Wayward Ranch Animal Sanctuary, Inc.

The Underdog's Last Hope!

KERHONKSON, NY   |  www.waywardranch.org

Mission

To provide a quality life to the animals who need it the most.

Ruling year info

2018

Executive Director

Eleni Calomiris

Main address

30 LOOSESTRIFE LN

KERHONKSON, NY 12446 USA

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EIN

81-4034990

NTEE code info

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Every animal rescue is started with a different goal in mind for how to save animals. Most are focused on their adoption numbers and find success in a higher number of adoptions and rescues. However, this model allows certain types of animals that are not considered "highly adoptable" to fall through the cracks. That is where we come in! We were founded with the intention to save the animals that other rescues either cannot or will not save. This may include dogs with aggressive behavioral concerns who require a highly specialized individual training program to rehabilitate them and provide them with a quality of life. Horses that otherwise would be bound for slaughter are also welcome at our rescue, whether they have medical issues or behavioral issues that require attention. It is our goal to provide a quality life to the animal that need it the most.

Our programs

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

Bully Breed Early Intervention Program

What is the problem?

It is no secret there is a huge problem of pet overpopulation in shelters and rescues across the country. Many of these dogs are "bully breeds." This term encompasses American Pit Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and American Staffordshire Terriers as well as their mixes or dogs just just appear to have the "pit bull look." These often are wonderful dogs, however if you look at the bully breed dogs in your local shelter, chances are they have very strict adoption restrictions for at least a few of them. Maybe they have to be adopted to adult only homes or live as the only pet. Why is this? It could be the dog shows poor behavior due to the stress of the shelter life. It could also be that the dog comes from poor breeding and has a genetic predisposition towards aggression towards strangers or other animals. The dog may have been abused prior to arriving at the shelter and developed behavioral concerns as a result.

All of those are possibilities for bully breeds with problem behaviors, however the most likely cause is lack of proper training and socialization when the dog was a puppy. Puppies go through several stages of behavioral development as they grow up and require proper socialization and training to come through those stages to be their best selves. Often bully breeds are so overbred by backyard breeders, that the majority of bully breed puppies so not receive the proper socialization, many are sold when they are way too young, and they are sold to families who are uneducated about what socialization is required to properly raise a puppy. These puppies are recklessly sold through online sites and apps. Each one unspayed/unneutered, and at risk of being put into a dangerous abuse situation or abusive breeding situation when they are older.

Some of the bully breed puppies that come to us between 6-12 weeks old are already showing signs of human or dog aggression. These dogs may have genetic predispositions to aggression due to poor breeding, but many times they have been taken from their siblings at too young of an age and are in need of learning how to properly communicate with other dogs and humans.

What is our solution?

Our Early Intervention program seeks to rescue and properly train and socialize bully breed puppies being sold online in risky situations. We take these puppies in anywhere from 3 weeks-1 year old and immediately put them into a foster home where they can receive the important training and socialization to become social with people and other animals. We utilize the research that has been done on the proper developmental stages of behavioral development of puppies to give a puppy what they need most at their current life stage. This socialization is crucial to the growth of a well-balanced bully breed dog that will function as a breed ambassador as they grow up. The puppy stages are as follows:
0-7 Weeks: These weeks are absolutely critical towards a puppy understanding canine communication, body language, play and social interactions. They learn this from their mother and siblings as they grow.
7-8 Weeks: The time when puppies are most receptive towards bonding with their new human family.
8-10 Weeks: This is called the initial "fear period" and it is very important for puppies to be presented with as many novel objects as possible in this time as well as making sure they get out into the world to meet other animals and people and experience new situations. It is very important that during the time that puppies avoid fearful situations, as these may stick with them and change their behavior for life.
8-16 Weeks: An idea time to begin training utilizing positive reinforcement.
4-6 Months: Increased confidence and training should continue and begin to direct the puppy toward understanding the rules and boundaries of the home.

What animals are helped by this program?

The following types of animals are most helped by this program:

Underage Bully Breed Puppies Being Sold Online (0-6 weeks old). When we see this, it is considered an emergency rescue, as these puppies require very specific feeding and socialization as well as veterinary care.
Special Needs Bully Breed Puppies Being Sold Online. We often see deaf, sick, neglected, or otherwise medically needy puppies posted online for sale. These puppies are also considered emergency rescues because they will need very specific medical care prior to beginning their training and socialization.
Bully Breed Puppies Up To One Year Old Being Sold Online.

How do donations help us to continue this program?

Your donations to this program will go towards purchasing puppies that are being sold in high-risk situations online. The prices for these puppies can range from $10-$500 and we only pay this fee if the puppies are considered an emergency rescue, such as an underage puppy or one with special medical needs. We always first try to save the puppy as a rescue, but many of these sellers do not care about the puppy they're are selling, and instead only care about their financial gain. It is a sad part of our rescue to have to pay to get these puppies out of harms way, but unfortunately we often do not have a choice. We understand that not everyone agrees with our decision to pay for the puppies in emergency situations, but we have found it to be our only option to work quickly to save the puppies.

Donations also help us to provide the necessary veterinary care to spay/neuter, vaccinate and microchip the puppies to prepare them for adoption. We are also able to use donations to help our foster homes care for the puppies throughout their socialization and training in their homes.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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 dogs in hospice care

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of dogs spayed or neutered

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of senior dogs (9+ years) rescued

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of senior dogs (9+ years) adopted

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average adoption fee (in dollars) per dog adopted

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Puppies are $350, adult dogs $250

Average number of days of shelter stay for dogs

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average number of days of shelter stay for cats and small animals

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals with freedom from hunger and thirst

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Increasing

Number of animals with freedom from discomfort

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals with freedom from pain

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals rehomed

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals rehabilitated

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Increasing

Number of animals monitored post release

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Increasing

Number of animals euthanized

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

All from severe medical problems after hospice care.

Number of animal adoptions

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals in collection

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Increasing

Context Notes

Either permanent residents or awaiting adoption

Number of animals vaccinated

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Our goal as an animal rescue is to stand by the underdog. The animals that other rescues overlook because they are not "highly adoptable" are the ones we actually seek out to rescue, rehabilitate behaviorally and medically, and either adopt out or provide a permanent home with us.

We have several programs in place to help make this goal happen.

Feral Cat Program: Feral cats are a serious problem in our area. We want to get involved in population decrease in the feral cat colonies. We do this in two ways. First, we provide trap, neuter and release to local animals. Second, we trap feral kittens who are young enough to be domesticated and adopt them out after fully vetting them.

Early Intervention Bully Breed Program: Bully Breed dogs are incredible pets for families and we hear all of the time "it is all in how you raise them." This is not completely true. All dogs are a true combination of genetics and life experiences. Often we find young bully breed puppies under eight weeks old and we bring them into this program. Regardless of their genetics we expose them to other animals, children, and new situations as well as obedience training. This allows us to ensure they will be well socialized and well behaved members of society when they are adopted.

Second Life Equine Program: There is an astonishing number of horses transported internationally for slaughter. These horses may have been pets at some point but when they end up at auction being sold for "meat price" they are all looking at the same horrible fate of inhumane transport and slaughter. We step in and rescue horses at these auctions and either rehabilitate them medically and behaviorally to adopt them out or allow them to live out their lives with our rescue.

Sanctuary Dog Program: Wayward Ranch seeks to provide a permanent home to dogs who are not fit for adoption for one reason or another. These dogs may have unpredictable aggression, extreme fear, or highly anxious behaviors that make them dangerous or difficult pets to own in a traditional home setting. However, we give them their own "home environment" in the form of a foster home capable of caring for their individual needs.

Friends Not Food Program: We find potbelly pigs being given away for free on Facebook or Craigslist. These pigs end up being given away to families who appear kind who later slaughter the pigs for meat. We give these pigs a safe place to go where they will be loved and cared for until we are able to find them permanent homes as pets, not food. We accept pigs as owner surrenders from families who can no longer keep their pigs.

Local Animals First Program: Wayward Ranch is 100% committed to assisting with local animals above all else. We do not bring puppies up from the South and focus instead on rescuing the forgotten local animals and finding them loving forever homes.

Underdog Program: We seek out severe medical cases to provide them with the care they need.

Free To Good Home Program: Helps rescue small animals being given away for free online so they do not end up as food or in abusive homes.

Our board is made up of incredibly passionate and experienced people who truly care about our mission. We have individuals with experience rescuing dogs, cats, small animals, horses, pigs and goats as well as lawyers and veterinary assistants. We are a team when it comes to animal rescue and as we grow, are choosing to hire staff who share in our passion.

2018 was a year with low numbers in the rescue due to our move to the new property and construction getting the property ready for animals. We anticipate growing numbers in 2019 with the addition of our new kennel facility.

2018 Statistics:

New Animals Rescued by WRAS: 25
6 Pigs
4 Horses
3 Goats
10 Dogs
2 Cats

Animals Adopted: 21
18 Dogs
1 Cat
2 Horses

Local Animals Provided with Free Veterinary Care by WRAS: 6
2 Horses
3 Donkeys
1 Dog

Courtesy Listed Adoptions: 3 Dogs

Financials

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Wayward Ranch Animal Sanctuary, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/10/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Eleni Calomiris

Wayward Ranch Animal Sanctuary, Inc.

Term: 2016 -

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? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No