St Francis Animal Rescue Of Venice Inc
1925 S. Tamiami Trail
Venice FL 34293

Our mission is to rescue and care for homeless cats until we find them loving homes.

CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Bruce Guilmette
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
St. Francis Animal Rescue
Saint Francis Animal Rescue
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1994
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Aug 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of Determination of Tax Exempt StatusView
Impact Statement
  • Rescued 227 cats & kittens in 2017:  57 of these were special needs cats & underage kittens that were from county shelters and were scheduled to be euthanized
  • Found homes for 199 cats & kittens in 2017
  • Received $5,500 in grants


  • Find a larger facility so that we can expand out ability to rescue  more cats and kittens
  • 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, & volunteers to help run our thrift store.
Needs Statement
  1. Funding to provide medical services for incoming cats and kittens at approximately $40,000 for one year
  2. Funding to provide medical services for permanent resident cats at approximately $25,000 for one year
  3. Funding to purchase an 8 foot cage unit for our infirmary at $3,776
  4. Funding to purchase an 8 foot cage unit for our intake room at $3,776
  5. Funding to purchase a medical supply storage cabinet for our Infirmary at $2,000
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. St. Francis Animal Rescue has remained true to the vision of the original founders of being a true no kill shelter.  As a result, half of our shelter is a dedicated sanctuary for approximately 60 permanent resident cats that are unadoptable because of physical or behavioral challenges.  The adoptable area of our shelter houses approximately 30 adult cats and up to 20 kittens who are in need of forever homes.  We regularly accept cats with special needs from other shelters that would normally euthanize these cats.  We believe that all cats deserve a chance to live their lives to the fullest.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Charlotte
Areas Served Comments
St. Francis serves the needs of Sarasota County and northern Charlotte County including the cities of Sarasota, Osprey, Venice, Englewood, North Port, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda. 
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type Animal Related
Tertiary Org Type Animal Related
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

After moving from Boston to Florida several years ago, I wanted to volunteer at a true no-kill animal shelter near my home.  I was impressed with St. Francis’s philosophy that every cat deserves a chance to live out its natural life in a caring, healthy environment.  The quality of care that each cat receives—from food to health care to living conditions is second to none.  This will be my first year serving as the president of St. Francis and I am very excited to help this fantastic organization move forward and be able to help as many cats as possible.  It is my goal to help start St. Francis on the path of moving to a new facility.  Our current building is a former house that was built in the 1960's and is showing its age.  We would like to move to a larger building where we will be able to expand our mission of helping cats and kittens in the community.

Bruce Guilmette

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.  We have recently started a program for senior cats that is aimed at helping older cats find new homes. 
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 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. 
Description The In House Adoption program is designed to help support our permanent resident sanctuary cats.  For a donation of $100,  one of these beautiful cats can be "adopted" for a year. The $100 contribution will help take care of the donor's special feline friend, and in return, the donor will receive a photo and three personalized letters from their adopted kitty keeping them up to date on what’s happening in his/her life.
Budget $500
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Homeless
Short Term Success Our In House Adoption program currently raises an average of $25,000 annually.  This money helps cover the cost of food, litter and medical expenses for our permanent resident cats. 
Long Term Success Our In House Adoption program continues to grow in popularity each year.  Many donors have participated in the program for several years and have grown quite attached to their "adopted" cats.  The letters "written" by the cats are very popular and entertaining.  Often donors will write back to "their" cats and become quite attached to them.  Not only is this a successful fundraiser for the shelter, but it also helps foster good relationships with donors in our community.   
Program Success Monitoring The biggest measures of success with this program are the number of people who renew their adoptions each year and the number of new donors who subscribe to the program. 
Program Success Examples We have several donors who frequently send additional donations to "their" cats.  We have one donor who generously gives several thousand dollars a year specifically ear marked for the permanent resident cats.  We have had elderly In House Adoption "parents" write letters to "their" cats and often remark that these relationships help alleviate loneliness and give them a sense of connection.  Many donors who cannot have pets of their own will tell us how much pleasure they derive from the feeling that these are "their" cats. 
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 by stressing the importance of spaying and neutering all cats. 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. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Amy Berke Shelter Manager
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 15
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 150
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
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 work closely with several county animal shelters and will take cats that they deem "unadoptable" and have scheduled to be euthanized. 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 2
Strategic Plan Adopted Apr 2016
Management Succession Plan Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization  In a limited admission shelter it is always a challenge to determine which cats and kittens we accept into our program.  There are several rescue organizations that are able to find homes for significant numbers of animals each year.  Since our capacity for care is more limited, we have chosen to focus on rescuing and placing cats and kittens with special considerations.  We routinely accept cats from the two county animal service organizations in our area--focusing on those cats that would most likely be euthanized if we didn't take them.  We regularly take cats that are suffering from mange (a disease which is both highly treatable and also inexpensive to treat), cats that test positive for feline immunodeficiency virus or feline leukemia, unweaned orphaned kittens that need to be bottle fed, and cats that are exhibiting signs of shelter stress through undesirable behaviors.  We have chosen to be the shelter that will take the time to ensure that these special cats receive the nurturing and care that they need in order to become adoptable family pets.  As a result of our focus on these types of cases, we have saved several cats and kittens from being euthanized.  Our challenge is maintaining rigorous standards of population control and being diligent about accepting only the number of cats that we can comfortably house and care for.  Often this will require us to turn down intake requests due to lack of space.  However, it is our hope that our success in placing challenging cats and kittens into homes will inspire other shelters to make the extra effort to find homes for these types of cats and kittens.
Other Documents
Board Chair
Board Chair Bruce Guilmette
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Gail Carson Community Volunteer
Bruce Guilmette Community Volunteer
Marlene Mullen Retired
Joan Noren Retired
Linda Silver Community Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 1
Female 4
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Board Meeting Attendance % 94
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
Governance Comments by Organization We are in the process of board development.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2018
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $452,330.00
Projected Expenses $481,820.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $924,760.00
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$6,700$8,330
Individual Contributions$615,741$196,584$217,942
Investment Income, Net of Losses($11,667)$21,001$62,859
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$9,974$14,506$7,233
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$321,888$354,794$308,686
Administration Expense$14,799$9,338$11,869
Fundraising Expense$7,904$8,650$13,426
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.000.961.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%95%92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%4%6%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$2,006,481$1,596,775$1,656,010
Current Assets$472,212$57,179$97,464
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$652$1,340$1,263
Total Net Assets$2,005,829$1,595,435$1,654,747
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $615,741Contributions, gifts, grants $196,584Contributions, gifts, grants $217,942
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNet Income from Sales of Inventory $58,897Net Income from Sale of Inventory $105,196Investment Income $62,859
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAdoption Income $16,242Investment Income $21,001Net Income From Sales of Inventory $28,439
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities724.2542.6777.17
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
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 990.
Nonprofit St Francis Animal Rescue Of Venice Inc
Address 1925 S. Tamiami Trail
Venice, FL 34274
Phone 941 492-6200