Canine Castaways, Inc.
PO Box 3295
Arcadia FL 34265
Canine Castaways, Inc. is a non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to rescuing dogs in need, rehabilitating if necessary, and then adopting to approved homes where they will be loved as part of a family while also encouraging responsible pet care and striving to increase awareness of the consequences of pet overpopulation through educational programs and materials.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Kimberly Rinaldi
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
Canine Castaways
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2003
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Dec 2018
State Registration Yes May 2018
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement
- Never gave up!  Finally found a wonderful home for Caramel who was part of the Napier's raid in February of 2014 and Ringo who was a castaway for a year before adoption.
- Participated in several successful fundraisers such as  the 3rd Annual Cross Creek Pet Show and Parade which raised over $2000 and "Giving Tuesday" Facebook fundraiser raising over $11,000. This secured funding to rescue several major special medical needs dogs including parvo puppies, broken bones, and heartworms.
- Hosted a Community Canine Clinic at Animal Ark to offer Free Heartworm testing or Distemper/Parvo/Lepto vaccines and microchips for a reduced cost
- Set up an isolation room in our office for new dogs coming from shelters 
- Raised the money and purchased a new transport van 
- increase number of volunteers  and foster homes
-  kennel & play yard improvements including upgrading air conditioner, additional doggy pools & play yard equipment
- finalize a "Forever Foster" program for older dogs needing life long extensive medical treatment or hospice type care
- increase awareness of  preventable dog health issues such as heartworms & parvo by creating an educational program 
- rescue more dogs! 
Needs Statement
1. Funding to help cover special needs medical emergencies   ($25,000)
2. Sponsorships for the "Forever Foster" program ($20,000)
3. Dog Play Yard Equipment ($2000)
4. Trainer to consult with on behavior problems (both pre & post adoption) (cost to be determined)
5. Additional energetic volunteers (priceless)
Background Statement

Canine Castaways was founded in 2003 and is a non-profit, all volunteer, limited admission (no-kill) dog rescue organization. We do not operate from a shelter but rather a network of foster homes in different areas of the state. While the lack of a central location can be frustrating for a prospective adopter, the foster home setting allows us to better evaluate the dogs' temperaments and help them adjust to family life. We deal primarily with dogs under 30 pounds but will also take in larger dogs if a foster home is available.


We strongly believe in our motto "Saving one dog won't change the world, but it will change the world for that dog!" When we rescue a dog, we are committed to that dog for its entire life. We try very hard to place dogs in their "forever home" but sometimes things don't work out. We will always welcome one of our dogs back into our care.


Our rescue program is not about quantity but quality. We work very hard to ensure that each dog rescued receives love and the best medical care while it waits for a forever family. Some times this can take longer than we would like; however, we know that there is a home out there for each one and will wait patiently until it is found. The number of foster homes we have available is the only thing that limits the number of dogs we can rescue.

Areas Served
Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
FL- Charlotte
FL- DeSoto
FL- Hardee
FL- Hillsborough
FL- Lee
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments Florida
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

In 2003, I wasn’t sure if one person could make a difference but I knew that I wanted to see change.  I co-founded Canine Castaways with the motto “Saving one dog won’t change the world but it will change the world for that dog!”   Since our inception, we have rescued over 2200 dogs and veterinary care has always been very important to us. We are very proud to work closely with our veterinarians to ensure each dog we take on receives the best medical care possible. If it's needed, it's done! Of course, this does lead to the challenge of constant fundraising needs but the extra work is worth it to change the world one dog at a time.

- work in conjunction with area animal services to rescue dogs slated for euthanasia
-take in owner surrender dogs as space allows
-help area animal services with animal seizures due to hoarding, etc 
-have all dogs checked by a veterinarian including spay/neuter, blood work, heartworm test, urinalysis, vaccines, microchip 
-help dogs with special medical needs such as broken bones, heartworms, & parvo
-have dog placed with foster family  
-address behavior and training issues
-require completion of application with references
-complete home visit and vet check prior to adoption
-base approvals on the needs of each individual dog and family in order to increase the likelihood of success
-conduct events at local businesses several times per month 
Budget $100,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families General/Unspecified General/Unspecified
Short Term Success Each dog we rescue and then adopt to a loving home is a success!   
Long Term Success The ultimate long term success would be for our help to contribute to an end to needless euthanasia at our local animal services with all adoptable animals making it out to live with a forever family.
Program Success Monitoring We monitor the intake and adoption of each dog.   Success is determined by an increase in the number of dogs saved as well as the number of successful adoptions.
Program Success Examples
Bucky was found running the streets. He was terrified, trembling in the kennel at Animal Services. The staff became worried about him so Canine Castaways offered to help His shyness combined with high energy made him a challenge, but after weeks of work, he became a balanced dog. The day finally came and Bucky was ready for adoption. He had an appointment with a potential adopter. Dennis Walters spent two hours trying to determine if he was the right dog for him. He needed more than a companion, he needed a potential service dog and co-star for The Dennis Walters Golf Show. Bucky passed his tests with flying colors. Bucky began learning how to help Dennis perform routine tasks like picking up a dropped item or opening cabinet doors. He has a wide assortment of tricks that he performs during the show. In addition to all of that, he is also an adoption ambassador. In their travels around the world, they spread the message about the benefits of rescue and adoption during every show.
Program Comments by Organization
We strongly believe in our motto "Saving one dog won't change the world, but it will change the world for that dog!"   When we rescue a dog, we are committed to that dog for its entire life.  We try very hard to place dogs in their "forever home" but sometimes things don't work out.   We will always welcome one of our dogs back into our care.
Our rescue program is not about quantity but quality.    We have no shelter or paid staff.  We work very hard to ensure that each dog rescued receives love and the best medical care while it waits for a forever family.   Some times this can take longer than we would like; however, we know that there is a home out there for each one and will wait patiently until it is found.  
Foster homes are always in short supply so a long term rescue can slow down the number of dogs we can save.  We are working on different marketing for hard to place dogs and increasing our number of foster homes to help with this issue.
One person can make a difference!    Fostering just one dog changes the world for that dog and creates a chain reaction allowing another dog to be saved.  Witnessing a dog transform from a terrified creature to a member of a new family is an amazing experience and there is no greater reward than knowing that a life has been saved.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % NA
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 31
Management Reports to Board
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
We try to focus our collaboration efforts to save more dogs in the counties that our volunteers live in.   As a result, we have primarily partnered with Animal Services in Desoto, Sarasota, Manatee, and Collier counties to rescue dogs and reduce the need for euthanasia.  We have also worked with Hardee county in the past and recently began working with both Lee and Highlands county.
There are times that a dog might not be a good fit for Canine Castaways but we are very proud to work as a team with other rescues such as Vintage Paws,  Honor Animal Rescue, and Gulf Coast Humane Society to save more lives. 
Last but not least, we could not do what we do without collaborating with an incredible team of veterinarians.   Dr. Pamela Wright and Dr. Adam Sorrells at Animal Ark of Arcadia are our primary veterinarians who we work very closely with on a daily basis.   In dealing with so many medical issues,we also work with various specialists who are always there when we need them -  Dr M.A. Salisbury of Animal Eye Care, Dr Mary Lynn Stanton, Dr Heidi Ward of Gulfcoast Veterinary Oncology, and Dr. Rose at Veterinary Surgery Center of Sarasota.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Article in July/August 2016 IssueSuncoast Pet Magazine2016
Best Rescue Group for Domestic AnimalsSarasota Pet Magazine2011
Risk Management Provisions
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
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 Yes
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Kimberly Rinaldi
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Nancy Armstrong Community Volunteer
Timea Kepecz Community Volunteer
Kimberly Rinaldi Community Volunteer
Donna Shirley Community Volunteer
Lara Smith Community Volunteer
Laurie Wasoski Community Volunteer
Susan Weatherford Community Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 0
Female 7
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 93
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
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 $125,000.00
Projected Expenses $120,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$108,901$123,724$118,398
Administration Expense$0$0$1,435
Fundraising Expense$0$0$1,371
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.381.001.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%98%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%2%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$92,913$51,013$50,444
Current Assets$76,393$34,493$33,924
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$92,913$51,013$50,444
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $106,430Contributions, gifts, grants $87,600Contributions, gifts, grants $74,286
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $36,935Program Service Revenue $36,693Program Service Revenue $49,132
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $7,4360 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
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 never ending number of dogs needing help leads to a constant need for fundraising.   Since we are an all volunteer organization it can be difficult to balance our time between fundraising and working with the dogs to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome.   However, as we build our volunteer base we will be able to more evenly distribute the workload.  
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from Federal 990-EZ.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Canine Castaways, Inc.
Address PO Box 3295
Arcadia, FL
Phone 863 491-6888