Cat Depot

The Resource for Rescue, Adoption, and Education

Sarasota, FL   |  www.catdepot.org

Mission

Cat Depot's mission is to save lives, find loving homes, and provide the resources and education needed to improve the destiny of homeless cats.

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Ms. Jennifer Bitner

Main address

2542 17th Street

Sarasota, FL 34234 USA

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EIN

20-0217681

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Veterinary Services (D40)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Adoption Program

Our goal is to find a good match and loving home for every cat who enters Cat Depot. To improve a cat’s adoption chances, Cat Depot employs and provides each cat while in the shelter with complete medical care, enrichment, and behavior modification training. Once in a home, cats and pet parents are offered continued pet owner counseling. In addition, Cat Depot offers many programs to bring attention to special needs and senior cats as well as pets from military families. 

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

Cat Depot provides volunteers and the community with educational activities that promote awareness and knowledge of cat behavior and care, as well as classes on first aid, emergency rescue, trapping, fostering, community cats and more. As we are unable to take every cat needing assistance into our facility, we offer a wide variety of resources and avenues for help via our Safety Net Program. We also provide a library of feline-related topics, as well as listing of local resources on our website. As a resource center, Cat Depot fields approximately 75-100 calls and emails on a daily basis and responds locally, nationally and internationally, having assisted organizations as far away as Puerto Rico and Mexico. The majority of our efforts are centered in Florida and surrounding states.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Cat Depot's Emergency Response Team (CDERT) works daily to rescue abandoned, abused, injured, relinquished, and free-roaming community/feral cats and kittens. In 2020, Cat Depot rescued over 1,400 cats and kittens and assisted with local and national rescues as well as disaster relief efforts before, during and after Hurricanes Dorian (2019) and Ida (2021). CDERT is currently comprised of 30 members, all are certified by the Florida State Animal Response Coalition and FEMA.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our Community Cat Program was developed to educate the public about free-roaming cats, supply food for community cats and personal pets, offer resources for free and low-cost medical care, loan traps, provide free and low cost spay/neuter surgeries, and place adoptable cats and kittens into loving homes. Unsterilized, community/feral, free-roaming cats are the greatest source of cat overpopulation. Cat Depot loans traps to the public daily, provides individual training, and has a team of trappers who respond to community calls for help.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

In an effort to care for sick and injured cats and their distressed owners, Cat Depot opened a small, yet highly functional affordable-care clinic. Reduced prices have helped people and their pets in Sarasota and Manatee counties and as far away as Hillsborough and DeSoto. Humane organizations, such as St. Francis, Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue, Sarasota County Animal Services, and non-brick and mortar organizations also utilize our services. And, veterinary hospitals are relieved to have somewhere to send pet owners who have limited funds. In 2020, our Cat Care Clinic treated 4,205 cats and kittens.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Best Organization to Provide COVID-19 Support, Silver Winner 2020

SRQ Magazine

Best Place to Work, Silver Winner 2020

SRQ Magazine

Best Pet Supply Store, Bronze Winner 2020

SRQ Magazine

Best Animal Non-Profit, Bronze Winner 2020

SRQ Magazine

Best Non-Profit Leader, Bronze Winner 2020

SRQ Magazine

Best Non-Profit to Adapt During COVID-19, Honorable Mention 2020

SRQ Magazine

Affiliations & memberships

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) 2021

Florida Association of Animal Welfare Organizations 2021

Humane Society of the United States 2021

Association of Fundraising Professionals 2021

Best Friends Animal Society Network Partner 2021

Florida Public Relations Association 2021

Sarasota Chamber of Commerce 2021

Manatee County Chamber of Commerce 2021

Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance 2021

Manatee Chamber of Commerce

Manatee Chamber of Commerce

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Cat Depot works daily to rescue abandoned, abused, injured, relinquished, and free roaming community/feral cats and kittens. In 2016, Cat Depot rescued 1,532 felines and assisted with both local and national rescues. The ultimate goal is that no cat would need us, but until then, we strive to improve the lives of cats in need.

Our adoption center works to find a good match and loving home for every cat. Dedicated efforts have resulted in increased adoption numbers every year for the last five years. In 2016, we placed 1,419 cats and kittens in loving homes.

Our Community Cat Program works to educate the public about free-roaming cats, to supply food for community cats and personal pets, to offer resources for free and low-cost medical care so every cat in need of a vet can get the help they need, and with a TNVR (Trap – Neuter – Vaccinate – Return) program.

In 2016, the Community Cat Food Bank distributed more than 21,200 lbs of dry food and 10,000 cans of wet food to cat colonies and low-income families. We fed an average of 240 personal pets and 500 community cats per month. One of our goals is to keep the shelves stocked and to be able to keep helping those who need it the most.

Accomplishments in 2016

1. Rescued 1,532 homeless cats and kittens and placed 1,419 into loving homes.

2. Worked with local animal welfare groups and Sarasota County Animal Services to increase adoptions and decrease euthanasia.

3. Community Cat Program:
- Community Food Bank distributed over 21,200 lbs. of dry food and 10,000 cans of wet food to those supporting feral cats and those who are in need of cat food for their personal pets in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. We helped feed 240 personal pets and over 500 community cats per month.
- Loaned traps to individuals and animal welfare organizations to capture injured cats and colony cats for sterilization.

- Grants awarded to spay/neuter 1,016 community cats and personal pets.

4. Operated a Cat Care Clinic providing low-cost veterinary services to people who are unable to afford traditional veterinary care for their pets.

5. Continued Cat Depot Emergency Response Team (CDERT) efforts with partner American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), along with Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), and Best Friends Animal Society.

6. Rescued cats from local hoarding and animal abuse cases. We provided medical care, food, and love to help the cats heal so they could find loving homes.

7. 529 volunteers contributed over 22,000 hours of their time at Cat Depot, and 165 fosters contributed over 33,000 hours caring for cats in need.

8. Hosted several educational events including a Pet CPR/First Aid Class, two Florida State Animal Response Coalition training classes, and cat behavior classes by local veterinarians.

Financials

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Operations

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Cat Depot

Board of directors
as of 10/2/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ken Slavin

retired

Term: 2003 - 2025

Michael Siegel

Shutts & Bowen LLP

Linda Slavin

Retired

Ken Slavin

Retired

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/02/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/02/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.