Tanks Legacy Inc
6195 Tidwell Street
North Port FL 34291-4008
Working with high kill shelters and animal control to rescue and rehabilitate dogs and cats that have been neglected, abused, or abandoned and give them a chance at the life they deserve.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Blanche Lorraine Vedette
Board Chair Affiliation President
General Info
Organization DBA
Tank's Legacy
Tank's Legacy Rescue
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2015
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt Oct 2017
State Registration Yes Dec 2017
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $10,000.00
Projected Expenses $12,000.00
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement
1.  From October 1st 2015 to October 1st 2016, we have rescued and rehabilitated 51 animals total.
2.  We successfully TNR'd the cats living under the depot building on Boca Grande.
3.  We were able to assist Clewiston Animal Contol by taking two dogs from them and transporting four more to Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary. Clewiston doesn't have a shelter, and they only have limited space at the animal control office. 
4.  We were able to move to a larger location with more room for the dogs to have play and decompress from the shelter environment and have a safe and loving home to recover in. There, we try to teach them to trust again, learn manners, and recover from medical issues. 
5.  We assisted 4 families by covering the veterinary expenses due to hardship allowing them to keep their furry family members. 
The top goals for this coming year:
1. Repair more fences to expand the play areas for the dogs.  We have 3 acres total but can only use 1 acre at this time. 
2. Build an outdoor enclosure so the cats can come and go during the day from the small bedroom that we use as a cat room.  This would be a safe outdoor environment giving them more room and stimulation making their lives more fulfilling and enjoyable .
3. Purchase a riding mower so yard work can be done quicker thereby allowing us to spend more quality time with the animals and reducing expenses incurred by hiring others to do the work
4. Get the entry gate repaired so that it opens and closes properly.  It is difficult to open and close currently and is a safety issue for the dogs during outdoor play time since it has opened when they are outside.  
5. We would like to build our financial reserves to enable us to better handle the medical expenses for some of our sicker animals. We have had a high number of heartworm positive dogs and often pull ones that have several medical issues.  
Needs Statement
1. Many of the dogs we have pulled have been heart worm positive.  The cost is $500 per dog, so we could really use money for heart worm treatment.  This would allow us to take more dogs that are passed over by other rescues.
2. Entry gate repair. I have had three companies come out so far for estimates.  The cost is $5000 for a secure electric gate including running electric.  This would include a sensor to close the gate after cars enter or leave and a sensor that won't allow the gate to shut on a dog.  The gate is hard to open and close currently.  Where we are located, it is farm country.  If a dog gets out and onto someone else's property, they may get shot.  
3. Outdoor Cat Enclosure so they can get out of the small bedroom used as a cat room giving them access to a stimulating, safe environment and providing a better quality of life.  $1000
4.   Land Clearing is $75 per hour.  The property was vacant for years and very overgrown so snakes are a very big concern.  My neighbor killed a big rattlesnake so underbrush needs to be removed.  This would also help reduce the risk of wildfires during storm season and give the dogs more room.
5. TNR fund. $65 covers the expenses for a female cat to be vaccinated/spayed. $55 covers the costs for a male to be vaccinated and neutered.  There is a big need in several of the trailer parks in Englewood that I want to help.
Background Statement
Tank's Legacy was founded after our old boy Tank passed away.  He was a foster that had suffered severe abuse and neglect but was still so sweet and loving.  He wanted nothing more than to be touched by a caring hand.  Tank was one of the worst cases I had ever dealt with.  He was missing most of his fur, smelled terrible due to yeast infections, was heart worm positive, and terrified of storms.  After getting him healthy which took about seven months he went up for adoption.  Tank was fostered for a year and a half with not one single inquiry, so I officially adopted him myself.  I promised him that he would never have to worry again.  
I had him for about four years when he developed a tumor.  He had a team of doctor's caring for him including  Dr Levine, Dr Coyle, and the team at Gainesville Veterinary Hospital.  There wasn't enough information about his medical condition to let us know what his chances were, but we took a leap of faith.  I got another year of unconditional love from Tank.  I know that no one can comprehend how much his love touched me, but I still cry thinking about what he went through before he was saved.  We didn't know until the end that he had also been shot twice in the stomach and lived.  It was no wonder that he was terrified of loud noises and storms.  
 Tank was the pack leader for all the other rescues that came in.  I think he let them know that everything was going to be ok now.  They seemed calmer and more confident with his leadership.  It was as if they breathed a visible sigh of relief.  The hospice cases we had knew unconditional love and felt joy probably for the first time in years until they had to cross the bridge. 
Tank taught me so much and the only way to really honor him was to save more.  We are a small rescue, but I feel that we make a huge impact on the adopters and fosters.   
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Charlotte
FL- Hardee
FL- Lee
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments We have fostered for the shelters in Port Charlotte, and Englewood when we have space available. I usually foster their large heart worm positive dogs but I have lots of experience with mange and abuse cases. We have also pulled from Hardee County Animal Control and Clewiston Animal Control. We do TNR on Boca Grande in Lee County.  We are beginning TNR in Englewood.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type Animal Related
Tertiary Org Type Animal Related
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
We have saved 51 animals total in our first year. One of our dogs, Yeti is now part of the reading program at Taylor Ranch Elementary. Another has completed her training as a service dog. We had a poodle from Miami that was dragging his back legs, unable to walk and in pain, he was scheduled to be euthanized. After medical care, rehab, and love he is now able to run and play.
We had another from Hardee county that was so terrified of people that he would flatten, tremble, and wet himself if he saw you looking at him from 50 feet away. He is now happily living with his forever family. This is why we do it. To give these poor, abused, and neglected animals a chance to blossom and feel loved. It has been very challenging financially. Much of the money has come from me personally when donations have slowed down. The areas we pull from don't have the ability to do medical on these dogs and cats so we don't know what we're looking at financially until they see our vets. We have had 5 heart worm positive dogs in our first year, and the average cost of treatment is $500 for that alone. Only one animal was fixed when she came in to rescue. That means that 50 had to be spayed/neutered. The medical costs have been much higher than predicted. We've also been trying to get our name out there to help get more donations, but a lot of people say, "I already support, xyz". We have slowed down on taking in cats because there are so many available for free on line and even though we have ours on adopt a pet, etc, it is much better to have them in a public location. The pet stores from Port Charlotte to Venice already work with specific rescues and we have not been able to get a space for our cats. As a result, we are going to concentrate on TNR and when we can, fostering and placing kittens into forever homes for our local shelters. We are currently working with St Francis Cat Rescue to save money getting kittens vetted which saves us about $100.00 per cat. Our vet charges us $200.00 per kitten to get them vaccinated, microchipped, tested, and spayed/neutered.
I am currently applying for grants to help us reduce the overpopulation of pets by helping cover the cost of TNR. One of the families that we have helped with veterinary expenses has good intentions in taking in stray cats, but can't afford to get them fixed.  We are providing education and support to people like this that love their animals but don't have the fund.  
There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a dog or cat transform from a scared, and sick creature, into a beautiful, confident, happy baby ready to be adopted.
Description We assist families in needs with vet expenses on a case by case basis.  Lemon Bay Animal Hospital is our veterinarian and that is who we work with. 
Budget $3,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified Families Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success

We have assisted 5 families in our first year.  They were hard working families that could not afford any extra expenses incurred by having pets.  One family has a cat overpopulation problem and the kittens had mange.  I went to the home and personally caught and took the kittens to Lemon Bay Animal Hospital to find  out what was wrong and bought the medicine to treat all the cats on premises.  We have also been working with them on getting the animals fixed to prevent further problems.

Pumpkin's Pals also helped a woman with a short term financial problem get the cardiac medication that her dog needed.

We also covered medical expenses for a young woman that has two cats with medical issues. 
Just taking the financial stress off these families has helped them be able to afford other necessities, like gas to get to and from work, electric bills, etc.  They have been desperate and don't know where to turn.  Unfortunately, some of them don't even have a regular veterinarian so our vet has been great to work with.  
Long Term Success Our long term goal is to help families that need education and financial help to get their animals spayed/neutered.  By reducing unwanted litters, we not only help the over population of unwanted pets, but we also reduce the negative financial impact on families that don't know better or cannot afford the expense of surgery.  By helping in this way, they are able to provide better care for their furry family member.
Program Success Monitoring Of the five families we have assisted, only one has ongoing needs for veterinary care. We have run low on funds to help them get all their animals fixed. 
Program Success Examples One elderly woman that we helped has an older dog with cardiac issues who is on medication.  She had been unable to afford veterinary care for over a year when she approached us.  On a tight budget, she had just had to replace the tires on her car so she could get to the store and her medical appointments and couldn't afford to get her dog taken care of for at least another month.  Because it was summer out, the dog was suffering and couldn't breathe properly.  We were able to get her an appointment with our vet and the dog showed improvement in a short amount of time.  When I followed up with her, she said he was still doing well.
Program Comments by Organization We do TNR on a case by case basis in Charlotte, Sarasota, and Lee counties. If there are young kittens, we foster the family until babies are weaned. Mom is then released where she came from and the kittens are vetted and fostered until adopted or placed with another facility. We are currently working with the Animal Welfare League in Port Charlotte.  This helps reduce the number of unwanted animals in shelters. We also work with Lemon Bay Animal Hospital on a case by case basis covering medical expenses when a family has an emergency so the family can keep their baby and not worry about the financial hardship.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email tankslegacy1@gmail.com
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 6
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A

Currently working with Suncoast Humane Society and the Animal Welfare League.  When we do TNR, if there are kittens that are able to become house pets, we foster them until they are spayed and up to date on shots.  Then we transfer them to either shelter for permanent placement.  

External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Directors and Officers Policy
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
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 Yes
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization
 We are a small rescue but we try to make a big impact.  We are signed up with volunteer match, but unfortunately the people wanting to sign up are under 18 years old.   We are working on trying to get more volunteers for fundraisers, events, and to assist with the property maintenance.  The care and socialization of the dogs and cats is critical so we are constantly reaching out to other rescues for input and assistance.  We value the opinions of others to help us learn and grow to better help the animals in our care.
We are trying to participate in more events and utilize more social media platforms to let people know that we are here.   
Multi-Media Comments by Organization These are just a few of the dogs and cats that have come in to our rescue. We love each and every one of them!
Board Chair
Board Chair Blanche Lorraine Vedette
Company Affiliation President
Board Term Oct 2015 to Dec 2016
Board Chair Email tankslegacy1@gmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
Miranda May Boudreau Vice President
Blanche Lorraine Vedette President
Patricia Wiksten Officer
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
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
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Board Meeting Attendance % 89
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Board Conflict of Interest Policy No
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Governance Comments by Organization We are a small organization that needs to expand. Currently we are on volunteer match but only have one regular volunteer. I am the main foster home and always have animals in my care so we have regular discussions about medical issues.   I would like more assistance with the computer based activity and grant applications.  I want to participate in more adoption events and networking and need help on site so we need to get more volunteers.  We are working with the Boca Beacon to make sure readers are easily updated as well as having the website, Facebook, Instagram, and twitter accounts.  
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $10,000.00
Projected Expenses $12,000.00
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? Yes
Campaign Purpose We need to raise the money to repair fences including land clearing to allow for the repairs to take place.  We also want to get the necessary electrical work done so we can have a functional entry gate installed with safety sensors.  
Campaign Goal $15,000.00
Campaign Dates Mar 2017 to Dec 2017
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$10,080----
Administration Expense$0----
Fundraising Expense$0----
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.88----
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$922----
Current Assets$922----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$2,117----
Total Net Assets($1,195)----
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $8,885----
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0----
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.44----
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
We are trying to apply for more grants, and do some fundraisers. Our rescue has also been in a couple of magazine articles and the Boca Beacon, but haven't garnered that much in donations. We have contacted several locations like the American Legion about having a fundraising dinner, auction, etc, but the cost is prohibitive. We are currently working on videos and increasing our social media presence.  We don't have a large number of volunteers. 
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from the organization's Federal 990.
Nonprofit Tanks Legacy Inc
Address 6195 Tidwell Street
North Port, FL 33946 4008
Phone 941 421-2805