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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

Cause area (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. The shelters and rescue groups that house and feed these animals are struggling. AniMeals Animal Food Bank supplements the food needs of 71 shelters & rescues which frees up precious dollars for other critical needs, like medicine and surgeries. Additionally, we feed the pets of the home bound and disabled members of our community; we supply food for the caregivers of feral cat colonies and dogs living on the streets. We have sent out over 900 tons of food and supplies in the last 16 years. Our territory covers the entire state of Montana, consisting of approximately 147,000 square miles. Our mission is to save as many as we can of 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 create a No Kill Community and realize the achievement of a No Kill Nation.

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

Many of the shelters & rescues we help, operate on very limited budgets. Our assistance frees up precious dollars for daily operational & medical expenses. Sometimes the additional help means being able to just "turn the lights on". Many of the individuals caring for homeless dogs living on the streets and/or feral cat colonies, take the money to feed them out of their own pockets. When finances are tight they "wake up in a panic at 2:00 in the morning wondering how they are going to continue to feed them".
The shelters and rescues that we support come from hundreds of miles away for the food we distribute.

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. We have delivered over 650 tons in the last 13 years.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Our No Kill Adoption Center houses and adopts out approximately 500 cats and kittens annually. Missoula is the "Hub of Five Valleys". We are working with a number of our "Rescue Partners" to save the lives of cats and kittens in peril. This partnership has diminished the death rate of the sick and abandoned in all five valleys surrounding Missoula. Our "satellite network" is used as a stopover for these kitties whose ultimate destination is our shelter. In 2015 we had 241 kittens come through our door. (and 243 adults) This high volume of babies presents many challenges for our staff and the kittens we are caring for. 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 our foster families need for their tiny charges. Costs can be very high to raise a kitten from birth to adoption, (depending on the condition it arrives in) and people usually don't recognize that an adult cat needs help until they are in really bad shape. We take the cats that no other shelter will accept; the old, the infirm, the blind, and those needing medical assistance.

Upon arrival, they receive a "nose to toes" medical exam, which includes, spay/neuter, a dental (if needed), vaccinations and micro chip. Many of these cats have been saved from "the kill list". We believe loss of life should not be an option for an animal that has done nothing other than lose its human address, regardless of age or medical condition.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

We created this program to help people that cannot afford veterinary expenses for their animals, whether it is basic or catastrophic circumstances. This program ensures that a pet gets the care it needs, keeps them healthy, and in the homes of the people who love them, rather than being relinquished to a shelter or "put to sleep" due to lack of finances.

Population(s) Served
Families

Can you imagine losing everything over night?

When catastrophic circumstances turn your whole world upside down in an instant, like a fire, foreclosure on your home, loss of your job, etc., you can rest assured that your four legged family members will eat until you can get back on your feet. Food for the animals. Relief for the families.

Population(s) Served
Families

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 go out & 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. We took 3 cats last year with diabetes that were slated for euthanasia, stabilized them, and changed their diets to high protein/low carb food, which negated the need for insulin. They have all been adopted and are living happily in their new homes. There were 13 kitties last year over and above the diabetics that are alive today because of our Critical Care Program.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

We average 100 community cats annually in our TNR program. They are trapped, sterilized, vaccinated, and returned to their outdoor homes (some in managed colonies, some 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 colonies.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

For many home bound seniors an animal is sometimes the only "family" member they have, providing friendship, joy, and a reason for living. The cost of food can be an insurmountable obstacle for families 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 seniors 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.

We work with seven social service agencies that refer families to AniMeals that are in need of this service.

Population(s) Served
Aging, elderly, senior citizens

Life in a shelter can be extremely hard on special needs kitties; and because of this they are typically harder to place. Consequently their stay in the shelter can be much longer. In an effort to remove all the obstacles and improve their chances for adoption, we have created the program called Gaia’s Landing. There is often nothing very wrong with the kitties 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 medicine. 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
General/Unspecified

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Our goal is to help as many animals as possible and the people that care for them. Our mission is to place companion animals in loving homes with compassionate people who will make lifelong commitments to them by accepting them as a member of their family. Our No Kill Shelter for cats takes the cats that no other shelter will accept…the old and the infirm, the youngsters born to feral mothers that need socializing, and homeless kitties that need medical assistance. We believe that every life is valuable regardless of age or medical issues. We are a safe haven for those that have run out of options. These kitties never have to face the possibility of landing on “the kill list”. Many of the cats that come through our doors have been saved from this fate after the decision has been made to end their lives. Life is the reason we are here. We believe loss of life should not be an option for an animal that has done nothing other than lost its human address. Secondly, we aspire to get as much food into the hands of the caretakers of the animals waiting for their forever homes as we can through our food bank. All of the shelters and rescues we support are buying food at retail prices. We bring in trucks carrying 42,000 pounds of heavily discounted food at a time and distribute it to shelters, rescues and animals living on the streets. Before we set up our food bank some shelters were killing their animals because they couldn't afford to feed them. We don't ever want to hear a shelter director say that to us again. The most important part of the No Kill equation is spays/neuters to stop the explosion every spring of thousands of babies being born to homeless mothers. Everything we do is impacted by this never ending cycle. Life isn’t easy for these homeless, stray or free roaming cats (all of which can be considered “community cats”). The situation that they find themselves in when their owners die, move away, or simply discard them when they don’t want them around anymore, is heartbreaking. If they don’t have help for their basic needs, (food, water, shelter and medical attention when needed) they often times won’t make it. If a cat is lucky enough to live in a managed colony that has a dedicated caretaker, who provides spay/neuter surgeries, regular meals and proper shelter, it can live a quiet content life. The ultimate goal is to alter each and every one of the 47 colonies that our food bank supports.

In order to stop the annual explosion of hundreds of babies being born to homeless mothers we have implemented a targeted trapping project. Our plan is to trap, spay/neuter, vaccinate and release back to their homes, each colony. 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 many cats that they are not equipped to handle. We take the community cats that are trapped and brought to them for "disposal". (we took 65 last year) We spay/neuter, vaccinate and relocate them to barns where they are wanted, valued and cared for. Any that are social get vetted and placed in our adoption center where they can find their new forever homes. Our food bank is a vital part of the 71 shelters and rescues that we support, saving them thousands of dollars annually which in turn allows them to save more lives. We will continue to order and set up distribution of the trucks carrying their 42,000 pounds of life saving bounty.

AniMeals’ diverse array of programs means we can assist a large variety of necessities in our community. By eliminating situations that cause people to surrender or abandoned their animals less of them will end up in shelters. Our programs address both the animal and the human component of rescue and our commitment creates results. Ending our 16th year of operation, AniMeals is a firmly established animal food bank and critical resource for the state of 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, the relationships with veterinarians (that give us deep discounts) and our suppliers of the donated food delivered to our distribution center, we will continue to be a valued resource that the animals and the people that care for them can rely on.

Our success is measured by the reduced numbers of animals coming into our facility and the reduced numbers of unwanted litters being born. By our estimations, we should be able to reduce the number of kittens coming in from our first two targeted colonies by 40% of our yearly total of intakes, once the spay/neuters are completed.

We have made a huge difference in the world of animal welfare by helping anywhere we can. The needs of Montana are immense. With large rural regions and several Tribal reservations making up much of the state, raising funds for food is a struggle for many shelters and rescues that support these sparsely populated areas. Historically, AniMeals supplemented the food requirements of these organizations so they could focus their money on medical expenses, operational costs, and respond to the needs of a diverse and ever-changing animal loving community.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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AniMeals

Board of directors
as of 6/27/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Karyn Moltzen

Tykhe, Inc.

Term: 2006 - 2019

Mills Hobirk

Tykhe Management & Consulting

William Rideg

Rideg Law Office

Boone Jensen

First Interstate Bank

Burton Cole

Real Estate Broker

Chris Newman

Retired Physical Therapist

Jackie Mumm

Blackfoot Communications

Kiley McGowan

Workday

Cindy Berguson

St. Patricks Hospital

Karyn Moltzen

Tykhe, Inc.

Board leadership practices

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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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

Montana, Shelter, Rescue, Western Montana, Missoula, Pets, animals, food, help