Little Feet Big Heart Rescue
2803 57TH DR E
BRADENTON FL 34203-5344
Little Feet, Big Heart Rescue is a no-kill, foster based, all breed dog rescue.  Our dogs sleep in warm, cozy beds, have plenty to eat,  feel the comfort of human touch, play in a yard with plush grass, and nuzzle with a loving family. Most importantly, they gain trust, and confidence with their foster family.  LFBHR is also in our community educating the public on proper pet ownership in our county farmer's markets, and events.  Each, and every potential adopter is screened with personal references, vet references, and a home visit while every family member is present, we want our dogs and families to thrive upon, and after adoption.
CEO/Executive Director Jennifer Wemmell
Board Chair Jennifer Wemmell
Board Chair Affiliation LFBHR
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2014
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes July 2018
State Registration 0
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
Impact Statement
  • Never gave up, and never lost hope!!!!!!  
  • Helped 10 owners in the Manatee county spay, and or neuter their dogs, and keep them in the home with free training.
  • Successfully started a food pantry for those in need, and that had no transportation to get to food.  We offered free transportation to get their dogs, food, treats, etc.
  • Helped a family in Sarasota to adopt out of Animal Services their first bully breed.  We donated food, bowls, leash, and properly showed the family walking techniques, and offered free training
  • Most important!!!!!!  Getting the word out to the "south", about the importance of spaying, neutering, properly vaccinating, and heart worm prevention to each, and every dog.
  • Intervention with a family who's dog "accidentally" had puppies, and mom couldn't nurse.  We rushed puppy formula, bottles, and offered to spay mom on 11/11/16.
Needs Statement
  1. Funding to help lease, buy, or rent shelter space, as finding foster homes are always a challenge ($80,000)
  2. Kennels, proper ventilation, isolation room, and supplies to get shelter started ($10,000)
  3. Transportation Vehicle with crates to safely, and properly transport dogs ($10,000)
  4. To continue with offering to pay for vetting for families that can't afford ($5,000)
  5. A location to hold a food panty that is air conditioned so food doesn't spoil ($2,500)
Background Statement

Little Feet, Big Heart Rescue was founded in July 2013, we are a non-profit, no-kill, volunteer based, all-breed dog rescue.  We do not occupy a shelter at this time, we are all foster home based on the West Coast of Florida, and in CT where we originally originated from.  

We feel it is about "quality", and not quantity in our rescue program. Each, and every dog in our care receives all medical attention immediately entering into rescue, and before he, or she enters a foster home.  Every dog is spayed, neutered, fully vaccinated, Heartworm tested (if 8 months, or older), started on heartworm, and flea and tick prevention.  All of our dogs are given a harness, and or a martingale collar( no slip collar) to ensure the safety of our dog, and slipping out of their collar.  

Our potential adopters will provide a vet reference, where our founder calls personally, and speaks to the vet assistant in great detail about yearly vetting, and the resident dog being on preventatives.  Once they have passed to the home visit, we then continue on to the home visit, where we ask each family member to be present so that we may see our dog interact in their home, with the entire family before the final adoption process.  There are no exceptions to this step. Lastly, each adopter signs an adoption contract specific to that dog.  They sign and agree to keeping up their vetting, and understanding if there ever becomes a time they can no longer care for the dog, the dog is returned to us, with no time restrictions, and or if we feel the dog is not properly being cared for, we have the right to pick up the dog, and take he or she back into rescue. 
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments We originated in Vernon, CT, and still occupy all of CT, and just recently relocated to Bradenton, Florida in Jan 2016.  Our goal was to empty out our over crowded, over populated county shelters, and transport some dogs to New England.  The high ratio of owner surrenders have put a limit onto how many dogs we can take in.  We try and intervene, and take the dog in before it goes into the shelter.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type Animal Related
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Thank you for choosing Little Feet, Big Heart Rescue.  My name is Jennifer Wemmell, I started LFBHR in July of 2013.  I consulted with my  veterinarian at the time in CT, and she told me what made a great animal rescue.  It was passion, compassion, and blood, sweat, and lots of tears. A rescue that was thorough, and did what was in the best interest of the dog.  No dog would leave our care without being spayed, neutered, vaccinated, etc.  It was not about the money, it is about the well being of the dog.  We feel it is changing the life of one dog at a time.

 We traveled to the southern states such as Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina to help dogs in the south find wonderful, loving forever homes in New England.  In my travels, we saw dogs still be euthanized in the gas chambers, owner surrenders due to lack of money.  This opened my eyes to a bigger dream, that the dogs need me.  My husband, and I opened a privately funded shelter in October 2015 to house over 20 dogs at a time.  I have learned not to judge a book by its cover, as most of our dogs come in disheveled, emaciated, and uncared for.  We nurse each one back to health, and show them unconditional love.  We are the ones with big hearts, for those with little feet.



  • Work in conjunction with our local animal services to rescue dogs facing euthanasia due to space
  • Take in owner surrenders so they don't end up in our overcrowded shelters
  • Help promote SPAY, and NEUTER


  • During Intake, spay, neuter, heartworm test ( 8 months or older) dental (senior) vaccinate, including rabies, bordatella, distemper-lepto, and Lyme vaccines, microchip, and register to the rescue.
  • Training, and evaluating temperament for the dog
  • Grooming if severely matted, nail trims so the dog can walk


  • Process adoption application received on particular dog
  • Thorough vet reference, personal reference ( non-family member), and home visit, NO EXCEPTIONS
  • Check in with adoptive family 24, 48, 72 hours of adoption, then weekly.  Serve as concierge for moths ahead as the dog progresses in the home 
Budget $100,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families Adults
Short Term Success
  • Finding a loving home for each dog we rescue.
  • Proper pet education to pet owners, if only one out of 25 listen to our message, the likelihood that they share what they have learned to a friend, family member, etc.
  • Spay, and neutering to decrease the pet population in our state.
Long Term Success The long term success to our rescue program is to advocate for the one's with no voice.  Put stricter laws on animal abusers, dog fighting, and the pet population.  Each, and every dog, regardless of breed, size, color deserves to live a long, loving life with a deserving family.
Program Success Monitoring Quality, not quantity.  We take our time with each, and every intake that comes into our program.  Observing, and temperament testing for the minimum of 14 days in our program to see what family is best fit for the dog.  We need to know the strengths, and weaknesses of the dog to report to their potential family.
Program Success Examples

In August, we found JJ on Facebook.  His owner, a retired veteran who served our county passed away.  His family could not take care of JJ as he was a senior himself, and partially blind.  There was no one racing to help poor little JJ.  JJ is a brown, pure bred Lhaso Apso.  I took in JJ, met his owners daughter who was very much grieving the loss of her beloved dad.  JJ had green discharge all around his eyes, had never been neutered, and his nails curled over which made it very hard for him to walk.

I was ridiculed by other rescue folks to neuter a dog that was 11 years old.  I stood up for my belief, did the proper pre-blodd work with our vet at Coastal Animal Medical Center, and JJ was healthy enough to be neutered, micro chipped, and vaccinated.  A generous donor offered to pay for a consult with Dr. Salisbury in Sarasota, where he underwent an eye consult.  We were told he had good pigment left in his eyes, and with the proper meds, JJ would be able to gain some eye sight back.

Today, JJ was adopted by a local realtor in Manatee county, where he lives with his new mom, and a fur-brother, Sammy.  His mom checks in often as they walk in their condo over looking Manatee Bay, and reports how well he is doing 2 months later.  This is a feel good story, and I wish more would step on to take some of these challenging cases. 
Program Comments by Organization We strongly believe in our "motto", we are those with big hearts for those with little feet.  We often don't have the needed funds to care for all of the dogs who come in with unexpected, emergency vetting.  Without the blink of an eye, we pay for it on our personal credit cards.  No dog leaves our care without all necessary vetting.  We also serve as a " concierge" to our adopters, so that they are never stuck in a situation where they don't know what to do as their new puppy becomes an adolescent, and or adult.  We want all to be happy with their experience rescuing their new family member.  Not everyone understands what rescue is all about, and it is a great "start up" conversation that I am happy to talk about.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Jennifer Wemmell
CEO Term Start July 2013
CEO/Executive Director Email
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 10
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A

We are a rescue that covers multi states, so we are not only focusing on the very large state of Florida, and the west coast, but also in CT where we originated.  We don't turn any dogs away for behavioral, and or medical, we address the issues, and work with our team of vets, trainers, behaviorists to help the dog in question with their needs

We are honored to be working in collaboration of Dr. Wally Dabasinskas, DVM, and his amazing staff, Sarasota Dog Wizards for training if we need assistance, See Spot Grooming in Lakewood Ranch for all of our grooming needs.

External Assessments and Accreditations
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 No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Jennifer Wemmell
Company Affiliation LFBHR
Board Term July 2013 to July 2020
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Harriet Marek Treasurer
Kayla Terry-Wemmell Secretary
Michael Wemmell Officer
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 1
Female 2
Board Term Lengths 10
Board Term Limits 5
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 0
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Oct
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year End Month Sept
Fiscal Year End Day 30
Fiscal Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $50,000.00
Projected Expenses $45,000.00
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 No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? 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 Year201620152014
Program Expense$23,384--$21,155
Administration Expense$400--$250
Fundraising Expense$0--$0
Payments to Affiliates$0--$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.08--1.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses98%--99%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%--0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$0--$0
Current Assets$0--$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0--$0
Current Liabilities$0--$0
Total Net Assets$0--$0
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountAdoptions $20,000--Adoptions $12,245
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $5,000--Contributions, gifts, grants $10,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountBooster Sales $775--0 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

The never ending numbers of dogs that are unwanted, neglected, abused leads us to have a great need to continue fundraising every month, all year long.  We are all volunteer based, no one is paid any salary, or any gas money to do all that we do,

Our goal is to continue building our volunteer, and spread the word about great work that rescue can do, Teamwork.   

Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from the unaudited profit and loss statements as the nonprofit files a 990-N.
Nonprofit Little Feet Big Heart Rescue
Address 2803 57TH DR E
BRADENTON, FL 34203 5344
Phone 860 372-6455