Animal Rescue Coalition Inc
6320 Tower Lane
Sarasota FL 34240

Saving Animal for the Benefit of Humanity  

CEO/Executive Director Ms. Mary E Dietterle
Board Chair Mrs. Joanna Pace-Brackett
Board Chair Affiliation Business Owner / Community Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1999
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Mar 2019
State Registration Yes
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination LetterView
Other Documents
Document Retention and Destruction PolicyView
Impact Statement
  • As a Humane Alliance clinic executing a nationally recognized operating model to offer low-cost spay and neuter surgeries to the public, we continue to pursue highly efficient and cost effective ways to bring clients to our facility.   Our team travels to surrounding counties to offer round-trip transport to the clinic.
  • We offer low-cost vaccine services once a month to the general public via our increasingly popular walk-in clinic.
  • Our Feral Cat program offers TNVR procedures to the community.   In 2016 we performed nearly 350 procedures, the majority of which were free.   
  • ARC offers heavily discounted rates to local rescues and shelters, setting aside one full day each week to treat animals and get them ready for adoption.  In 2016 we saw 785 animals come through our clinic on their way to "furever homes". 
  • This year we will focus on revamping our website, expanding our capacity and upgrading the facility itself.  
  • We plan to increase collaboration with rescue groups and shelters. 
Needs Statement

1.  Program Support  - Spay Neuter  --  $100.00 Provides Surgery and Vaccines for 1 Dog, $70.00 - 1 cat.   ARC seeks $75,000 in grants and donations to provide funding for "free" spay/neuter for owned animals
2.  Program Support - Community Cats.  ARC seeks $35,000 each year to provide "free" Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, Return (TNVR) services 
3.  Program Support - Emergency Medical Fund.  ARC pursues $25,000 each to to provide veterinary care for sick and injured animals via a partnership with Sarasota Animal Services and Humane Society Sarasota County. 
Background Statement

Ira Barsky and Edward Sarbey founded Animal Rescue Coalition (ARC) in 1999 when they brought together leaders from local animal welfare organizations and Sarasota County Animal Services to collaborate and develop a plan to end the killing of adoptable dogs and cats.  Since 2002 ARC’s  Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic has spayed and neutered over 38,000 dogs and cats substantially reducing pet overpopulation in our community. In order to expand its capacity and meet the demand of spay and neuter services, ARC opened a 3,800 sq/ft fully equipped surgical facility conveniently located on the I-75 corridor, near Fruitville Road to better serve the north, south, east and west residents. The following programs summarize ARC’s initiatives:

 Program 1:  Low-Cost or Free spay/neuter services
ARC provides  high-quality, high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter services  families in Sarasota, Manatee, Desoto and Charlotte counties. ARC's new clinic is a state-of-the art surgical facility, staffed by Florida licensed veterinarians,  a clinic manager, two veterinary technicians and a technician assistant. It operates five days a week from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Through grants and county funds we are often able to offer free or highly subsidized surgeries to income-eligible individuals.  The clinic sets aside one day each week for other 501c3 rescue organizations to bring their animals for further reduced spay/neuter/vaccine services. 
Program 2: Feral Cat Program
ARC's Feral Cat  Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Release (TNVR) program  is a nationally recognized program where cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated for rabies and returned to their colonies/location of origin. ARC's Feral program promotes the humane care and treatment of feral with the goal of preventing them from ever entering county shelters where euthanasia rates are nearly 100%. This program relies exclusively on grants and donor support.
Program 3: Emergency Medical Fund
ARC works with Sarasota County Animal Services to rehabilitate injured, abandoned and stray animals. This program began in 2003 and was a direct response to a plea for help for the many injured dogs and cats that are abandoned or lost but are still adoptable. Previously, there were no resources for the county animal services to handle these cases and the animals would be euthanized. the Emergency Medical Fund relies solely on grants and donor support.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
FL- Charlotte
FL- DeSoto
Areas Served Comments

ARC provides Spay/Neuter services to the public living in and around Sarasota and Manatee Counties.   We also extend services and transport into DeSoto and Charlotte Counties.  Organizations within a 60 mile radius are encouraged to reach out to discuss potential collaboration and partnerships. 

Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Tertiary Org Type Animal Related
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

A) Mobile Spay/Neuter Program - Following an analysis of ARC’s mobile clinic business model, the board concluded that ARC's mobile operation to be unsustainable due to costly and /frequent repair expenditures of its aging mobile unit.  Fixed costs associated with veterinarian services have caused ARC to loose $20 for every spay/neuter service performed.  Extensive research, planning and execution was put into the enrollment, acceptance and implementation of the tested-and-tried, self-sustaining operating model of the Humane Alliance, a 20-year old nationally recognized non-profit organization that has mentored the opening of approximately 140 spay/neuter clinic across the country. This operating model facilitates high-volume, high quality and low-cost spay/neuter services for low-income families, county animal shelters and rescue groups. ARC's new clinic is expected to increase its number of procedures from 3,000 up to 8,400 a year, making a greater impact in the organization role of addressing overpopulation and euthanasia at the core of the problem.

B) Feral cat program - ARC has moved away from a “once  a month” model to a daily surgery program in order to better service our clientele.   The program is in need of a sponsor to augment its budgetary constraints.  ARC maintains a backlog of approximately 300 feral cats that are waiting for spay/neuter service due to a lack of funding.
C)Emergency Medical Fund - ARC is committed to providing medical care for homeless animals and continually faces operating deficits due to high program demand despite tremendous efforts to reduce costs and subsidized care from ARC’s medical director staff.   ARC would like to expand its care of injured and sick stray animals to the southern borders of Sarasota County, an area that is presently under served.  In addition to the above challenges, ARC needs to increase its donor base, both large and small, for all of its programs.   ARC has a dedicated board but is in need of additional support to assist with ARC’s finance and fundraising/marketing committee efforts.
Why I Volunteer:
I became involved with ARC about 4 years ago as a donor and about a year and a half ago as a board member.  My interest in the organization was two fold; ARC’s spay and neuter focus is key to controlling companion animal overpopulation and two like-minded business professionals who take a business-minded approach to running a non-profit organization founded ARC.  On a personal note, I am the proud owner of two rescued dogs and three rescued cats.  I feel incredibly blessed for everyday that I benefit from their unconditional love and play witness to “living in the moment” joy.   We have much to learn and love about our pets and I feel one of the best ways we can give back to them is to support spay/neuter initiatives.  The service that ARC provides to the community is exponential.  For every animal that ARC spays or neuters countless animals will be spared the potential of be euthanized in a county animal shelter or left homeless wandering the streets of our community. 
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
As the only facility focused solely on low-cost spay and neuter services  (and related vaccines/microchips),  we are directing all of our resources toward the goal of "no unwanted litters".    While we are not a rescue, we offer our services to rescues at rates further discounted off of the low-cost public rates.  We do this in the spirit of cooperation and collaboration that we believe an imperative of creating a true "no-kill community".  In the coming months we plan to increase efficiency to meet our existing capacity level with a hope to expand and increase our impact and outreach throughout this part of Florida.    Our aim is to seek out partnerships both within and outside of the animal rescue arena to find ways to optimize communication and delivery systems as we seek to educate the community on responsible pet ownership and to offer programs to under resourced communities.    
 I find that each person's love and concern for the well-being of their pet is something that, in a world where so many things divide us, can be a unifying foundation on which to build. 

ARC's new Spay & Neuter Clinic, is a state-of-the-art surgical facility utilizing a Florida licensed, full time veterinarian/medical director, a clinic manager, two veterinary technicians and a veterinary assistant as part of the medical staff,  as well as two relief, contracted  and licensed veterinarians.  Spay and neuter services are provided to the public four days a week by appointment only.

Pets are dropped off at 8:30 am to clinic on date of scheduled surgery and picked-up same day in the afternoon. Upon discharge of animals, pet owners receive post-surgical care instructions.
Depending on demand the clinic will run our transport to Charlotte or DeSoto county in order to provide round-trip transportation to the public.   We find that DeSoto and Charlotte county residents find our location to far to drive to and this program has been very successful.   
Budget $375,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Veterinary Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Families Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Short Term Success
Short term success rate is measured by utilization of our capacity at the clinic and by our ability to offer fully or predominantly subsidized surgeries to those with proof of low-income status.  The client will leave the clinic having paid little or nothing for the surgey.  They will have been able to obtain low-cost vaccines, rabies, heartworm tests and a microchip that will be registered and maintained.   Their animal will have a reduced risk of several diseases and be less likely to succumb to behaviors often found in unaltered pets (fighting, wandering off, etc). 
Long Term Success The long term success of the program is distinctly about the number of animals that are spayed/neutered preventing tens of thousands of animals from being born into a world with no home for them.   We track our surgery statistics against animal services records to test the impact of our programs.  For example - we can look at how many pit-bulls we neutered in a certain zip-code or county and compare that to the intake records for that location to see if we have made a "dent" in the number of inbound animals of that breed type in that area. 
Program Success Monitoring
Our ability to find funding and grant money to offer free surgeries to low-income families is a key success metric for the clinic.    While we rely upon a certain number of full fare paying clients to reduce overheads, we believe our ability to get a surgery done for an client that calls, regardless of their personal finances is point of pride for us.   If we have to turn a client away because they can not afford the program we have failed.  That is why we are so reliant upon public support, donations and grants.   
Program Success Examples
ARC has performed over fifty thousand surgeries.  The demand for our transport services is growing and the rig gets booked up on nearly every transport day.   No-shows for transport are down year over year. 
Description ARC leads the way in humanely controlling the feral cat population in Sarasota and Manatee counties, having developed a highly successful Trap-Neuter-Return program.  Feral cats, also known as community cats are safely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, treated for internal and external parasites, ear-tipped for identification, in many cases microchipped and returned to their colonies. Since most feral cat groups, coordinators and colony caretakers are volunteers and rarely have the funding for the spay and neuter expenses,  ARC works diligently in raising.   Feral Cat/ Community Cat surgeries make up approximately twenty percent of all the spay/neuter surgeries done during the 2016/2017 fiscal year.   
Budget $95,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term Success ARC received a $34,500 grant from PetSmart Charities in 2010-2011 for the spay/neuter of 708 feral cats in the Myakka Community.  ARC was able to spay/neuter more than the grant provided for.  Statistically the intake of cats in that community dropped by 60%, proving that spay/neuter really works! 
Long Term Success Since the inception of ARC's Feral Cat Program, the organization has spayed/neutered more than 6000 feral cats.  There are two frequent measurement objectives, number of ferals spayed/neutered and a drop in intake statistics provided by County Animal Services.  
Program Success Monitoring Statistics including number of ferals spayed/neutered and Animal Services intake statistics are monitored at least monthly by ARC's Executive Director and ARC's Feral Cat Program Director.
Program Success Examples As stated above when ARC participated in a Trap-Neuter-Return initiative in Myakka City last year resulting in the spay/neuter of more than 708 feral cats.  One feral cat can, during its lifetime, produce literally hundreds of offspring.  TNR is the only humane way to deal with feral cats.  Animal Service intake dropped nearly 60% in that zip code.

They are injured or sick, but treatable.  Homeless and helpless, these animals could be saved.  But many are euthanized anyway, simply for lack of money.  ARC’s Emergency Medical Fund provides the necessary medicine and supplies.  ARC’s medical directors, Dr. Nan Rosenberry and Dr. David Smith of Bay Road Animal Hospital, donate care and services, ARC provides $1500 per month medical supplies, and lives are saved.  Many go on to become loving companion animals. 

Budget $25,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term Success Animals in the care of Sarasota County Sheriffs Department Animal Services get medical treatment to increase their chances for adoption. 
Long Term Success Animals that without medical treatment would otherwise be euthanized.   Over 2000 animals have received treatment and have moved through the adoption/transfer programs run by SCAS. 
Program Success Monitoring ARC's Executive and Medical Director's monitor the number of animals that utilize the Emergency Medical Fund and report them to the board monthly.
Program Success Examples

In May of  2017 a small pit-bull puppy was at her home chained to a tree.   Her owner's roommate came home and began kicking and abusing the chained puppy.  She was rescued by Animal Services.   Her abuser was arrested.  Her owner agreed to surrender her so she could receive medical care.   ARC received a call from Sarasota County Sheriff's Animal Services that morning when the dog was taken in and agreed to fund a large portion of her upcoming surgery.  Her story was on the local news, all channels, that evening.  

"Beans" was taken to Blue Pearl Emergency Vet and was see by Dr. Kirsch of Coastal Veterinary Surgery that same day.   In the coming weeks this pup had her surgery and went into medical foster via the Humane Society of Sarasota County.  ARC's Executive Director met Beans and her foster family at her recheck when she was given the approval to go up for adoption.    
She is now living in a forever home with a loving family.  
Description ARC sets aside one day per week to care for dogs and cats from other 501c3 Rescue organizations.   During 2017 27 different organizations came to our clinic.  We performed nearly 1200 surgeries on dogs and cats brought to us from all over Florida.   We have highly reduced rates for these mission partners, allowing them to do more with their own limited resources.  
Budget $65,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Other Named Groups
Short Term Success "Rescue-Day" is typically our busiest day.   It is also the staff's favorite day.   Our system allows rescues to pre-register animals that they then have volunteers drop-off for bulk intake.  We find this day to be the most efficient operating day as the check-in and check-out procedure is highly efficient.     In 2018 and 2019 we are considering adding a second rescue day to allow us to do more for our "partners".  
Long Term Success This program allows rescue organization to do more with their resources.   Several organizations travel quite far to access our clinic and pricing.   Our prices are nearly half what the most charitable veterinarians charge.   We allow most rescues to pay us monthly and we allow rescue's that have their animals in foster to access our clinic on "public" days as there no quarantine concerns in this circumstance.    By reducing the costs for spay/neuter, rescues are able to manage more animals through their programs.   
Program Success Monitoring We monitor demand for services and competitor pricing to make sure we are doing as much as we can for rescue groups.   We track quality of care in the same manner that we do for all of our surgeries.   
Program Success Examples Collaboration is key to this program.   After a recent meeting with one of our larger client rescues we realized that our scheduled day was in conflict with their adoption schedules.   We also learned that there were some ancillary services that we weren't providing that was creating logistical concerns.    To address this, we adjusted our schedule and began adding more services to increase the efficiency for the rescues.   By doing this puppies were spending less time at the rescue and were able to move more quickly into "adoptable" status.  This adjustment to our schedule got the animals into homes more quickly and opened up space for other pets to move into the shelter. 
Program Comments by Organization
We offer low-cost spay/neuter and vaccine services to the public at our facility in Sarasota, Florida.  Through the support of various grants and our generous donor community; we frequently perform free surgeries for individuals that qualify for low-income programs.  Our transport can be see traveling up and down Interstate 75 as it heads to the surrounding counties to pick up and drop off cats and dogs.  This brightly colored truck helps ARC to extend the impact of our programs to more remote areas in the surrounding counties.   
Preventing litters, keeping animals in good homes and assisting rescues and animal services agencies as they work to place animals,  is how we contribute to the "no-kill"mission.   
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Mary E Dietterle
CEO Term Start Mar 2017
CEO/Executive Director Email
Mary Dietterle has a B.B.A. degree in Finance.  She has over 20 years of experience in business operations and infrastructure development within the financial services and energy industry.   Prior to joining ARC she was an active board member and volunteer at a local Human Society. As the Executive Director at ARC Ms. Dietterle is charged with overseeing and expanding the daily operations of the clinic and managing the organization’s fundraising and community relations campaigns while developing partnerships in and around the community. 
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Ms. Roberta Druif June 2007 - July 2010
Gisele Pintchuck -
Senior Staff
Ms. Shannon Flick Project Manager
Mrs. Stephanie James Lead Veterinary Tech
Ms. Angelica Williams Clinic Manager
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 6
Part Time Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 1
Volunteers 3
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaboration is a big part of ARC's spay and neuter program. Animal Rescue Coalition collaborates with Sarasota and Manatee County Animal Services and the organization has been a leader in the "No Kill" Movement embraced by Manatee County.  In addition of strong relationship with government agencies, ARC collaborates with many local rescue groups offering discounted Spay/Neuter services to them. Groups include Honor Sanctuary,  Forge-me-Not, Inc. Aussie & Me Animal Rescue, Cat Depot, St. Francis Animal Rescue, SunCoast Humane Society of Englewood, Mimi's Rescue, EARS, Venice Cat Coalition and Underdog Rescue, Gulfshore Animal League, Humane Society of Sarasota and Humane Society of  Manatee and Little Angels Rescue.  
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Favorite Animal RescueNatural Awakening Magazine2011
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted
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 ARC's is fortunate to rely on strong and experienced clinical staff and administrative staff. Due to budget limitations, our staff fulfills multiple tasks within and outside of their departments.  ARC  relies  on volunteers to fulfill tasks such as kennel support, marketing and many other clerical duties. With the implementation of the Transport Program there is a crucial position to be filled that would put strain onto our budget. To accommodate that need until funds can be released to cover that expense, current clinic manager will split her duties between clinic operations and transport program coordination.
Multi-Media Comments by Organization Music used in video was fully licensed. 
Other Documents
Other Document 2
Whistle Blower Policy
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Joanna Pace-Brackett
Company Affiliation Business Owner / Community Volunteer
Board Term Mar 2014 to Feb 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. Brent Burchett Crabby Bills
Mr. Scott Bush Suncoast Communities Blood Bank
Mrs. Julie Bynum Kerkering Barberio
Mrs. Karin Gustafson Retired - YMCA Foundation
Mr. Thomas Hudson Hudson Law Firm
Mr. Chris Jones JP Morgan
Mr. Bruce Lesser Retired
Mrs. Wendy Mack DM Constructors
Mrs. Joanna Pace-Brackett G.E.
Mrs. Ava Whaley Community Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Gender
Male 5
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Meeting Attendance % 69
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 50
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Governance Comments by Organization
ARC is very fortunate to have the level of commitment, passion and dedication that it receives from its board members. Their commitment goes beyond and above the general support in time, expertise and guidance. All members are active participants of special projects and fundraising efforts. ARC's Board of Directors is comprised of individuals who share the love of animals and actively serve as animal welfare advocates in our community. These individuals represent all facets of professional fields including veterinary, business, legal and philanthropy. Their dedication and expertise are invaluable ARC’s mission. ARC's Board of Directors meet 10 times a year and currently has 11 members.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month July
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month June
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $792,460.00
Projected Expenses $785,808.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal $0.00
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$515,398$505,335$343,862
Administration Expense$180,815$161,473$275,986
Fundraising Expense$574$1,160$1,897
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.090.981.33
Program Expense/Total Expenses74%76%55%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$992,426$910,615$910,865
Current Assets$295,055$176,900$474,893
Long-Term Liabilities$2$0$0
Current Liabilities$53,126$33,516$22,707
Total Net Assets$939,300$877,099$888,158
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpay and Neuter Programs $387,567Program Service Revenue $363,541Contributions, gifts, grants $333,838
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $263,147Fundraising $263,461Fundraising $281,861
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $98,744Contributions, gifts, grants $33,341Program Service Revenue $209,325
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.555.2820.91
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
ARC's 2015-2016 Fiscal Year was marked by remarkable results and great growth.Over 4,500 animals passed through our Spay/Neuter program making a substantial impact in the combat of overpopulation.  For 14 years ARC has offered low-cost spay and neuter services via a mobile clinic under the premise that the mobile clinic could be moved to areas of need throughout Manatee and Sarasota Counties. The mobile clinic model became increasingly inefficient given its size, age, and cost structure. The mobile clinic also became unreliable  to move to outlying areas where the need for spay/neuter services is the greatest. In an effort to improve its operations, increase its capacity, and operate a self-sustaining clinic ARC’s board applied for and received approval to join the Humane Alliance’s National Spay and Neuter Response Team (NSNRT) program. The opening of the new clinic late 2014 proved to be a critical step in establishing a more effective and sustainable business model . In July of 2015 ARC implemented a transportation program that allowed us to substantially increase our capacity. The program serves outlying areas of critical need in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto Counties. The freestanding ARC clinic also offers numerous small local shelters a dependable resource for low cost spay/neuter services. In addition to a successful Spay/Neuter program, ARC implemented a low-cost Vaccine Clinic early 2016 providing affordable vaccine, test and prevention products to the community. This initiative has allowed many pet owners to protect their pets while creating a additional source of revenue for ARC.
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990s or audits.  Financial figures were taken from the 990s.  The Federal tax returns and audited financial statements reconcile.
Nonprofit Animal Rescue Coalition Inc
Address 6320 Tower Lane
Sarasota, FL 34240
Phone 941 957-1955 206