Sarasota K-9 Search And Rescue Inc
PO Box 51446
Sarasota FL 34232
Mission
  • Each member of the Sarasota K-9 Search and Rescue team, as professional volunteers, maintains an integrity and commitment to our fellow mankind. Our goals are to be organized in our training and skills and to form a strong bond of teamwork to bring about the safest and most positive outcome with each search mission.
  • Partnering with K-9′s to find the lost and serve the community – making a difference.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director No Exec Director
Board Chair Christina Schook
Board Chair Affiliation n/a
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
No previous DBA Names
Former Names
No other Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1999
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Apr 2016
State Registration Yes 0
IRS Letter of Determination
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Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $30,000.00
Projected Expenses $22,000.00
Impact Statement
Wikipedia:
A missing person is a person who has disappeared, and whose status as alive or dead cannot be confirmed as their location and fate is not believed known.  The situation, uncertainties and lack of closure or funeral resulting when a person goes missing, may be extremely painful & long-lasting for family and friends.
 
Sources:  FBI; National Crime Info Center; U.S. Justice Dept.; Vanished Children's Alliance; Redbook, Feb 1998; State of WA Office of the Att Gen; U.S. Dept of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Juvenile Justice Bulletin, June 2000
* Every 40 seconds in the US, a child becomes missing or is abducted
* Based on the identity of the perpetrator, there are 3 distinct types of   
   kidnapping:  family (49%), acquaintance (27%) & stranger (24%)
* In 80% of abductions by strangers, the 1st contact between the child & the
   abductor occurs within a 1/4 mile of the child's home
* Acting quickly is critical.  74% of abducted children who are ultimately
   murdered are dead within 3 hrs of the abduction
 
FBI Stat:  01-01-11 / 12-31-11
* 2,000 children are reported as missing to local law-enforcement daily
* Of those abducted, females 11-17 are most likely to be victimized
* 60% were white Americans
* 40% were minority
 
Cases in which SRQ K-9 Search & Rescue dogs played a role:
Carlie Brucia:  A bloodhound contributed to the SRQ Sheriff's Detective apprehending a suspect in the 2004 abduction, rape & murder of the 11 yr old.  Dogs followed Brucia's scent until they lost it at a car wash on Bee Ridge Rd.  A video camera showed her being snatched at that very spot by Joe Smith, who would be sentenced to death for the crime.
 
Denise Lee:  In Jan 2008, SRQ K-9 discoved the body of abduction, rape & murder victim Denise Lee of N. Port in a shallow grave, a few miles from where a 911 caller had seen her struggling in a car driven by unemployed plumber Michael King.  King received a life sentence.
 
 
 
 
Needs Statement

1. Training facility:  An Estimated amount of $200,000 to build a permanent training facility is needed. This will ensure our high level of readiness for our K-9’s and search team members.

2. Training Fund:  Continued progressive training is essential for the Sarasota K-9 Search and Rescue team to stay current with state and national requirements to serve the community. We are in need of an additional $15,000.

3. Education / Scholarship Fund:  To educate the children of our community and provide them with the knowledge and tools that are necessary to protect them from dangerous situations they many encounter.  To continue publishing the children's book series of Noah the Search Dog will require approx $25,000.

4. K-9 Medical Fund:  Health insurance for our canine team members to provide our rescue dogs with the best medical care available for any illness or injury. We are requesting $20,000 for this fund.

5. Team Member Logistics:  We are an all volunteer team and bare the cost of our everyday expenses for training & deployments. Vacation time is used for this volunteer work willingly. An expense reimbursement for fuel and associated costs will continue the growth of the team. Requesting $15,000.

Background Statement

Pat and Joe Abrams founded the Sarasota K9 Search and Rescue Team in 1996. Their dream was to have a canine search and rescue team available to assist in any event involving missing persons. From the original seven members and their canines to currently more than thirty members with twenty-five canines, the team has grown into a respected and renowned Type I Wilderness Search and Rescue Team.

Members come from all walks of life.  The team networks with Sarasota County Fire Department, Sarasota County Emergency Management, and Florida Forest Service and is part of the statewide mutual aid response system. Team members provide over 10,000 volunteer hours every year to their community.

 

  • 1998- Tornado damage deployment, State of Fl under the Fl State Fire Marshall
  • 2000- Governors Distinguished Service Award for assistance to the Division of Forestry after a particularly prolific wildfire season.
  • 2001- September 11, the team was put on standby alert.
  • 2002- Received the Outstanding Innovative Project Award for providing therapy with their canines-Sarasota Cty School system
  • 2003- Columbia space shuttle recovery- members joined the Fl Task Force- deployed in Hamblin, TX they discovered the shuttle’s flight recorder box.
  • 2003- Awarded the Florida Governor’s First Responder Award.
  • 2004- Response to Hurricanes Charlie, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne. 
  • 2005- Hurricane Katrina- members on standby
  • 2005- Hurricane Wilma-Sarasota County opened Pet Friendly Shelter’s for the first time prior to Hurricane Wilma and tasked the team with the management of these shelters. More than 2700 citizens and animals were evacuated from the low-lying areas and mobile home parks in the county.
  • The team has been activated and deployed 250 plus times and is entering its 17th year
  • To date, 22 criminals have been sentenced to life in prison or they are on death row due to the advanced training of the members and their canines that assisted law enforcement for their horrendous crimes they committed against humanity. The families that we serve never received a bill for our services but they did find closure with their family member found and justice was served.
  • 2012- President, Pat Abrams, was given the award by the Community Foundation, Wilson Wood Foundation for the Unsung Hero. With the funds, she began writing children’s books to educate them on self-rescue and to teach them to be safe without the loss of their innocence. Noah and the Search Dogs is now a series.
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief
Secondary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
 

My story starts 21 years ago when my family went through a nightmare that involved a criminal act of violence to my ten year old daughter. A family is never prepared for the reality of violent abuse, and the consequences that come with it, such as years of trauma, anger, sadness, and the piling unpaid medical bills as you look toward your future.  The questions that kept haunting me: How do you not become a victim yourself?  How can you get out of the nightmare before you are swallowed up into the blackness? My parents always taught me that when life hands you a lemon, you need to make lemonade. So, I tried to think of positive solutions for our family to survive such a horrible event.

 I remember my daughter at her young age asking the question, “How can we help the children from being taken by bad people?” Can you help me Mom?

My families’ love of the fire service, the love of animals and our time spent volunteering in the community service field produced K-9 Search and Rescue. We let Jessica pick out two 15 week old Australian Shepherd mixed puppy brothers from the Humane Society and began our training in Lee County. She picked Jerry Lee and Bear because they had also been abused. They had been thrown from the back of a pick-up truck to be used for gator bait in the Myakka State Park. A woman witnessed the whole ordeal and saved the puppies. As my daughter listened to the story she latched on to them and wouldn’t let go wanting to give these animals a loving home.  The boys became Jessica’s best friends and the best therapy you could ever have. Everyday you could feel the healing power that these puppies brought into our home with their unconditional love. I enjoyed training the dogs so much that my husband and daughter brought home another adopted wet nose for me on Valentines Day. We named him Noah. Little did these puppies know that their search and rescue training was going to lead to the beginning of the Sarasota K-9 Search and Rescue Team. 
My husband Joe and I spent 2 years learning all we could from other south Florida teams and decided to bring this knowledge to Sarasota and start our own team. We invited 7 wonderful people to discuss our mission and dreams and developed the organization. At the beginning, everyone was responsible for their own equipment, training at night and on week-ends, taking classes and working hard to prove that we could be a valuable tool to Sarasota Cty Emergency service. We starting receiving donations from others who believed in us and we grew to seventeen members and received the recognition of the Sarasota County Emergency Management and the Sarasota County Fire Department. 
We still continue to grow and the dedicated men & women of this team still have the same dream and goal: To partner with the K-9’s to find the lost, return the missing and to serve the community. In 250 missions to date, Sarasota K-9 Search and Rescue is still upholding our promise, return the lost to their families. 
Programs
Description

 INTRODUCTION

The purpose of Emergency Support Function 9 (ESF 9) is to provide state support to local governments and to coordinate the deployment of resources in both urban and non-urban search and rescue in response to actual or potential emergency/disaster events.

 CONCEPT OF OPERATIONS

A. GENERAL

1. Urban search and rescue activities include, but are not limited to, locating, extricating, and providing immediate medical assistance to survivors trapped in collapsed structures.

2. Non-urban search and rescue activities include, but are not limited to, emergency incidents that involve locating missing persons, locating boats that are lost at sea, locating downed aircraft, extrication if necessary, and treating any survivors upon their rescue.

3. Wilderness Search and Rescue missions include, but are not limited to, locating overdue/missing boaters on inland bodies of water or rivers, locating overdue persons, or locating downed aircraft in wilderness areas with limited/restricted access, extrication when possible and treating any survivors upon their rescue.

Budget $16,500
Category Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Victims
Short Term Success
 

Sarasota K-9 Search and Rescue Team will continue to do the following for the short term goals:

 1.  Education Fund:  Continue to sell children’s books and meet with educational groups to teach children to self-rescue.

2.  K-9 Medical Fund:  Continue to work with Veterinarians as business partners to off set medical bills and K-9 products with cost reductions or payment plans.

3.  Training Fund:  To continue to grant write and budget our incoming dollars to provide the team members the valued training for certification.

4.  Building Fund:  Hold a large fundraiser to benefit the building and educate the guests on why this is so important to the core of our team’s future.

Long Term Success
 

The long term goals of Sarasota K-9 Search and Rescue are the permanent training facility and the funds to provide all of our SAR trainers with the ability to become Nationally Certified SAR trainers based out of Sarasota, Florida.  This would enable us to bring SAR teams from all over the country for a 6 week program to certify them in the discipline of helping their own communities in their time of need. If you look at the Golden Rule for one hour of life, a response team needs to be on the ground working within the first hour of an emergency. There are so many communities that don’t have the ability to do this because they have nowhere to go nor the resources and or funding to help those in need. Our team has traveled many hours and even days to reach those that have needed our help. With this long term program goal, we can reach more people in need assisting their agency for the best outcome – a life saved.  This is our goal for the future.

Program Success Monitoring

Since the team’s inception, we have grown from 7 to 45 members.  The programs’ success stems from the volunteers commitment to serve our mission, values, and vision statements. We monitor these by documentation of the volunteer hours which exceeds 10,000 per year. We also measure each canines training logs which have to be submitted with each canines lesson plans for evaluation. To term, all members and canines have achieved the testing requirements to meet state standards.

The setbacks we face are the loss of our dogs due to age & injury, the time and expense to evaluate & train a new search dog is very costly, approx 800 to 2000 dollars. Because of this, recruitment of team members is down. The cost of living has become a huge burden in an already struggling economy. The team members make extreme family sacrifices to do this as a professional volunteer job. It would be a tremendous relief to have donors assist us so that we can continue to bring home the lost.

Program Success Examples  
Top 5 Searches 2012
 
 1.  Jan. 3, 2012  Sarasota County: “Endangered Missing Horseback Rider”  

Rapid Deployment Requested. Assist law enforcement in locating endangered female thrown from horse in large wild land area. Time sensitive.  Extreme cold weather, no daylight. Female subject found.

 2.  April 25, 2012 Collier County: “Search Warrant “

Assist local, state and federal law enforcement agencies on high profile double homicide cold case. Resource requested human remains detection canines to clear 600 plus acres. Case pending.

  3.  May 19 & 20, 2012 Charlotte County: “Assist Law Enforcement” 

Locate missing endangered female, possibly drowned in Peace River.  Resource request land/water human remains detection canines. Female subject found.

 4.  August 21, 2012 Hardee County:  “Search Warrant “

Assist Lead State Law Enforcement Agency (FDLE) on cold case homicide on a large agricultural land parcel. Resource request human remains detection canines. Case pending

 5.  September 10 & 11, 2012 Desoto County: Assist multiple county law enforcement agencies locate drowning victim in Peace River.

Hazardous water conditions flood stage fast moving.  Resource request water human remains canines.  Body recovered.

 

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Exec Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email works941@aol.com
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 40
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
Collaborations
County Agencies
Emergency Management
Fire Rescue
All Law Enforcement
 
Florida State Agencies
FFS- For all State Lands
FDLE- Florida Department of Law Enforcement
FWC- Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
FFCA- Florida Fire Chiefs Association
SERT- State Emergency Response Team
DEP- Department of Environmental Protection
Florida Highway Patrol
 
Federal Agencies
US Forestry Service
FBI- Federal Bureau of Investigation
U.S. Marshals Service
DHS- Department of Homeland Security
NCMEC- National Cener for Missing and Exploited Children "Team Adam"
 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years N/A
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Christina Schook
Company Affiliation n/a
Board Term Oct 2013 to Sept 2015
Board Chair Email works941@aol.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Joe Abrams Community Volunteer
Cheryl Gallagher Community Volunteer
Mike Halpin Community Volunteer
Jamie Holdsworth Community Volunteer
Bill Mousseau Community Volunteer
Cindy O'Neill Community Volunteer
Christina Schook Community Volunteer
Sheila Sullivan Community Volunteer
Tami Treadway Community Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 3
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 83
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy No
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 0
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 0
Standing Committees
Education
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2015
Fiscal Year Ends 2015
Projected Revenue $30,000.00
Projected Expenses $22,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$26,151$21,640$25,580
Administration Expense$2,185$14,209$19,888
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.690.930.67
Program Expense/Total Expenses92%60%56%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue--0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$124,607$104,935$107,575
Current Assets$124,607$103,023$107,575
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$124,607$104,935$107,575
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $42,327Program Service Revenue $29,420Program service revenue $22,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGross Profit from Sale of Inventory $3,666Contributions, gifts, grants $3,000Contributions, gifts, grants $10,500
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGain from Sale of Assets Other Than Inventory $1,988Fundraising $735Investment income $73
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Solvency
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 Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they were not separated in the 990s.  Financial figures were taken from the Federal 990s only, as audited financial statements were not provided.  No financial data is available for tax year 2009 as a Federal 990-N was filed.
Nonprofit Sarasota K-9 Search And Rescue Inc
Address PO Box 51446
Sarasota, FL 34230
Phone 941 915-5445

THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY, INC. IS A REGISTERED 501(C)(3) NON-PROFIT CORPORATION. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE (1-800-HELP-FLA) OR FROM THE WEBSITE: WWW.FRESHFROMFLORIDA.COM. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. ONE HUNDRED PERCENT (100%) OF EACH CONTRIBUTION IS RECEIVED BY THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY. REGISTRATION #SC-02471.