Sarasota In Defense of Animals Inc
PO Box 15653
Sarasota FL 34277-1653

Mission Statement:

   To provide a forum for the protection of animals and the operation of a 10-acre “ no-kill” animal sanctuary  for lifetime care of up to 300 domestics including dogs, cats, ducks, geese, swans, cows, horses, pigs, chickens, rabbits and horses that are deemed un-adoptable.  The policy is no breeding, no trading, no selling, and no killing until humane euthanasia is the last resort.   


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Elise Matthes
Board Chair Ms. Elise M. Matthes
Board Chair Affiliation Sarasota in Defense of Animals
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1989
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Sept 2018
State Registration Yes Dec 2017
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
SDA Tax Exempt DocumentView
Other Documents
Corporate OrganizationView
Impact Statement
  1. Provided care for 150 to 200 animals - dogs, cats, ducks, cows, horses, pigs, chickens, rabbits, geese and birds at 10-acre sanctuary in rural Sarasota County, Florida since 1989, saving the lives that would otherwise be put to death for lack of a place to re-home. 
  2.  Raised all funds to pay for food, veterinary care and to fulfill lifetime needs of resident animals.
  3. Sponsored a community service, free cat sterilization clinic for un-owned free-roaming cats, vaccinating, spaying/neutering 400 cats, preventing thousands of unwanted kitten births.  Raised  funds for professional veterinary surgeries and  24 trained volunteer staff  performed duties, i.e. appointments, receiving, pre-op and post-op.
  4. Our goals are to continue to operate our sanctuary saving the lives of more animals, preventing as much suffering as our resources allow.
  5. We campaigned for and will continue to work for a new county ordinance to prohibit the sale of dogs, cats & rabbits that are bred exclusively for commercial sales, otherwise known in animal welfare as "puppy mills."
Needs Statement


Needs statement

1.  Materials, gates, posts, pole barn, cooling pool, etc. to accommodate three 6-month old pigs in order to separate young pot-bellied pigs from elderly 15 & 16 year old pot-bellied pigs @ a cost of $2,500.  Three piglets came as strays to our sanctuary and we took them in as permanent residents.

2.  Pole barn for shade for horses, sheep & goats @ a cost of $1,200.

3.  River rocks to replace eroded shell walkways where dogs are walked @ a cost of $6,000.

4. Sod to revamp a pasture that has no grass due to 2013 heavy drenching rain that killed grass.  Cost is $20,000.

5. Part-time office employee (4 hours per day; 4 days per week @ $15 per hr = $240 per week = $12,480   annual salary).  We need administrative help to keep up with computer work and bookkeeping.

6.  Animal care-giver (6 hours per day, 5 days per week @ $12 per hr = $360 per week = $18,720 annual salary)

7.  Tractor/mower @ a cost of $2,500

8.  Professional furrier services for hoof trimming of 17 sheep & goats, 13 pigs, & 2 horses @ a cost of  $460

9.  40 bales of straw per month to keep animals comfortable and warm in cool weather @ a cost of $400 per month.

10. A pre-owned pick-up truck to haul hay, straw, food, & to transport animals to veterinarian when needed at a cost of $15,000.



Background Statement
  • Sarasota in Defense of Animals began in 1989 with about 12 individuals who desired to raise the bar on animal protection in Southwest Florida, by speaking out against animal cruelty, promoting a cruelty-free lifestyle by refraining from eating and wearing animals products, and to promote high standards of animal welfare regardless of species. 
  • The organization has participated in numerous national and local campaigns to further these causes including modifying the Sarasota County Animal Control Ordinance to prevent "canned hunts", to eliminate the obtrusive 6 animals per household restriction, and to allow neighborhood free-roaming cats to exist without reprisal. 
  •  For 10 years, we campaigned for Sarasota County to build a new animal shelter to replace the existing dilapidated facility that was a disgrace to our county.  We made at least 30 separate presentations to the County Commissioners and in 2005 we finally got a new animal shelter. 
  • For 18 years, SDA worked closely with the Sarasota County Animal Shelter in a collaborative effort to save as many of the animals as possible that come into county custody via cruelty cases or strays.  SDA takes in farm animal (pigs, sheep, goats, ducks, chickens, rabbits) from the county shelter.  Since 1992 we have taken in hundreds of cats and many dogs that were deemed unadoptable because of health or behavior issues.   We currently house 150 cats in 2 catteries, 16 large dogs, 13 goats, 6 sheep, 2 horses, a cow, 16 pot-bellied pigs, 35+ rabbits, 7 geese and 40-60 ducks, 99% came from the county shelter, saving their lives and saving the county a lot of money.
  • In 1996 after SDA's dramatic rescue of 6 Texas Cougars that had been released in Florida to reinstitute the endangered Florida Panther gene pool but had subsequently been removed and ended up on a canned hunting ranch in Texas, SDA began a new mission of rescuing wild and exotic creatures and placing in approved sanctuaries.  Until the death of SDA's wildlife coordinator in April 2011, we had worked closely with sanctuaries throughout the United States and placed hundreds of tigers, lions, primates, wolves, cougars, et al, even securing and paying for transport of such exotics.  Our work, including the drafting of and lobbying for animal legislation in the U. S. Congress, has been recognized by the World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA) and other renowned global animal protection agencies. 
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- DeSoto
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments
  • All of Sarasota County
  • Occasional services to Manatee, DeSoto, Charalotte, & Hillsborough
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type Animal Related
Tertiary Org Type Animal Related
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
  • SDA has been at the forefront of being the "voice of the voiceless" in the Sarasota area often speaking out in defense of animals issues when no one else would and actually moving forward to effect change whether through educating the community, campaigning for legislation, or fighting the good fight to achieve our goal toward making Sarasota and the world a better place for all -- humans and animals. 
  • We are proud of our accomplishments in reducing pet overpopulation via adoption enhancements, foster care, and spay/neuter programs and will continue to work toward zero killing of adoptable dogs and cats.
  • The challenges we face are keeping our spirits high and focused on improving the lives of animals and facing our demons which are the disrespectful, selfish world in which we live where so many animals are treated like trash.  Far too many animals are suffering and dying at the hands of uncaring humans.  All too often we are aware of the depth of animal suffering and do not have the power to stop it. 
  • It is extremely difficult to raise all the money needed to assure that our sanctuary animals are properly cared for, to continue our adoption and foster care programs and to pay for our feral & free-roaming cat clinic.
  • Our individuals are a strong willed and dedicated group of individuals who care deeply about animals and with the help of our supporters, our work will prevail.
  • I chose SDA and the plight of animals as my passion because I was introduced to severe animal cruelty when I was growing up in South Georgia.  I witnessed unspeakable crimes to wild animals by hunters, to farm animals by slaughterers, to puppies by dog breeders, and to unwanted kittens.  Those scenes are forever etched into my heart and soul and I swore as a youth that when I grew up I would try to do something about that despicable mindset of people who do those awful things to animals. 
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
  • In 1992 SDA selected to collaborate with the Sarasota County Animal Shelter to work toward saving the lives of as many of these animals as we could because they are the truly homeless ones coming in as strays off the street and the pitiful victims of cruelty.   We have worked on every aspect possible during all of these 20 years toward re-homing dogs and cats to give them a life that they deserve.  Every animal is not adoptable and inevitably there are those that are unfriendly or have issues that deems them unadoptable which are the main animals that SDA takes into our sanctuary.  Unfortunately, we are limited in the numbers we can take and still give them a high quality lifetime care.  SDA is unique as we are virtually the only sanctuary that takes farm animals as well as dogs and cats that other shelters take in to adopt out.  Most of our animal were strays and cruelty cases that came into the Sarasota County Shelter and we give lifetime care.  Over the 23 years of our existance have taken in hundreds of goats, pigs, ducks, geese, etc. mostly victims of cruelty, that would otherwise have no place to go. 

Giving sanctuary care 365 days a year for 300 to 400 previously homeless animals literally saving their live and allowing them to live out their natural lives in a safe, healthy and comfortable environment on a 10-acre rural sanctuary in Sarasota County. Structures, pastures, ponds, et al, have been built to fulfill the needs for not only dogs and cats but for other species – goats, sheep, horses, ducks, rabbits, geese, pot-bellied pigs, chickens, and birds. Adoptable animals that would qualify to be in a home are not accepted as our mission is to extend the life span of an unwanted, abused, or sick animal and give them love and care that they deserve.

Budget $124,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term Success Our sanctuary saves the lives of an average of 10 to 15 animals per month that are deemed un-adoptable for reasons such as health, temperament, or just overlooked in a shelter and had been in a shelter situation for too long, often with a condition called “kennalized” where a neurosis develops because of cramped/bored living conditions of a shelter. If we did not take such animals that no home will accept, they would be put to death. There are virtually no other sanctuaries that take in farm animals that would give them lifetime care and not be subject to being sold, traded, bred, or slaughtered.
Long Term Success

Our sanctuary saves the lives of animals that would not be suitable for re-homing for reasons such as breed, temperament, health or sometimes just overlooked in a regular animal adoption shelter. Animals that remain in a shelter cage for extended lengths of time become neurotic and would be unacceptable in a home environment. Such animals are put to death when this happens. There are virtually no other sanctuaries that take in farm animals that would give them lifetime care and not be subject to be sold, traded, bred, or slaughtered.


Since 1989, we have taken in and provided comfort and care to up to 400 animals at any given time - homeless dogs, cats, ducks, geese, swans, cows, horses, pigs, chickens, & rabbits that otherwise would have been put to death (euthanized), saving the lives of thousands of unwanted creatures. Our long term success will depend on whether or not we are able to continue to raise funds to operate the sanctuary and properly care for the animals. Our officers, directors, staff, friends and families are committed to the perpetuation of the sanctuary and with public support, we will succeed. As long as there are animals in need, we have faith and trust that SDA will be here for them now and far into the future.
Program Success Monitoring The program’s supervisor is the president of SDA who resides at the sanctuary and oversees the daily operation and care of the animals. The success of the sanctuary program is not only measured by the number of animals in residence, but also by the standards of care that they receive and the humaneness of the entire program for animals that truly are at home. The 17 formally stray goats, 6 sheep, and a cow that had surgery for eye cancer, graze in a pasture created just for them; 2 horses previously in a circus chew on a huge bale of hay; 22 sterilized rabbits that snuggle un-caged unlike most bunnies; 200 orphaned kitties lounging in the sun in their solariums safe and with full tummies; 16 pit bulls running around their fenced property;; 16 pot-bellied pigs lazing around and scoffing up fruits and vegetables and 11 geese and their 60 or so ducks swimming in their pond built for their pleasure are definitely a sign of success.
Program Success Examples In Jan. 2012 we took in 14 un-adoptable cats from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Animal Services that had been in their adoption program since 2009 and obviously were NOT going to be adopted. The cats were taking up the space in the county adoption center (space is limited to 80 cats) that could be utilized by incoming cats that were friendlier and more adoptable. Last September, we took in 3 rabbits and one pot-bellied pig we named “Wee-wee” that had been abandoned in Manatee County for 2 months on a vacant property – although we did not know at the time she arrived, “Wee-Wee” was pregnant and ultimately gave birth to 4 piglets. “Wee-Wee” and her family joined the 12 other pigs and enjoy soaking in their little pool, snoozing on straw, and munching on fresh fruits and vegetables. All of these animals would have been put to death but have now been sterilized, are healthy and will live out their natural lives at our sanctuary.
Description Each month we conduct a feral & free-roaming cat clinic under the plan called TNR (Trap – Neuter – Return) in an effort to control the exploding population of feral cat colonies throughout Sarasota County and surrounding counties, the estimated number of free-roaming cats in Sarasota County alone is between 35,000 and 50,000. The program has been in existence since 2006. It is a community service offered FREE  to the public to sterilize cats from Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, & CharlotteCounties, the majority of cats coming from colonies in Sarasota neighborhoods. SDA hires a professional veterinarian and the use of the clinic for one day per month with the veterinarian performing the surgeries, one vet-tech assistant, and SDA’s 24 trained volunteer staff. The program consists of: Setting up the clinic, making appointments, check-in at 7:30 a.m. on clinic day; spay-neuter of a feral/free roaming cat (also any cat that was taken in off the streets)Mandatory ear notch (for future TNR identification)Rabies vaccination, pain medication, post –op to include ear cleaning and flea preventative medication.Repairing of any other surgical needs, such as hernias, abscesses, broken bones, amputations, etc.
Budget $6,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term Success For each clinic, we schedule up to 40 cats (no walk-in’s) and an average of  30 show up as sometimes the cat do not go into the traps the night before the clinic even though an appointment has been made.Sterilizing 30 cats per month greatly reduces the birth of unwanted kittens and reduces the risk of a rabies outbreak in the community.Cats live a happier, healthier life being fed by a care-giver (a person who takes care of a feral or neighborhood cat colony under the TNR program).
Long Term Success Since the inception of our clinic in 2006, we have spayed/neutered over 4,000 cats that would otherwise be reproducing – 2 intact cats can produce 3 litters per year @ the rate of 4 to 6 kittens each litter and their intact progeny can reproduce up to an astronomical figure of hundreds of thousands of cats as they are very prolific intact and in the wild.That is why the TNR program is working in communities all over the world and is the ONLY non-lethal method of controlling the cat overpopulation. The Animal Services Shelter Manager reports that fewer cats are coming in as strays --- actual numbers are:In 2009 the county shelter took in 2,067 cats and last year the number was less than 800, so the numbers are definitely going down.There have been no rabies outbreaks.
Program Success Monitoring Maryanne Conlan, VP, and feral cat coordinator for SDA; Elise Matthes, SDA president, Dr. Martin Neher, DVM, and Tami Treadway, Kennel Manager of Sarasota County Animal Services Shelter.
Program Success Examples The program is extremely popular with the public and our clinic appointments fill up within days after we announce the date of our next clinic.There are far more citizens needing this service than we can accommodate.Three of the colonies in trailer parks that we monitor and have done trapping and sterilizing the cats, have reduced the numbers from more than 30 to below 20 and have had no unwanted kitten births.An added bonus, is that 15 junior and senior students at PineviewSchool, Sarasota, have been trained to staff the clinic, they are loyal teen-agers with a humane character and will grow into compassionate adults dedicated to animal welfare.Some of these students intend to be veterinarians.
Program Comments by Organization These valuable programs have continued over the years as a result of generous donations from community citizens who care about animal welfare and their community. Our a unique program of lifetime care to numerous species and not just cats and dogs illustrates the compassionate spirit of our people.  We are extremely proud of preventing thousands of unwanted kitten births by sterilizing over 4,000 cats in the last 8 years.It has been the right thing to do for the cats and the community and we hope that we will have the resources to keep it going until the happy day when there are no more stray cats being brought into the county shelter and no more neighborhoods with roaming un-owned cats.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Elise Matthes
CEO Term Start Feb 1992
CEO/Executive Director Email
Experience CEO/Director Experience Spent early years until age 18 on a farm learning much about animals and developing a keen sense of responsibility toward doing something in later life about the welfare of mistreated animals.Learned how to eat a plant-based healthy diet, not eating dead animals.Started rescuing dogs and cats as living conditions permitted.30 years ago, became involved in the Humane Society & husband was on their board of directors.In 1988 purchased a 10-acre property in rural SarasotaCounty in order to begin a sanctuary.In 1989 became one of a small group of activists that became Sarasota in Defense of Animals.In 1992 accepted the job of president of SDA.Sponsored numerous events promoting animal welfare/protection.In 1992 became a member of the Sarasota County Animal Welfare Board.In 1994 attended seminars, workshops sponsored by the Humane Society of the U.S.In 1994 teamed up with the Sarasota County Animal Services to place more animals in suitable homes, set up an off-site adoption program, foster care, etc.Attended the National Conference on Animal Rights in Washington, D.C in 1996.In 1996 began a 10 year campaign for the county to replace the dilapidated animal shelter on Pinkney Avenue which became a reality when the new shelter was finally opened in 2005.In 1996 attended “No-Kill” Conference in New York City held by the New York Bar Association.Worked with WFLA-8 in Tampa and WSPG-6 in Miami on the rescue of cougars in Florida that wound up in a “canned” hunting ranch in Texas.Attended the prestigious“Genesis Awards” in Los Angeles where above TV news teams got award after following our rescue from start to finish.In 1998 attended hurricane preparedness seminar conducted by HSUS.In year 2000 became a member of the Animal Rescue Coalition and worked for 5 years on that team with the goal of making SarasotaCounty a “no-kill” community patterned after San Franciso’s, subsequently resigning from this movement at it failed to meet our expectations.2006 founded the Feral & Free-Roaming Cat Clinic existing to this day and collaborating with the Palmer Ranch Animal Clinic’s Dr. Martin Neher who has served as SDA’s veterinarian for 19 years.Keeps astute on animal issues via the internet, communications with other animal organizations, attending special events, and taking advantage of any resources that raises awareness, and ability to do the best job possible.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Ms Diane Diamond - Thompson Jan 1989 - Jan 1992
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 4
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 6
Volunteers 40
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Animal Services, FL

Sarasota County Humane Society, FL (HSSC)

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine

Humane Society of the U. S. (HSUS)

Feline Exotic Rescue Center, Indiana

Shambala Preserve, CA

World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA)

Honor Sanctuary, FL

Palmer Ranch Animal Clinic, FL

 Ashton Animal Clinic, FL 

Dr. Heidi Ward, DVM, FL

Royal Rescue, FL

Satchel’s Last Resort, FL

Cat Depot, FL

Florida Voices for Animals (FVA), Tampa, FL

Fairy Tale Endings, Sarasota, FL
Animal Rescue Coalition (ARC), Sarasota, FL
Dr. Eric Walker, DVM 
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 10
Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2007
Management Succession Plan Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization SARASOTA IN DEFENSE OF ANIMALS, INC. Management Comments ·The management of the corporation is sound at the present time, although over-worked and underpaid.The officers and board of directors have a close rapport and a determined spirit to help animals, specifically in our specific programs that have been in existence for long periods of time. ·The management of the administrative duties has been challenging since April 2011 when the sanctuary co-founder and treasurer, Sumner “Matt” Matthes died after serving with us since 1994.Sadly, at his death we closed the program of the rescue and protection of wild and exotic animals, including the direct re-homing of exotics in sanctuaries across the U. S Because of his work, the SDA sanctuary was selected as one of only 30 approved sanctuaries in the U. S. by the renowned World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA). ·As a result of his death, his work as treasurer and the performance of a lot of the administrative tasks left a gaping hole in the management with many of his duties, i.e. filing tax returns, keeping the books, banking, composing correspondence, etc. being absorbed by others, many have been distributed to other officers and directors but mostly the president. ·An additional ranch animal care-giver would be extremely helpful in management of the sanctuary.Although the daily functions of the sanctuary itself needs minimum supervision because we do have a reliable 3-person staff that have a long tenure, we did manage more efficiently in the past when we had a 4 or 5 person staff enabling them to spend more time in the care of the animals, do the maintenance chores, order and distribute food, repair equipment and make off-site trips to the veterinarian, Animal Services Shelter, etc. This would relieve the CEO/president of some of the daily chores allowing her to devote more time to administration and management of our other programs. ·Funding is a major concern in management because when funds are low, cuts have to be made, and efforts to raise money must be escalated.It is not easy and very stressful when funds get low and the life and/or death of animals are at stake.There have been numerous times when deep cuts were made, workers terminated and pleas went out to our supporters for donations. Many times in years past, the president and treasurer donated their own money to keep the programs running. ·We would be better managed IF we had a part-time office manager and IF we had an additional hands-on ranch animal care-giver even IF they worked part-time 4 days per week. ·Efficient management is a priority and is a constant challenge when it has to be accomplished within the scope of our resources.
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
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Other Documents
Other Document 2
SDA Destruction Policy
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Elise M. Matthes
Company Affiliation Sarasota in Defense of Animals
Board Term Feb 1992 to Feb 2020
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Ms. Ashley Banks Morgan Stanley Wealth Manager
Mr. Russell Matthes Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar
Ms. Elise Matthes Sarasota in Defense of Animals
Mrs Linda Mcknight Retired
Mrs. Kristi Neale Community Volunteer
Mrs. Rachel Smith Community Volunteer
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 1
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 1
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 15
Board Term Limits 8
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Board Meeting Attendance % 94
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 100
Standing Committees
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Board Governance
Governance Comments by Organization SDAGovernance CEO’s Comments The overall functions and operations of SDA’s programs have been for the most part successful. Our officers and board serve the organization extremely well and work hard to keep us focused on the mission.Our programs are effectively managed within our resources.Of course we could do more if we had more. For the past 23 years, we have been a huge influence in the community in raising the awareness of critical animal welfare issues, pet overpopulation, research animals, animals in entertainment, killing for sport, and those raised for food.These issues are overwhelming and we must choose our battles carefully.The pet overpopulation problem is one that we can at least actively do something about, although we have participated in campaigns on other issues, such as sponsoring a vegetarian festival for 13 years to teach the public about plant-based food; had letter campaigns on specific research laboratories; led the local campaign to stop a cruel pigeon shoot in Sarasota eventually leading to a county law prohibiting such “canned” hunts. SDA has a team of devoted people with the philosophy that ALL animals should be protected and treated humanely not just certain species.We put our philosophy into action and emphasize the solution to pet overpopulation paves the way toward solving the cruelty and exploitation issues facing the animal protection movement..If pet overpopulation, the dogs and cats, that are the closest companions of humans, is someday resolved, then there are the hopes and possibilities that others will be solved. We’ve come a long way and have saved the lives of thousands of animals in the 23 years of our existence, and take pride in what we have accomplished, but in the overall big scheme I am well aware that what we do and have done is “just a spit in the ocean.” No one can predict the future, but I am committed for every day of my life to devote myself to doing whatever I am able to help as many animals on this Earth that I possibly can.At my last breath I hope to be stooping to pick up a homeless and sick little puppy or kitten that needs a helping hand.
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 $141,000.00
Projected Expenses $147,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Form 990-EZ2014
990 20132013
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$117,100$135,500$119,900
Administration Expense$16,963$17,200$29,470
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.210.891.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%89%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$146,911$0$0
Current Assets$146,911$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$146,911$0$0
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $84,710Fundraising $103,700Contributions, gifts, grants $92,471
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $77,600Contributions, gifts, grants $32,070Fundraising $66,100
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization Financial Comments It is a constant struggle and has been for 23 years, to solicit enough money to pay for our programs. Because we deal with animals, it is absolutely imperative that we keep adequate funds to pay for their food, veterinary services, and daily hands-on care.The sanctuary is not a place that could quickly and easily be closed down for lack of money, therefore we are diligent and ever mindful of the consequences of SDA’s bank account getting dangerously low that would prevent us from providing daily care for the animals.If our doors close because we do not have money to operate, the majority of our sanctuary animals would have to be euthanized, especially the un-adoptable cats and dogs that have issues that preclude them from living in a normal home, plus the fact that dog and cat shelters are bulging with high quality adoptable animals.A few of the farm animals could go to other places but without the assurance that they would not be slaughtered.SDA has over the years during critically low funds on-hand, been forced to reduce our expenses by cutting paid animal care-givers, eliminating a wonderful beneficial education program to grades K-5, and to go to the news media to plea for contributions.At times we made such deep cuts as to cut the number of apples the horses get daily from 3 apples to only one, cutting the amount of canned cat food treats, and letting the sheep, goats,’ pigs’ and horses hooves go untrimmed by a furrier.We are thankful that we are able to take care of animals that deserve a second chance at a life and have so far raised enough funds to do so over the 23 years of our existence.Ifwe were to be so fortunate as to be the beneficiary of money significantly above and beyond the $125,000 to $140,000 that we average raising each year, we could make structural improvements, purchase equipment that needs replacement, hire an office manager, hire another care-giver, offer more spay/neuter services, provide extraordinary medical care for injured animals, and perhaps reinstitute our education program or buy more property to save even more lives.The possibilities of the grand good deeds we could do for animals is mind-boggling IF we had the money. My favorite cliché:“If if’s and but’s were fruits and nuts, we’d all have a Merry Christmas.”This community needs a lot of additional emphasis and money spent toward making Sarasota a “no-kill” of any adoptable dog or cat county and to raise the conscientious of the community to a more compassionate level.In a perfect world – every home would have a dog and cat and every dog and cat would have a home.
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990.  Financial figures taken from IRS Form 990.
Nonprofit Sarasota In Defense of Animals Inc
Address PO Box 15653
Sarasota, FL 34241 1653
Phone 941 924-2505