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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Our mission is to reduce the need to shelter homeless cats by educating and supporting the public in matters of feline care, behavior, and husbandry, and to provide shelter for homeless cats until good homes are found for them.

Target demographics: homeless, abandoned, orphaned and injured cats

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,532 homeless cats and kittens rescued and 1,419 placed into loving homes

Geographic areas served: Sarasota, Florida

Programs: rescue, adoption, education and resources.

Community Stories

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 1

I have been bringing my cat to the clinic for several year to get a lion cut. He gets knots SO bad it hurts him. The clinic would have to sedate him a couple times of year to do this procedure. He loves it when he is shaved and makes him feel SO good. So as of today, the clinic is calling it grooming and no longer will do it. WELL, I am extremely disappointed because I can not take him to a groomer because they don't sedate them. This just breaks my heart.... SO much for caring about my CAT!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

This place was so wonderful in the begining. ESPESICALLY the clinic. Now it seems they have no vet or care to get one. ...I guess adopting cats are more important than the spay and neuter clinic. When Shelley ran this place it was 100 percent better ...I'm concerned on the Focus of number of adoptions. If you aren't doing thorough adoptions the cat's may end up as they were to begin with !(homeless). Everytime I call the clinic they are never open .What was a valuable community asset... is Now just selling cat's that are free on every corner of every street in America.. I have been a client of this place 5 yrs and feel I know enough to write this review. Seems lots of good employees left and That speaks very loud as well.

Jill A. R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's an amazing place to volunteer, and an amazing place to be a cat! (-:

1 Linda H.8

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love my Macgregor who I adopted. He has been a wonderful addition to the family love cat depot and what they do to help these little critters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This no-kill shelter* is amazing! I have volunteered there for four years now and would recommend it to anyone.

*does not put down healthy cats

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cat Depot is the best shelter for cats hands down. The cat and kitten care is priority number one and the staff and volunteers make sure that visitors understand this fact. I am a volunteer and love to be with the cats. My cat, Kiti, was at Cat Depot and she picked me as her human. The adoption counselor made sure I understood what was involved with adopting my cat. Love, love this place.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cat Depot is the best! My husband and I adopted our cat, Stella, from cat depot and we had the best experience! The staff was so kind and helpful and all the cat rooms are always clean and well kept. After we got our cat we have stopped by several times just to visit and to donate food because we love it so much.

Terrie L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The best PEOPLE for Humans and the Fur-babies, truly kind staff!
It is ALWAYS sparkling clean in the Cat Room, Waiting rooms, Shop & even the Bathrooms!
The best part is their SERVICE to others! The programs are WONDERFUL for ALL our kitties and their owners pocket too.
I used Cat Depot to Neuter & Spay all 3 of my Fur-kids and I support all they do!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i'm an experienced cat owner, and i visited the cat depot for the first and second time last week. i was blown away! this is a model for human kindness and responsibility. the place is clean as a whistle, the bedding is laundry fresh, the litter is new, etc. the cats are not stressed, they get along with each other, spent about 3 hours there and didn't see a single fight or spat. i saw several cats sleeping together in the many cubby holes that are provided. every room is clean, air conditioned with a big flat screen tv with a virtual fish tank! not to mention the climbing apparatus, toys, and free access to the outdoors through a pass through door. the staff is very friendly and accommodating. they left me alone to tour the facility as i wished, but they also checked in once in a while to see how things were going. if a kitty doesn't have a home, this is the next best option. couldn't recommend it more highly. 10 stars out of 5.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had to put down my loving cat Henry and I felt so bad I went to the Cat Depot with the intention of adopting an other cat. I had an other cat at home named George and I knew he would be lonesome. There he was a gray tabby named "Arrow" I adopted him and driving home he never made a peep. George was not to happy about this new kitty and so I kept them separated for several days. They met at a sliding glass door and little by little they became friends. However it is Arrow who rules the roost. George does not seem to mind as he is so easy going. I changed Arrow's name to Frankie. See latest photo. attached.
I found the Cat Depot a perfectly lovely and caring place and so many caring volunteers doing an excellent in every way.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cat Depot is the best animal shelter that I have ever seen. I have never seen another like it anywhere else in the US and I have seen many. It is very clean and the staff are very hardworking. It is unique in that cats are separated into large pods (rooms) depending on their age, dispositions, etc. and visitors/volunteers are able to interact with the kitties for hours on end. The staff and volunteers really love the cats and go out of their way to match cats with loving families. I love it! Go there...you will love it, too!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

First off, I have never met so many rude people in one place. The staff is full of themselves and curt. Volunteers were better. I volunteer at a shelter n if ANYONE(staff or volunteer) ever acted this way, they would be reprimanded.
I am also EXTREMELY disappointed in this so called nonprofit. Selling, their words not mine, kittens from a feral colony, claiming they are Siamese and charging 300.00 is not only a rip off but unethical. Once you start asking questions the back pedaling starts and you get some "corrections" and excuses. Will not budge on the price though.
I get why they need this, cuz there were so many staff just standing around, salaries must be thru the roof.
I have financially supported this place but that's stops now and will tell everyone I know.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Cat Depot for over five years, since I attended the Grand Opening of their new facility, I was amazed when I first saw the shelter. Everything about it is first class, including the founders, staff and volunteers. I adopted one of my two cats from Cat Depot!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

The Cat Depot is what every animal organizations should strive to be. It is a fun place that provides much needed care , adoption services, and education. Volunteering, or just visiting, provides a great opportunity to socialize with the cats and assist them on their road to finding forever homes. A very worth cause that should not be missed.

3 Michele103

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cat Depot is the "Cat's Whiskers" of adoption centers. The cats are loved and cherished by staff and volunteers and visitors. It is such a happy place that you can't leave without a smile on your face.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Cat Depot for over 5 years. Everyday there is a new adventure with the cats. Not only do I love them all, but they all love me back (some in their own way, but that's OK)! I laugh at their antics and their purring and I always am looking for new ways to play with them. I have been a foster mother (with and without Momma cat) and adopted 3 sibling kittens. Whenever I get just a little bored I head over to Cat Depot for laughs and laughs. Being open 7 days a week is just great! And now, sometimes I feel as though I live there!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Come visit the Cat Depot and you will see for yourself why this is a special place. The facility is so cat friendly and the staff and volunteers are so warm and caring that even if a cat were never adopted this would be a great place to live out its life.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

In working with Cat Depot as both an advisor and a volunteer, I have seen first hand the incredible service and care that is not only given to the cats in the shelter, but to the staff, volunteers and community. Their adoption facility, education, and continued efforts to control the feline population in the community are just a few of the finer points of the organization. I have adopted two cats from them and have an outstanding experience both times.

4 Nancy223

Advisor

Rating: 5

Cat Depot continually exceeds expectations as a no kill cat shelter. Their outreach to the community, education of the public and dedication to healthy cats, happy homes and continued good work, all with a joyful attitude, abounds.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Fantastic facility. Wonderful staff and volunteers

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Cat Depot is nothing like you'd imagine an animal shelter. You'd think a place with that many cats would smell but it's really clean. There are cats everywhere. They cats live in large rooms with furniture where you can hang out with them even if you can't take one home. And they do cat agility to keep the "guests" entertained.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This place is amazing. They really encourage the public to come in to play and pat the cats. This no-kill shelter saves over 1000 cats per year. Each pod is set up with TVs and cat furniture, and the volunteers and staff are so friendly. Certainly worth coming in for a visit.

Jodie_M

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have fostered for Cat Depot MANY times and I have volunteered at their events over the years. I have found that everyone in this organization has a true and strong sense of love and compassion for cats and they go above and beyond to ensure the safety and happiness of all cats they come into contact with. From providing medical care to arranging volunteers to help bring kittens to foster homes and working diligently with the community at all times to maximize opportunities to get people involved, Cat Depot is cutting edge and just a blessing to cat and the Sarasota community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cat Depot is a phenomenal cat rescue organization. As an event volunteer and foster parent, I have worked closely with many members of the staff and have found everyone to be the type of person to go above and beyond in order to accomplish their mission of saving the lives of kitties. The facility itself is amazing: clean, cat friendly, and people friendly. Cat Depot is a role model for other rescue organizations and communities to follow.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the most wonderful animal care facility in Sarasota. The volunteers are pleasant and helpful, the pods are clean, and the cats are content. They offer spay and neuter services at reduced prices to clients in local zip codes. CD has recently opened a clinic which is open to the public for numerous other services, and they run a food bank for individuals needing assistance feeding their pets. There is never any pressure to adopt; you feel welcome to visit because the staff genuinely wants you to just socialize and interact with the cats. My children have attended their summer Critter Camp, and we have adopted two cats from CD. I would not hesitate to recommend this organization to anyone looking to adopt a cat or kitten, or anyone who just wants to spend a couple hours with feline friends.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

If you are ever in the Sarasota Florida area and need a "cat-fix," stop by Cat Depot. The staff is great and the cats soooo well taken care of. My kids have gone to their summer Critter Camp for a few years now, and we have adopted two cats from this no-kill shelter. Cat Depot offers education and volunteer opportunities, and participates in community outreach and rescue operations, as well as fulfilling their primary role of sheltering, fostering, and adopting homeless cats. Plan to stay at least an hour. It won't be difficult to leave, because you'll realize the cats are in such good hands, but for certain you'll want to come back. This is truly one of the best pet organizations I've ever visited.
T. Parrott

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We just moved here from New York. We had heard about Cat Depot from our Daughter who had moved to Sarasota last October. She fosters kittens and pregnet cats for them..
When we visited the Cat Depot for the first time we were blown away. I've been to no kill shelters before but nothing like this. It had been built with only the cats welfare in mind. They even have flat screen TV's in their areas. We adopted two cats ASAP. One a beautiful snowshoe Siamese male kitten and a two year old tuxedo female. Both were healthy, clean cats-well taken care of. After that I joined the volunteer staff. I can say that the staff and volunteers are the most dedicated group of people regarding cat and animal welfare I have ever met. The facility should be a model for all facility's in the nation.
If you are looking for a pet for the first time or to replace a beloved pet that's passed on then please consider Cat Depot. If you a looking to donate money, time or supplies then please do so. You won't regret it...

Carolyn81

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are no reviews to do The Cat Depot justice...it serves the community, helps cats with any and all issues they need, gives back in so many ways and warms the heart beyond words. I haven't been able to do much due to family illness and deaths but just going into The Depot and spending 30-40 minutes with the cats puts my mind and senses where peace can return. Hopefully within a few months I will be able to spend some valuable time helping, but at least I know the mission behind The Cat Depot is one that the folks there should be very proud of because I am proud talking about it to others and my sharing has found a couple of new homes for the kitties. Thank you each and every one that has given hope to these cats that they would not have had without you.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cat Depot is a state of the art cat shelter staffed by very caring individuals and volunteers. The well being of each cat is of upmost importance. I get great joy in playing with these beautiful felines, and I know they enjoy it too. I am proud to be a part of this most worthy organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering a little over a year ago at Cat Depot and can't tell you how much I enjoy the experience. I have been retired a liitle over two years from my duties as a registered nurse. Getting somewhat bored and being an animal lover I went into Cat Depot and was amazed. A most excellent facility with dedicated staff who really enjoy helping cats and the community. Have met many lovely volunteers from all walks of life who readily help out wherever needed. It is just a very great place

Stop by and visit .Who knows, you might want to volunteer also.

CJ Englerth

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for almost a year now. When we moved to Sarasota, I bought in some towels that I had used to wrap breakable things in. I spoke to the woman at the front desk who told me to look around. I was immediately hooked! A no-kill shelter with free roam pods, spotless and no smell-nothing like the shelters in NJ where we always got our pets from. I went to the first available volunteer orientation and now feel so lucky to be a part of this wonderful organization. The cats are loved and well cared for and the volunteers are greatly appreciated. Thank you, Cat Depot, for all that you do for the cats.

Gail P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Cat Depo for several years. More so when I worked nearby. I also have taken a few stray cats that I found by my home to Cat Depo. They were great with these cats and helped acclimate them to their surroundings. It was not long after they arrived that they found their forever homes with caring humans.

This organization is well managed and really cares about the health and welfare of all the cats and kittens that pass through their door. The volunteers are dedicated animal lovers and it shows in the cleanliness of the facility and the happiness of the kitties. I would rate this charity a 10 star but since only 5 stars are allowed then definitely a five star

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I discovered the Cat Depot by accident! I was looking for a humane trap to catch a feral cat. I saw the old facility and then when they moved to the new building, I decided to check it out.
What an amazing place! I tell everyone about it and encourage them to go and see it & volunteer if they can. The staff and volunteers are incredible. I have not seen such dedication, caring and enthusiasm anywhere else! If there is a call for volunteers to go to storm stricken areas - they step up to the plate. They continue to receive accolades form everyone. I cannot praise them enough.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cat Depot is an amazing state-of-the-art cat shelter. Cats live in free-roaming, immaculate pods where they receive stimulation and love from volunteers and the best of loving care from staff. I have volunteered at other shelters... none can even begin to compare with this awesome shelter. The cats who live at Cat Depot while awaiting their forever homes are lucky, indeed.
A Caring Volunteer and Donor

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered at animal shelters all over the U.S., and Cat Depot is one of the best. The most important thing is that the cats are well cared for by a knowledgeable staff. If I were looking to adopt a cat, I'd be heading over to Cat Depot!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Cat Depot for over a year. It is a wonderful organization. I have never seen any place like it. I get a chance to help get the cats adopted, by socializing with them. I also have met some wonderful & caring people there. When I get home to my own boys, 2 cats & a dog, I honestly appreciate them so much.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had heard about Cat Depot in 2012 and went with my husband to check it out. I was so impressed, I signed up to volunteer. They not only do a great job in caring for and adopting out their kitties, but do a lot of educational programs that benefit not only their volunteers, but the community. They also do work within the community to help feral cats and offer a food bank monthly to help feed low income and homeless kitties. They are aways looking for new ways to help and promote cats and their causes.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first found out about Cat Depot about 9 years ago when I decided to add a cat to our family of two dogs. Even though I am almost two hours drive from them, I found that the drive was worth the peace of mind in adopting the right cat. Needless to say this adoption worked out very well! In time I became a Volunteer & started out by socializing the cats. Eventually, I became a foster mom. We have had several cats who were very shy & withdrawn. One of our foster cats even came from an abusive situation. That was new to us, but Cat Depot we always there for us, helping to guide us along the way. I am proud to say that each cat we have fostered was adopted with in 4 - 6 weeks after returning to Cat Depot. Their fostering program is terrific! As well as their educational programs. No matter what you go to them about, EVERYONE there is extremely concerned, helpful, loving, caring, etc, etc. Their primary concern is for the cats well being. I can't list enough wonderful adjectives to describe them. Stop by & visit with them. You will see for yourself that it is as wonderful as I have described.

1 Cindy87

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our Choupette from them. They were so kind and helped me so much as my 15 yr old cat had just died. Their animals are clean and healthy as is the facility. We'll be getting all of our cats in our life time there. They even went out of there way to bring in the vet when a mistake was made about when the vet would be there for shots. That was so sweet and they didn't have to !!!!!!
They are the BEST !!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering here for more than a year and I am so pleased with the education and training provided to the community and the volunteers. I have learned so much and I am a more confident and capable ambassador because of it. I find true joy in working with cats who need a little help getting ready to meet their forever families in a place that deeply values each and every one of them. All the staff is focused on the animals' welfare from the strict adoption standards to the loving veterinary care they receive. It is a place of celebration for cats and the people who love them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cat Depot is the envy of all other shelters with its wonderful care for all cats, its open pods, its wonderful staff and volunteers and the fact that it is a no-kill shelter. When one of my cats died almost a year ago at 19, I called this shelter and talked with a counselor about my inability to choose just one cat. My surviving cat was 12 at the time. I wanted a black cat. She told me about one young cat they called Charlie. I went in the next day and her advice was perfect. He is now known as Jeter and he is wonderful and loves my other cat. If I could have more cats I would be running right back there. I have never seen such a loved and cared for facility. I remember a cat sneezed in another pod and a volunteer came running to wipe his nose...and that's more than anyone does for most humans!

Dana29

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a terrific place for cats! I wish we had an open pod facility in Tampa too. Such a great environment for animals, and they really work to place all of their cats, not just the kittens. They provide great information through their Facebook page to keep people informed and involved in their foster & adoption programs too.

Jackie18

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization has gone above and beyond the call of duty. The place is immaculate and the cats live in pods fit for kings. They work so hard to ensure the happiness, health and general well-being of their animals and always do a great job of interacting with the public. The hold informative classes and amazing community drives for the kitties!

Heidi31

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cat Depot is amazing. The facilites are clean, bright and provide cats of all ages with a safe and happy environment. We adopted 2 kittens in June and I want to go back and train to be a volunteer when I get a chance. This is a shelter that is a pleasure to visit. And they have a wonderful gift shop.

Amy_92

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cat Depot is the best rescue organization I've ever had the pleasure of dealing with. Where else do cats get to watch flat screen TV's, enjoy time inside or out on their own "catios", have custom-made palm trees for climbing, and have visitors come simply to play and cuddle seven days a week? The quality of care the cats receive is beyond anything I've ever seen in a shelter. The dedication of all the staff and volunteers is remarkable. I'm very proud to be a foster parent and volunteer associated with this organization. If I could give ten stars, I would!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cat Depot is the best cat shelter I have ever seen! Amazingly beautiful and clean, and they even welcome visitors 7 days a week. The staff is extremely friendly and welcoming. You just have to check out all those adorable cats and kittens. How could ever decide on just ONE!?

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cat Depot is the most phenomenal animal shelter I have ever visited. The facility houses the cats in an upscale environment, keeping the cats needs as their top priority. Professional and clean.