Who We Are

DART was founded in 2020 in Manatee County after learning about the challenges with the overpopulation of feral and stray community cats as well as the plight for exotic ex-pets.  We are an all-volunteer animal welfare organization dedicated to rescuing stray, feral and surrendered domestic cats, exotic small pets such as lemurs, kinkajous, marmosets, coatimundi and other small mammals. By working with a network of zoo's, private owners, zoo staff, volunteer advocates, foster caregivers, local veterinarians, trainers and other animal shelters, DART strives to rescue animals and provide these animals with behavioral rehabilitation and care as follows:

Prosimians

 

We provide permanent homes to prosimian species and other small exotic ex-pets. Exotic pets will receive behavioral training and other rehabilitative care to reduce stress, anxiety and to combat a variety of compulsive behaviors caused by insufficient care and understanding of behavioral, nutritional and physical care for these types of animals. We provide over-sized natural enclosures for the animals in our care. We advocate for collaboration between zoo's, private owners and animal sanctuaries in order to address needs for individual animals and to enhance their quality of life in any situation. We want to be the organization that builds bridges between all types of people and organizations for the sake of the welfare of the animals. We do not get into politics of any topic related to exotic animal ownership and want to be there for the animals that need us and quite frankly don't have time for that type of stuff. We do however completely support efforts to conserve animals in their native countries. 

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Other Exotic Pets

 

On a case by case basis we will provide permanent homes to other small exotic pets if we are able to determine that we can give them a good home with superior care. Depending on the situation we may also help the community with placing exotic pets up for adoption if the pet is better off in a private home.   

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Cats

We provide permanent or temporary homes for cats. If we are able to rehabilitate and train the cats, we try to place them into permanent and loving homes. We understand the need for partnership with local shelters and other animal rescue organizations in order to address the plight for homeless, stray and feral cats.  We provide homes for feral cats and make every attempt to rehabilitate cats and place them in a loving home. Cats that are not able to be rehabilitated will have a permanent home at DART with limited space availability. Priority is given to cats that are in danger out in the field and animals on the shelter euthanasia list due to behavioral issues or special needs.  

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