MILITARY WORKING DOG TEAM SUPPORT ASSOCIATION INC

Supporting Both Ends of the Leash Since 2006

aka MWDTSA.ORG   |   Charleston, WV   |  www.mwdtsa.org

Mission

Military Working Dog Team Support Association, Inc. (MWDTSA) is an all-volunteer 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to supporting military working dog (MWD) teams serving within the U.S. military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines & Coast Guard). MWDTSA solicits, funds and delivers goods and supplies into the hands and paws of MWD teams serving both at home and abroad. The missions driving MWDTSA are as varied as the roles played by MWD teams: support dog teams currently deployed into global combat zones through quarterly care packages, promote veteran dog handler causes and events, advocate for retired MWDs, educate the public and raise funds for War Dog memorials, among other MWD related objectives.

Ruling year info

2007

President

Mrs. Nikki Rohrig

Main address

3501 MacCorkle Ave. SE #326 c/o Nikki Rohrig, President

Charleston, WV 25304 USA

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EIN

13-4346918

NTEE code info

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

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Over the past 15 years we have sought to bring to the attention of the American people the important and dangerous work that Military Working Dog teams perform here and abroad. MWD teams provide "force protection" to our military personnel through explosives detection, tracking, security and drug detection. We now provide support to about 70% of the MWD teams that are deployed overseas in combat areas. Given additional funding we can expand that through additional mailings each quarter as well as provide support to retired MWDs who deserve our thanks, and a peaceful forever family to care for them.

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?

Quarterly Care Packages

Each quarter, we send 200+ care packages to deployed US Military Working Dog teams (handler and dog) world-wide. We seek to support "both ends of the leash" with comfort items for the handlers and treats, toys and equipment for the dogs.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel

We support and conduct recognition events for active-duty Military Working Dog teams at home station kennels.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel

We have provided on-going support for retired Military Working Dogs, Veterans and Memorials honoring War Dogs. On occasion, MWDTSA will also cover the costs related with euthanasia and cremation for retired MWDs.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

We participate in many events that support Military Working Dogs by educating the general public about the history and heroism of US Military K-9s and their handlers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Responding to requests for help from retired/adopted MWDs and from active duty MWD teams for special equipment such as boots, RexSpecs, harnesses and cooling vests.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

Where we work

Awards

Seal 2020

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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 MWD Care Packages Sent

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

Quarterly Care Packages

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

MWDTSA sends quarterly care packages to US military K-9 teams that are deployed in combat zones. Each "team" is a handler and a dog; we send packages to all five services.

Military Working Dog Teams Supported

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

Retired MWDs and Special Requests from Deployed handlers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Support to teams through care packages, special equipment requests, kennel visits to deliver supplies, retired MWD health support and recognition/educational events.

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.

To continue to support America's unsung heroes, the men, women and Military Working Dogs who protect US soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines every day.

Continue to build grass-roots support for MWDs via live events and social media in order to obtain recognition by major donors and organizations, as well as the Military Working Dog community. In addition we have expanded our visibility and reputation within the pet industry to provide needed in-kind donations to continue our mission.

Every additional volunteer brings added value in the form of their personal and business networks and their skills that can help us become more professional.

We enjoy the support of 70 dedicated, non-paid volunteers living in 26states and 4 overseas countries who have enabled us to accomplish our missions. They help solicit donations, pack care packages, visit MWD kennels, conduct educational events, attend memorials, maintain our website and social media presence, write grant requests and design materials to showcase our visibility--all on their own time. Without their efforts, MWDTSA couldn't exist.

Over half (55%) of our volunteers relate to the US military by either personal service, family members, or adoption of a retired military working dog.

Because we are an all-volunteer organization, our growth capacity is limited. We do not wish to utilize professional fund raisers nor hire paid staff. Our goal is to support MWD teams as long as this country needs to deploy them in our country's defense--many organizations have sprung up to support returning veterans, forgetting that we have been at war for 30 years and still have US servicemen and women in combat areas who would appreciate the same degree of respect and support as those who have returned to civilian life.

Since 2006 we have mailed 8,018 care packages in support of more than 15,000 deployed MWD teams; those care packages have contained over $1,200,000 in purchased and donated goods for both dogs and handlers and cost $126,000 in postage.

Our reputation within the Military Working Dog community has been recognized by the fact that two of our four regular quarterly care packages were carried out by and with the assistance of active-duty MWD personnel.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    MWDTSA serves active-duty military working dog teams, as well as retired military working dog teams around the globe.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    In person kennel visits and social media contact with handlers.,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We increased the frequency of including silicone pop-up bowls due to the harsh conditions in overseas aread that reduce the bowl durability. We recently added RexSpecs "ear muff" for MWDs that operate frequently via helicopter and other aircraft.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We are able to use our monetary donations more effectively and avoid purchasing items that are not a good fit for our deployed MWD teams. We are also able to seek gifts in kind from manufacturers of equipment and items that more closely fit the needs of deployed MWD teams.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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

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MILITARY WORKING DOG TEAM SUPPORT ASSOCIATION INC

Board of directors
as of 10/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Nikki Rohrig

Nikki Rohrig

Charleston, VW

Jan Slotar

Camarillo, CA

Allison Merrill

Sun Dog Kennel, Traverse City, MI

Leigh Steere

Boulder, CO

Brittany Ursini

New York, NY

Brad Cohick

Manassas, VA

Richard Baumer

West Palm Beach, FL

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 ? 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? 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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/6/2021,

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