406
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 Liabilities350.7889.3313.33
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Financial Comments by Foundation
2010-Financial figures based on IRS Form 990s. Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support, as reported on Form 990. Cat Depot does not conduct audits.
Nonprofit Cat Depot
Address 2542 17th Street
Sarasota, FL 34234
Primary Phone 941 366-2404