Pet Therapy Inc
3117 47TH ST
SARASOTA FL 34234-5011
Using Dogs/Puppies, Children & Adult Volunteers to  brighten the lives of Seniors confined to Nursing Homes / ALFs and Wounded Vets by providing unconditional LOVE and increasing sensory stimulation. 
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kathy M Alexander
Board Chair Ms. Marti Stephan Chairman
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1998
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Jan 2017
State Registration Yes Dec 2019
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement
  1. "Pet Therapy"® is a registered Trademark of Pet Therapy Inc. #T14000001312 and is very proud to hold this title for Florida.
  2. Pet Therapy has successfully expanded it's services to include Grooming and Boarding as well as doggy day care & pick up service, for the elderly or working dog owners. 
  3. Pet Therapycontinues to train, certify and place Volunteers & their dogs to new facilities for ongoing visitations.
  4. Pet Therapy now has a Memorial Garden and burial service for those who have lost their beloved pet.
  5. Pet Therapy continues to be featured on various News broadcasts.
  6. Various Pet Therapy Youth Volunteers who started at age 5-6 are still involved today as move through their 20's. 

Top Goals for the current Year:

  • Raise funds to replace a very old leaky roof on our Headquarters.
  • To raise ongoing funds for the Executive Director Salary of $30,000 +/- 
  • Raise funds to expand Military Base and VA Visits throughout Florida and nationwide.
  • Raise funds to maintain, upgrade and replace Pet Therapy vehicles and equipment. 
  • Raise funds to add/or upgrade Pet Therapy Headquarters to accommodate the new services Pet Therapy offers, such as grooming and boarding. 
  • To have, at minimum,  a part time staff IT (Information Technology) person to upgrade and maintain website & various social media accounts 
Needs Statement
  1. New Roof on Pet Therapy's Headquarters 3 Bids from $14,500-17,500
  2. Replacement of our 1999 19' Custom RV for local Nursing Home and ALF visits with 9 Pet Therapy Bichon Frises and Youth volunteers 
  3. Amount Needed: $50,000+/-  or newly donation vehicle
  4. Replacement of 31' 1993 Winnebago RV used for visiting VA Hospitals and Military Bases across the country
  5. IT Volunteer or Part time Staff Person $15 - 20 per hour @ $20,000+/- per yr. 
Background Statement

Pet Therapy® was established in Sarasota, Florida in 1998 with a Mission to "Honor Our Elders" and those confined to Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities throughout Southwest Florida; and brighten the lives of our returning Wounded returning Veterans, throughout the USA.

Pet Therapy® has a positive effect on the resident's physical, emotional and social interactions with others. It reduces stress and helps the patients have a pleasant and meaningful stay and/or recovery. Interaction with animals have been shown to reduce blood pressure, increase sensory stimulation, inspire a sense of purpose, increase social interactions with the staff and reduce loneliness by creating a sense of companionship. 


Areas Served
Areas Served
Areas Served Comments

  • Nursing Homes throughout Southwest Florida 
  • Bay Pines VA Healthcare -  Disabled Veterans, St. Petersburg, FL 33708
  • Fort Benning,  Columbus, Georgia 31905
  • Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center 87108
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Animal Related
Tertiary Org Type Youth Development
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

I, Kathy Alexander, Founder, CEO and Executive Director started this God given Mission in 1997 at a time when I was looking for something deeper in my life. Visiting my father-in-law in a local nursing home and witnessing the loneliness and the sterility of the environment made me quit a very lucrative business and answer the calling to help the lonely.  Bringing in a basket of puppies and a child I was watching - not only made my father-in-law a star but brought the environment totally alive. It was infectious!

Pairing up children and puppies/dogs, especially Bichon Frises which look like stuffed animals, is such a unique and winning combination for the young and old alike. The animal enables the child to share a story and bring additional love & laughter while receiving immediate gratification for helping someone. The elder and wounded Vet gets two things to love and cuddle and exercise sensory stimulation with. A patient may not remember what day of the week it is, but they do remember when the dogs and kids are coming! We become like a surrogate family to those who need it most.

Pet Therapy also trains, certifies and places Volunteers with their own pets to make consistent visits and this process also requires time and financial resources.
Please take the time to watch our video and if you are moved and inspired to help us to continue our Mission on 'Honoring Our Elders & Vets' - feel free to contact us.  God Bless.

Pet Therapy® brightens the lives of our elders and those confined to nursing homes / assisted living facilities and VA Hospitals by providing ongoing visitations with 5-9 familiar, Bichon Frise dogs and puppies. Volunteer Youths, Adults & Executive Director, Kathy Alexander,  make weekly and monthly visits spreading unconditional love.

This unique program enables the patient to begin to look forward to the visits and familiarizes them with the same volunteers and pets. This type of familiarity creates a sense of an extended or surrogate family for the patient and becomes an integral part of the patient's calendar agenda.
Budget $27,140
Category Human Services, General/Other Senior Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens Elderly and/or Disabled Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success Pet Therapy® has a immediate positive effect on the resident's physical, emotional and social interactions with others. It reduces stress and helps the patients have a pleasant and meaningful stay and/or recovery. Interaction with animals have been shown to reduce blood pressure, increase sensory stimulation, inspire a sense of purpose, increase social interactions with the staff and reduce loneliness by creating a sense of companionship.
Long Term Success

OUR COMMITMENT is in our message of the importance of "Honoring Our Elders". It has been aired on many news and/or interview shows and appeared in dozens of newspaper articles throughout the years. This message, spoken loud enough in the community, says clearly that we will not forget the emotional needs of our seniors who are confined to nursing homes. This message invites the community to come and do something about it.

"The benefits of Pet Therapy are too numerous to list. Only by watching a mostly nonresponsive resident light up at the sight of one of your dogs, can anyone appreciate how important their visits are" 
                               -  Charlyne Craver, Activity Director Cert.  
Program Success Monitoring

"I have shared with you my feelings of inadequacy as a "seasoned" professional when the dogs and puppies elicit responses from our withdrawn or severely cognitively impaired residents. My 30+ years of training cannot draw the instantaneous connection to the "here and now" that your pets so expertly can"   - Debbie Morrill, CTRS, Director of Therapeutic Recreational Services

Program Success Examples

"As a parent of a young teenager, I would have to say that the Pet Therapy program has got to be one of the best programs ever created. A program where they can spend time with their friends, "work" by playing with dogs and then get the instant feedback their generation seems to need, when doing anything is perfectly suited to their mindset at this age. Instant feedback as in knowing that they have done something good for another human being It gives them that feeling of doing good can also be fun. I have no doubt that the experiences my son has had with Pet Therapy will live with him forever and will certainly make him want to stay and volunteer for similar programs as he gets older."  Dave Polulak, Father of Dan Polulak 

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kathy M Alexander
CEO Term Start Oct 1998
CEO/Executive Director Email
Experience Kathy Alexander is the Executive Director and Founder of Pet Therapy, Inc. She has been running the organization since it's inception and was the sole visionary behind this labor of love. Since starting this venture in 1997 - Kathy has been featured in countless articles and news media. She holds an Associate of Arts degree in Business/Marketing from California and was born in San Francisco. Kathy made Sarasota her full time home in 1990 and started Pet Therapy when her father in law was confined to a nursing home and was regressing in health due to the loneliness experienced therein.  Kathy has been raising Bichon Frises since 1980 which are perfect, hypo-allergenic royalty lap dogs, for nursing home environments. These puppies spend their first 8 weeks of their lives handled by the young and old and the proceeds from their sale has been donated, one hundred percent, by Kathy to the Pet Therapy to continue it's mission on "Honoring our Elders".  
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 30
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Pet Therapy has serviced many non-profits in it's history. Including but not limited to: United Cerebral Palsy, The Pines of Sarasota, Easter Seals, and The American Red Cross during Hurricane Katrina. (Kathy Alexander was crowned and designated as the Director of Children's Activities in the Pan Handle of Florida). 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Best of Sarasota Non-Profit OrganizationsUS Commerce2008
Best of Sarasota Non-Profit OrganizationsUS Commerce2009
Best of Sarasota Non-Profit OrganizationsUS Commerce2010
Best of Sarasota Non-Profit OrganizationsUS Commerce2011
Best of Sarasota Non-Profit OrganizationsUS Commerce2012
290 Great CausesSarasota Magazine2012
Risk Management Provisions
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization

Our biggest challenge as an organization is to have our Executive Director salaried and paid, where she can give 100% of her time and focus to accomplish the goals, mission and vision of Pet Therapy.


Multi-Media Comments by Organization

Pet Therapy has been featured in countless news broadcasts and periodicals throughout the years.  Please watch our videos and visit our web-site for more information.


Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Marti Stephan Chairman
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Feb 2015 to Feb 2016
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Ms. Debra Morrill Community Volunteer
Ms. Marti Stephan Community Volunteer
Ms. Alexandra Stephan-Havas Community Volunteer
Ms. Jaime Warren Community Volunteer
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 0
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 1
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Board Conflict of Interest Policy No
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 0
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 50
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Governance Comments by Organization Pet Therapy could definitely use further Board training and  recruitment and we plan to utilize the services offered by the Community Foundation of Sarasota to help accomplish our ongoing funding requirements and growth.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2015
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2015
Projected Revenue $45,000.00
Projected Expenses $42,140.00
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Value $0.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Policy % 0
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose Pet Therapy's Headquarters needs a new roof
Campaign Goal $15,000.00
Campaign Dates Mar 2015 to Mar 2016
Amount Raised To Date 6300 as of June 2015
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$34,185$20,336$34,731
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.881.020.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$294$4,442$4,036
Current Assets$294$4,442$4,036
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$294$4,442$4,036
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $30,037Contributions, gifts, grants $20,742Contributions, gifts, grants $34,135
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $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 stated previously, Pet Therapy is seeking resources to fund an/the Executive Directors position which this function would have the capability/ability to incorporate more revenues. One major resource would be to train and certify (for a donation fee) the many requested applicants seeking certification. As it stands today, the Executive Director does not have the time, due to having to make funds elsewhere, to keep up and offer more of this type of service.  
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from Federal 990.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Pet Therapy Inc
Address 3117 47TH ST
SARASOTA , FL 34234 5011
Phone 941 358-2225