Cat Depot

Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Community
  • Disaster Relief


2542 17th StreetSarasota, FL 34234 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

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


Cat Depot is the largest feline animal shelter in Sarasota, Florida. Since opening to the public in 2004, we have housed and cared for over 3,500 cats, finding homes for over 2,000. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization.

What makes cat depot unique :

  • We are a no-kill facility.
  • We give individualized care for cats until they are adopted.
  • We provide large free-roaming enclosures for many of the cats in our care.
  • We help protect the rights of abused animals.

Cat Depot...

  • rescues abandoned, abused, injured and relinquished cats
  • locates homes for rescued kittens/cats
  • assists citizens in the trapping and neutering of stray and feral cats
  • socializes feral kittens so they can be domesticated
  • provides resources to pet owners who need assistance caring for the needs of their pet
  • assists pet owners in finding low-cost spay-and-neuter resources


Would you recommend Cat Depot?
9 reviews Write a review
by Janet C. (May 16, 2017)
I have visited Cat Depot several times for lectures. While there I have observed the careful attention that is given to each kitten/cat in their facility. The facility is very clean and well maintained. The staff is devoted to the kittens/cats in their care and it shows and they work diligently to find "furever" homes for them. I would highly recommend this facility to anyone looking for a kitten/cat.
by Elizabeth B. (May 16, 2017)
I love volunteering as a Cat Socializer at Cat Depot. This is a wonderful organization and a gorgeous facility that is very well run. Cat Depot is a no kill shelter where the staff works hard to find good homes - and the right homes - for cats and kittens.
by Debbie H. (May 15, 2017)
I have worked as a foster home for Cat Depot for the past year. As a volunteer in cat rescue for the past 25 years, I have worked with several organizations. NO ONE works harder than Cat Depot to make sure the cats adopted are healthy. The support received from medical staff for foster homes, (even after hours), is incredible. You are not on your own if a foster cat gets sick. It is truly a wonderful place to volunteer or adopt a cat.
by Jeff G. from Sarasota, FL (May 15, 2017)
Cat Depot is a fun place to volunteer. You can do as much or as little as you want. The schedule is very flexible. Also, it is a nice clean place to volunteer.
by Peggy R. (May 15, 2017)
The cat Depot really cares about its volunteers. It is a nice clean place to work and often times they have treats or free items that are available to volunteers and staff alike. It is Well organized with specific responsibilities for each position. You can do as much or as little as you would like. There are always new opportunities,Classes and training that you can participate in. it is a pleasant place to volunteer and the cats need extra help.
by Kristine Z. (May 15, 2017)
We have been volunteering at the Cat Depot for just over two years. Due to our work schedule, we cannot have our own kitty, so when we are available, we foster kittens. The staff at the Cat Depot got us started with a short but very helpful training and from there, we have successfully fostered 11 kittens. The experience has been amazing, we have had so much fun working with the kittens and although it is always hard to say goodbye to them, we know that the Cat Depot staff will ensure good forever homes for them. This is a very good organization and we are happy to be a part of it.
by Renee H. (May 15, 2017)
If I were a homeless kitty, Cat Depot is where I would want to be before I found my forever family. The facility is amazing. Resident pods are clean, open and airy with all needs - & some wants - of a cat taken into consideration. Staff are kind, knowledgeable & committed to finding each & every cat not just A home but the RIGHT home. They are also readily available to volunteers with questions or to address issues as they arise. I volunteer as a cat socializer & look forward to every shift.
by Michelle W. (May 15, 2017)
Cat Depot is a great organization. The staff are incredibly friendly and they do everything they can to guarantee the highest quality of life for the cats they help.
by Andrea G. (May 15, 2017)
Cat Depot is a great organization. Volunteered for over a year and will again when I have the time. They are dedicated to saving the lives of cats needing homes. Totally mission oriented. The staff is great, the facility is top-notch, and volunteering is very rewarding. I worked at the front-desk. Would recommend that position for someone people oriented. Very satisfying.

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