Honor Sanctuary, Inc. d/b/a Honor Animal Rescue
4951 Lorraine Rd
Bradenton FL 34211

To save the lives of homeless pets by changing the way our community views animal sheltering and shelter pets. To provide an educational and family friendly environment that will change their future one animal, one family and one generation at a time.

CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Dari Oglesby
Board Chair Mr. Al Wolfson
Board Chair Affiliation Benderson Corporation
General Info
Organization DBA
Honor Animal Rescue
Honor Sanctuary Animal Rescue
Nate's Honor Animal Rescue
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2007
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Feb 2018
State Registration Yes 2018
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement

 2017 Accomplishments:

1.  Adoption numbers continue to climb each year. 1979 animals were placed into loving homes in 2017

2.  Increased intake to nearly 2000 animals, with 81% of all intakes being transferred from "kill shelters"

3.  Saved 102 heartworm positive dogs that were destined for euthanasia at their originating shelters

4.  Implemented a program to match Veterans struggling with PTSD, TBI, and other debilitating injuries with companion animals to greatly  benefit their health and well-being

5.  Assisted the ASPCA in rescuing dogs and cats from other Florida shelters that were severely damaged by Hurricane Irma and assisted in the evacuation, care, and placement of dogs and cats from St. Croix that were displaced by Hurricane Maria

2018 Goals: 

1.  Embark on a capital campaign for a new building that will house a shelter medical facility, adoption center, and public wellness clinic.

2.  Acquire additional funding for our Emergency Medical Fund to enable us to assist with the extraordinary medical costs associated with treatable special needs animals at risk of euthanasia in area shelters.

3.  Expand our reach to surrounding counties by developing programs with a greater geographical impact and by engaging in community initiatives and events.

4.  Increase the number of lives saved by 15%

Needs Statement

1.  Capital Funding for New Building ($4,000,000).  In the past five years, we have more than tripled the number of animals in our care. With this dramatic growth, coupled with the rapid development of homes in our immediate area resulting in a larger population served, we have outgrown our current facilities. The proposed new building will house a shelter animal medical facility, an adoption center, and a public veterinary clinic.

2.  Full-Time Trainer and Animal Behaviorist ($40,000). The role of a trainer and animal behaviorist would be two-fold:  1) to train our shelter animals to enhance their adoptability, 2) to counsel owners on how to handle behavior issues so that dogs are not surrendered to our shelter.

3.  Part-Time Adoption Coordinator ($15,600)  Currently, our adoption counselors are volunteers.  However, the volume of animals adopted requires a flexible staff member to supplement the adoption efforts.

4.  Emergency Medical Fund ($20,000) Our organization is well-known for taking in and caring for animals with extraordinary medical needs.  Our Emergency Medical Fund allows us to give animals with special needs a second chance.

5.  Upgrades and Additional Medical Equipment ($10,000).  Much of our veterinary care is done in-house and our veterinary team has requested upgrades to our existing equipment and additional items such as an infusion pump, an ICU cage, an otoscope, a centrifuge, a new microscope, 2 new desktop computers, etc.

    Background Statement
    Nate's Honor Animal Rescue was originally founded in 2007 as a volunteer run, foster based rescue called Honor Sanctuary. Through word of mouth and community relationships, we secured an in kind donation from Benderson Development of a retail space to house and showcase animals for adoption. That allowed the organization to triple the number of animals helped. That opportunity led to a greater awareness in the community, and new relationships that enabled the construction of a stand alone facility on Lorraine Rd. In a very short time, the organization has gone from helping 500 animals a year, to 2000 a year.
    Areas Served
    Areas Served
    FL- Manatee
    FL- Sarasota
    FL- Charlotte
    FL- DeSoto
    FL- Hardee
    FL- Hillsborough
    Areas Served Comments Nate's Honor Animal Rescue serves Florida's Gulf Coast region including Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Hardee and Desoto Counties. We primarily transfer animals out of County shelters with high euthanasia rates. The animals we take are adoptable animals that would have been killed for space or easily treatable medical conditions or injuries. We receive no funding from the government or Counties we help.
    Service Categories
    Primary Org Type Animal Related
    Secondary Org Type Youth Development
    Tertiary Org Type Animal Related
    Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

    I was fortunate enough to have been introduced to Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue by the late Nate Benderson, a tough businessman who had a soft heart for animals.  His commitment to helping homeless animals was so great that he made it possible for the organization to become what it is today. It was Nate’s guidance and inspiration, along with the hard work of a small staff and countless volunteers that took this organization from a network of foster homes operating out of their garages to a well respected organization, with two locations in retail shopping plazas and a unique 8 acre Ranch that houses up to 100 animals at any given time.  While Nate’s generosity provided several locations, his true desire was to see the organization become self-sustaining and bring together a community effort to rescue and care for animals in need. We are proud of what we’ve achieved for the animals. This year we are on course to adopt out close to 2000 dogs and cats into loving homes! There is nothing more rewarding than watching and animal walk off the property to begin a new life. But with the rewards come challenges. There are always animals needing to be saved. There are always unexpected veterinary costs. There is always a need for more donors and volunteers. These are the daily struggles for all individuals in the animal rescue field. My goal for this organization, as well as my tribute to Nate, is to find the support necessary to continue this meaningful work. 

    Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
    I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to our community for it's overwhelming support.  Without our generous donors, our committed partners and sponsors, and our dedicated volunteers, we simply would not be able to continue our lifesaving work. Our work is not easy but it's a labor of love.  It is truly humbling to know that your support has helped us save the lives of over 2000 homeless pets in 2017! But our focus is not just about saving lives, it's about educating our community and future generations about the amazing impact that the human-animal bond can have in our lives. We believe that our message is being heard, as reflected by the thousands of animals going home each year and by the continuing support of the members of our community, young and old.  Again, we cannot thank you enough!
    Nate's Honor Animal Rescue has animals available for adoption at 3 locations. Our Primary adoption center is our Lorraine Road facility. Honor also has an adoption center/store in Cooper Creek Shopping Plaza and cats at Petco in Sarasota. The animals in our adoption program typically come from 3 places; owner surrenders, transfers from Animal Control and high kill shelters. The majority of the animals transferred were scheduled for Euthanasia.
    All animals in our care are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, dewormed, heartworm or leukemia tested, and microchipped before available for adoption. Many of the animals also require treatment for illnesses like kennel cough, mange, upper respiratory and heartworms. We take pride in the fact that we also try to take animals with extraordinary medical needs from shelters where care is unavailable.
    The Adoption and animal care program is the single largest expense for Honor. Adoption fees never cover the cost of their care. The average investment in each animal for routine care alone is $440. This does not include any extraordinary medical expenses that often come with saving homeless animals.
    Budget $345,000
    Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
    Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
    Population Served Families Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults
    Short Term Success
    By the end of the year, we will exceed our target adoption rate increasing the number of lives saved through out our community. We also expect to see the euthanasia rate at Sarasota and Manatee County Animal Services continue to drop.
    Long Term Success
    Nate's Honor Animal Rescue has increased adoption rates by nearly 300% in 4 years. Transfer Partnerships with County facilities have also reduced the total euthanasia rate for both Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Approximately 80%  of the animals in our care were scheduled for euthanasia at a county facility.
    Program Success Monitoring The steady increase in the lives we are able to save drives us to constantly evaluate our program efficiency. Adoption rates are tracked by software, and compared to other shelters locally, regionally, and nationally. Adoption follow ups with new families are also done to reduce return rates. The current adoption return rate is 6%, at or below the national average by species.
    Program Success Examples
    We measure our programs with tangible benchmarks, like adoption and return rates, live release and euthanasia rates, but the best measure of success for us is seeing an animal that was scheduled to be killed, thriving and making a difference in it's owner's life.

     Our organization has a very small staff and but we are augmented by the hard work and dedication of hundreds of volunteers.  Our volunteer program encompasses many facets of the organization's operations including:

    • Adoption Counselors
    • Canine Care Team/Dog Walkers
    • Foster Parents
    • Cat Socializer
    • Laundry and Kitchen Assistants
    • Transporter
    • Puppy Care
    • Fundraising and Event Assistants
    • Thrift Store Personnel
    • Outreach and Education
    Budget $25,000
    Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
    Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
    Population Served Adults Families
    Short Term Success  Without our Volunteer Program, our organization would simply not be able to be fully operational.  We rely on our volunteers for many of our short-term successes, such as enriching the lives of the animals while they wait at the shelter for their forever home, raising unweaned puppies or kittens into thriving adoptable animals, and adopting out nearly 2000 animals a year. 
    Long Term Success One of our goals is to change the way that our community views animal sheltering and shelter pets.  Another is to promote the human-animal bond.  Our volunteers help us achieve these objectives and will continue to do this for generations to come.   
    Program Success Monitoring The success of this program is seen on a day-to-day basis.  Each year, more and more people register to volunteer and our volunteer retention rate is extremely high.  We gauge our success by the joy and commitment that the program brings to both animals and humans alike. 
    Program Success Examples

    Peter is one of our volunteer adoption counselors.  He is a retired gentleman with an enthusiasm for working with shelter pets.  He volunteers approximately 35-40 hours a week and is responsible for finding homes for countless animals in our care.  "It's the best job I've ever had!"

    Cher is another volunteer that couldn't wait to retire so that she could spend more time working with the dogs at our shelter.  She is now an invaluable asset to the organization, helping keep inventory of our supplies, walking and socializing with dogs, training new volunteers, representing the organization at events, soliciting auction items, and assisting on the adoption team. "Finding homes for dogs and cats that may have otherwise be euthanized is so rewarding. It's just a great feeling to know that I played a role in saving their lives."

    Lexi's Paw Pals is the children's portion of our Open Paw behavior and training program for the animals at the shelter. Open Paw uses positive reinforcement and reward based training to teach the animals good kennel presence and skills to make them more adoptable. Lexi's Paw Pals engages children ages 7 and up to come to the shelter and help socialize our dogs and cats. Children and their parents work together to teach the dogs to sit, down, stay as well as get them used to being groomed. Families also help socialize scared or shy animals by reading to them in their kennels or the socialization cottage. We provide a children's manual that includes instructions and items needed to make enrichment items for the animals in the shelter. This program was renamed Lexi's Paw Pals in memory of one of our young volunteers, who lost her life in tragedy. She and her family loved coming to the shelter and working with the animals, and we honor her memory by engaging more children like her.
    Budget $10,000
    Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Training
    Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
    Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Families
    Short Term Success
    The immediate success of the program is measured by the adoption and retention rate of dogs and cats in the program. Animals trained in the program tend to stay in the new homes they are placed in. We also see increased recruitment of other children for the program. It is a wonderful avenue for parents to spend time with their children while teaching them not only about helping homeless pets but also the importance of volunteering and giving back to their community.
    Long Term Success
    The goal of this program is to teach children to be responsible pet owners while teaching the animals in the shelter to be well trained pets. The program will educate the next generation of pet owners, and help decrease the number of animals entering the shelter system for behavior reasons. Children learn empathy and responsibility for other living creatures.
    Program Success Monitoring
    Program success is monitored by pet adoption and retention rates, as well as volunteer recruitment and retention rates.
    Program Success Examples
    The program was started in August 2012, and officially named in January 2013. The program has resulted in an increase of children and their families volunteering and adopting from the shelter. It has also sparked an increase in requests from teachers and youth groups for tours, presentations, and special community projects. Parents also enjoy being able to spend time with their children doing something productive and fun for the community.

    Pets for Vets is a program that partners with the nonprofit organization, Paws and Warriors, Inc. to assist disabled veterans in finding a companion animal.  Veterans are matched with appropriate pets that will provide years of companionship, emotional support and the added health benefits that pets can provide their owners. 

    This program provides veterans with:

    • A fully vetted canine companion with the appropriate temperament with the adoption fee waived
    • Basic obedience training
    • A crate
    • A leash and collar
    Budget $10,000
    Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Ownership
    Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
    Population Served People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities
    Short Term Success The launch of this program will provide 40 disabled veterans with loving companion animals. Not only can a pet provide love and company to a disabled veteran, but studies also show that physical contact with a pet can lower stress and blood pressure levels and combat depression. We estimate that 90% of participants will experience an improvement in their overall physical and emotional well-being.
    Long Term Success Pets placed with veterans through this program will remain with them for many years.  The unconditional love displayed by the companion animal, along with the responsibility and sense of purpose gained by the owner is life altering. We anticipate that 90% of all participants will agree that the addition of a pet has changed their lives for the better. 
    Program Success Monitoring The success of the program will be monitored by periodic contact and interviews with the participants, designed to measure how much their companion animal have changed their lives.
    Program Success Examples  This is a new program.  Success examples to follow.

    The objective of this program is to match senior citizens in Sarasota and Bradenton with senior dogs and cats for years of quality companionship and added health benefits.  Not only can a pet provide love and company to a lonely senior, but studies also show that physical contact with pets can lower stress and blood pressure levels and combat depression.  Increased activity from playing with pets can reduce bone loss, lower cholesterol and improve blood circulation.  Pets can truly make a difference in the lives of seniors!  The program offers senior citizens (age 65+) the opportunity to adopt a senior dog (age 7+) or a senior cat (age 5+) with the following benefits:

    • Personalized assistance from Nate's Honor Animal Rescue's adoption team members in finding a senior dog or cat who fits the adopter's home and lifestyle.
    • Half off adoption fees:  $50 for a dog and $25 for a cat
    • A pet that has been examined by a veterinarian and has been deemed healthy for its age, is spayed/neutered, and is up to date on vaccines, monthly preventives, etc.
    • A pet that has recently had bloodwork and a dental, if needed
    • For Dogs:  A starter kit to include a leash, collar, food, and 6 months of heartworm prevention
    • For Cats: A starter kit to include food and a $25 Petco gift card 
    Budget $5,000
    Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Ownership
    Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
    Population Served People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities
    Short Term Success

    The short term success for this program will be finding appropriately matched companion animals for 35 senior citizens in our community.

    Long Term Success

    The long term success will be demonstrated by how many of the 35 senior citizens keep their new pet as lifelong companions.  We estimate that 95% of all participants will benefit from this program long-term.

    Program Success Monitoring

    We will know that the program is successful if the participants are happy with their new companion and decide to keep him/her as a long-term commitment.  If the animal is not returned to our facility, we will know that the program is working.  We will also follow up with adopters to make sure that the match is successful.

    Program Success Examples

    Pat and Ed are senior citizens who adopted 9 year old Momma Bear and 7 year old Bitty Bear through our Senior for Senior program.  The following is a letter we recently received from them:  "We are happy to inform you that Mama Bear, now Mama, and Bitty Bear, now Baby are doing fine.  My husband and I have never had soooo many kisses and loves.  They seem to need to get at eye level and I have never cleaned my glasses so often.  We love they dearly and they seem to love us in return.  They spend their days one step behind Ed in all that he does and when he sits down they are both on his lap.  When I come home from work, I receive an equal amount of love and lap sitting.  We are so happy we came to see you and were able to bring home two bundles of joy and love."

    CEO/Executive Director
    CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Dari Oglesby
    CEO Term Start Apr 2012
    CEO/Executive Director Email dari@honoranimalrescue.org

    Dari Oglesby began her career in Animal Welfare as a volunteer for Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue in 2009. In 2010, she joined the Board of Directors where she served as Treasurer. A seasoned and successful businesswoman, she gradually began taking on more and more responsibilities for the organization, until the Board asked her to take on the role of Executive Director.


    In eight years, she has led the evolution of a small struggling organization with 180 adoptions per year to the thriving business that it is today—with over 1800 adoptions annually.


    During her tenure, Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue’s current facility was built. Known as “the Ranch”, this unique sheltering complex regularly houses approximately 60 dogs and 30 cats. The facility has been widely recognized for its innovative housing design made up of thirteen small cottages that contain 4-6 indoor/outdoor kennels each. This creates a low stress environment for the animals and also ensures that any contagious illness does not sweep through the entire population but instead is contained in one cottage.


    A dedicated, hands-on leader, Dari Oglesby oversees all aspects of the Ranch’s daily operations. In addition to the Ranch, she leads the operation of three satellite locations which generate revenue, raise awareness and increase adoptions: Paw’s Attic Thrift Store, Nate’s Place Boutique and Adoption Center, and Petco’s Adoption Center. 


    Ms. Oglesby has worked diligently to forge relationships with community and regional partners. The majority of animals that enter the shelter come from municipal shelters with high euthanasia rates, spanning from Florida to Georgia. She is particularly proud of the relationship she has built with Thomasville Humane Society in rural Georgia. Largely due to the number of transfers from their facility to Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue (over 900 dogs last year), they have been able to increase their live release rate from 23% to 73% of all dogs entering their facility.

    Former CEOs/Executive Directors
    Senior Staff
    Dari Oglesby Executive Director
    Robert Oglesby
    Karen Slomba Associate Director
    Staff & Volunteer Statistics
    Full Time Staff 8
    Part Time Staff 5
    Staff Retention Rate % 100
    Professional Development Yes
    Contractors 0
    Volunteers 875
    Management Reports to Board Yes
    CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
    Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
    Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
    We are proud to work collaboratively with other non profits and businesses that share our mission. We work closely with Animal Control Agencies in Manatee, Sarasota and other nearby counties, to reduce the number of animals euthanized, by transferring them to the safety of our shelter. We also Partner with Bishop SPCA, Humane Society of Sarasota, Humane Society of Manatee, Cat Depot, GulfShore Animal League, Animal Rescue Coalition, Safe Haven, and many more small foster based or breed specific rescues.
    In addition to our Animal Welfare partners, we also maintain active relationships with many Human Service related organizations. We partner with the Red Cross to provide emergency shelter for pets of families in crisis. We also partner with Local food bank programs, like Meals on Wheels Plus, to distribute pet food to local residents. Our children's programs have also helped forge lasting relationships with the Girls Scouts, Eagle scouts, local schools and the Key Club.
    Florida Association of Animal Welfare Organizations2017
    External Assessments and Accreditations
    Awards & Recognition
    Domestic Animal Rescue of the YearSarasota Pet Magazine2012
    No More Homeless Pets Network PartnerBest Friends Animal Society0
    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 No
    Whistle Blower Policy No
    Document Destruction Policy No
    Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
    Policies and Procedures No
    Planning & Policies Comments by Organization Honor Board is currently in the process of updating their Strategic Plan.
    Board Chair
    Board Chair Mr. Al Wolfson
    Company Affiliation Benderson Corporation
    Board Term Nov 2014 to Nov 2018
    Board Chair Email info@honoranimalrescue.org
    Board Members
    Board Members
    Stuart Barzman Retired
    Evan Benderson Benderson Development
    Sara Benderson Benderson Development
    Morgan Bentley Bentley & Bruning P.A.
    Michael Chokr Diamond Vault Jewelers
    Mary Dougherty-Slapp Gulf Coast Builders Exchange
    Kimberly Lynn Griffin Community Volunteer
    Steven Krouse DDS
    Steven Lee Author - The Money Plan
    Hy Polokoff Retired
    Stephanie Roberts ABC 7
    Art Sicliano ASicliano Consulting
    Ann Virag Community Volunteer
    Al Wolfson Benderson Corp
    Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
    Board Ethnicity
    African American/Black 0
    Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
    Caucasian 14
    Hispanic/Latino 0
    Native American/American Indian 0
    Other 0 0
    Board Gender
    Male 9
    Female 5
    Unspecified 0
    Board Term Lengths 3
    Board Term Limits 2
    Board Orientation Yes
    Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
    Board Meeting Attendance % 82
    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 43
    Standing Committees
    Board Governance
    Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
    Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
    Current Year Projections
    Tax Year Start Month Oct
    Tax Year Start Day 01
    Tax Year Begins 2017
    Tax Year End Month Sept
    Tax Year End Day 30
    Tax Year Ends 2018
    Projected Revenue $753,076.00
    Projected Expenses $715,566.00
    Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
    Organization has Endowment Yes
    Endowment Value $50,000.00
    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
    Audit/Financial Documents
    Financial Review
    Expense Allocation
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Program Expense$483,079$611,648$516,848
    Administration Expense$71,535$52,469$26,930
    Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
    Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
    Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.540.951.31
    Program Expense/Total Expenses87%92%95%
    Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
    Assets and Liabilities
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Total Assets$704,905$684,616$720,310
    Current Assets$325,683$265,791$310,811
    Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
    Current Liabilities$0$45$0
    Total Net Assets$704,905$684,571$720,310
    Top Funding Sources
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $473,042Contributions, gifts, grants $314,903Contributions, gifts, grants $375,794
    Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAdoptions $287,544Adoptions $313,475Fundraising $182,170
    Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $95,2750 $0Adoptions $154,504
    CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
    Tax Credits No
    Short Term Solvency
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--5906.47--
    Long Term Solvency
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
    Financials Comments
    Financial Comments by Organization
    Our greatest challenge is raising enough funds to operate the shelter on a daily basis while saving money to build a secure financial future. We have recently created an endowment, and are working very hard to grow that fund. 
    We have learned much in the past 5 years. As our organization grew from a foster based rescue with no overhead, to a large scale shelter, so did our financial needs. Our budgets have become more complex, no longer simply one line for animal medical care. We fight the misconception that we have a foundation, or are fully funded by a private benefactor on a daily basis. We were very lucky to have had significant in kind support from a very passionate philanthropist before he passed away. He helped make our common dream a reality, and we are grateful for his vision, guidance and inspiration. His greatest gift to us was his inspiration. Moving forward, we hope to inspire the next generation of animal welfare activists the way he inspired us. We hope you will join us.
    Financial Comments by Foundation Financial figures were taken from IRS Form 990 as no financial statements were provided.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support, as reported on Form 990.
    Nonprofit Honor Sanctuary, Inc. d/b/a Honor Animal Rescue
    Address 4951 Lorraine Rd
    Bradenton, FL 34201
    Phone 941 747-4900