Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary Inc
145 W. Dearborn St
Englewood FL 34223-3422
EARS is a no-kill, no-cage, animal rescue and sanctuary dedicated to finding "forever homes" for cats and dogs, educating and providing spaying and neutering of pets and providing a pet food pantry for pet owners in need.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Bobbi Austin
Board Chair Affiliation No Affiliation
General Info
Organization DBA
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2000
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Sept 2016
State Registration No 0
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $245,000.00
Projected Expenses $225,000.00
Impact Statement
In the past year EARS has;
1.Increased the number of successful cat and dog adoptions to over 200 2. Moved the EARS Thrift Store to a much desired location on historic Dearborn St to increase its funding for animal care
3. Purchased a van to enhance and increase animal rescue transportation 4. Made repairs and improvements to cat housing at EARS
5. Collaborated with the city of Venice for fundraising
Goals for the current years are:
1. Purchasing a new computer system to improve administrative functions, communications and visibility
2. Increase donor funding base
3. Increase foster parent volunteer base to allow for more dog rescues 4. Improve EARS visibility
5 .Increase the number of animals EARS rescues
Needs Statement

EARS is a growing organization we are increasingly being called on to save  precious animals lives. To meet the growing demand funds are needed to;

1. Raise funds for the veterinarian needs for abused and neglected cats and dogs -$100. Plus per animal $60,000 annual
2. Increase the food Stock of our rescued animals and pet food bank - $30,000.
3. Increase advertising and community outreach - $15,000.
4. Purchase/improve computer system - $15,000
5. Purchase software for administrative use and volunteer training            $2,500.
Background Statement

EARS was founded by Peggy Hauptman, in 2000 with a vision to care for needy adoptable pets for life.

Our Southwest Florida region is characterized by too much animal abandonment, abuse, and irresponsible breeding. Peggy personally supported increased spay/neuter programs, more aggressive adoption campaigns, and the development of a unique sanctuary to care for thousands of adoptable pets. Her dream was to build and operate a care-for-life sanctuary for domestic animals.

In March of 2011 a new board of directors was established. These dedicated individuals were involved with EARS and wanted to ensure that Peggy's dream continues. EARS continues to grow on a daily basis and increases the number of precious pets rescued and re-homed.

Cats are in a spacious area that includes an outdoor patio for them to enjoy. They are well socialized. Volunteers and members of the community spend quality time with them.

Our dogs are housed in foster homes receiving the love, care and training they need. Each foster parent learns the wants and needs of each individual dog so that they may be placed in the perfect home.

We retrieve dogs from as far away as Miami-Dade, Hillsborough, Broward and Collier County shelters with a high-kill rate. The more dogs we are able to rescue, the more lives we save from being euthanized. In 2014 we were able to rescue and find “forever homes” for over 100 dogs from these shelters plus many other strays and dogs surrendered directly to EARS.

EARS works directly with other small, non-profit groups such as: Venice Cat Coalition, St. Francis and Community Cats of Charlotte County to help reduce the number of stray cats in our area.

Our Pet Food Pantry offers those in the community pet food to help feed their pets.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Charlotte
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments EARS rescues animals from kill shelters throughout SW Florida  and serves the community needs of Englewood, Venice, North Port, Charlotte and adjoining communities in FL
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type Animal Related
Tertiary Org Type Animal Related
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
EARS Animal Rescue Sanctuary is a unique animal rescue located in the heart of Englewood. We are the only no kill/no cage dog & cat rescue that operates in our 4 county area.
Our dogs are in foster homes, EARS supplies the vetting and food; the fosters supply the love until they are adopted. Our cats reside at our sanctuary on Dearborn St. We encourage volunteers to play with the cats to socialize them to make better pets. They also keep the food and water dishes full. We have a special volunteer that bottle feeds the new born kittens until they are ready to be spayed or neutered and readied for adoption.
EARS has a pet store, with animal accessories and premium foods co-located at the Dearborn St. sanctuary. We are the Fromm and Earthborn distributers for the whole area. Our pet foods are holistic and grain free. We are also a “pet food bank” for those down on their luck or out of work, to help feed their animals rather than giving them up to over crowded shelters. People from the community donate bags of food for this bank.
Being a no kill rescue, we face challenges every day with people giving up their dogs and cats because of death, moving, sickness, and loosing their jobs. People have come from as far away as Tampa and Naples, to surrender their pets, because of our reputation as no kill/no cage shelter. EARS helps other shelters in Miami, Tampa, FtMyers, and Manatee areas with their overcrowding of animals to keep their euthanasia numbers down. We rescue animals, have them documented and vetted
and placed in a foster home to await adoption. I am also the photographer for EARS and when I take their photo when the arrive at EARS, they show such thankfulness for being rescued. Some have mange, abrasions , and most are covered with fleas and mats. Immediately they are given meds, baths and vetted for their shot updates.
EARS is on call with a phone line that is monitored 24/7. It is not unusual to receive a call in the evening or on Sundays, of an animal that needs help. Our shelter manager and/or assistant manager swing into action to help. Aiding animals is our passion.
I wish I could attach photos of some of the animals we have rehabilitated. Animals that were so abused they were ready to give up and die. Today they are healthy, active, loving companion, family members.
In closing I would like to state that I have been working with shelter animals for over 20 years and I have never had the pleasure of working with such a dedicated group of volunteers. Any time of the day they are ready to help in some way. We have a “hands-on” board of directors and we all work together like a family, helping one another, all for the betterment of the animals.
Bobbi Austin, President/CEO
EARS Animal Rescue Sanctuary
EARS rescues animals from over crowded county open admission shelters, also known as "kill shelters".  On a weekly basis the staff calls the SW Florida shelters (Miami to Tampa), to inquire if they have become overcrowded and will be euthanizing healthy adoptable cats and dogs.   Once pets at risk are identified EARS staff and volunteers travel to these kill shelters to remove the animals from harm and relieve the shelter staff from the horrible task of euthanizing healthy puppies, kittens, older dogs and cats, big or small due to these animal simply being homeless.
We bring these pets to our home in Englewood where they are photographed for the adoption websites and newspapers.  We then give each animal the medical care they need including vaccinations, spaying and neutering, nourishment, grooming, flea/tick treatment, identification chips and the important attention and love they need.
Budget $110,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Farm & Domestic Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families Adults US
Short Term Success EARS rescue program is successful when we have located animals on the verge of being euthanized and we successfully brought them to our location to give them the help they need to be adoptable.  Our success can be seen when we compare the before,(immediately after the rescue) to the new healthier photo of the animal that is used to find a new family for each animal.
Long Term Success The long term success is achieved by giving each animal rescued a forever home giving their new family a loving, positive addition to their lives.  Success is finding that the pets we have rescued are off the streets and living happy healthy lives in homes instead of facing death in kill shelters.  We have a 99 percent success rate, in the rare case when a cat or dog is found to be very ill we then give it all the care they need to be comfortable for the time remaining.
Program Success Monitoring EARS knows that the rescue is working because we tell and have each new adopting owner sign a contract stating that if for some reason they are unable to keep their pet, then in this situation they well surrender the pet back to EARS.  We have received pets back, ex: a dog named Davie was returned to EARS do to his developing the flu and the owner did not feel she could handle the stress and vet bills associated with the dog's illness due to the fact that her husband was very ill.  Davie now has a new very loving home and has happily recovered completely.
Program Success Examples
The best way to show the success of EARS rescue mission is to see the joy that both the pet as well as the new owners show in their eyes.  Here is just a few examples:
EARS is a no cage rescue organization.  Our animals receive a humane and kind home during transition from a kill shelter to a forever home.  This process is time and manpower intensive.  Our cats lounge about in a specially a designed home but our rescue dogs need a private home.  To do this foster parents are matched with a rescue dog  for a place of safety and security during their time of transition.  Foster parents are vetted prior to their being foster parents. The foster parents get to know the dogs intimately and become the best person to recognize who will be the best match as a forever home for their foster dog.
When a person becomes interested in adopting a dog through our website or other means, this person is also vetted.  If the dog and the person make a good match we celebrate the new adoption.
Budget $25,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Farm & Domestic Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families General/Unspecified Adults
Short Term Success The success of this program is self evident in the simplest of ways.  Each time we see one of our dogs frighted, panicked, sickly innocent dog transform into an animal with laughter in their eyes, kissing, being loved, cared for, this is success, a new family is made.  EARS has this success every day.
Long Term Success The long term the success of EARS gives the Englewood area a positive image as a pet friendly place known for its compassion for innocent animals.  EARS prevents the community pet owners the horrid experience of surrendering their pets to a kill shelter when they can no longer care for them.  The EARS programs save animals' lives, every one life we save is a success story.  We save hundreds of animals each year and hope to grow to save even more.
Program Success Monitoring
The job of saving animals' lives is ongoing.  Each person who has to give up their pet is a sad story.  We hear so many of these stories every week, but  our success is in each and every dog and cat that we find a loving forever home for every day.  Success is when a lonely person comes to us and discovers their loyal companion, (ex: lonely Jane lost her husband, Trixie was homeless, Jane and Trixie are now a happy family).  We will not be 100% successful until we meet our quest of "no animal homeless or euthanized".  This is our long journey but we will not give up on ANY pet that needs our help.
Program Success Examples
We count our success by the number of animals and people that have found each other.  Our adoption families show the joy on our website at:  http://www.earsanimalrescue.com/#!happy-families/c166z 
This program is an ongoing educational and social service area of activity at EARS, current activities include;
Our website is updated weekly to be more informative and friendly so people can see the work we have done as well as the needs we have.  
The EARS Facebook page has been created to share information on our pets, programs and events.
Our pet food bank provides pet food for economically challenged pet owners to avoid the need to surrender their pets.
We do a pet adoption fair 2 times a month at Pet Supermarket to expose our adoptable dogs to the possible adopters. 
EARS now has an experienced dog trainer to provide dog adopters training to correct social issues with their dogs at no charge .
EARS works with many community organizations in person and on-line to get their word out about our rescue and adoption program, and to educate the public in general regarding animal needs and rights.
Budget $18,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Families General/Unspecified
Short Term Success EARS provides pet food for families with limited lower income. Families are able to afford to keep there pets rather than surrendering them with this program support.  We also assist families with dog behavior problems by offering training for their dogs and family members to eliminate surrenders due to aggressive dog behavior or other social problems.  EARS takes part in multiple community fairs and exhibits to expose the greater community to the services that EARS provides so that they can come to us if needed.
Long Term Success Our ultimate goal is to be able to supply pet food support to all in need in our community, to eliminate dog surrenders and euthanizing of trainable dogs and to educate families about pet relations.  With growing exposure to the community we hope to be a household name in the greater SW Florida area
Program Success Monitoring Our pet food bank has a growing roster of names of people who come into our bank for dog and cat food on a regular basis.  Pet owner who have taken our dog training classes have successfully kept their pets rather then surrender them to EARS.  We have moved our Thrift Store to the Dearborn Street historic neighborhood allowing us ongoing exposure to educate the community and find new volunteers and donors.
Program Success Examples We have success in our pet food bank.  This is evident by the growing numbers of pet owners who use our food bank instead of coming to us to surrender their pets.  We have now made it possible for any dog owner to contact us for help with social issues between the owners and their pet.  This year is the first year we have provided training to owners at no cost.  Please see our website for all our outreach activities so far this year at: http://www.earsanimalrescue.com
Description This program shares information from other FL animal organizations to share adoption  profiles of pets in County Open Admission shelters to help them find for-ever homes. This program also helps lost pets find their way home and shares important pet information such as low cost spay/neuter programs. Social media including FaceBook, Twitter and Craigslist are all used to share this information, monetary post "boosts"  increase readership. Our posts are shared with local businesses on their social media sites. 
Budget $5,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Ownership
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified Adults Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success
In a year this program will share over 200 shelter animals profiles, from  Animal Shelters in Sarasota, Charlotte, Manatee, Hillsboro and Tampa helping them reach a bigger audience and resulting in more adoptions for those shelters.
The daily sharing of Lost and Found pet information on our sites will enable people to be reunited with their lost pets 
Long Term Success
Our long-term success will be in building closer relationships with County Open Admission shelters, helping them advertise pets available for adoption and aiding them in decreasing euthanasia of healthy pets.
Quantitative data is not and will not be available as we are sharing information for other shelters and don't get data back and adopters may see a picture of a pet on line but adopt a different pet when they go to a shelter. 
Program Success Monitoring Feedback from our Facebook and Twitter show people love to help place animals and find lost pets. Our increased readership on Social Media is a strong indicator that the program is working. E-mail from volunteers at other shelters collaborate that our posts bring in potential adopters. A recent EARS rescue of 3 kittens was based on our strong local internet presence. 
Program Success Examples
So far 18 dogs and 6 cats have been reunited with their owners with EARS help, these numbers will continue to grow as our audience continues to grow. At the start of 2016 EARS only had one FB page with 800 "likes" we now have 3 pages, EARS Animal Rescue, Ears Thrift Shop and EARS Shares Rescue Pets with over 1500 "likes".  
Program Comments by Organization EARS is fulfilling a community need.  The work of EARS lessens animal suffering in our community by its programs that assist low income families feed their four legged family members, saves adoptable pets from being euthanized, provides medical care and spaying,trains new dog owners with free obedience lessons, finds loving homes for stray  and surrendered cats and dogs.  The work that EARS performs shows a positive humanitarian image of our communities.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Marion Lutz Shelter Director
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development No
Contractors 1
Volunteers 101
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
  • St Francis Cat Rescue 
  • AWL 
  • Sarasota Humane Society 
  • Suncoast Humane Society 
  • Venice Feral Cat Coalition 
  • Community Cats of Charlotte County 
  • Pet Supermarket 
  • Winn Dixie 
  • Cultural Center of Charlotte County 
  • Sarasota Humane Society 
  • Various Dog Rescue agencies 
  • Newspapers: Sun,Tribune, Englewood Review, Boca Pet Gazette, Florida Weekly, Green Sheet, North Port Sun 
  • Phoenix House 
  • OEVA 
  • Englewood Rotary Sunrise Rotary
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
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 No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization EARS is committed to using nearly 100% of its income for the benefit of its rescued animals, not to administrative overhead.  To this end EARS depends on its volunteers for most aspects of daily functions.  As a result EARS must constantly recruit qualified volunteers through community outreach to meet our goals of feeding, neutering, caring for, giving medical treatment, finding loving homes for all our rescued pets.  EARS is growing its income to fulfill our humanitarian challenges of saving more in danger animals by increasing our donor base, fundraising activity and visibility.
Multi-Media Comments by Organization EARS has a Website, 3 Facebook pages, a Twitter account and a monthly updated e-mail list of volunteers. We maintain a database of donors and pet adopters. Facebook and Twitter are updated daily, the website is updated weekly and the volunteer and donor lists are updated monthly.
Board Chair
Board Chair Bobbi Austin
Company Affiliation No Affiliation
Board Term Jan 2009 to Dec 2018
Board Chair Email catnip1@verizon.net
Board Members
Board Members
Bobbi Austin retired
Mary Sargent Curtis community volunteer
Paula Hines community volunteer
Susan Reilly retired
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 0
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 10
Board Term Limits 10
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Board Meeting Attendance % 96
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy No
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 0
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Program / Program Planning
Fiscal Affairs
Governance Comments by Organization EARS is in the process of restructuring its board and management to enable improved public funding, visibility and fluid administrative management.  EARS is working to enlarge its fostering program for rescued dogs, increase its community collaborations and in the long term find a large property to increase all of our services, (ex. pet food pantry, cat shelter, grooming, retail shop and volunteer spaces)
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $245,000.00
Projected Expenses $225,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
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 Year201520142013
Program Expense$112,044$95,865$0
Administration Expense$47,639$29,312$0
Fundraising Expense$1,235$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.081.080.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses70%77%0%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$33,078$20,634$10,544
Current Assets$26,892$20,286$10,544
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$346$11,960
Total Net Assets$33,078$20,288$10,544
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountPet Adoptions $76,124Pet Adoptions $91,786 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountThrift Shop Income $56,519Contributions, gifts, grants $34,758 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $41,906Thrift Shop Income $8,328 --
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--58.630.88
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization  EARS expects to increase its annual income substantially under the direction of our new shelter director who has increased animal rescues and adoptions, thrift store sales (moved thrift store to historic Dearborn St. location) and started a pet retail shop while cutting back on expenses.  With the positive growth of EARS we expect the need for more administrative tracking of which we have a computerization plan in place.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from Federal 990.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support as they are not separately stated on the tax return.
Nonprofit Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary Inc
Address 145 W. Dearborn St
Englewood, FL 3422
Phone 941 681-3877