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OCCUPAWS GUIDE DOG ASSOCIATION Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 03/31/2014: OCCUPAWS GUIDE DOG ASSOCIATION

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: OCCUPAWS GUIDE DOG ASSOCIATION

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AKA  OccuPaws Guide Dog Association
Madison, WI
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OCCUPAWS GUIDE DOG ASSOCIATION Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 03/31/2014: OCCUPAWS GUIDE DOG ASSOCIATION

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: OCCUPAWS GUIDE DOG ASSOCIATION

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Also Known As: OccuPaws Guide Dog Association
Physical Address: Madison, WI 53744 
EIN: 20-5172386
Web URL: www.occupaws.org 
Blog URL: occupaws.blogspot.com/ 
NTEE Category: P Human Services
P86 Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services
P Human Services
P20 Human Service Organizations
D Animal related
D20 Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs)
Ruling Year: 2006 
How This Organization Is Funded: Fund Raisers - $25,000
Individual donations - $30,000
Grants - $40,000


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Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide the highest quality guide dogs to Wisconsin's visually impaired adults and children at no charge.

Legitimacy Information

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Annual Revenue & Expenses

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2013
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2013

Total Revenue $111,977
Total Expenses $101,843

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Leadership

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Barbara Schultze

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Worked at VA Hospital counseling veteran's regarding surgury, heart-lung technician, later was a planner-buyer for major optical company.

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Yes
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Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?
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Programs

Program: Guide Dog Placement (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$80,000
Category:
Human Services
Population Served:
Adults

Program Description:

We provide guide dogs to Wisconsin's Visually Impaired at no cost to the client.

Program Long-Term Success:

We have placed 9 guide dog teams to date with 2 additional placements in progress

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Program: Children's Visual Mobility Dog (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$20,000
Category:
Youth Development
Population Served:
Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Program Description:

We provide children's mobility assistance dogs to Wisconsin's visually impaired children.  While not guide dogs (parent must control the dog) it provides a unique, innovative and fulfilling means of travel to blind and low vision children.

Program Long-Term Success:

We have placed 8 parent-dog-child teams since inception.

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Program: Puppy Breeding & Raising Program (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$20,000
Category:
Animal-Related
Population Served:
Blind and Vision Impaired

Program Description:

OccuPaws has several breeding females which produce the highest quality puppies for our 30 puppy raising families to raise, socialize, train, & love.

Program Long-Term Success:

We now have 37 puppies in various stages in training and now have 3 breeding females in the program vs. 8 puppies and 1 breeding female 2 years ago.

Program Short-Term Success:

We have improved the ratio of puppies started to dogs placed from 1 in 5 to 1 in 3.5 over the last two years due to our in house breeding program an quality of candidates.

Program Success Monitored by:

Quality of puppies raised

Program Success Examples:

Dogs become guide dogs

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Budget:
$15,000
Category:
Human Services
Population Served:
Blind and Vision Impaired

Program Description:

Program to train inmates at Oshkosh Correctional (medium security prison) to raise and train guide and service dogs (similar to what outside puppy raisers do).  We provide 100% of the funding costs, materials, supplies, training classes, food, equipment and the inmates provide the training, care and love for the puppies.

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While our impact is one guide dog or children's visual companion dog at a time, we also have numerous educational programs speaking and educating large numbers of service organizations, community groups, visually impaired groups and organizations as well as educating the general public.
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