Cat's Cradle of Greater Richmond, Inc.
P.O. Box 70040
Richmond VA 23255-0040
Mission Statement

Cat’s Cradle of Greater Richmond is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, all-volunteer organization committed to rescuing and adopting cats and kittens from euthanizing shelters and situations of neglect and abuse, regardless of pedigree, age, physical condition or aesthetic appeal.

CEO/Executive Director Ms. Sue Vesely
Board Chair Ms. Sue Vesely
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 70040
Richmond, VA 232550040
Telephone 804 798-6599
Fax 804 798-6599
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2005
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $25,000.00
Projected Expenses $24,500.00

Cat’s Cradle of Greater Richmond is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, all-volunteer organization committed to rescuing and adopting cats and kittens from euthanizing shelters and situations of neglect and abuse, regardless of pedigree, age, physical condition or aesthetic appeal.

In 2015 we rescued and placed approximately 80 cats and kittens from local euthanizing shelters (Henrico County, City of Richmond, King William, Amelia County) and situations of neglect. In 2015 we rescued Lt. Dan from the grounds of correctional facility. Dan had been attacked by a predator and had lost portions of his back legs. We placed this extreme special needs cat in foster care and have been monitoring his health with plans to provide him with prosthetic limbs. Throughout the year our Director of Rescue and Adoption has been featured on WTVR's Paws for Pets with Mike Goldberg, who himself, adopted one of our rescued kitties in December.
Our goals for 2016 includes providing Lt. Dan with surgery and prosthetic limbs, continue to pull at risk cats and kittens from local euthanizing shelters, continue to partner with like-minded rescue groups such as CARE and Richardson Rescue RVA to help as many felines find safety.
1) Monetary support - we depend entirely on donations to survive. Any dollar amount is greatly appreciated.
2) Foster homes  - especially for cats and kittens coming directly from kill shelters. These animals need to be in foster care for 2-3 weeks before coming to the Adoption Center.
 3) Donations of cat food, cat litter and litter boxes, cat furniture, and cat toys for our Adoption Center.
4) Volunteers to help man our Adoption Center which involves cleaning cages, playing with the cats and interacting with the public on behalf of Cat's Cradle.
Background Since its inception in 2005 Cat's Cradle has continued to strive to assist local communities and pounds manage the unwanted pet population. While we often rescue strays, abandoned and abused felines, our mission is pound rescue with a focus on special needs cats ... those with diseases, advanced age, or deformities that result in their being passed over by other groups or potential adopters. In 2016 we passed the 1500 mark for number of rescues.
CEO Statement We wish to emphasize that close to 100% of donations received by Cat's Cradle are used to pay for veterinary expenses. Though we are a tiny organization, our volunteers believe in paying most administrative costs such as stamps, envelopes, website fees, etc., out of pocket.
Board Chair Statement
The greatest success of our group is the number of happy endings that have come about from our rescue effort. Over 1500 cats and kittens who were facing homelessness, abuse and even death, were placed in permanent loving homes since our founding in 2005. We rigorously screen each adopter and feel good about every adoption!
Our greatest challenges are lack of money to support our mission, and lack of foster homes to provide shelter for our rescues. No money and/or no foster space means we have to say "NO" to the animals who desperately need to be pulled into safety. It is a heartbreaking reality we struggle with every day. However, with enough monetary support and enough available foster space we can say "YES" more often.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Tri-cities Region
Richmond, City
Amelia County
Chesterfield County
Goochland County
Henrico County
Cat's Cradle of Greater Richmond, Inc., rescues from Henrico Animal Control, Amelia County, and The City of Richmond Animal Control as well as pounds from surrounding counties such as Chesterfield, Goochland, and King Willliam.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Sue Vesely
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Feb 2017 to Feb 2020
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mrs. Tracy Harris Bernabo Community Volunteer
Mr. Russell Paul Bernabo Community Volunteer
Mrs. Kathy Bluford Community Volunteer
Ms. Sue Vesely Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
The small size of our board makes communication very easy and effective. However, it is challenging on occasion to tackle fund raising efforts with so few board members.
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Sue Vesely
Volunteers 10
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Description Whole Lotta Love is a special program dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, and finding permanent homes for the many special needs kitties who are abandoned in local kill shelters. Not only are they homeless, these cats and kittens are additional disadvantaged, left to suffer in pain, rejection, loneliness, fear, and despair just because they are perceived as imperfect. We at Cat's Cradle cannot leave them behind and believe they need a Whole Lotta Love.
Budget $5,000.00
CEO/ED/Board Comments

The felines in this program are particularly challenging simply because they can be costly both in terms of money and foster space. They often have conditions that take time, surgery, medication, and extra veterinary attention to manage. They also take longer than most cats to place. Cats in this program include:

-Elderly cats.
- Cats and kittens with physical deformities, disabilities, blindness, deafness, and other impairments.
- Cats and kittens with chronic but treatable illnesses.
- FIV+ Cats and kittens.
- Black kitties of all ages who suffer abuse, neglect and unfair discrimination due to the color of their fur.
As part of our Whole Lotta Love Program, Cat’s Cradle provides counseling, in-home visits, custom literature, and special adoption fees. We feel this combination of extra support encourages would-be adopters to consider choosing a special needs cat.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $25,000.00
Projected Expenses $24,500.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$34,701$28,100$37,323
Administration Expense$701$325$439
Fundraising Expense$0$0--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.041.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses98%99%99%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$8,298$8,290$7,137
Current Assets$8,298$8,290$7,137
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$0$0--
Total Net Assets$8,298$8,290$7,137
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2017View
Foundation Comments
  • Form 990s prepared by Russell Bernabo, Board President.