AMERICAS BASENJI RESCUE

Basenji & Shiba Inu Rescue Indianapolis, IN

aka Americas Basenj & Shiba Inu Rescue   |   indianapolis, IN   |  https://basenjishiba.com/

Mission

Rescue of Basenji and Shiba Inu and their mixes and placement into best home suited to each dog individually via foster network and collaboration with other breed rescues across the United States.

Notes from the nonprofit

Since 2012 with the absorption of Shiba Inu Rescue Association (SIRA), we have been able to greatly expand our coverage area and able to rescue and save more Shiba by networking with SIRA in Chicagoland which has a large foster network and many volunteers.

Ruling year info

2009

Founder and President

Mr. Keath Rhymer

Vice president

Ms. Nicolle Wilfenger

Main address

DBA AMERICAS BASENJI & SHIBA INU RESCUE 6615 Wedgeport Lane

indianapolis, IN 46259 USA

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Formerly known as

Americas Basenji Rescue Inc.

EIN

16-1633439

NTEE code info

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

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Basenji and Shiba Inu are primitive, ancient breeds. The Shiba Inu is the closest descendant of the wolf. This makes both breeds different from other breeds of dogs. The Basenji can be destructive and noisy. Shiba Inu are more independent and aloof than other breeds and more cat like. They can become anxious or nervous around rough children. Both have selective hearing. Due to this, they are often disposed of to shelters or are candidates for surrender. These types of dogs need someone familiar with their traits, who is able to manage behavior with positive reinforcement, and appreciates their individual personalities. If they get into the wrong home, they will be a subject of abuse due to their independent nature and failure to listen or obey. We weed out applicants to place these dogs in the best environment for the individual dog so they thrive. We follow up with owners frequently, and offer advise and recommendations.

Our programs

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

Rescue and Adoption

To rehome or place into foster Basenji and Shiba Inu dogs from owner surrender, shelters, Animal Control, and match these dogs with appropriate foster and eventually adopt them to their best forever family.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals with freedom to express normal behavior

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Rescue and Adoption

Context Notes

Evaluating each dog and putting them in the right home where they can thrive being who they are and appreciated as such.

Number of animals with freedom from fear and distress

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Rescue and Adoption

Context Notes

We do our best to relax the dogs in our care with toys, treats, a comforting environment including home life, soothing music, TV, soft beds etc.

Number of animals rehomed

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Rescue and Adoption

Context Notes

We use applications, home visits, contracts and evaluations of each dog to determine a match to their perfect placement for each dog. This is not first come, first served.

Number of animals rehabilitated

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Rescue and Adoption

Context Notes

We evaluate all the dogs we have in house and try to work with any behaviors such as food bowl aggression or fear/anxiety based issues prior to placement.

Number of animals spayed and neutered

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Totals By Year
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Rescue and Adoption

Context Notes

We spay/neuter any intact dog before adoption and as soon as veterinarian agrees the dog is medically fit for surgery. The other dogs we took in were altered already.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Simple goal to make a difference in the lives of homeless needy Basenji and Shiba Inu dogs to reduce chance of abuse or euthanization due to ignorance of the breed. To educate new owners to know what they need to know and how to manage any behavioral issues of concern.

By use of Social Media such as Facebook to share adoptive dogs, respond to outreach, and to publish articles and raise funds. We stay in contact with fosters and adopters and collaborate with other breed rescues and shelters. We also boost posts on Facebook on occasion and send out email campaigns.

We have nearly 2000 Facebook followers, and networked with other rescues. We have developed relationships with other shelter volunteers. Also via word of mouth with successful foster families and adopters. Financially we rely on adoption fees and donations, and use our own money to care for and facilitate the adoptions.

We have successfully rehomed hundreds of animals in our history. We have amended our format to foster based and only can take in dogs for evaluation one or two at a time before they need to go to foster or forever home. We give each dog more attention and spend a lot of time vetting prospective owners for placement and follow up. Each adopter/foster gets more individualized attention as this is a very serious commitment and these dogs have been through at least one and up to four owners. Shiba are sensitive dogs and that can make them anxious and untrusting. We will continue the path we have started to be a responsible small rescue with a network of fosters and other rescues to help us provide the best homes for each dog.

Financials

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AMERICAS BASENJI RESCUE

Board of directors
as of 09/30/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr Keath Rhymer

Americas Basenji and Shiba Inu Rescue

Term: 2000 - 2030


Board co-chair

Ms Nicolle Wilfenger

Americas Basenji and Shiba Inu Rescue

Term: 2017 - 2020

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? 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