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Trails To Happy Tails Inc

Paws in Paradise: Rescuing Florida's Furry Friends with Compassion and Care

Orlando, FL   |  www.TrailsToHappyTails.com

Mission

We strive on helping all domesticated animals live a loved life. We strongly believe in spay/nueter and promote local programs to decrease the risk of breeding.

Notes from the nonprofit

At Trails To Happy Tails, we are driven by a deep passion for the well-being of every living creature. Our commitment to rescuing, rehabilitating, and finding loving homes for animals is unwavering. By joining hands with us, you're not just supporting a cause; you're becoming a vital part of a compassionate community dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of our furry friends. Together, we can create a world where every animal is cherished, every pet finds a loving home, and every heart is touched by the joy that animals bring. Thank you for being a beacon of hope for those who cannot speak for themselves. Join us in making a differenceone paw at a time.

Ruling year info

2020

Founder

Kristin Shimkets

Main address

6433 Wynglow Ln

Orlando, FL 32818 USA

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EIN

83-4511194

NTEE code info

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

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Trails To Happy Tails is working to address the pressing issue of providing care, compassion, and a chance for a better life to animals facing abandonment, abuse, or neglect. The rescue aims to alleviate the suffering of these animals by rescuing and rehabilitating them, offering necessary medical care, and ultimately finding them loving homes through responsible adoption practices. The overarching need is to create a community where every animal is valued, treated with respect, and given the opportunity to thrive, promoting responsible pet ownership and advocating for positive change in the broader context of animal welfare.

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 Rescue

Domesticated Animal Rescue, located in Central Florida.

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 animals with freedom from fear and distress

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

Animal Rescue

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

I drive animals from shelters all over Fl to fosters or rescues that are willing to love an animal and keep it outside of the shelter life.

Number of animals rehomed

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

Animal Rescue

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We rescue and rehome animals with a clean bill of health.

Number of animals surrendered by their owner

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

Animal Rescue

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We take in surrenders that people can't care for anymore, for whatever reason they may have. I also work with women's shelters and hold animals for women who can't take them to a shelter.

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.

s dedicated to the compassionate care and welfare of animals in the vibrant state of Florida. Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome animals in need, while also striving to prevent cruelty and promote responsible pet ownership.

We are committed to providing a sanctuary for animals facing abandonment, abuse, or neglect, offering them a second chance at a happy and fulfilling life. Through our unwavering dedication, we aim to create a community where every animal is treated with love, respect, and dignity.

Our organization works tirelessly to raise awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering, responsible pet adoption, and humane treatment of animals. We collaborate with like-minded individuals, organizations, and communities to build a network that supports our shared goal of creating a world where no animal is left behind.

In the heart of Florida, we strive to be a beacon of hope for animals in distress, championing their right to live free from suffering. Through education, outreach, and compassionate action, we endeavor to make a lasting impact on the lives of animals and inspire positive change in our community.

Join us in our mission to make Florida a place where every animal is valued, cherished, and able to thrive in a loving home. Together, we can create a brighter future for all beings with paws, fins, feathers, and hooves.

We at Trails To Happy Tails conduct regular strategic planning sessions to set short-term and long-term goals.
Identify key priorities, challenges, and opportunities for the organization. Develop action plans to achieve strategic objectives.
Collaboration and Partnerships:
- Foster collaborations with local animal shelters, veterinary clinics, businesses, and other organizations.
Build strong partnerships with community stakeholders to enhance support and resources.

Fundraising and Financial Management:
- Diversify funding sources through grants, donations, events, and partnerships.
Implement effective financial management practices to ensure transparency and sustainability.

Volunteer Engagement:
- Recruit and retain dedicated volunteers with a passion for animal welfare.
Provide training and ongoing support for volunteers to maximize their impact.

Adoption Programs:
- Develop and promote adoption programs to find loving homes for rescued animals.
Implement thorough screening processes for potential adopters to ensure the well-being of the animals.

Education and Outreach:
- Conduct educational programs to raise awareness about responsible pet ownership and animal welfare.
Engage in community outreach to build a supportive network and promote the organization's mission.

Medical Care and Rehabilitation:
- Prioritize the health and well-being of rescued animals by providing necessary medical care and rehabilitation.
Collaborate with veterinary professionals to ensure high standards of care.

Technology Integration:
- Leverage technology for effective communication, fundraising, and record-keeping.
Utilize social media platforms to share success stories, and updates, and connect with supporters.

Continuous Evaluation and Improvement:
- Regularly evaluate the organization's programs and operations to identify areas for improvement.
Solicit feedback from stakeholders, including volunteers, adopters, and community members.

Compliance and Accountability:
- Adhere to legal requirements and standards for animal care and rescue operations.
Maintain transparency and accountability in all organizational activities.

Dedicated Staff and Volunteers:
- Capable and passionate individuals who are committed to the organization's mission.
Skilled staff and volunteers with expertise in animal care, veterinary services, administration, and outreach.

Effective Leadership:
-Strong leadership with a clear vision and the ability to inspire and guide the organization.
Leadership capable of strategic planning, decision-making, and fostering a positive organizational culture.

Resource Management:
- Efficient allocation and management of financial resources, including budgeting and financial planning.
Procurement and effective utilization of supplies, equipment, and facilities.

Networking and Collaboration:
- Strong relationships with local businesses, veterinary clinics, government agencies, and other organizations.
Ability to collaborate and engage in partnerships that enhance the organization's reach and impact.

Community Engagement:
- Skills in community outreach and public relations to build awareness and support.
Engaging with the community through events, educational programs, and other outreach initiatives.

Fundraising and Grant Writing:
- Capabilities in fundraising through various channels, such as events, online campaigns, and donor relationships.
Grant writing skills to secure funding from foundations, government agencies, and other grantors.

Adoption Programs:
- Adoption counselors and processes that ensure responsible and successful pet adoptions.
Capabilities in marketing and promoting adoptable animals through various channels.

Animal Care and Rehabilitation:
- Veterinary capabilities or partnerships to provide necessary medical care.
Rehabilitation programs and expertise for animals with special needs.

Education and Training:
- Skills in developing and delivering educational programs for diverse audiences.
Training programs for volunteers and staff to enhance their capabilities and knowledge.

Technology Utilization:
- Ability to leverage technology for communication, fundraising, and record-keeping.
Competence in managing social media platforms to connect with supporters and raise awareness.

Continuous Improvement:
- A culture of continuous evaluation and improvement, with mechanisms for feedback and learning.
Monitoring and evaluation capabilities to assess the impact of programs and initiatives.

Legal Compliance:
- Knowledge and adherence to legal requirements and standards related to animal welfare and rescue operations.
Capability to navigate and comply with regulations and licensing.

These capabilities collectively empower us to carry out our mission effectively, address challenges, and adapt to the evolving needs of the animals and the community it serves. Successful organizations often cultivate a combination of these capabilities, ensuring a well-rounded and sustainable approach to animal rescue and welfare.

Over the past years 5 years, Trails To Happy Tails has achieved significant milestones in our mission to rescue and care for animals in need. Through the dedication of our team, the support of volunteers, and the generosity of our community, we've successfully:

Rescued and rehabilitated over 400 animals, providing them with necessary medical care, love, and a chance for a better life. Facilitating and having them successfully adopted, reuniting animals with their families, and creating lasting bonds. Implemented educational programs reaching local Central Florida communities, promoting responsible pet ownership, and raising awareness about animal welfare. Forged strong partnerships with local businesses, veterinary clinics, and government agencies to enhance our reach more to make an impact. As we reflect on these accomplishments, our commitment to the well-being of animals remains unwavering.

Looking ahead, we have ambitious plans to further our impact: Expand our rescue efforts to reach even more animals in need, focusing on those facing challenging circumstances. Strengthen our community engagement initiatives through educational programs, outreach events, and partnerships. Enhance our medical facilities and capabilities to ensure the highest standard of care for rescued animals. Develop and implement innovative adoption programs to increase successful placements and reduce the number of animals in shelters. Collaborate with like-minded organizations and advocates to influence positive change in animal welfare policies.

Our journey is ongoing, and we invite our community to join us in shaping a future where every animal is treated with compassion and finds a loving home. Together, we can make a lasting difference in the lives of those who cannot speak for themselves.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Trails To Happy Tails Inc

Board of directors
as of 12/30/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kristin Burnsed

Trails To Happy Tails

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 ? Yes
  • 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 12/30/2023

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Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability