St Francis Animal Rescue Of Venice Inc
1925 S. Tamiami Trail
Venice FL 34293
We are a no-kill shelter whose objective is to rescue abandoned, and unwanted cats and kittens in the community and provide them with shelter, food, medical care and love for their entire lives or until we can find them responsible, loving homes through adoption. We support local spay/neuter programs and educate people about responsible pet ownership.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Amy Berke
Board Chair Gail Carson
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
St. Francis Animal Rescue
Saint Francis Animal Rescue
Supported Organization
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1994
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Aug 2016
State Registration Yes June 2014
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $433,050.00
Projected Expenses $432,081.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement
  • Received an $8,000 grant which allowed us to spay/neuter 239 community cats in the 33952 zip code
  • Opened our new thrift store which is located adjacent to our shelter
  • Increased our adoption hours to seven days a week.
  • Procure additional funding to expand our community stray and feral cat spay/neuter programs
  • Increase the proceeds from our fundraising events
  • Obtain additional funds to expand our adoption center hours
  • Increase community awareness of St. Francis Animal Rescue
  • Recruit additional volunteers: adoption counselors to increase our shelter adoption hours, foster homes to care for kittens too young for adoption and adult cats needing special medical or social attention, event planners to help with fundraising events
Needs Statement
  • Funding to expand our community stray and feral cat spay/neuter voucher program to an additional 300 vouchers at $15,600
  • Funding to provide medical services for incoming cats and kittens at approximately $40,000 for one year
  • Funding to provide medical services for permanent resident cats at approximately $20,000 for one year
  • Funding to purchase an 8 foot cage unit for our infirmary at $3,776
  • Funding to purchase a 6 foot cage unit for our infirmary at $2,696
  • Funding to purchase a 48" x 24" exam table at $1,466

Background Statement
St. Francis Animal Rescue (SFAR) was founded in 1992 when a group of women banded together to feed & spay/neuter a  colony of feral cats living at the North Jetty in Nokomis, Florida.  The women recognized there was a need to help stray, homeless &  abandoned cats in the community.  In 1993, SFAR became a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.  Three years later, property  was purchased to accommodate a cageless shelter/adoption center & a thrift store. The shelter currently accommodates approximately 70 permanent resident cats in one half of the building and an average of 50 - 60 adoptable cats in another portion of the building. 
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Charlotte
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type Animal Related
Tertiary Org Type Animal Related
no-kill animal rescue shelter & adoption center, SFAR, TNR spay neuter program, cats & kittens, adoptions, TNR, St. Francis, cat rescue, shelter,
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Fifteen years ago I began volunteering at St. Francis Animal Rescue. I chose St. Francis not only because of my passion for cats, but also because it was the only no kill shelter in Sarasota County. St. Francis Animal Rescue offers a safe, clean and healthy environment for unwanted kittens and cats. We give them medical attention when needed and our adoption rate has seen an increase every year. For those cats that come to us and are unadoptable due to medical, physical or behavioral issues, St. Francis offers them a cage free environment in which to live out the rest of their natural lives. I am excited about our ability to increase our spay/neuter program for the feral cat population through our collaboration with several area veterinarians. I look forward to serving St. Francis as President of the Board of Directors for 2015 and to helping St. Francis grow and continue to be a major influence in our community promoting the health and welfare of cats and kittens in our area.

Gail Carson

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Cruiser’s story is just one example of how St. Francis Animal Rescue can make a positive difference in the lives of cats. Read on to learn how no distance is too far for St. Francis when it comes to rescuing a cat in need:
As an animal that was clearly abused, angry and confused, “Cruiser” was a cat that was just too aggressive to be adopted. When fate found Cruiser just minutes from being killed in a county shelter 700 miles away in North Carolina, a simple routine scan from a microchip reader saved his life. That simple $25 microchip was made possible through the generosity of our donors, and without it, Cruiser would have become just another unwanted, euthanized pet. We received the phone call on a Thursday afternoon that a cat that had been adopted from St. Francis Animal Rescue four years ago had been surrendered to a North Carolina shelter. Sadly, if we didn’t want him, he would be killed the next day. Needless to say, of course we wanted him! The North Carolina shelter offered to give us four days to make arrangements to bring Cruiser home. We immediately reached out to Pilots N Paws—a network of private pilots who donate their time and their planes to transport rescue animals. John Gordon, a North Carolina pilot, offered to fly Cruiser home to us if we could wait two weeks, and the North Carolina shelter agreed to board him until his flight back. Two weeks later, at midnight, Cruiser landed in Venice, FL. In spite of being confined in a carrier for over 12 hours; in spite of sharing a small Cessna airplane with a stranger, two adult black labs and a Doberman
pinscher; and in spite of having spent two stressful weeks in an overcrowded shelter, Cruiser calmly regarded us from his carrier and greeted us with one quiet meow. Cruiser settled in to life at the shelter and became our self-appointed office kitty. His calm, affectionate personality endeared him to volunteers and visitors alike. Less than 6 weeks after arriving, his forever family found him and welcomed him home. Today he is a pampered, beloved pet who will be loved and cherished for the rest of his days.
Description St. Francis Animal Rescue rescues cats & kittens and provides them with shelter, food and medical care until they can be placed in adoptive homes.  Many of the cats & kittens are homeless strays that have been abandoned and left to fend for themselves.  Some of these animals are surrendered by owners who can no longer physically or financially care for them.
Budget $92,075
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Homeless
Short Term Success The rescue and adoption services provided by St. Francis Animal Rescue mean that there are less homeless cats in our community and less cats that end up in shelters that practice high volume euthanasia.
Long Term Success St. Francis currently rescues and finds adoptive homes for approximately 350 cats & kittens annually.  We strive to continually be able to increase these numbers and further lower the amount of homeless cats and kittens in the community.  Our goal is to be able to increase our adoption hours thereby increasing our adoption rate.
Program Success Monitoring
St. Francis Animal Rescue uses a shelter program called Petpoint which is able to track and provide statistics for all cats that enter our shelter.  We are able to run reports that can evaluate our intakes and outcomes and compare the results from various points in time. Being able to track data allows us to adjust our fundraising and adoption events according to times of greater need and maximize our potential to raise more funds and increase adoptions.
Program Success Examples
In spite of the economic conditions of the past few years, we have been able to maintain our annual adoption numbers to well over 300 cats and kittens per year which is impressive given the limited hours that the shelter is open and that all of the adoption counselors are volunteers. 
St. Francis Animal Rescue provides permanent homes for cats that are unadoptable.  Some of these cats are feral cats brought to the shelter before Trap Neuter & Return programs were legal.  Some of these cats have behavioral issues such as excessive aggression or inappropriate elimination habits that make them unsuitable for living in a typical home setting.  Some of these cats have medical issues that need regular medical attention that many people are either not equipped to deal with or are not able to afford the necessary medical treatment.  Permanent residents live in a cageless environment and have access to outdoor patios.  They receive premium food and quality medical care.  Volunteers provide the cats with regular social enrichment.  St. Francis strives to provide these cats with the best quality of life possible. 
Budget $148,150
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Homeless
Short Term Success St. Francis Animal Rescue continually strives to improve the quality of life of its permanent resident cats.  Recent improvements include the building of uncovered patios in addition to the covered patios to allow the cats to receive full sunshine if they wish.  Many cats take advantage of these areas especially during the cooler winter months.
Long Term Success
Permanent resident cats at St. Francis will continue to receive the quality of care that has allowed several cats to live well into their teens.     
Program Success Monitoring
The success of our permanent resident program is best monitored by the health and longevity of the cats themselves.  A very low communicable disease rate is an excellent indicator of the overall quality of care that the cats receive.
Program Success Examples
The permanent resident cats at St. Francis enjoy a quality of life that is rarely seen in the shelter community.  The cats enjoy a clean, safe environment and the rate of disease or illness is very low.  The quality of care that the cats receive is evident by the number of cats that have lived at the shelter for several years and are well into their teens.   
St. Francis has several foster programs in place for cats and kittens.  All kittens that are under 13 weeks of age and not ready for adoption stay in foster homes.  They live in regular home environments surrounded by loving foster "families" who care for them and teach them proper behavior in a home setting.  This early introduction to life in a home makes for a seamless transition after they are adopted.  Adult cats that are emotionally not ready for a shelter environment due to extreme shyness or stress are often temporarily placed in foster homes for futher socialization.  Many cats will be adopted directly from a foster home to an adoptive home.  Foster cats that return to the shelter are often more emotionally ready to handle life in a shelter environment until they find adoptive homes.  Finally, cats in need of short or long term medical care are placed in foster homes whenever feasible.  St. Francis provides all the necessary supplies for the care of these cats and kittens.
Budget $5,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term Success
Keeping kittens and cats in foster care until they are adoptable frees up space in the shelter that can be used for other adoptable kittens and cats.
Long Term Success
The use of foster homes keeps cats and kittens out of the shelter until they are ready to be placed for adoption thereby reducing their exposure to illness and disease during a time when they are most susceptible--kittens with immature immune systems, and adult cats that are physically or emotionally stressed.  This allows us to have an adoption center that is comprised of healthy and adoptable cats.
Program Success Monitoring
Success is monitored by the number of successful adoptions achieved by offering only emotionally and physically healthy kittens and cats for adoption.  These cats are less likely to be returned and are able to successfully transition into new adoptive homes.
Program Success Examples
By consistently offering healthy kittens and cats for adoption, our reputation of having an excellent adoption center in the community is growing.  This in turn encourages more people to adopt from us thereby increasing our adoption rate which ultimately helps us adopt more kittens and cats.
St. Francis Animal Rescue provides a limited low cost spay/neuter voucher program for area community strays, ferals and owned cats. In addition to spay/neuter services, cats also receive rabies & distemper vaccinations and deworming treatments.  Participating veterinarians help make this program possible by providing their services at reduced fees.
Budget $22,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified General/Unspecified General/Unspecified
Short Term Success
Spaying and neutering strays and ferals reduces the amount of kittens born into the community.  There will be less kittens brought to area shelters competing for a limited supply of adoptive homes.
Long Term Success
Spaying and neutering community stray and feral cats will help reduce the overpopulation of cats in our community and eventually eliminate the breeding capabilities of feral colonies.
Program Success Monitoring
Program success is monitored by reduced amounts of kittens brought to the shelter during each successive kitten season.
Program Success Examples
Currently, slightly reduced numbers of kittens are being brought to the shelter.  However, there is still a long way to go before significant success will be realized.
St. Francis Animal Rescue offers a volunteer program for teens and pre-teens.  Young people learn about giving back to the community through volunteer work while earning credit for various school and scholarship programs.  The kittens and cats benefit from the additional enrichment (the "E" in E-team) activities offered by the young volunteers. 
Budget $500
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success
The young volunteers experience a sense of pride when they see "their" cats going to new homes.  They see firsthand what their hard work can accomplish, and their enthusiasm is contagious.  The cats relish the extra time and attention that they receive.  They remain social and interactive with people which increases their adoptability.
Long Term Success
Enrichment opportunities are essential to running a no-kill shelter.  Shelter cats can and do experience boredom, depression, anxiety and frustration.  By providing enrichment activities, cats are healthier and happier which translates into cats that are more adoptable.  This results in increased adoption rates which in turn allows us to help more needy cats.
Program Success Monitoring
The success of the E-Team program can be monitored by the improved behavior and increased adoption rate of cats that have been at the shelter for an extended period of time.  The popularity of the program is a testament to its success with the young volunteers. 
Program Success Examples
The adoption rate of cats that have been with the shelter for an extended period of time has increased.  Our program is increasing in popularity among parents and schools.  Many of the young volunteers have now been with the program for almost two years. 
Program Comments by Organization
We have several programs that attempt to reach the animal welfare needs of our community in a variety of ways.  Our priority will always be the rescue and adoption of homeless and abandoned cats in our community.  But we also want to address the issue of overpopulation of cats which can lead to abandonment.  It is for that reason that we are trying to expand our feral and stray spay/neuter program.  We also feel that volunteerism needs to begin at a young age so that the spirit of helping those in need can become second nature to these young volunteers who will grow up and hopefully become lifelong adult volunteers.  Our E-Team program is designed to welcome children of all ages.  We are always looking for new ways to achieve our mission of helping homeless and abandoned cats. 
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Amy Berke
CEO Term Start Nov 2103
CEO/Executive Director Email
I have been a volunteer with St. Francis for 8 years and have also served, and continue to serve, on the Board of Directors.  My extensive experience with all aspects of the shelter operations and care of the cats made my decision to apply for the shelter manager position a natural choice.  It is a pleasure and a privilege to be able to serve St. Francis in this capacity.  
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 12
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 150
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
St. Francis is fortunate to have several veterinarians that offer their medical services to us at a reduced rate.  Without them, we would not be able to offer the high quality of medical care to our cats that we currently provide. We are also able to refer people to two local nonprofit organizations that offer monthly feral spay/neuter clinics.  These clinics allow us to ensure that more feral cats are spayed/neutered in spite of our limited feral funds.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2015
Management Succession Plan Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
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
Management Comments by Foundation
Board Chair
Board Chair Gail Carson
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Jan 2015 to Jan 2016
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Amy Berke Community Volunteer
Janet Buley Financial Planner
Gail Carson Community Volunteer
Danielle Cibello Graphic Designer
Theresa Fitzgerald Community Volunteer
Marlene Mullen Retired
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 5
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Board Meeting Attendance % 95
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 100
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Standing Committees
Governance Comments by Organization We are in the process of board development.
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2015
Fiscal Year Ends 2015
Projected Revenue $433,050.00
Projected Expenses $432,081.00
Endowment Value $897,000.00
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?
IRS Form 990s
Historical Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$8,330$0$0
Individual Contributions$217,942$138,504$399,856
Investment Income, Net of Losses$62,859$81,923$59,822
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$7,233$13,215$9,400
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$308,686$312,997$249,917
Administration Expense$11,869$12,569$16,485
Fundraising Expense$13,426$12,945$12,054
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.020.821.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses92%92%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue6%9%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$1,656,010$1,688,918$1,723,189
Current Assets$97,464$1,421,698$1,445,533
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$1,263$1,122$2,855
Total Net Assets$1,654,747$1,687,796$1,720,334
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $217,942Contributions, gifts, grants $138,504Contributions, gifts, grants $399,856
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $62,859Investment Income $81,923Investment income $59,822
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNet Income From Sales of Inventory $28,439Net Income from Sales of Inventory $23,889Net income from sales of inventory $57,981
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities77.171267.11506.32
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
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 990.
Nonprofit St Francis Animal Rescue Of Venice Inc
Address 1925 S. Tamiami Trail
Venice, FL 34293
Primary Phone 941 492-6200

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