Wildlife Center of Venice Inc. d/b/a Venice Wildlife
925 North Jackson Road
Venice FL 34292
The Wildlife Center of Venice mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. To educate the public about our native wildlife and proper procedures upon discovery of sick, injured or orphaned wildlife.
CEO/Executive Director Pamela Defouw
Board Chair Larry Corl
Board Chair Affiliation CEO/Director
General Info
Organization DBA
Venice Wildlife
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2004
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Sept 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS DeterminationView
Impact Statement

During 2017, the WCV rescued and treated 4500 animals in Sarasota County, South Manatee County and North Charlotte County. Residents of this area brought these animals to us or called for our assistance in the capture and transport of injured and orphaned animals. Included in the total number of animals were the endangered Gopher Tortoise, the protected American Bald Eagle, Osprey, Cormorants, Anhingas, and owls (from Great Horned Owls to the tiny Eastern Screech Owls). In addition to the rescue, rehab and release of animals, WCV provides educational presentations for both children and adults emphasizing the importance of our native wildlife and how to live compatibly with them. WCV has also provided additional training for citizens who wish to participate in the conservation of, and aid to our wildlife population – and welcomed many of these to the ranks of “active volunteers”.

Needs Statement
  • Complete Property purchase and Zoning Reassignment $450,000.00
  • Employment of a rehabilitator ($18,000)
  • Upgrade of current hospital facilities ($50,000)
  • Laboratory upgrade (12,000)
Background Statement
The Wildlife Center of Venice was established in January, 2004. It was jointly founded by Kevin Barton and Linda Schrader. What first started as a dream has now turned into a reality. The WCV continues to grow every year, helping more sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife return home.  Now the largest wildlife rescue and rehabilitation facility for wild birds, mammals and reptiles in our region, we served over 4,500 patients last year alone.  The organization operates lean and mean with a small dedicated Board of Directors, an experienced and passionate staff of 5 employees, and the best volunteer base anyone could ask for, with an in season roster of over 150 volunteers.  We are especially proud of our loyal supporters that follow our newsletter, website, Twitter and Facebook Pages, as we strive to better serve our community's wildlife.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Charlotte
Areas Served Comments

We rescue and care for sick injured and orphaned wildlife found throughout Sarasota County, and West Charlotte County on a daily basis and often assist our neighboring networking partners with rescue and patient care from surrounding Manatee, Lee, Hardee and Desoto Counties.  On rare occasions we are brought patients from further away including out of state, although we would usually recommend closer facilities.

Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Animal Related
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President


The Wildlife Center of Venice put 25% down on a beautiful home and 5-acre parcel across the street from its current rented location.  The goal is to pay off the remaining $280K balance of the $375K purchase price within three years.

Additional challenges include the growing operational costs due to increased costs of food, medicine, staffing and infrastructure to handle the growing number of requests for assistance.  Most of the “routine” work of the Center (rescue, transport, feeding, cleaning) is handled by our volunteer staff, many of whom are seasonal residents – this presents additional challenges during our summer months.

We are addressing these needs by fund-raising, recruiting and training new volunteers, working with students pursuing careers in veterinary medicine, law enforcement, conservation, zoo keeping and education, providing information and education to our area at large, and continually working toward advancing the education and expertise of both of our staff and our volunteers.  Our volunteers work in many areas of the operation, including not only rescue, transport, feeding and cleaning, but also have taken on responsibilities in data entry, donor relations, volunteer orientation, mail outs and media correspondence, and other areas.

Advances we have made recently include obtaining a walk-in refrigerator/freezer (grant from Community Foundation of Sarasota County), rescue boats (Plantation Golf and Country Club Community Foundation) golf carts for on-site transport (Women's Sertoma & Plantation Golf and Country Club Community Foundation).  Projects in process or planned include a 100-foot “fly-way” for flight rehabilitation for our larger raptors – especially the Bald Eagles, plus upgrades of current aviaries (a number of which have been built for us by the Eagle Scout and Girl Scout organizations), adding basic laboratory facility, improving/adding smaller aviaries and enclosures for treatment and rehab of the growing number of animals we are asked to assist.


Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Simply put, The Wildlife Center Of Venice (WCV) goal is to help our sick, injured and orphaned wildlife return healthily to their territories by any means possible while educating the public every step along the way. The WCV dispatchers field over 20,000 calls annually, rectifying many problems over the phone. For those that need a rescuer, our all volunteer team is ready to serve from the Sarasota/Bradenton line, south to North Port, Englewood and Boca Grande, 365 days a year. Similarly our experienced rehabilitators, rehab assistants and home care “moms” are on standby for walk-in patients and ambulance deliveries daily from 9am to 8pm, or after hours call our emergency line, County Animal Services or the Sarasota Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center. Not to be forgotten, our area wildlife veterinarians are top notch, and make our work possible with discounted rates, donated time and miracle care. For those that can’t be released, many find homes with zoos and nature centers all over the country.

In order to best serve our communities wildlife, we network regularly with our peers at the local, state, national and international levels. Locally we have long worked with Wildlife Inc and Wildlife Rescue of Manatee County, Save Our Seabirds of Sarasota and Peace River Wildlife Center of Charlotte County to make sure all rescue and rehab needs are met, and to make sure patients don’t slip through the cracks. The WCV also regularly networks with Mote Marine, Turtle Patrol, Wildlife Trapping Firms, County Animal Services, Florida Fish and Wildlife, US Fish and Wildlife, Audubon Societies, Humane Societies, and all other area conservation and animal welfare groups to get the job done.
As a longtime member of the Florida Wildlife Rehabilitators Assoc. (FWRA), National Wildlife Rehabilitators Assoc (NWRA), & International Wildlife Rehabilitators Council (IWRC), the WCV receives continued education opportunities as well as a forum to teach our distant peers what works for us in SW Florida. Our educational focus is always on why we do and how we do, what we do as wildlife rescuers, rehabilitators and local stewards with past successes and failures, to learn from as we struggle forward. We certainly have a wealth of beautiful habitats and bio-diversity, as well as several iconic species worth fighting for in our community. Let’s give it all we got!
Description Teaches interested individuals how to recognize an animal in distress and the appropriate action needed to get the animal to qualified help.
Budget $500
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Wild Animals Preservation & Protection
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term Success We have signed up numerous volunteers through this program, and used it as supplemental training for current volunteers.
Long Term Success People who have taken our class are more able to recognize a wild animal in distress and are often comfortable bringing the animal to us,  and they know that our rescue team is available when needed.
Program Success Monitoring
Success is evaluated by the number of class attendees and direct feedback.
Program Success Examples Class attendance has been growing fairly steadily for the last three years and we have been asked to hold more courses throughout Sarasota and Charlotte counties.
Program Comments by Organization
Current economic conditions have enhanced the challenges of raising funds for charitable agencies.  To combat the situation we have increased and diversified our fund raising events to include yard sales, more fundraisers, and donation cans.  Local businesses and communities have also helped raise money and awareness of our organization. We are increasing our advertising efforts in hopes of reaching out to more people willing to donate.  Our volunteers have been concentrating their construction efforts towards our main goal of upgrading the hospital. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Pamela Defouw
CEO Term Start Jan 2018
CEO/Executive Director Email thewildlifecenterofvenice@hotmail.com
  • Hospital Administrator, Wildlife Center of Venice - 7 years
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Pamela DeFouw Wildlife Rehabilitator
Adrianna DeFouw Rehab Assistant
Beverly Groom
Ivy Smart Office Manager
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 1
Volunteers 150
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Assistance in rescue and transport of injured, sick or orphaned animals:
USFW Service
FL State Fish and Wildlife
Venice , FL Police Department
North Port , FL Police Department 
Sarasota County Animal Services
Charlotte County Animal Services
Florida Wildlife Rehabilitators Association
Placement of non-returnable to wildlife animals are coordinated with various zoo and wildlife sanctuaries throughout the United States
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Best Wildlife Group for AnimalsSarasota Pet's Choice Awards2013
Best Wildlife Group for AnimalsSarasota Pet's Choice Awards2012
Best Wildlife Group for AnimalsSarasota Pet's Choice Awards2011
Favorite Wildlife RescueNatural Choice Awards2013
Favorite Wildlife RescueNatural Choice Awards2012
Favorite Wildlife RescueNatural Choice Awards2011
Favorite Wildlife RescueNatural Choice Awards2010
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
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
Our biggest challenge right now is obtaining enough funding to keep us operational and growing.  We have initiated numerous plans to reach out to the public for donations and have increased our grant solicitation.  We have also increased our educational outreach to try to educate the public on correct procedures to take when dealing with wildlife animals in hopes that this will reduce the number of people vs animal incidents.  Yet our patient load continues to increase.  In 2010 we serviced approximately 3500 animals.  This past year (2016) we served over 4,500 birds, mammals and reptiles.  We constantly strive to come up with new and innovative ways to raise funds to try to stay ahead of our rising costs.  With the increase of patients comes a greater demand for facilities to handle them.  Our hospital project is a vital improvement that is needed to render first class treatment of our patients.  Our current hospital is in desperate need of renovation and our volunteer staff has done a terrific job of keeping up the maintenance of the facility.  With the improved facilities we will be better equipped to offer the best treatment, give the patient the best recovery area and get them back to to wild for people to enjoy.
Board Chair
Board Chair Larry Corl
Company Affiliation CEO/Director
Board Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2018
Board Chair Email thewildlifecenterofvenice@hotmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
Kevin Barton CEO/Director
Linda Barton Treasurer
Larry Corl Vice President
Karen Durette Secretary
Jan Steber Community Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 3
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
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
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Governance Comments by Organization

Being that The Wildlife Center of Venice is the only state & federally permitted wildlife rescue & rehabilitation facility remaining on private land in Sarasota County, it is not possible for us to be open to the public, beyond patient drop-off and volunteer access. Although this allows the WCV to focus on its mission of rescue, rehabilitation & release of our native wildlife;  we do not get the exposure or funding opportunities that may be afforded to our peers by a small zoo or wildlife museum.

Despite this hurdle, the WCV has grown to be the largest wildlife rescue & rehabilitation facility of its type in the tri-county area, & the second largest in Sarasota County history, behind only the former Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary which closed in 2006. As the last head of rehabilitation under PMBS founder, Dale Shields, without whose help the WCV would not exist, I’m acutely aware of the high bar they set. 

Founded in 2004, the WCV treats over 4,500 sick, injured or orphaned, birds, mammals and reptiles annually on roughly $240,000. Run by a staff of 5 and nearly 150 volunteers, our rescue fleet is over 100 strong & covers all of Sarasota and West Charlotte counties daily. To meet the challenges of such a large patient load & rescue range on a meager staffing and advertising budget we again make use of our wonderful volunteers.

Thanks to a recent grant from the Community Foundation at Venice Golf & Country Club, the WCV was able to equip much of our rescue fleet (over 40 volunteer vehicles) with rescue magnets brandishing our name, logo, emergency phone # and mission statement, as well as needed safety & capture equipment. This effort has already paid off in spades, by bringing awareness and action to those in immediate need. We have long been the largest area wildlife rescue team and this continues to be our focus.

Other ways we have addressed the WCV’s lack of exposure has been to increase the frequency of our public speaking engagements and participation in area booth events and parades.  Thank you Peg Magee. The WCV now hosts a monthly rescue training class. The center has also done more newspaper, radio and television interviews than ever before, in addition to continuously expanding our mailing list and Facebook following. 

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 $240,000.00
Projected Expenses $240,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose Purchase of the property currently rented by the Wildlife Center
Campaign Goal $400,000.00
Campaign Dates Jan 2016 to Dec 2020
Amount Raised To Date 85000 as of Dec 2016
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$213,752$207,506$175,942
Administration Expense$7,076$7,304$34,037
Fundraising Expense$9,470$5,603$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.061.260.83
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%94%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%2%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$154,855$140,886$89,966
Current Assets$100,997$87,511$43,243
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$1,095$65$6,231
Total Net Assets$153,760$140,821$83,735
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $242,198Contributions, gifts, grants $247,551Contributions, gifts, grants $173,310
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $1,039Fundraising $29,785Investment Income $44
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0Recycling Income $1840 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities92.231346.326.94
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990.  Financial figures taken from IRS Form 990s. 
Nonprofit Wildlife Center of Venice Inc. d/b/a Venice Wildlife
Address 925 North Jackson Road
Venice, FL 34292
Phone 941 484-9657