Animal Network Inc
610 Ixora Ave
Ellenton FL 34222-2416
Helping People Help Animals
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Ms Pam Freni
Board Chair Affiliation Community volunteer
General Info
Former Names
Manatee Citizens for Off Leash Areas
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2002
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Apr 2018
State Registration Yes Feb 2018
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Other Documents
RAM/Animal Network PosterView
Impact Statement
1. Successfully acquired Florida Animal Friends grant that continues to support low-cost spay neuters county wide. Provided 500 vouchers to be used for low cost/no cost spays and neuters.
2. Continued to lead the Suncoast Animal Alliance, consisting of nine area shelters, by funding and providing the RAM (Remote Area Medical) 200 pet spay/neuter vouchers, November 10-12, 2017.  Certificates for low cost vaccinations, microchips, and county tags were provided to more than 100 pets.   
3. Provided $6,000 for medical rescue for community and shelter pets.  
4. Successfully tested our animal advocate program by introducing county students to the life-saving effects of spay/neuter through our Advocate for Animals Program by teaching two prototype classes.  
Goals for 2018 include:
1. Develop four micro chip clinics targeted at financially strapped members of Manatee County.  
2. Continue county-wide free/low-cost spays and neuter clinics,
3. Develop 2018 community pet clinic,
4. Expand Kids and Teens Advocate for Animals Program by teaching five classes in 2018, and
5. Continue community pet assistance through our Humane Society of Manatee County Angel Fund ($6,000).
Needs Statement

We need financial support for our Shelter Diversion Program, aimed at keeping more pets out of the county shelter. We have the following programs that divert pets from the shelter:

1. We fund no cost/low cost spay and neuter vouchers for our county residents. Each one of these surgeries saves dozens of kittens and puppies from being born into homelessness and starvation. $20,000
2.  Support to rent a high-profile billboard annually, bearing a message promoting the availability of low-cost and free spay/neuter. $10,000
3. Support for our Kids and Teens Advocate for Animals classes which includes classroom instruction, handouts, and take home information. $5,000
4. Support for our Angel Fund which is used for emergency animal conditions for county residents who are not able to pay for treatment. $10,000
5. In 2018 Animal Network will host a series of low cost/no cost Family Health Pet Medical Clinics. Services should include a wellness examination-check up, spay-neuter vouchers, microchipping, county tags, vaccinations, flea and tick treatment and  information about free and low-cost pet services throughout the region.  $20,000

Background Statement

Animal Network, a 501 c3 organization, was founded in 1999 as MCOLA, a grass roots organization working to establish dog parks in  Manatee County. Once our first dog park was completed, we expanded our mission to helping the entire animal community, and changed our name to Animal Network.

As Animal Network, we partner with the Manatee County Animal Shelter and other county rescue organizations to raise awareness of the availability of shelter and rescue animals for adoption, and we also promote free or low-cost spay and neuter/micro chipping programs ensuring that all pet owners in Manatee County have access to population management programs.  Toward that end, we also provide elementary-level classes providing students with information needed to be a part of pet population control. 

We believe in Manatee County’s commitment toward its no kill program and we also believe that creating a coalition of rescue organizations through which a collaborative and cooperative force can make it a reality.  As a result of this belief, we created the Suncoast Animal Alliance, a group of nine local animal organizations, whose focus is on working as a group to define and solve the area's animal population crisis. We invite you to join us to educate, enable, encourage, and affect positive change in Manatee County.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments
Manatee County, Florida is our principle area of focus, but in some cases such as supporting the medical needs of an animal adopted from the Manatee County Animal Shelter by someone who lives in Sarasota County, Florida, we also support this additional area.  
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type Animal Related
Tertiary Org Type Animal Related
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Our county, much like the entire country, has more pets eligible for adoption than we have loving homes in which to place them. All of the rescue organizations in our region continue to struggle to provide space for unwanted pets, so we believe that the problem has to be attacked from another angle. Rather than trying to house more animals, we must develop a program by which there will be fewer animals needing rescue space. This can only be accomplished by ensuring that fewer unwanted and unplanned-for pets are born each year. By providing low-cost/no cost sterilization services for all of Manatee County, we can diminish the number of unwanted animals flowing into our shelters and rescues. We also believe by microchipping pets, if they are lost, they can be returned home before entering the shelter. This, along with sterilizing, creates two important ways to divert animals from the shelter. We are dedicated to stemming the tide of animals that are in the shelter in as many ways as we can.

Description Change comes from affecting hearts and minds of our county population through our Student Advocates for Animals Program. We are reaching families through their children and are partnering with Just For Girls schools by creating a reading education program. Additionally, Animal Network is providing Kind News Magazine to the Just For Girls elementary and middle schools to teach the students a more compassionate way by which to consider animals. This comprehensive program is customized for each  age group and includes a school/after school visit with adoptable pets, and information and vouchers for free medical services while concentrating on the importance of spay/neuter to help reduce the number of community homeless pets. We also have representatives teach classes in various county schools discussing the value of pet sterilization in an age-appropriate manner. 
Budget $5,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Ownership
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success Recent presentation to 150 third graders at local Title One school commanded significant press coverage and children were able to bring vouchers home for $10 spay/neuters, which included micro-chips and shots.  Additionally, children were introduced to the value and availability of adoption through 
Long Term Success Pets who would otherwise contribute to the homeless population at our shelters and rescues, will instead, be sterilized.  Families will be educated and encouraged to seek proper health care and adoption from local rescues.  
Program Success Monitoring
The proof will be in the number of pets that are sterilized through the vouchers provided to the children during each teaching session. Each voucher is given individualized codes for tracking.  
Program Success Examples Our partners, The Humane Society of Manatee County and Animal Rescue Coalition are able to attest to the success of the program through the number of redeemed vouchers.  
Recently, Animal Network has supported the annual Regional Area Medical outreach events which has endeavored to prevent pain and alleviate suffering by providing free, quality healthcare to those in need.  Animal Network has supported their efforts and extending this mission to include the pets of disadvantaged pet owners. Observation has shown us that having this event annually, is not enough for out county. We will be providing monthly clinics that will to educate, encourage and enable pet owners about responsible pet ownership.  Services offered will include a General Wellness Package to include vaccines, vouchers for spay/neuter, micro chipping and county tags when applicable.  
Budget $58,683
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Families Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success Short term success will be expressed by the number of pets we are able to treat.  We expect 100% of those seen will achieve a healthier lifestyle and be protected from viruses, diagnosed for any health problems, and protected from becoming lost. 
Long Term Success In the long term, participants will benefit by learning how to properly care for their pets and have the continuing means to do so by identifying available resources, but more importantly, we expect to lower the number of unwanted pets that are born in our county. This will manifest itself by the number of animals being given shelter by rescues and our county facilities in the next three years. 
Program Success Monitoring The program success is measured by the number of people and animals helped.  We expect a change in behavior as it relates to responsible pet ownership.  We expect a decline in the number of unwanted litters of pets through the free spay/neuter opportunities.  
Program Success Examples Currently, the number of unwanted pets in Manatee County numbers in the tens of thousands. Suncoast Animal Alliance members ((Animal Network, Nate’s Honor Rescue, Humane Society of Manatee County, Humane Society of Lakewood Ranch, Bishop Animal Shelter/SPCA, Animal Rescue Coalition, Cat Depot of Sarasota, Manatee County Animal Services)  create monthly reports indicating intake statistics. As this program and others continue, the monthly statistics should show a lower intake rate. 
Description As part of the Animal Network Shelter Diversion Program, we will provide four microchipping clinics within Manatee County in 2018. If a lost animal is chipped and found by Manatee County Animal Services staff, the data on the chip can often ensure the the pet is returned to its owner prior to even being impounded at the shelter. The Free Ride Home Program, allows animal officers to scan the animal for chip data and to return it home.  We are providing four hundred microchips at no cost/low cost clinics in 2018.
Budget $8,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal-Related, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults
Short Term Success We are beginning a five-year cycle of providing low cost/no cost microchipping clinics in the county to help achieve a lower county intake rate.
Long Term Success At the end of our five-year program, we will measure to determine the intake rate. This will provide us with our success level. 
Program Success Monitoring
Monitoring of the county shelter intake rate is done by using monthly data published by the county. We will use this data to determine the annual intake rate as a success monitor. 
Program Success Examples Lowering the shelter intake rate by even five percent (110 pets) would be a successful measure.
Program Comments by Organization The unwanted animal population in Manatee County continues to rise through lack of  identification of lost pets and bi low cost alternatives for animal spay and neuters. Animal Network is working throughout the entire area to educate our next generation about responsible pet ownership and providing low cost/no cost pet medical services. This program achieves many goals including healthy pets, responsible owners, and sterilized pets.  All of this adds up to less of a strain on shelters and rescues and less pets being euthanized.  As with our other programs, our goals always include the 4 "E"s that effect change:  Education, Encouragement, Enabling and Enforcement. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email N/A
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Ms Laurie Crawford Apr 1999 - Apr 2014
Ms. Sue Kolze May 2014 - Dec 2017
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % n/a
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 20
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
Animal Network is deeply dedicated to collaboration.  To fulfill our mission of "Helping People Help Animals," we partner with a wide variety of organizations.  We organized an effective coalition, Suncoast Animal Alliance, which is designed to unite our county’s resources to achieve a sustainable No Kill community and this partnership greatly contributed to the success for the RAM Family Health Pet Clinic in November. Like any successful movement, our Journey to No Kill must Educate,Encourage and Enable our citizens to “talk the talk” AND “walk the walk.”  

Animal Network continues to reach out to all the members of our rescue community which allows all the members of Manatee County to join in Manatee County’s Journey to No Kill by forming mutually beneficial partnerships and using our combined vast resources to educate our community through traditional marketing, PR initiatives, and social networking. We work together to encourage and enable spay/neuter, license compliance, microchipping, adoptions, fostering, volunteering, and donations.

Some of our partnerships include local rescues, shelters, humane societies, and SPCAs.  We also work with local sports teams, local businesses, other 501C3s (Meals on Wheels), and local government.   

We host "Yappy Hour" in the beer garden at a local craft brewery, Motorworks, each month.  The event provides exposure and raises funds and encourages adoptions for a different rescue each month and participants have included the Humane Society of Manatee County, Friends of Greyhounds, Friends of Manatee County Animal Services, Royal Pet Rescue, Vintage Paws, All Kitty Corner, Little Feet, Big Heart, and the Humane Society of Lakewood Ranch.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Charitable PartnershipManatee County Government2015
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization

Our organization does not have a shelter operation, instead we are volunteers who work from home with the shelters and rescues in our community to "Help People Help Animals". We identify projects where our efforts are needed to assist animals in our local community and we call in the appropriate volunteers for each project.  In this way, we are able to  become involved in situations where animals need assistance, and where other agencies would not be able to respond as quickly.  For over 15 years, we have networked with animal advocates in our community, so we are familiar with different people who are able to help in the varied situations as they arise.  Some examples are: Arranging and funding emergency visits to veterinarians for community residents who are not able to afford treatment for sick/suffering pets; providing funding to local animal rescue groups for special needs; partnering with local humane society for free vaccination clinics where we recruit people to sign up for low cost-no cost spay/neuter of their pets; and TNR (trap-neuter-return) of feral cats.  We have partnered with the international group, Remote Area Medical. They provide free medical services to needy citizens and we have functioned as the host committee who brings free health services to our community pets in need during each annual RAM clinic.  

Multi-Media Comments by Organization This comprehensive video illustrates our stated mission of "Helping People Help Animals."  Since its release, we have added many other programs and established even stronger collaborative relationships in the community.  The video describes "Manatee United 4 Pets" which is the umbrella coalition crucial to a community-wide effort to affect hearts, minds and behavior of our citizens and  "stop the flow" of animals going into rescues and shelters and increase the adoptions of our homeless pets.  We believe that a sustainable No Kill Community can only be reached through the four "e's" which are Education, Enabling, Encouraging and Enforcement. Our programming strives to incorporate all of these critical factors.
Other Documents
Other Document 2
Document Retention Policy
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms Pam Freni
Company Affiliation Community volunteer
Board Term Dec 2017 to Jan 2029
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
MS Rita Kay Boyer CCRTRetired
Ms Laurie Jean Crawford Snips Hair Design
Mrs Wendy Crawford BMO Harris Bank
Ms. Pam Freni Community volunteer
Mr William Lee Hutchison Retired
Ms Sue Kolze Retired
Ms Debbie Matthews retired
Mrs Joanne I Sampson Retired
MS Debra Starr Future Home Realty
Mr Scott Walraven RT(R)Manatee Memorial Hospital
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 30
Board Term Limits 30
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 78
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 80
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Governance Comments by Organization To work together to share information about solving problems and agreeing on the general philosophy of our organization. Make decisions based on the community pet's needs and our financial situation.
Governance Comments by Foundation Organization held only one board meeting in 2015.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2018
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $65,000.00
Projected Expenses $63,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$31,562$42,714$78,773
Administration Expense$19,419$6,322$16,192
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.801.020.50
Program Expense/Total Expenses62%87%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$56,161$15,001$20,885
Current Assets$55,944$14,638$20,281
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$2,529$2,240$9,082
Total Net Assets$53,632$12,761$11,803
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $39,293Contributions, gifts, grants $41,558Contributions, gifts, grants $40,391
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountBP Oil Claim Revenue $37,294Fundraising $7,962Fundraising $6,835
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $15,153Net Income from Sales of Inventory $474Investment Income $1
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities22.126.532.23
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

Over the past 18 years, we have assisted and encouraged shelter and rescue groups to work together to decrease intakes, and increase adoptions of dogs and cats from Manatee County Animal Services, our county shelter. We have helped this shelter since 2011 to implement a No Kill Manatee County plan and are currently focusing on programs that support that philosophy.  

We have a Community Pet Assistance Program for people who can't afford to have their sick/suffering animal treated by a veterinarian.   With the popularity of the no kill movement in our county, donations are being shared between established and newer rescue groups so we must increase our fundraising efforts by implementing more social media fundraising, and networking with businesses and organizations who are in a position to make donations.  

In 2016, we collaborated with Remote Area Medical  to bring a FREE Family Health Pet Clinic to Manatee/Sarasota to provide free medical care for pets whose owners cannot otherwise afford them.  We were the host committee for the second annual RAM Family Health Pet Clinic in 2017. 

Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from Federal 990.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Animal Network Inc
Address 610 Ixora Ave
Ellenton, FL 34209 2416
Phone 240 481-1522