ALMOST HOME DOG RESCUE OF OHIO

aka AHDRO   |   Dublin, OH   |  www.almosthomeohio.org

Mission

To provide homeless Collies , Shelties, and other family friendly dogs in need, a safe haven where they will receive medical care, nutrition and love until their forever homes are found.

Ruling year info

2004

President/Founder

Ms. Cheryl Rakich

Main address

4672 Aberdeen Ave

Dublin, OH 43016 USA

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EIN

20-0431201

NTEE code info

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

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Finding fosters is our major problem. There are many rescues in this area, most of whom use fosters to care for their animals. To solve our problem we have looked outside the Columbus area to find approved foster homes for our dogs. Adequate financing is an ongoing problem. AHDRO will not refuse a dog with major health issues.

Our programs

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

Forever Home Adoption Program

We receive money from adoption donations of our dogs ). Actively seek donations through individuals who care about the collie breed and other dogs. Seek grants from Animal Related Foundations .

Population(s) Served

The Fostering the Love Program is part of our larger program The Forever Home Program. Our fosters are an essential part of a dog's rehabilitation process ... they provide shelter, they begin training, they help our dogs learn to trust, and so much more. Most of all, they provide love.

Fostering an Almost Home dog is an act of love given to a dog who has endured some form of tragedy. Our dogs often come in confused and frightened, and need be shown they are safe and cared for. Fosters are the backbone of our organization; we depend on you to bring these dogs to their full potential, guided with compassion and nurtured with kindness.

Population(s) Served

Almost Home has always had a soft spot for senior dogs. When other rescue organizations have passed by seniors at the shelters, we have brought them in.

Our Senior to Senior Program was created to match senior citizens with senior dogs through a permanent senior foster program. Many of our older adults cannot afford the care of a dog. Almost Home would take care of all these needs, i.e., medical expenses, medicines, and food. In exchange, the senior caregiver would safely house our dog, exercise him, perform basic brushing, and transport the dog to the vet. We believe each will benefit through this project. The companionship, love and care-giving will bring joy into both lives.

Population(s) Served

Unfortunately, many of the dogs that we rescue here at Almost Home have not lived a very good life up to this point. Many of them require medical treatment for diseases or injuries such as heartworms, pneumonia, malnutrition, and broken bones. Regardless of cost, our dogs are given every chance to survive, get healthy and be adopted. It is not unusual for medical expenses, especially for seniors, to run hundreds of dollars ... a few, even into the thousands. All of our AHDRO dogs are available for sponsorship to help defray the costs of their care while in our program.

If you want to help but cannot adopt at this time, this is the program for you! Any money donated is used to offset our dog’s medical costs and monthly care. You can sponsor any of our current dogs in your name or in honour or memory of someone else or another pet. Just let us know that your donation is "in memory of..." with the name. A dog can be sponsored as a one-time donation or as a monthly donation in the amount you choose. (Sorry, we cannot offer billing services.) Dogs can have more than 1 sponsor.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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.

• Save dogs in need, including those that would be left behind – those with medical issues or seniors
• We provide a safe and caring environment for all the dogs we rescue
• Do whatever is necessary to enable them to become healthy, carefree dogs – ensuring to spay/neuter every dog that enters our program, unless deemed medically impossible by a veterinarian
• Find homes for all of the dogs brought into our program – both adoptive homes and/or permanent foster homes
• Educate the public on the importance of spay/neuter, proper care for their canine companion and the responsibilities that come with being a dog owner

• Partnership with other rescues, shelters, transport groups, and veterinarians to locate dogs in need
• Build and strengthen community relationships; Collie Club of America, American Working Collie Association, Purina(Rally to Rescue), Bissell, etc.
• Utilizing a zoned approach to research available dog sites (Petfinder, Craig’s List, etc.) so that dogs in need are not missed
• Implemented a Senior Program to enable us to bring in senior dogs and place them in “forever” foster homes
• Partner with multiple local veterinary offices to provide excellent care at a discount for dogs in our program. Ensure that each veterinarian is using our intake checklist which details all testing, vaccinations, micro chipping, etc. that is required for AHDRO dogs
• Post our dogs across reputable sites (AHDRO, Petfinder, Adopt A Pet, etc.) so that they are visible to the public searching for their next forever canine friend. Utilizing a consistent information template across all channels so all pertinent information is available
• Continue to locate avenues to educate the public – Girl Scouts, Elementary Schools, Pet-related events, our website, partnering with local businesses, etc.
• Add a Humane Education Coordinator and solicit volunteers to put the Humane Education program into place and present to the public
• Attend political functions relating to dog welfare, research the issues, communicate with other rescues, add informative information on our website
• In 2014, creating an advisory board to include members of the professional public who have a passion for dogs and experience to help AHDRO in each of the above areas

• We have vision and great passion. Each step we take leads us to the next, and we are firm in our mission to provide a loving home for our dogs, extend that care to humans through our animals, and educate our children for the future.
• Each member of our Board of Directors has knowledge and experience in different areas which enables us to meet our goals and expand them as we grow.
• The advisory board we created in 2014 will further expand that knowledgebase .
• We meet monthly to discuss progress on our goals and the action items from the previous month.
• Have built lasting and trusted relationships with many dog/collie related businesses; such as the Collie Club of America, American Working Collie Association, Purina(Rally to Rescue), Bissell and more.

Have accomplished:
• Since its inception, AHDRO has rescued more than 1345 dogs – both locally and from as far away as Alabama, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. AHDRO dogs are rescued from situations ranging from lack of care to neglect to starvation and abuse.
• Our Senior Program has successfully accepted and placed over 25 senior dogs; some in adoptive homes but most in permanent foster homes
• In 2013, we upgraded our website and moved hosting companies to ensure that our information was accessible at all times and that applications and emails to our directors would be delivered regularly.
• Have multiple very successful annual fundraisers, which bring in the majority of the funds used for our dogs year after year.
• Created brochures to use at events that help with education – Puppy Mill Brochure & Children’s Activity Book about AHDRO


Need to accomplish:
• To create a database to house all pertinent information for AHDRO which will allow additional reporting capabilities.

Financials

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Operations

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

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ALMOST HOME DOG RESCUE OF OHIO

Board of directors
as of 3/16/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Cheryl Rakich

Cheryl Rakich

Carol Mondillo

Charlene Molnar

Beverly Schwieterman

Paula Peyton Fred North

Nathan Haas

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? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No