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MOHAWK HUDSON HUMANE SOCIETY

Transforming the lives of animals and people through partnerships, protection and hope.

aka MHHS   |   Menands, NY   |  www.mohawkhumane.org

Mission

Founded in 1887, MHHS is the oldest and largest animal protection organization in New York’s Capital Region, serving Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady and surrounding counties. Our mission is to transform the lives of animals and people through partnerships, protection and hope. MHHS provides sheltering, care, and hope for approximately 3,000 abused and unwanted pets a year. In addition to sheltering and adoptions, we provide an ever-increasing array of services for the animals in our community and the people who love them. This includes low-cost spay/neuter and wellness services, vaccination and microchip clinics, stray housing for municipalities, dog training and behavior enrichment, animal cruelty investigations, a pet food pantry, and humane education programming for all ages.

Ruling year info

1942

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Ashley Jeffrey Bouck

Main address

3 Oakland Ave

Menands, NY 12204 USA

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EIN

14-1338459

NTEE code info

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

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Programs and results

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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 Adoption

Finding homes for homeless animals. All animals are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, dewormed and tested before adoption.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
People with disabilities
LGBTQ people

Assist local law-enforcement agencies with animal cruelty investigations

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 Adoption

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

MHHS holds the distinction of being the largest and oldest animal protection organization in the Capital Region of New York, with a history dating back to 1887. Our mission is centered around "transforming the lives of animals and people through partnerships, protection, and hope." As the SPCA for Albany and Rensselaer Counties we are dedicated to providing protection and care to homeless and abused pets within our community.

One of our proudest achievements is our impressive live-release rate of 93.3%, a testament to the relentless efforts we make to support animals both within and beyond our shelter. We believe in empowering our animals through individualized training and behavior enrichment programs, ensuring they are well-prepared for loving homes.

MHHS also takes great pride in our Loved for Life program, which offers low-cost and free services to those in need. From our free pet food pantry and low-cost vaccinations to affordable spay/neuter services, we aim to provide accessible resources to the community. In 2022, we performed 1,068 spay/neuter surgeries and distributed over 92,000 meals to hungry pets through our pet food pantry.

Our humane education program is an essential aspect of our organization's outreach efforts. We engage students of reading ages through our Telling Tails program, where they visit the shelter to read to our animals, fostering socialization and comfort. Our summer camps provide valuable education on safe animal handling, responsible pet ownership, and identifying and reporting animal cruelty. In 2023, we are excited to launch the Vacation Veterinary Intensive, providing middle and high school students with an immersive week-long experience delving into the world of veterinary medicine.

As strong advocates for animal welfare, MHHS has made significant strides in the realm of humane law enforcement. With seven dedicated Humane Law Enforcement Officers on staff, we frequently partner with local law enforcement to investigate and prosecute animal cruelty. We are currently involved in 23 separate animal cruelty cases. In the first half of 2023, MHHS cared for over 80 animals held for cruelty charges. MHHS also partners with five municipalities for animal sheltering, furthering our commitment to ensuring the wellbeing of animals in our care.

At MHHS, we take pride in being recognized as the gold standard for animal welfare in the Capital Region of NY State. Our commitment to supporting pet owners at every stage of their ownership journey, as well as our dedication to advocating for abused and neglected animals, defines our organization's ethos.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, 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, 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 collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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

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MOHAWK HUDSON HUMANE SOCIETY

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

Dr. Thomas Mackey

SUNY Empire State College

Term: 2017 - 2025

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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/4/2023

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/29/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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 help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.