As you can see, the current design is low quality. We want to keep the concept of a cat wearing a scarf, so that we can play-on calling the organization "SCARF" for short. We are not married to the current color scheme. This is a nonprofit geared towards emanating feelings of compassion, hope, love, safety, rescue, etc. With a bit of playfulness since animals are playful and fun. Black and red do not really create those feelings. The goal is to stand out and not blend into the low quality design that can encompass the nonprofit world.
For an example of a brand in the same space that has done a great job with their branding and scaling, you can check out: http://www.bestfriends.org/
I would like the design to have both modern and classic feels, not too abstract, but not boring either. Professional, but attractive. The goal is to build a brand that is a force for animals, not stay small and local.
Please let me know if there is anything you would like to clarify before beginning the design process.