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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

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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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