Satchels Last Resort Inc
8101 Coash Rd
Sarasota FL 34241

Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome pets in loving, safe homes, thereby improving the lives of both the animal and their adoptive family.

CEO/Executive Director Iris M. Eastman
Board Chair Page M. Knoebel
Board Chair Affiliation Business Owner
General Info
Organization DBA
Satchel's Last Resort
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2003
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Feb 2018
State Registration Yes Apr 2018
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement


Adopted 216 companion animals to permanent loving homes.

Expanded our Rescue - Rehab - Rehome program to include major medical care of animals in desperate need. 
Hold 3 regular scheduled adoption events monthly to introduce our pets to the community and increase our visibility. 
Taking Shelter Dogs to Agility Training Class for physical exercise and mental stimulation outside the animal shelter.  Thus giving them greater social skills for adoption.
Ready and solidify our infrastructural plans to meet the ever existing needs of our community’s homeless animal population.
Establish earned income with an Animal Behavior Clinic school for people where they can learn skills of Canine and Feline Behavior and methods of behavior modification/training to overcome any issues after adopting a Shelter pet.
Assist pet owners with animal related behavior/training issues to stop relinquishment of family pets.
Establish a strong fundraising plan
Needs Statement

Animal Care Needs-

1) Fencing for 5 (one acre each - 6 feet tall)  play yards for the dogs - $50,000.00

2) Volunteer Coordinator Staff Position for 1 year $31,200.00

3)  Surveillance Camera System $6,500.00

4)  Free Roaming Cat Room (hold 20 cats) with outdoor lanai.    $20,000.00

5) Auto/Van to transport dogs and cats to Veterinarian and off site adoption events $18,000.00

Background Statement

Satchel’s Last Resort is a “true” no kill animal shelter established in 2003 on a twelve acre parcel of land east of I-75 in Sarasota County. The facility boasts two lofty barns with the larger housing 50+ kenneled dogs; separate office space; an air conditioned room for treatment of elderly and ill dogs; and an air conditioned cat cottage for approximately 40+ cats. The surrounding grounds encompass approximately three acres of fenced yards for the dogs to play and exercise in; a beautiful memorial garden to honor those served by Satchel’s; and unfenced areas utilized for on leash dog walking only.

Founded by Page Knoebel and Michael Giblin, Satchel’s Last Resort was born out of the love for a stray Chesapeake Bay Retriever found roaming the streets of Chicago several years earlier. Despite being well respected within the animal welfare community and both serving as board members at a local shelter in the Chicago area, Page and Michael were unable to place the dog due to his “bad temperament”; he was simply deemed “unadoptable”. Thus, they took Grouchie home and decided to just love him. After time, much love and behavioral modification, Bouchy, as he would later be re-named, became a wonderful companion animal to both humans and other dogs alike. While Page and Michael were very pleased with their efforts and the happy ending to Bouchy’s second chance story, they realized all too painfully that Bouchy was just one of hundreds of animals deemed “unadoptable”, but treatable, every day… euthanized before they could unleash their true happiness and love upon the world. In an effort to change the lives of souls in need like Bouchy, they decided to open a shelter and provide a second chance for dogs and cats deemed “unadoptable”. Named after Page’s beloved Irish Setter, Satchel, Satchel’s Last Resort has served hundreds of animals since its inception. While a large majority of them have found their own happy ending in new forever homes, there are some that call Satchel’s Last Resort their forever home and just like Bouchy, are just loved!

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
FL- DeSoto
FL- Hillsborough
Areas Served Comments We work closely with Sarasota County Animal Services, Manatee County Animal Services and Desoto County Animal Services - along with all citizens of these counties to alleviate the burden and stress of homeless animals.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type Animal Related
Tertiary Org Type Animal Related
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Satchel’s Last Resort is committed to our vision of a day when no healthy, treatable or rehabilitative companion animal will be euthanized for lack of space or other resources. Thus, we exist to provide the best rehabilitative care to homeless animals that other animal shelters cannot support. Sadly, many animal shelters must abide by policies that refuse supporting animals suffering from physical and behavioral issues or simply, old age. Often, these animals are the first to get euthanized and that’s where we step in. Through collaborative efforts with not only Sarasota and Manatee Animal Services, but also other area rescues, we “pull” these dogs and cats and give them a second chance. Regardless of their issues, we accept them and provide them the medical and behavioral rehabilitation needed giving them hope for a future with an adoptive family.

Since our inception, we have helped over 700 homeless dogs and cats find permanent and loving homes, however there is still a great need for our services in this community. While both counties possess relatively high save rates in terms of state and national figures, we must continue to RESCUE, REHAB and REHOME unwanted companion animals not only to help them live a well-deserved life, but also to continue our community’s low euthanasia rate.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Satchel’s Last Resort is a “true” No Kill animal shelter that is committed to each and every animal that comes to us in need. Whether the animal requires medical or behavioral rehabilitation, we nurture them with love, patience, training and time to heal.   Our excellent animal care staff is dedicated toward getting to know each animal on an individual basis through enrichment activities such as long walks, car rides and trips to the park; thus helping them to acquire the needed social skills that will enhance their potential for adoption into a forever home. Not only do we provide the companion animal with the skills needed to succeed, but we also strive to match each of our animals with the correct pet owner.  A new home can be an adjustment for all and we are there every step of the way to help make the transition successful. We believe every animal is entitled to the basic right of life and we strive to give them the very best!


Our rescue program is designed to save healthy, treatable or rehabilitative dogs and cats from situations that would otherwise result in their euthanasia. While most of these animals are “pulled” from other animal shelters that are unable to support their care, we will accept owner surrender in extreme situations. Once an animal is rescued and assessed, it receives any medical and/or behavioral treatment and/or rehabilitation needed before being placed in our adoption program. If the animal is unable to recover from its physical and/or emotional trauma, it will remain with us for the remainder of its natural life in our animal sanctuary.   

Budget $120,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term Success

The majority of the approximately 180 companion animals rescued in 2013 were pulled from other local animal shelters which not only contributed significantly to the save rate, but also the local community’s low euthanasia ratio.

Long Term Success

There will be a 100% save rate in both Sarasota/Manatee Counties among healthy, treatable and rehabilitative animals.

Program Success Monitoring

The disposition of each animal we receive is recorded upon intake and adoption (or death) as is required under Florida Law.

Program Success Examples

While we are often collaborating with both Sarasota and Manatee County Animal Services to rescue dogs and cats that would otherwise be euthanized, we are especially proud of our partnerships with other area animal shelters like The Humane Society of Sarasota County. At their request, along with the assistance of their dedicated volunteers, we accepted two Rottweilers that were heart worm positive and were in need of furever homes. Having the available space to accept Argus and Tempo, they arrived at Satchel’s and were successfully treated. Once they received their clean bill of health, they were later adopted to a local Florida family who still updates us on their progress from time to time. We just love happy endings!


Many companion animals who find themselves homeless or abandoned suffer from physical and/or emotional trauma directly caused from living outside of human care. While some dogs and cats come to us in a healthy state, many do not. The primary purpose of this program is to treat and rehabilitate any physical and emotional trauma that a dog or cat may have suffered with medical and/or behavioral modification interventions. Not only does this program serve to promote the health and welfare and allow the dog or cat to once again thrive, but it also serves to increase that animal’s chance of finding their furever home.

Budget $0
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term Success

Over 125 animals received medical and/or behavioral interventions in 2013 that contributed to their health and welfare; thus increasing their opportunities to find their furever homes with an adoptive families.

Long Term Success

All homeless and abandoned companion animals suffering from physical and/or emotional trauma will receive medical and behavioral interventions to prevent their euthanasia and increase their adoptability. Additionally, this program will exemplify the importance of preserving animal life to the public and other animal institutions serving companion animal populations.

Program Success Monitoring

Each animal requiring medical or behavioral interventions is monitored by staff and volunteers daily to ensure the animal is thriving and accurate medical records are kept of every animal under our care.

Program Success Examples

Elsa was a stray that was brought to us by two young girls who found her near Myakka. Although she had a sweet and loving soul, she suffered from incredible separation anxiety and would become destructive if left alone. After several unsuccessful adoptions (we always accept our animals back), it was decided that Elsa would become a sanctuary resident despite her passing obedience training and receiving her certifications in both Agility I and Canine Good Citizen. Then, to prove dreams do come true…Horizon Bay Assisted Living called to inquire if we had any candidates that could qualify as a service dog. Why, yes! Elsa received her on the job training and began immediately! She travels to work daily with her handler, Lisa, and is never alone for a minute. Here, she her sweet loving soul provides needed company to the full time residents in the long term memory care unit as she accompanies them throughout the facility and to social outings like picnics. The (happy) End!


We pride ourselves on our adoption program as we want to ensure that dogs and cats under our care are positively matched with adoptive individuals or families who will be committed to the lifetime health and well being of that animal. Often, this selection process can be lengthy and take a great deal of time; however, we feel all good things are worth the wait. Once animals are adopted out, staff and volunteers perform follow ups to ease the transition of all concerned and provide solutions to any adjustment problems that may be occurring. Additionally, we offer a Canine and Feline Behavior Help Line that adoptive families and the public can call for advice for assistance.

Budget $0
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success

Approximately 134 companion animals were adopted into their forever homes in 2013 and countless more were able to remain within their homes through the assistance of our behavioral advice offered by our caring staff and volunteers.

Long Term Success

Aside from watching the joy on the faces of the animals and parents of newly adopted dogs and cats as they prepare to leave the shelter together, we often receive follow up calls and letters from adoptive families about the happiness that we helped make happen! While we have made over 700 of these moments occur since 2003, we look forward to many more!

Program Success Monitoring

We monitor the success of our adoption program by keeping records of each animal we adopt and the continued follow up provided afterwards.

Program Success Examples
Buster & Rosie are two dogs that found themselves wandering the streets, homeless, hungry and in ill health.  At Satchels they found safety, love and hope. Jill, adopted Venus from Satchels a year earlier and she decided to look for another companion dog.  After visiting with several dogs it was decided on Rosie.  But, she just couldn't leave Buster behind so she adopted both dogs.  They are now one big happy family.

Our newly revised volunteer program serves many functions that contribute to the overall success of our mission. Of the many opportunities available, you may find our dedicated volunteers doing a number of things including fundraising; cleaning; doing laundry or light maintenance or helping to socialize and enrich the lives of our dogs and cats through fostering. Regardless of the duties they perform, their contributions play a vital role to the success of all of our programs.

Budget $3,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal-Related, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Families Families
Short Term Success

Volunteers contributed countless hours of human capital in 2013 in assisting staff to ensure that the shelter remained clean and the animals were enriched.

Long Term Success

Many of our volunteers have served with us for years and continue to contribute their time graciously.

Program Success Monitoring

The program is monitored by the Shelter Manager and appointed volunteers who assist in coordinating volunteer activities.

Program Success Examples Our first volunteer, Mark still works with the animals weekly, in addition he is instrumental in ground maintenance and minor repairs.
Description Foster home program is vital to help the many dogs and cats we take in so they may recover from severe injury and/or illness.  Once an animal has been to the vet - we seek an approved foster home to assist in the rehabilitation for the pet with severe injuries; ex: a dog hit by a car that required surgery for broken bones.  In addition, we utilize the foster home to help an animal through behavior issues; ex:  a 5 month old puppy that has never been in a home to help with housebreaking and basic obedience manners or a dog undergoing heartworm treatment.
Budget $60,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Training
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Families
Short Term Success Once the animal has been rehabilitated, they are placed up for adoption. Many foster parent choose to adopt their special needs animal.
Long Term Success Animals are no longer euthanized for a treatable illness/injury thus strengthening the human/animal bond.
Program Success Monitoring Personal follow up care with each individual foster home and pet by two of staff members.
Program Success Examples Journey is a dog we took in that was found stray in the woods in early January 2015.  She was emaciated, suffered from sarcoptic and demodex mange, heartworm disease and a dislocated hip (old injury).  She was at the Veterinary hospital for 10 days after surgery and placed in foster care for 6 months as she needed rest, close supervision along with veterinary care to recover.  Journey was just official adopted by her foster Mom in July, 2015.
Program Comments by Organization The adoption program, foster and volunteer programs are vital in serving our community's needs.  People want to help animals in need - they just need guidance on how to help.  The reward of seeing a dog that was rescued, rehabilitated and go to a loving home is extraordinary and truly fulfilling.  We would love to expand these services to help even more animals and owners.  Especially those facing a temporary crisis, ex: moving due to foreclosure, moving as to escape an abusive situation.  Our military families are now experiencing a crisis where their beloved pet is not allowed in base housing or when our Service men and women are deployed.  These are programs we would love to develop and/or expand.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Iris M. Eastman
CEO Term Start Oct 2009
CEO/Executive Director Email
Board President of The Humane Society of Sarasota County for 2 years - Board Member for 4 years.
Executive Director of Central New York SPCA 3 years
Independent Animal Behavior Consultant for 35 years
Independent Animal Shelter Consultant for Business Growth and Programs Developtment 16 years
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 4
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 92
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
We work closely with Sarasota County Animal Services, Manatee County Animal Services, Desoto County Animal Services, Humane Society of Sarasota County, Honor Animal Rescue, Canine Castaways, Vintage Paws, Fairy Tail Endings
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization
Satchel's Last Resort has been in operation and managed by Page Knoebel, the Founder since 2001.  January of  2013 will bring Satchel's Last Resort under the direction the Executive Director as the Founders turn over the daily operations to Iris Eastman
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
Satchel's Last Resort is a true "no kill" animal shelter/sanctuary.  Each animal we take in is assessed as an individual regarding health and/or behavior.  We will work with each dog or cat to rehabilitate them to place in our adoption program.  Each animal has different needs and there are not set time limits. Our goal is to rehabilitate each animal and place them in the right loving home.  We are committed to the animal for the rest of its natural life.
Board Chair
Board Chair Page M. Knoebel
Company Affiliation Business Owner
Board Term Feb 2017 to Jan 2020
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Dr. Phil Chaikin Retired
Iris Eastman Executive Director
Sue Havorth Retired
David Knoebel Retired
Page Knoebel Business Owner
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 2
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Board Self-Evaluation No
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
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Governance Comments by Organization
The Shelter is well established and successful with its current programs and services.  Expansion and updating the building to provide a more functional space for the animals, staff and volunteers to work efficiently and cohesively.  We are in the process of identifying the most pressing needs and moving forward with fundraising to complete our expansion to provide the ultimate Animal Shelter experience possible for the animals we house and the people who adopt, volunteer and support us.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2018
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $450,000.00
Projected Expenses $422,000.00
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
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$437,848$366,654$323,296
Administration Expense$56,257$59,375$36,627
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.960.960.91
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%86%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$153,607$172,896$188,475
Current Assets$153,607$172,896$188,475
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$153,607$172,896$188,475
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $474,816Contributions, gifts, grants $410,450Contributions, gifts, grants $326,554
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
The challenge is to find funding opportunities for our continued growth to help more pets in need.  We now have several established fund raisers with our annual Golf Tournament and garage sale which were both a huge success.  We have also added Yappy Hour, Bow Wow Luau, Pints for Pups, Jewelry to the Rescue, Painting with a Twist, along with a car wash.  We are exploring new innovative ways to increase our funding with earned income featuring an Animal Behavior Clinic
Financial Comments by Foundation
Financial information taken from IRS Form 990.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Satchels Last Resort Inc
Address 8101 Coash Rd
Sarasota, FL 34241
Phone 941 924-5070