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VOICE FOR THE ANIMALS

Creating respect and empathy for animals through education, rescue, and advocacy

aka VFTA Foundation

Santa Monica, CA

Mission

Voice For The Animals Foundation is devoted to creating respect and empathy for animals through education, rescue, and advocacy.

Ruling Year

1999

Executive Director

Melya Kaplan

Main Address

2633 Lincoln Blvd, #202

Santa Monica, CA 90405 USA

Formerly Known As

Venice Animals Allies

Keywords

cats, dogs, animals, elephants, care, adoption, education, legislattion, advocacy, non-profit, pet, feral, zoo, rescue, humane, prevention, film, Venice, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, senior, homeless, assistance, neuter, spay

EIN

95-4754776

 Number

5676949349

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

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What we aim to solve

Our mission is to create respect and empathy for animals through education, rescue, and advocacy. Voice For The Animals was founded in 1999 by Melya Kaplan who was inspired to start the organization after seeing so many homeless cats and dogs wandering the streets of Venice. She quickly realized there was a dire need for a new type of animal protection organization that would inspire and empower other people to advocate for animals. Since then Voice For The Animals has created several innovative and groundbreaking programs in the efforts to rescue and protect animals all over the world.

Our programs

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

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Animal Assistance Hotline

The Elderly Companion Rescue, Rehabilitation and Adoption Program

Humane Education

Helping Friends Program

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of animals rehomed

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

The Elderly Companion Rescue, Rehabilitation and Adoption Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average number of days taken to respond to customers

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Animal Assistance Hotline

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

To rescue, rehabilitate, and place elderly, abandoned animals in loving, permanent homes thus ensuring that they are not destroyed in the city shelters. Unlike many animal care agencies that focus on rescuing puppies and kitten, VFTA specializes in providing services for old, infirm, abused or discarded animals.
VFTA prides itself on our excellence, significance and leadership in the community. We are founded on a belief in the sacredness of all life and seek to eliminate situations where animals are neglected or destroyed. The Commendation of Exellence we received from the City of Los Angeles in 2010 stated, "Through its steadfast ways and caring deeds VFTA has helped make our world a better home for all living things." We also have received a Certificate of Appreciation from the City Council (1996) for VFTA's "tireless work on behalf of the animals in the city of Los Angeles."
Our leadership in the community was demonstrated when recently received a call for help from Pastor Ken Holladay and his wife Marion at One at A Time Church on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. The Pastor and his wife had been feeding a colony of 50 cats for 10 years and were losing their lease. Voice for the Animals came to their aid and rescued the cats. After spaying, neutering and vaccinating the cats they were relocated to foster care. We have found permanent homes for all of the kittens and are currently evaluating the adults in order to find them homes, as well.

Our volunteer foster families work with the animal to provide a stable environment where the animal can learn to trust again. We provide food, medicine, litter, toys, trainers and behaviorists to assist our foster families. When the animal is ready for adoption, we require prospective new guardians to fill out a pre-adoption screening form so that we can check their history with previous animals. Once a new guardian has been approved a home visit and contract is required. We place several follow up calls to insure that the transition is a smooth one. Due to the economic climate and the foreclosure crisis, VFTA has seen a dramatic increase in requests from the community to find new homes for their pets instead of abandoning them at the shelter. As people lose their homes and jobs they can no longer afford to care for their animals. In desperation, they call us asking us to take their pets. This is where VFTA steps in to rescue the animal.

1. Animal Assistance Hotline takes and returns calls 24 hours a day. Information is provided on low-cost vaccination and spay/neuter clinics, feral cats, dog trainers, animal behaviorists, finding lost companion animals, wildlife assistance, reporting animal abuse, putting a dog or cat up for adoption, and much more.

2. The Rescue, Rehabilitation and Adoption Program rescues elderly companion animals in jeopardy, rehabilitates them and places them in new homes. VFTA gives the animals all the training and care they need, and keeps them until a perfectly matched family is found.

3. The Helping Friends Program gives seniors, people with disabilities or terminal illnesses, and individuals on fixed incomes the extra support they need to care for their animals- who are often their only companions.

4.The Humane Education Program is a three-part age-specific (elementary school and high school) violence prevention program that teaches youth in Los Angeles area schools reverence, compassion and empathy for all life-- human and animal.

5. Violence Prevention Program assists with the reporting and prosecuting of animal abuse. VFTA has organized two training programs on animal abuse for the Los Angeles Police Department which resulted in the formation of the LAPD Animal Cruelty Task Force, which is made up of three city agencies: the LAPD, Los Angeles Animal Services and the City Attorney's Office.

6. The Working Cats Programs relocates feral cats, who would otherwise have been euthanized at the shelter, to businesses that have problems with rats. The rats are repelled by the smell of the cats and leave the premises. This provides the businesses with an effective, humane and environmentally friendly method of rat control, while saving the cats' lives.

We measure the success of the organization in tangibles like the number of deserving animals that are saved from being euthanized and intangibles, like the companionship they bring to the families and communities who foster and adopt them. We keep thorough records of each animal, their progress and the families who adopt them.

VFTA is growing at a steady pace. We measure the progress of the organization in tangibles like the number of deserving animals that are saved from being euthanized and intangibles, like the companionship they bring to the families and communities who foster and adopt them. We keep thorough records of each animal, their progress and the families who adopt them.

External Reviews

Awards

Certificate of Appreciation 1996

City of Los Angeles

Certificate of Commendation 2010

City of Los Angeles

Affiliations & Memberships

Chamber of Commerce 2008

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Financials

VOICE FOR THE ANIMALS

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

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