Venice Cat Coalition
PO Box 991
Venice FL 34284-0991

The Venice Cat Coalition supports feral cat programs and reductions in euthanasia of cats in local shelters, providing low or no-income cat owners with emergency help where possible and advocating on behalf of humane, No Kill treatment of felines.

The Venice Cat Coalition will remain a small, grass roots cat rescue/non-profit conducting limited programs as funding allows, participating in the monthly Buddy’s Feral Cat program and other cat spay-neuter clinics, and educating community members and policy-makers about progressive initiatives to save cats and dogs lives.

CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Theresa Foley
Board Chair Affiliation no affiliation
General Info
Organization DBA
Venice Cat Coalition
Supported Organization Buddy's Feral Cat Program
Former Names
Key West Cat Society Inc.
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2006
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes June 2018
State Registration Yes Mar 2017
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement

2016 accomplishments:

  • Spay neuter services provided at no cost to approximately 50 felines directly/an additional 280 feline via our partner Buddy's Feral Cat Program.  Feral cat colony management and assistance to caretakers in approx. 30 colonies in our area on a case by case basis.
  • Hoarder intervention in 180-cat situation in Arcadia, FL.  Hoarder intervention assistance in another case in Nokomis.
  • A limited number of kitten adoptions and transfers to shelters; placement of a limited number of feral cats into safe habitats with daily care.
  • Advocacy of progressive policies for local and national cat trap-neuter-return programs and for humane treatment of cats and other animals.
  • Partnership and regular volunteer participation in the free Buddy's Feral Cat Clinic in Sarasota.  We provide administrative support to Buddy's as well.

Goals for 2017:

  • Participate in spay neuter efforts to assure continuity of TNR in colonies where VCC has been helping out.  Respond to calls for large TNR projects and provide referral services for small TNR colonies. Continue to assist in finding medical care for sick and injured ferals and strays either through our direct funding or via Buddy's program.
  • Partnering and participating in Buddy's cat clinic.
  • Maintaining foster care for more than 75 cats that have come through VCC’s program and currently are in an unadoptable condition. 
  • Advocacy for further community change and improved practices and policies regarding homeless, abandoned and feral cats.
Needs Statement
1. Funds to increase spay-neuters, which cost a minimum of $25-$40 each.
2. Cat food and litter, requiring $500-$700 a month to support cats under our care.
3. Strategic planning and implementation fund to carry out future programs, $1,000 or more annually depending on scope of programs.
4. Additional volunteers to go out into the community and assist in distress calls regarding cats. Ideally this would result in new, younger leadership coming on board to take VCC into the future.
Background Statement

The Venice Cat Coalition is a small, grassroots cat rescue, founded in 2006.  It has been run on an all-volunteer basis by numerous people who have expertise in Trap, Neuter, Return programs and have helped to trap and sterilize thousands of cats in the Sarasota, Charlotte and Desoto county areas.

               In 2016, VCC began to scale down the numbers of cats treated in its programs, in large part due to the opening of several larger feral cat clinics in our service area that had raised large amounts of funding for permanent surgery centers.

               VCC changed its focus to helping as "a last resort" for cats and caretakers who approached other animal rescue organizations and were turned down.  We also continue to provide services to trappers, donors and volunteers (and new public members who contact us) when they have unowned cats in medical difficulties or that are not sterilized. VCC also provides cat food when it is available through donations or purchase to numerous cat colonies with several hundred community cats needing help.

               VCC continues to be one of the smallest animal rescue non-profits in our area, and keeps its focus on spaying and neutering. VCC does not operate an expensive shelter facility and has no plans to build or open one. Instead we rely on foster homes and volunteer labor to go directly to the properties where the neighborhood cats are living. With this approach, staying on the streets and in direct contact with residents, VCC is able to accomplish a lot with a relatively small budget.

               VCC also supports and practices a “shelter medicine” model for treatment of cats in its care.With these new methods, large numbers of cats can be treated and vaccinated for very low cost compared to bringing a single pet cat to a vet. Shelter medicine protocols have enabled VCC to provide the outdoor cats in its program with a very high quality of life, assisting the people who feed, caretake and love these animals to save lives and alleviate suffering.

               Strong partnerships and relationships have been forged with numerous businesses andvendors. VCC has non-profit shelter discount programs with companies like Pfizer, Bayer, IDEXX and others. 


Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Charlotte
FL- Sarasota
FL- DeSoto
Areas Served Comments

Geographic focus is returning to south Sarasota County, i.e. Venice, Englewood and North Port.

Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Tertiary Org Type Animal Related
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Venice Cat Coalition has been serving the community for ten years and continues to help many hundreds of cats and residents each year.

We are proud of all that we’ve accomplished and hope to see the more remote areas of all three counties – Sarasota, DeSoto and Charlotte – achieve the same level of animal services as the more affluent parts of our community now have.

We believe that spaying and neutering cats and dogs, especially practicing pediatric surgeries on young animals prior to adoption, will be the number one reason that euthanasia numbers will go down in the future. We are concerned about the growing reports of animal abuse in our neighborhoods and across the U.S. and in other countries.

Finally thank you to the many volunteers and donors who have supported VCC during the years when our cause – homeless cats – has not been as popular as other important animal needs. We hope to see the day when cat welfare is a high priority for everyone.

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

The Venice Cat Coalition helps many cats in our area each year and it is important that the donor community continue to support these efforts.  We appreciate each donor, large and small, and assure you that we make excellent use of your resources to help cats that are living in the most deplorable circumstances.  We often are called on to help where all others have said no, and that is one of our unique features:  our willingness to take on the most difficult requests for assistance.

  • Trap Neuter Return for outdoor cats.  Buddy's Feral Cat Program at Ashton Animal Clinic performs spays and neuters on feral cats. VCC is a key partner, providing volunteers, cats, medical supplies and other help to Buddy's.  Local veterinarians, technicians and volunteers all donate their time and talent to this very effective program
  • Kitten fostering and adoptions. Our adoption program is at a much smaller scale in 2015-16 than in prior years.  We partner with and transfer to several other animal groups and vet offices the limited number of kittens (primarily) and adult cats in our care.
  • Education and advocacy for animals. Success is measured by number of animal lives saved county-wide and by seeing public attitudes change toward neighborhood cats and TNR.
Budget $55,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal-Related, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Families Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success

In the short term, our annual numbers for cats sterilized, adoptions, hoarder rescues and other hard data shows that we are doing more and more each year. We also can cite many news articles about our programs and a rise in the number of grants awarded to us as signs of short term success.

Long Term Success

The long term success of our program can be measured with data from the three government animal control agencies and several non-profit“open admission” shelters, all of which euthanize many hundreds of cats each year. We anticipate a continual drop in the annual numbers of cats killed at these shelters, along with an increase in the “live release” rate of the animals. We also anticipate an eventual decrease in the number of cats turned over to the shelters each year, since we know that “unadoptable” cats will be killed there, and thus such cats should not be brought to the shelters in the first place.


Program Success Monitoring

We monitor our success internally by keeping records of how many cats are helped,sterilized or adopted. Each year the numbers increase substantially while costs hold steady or drop. Externally we measure our success by tracking the entire community across three counties in areas that are part of the national No Kill program for cats and dogs. The national goal is to create a nation where no dogs or cats are killed in shelters for space, lack of homes, treatable medical problems or old age. We compare our local statistics (where a 55% or higher kill rate for cats in shelters is common) to other more progressive communities(where rates of less than 10% of the cats turned in are killed). While we are proud of our progress and success stories, our community still does not compare favorably with other areas that use the same programs we have but on a more aggressive basis.

Program Success Examples

In the Freemont-Sydney street area of North Port, Venice Cat Coalition has trapped and fixed approximately 75-80 cats in the last 18 months. Additionally we removed approximately 35 small, sick kittens from the backyards of a single block last year. While the demographics and economic status of this neighborhood mean that new unfixed cats will continue to be introduced as some people abandon unfixed cats here each year, we anticipate this spring there will be far fewer new kittens born in this small area.We will be able to track this because residents on this block have worked closely with us and will call us when new kittens are located, so that they can work with us to remove them and sterilize the new mothers and fathers.

In another rescue, Venice Cat Coalition removed 40 cats from a hoarder house in Punta Gorda that was being closed down by Charlotte County. Instead of seizing the cats and taking them to the Animal Welfare League shelter, where they would have been stored for five days, then killed at taxpayer expense, we removed the cats to our foster homes.With help from Petsmart Charities, which gave us a $6,000 emergency grant to pay for medical and food costs of the rescue, we have successfully rehomed approximately 30 of the cats and are seeking permanent homes for the others still in foster. This is one of four hoarder situations that we were involved in this year.

Program Comments by Organization

The Venice Cat Coalition is focused on sustaining its current support for homeless and adoptable cats, and caring for cats that it is responsible for from its 10 years of local rescue.  New programs shall be added as future budgets allow. A strategic plan for the next five years would identify budgets and logical program areas for VCC to engage in.  We would hope to develop unique programs that do not duplicate what larger shelters are doing.

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
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 200
Management Reports to Board No
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No

VCC collaborates with Buddy’s Feral Cat program as a participant.  We have rescue partnerships with Humane Society of Sarasota County and Suncoast Humane Society under which we sometimes accept their most difficult-to-adopt animals. We collaborate with Ashton Animal Clinic in Sarasota; Laurel Road Veterinary Clinic in Nokomis; and Jacaranda Animal Hospital in Venice.

External Assessments and Accreditations
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 No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization
Some of this is in our founding documents which are on file with the State of Florida. We do not have any paid staff; only volunteers, so our management is very streamlined. Regarding our insurance, we carry a general liability policy that protects us against things as a person claiming that a cat injured them; our insurance broker in Venice advised against purchasing D&O insurance at this time due to our small size.
Board Chair
Board Chair Theresa Foley
Company Affiliation no affiliation
Board Term Feb 2016 to Feb 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
June Ferrell Macy's Port Charlotte
Theresa Foley no affiliation
Deborah Whitham Shamrock Preschool
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 0
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Governance Comments by Organization
The challenge is to fund and plan a future program at a time when our key volunteers are reaching retirement age, and the pool of young volunteers is tight.  Larger organizations have the ability to hire paid staff to do the jobs that we rely on volunteers to perform.  With an infusion of new funding or a few wealthy supporters behind VCC, this governance challenge could be addressed.
Governance Comments by Foundation Organization held one board meeting in 2015.
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 $45,000.00
Projected Expenses $45,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
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
2015 9902015
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$37,369$41,494$64,523
Administration Expense$3,093$3,235$17,200
Fundraising Expense$1,724$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.171.001.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%93%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$17,656$10,275$12,252
Current Assets$17,056$10,275$12,252
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$2,017
Total Net Assets$17,656$10,275$10,235
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $49,567Contributions, gifts, grants $44,730Contributions, gifts, grants $67,793
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0Investment Income $39Program Service Revenue $14,250
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities----6.07
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization Venice Cat Coalition operates on a small, tight budget. Our current policy is to pay all bills as they are incurred so as not to all into debt. Each year we find that demand exceeds the amount of service we can afford, so there is a constant need for more money.  We spend all the money raised on the cats, with virtually nothing for facilities or salaries and only a small amount for administrative expense like phones, printing. We do not have fancy galas due to the expense incurred by them.  We would like to grow financially at a measured pace so that we could have 2-3 paid positions. We are proud that each year we receive higher income through donations and grants, so we are getting bigger even in difficult times.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990-EZ.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Venice Cat Coalition
Address PO Box 991
Venice, FL 34293 0991
Phone 941 525-4568