ELDERPET

Facilitating the Human/Animal Bond

Durham, NH   |  www.elderpet.org

Mission

ElderPet facilitates the Human/Animal Bond with Senior Citizens, People with Disabilities, Hospice Families, and Patients of Health Care and other Facilities by providing Pet Partners training and support, pet food and pet medications for low income pet owners, no-interest loans for unexpected veterinary expenses, and pet care counseling.

Ruling year info

2004

Chairperson

Michael Cicchese

Vice-Chairperson

Marsha Barden

Main address

PO Box 624

Durham, NH 03824 USA

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EIN

06-1714543

NTEE code info

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

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

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Our programs

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

General ElderPet

a. To provide pet-related services for elderly, handicapped, and hospice families.
b. To provide pet owner volunteer training for animal assisted activities and therapy. (Pet Partners Training and Evaluation 3-4 times per year)
c. To provide training for health care professionals and human service providers who wish to incorporate quality animal assisted therapy in to their practices. (Animal Assisted Therapy classes once or twice a year and consultations.)
d. To promote and/or conduct research, writing and scientific exploration within the realm of the human/animal bond.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with disabilities

ElderPet Provides Pet Partners Handler Courses and Evaluations. Pet Partners is a national therapy animal organization. ElderPet is Community Partner.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Adults

ElderPet provides pet food to low income responsible pet owners

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Economically disadvantaged people

Elderpet provides long term medications/RX diet to income eligilbe responsible pet owners

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Seniors

ElderPet provides no interest loans for unexpected pet care for income eligible , responsible pet owners

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Seniors

Where we work

Awards

Affiliate of the Year 2006

Delta Society

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency 2013

NH Center for Non-Profits 2021

Goals & Strategy

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ElderPet strives to obtain funding to cover loans, pet food (when donated food is not forthcoming) and veterinary medications. We have done this through grant writing, Charitable Gaming and public relations soliciting donations.

ElderPet hopes to improve the professionalism of pet visitations in our area by working with area facilities and continuing to offer the Pet Partners program. This requires board members and/or volunteers to obtain and maintain Pet Partners Instructor and Evaluators licenses. This year we are sponsoring 2 board members and one member to become evaluators.

This year we are also working with a UNH student to conduct a human animal bond research project to support the field of Animal Assisted Therapy.

We continue to search for Grant writing opportunities.
We are doing more public relations which is bringing in more public support. We have joined United Way which has brought increased exposure.
We have created a facility page on our website which will allow facilities to register with us for pet visits. It also educates them about quality pet visits.

During the 2014 fiscal year (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2105) ElderPet:
• Provided training for 18 Pet Partner Handlers
• Evaluated 55 teams
• Provided R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dog program) training materials for 6 Pet Partner Teams
• Pet Partner teams (over 65 active teams!) collectively spent hundreds of hours visiting area hospitals, nursing homes and conducting READ programs.
• Co-hosted a Pet Partner Evaluator Practicum in August and provided scholarships for 3 of our volunteers to become evaluators. (Our current evaluator is retired in September.)
• Is providing pet food for 37 families and our volunteers are delivering that food to most of them.
• Provided 15 no-interest loans for unexpected pet care. (Most recipients are very good about their monthly repayments, but on occasion one will default.)
• Is providing prescription medications via reimbursement or direct payment to veterinary hospitals for 18 client pets with chronic illnesses.

We have received many employee donations through Liberty Mutual Give with Liberty fund matching program which has given us a buffer. We are also screening our loan recipients more and working with them to avoid defaults.

Financials

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ELDERPET

Board of directors
as of 12/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michael Cicchese

No Affiliation

Term: 2020 - 2022

Doris Irwin

Retired

Jerilee Zezula

UNH Associate Professor Emeritus

Michael Cicchese

Dover, NH Police Department

Marsha Barden

Retired

Sue Walsh

Sweetgrass Kennel

Kim Faustino

Wentworth Douglas Hospital

Allison Powers

Patty Welch

Joanne Fatur

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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

Organizational demographics

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