Welcome to Sarasota in Defense of Animals.

Unwavering loyalty and dedication, Since 1989 SDA has helped the animal victims of cruelty, neglect, sickness and abandonment.

SDA is proud of its accomplishments and the establishment of not only a credible reputation for protection of animals in Florida, but nationally as well.

Happy Holidays

This holiday season marks the end of an era with our leader, Elise Matthes, stepping down after 33 years at SDA and a new beginning with Dr. Jaqlyn Jacobs at the helm.

Jaqlyn & her fiancé, David Hammersley, purchased Elise's property in August where the SDA animal sanctuary is located and is still home to 77 animals. Jaqlyn & David plan to continue running the sanctuary at that location. A transition period began in August with a renewed energy level that will allow SDA to thrive & even grow.

Of course the challenges ahead also depend on YOU and a continuation of YOUR loyal support. YOUR generous donations have enabled SDA to save the lives of thousands of homeless animals during Elise's 33 year tenure and she has great faith and trust that YOU will help Jaqlyn & David rescue even more animals.

SDA'S Secret Santa is again offering to MATCH your gifts up to $5,000. Please embrace the true spirit of the season with a generous donation.

Thank you on behalf of the animals at the SDA sanctuary.

Elise M. Matthes

Matching Donation CLICK HERE

Have you had a bad experience purchasing a pet from Petland, Puppytown, or another retail pet store in Sarasota?

Please read the following and speak out about your experience!

We may be able to tell you exactly where your puppy came from. Remember, no matter what they tell you, ALL pet stores buy from puppy mills.

Retail pet stores often knowingly sell animals with preexisting health problems stemming from inhumane conditions. The buyers are then stuck paying for unexpected medical bills and many animals suffer needlessly from this practice. This is an acknowledged problem, and 9 other cities in alone Florida have already banned retail pet sales, with 35 cities banning the practice nation-wide.

For these reasons, the Sarasota County Board of Commissioners is currently reviewing an ordinance that would ban retail pet sales in Sarasota County while still allowing adoptions. This issue has become HOTLY contested, and the Board plans to revisit the issue in early 2014, pending further investigation.

To convince the Board that this dishonest and inhumane practice needs to be banned, we are currently collecting stories of people's negative experiences purchasing pets through retail sellers in Sarasota.

We ask that you share your story by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please include as much detail as you are comfortable with, such as rough dates, costs, photographs, and personal outcomes.

Please forward this email to anyone you think may have an opinion on this or a story to share.

Help us stop this dishonest and inhumane business practice by convincing the Board to ban it in Sarasota!

For more information on retail pets sales and puppy mills, please visit:  http://www.prisonersofgreed.org/


We Need Your Help!

The Sarasota in Defense of Animals (SDA) sanctuary with 385 resident animals is in jeopardy of closing!!!The Sarasota in Defense of Animals (SDA) sanctuary with 385 resident animals is in jeopardy of closing!!!

Click here to watch the news story featured on TBO.com

Click here for the Sarasota Herald Tribune Article.

These are hard times for people and for animals. Finances for all non-profits are bleak and this is certainly true for SDA. We have made deep cuts in our budget and are doing all we can to survive in this recession.

We appreciate your monetary support and have great faith and trust that we can continue to provide the necessary care for our 400 precious animals.

Sarasota SDA PLEASE help SDA help our animals by making a contribution PLEASE help SDA help our animals by making a contribution on our website or by mail to SDA, PO Box 15653, Sarasota, FL, 34277-1653. SDA is registered with the IRS as a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, ID No. 65-0124076.

SDA is a corporation organized under the laws of the State of Florida, filed on June 29, 1989 and the document number of the corporation is N33042 and has complied with the registration requirement of Chapter 496, Florida Statutes, the Solicitation of Contributions Act. All contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the State. Registration #SC-07264.