Wildlife Center of Venice Inc. d/b/a Venice Wildlife
3252 Border Rd
Venice FL 34292
Eaglets at Wildlife Center of Venice
The Wildlife Center of Venice mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. To educate the public about our native wildlife and proper procedures upon discovery of sick, injured or orphaned wildlife.
CEO/Executive Director MR Kevin Barton
Board Chair MR Kevin Barton
Board Chair Company Affiliation CEO/Director
History and Background
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Supported Organization The Wildlife Center of Venice
Awarded a competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
Incorporation Year 2004
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $188,000.00
Projected Expenses $187,000.00
Additional Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination
State Info
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Sept 2015
State Registration Yes Feb 2015
Funds have been raised and construction has been completed on 2 more 50x20x20 foot aviaries.  We now have 5 50x20x20 foot and 1 40x20x20 foot aviary for the flight conditioning of injured Florida shorebirds and seabirds.  Construction has also been completed on 10 10x10x10 foot wood slat flight mews and a 100x20x20 foot flyway for recuperating birds of prey.   Future growth and plans for new laundry capabilities and upgrading the hospital including a quarantine area are underway, and hope to be completed in 2014. 
Construction is also under way to improve and update our existing hospital and quarantine area.  We have added a large walk-in refrigerator/freezer, a therapy pool, and a large stainless steel sink for bathing birds and/or defrosting fish.
Background The Wildlife Center of Venice was established in January, 2004. It was jointly founded by Kevin Barton and Linda Schrader. What first started as a dream has now turned into a reality. We continue to grow every year, helping more sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife return home, as well as reaching out to more and more people in our community.  In 2012, we admitted over 4000 animals needing help. We have a dedicated staff of 4 employees, an actively involved Board of Directors, over 100 active volunteers, and 2 college students doing their externships at the WCV.
  • Employment of an office manager ($22,000)
  • Employment of a rehabilitator ($18,000)
  • Upgrade of current hospital facilities ($50,000)
  • Laboratory upgrade (12,000)
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Simply put, The Wildlife Center Of Venice (WCV) goal is to help our sick, injured and orphaned wildlife return healthily to their territories by any means possible while educating the public every step along the way. The WCV dispatchers field over 20,000 calls annually, rectifying many problems over the phone. For those that need a rescuer, our all volunteer team is ready to serve from the Sarasota/Bradenton line, south to North Port, Englewood and Boca Grande, 365 days a year. Similarly our experienced rehabilitators, rehab assistants and homecare “moms” are on standby for walk-in patients and ambulance deliveries daily from 9am to 8pm, or after hours call our emergency line, County Animal Services or the Sarasota Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center. Not to be forgotten, our area wildlife veterinarians are top notch, and make our work possible with discounted rates, donated time and miracle care. For those that can’t be released, many find homes with zoos and nature centers all over the country.

In order to best serve our communities wildlife, we network regularly with our peers at the local, state, national and international levels. Locally we have long worked with Wildlife Inc and Wildlife Rescue of Manatee County, Save Our Seabirds of Sarasota and Peace River Wildlife Center of Charlotte County to make sure all rescue and rehab needs are met, and to make sure patients don’t slip through the cracks. The WCV also regularly networks with Mote Marine, Turtle Patrol, Wildlife Trapping Firms, County Animal Services, Florida Fish and Wildlife, US Fish and Wildlife, Audubon Societies, Humane Societies, and all other area conservation and animal welfare groups to get the job done.
As a longtime member of the Florida Wildlife Rehabilitators Assoc. (FWRA), National Wildlife Rehabilitators Assoc (NWRA), & International Wildlife Rehabilitators Council (IWRC), the WCV receives continued education opportunities as well as a forum to teach our distant peers what works for us in SW Florida. Our educational focus is always on why we do and how we do, what we do as wildlife rescuers, rehabilitators and local stewards with past successes and failures, to learn from as we struggle forward. We certainly have a wealth of beautiful habitats and bio-diversity, as well as several iconic species worth fighting for in our community. Let’s give it all we got!
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Our biggest problem from a governance perspective relates to growing pains & budgetary shortfalls. Continuous growth in patient counts directly affects operational costs, such as food, medical, staffing and infrastructure. A real challenge as our volunteer manpower & donations are strongest in Fall/Winter & our annual busy season is in spring/Summer. Seasonal influxes cause a need for a rainy day fund and additional staffing for baby birds, aided in the past with generous operating grants from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.


Because we currently cannot afford the additional staff desired, we are identifying & training volunteer shift leaders & are working with the State College Of Florida & other schools to acquire externs in our time of need. By focusing on students pursuing wildlife careers in rehabilitation veterinary medicine, law enforcement, conservation, zoo keeping, & education, we hope to fill staffing voids while training future generations. Oversight & efficiency in patient care, however, is best achieved by a full time staff rehabber who works side-by-side with volunteers & externs, teaching techniques & methods needed on a case by case basis.


Thanks to a Boost Grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County our office went from a desk with a dispatch line answered by Rehabilitators to a department run by Don Pride.  Volunteers now handle dispatch, data entry, donor relations, volunteer orientations, mail outs & media correspondence etc… This was a big step in the right direction for WCV’s growth, I hope to maintain & build upon this foundation.


Beyond keeping current staff & dreaming of a rehabber for baby season, the WCV needs to increase its infrastructure including renovations on the hospital utility building (or HUB).  Thanks to the Community Foundation of Sarasota County a walk in freezer/refrigerator is being installed. Other large items still needed include a septic system, laundry facility, food prep area, garage door & structural repairs.


Building a rehab facility to meet the needs of all area wildlife is a daunting task, especially when you need it now & money is tight. Aviary construction is a big part of the demand. We have more large animal enclosures dedicated to wildlife rehabilitation than our local peers, however more are still desperately needed. For instance we need a 100’x20’x20’ Eagle Flyway.  Having treated 14 Bald Eagles, 31 Osprey, 30 Black Vultures, 2 Turkey Vultures, and 1 Crested Caracara last year alone. Such an aviary is required by US Fish & Wildlife for the above species and our community no longer has one. The Sarasota Bay Parrot Head Club is raising money for the project, but has a long way to go. They will do the labor but need a wealth of materials including wood, wire & hardware. Heavy equipment will also be needed.


Another group that has helped us is the Eagle Scouts. The Scouts are working on a 12 stall horse barn shaped, flight training compound, begun in 2007. This compound will have (6)10’x10’ aviaries on each side of a 60’x12’x12’ flyway, meeting the 2nd biggest flyway requirements for red-tailed hawks, great horned owls and others. They have only (1)10’x10’, (2)30’x12’x12’ sections and a watering system to go, & 3 troops have already started on these projects. Go Eagle Scouts.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Charlotte
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type Education
Description Upgrade of current hospital facilities
Budget $50,000
Category Health Care, General/Other Patient Care/Health Care Delivery
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified General/Unspecified
Short Term Success we have purchased a walk-in freezer/refrigerator and we are currently in the planning stage of the installation. The lighting in the main area of the hospitalhas been refurbished for better lighting. Continuous work is being done to rodent proof the building. Food storage containers are being replacedwith rodent proof containers.
Long Term Success
The upgrade of the hospital will enable the staff to give the best possible health care to all types of patients.  It will give the patient the best facilities to speed recovery and get the patient back into the wild.
How Program is Monitored
We recently received a 4,800  grant to purchase a walk-in freezer/refrigerator and are in the implimentation stage.  Our volunteers are constantly working to rodent proof the building to lock out pests. 
Examples of Program Success Success so far has been the purchase of the walk-in freezer/refrigerator and the donation of numerous refrigerators, washing machines and dryers.
This project involves construction of a 100 foot avairy that will provide adequate space for injured and sick birds to have ample flying room to aid in strength building and recuparation.  Construction will be provided in most part by volunteers but material will have to be provided by donations and/or grants
Budget $6,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Other Named Groups
Short Term Success
Procurement of the fencing and piping will be one of the major short term successes that will permit the volunteer staff to construct the basic framework that will provide adequate security for the birds.  It will provide immediate relief to overcrowded smaller aviaries.
Long Term Success
Construction of this aviary will allow us to separate our birds by stages of health improvement, giving the healthier birds the opportunity gain strength at a more rapid pace.  It also provides increased protection for the birds while in a sub-par state of health.  It will enable The Wildlife Center to get the bird back into their environment at a much faster rate that currently exists.
How Program is Monitored
Each construction stage will be an indicator of progress.  Success will also be measured by income that is brought in for this specific project.
Examples of Program Success
So far to date the support poles have been erected that will be the major foundation for the aviary.  A small quantity of fencing has been procured but will not be used until enough fencing is purchased or donated to enclose the entire aviary.
Program Comments by Organization
Current economic conditions have enhanced the challenges of raising funds for charitable agencies.  To combat the situation we have increased and diversified our fund raising events to include yard sales, more fundraisers, and donation cans.  Local businesses and communities have also helped raise money and awareness of our organization. We are increasing our advertising efforts in hopes of reaching out to more people willing to donate.  Our volunteers have been concentrating their construction efforts towards our main goal of upgrading the hospital. 
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director MR Kevin Barton
CEO Term Start Jan 2004
Email thewildlifecenterofvenice@hotmail.com
  • Volunteer at Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary for 6 months
  • Volunteer at Mote Marine Laboratory for 6 months
  • Veterinary Assistant at Bayshore Animal Hospital 1 yr
  • Rehabber at Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary for 15 years
  • Director of Wildlife Center of Venice since 2004
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 100
Contractors 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Management Reports to Board N/A
Organization Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures No
Continuity of Operations Plan
Senior Staff
Mrs Pamela DeFouw Wildlife Rehabilitator
Mr. Kevin Lindberg Nursery Supervisor
Mr. Donald Pride Office Manager
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
NonManagement Formal Evaluation No
Assistance in rescue and transport of injured, sick or orphaned animals:
USFW Service
FL State Fish and Wildlife
Venice , FL Police Department
North Port, FL Police Department
Sarasota County Animal Services
Charlotte County Animal Services
North Port Animal Services
Florida Wildlife Rehabilitators Association
Placement of non-returnable to wildlife animals are coordinated with various zoo and wildlife sanctuaries throughout the United States
Best Wildlife Group for AnimalsSarasota Pet's Choice Awards2013
Best Wildlife Group for AnimalsSarasota Pet's Choice Awards2012
Best Wildlife Group for AnimalsSarasota Pet's Choice Awards2011
Favorite Wildlife RescueNatural Choice Awards2013
Favorite Wildlife RescueNatural Choice Awards2012
Favorite Wildlife RescueNatural Choice Awards2011
Favorite Wildlife RescueNatural Choice Awards2010
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Leadership Comments by Organization
Our biggest challenge right now is obtaining enough funding to keep us operational and growing.  We have initiated numerous plans to reach out to the public for donations and have increased our grant solicitation.  We have also increased our educational outreach to try to educate the public on correct procedures to take when dealing with wildlife animals in hopes that this will reduce the number of people vs animal incidents.  Yet our patient load continues to increase.  In 2010 we serviced approximately 3500 animals.  This last year (2011) we handled close to 4000.  We constantly strive to come up with new and innovative ways to raise funds to try to stay ahead of our rising costs.  With the increase of patients comes a greater demand for facilities to handle them.  Our hospital project is a vital improvement that is needed to render first class treatment of our patients.  Our current hospital is in desparate need of renovation and our volunteer staff has done a terrific job of keeping up the maintenance of the facility.  With the improved facilities we will be better equipped to offer the best treatment, give the patient the best recovery area and get them back to to wild for people to enjoy.
Board Chair
Board Chair MR Kevin Barton
Company Affiliation CEO/Director
Board Term Jan 2004 to Dec 2020
Email thewildlifecenterofvenice@hotmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
MR Kevin Barton CEO/Director
MRS Linda Barton Secretary/Treasurer
Mr. Larry Corl Rescue Training
Mr. Bill Korp Legal Advice
Mrs. Peg Magee Education Director
Ms. Susan Murray Special Projects
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 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 10
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Board Meeting Attendance % 71
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Governance Comments by Organization

Being that The Wildlife Center of Venice is the only state & federally permitted wildlife rescue & rehabilitation facility remaining on private land in Sarasota County, it is not possible for us to be open to the public, beyond patient drop-off and volunteer access. Although this allows the WCV to focus on its mission of rescue, rehabilitation & release of our native wildlife;  we do not get the exposure or funding opportunities that may be afforded to our peers by a small zoo or wildlife museum.

Despite this hurdle, the WCV has grown to be the largest wildlife rescue & rehabilitation facility of its type in the tri-county area, & the second largest in Sarasota County history, behind only the former Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary which closed in 2006. As the last head of rehabilitation under PMBS founder, Dale Shields, without whose help the WCV would not exist, I’m acutely aware of the high bar they set. 

Founded in 2004, the WCV treats over 4000 sick, injured or orphaned, birds, mammals and reptiles annually on roughly $140,000. Run by a staff of 4 and nearly 100 volunteers, our rescue fleet is over 80 strong & covers all of Sarasota and West Charlotte counties daily. To meet the challenges of such a large patient load & rescue range on a meager staffing and advertising budget we again make use of our wonderful volunteers.

Thanks to a recent grant from the Community Foundation at Venice Golf & Country Club, the WCV was able to equip much of our rescue fleet (over 40 volunteer vehicles) with rescue magnets brandishing our name, logo, emergency phone # and mission statement, as well as needed safety & capture equipment. This effort has already paid off in spades, by bringing awareness and action to those in immediate need. We have long been the largest area wildlife rescue team.

Other ways we have addressed the WCV’s lack of exposure has been to increase the frequency of our public speaking engagements and participation in area booth events and parades.  Thank you Peg Magee. The WCV now hosts a monthly rescue training class and writes a bi-monthly column in Waterline Magazine on related wildlife issues. The center has also done more newspaper, radio and television interviews than ever before, in addition to continuously expanding our mailing list and Facebook following. Check out our Facebook page for this year’s eaglet re-nest in Sarasota & see what I like to do when I leave the office.

Financial Info
Fiscal Year 2015
Projected Revenue $188,000.00
Projected Expenses $187,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Form 990s
Historical Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$207,043$142,181$116,621
Administration Expense$9,781$17,888$21,880
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.720.932.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses95%89%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$120,925$181,860$207,345
Current Assets$67,848$145,873$25,950
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$565$1,229$14,732
Total Net Assets$120,360$180,631$192,613
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $156,794Contributions, gifts, grants $154,485Contributions, gifts, grants $289,449
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $177Investment income $20Investment income $117
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO Compensation
Co-CEO Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities120.08118.691.76
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990.  Financial figures taken from IRS Form 990s. 
Nonprofit Wildlife Center of Venice Inc. d/b/a Venice Wildlife
Address 3252 Border Rd
Venice, FL 34292
Primary Phone 941 484-9657
CEO/Executive Director MR Kevin Barton
Board Chair MR Kevin Barton
Board Chair Company Affiliation CEO/Director
Year of Incorporation 2004