Dontes Den Foundation
6801 283rd Street East
Myakka City FL 34251
The mission of Donte’s Den is to provide individualized attention and comprehensive care for every dog entrusted to our care. We honor the trust placed in us by all dog owners, especially those members of our military service who cannot arrange for a home while deployed, defenseless dogs who have been discarded, and dogs whose owners can no longer provide a home for their loving companions.
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Marsha R. Panuce
Board Chair Mrs. Marsha R. Panuce
Board Chair Affiliation Advance Control Inc.
General Info
Organization DBA
Panuce Family Foundation, Inc
Former Names
Panuce Family Foundation
Tax Exempt Status Exempt-Other
Incorporation Year 2011
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Oct 2016
State Registration Exempt 0
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS LetterView
Impact Statement
The year 2014 was a busy year as the preceding years of planning were applied into action.


  • In June 2014, licensed contractors broke ground on our professionally designed state of the art facility which is scheduled to open in early March, 2015.
  • We welcomed the addition of new Board Members, Ms. June Simmons and Mrs. Jaymie Carter, as well as a Director of Development, Ms. Pamela Sennott.
  • Our new educational television show, "Animal Outtakes," was met with overwhelming success and has expanded it's reach from one market into three markets including the Tri-County area of Sarasota, Bradenton and Venice, Florida; the Tallahassee, Florida market and the Huntsville, Alabama market.
  • In 2014, we received a $50,000.00 grant from Jay & Becky Kaiserman Foundation.
  • Our educational dog bite prevention program, D.O.G. was implemented at Girls, Inc. of Sarasota. 
Needs Statement
  1. $100 provides one of 21 needed Kuranda Beds for our new adoption dens.
  2. $800 provides one of two stainless needed exam tables.
  3. $1,000 provides one whelping/hospice den with donor recognition.
  4. $3,000 provides three months of care for a deployed military member's dog.
  5. $65,000 provides a digital x-ray machine for the veterinary hospital.
Background Statement
Donte’s Den Foundation has purchased 50 acres in Manatee County to build a state of the art canine sanctuary that will house 100 displaced dogs from three primary sources. The first source is dogs owned by deployed soldiers who have no other housing option while the soldier is serving away from home. The second is pets who have outlived their owners, or whose owners must leave the dog behind to enter assisted living. The third is abandoned dogs to be rehabbed for adoption.

Today we live in multi-species families. Pet ownership is at its all-time high. 47% of households have a dog. Millions of Americans who think of their dogs as members of their families face uncertainty when planning for the future of beloved pets who may well outlive them. Only a decade ago, pet trusts were enacted in only a few states. Today, 47 states have statutes allowing individuals to set-up a trust to ensure that their pets are cared for long after they become incapable of doing so. Donte’s Den was envisioned because the Panuce’s did not have children; they had Schnauzers! They also did not have other family or friends whom they trusted to care for any remaining canine members of their family. A sanctuary where these dogs can live out their lives in comfort is an innovative concept that is only realized in a few other institutions – one in College Station, Texas and another in Kanab, Utah. Reactions to this concept have been overwhelmingly positive, especially from professionals in the financial and legal community. One such firm, Caldwell Trust, confided that they had close to 20 clients for whom Donte’s Den would be the answer to their concerns.

The second priority of Donte’s Den – born out of Don Panuce’s military service – is to care for dogs whose owners are deployed without having a trustworthy temporary home for their canine companion. While there are a half-dozen resources that place dogs in foster homes, no other resource addresses the problem as does Donte’s Den.

Areas Served
Areas Served
Areas Served Comments
Donte's Den Foundation will serve both Sarasota and Manatee Counties, as well as all other national markets throughout the United States.     
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type Animal Related
Tertiary Org Type Animal Related
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Please see the above statement.  CEO and Board Chair are the same person.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Donte's Den began years ago, when Don and Marsha Panuce thought about giving back to the wonderful dogs in their lives - dogs that were part of their family as well as neighboring dogs. These wonderful dogs create joy every day of their lives ... and they ask for so little in return. When Don and Marsha wondered what would happen to their dogs when they were no longer able to care for them, they came up with the concept for Donte's Den, which is named after one of their beloved Schnauzers. Other than their dogs, they have no family members. They also realized that they are not the only ones in this position. Donte's Den Foundation was started.

Dogs can become ‘homeless’ in many ways. In addition to a need when people pass away, there is also a need when some people enter a living care facility for themselves, plus there are others in need, like single military personnel being deployed. These are the type of cases Donte's Den will welcome into the facility. There will also have a place for dogs abandoned and made homeless, who will be made ready for adoption if possible. 


Whether a dogs care has been entrusted to us by owner(s) or delivered to us as abandoned, all dogs will receive the best medical care and personal attention.


All of this will take place on 50 acres of pristine Florida countryside recently purchased in Manatee County.  It is just perfect for dogs to run, swim and be secure, safe in the fencing that encloses the property in a neighborhood that has been preserved in the "Old Florida" style.
A note from Marsha:


I hope this can convey to you the excitement of our plans as well as entice you to join our effort. There are many ways in which you can contribute.  Donte's Den is indeed a very physical place, but it is also an idea and a forum for anyone wanting to share their love for dogs, or to learn about and promote methods to care for dogs. Regardless of where you and your dog(s) are located geographically,our mission remains the same ... improving your life by providing methods of enriching your relationship and ways to care for your dogs.


Unfortunately, both Don and Donte passed away within months of each other. The past 2 years have been difficult for me, but Ibeen lifted up by the love of my remaining dogs, and the realization of our plans for Donte's Den. Please join me as we build this innovative dog haven together. 

Marsha Panuce . . Donte's Den Founder and Chair
Description The Joyful Dogs Shelter and Pawsitive Match Adoption Program is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for discarded dogs. Utilizing a uniquely designed pawsitive match process, we ensure that individuals and families who adopt canine companions from us go through a rigorous approval process and that pet parents receive a healthy new family member. In addition, we provide any needed support to help families adapt their new canine companion into their new home. All unwanted dogs that come to us receive excellent veterinary care to meet their individual needs and are vaccinated, spayed/neutered before being placed for adoption. By fostering responsible, lifelong pet ownership and providing supportive "after care" to our clients, we help alleviate the need for surrender which helps to reduce the number of discarded pets in our community.
Budget $239,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Ownership
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Families Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success
  • 100% of all unwanted dogs who are available for the Pawsitive Match Adoption Program will be vaccinated and spayed/neutered prior to being adopted.  
Long Term Success
  • 100% of all discarded dogs who come to Donte's Den will receive individualized veterinary and personal care daily to ensure their optimum health.  
  • 100% of all individuals and families adopting from us will experience customer satisfaction in receiving personalized services to ensure their canine companion smoothly transitions into their new home. 
  • Our program will promote responsible, lifelong pet ownership and reduce the number of surrenders to other local area shelters.          
Program Success Monitoring Program success will be evaluated using both quantitative and qualitative data collected and recorded by veterinary staff, shelter staff and Pawsitive Match Adoption counselors. All medical and daily care records will be kept using specially designed shelter software and client satisfaction through the use of self report surveys issued to Pawsitive Match parents. 
Program Success Examples This program has a planned implementation date of April, 2015 when the facility construction is completed and it is open to the public.  

The Semper Paw Military Program is designed to foster peace of mind and responsible, lifelong pet ownership between qualified members of the United States Armed Forces and their canine companions by providing pet counseling services, discounted veterinary care and temporary care for companion dogs during deployment, service commitments and emergency hardships.

Faced with a myriad of difficult decisions concerning who will care for their beloved pets when asked to serve their country, military members are often forced to surrender their companion animals to complete strangers for foster care or worse, animal shelters in the absence of a willing and able family member or friend. By providing safe shelter, excellent medical care and other service amenities to companion dogs of military personnel, Semper Paw aims to ensure that service members are reunited with their beloved canine companions after service and that pet surrender is not necessary.            

Budget $104,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Ownership
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Other Named Groups
Short Term Success
  • Semper Paw will alleviate the need for qualified active and retired military personnel to surrender their canine companions to an animal shelter due to employment, service commitments or emergency hardships.
  • Qualified active and retired military members enrolled in services will experience peace of mind while their canine companion is under our care and learn the importance of responsible, lifelong pet ownership.
  • Qualified active and retired military members who enroll in our program services will realize reduced rates for veterinary care.       
Long Term Success
  • Military Personnel enrolled in our program will never have to abandon their canine companion(s) due to service commitments.     
Program Success Monitoring

Donte's Den will evaluate the success of Semper Paw using both qualitative and quantitative tracking methods. The methods employed will include recorded data on software, as well as self report surveys issued to military personnel. All Semper Paw canines will be monitored by veterinary staff daily with clinical notes recorded.  

Other success factors include interest in program, referrals and the ability to raise funds to cover the program costs which will ease the financial strain on the deployed soldier.           

Program Success Examples This program is scheduled for implementation in April, 2015.    
Description The Loving Care Extended Stay Program at Donte's Den is specifically designed to assist eligible pet owners retain their beloved canine companions for life by providing short or long term care for dogs whose owners become temporarily ill or injured for an extended duration. Many healthy pet owners never anticipate illness or injury requiring hospitalization and/or rehabilitation and thus, have made no prior arrangements for their companion pets if and when it happens. While some people can leave the responsibility of pet care to their family and friends, others have no one to rely on and are often forced to surrender their beloved pet to an animal shelter. Loving Care Extended Stay will provide premium care for beloved canine companions for those who have planned and unplanned absences which helps to promote peace of mind and recovery from illness and injury. Individuals must financially qualify for this program and pre-arrangement of services are highly recommended.              
Budget $104,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Ownership
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success
  • Loving Care Extended Stay will promote peace of mind and responsible, lifelong pet ownership amongst participants enrolled in services.   
Long Term Success
  • People experiencing the need for short or long term pet care solutions for their canine companions during periods of incapacitation will not be forced to surrender their pet to an animal shelter.
  • Loving Care Extended Stay will increase the overall pet retention rate in our local area for those in need of a short or long term pet care solution during times of planned or unplanned illness or injury.  
  • Loving Care Extended Stay will promote peace of mind for people who are recovering from illness or injury while their beloved canine is in our care.        
Program Success Monitoring Loving Care Extended Stay will be evaluated for program success by using qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques.  
Program Success Examples This program will be implemented in April of YR2015.   

Donte's Den Foundation believes that humane education strengthens the powerful connection we have with nonhuman animals which allows for the transformation of our community to improve the quality of life for companion animals. To this aim, we have created educational projects that teach both children and adults alike and take place in educational settings and the home.

  • D.O.G. is a dog bite prevention program which is currently being implemented in collaboration with Girls Inc. of Sarasota County. Taught in the classroom, D.O.G. is a two hour course that aims to increase children's knowledge of dog safety and reduce the number of dog-bite related injuries.
  • ANIMAL OUTTAKES is an educational television show that journey's into the lives of exotic and companion animals and their care. The half hour show is currently syndicated in three commercial markets and while mostly viewed at home, educational settings report its use as well.                        
Budget $110,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults Adults
Short Term Success
  • D.O.G. will teach children the rules of dog safety which will help them avoid a dog bite related injury.
  • ANIMAL OUTTAKES will receive high weekly ratings based on current market research.   
Long Term Success
  • Participants of  D.O.G. will increase their appreciation of dogs and knowledge of dog safety, as well as realize that pet ownership requires responsibility.
  • ANIMAL OUTTAKES will be syndicated nationally as a children's education television show.    
Program Success Monitoring
  • D.O.G. program success is evaluated by a pre and post test administered to participants.
  • Weekly ratings for ANIMAL OUTTAKES are conducted both by Nielsen and other market indicators.   


Program Success Examples
  • D.O.G. has been welcomed by the students for over a year now with much anticipation. Test results indicate the program to be highly effective in all preset goals and an overall study on the impact of dog bite-related injuries in Sarasota and Manatee counties is currently under review.
  • ANIMAL OUTTAKES continues to receive a 9 out of an 11 rating, which equates to an audience size large enough to fill the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.
Program Comments by Organization
The opportunities that Donte's Den is fortunate to have are many.  First and foremost, dogs displaced by their owners disability or death is a very real concern for thousands of people.  They may well have set aside resources for the care of their dogs via a pet trust, but there is no safe place for the dogs to then reside.  Donte's Den provides that place.  It is not a kennel; it is a new home. 
That same innovation is found in our dogs on deployment program.  Soldiers who are single or  married to military may not have back-up residences for their dogs.  By offering a subsidized housing for their dogs, Donte's Den is providing peace of mind for soldiers serving all of America and others across the globe.
Challenges include the costs of constructing a new,  state-of-the-art facility, as well as differentiating Donte's Den from other animal welfare organizations.  Building a donor base is a slow process that includes earning the trust of individuals and the communities we serve.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Marsha R. Panuce
CEO Term Start Jan 2011
CEO/Executive Director Email

Marsha Panuce has the soul of an artist and the mind of a business magnate. Growing up outside of Chicago, she thought her life would be spent as a concert pianist.  Indeed, her young adulthood took her on concert tours of Europe. Europe also uncovered a trio of passions that have been integrated into Marsha’s life: fashion, jewelry and canines.  Her entrepreneurial spirit soon had Marsha entering the fashion and jewelry world, setting up an importing business for primarily Italian fashion and jewelry which became an eight figure enterprise.  Experiencing the appalling treatment of homeless dogs in Europe set Marsha on a lifelong path of supporting humane treatment of all animals and most especially dogs.

Upon her marriage to Don Panuce, Marsha quickly became interested in his business enterprises, eventually organizing the international marketing activities of their electrical switching component manufacturing concern, Advance Control Inc.   After deciding to make the Gulf Coast their permanent home in the mid-90s, the Panuce’s moved ACI – including its key employees - from the Chicago suburbs to Bradenton.  Marsha remains a vital influence in the operations of ACI today.

Ever the energetic seeker of new experiences, Marsha soon took her “style” expertise, combined it with her knowledge of entertainment and became the entertainment editor at the ABC affiliate in Sarasota. After many years of reporting on this area’s many cultural events and activities, she moved to a competitive station and began a show that’s sole purpose was to find dogs forever homes.  To that purpose, she was responsible for the adoption of 400 dogs.

Marsha brings these career experiences to Donte’s Den – a keen mind for business operations and the personal mission to offer state-of-the-art care for as many dogs as possible at Donte’s Den.


Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Ms. Pamela Sennott Director of Development
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 35
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Girls Inc. of Sarasota
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 2
Strategic Plan Adopted Dec 2012
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 The aforementioned policies and procedures have not been executed because of the infancy of the organization.  As we near completion of the project, we will finish this aspect of the business plan.
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Marsha R. Panuce
Company Affiliation Advance Control Inc.
Board Term Jan 2011 to Dec 2014
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mrs. Jaymie Carter Michael Saunders
Mr. John F. Garrow Attorney (Retired)
Dr. Greg Greiner Veterinarian
Mrs. Marsha R. Panuce Advance Control, Inc.
Ms. June Simmons Jewelry Designer & Proprietor of June Simmons Designs
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Governance Comments by Organization At present, the Donte's Den Foundation Board of Directors in comprised of trusted advisers in the areas that are appropriate to animal welfare - veterinary medicine and law, as well as respected individuals in the Sarasota and Bradenton communities.  Because we practice self-assessment, we will be reevaluating our governance practices on an on-going basis once Donte's Den is constructed and operational.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2014
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2014
Projected Revenue $125,000.00
Projected Expenses $30,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
Campaign Purpose While the founder of Donte's Den has pledged monies to cover the cost of constructing the sanctuary, we are soliciting funds to off-set the costs of construction and equipping the village.
Campaign Goal $4,500,000.00
Campaign Dates Aug 2013 to Dec 2015
Amount Raised To Date 450000 as of Nov 2014
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$244,003$91,973$20,858
Administration Expense$10,744$2,092$263
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses8.403.9648.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses96%98%99%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$3,308,785$1,423,696$1,145,073
Current Assets$720,713$1,423,696$1,145,073
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$3,308,785$1,423,696$1,145,073
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $2,109,284Contributions, gifts, grants $341,973Contributions, gifts, grants $1,015,152
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther $30,500Top Dog Show $26,875Investment income $28
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $52Investment Income $3,8500 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
As a start-up organization, we are not in a position to comment on the challenges and opportunities of our operational financial situation.  This will be edited as we complete the construction and begin the next phase of operation.
Financial Comments by Foundation
Financial information taken from IRS Form 990-PF.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.
IRS Letter of Determination is for Panuce Family Foundation which is Donte's Den (share EIN Number).
Nonprofit Dontes Den Foundation
Address 6801 283rd Street East
Myakka City, FL 34236
Phone 844 366-8373 N/A