AniMeals

We Rescue. We Feed. We Heal.

aka Animal Food Bank and No-Kill Adoption Center   |   Missoula, MT   |  www.animeals.com

Mission

To save the hungry, the helpless, the lost, and the little ones just struggling to survive; to house and feed as many animals as possible; to ease the suffering of the weak and unloved; to build a No-Kill community and realize the achievement of a no-kill nation.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Diane Denessen

Main address

1700 Rankin St

Missoula, MT 59808 USA

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EIN

20-4694132

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Ten million animals are abandoned to the streets and shelters in this country every year, mostly due to irresponsible pet ownership and lack of spaying/neutering to curb the population explosion each spring. Our mission is to save the hungry, the helpless, the lost and the little ones just struggling to survive; to house and feed as many animals as possible; and to ease the suffering of the weak and unloved. Since its founding in 2003, AniMeals has been a Pet Adoption Center and Animal Food Bank providing direct community service to all Montanans. Our current focus is on helping older adults during COVID, providing tours to educate children about kindness and responsible pet ownership, plus critical community services to enhance the quality of life for thousands of people. It can be difficult for individuals with special needs, those economically and socially disadvantaged, and the underserved to continue to care for their pet(s), during difficult times or financial hardship.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Animal Food Bank

To date, over 900 tons of food have been distributed. Many of the shelters and rescues we help operate on very limited budgets. Our assistance frees up precious dollars for daily operational and medical expenses. Sometimes the additional help means being able to "keep the lights on" and meet the basic needs of the organization. Often individuals caring for homeless dogs living on the streets, and/or community cat colonies, use money out of their own pockets to buy pet food. When finances are tight they may wake up in a panic at 2:00 in the morning wondering how am I going to continue to feed them? We can help.

When temperatures drop and winter sets in, homeless animals need to double their caloric intake just to maintain body heat. Countless numbers of animals all across Montana are alive today because of the support provided by AniMeals.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

Our No Kill Adoption Center houses 300 - 500 cats and kittens annually. We work with a number of Rescue Partners to save the lives of animals in peril. This partnership has decreased the death rate of the sick and abandoned in all five valleys surrounding Missoula. The spring of the year brings a high volume of babies that present many challenges for our staff and animals. It is critical that these babies are placed into temporary homes because of a condition known as "failure to thrive". The odds of survival are greatly reduced when their first days are spent in a shelter. They NEED to be in a home. Our foster program doubles the lives we can save. We supply everything that foster families need for their tiny charges. Year round, AniMeals accepts the cats that no other shelter will take; the old, the infirm, the blind, and those needing medical assistance. Upon arrival, all of them receive a thorough medical exam, spay/neuter, dental care as needed, vaccinations and a micro chip.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

This program is designed to help people that cannot afford veterinary expenses for their animals, whether it is basic or catastrophic circumstances. It ensures that a pet gets the care it needs, stay healthy, and continue to live in the homes of the people who love them. The program helps prevent pets from being relinquished to a shelter or "put to sleep" due to lack of finances.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people

Can you imagine losing everything over night?

This program helps when catastrophic circumstances turn your whole world upside down in an instant, like a fire, foreclosure on your home, loss of your job, or other dire situtaion. Program participants can rest assured that their four legged family members will have food until they can get back on their feet. Food for the animals means relief for the families.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

A large number of homeless animals that come to us are in need of urgent care. Many suffer serious illnesses from neglect and harsh weather. Many have broken bones and life threatening injuries. Many require immediate, emergent, veterinary care. It is important to get these animals stabilized, as shock alone can kill them.

The animals we pick up off the street (the broken, the critically injured, the dumped and starving) don't stand a chance without us. We are the only shelter that takes on these difficult cases. We have had several veterinarians transfer animals to us (one from 350 miles away) because they know we are willing to pull out all the stops to save a life. They understand that we have the capability to heal them both physically and emotionally. Most are adopted by loving families and are living happily in their new homes. There are many animals that are alive today because of the Critical Care Program.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

We average 100 community cats annually in our TNR program. They are trapped, neutered/spayed, vaccinated, and returned to their outdoor homes. Some live in managed colonies, and some live in barns, where volunteer caregivers will look after them for the rest of their lives. We supply/supplement the food for the majority of these community cats.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

For many home bound older adults, an animal is sometimes the only "family" member they have. Their pets provide friendship, joy, and a reason for living. The cost of food can be an insurmountable obstacle for those on a fixed income. It can mean the difference between keeping their beloved pet and feeding them applesauce, or surrendering them to an unknown future. Many older adults give up their own food to feed their cats and dogs. Supplying pets with adequate daily meals makes it far more likely that everyone in the household is eating their own nutritious food. AniMeals works with seven social service agencies that refer families nd individuals that are in need of this service.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families
Older adults
Seniors

Life in a shelter can be extremely hard on special needs cats which can make them harder to place. Consequently their stay in a shelter can be much longer than average. In an effort to remove obstacles and improve their chances for adoption, the Gaia’s Landing program was created. There is often nothing much wrong with the cats in this program. Some have disabilities you can see, and some don’t. Many are just shy with strangers, or are a few years older. Others have minor but chronic health problems. Some are disabled because of injuries and need help getting around. Some have special dietary needs or require daily medication. Their adoption fees have been waived. We provide all their food and litter, pay their veterinary expenses and any medications associated with their care, for their lifetime. Our sanctuary homes provide a warm lap and the gift of unconditional love in their remaining golden years.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Best Non Profit 2019

Missoula Choice Award

Best Non Profit 2020

Missoula Choice Award

Best Non Profit 2021

Missoula Choice Award

Best Non Profit 2022

Missoula Choice Award

Best Activist Non Profit 2022

Missoula Choice Award

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

No-Kill Adoption Center

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total pounds of pet food and litter distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal Food Bank

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This metric tracks pounds of food distributed only. To date we have distributed 900 tons across the sate of MT. In 2019 we had an entire truckload of food donated. We don't track pounds of litter.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our primary goal is to serve thousands of western Montanans each year, especially those in crisis, the elderly, marginalized and those with special needs, and to help as many animals as possible. AniMeals places companion animals in loving homes, with compassionate people, who will make lifelong commitments to them by accepting them as a member of their family. We provide many excellent programs that aim to help pet owners keep their beloved pets, regardless of financial distress, lack of pet food/supplies, new medical diagnosis, behavioral issues, or any other challenges.

Through our Animal Food bank, we aspire to fill the need caretakers have for pet food in order to continue to care for animals. Every day we work to get as much food as possible into the hands of those that need assistance in order to keep their pets, those that are fostering animals waiting for their forever homes, those that provide care for community colonies, and other shelters and rescue organizations. We also provide pet food to older adults and those in need so that they do not have to share their own food and go hungry.

One of our most fundamental and proactive goals is to provide spays/neuters within the communities we serve to stop the puppy and kitten explosion every spring, as thousands of babies are born to homeless mothers.

We aim to teach children about kindness and responsibility through pet ownership. Children learn lifelong lessons from their pets and early learning matters. Educating kids to care for pets teaches responsibility in a way little else can. It creates a sense of empathy, respect for life, commitment, consistency and builds self-confidence.

In order to stop the annual explosion of hundreds of animal babies being born to homeless mothers we have implemented a targeted trapping project. Our plan is to trap, spay/neuter, vaccinate and release animals back to their homes. Their caretakers will then continue to feed and watch over them for the remainder of their lives. We also work closely with our local Animal Control to save the lives of animals they are not equipped to handle. We take the community (feral) cats that are trapped and brought to them. We spay/neuter, vaccinate and relocate them to barns where they are wanted, valued and cared for with limited human interaction. Those that are more social are vetted, tamed and placed in our Adoption Center where they find their new forever homes.

AniMeals Animal Food Bank is a vital part of our strategy to provide direct community service and responsible pet ownership education to all Montanans. We provide pet food, along with supplies, educational materials and resources about responsible pet ownership.

We purposefully engage our community through social media with 20,000+ followers, events like Farmers Markets, Pet Fest and the western MT Fair, and through tours to educate adults and children about kindness, responsible pet ownership and animal welfare.

AniMeals provides critical community services to enhance the quality of life for thousands of people. Populations served include people with special needs, those economically and socially disadvantaged, the disabled, homebound, older adults, those in crisis, families, children and many communities as a whole. AniMeals is called upon daily to help solve community problems such as the recent Missoula Reserve Street Homeless Camp Cleanup. To improve community health, we trapped 70+ community cats and newborn kittens, provided exams, spay/neuters, microchips, necessary medical care, bottle feedings, food, shelter and found many loving homes to enhance the lives of individuals and families with children. Programs include the Homebound and People of All Abilities Program which is designed for the elderly, disabled, special needs and homebound. A companion animal is sometimes the only family member they have, providing friendship, joy, love and a reason for living. We can provide vet care, medicine, food and supplies which results in a substantially improved mental state, and allows continued emotional support/comfort of their pet. We receive referrals from over 7 social service agencies and currently 130+ seniors receive free pet food.

AniMeals’ excellent staff, over 600 dedicated volunteers, engaged Board of Directors, hundreds of partners and a diverse array of programs meets our goals and fills many needs in our community. By proactively eliminating situations that cause people to surrender or abandoned their animals, less animals end up in shelters. Our programs address both the animal and the human components of rescue, and our commitment creates results.

AniMeals is a firmly established Animal Food Bank and critical resource primarily for western Montana. Many organizations within the animal welfare community have a long-standing relationship with AniMeals and depend on us to provide assistance in times of need. In our first year, AniMeals fed over 15,000 meals to hungry animals. To date we have distributed over 900 tons of food and supplies throughout Montana, Washington, Idaho, and North Dakota.

With the support of our community, relationships with veterinarians that give us deep discounts, and suppliers of donated food, AniMeals continues to be a valued resource. Partnerships and collaborations include volunteers, thousands of donors, local and statewide social services agencies, corporations and businesses, foundations, media such as NBC MT/ABC MT/CBS MT, plus local and statewide newspapers.

AniMeals has had and continues to have a measurable impact and tremendous difference in the world of animal welfare. AniMeals has created change through providing free services to tens of thousands of Montanans, serving as a voice for animals that have no voice, proactively providing community education, distributing over 900 tons of food, disseminating free material about responsible pet ownership, and increasing spay/neuters, especially of community cats.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    General public, families, older adults, disabled, low or no income people in Western Montana.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Suggestion box/email, Great Non Profits, Social Media,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    AniMeals is developing an Outreach Program in response to the need.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Feedback informs how we serve and how we change to meet expressed needs.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.),

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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AniMeals

Board of directors
as of 08/04/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Karyn Moltzen

Tykhe, Inc.

Term: 2006 - 2024

William Rideg

Rideg Law Office

Kris Sweeney

Blackfoot Communications

Jackie Mumm

Real Estate Agent

Kiley McGowan

Workday

Cindy Berguson

St. Patricks Hospital

Karyn Moltzen

Tykhe, Inc.

Kelly Becker

Clearwater Credit Union

Phillip Maney

ABC Fox

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/10/2022

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