The Community Foundation of Sarasota County recently awarded Animal Rescue Coalition (ARC) a $4,000 grant to assist in the purchase software that will enable the organization to implement a new donor management system. Funding for the software was provided, in part, by the Walter Haskins Fund in memory of Stacey K. Haskins of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.
“We’re very grateful to be awarded this formidable grant,” says Gisele Pintchuck, executive director of Animal Rescue Coalition. "These funds will allow us to efficiently record and manage donor gifts that are so vital to our core mission, which is to reduce cat and dog overpopulation in Sarasota and Manatee counties through several vital programs and initiatives.”
ARC was founded in 1998 by Ira Barsky and Ed Sarbey when they brought together leaders from local animal welfare organizations and Sarasota County Animal Services to develop a plan to reduce pet overpopulation and end the euthanization of adoptable dogs and cats in the area. ARC’s mobile spay/neuter clinic, a state-of-the-art surgical facility staffed by a veterinarian and two veterinary technicians, travels to multiple locations throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties four days a week. Since 2002, ACR has spayed and neutered more than 35,000 dogs and cats.
ARC also initiated a Feral Cat Program, which practices trap-neuter-release (TNR), a proven method of stabilizing feral cat populations and keeping feral cats out of the shelter system where they would most likely be euthanized. Since its inception, ARC's feral cat program has spayed or neutered more than 6,000 feral cats.
ARC also established an Emergency Medical Fund, which, in partnership with Bay Road Animal Hospital, provides the necessary medicine and supplies needed to treat injured and stray animals and find them loving homes. The fund has served more than 2,400 animals since its inception in 2003.
"While it's rewarding to know how many innocent animals have been saved by our programs, there is still so much more work to do," says Pintchuck. "We all look forward to the day when the rate of euthanasia in Sarasota and Manatee counties can reach the lowest acceptable level possible.”