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CENTRAL VERMONT HUMANE SOCIETY INC

aka CVHS   |   East Montpelier, VT   |  www.centralvermonthumane.org

Mission

Central Vermont Humane Society envisions a time when all companion animals are wanted, cared for, and loved. Guided by the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare, our mission is to protect and advocate for animals in need, and to build a humane community that promotes compassion and seeks to strengthen the human-animal bond. We accomplish our mission by working collaboratively with other shelters, rescues and community partners. We shelter the lost and homeless, reuniting them with their families, or facilitating adoption into new homes. We encourage spay and neuter of companion animals and offer support and education to animal guardians. We strive to exemplify the core values of respect and compassion for life and to meet or exceed the best standards of practice for shelter care and operations.

Ruling year info

1966

Co-Executive Director, Finance & Development

Laurie Garrison PhD

Co-Executive Director, Programs and Operations

Erika Holm

Main address

1589 VT Rte 14S

East Montpelier, VT 05651 USA

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EIN

03-0217066

NTEE code info

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

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (Y01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Central Vermont Humane Society serves our community to protect and advocate for all animals, to provide shelter for stray and homeless animals, and to help people in crisis by helping their animals. People problems like job loss, homelessness, divorce, illness, all can be devastating to humans as well as the pets they love. Over 80% of the animals who come to us are from our local Vermont communities, and the majority of those come from people who need us to help with their pets.

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 sheltering and Adoptions

Adoptions, Foster Care, Behavior Help Line, Low-Income Spay/Neuter, Educational Outreach

Population(s) Served
Adults

We provide training classes for dogs and their owners, both those from our own Adoption Center and members of the general public, with classes arranged according to the ages, types, and needs of the dogs: puppy kindergarten, basic manners, agility training, small dog, large dog, reactive dog

Population(s) Served
Adults

CVHS collaborates with local law enforcement and animal control officers to support cases involving animal cruelty and neglect. CVHS also participates in legislative advocacy for legal changes to protect animal welfare.

Population(s) Served
Adults

CVHS actively solicits, screens, and trains dedicated volunteers who serve as foster care families, with fostering as an interim stage in preparing animals for adoption. These would be very young puppies and kittens who require frequent round the clock bottle feeding or special needs adult animals recovering from injuries or medical procedures or who need more individualized attention in order to assist them in overcoming excessive shyness (as an example). We also have an active foster-to-adopt program in which qualified families can take an animal home for a trial-run; these most often result in permanent adoption placement. The foster program not only provides individual animals with the extra and individualized care they need but also frees up additional space in our Adoption Center, thereby allowing us to take in  more animals than our physical capacity at the Center would otherwise allow.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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 animal adoptions

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

Animal sheltering and Adoptions

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Adoptions have been decreasing since 2022 because local animals we care for lately need more behavioral and/or more medical care, so they stay longer. This reduces our capacity a bit.

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.

Central Vermont Humane Society works to solve pet homelessness and pet overpopulation. We work to save every adoptable animal and we go the extra mile for each pet in our care, providing whatever medical or behavior support they need as well as all the time they need to find their new home. We strive to create a compassionate community were people, regardless of their means, have the resources and support to properly care for their pets. CVHS envisions a time when all companion animals are wanted, cared for, and loved.

CVHS has an “Open Heart, Open Door” policy- we are here for the people and animals in our community who need us. We treat people with kindness and compassion, and work to increase the ability of our community, regardless of means, to be responsible pet guardians. We provide humane education to children as well as adults, advocate for stronger legislation to end animal cruelty, and provide counseling, supplies, and resources to help pet guardians keep their pets, and when they need it, we take in their pets.

CVHS has a strong, skilled and professional staff who are well-trained in their positions. CVHS enjoys a large team of dedicated volunteers who help in all departments, and we have an engaged and active volunteer Board of Trustees. We have strong and loyal support from our community members.

Central Vermont Humane Society saves over 1000 animals a year. We will continue to create programs and services to build a humane community that promotes compassion and seeks to strengthen the human-animal bond.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    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 act on the feedback we receive

  • 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

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

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CENTRAL VERMONT HUMANE SOCIETY INC

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Sandra Meyerhofer

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/20/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/20/2021

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.