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Houston Petset

For the Animals

Houston, TX   |  www.houstonpetset.org

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Mission

Houston PetSet was founded in 2004 with a mission to end homelessness and suffering of companion animals and elevate their status in society.

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Houston PetSet's 2020 Impact on Houston - 7,210 Animals Directly Impacted by Houston PetSet Programs - 165,000 Animals Indirectly Impacted by Houston PetSet’s Grant Program in 2019 - Nearly 3,000 Free Spay and Neuter Surgeries for Pets of Low-Income Pet Owners Through the Mobile Unit Program - 532 Animals Provided Care for Through the Urgent/Emergency Care Mobile Program for Economically Disadvantaged Pet Owners - More than 2,000 Animals Transported to Hopeful New Forever Homes in the Midwest; over 5,000 since 2017. - Seventy (70) Animal Welfare Nonprofits Funded with Grants Totaling $200,000 + Proceeds from the Virtual Soiree - Close to 5,000 Cruelty Cases Investigated through Houston PetSet’s Funding of Harris County Anti-Cruelty Officers

Ruling year info

2004

Co-President, Board of Directors

Mrs. Tena Lundquist Faust

Co-President, Board of Directors

Tama Lundquist

Main address

C/O 1302 Waugh Drive No 825

Houston, TX 77019 USA

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EIN

20-0800623

NTEE code info

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

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Our programs

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Mobile Spay and Neuter Program

The organization was founded in 2004. Since that time, Houston PetSet has evolved from solely a grant making nonprofit supporting other animal welfare groups from proceeds from its annual Soiree, to a comprehensive, data-driven organization that has made a significant impact on animal welfare in Houston/Harris County and recognized by the Mayor’s office and County leaders.

Houston PetSet launched its first mobile spay and neuter unit in 2020. This unit helped Houston PetSet remove the barriers faced by so many low-income pet owners including affordability, access and proximity. In 2020, Houston PetSet invested more than $300,000 in the neighborhood of Sunnyside in South Houston by providing nearly 3,000 free spay and neuter surgeries, vaccines, microchips and pet food for pets of low-income Houstonians. Houston PetSet acquired a second mobile spay and neuter unit in October 2020. The 2021 goal is to focus on the high need, low-income area of East Houston to provide an additional 3,000 free spay and neuter surgeries, vaccines and microchips to owned pets.

Through both of its mobile units, Houston PetSet’s goal is to provide low-income pet owners in Houston 6,000 free spay and neuter surgeries in 2021. No other organization in Houston or Harris County is making this type of long-term commitment to break down barriers of affordability, access and proximity for economically disadvantaged pet owners.

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Social and economic status

Houston PetSet’s Transport Program helps to find forever homes for rescued animals that would otherwise be euthanized in shelters or left on the streets to be abused, hit by cars or starve. It is short-term because rescuers immediately remove the unwanted animals from neighborhoods, find foster homes and prepare the pets for adoption out of state. Since 2017, Houston PetSet has transported more than 5,000 unwanted pets to potential new forever homes to partners in the Midwest.

In 2021, Houston PetSet is committed to another 24 transports. These transports will provide 2,500 dogs, cats, kittens and puppies rescued from the streets of Houston/Harris County a second chance for a forever home outside of Texas.

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Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Houston PetSet is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit founded in 2004. Our mission is to end the homelessness and suffering of companion animals and elevate their status in society. We envision a world where companion animals do not suffer and are valued by society. Since its inception, Houston PetSet has provided more than $4 million in annual grants (generated solely from gala proceeds) to more than 78 local animal nonprofits and rescue groups working on the frontlines daily, saving and helping unwanted animals find better lives. Houston PetSet’s six impact areas include (1) Rescue, Transport, and Adopt; (2) Spay and Neuter; (3) Education and Outreach; (4) Anti-Cruelty; (5) Research; and (6) Advocacy.

, Houston PetSet programs helped more than 175,000 animals – the most ever. Unfortunately, while Houston PetSet celebrated a successful year in helping the animals, the number of unwanted pets in Houston and Harris County continued to grow unchecked during the onset and aftermath of the pandemic. Houston PetSet is tackling this trend through two direct service programs that address two causes of animal overpopulation – intact pets and the rising costs of basic vaccines and microchips.

SPAY AND NEUTER PROGRAM
In 2022, Houston PetSet’s Spay and Neuter Program continued to provide free spay and neuter surgeries, vaccines, and microchips to the pets of low-income pet owners in high-need areas of Houston. The high-need classification is based on visual assessments, documented 311 calls about stray animals and animal bites, and a lack of accessible veterinary clinics.

To help meet the needs of residents and animals last year, Houston PetSet increased its efforts to spay/neuter as many owned animals as possible. The mobile spay/neuter unit gained efficiency, increasing the number of monthly completed surgeries and offering a limited number of vouchers to Harris County residents and others who could not take advantage of services on the unit. Houston PetSet services spayed and neutered more than 4,800 pets at no cost to owners.

According to Spay USA, spaying and neutering just one male and one female dog can prevent 16 puppy births in the first year. Houston PetSet’s efforts in 2022 mean 520,704 unwanted puppies will be prevented over the next three years and 68,139,000 over the next six years. Likewise, altering one male and one female cat can prevent 12 kitten births in the first year. Last year’s completed surgeries mean Houston PetSet will prevent 525,648 kittens over the next three years and 92,391,024 over the next six years.

Our current funding partnership for the mobile unit limits clients to residents of the City of Houston. Pet owners who live one street away from the city boundary and other Harris County residents who call seeking to have their pet spayed/neutered are regularly turned away from the mobile unit. In the past ten months, turning away approximately 1,000 pet owners seeking affordable surgeries was deeply disappointing.

One viable pathway to continue to service those outside the service area is to provide vouchers for pets whose owner’s live outside the city limits and pets that the mobile unit cannot accommodate - dogs above 50 pounds and brachycephalic (flat-faced) dogs. Four partner veterinary practices accept Houston PetSet vouchers and provide high-quality surgeries, vaccinations, and microchips. With some private funding, Houston PetSet has distributed fifty vouchers to pet parents this year. With additional funding, additional vouchers can be distributed to pet parents who inquire about this free service.

VACCINATION/MICROCHIP CLINICS
A critical element in thwarting pet homelessness is ensuring that pets st

Financials

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Houston Petset

Board of directors
as of 07/05/2023
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Board co-chair

Mrs. Tena Lundquist Faust

Houston PetSet


Board co-chair

Ms. Tama Lundquist

Houston PetSet

Purvez Captain

Cecilia Alatriz

Gina Bhatia

Teena Davis

Ellen Weitz

Shelley Ewart

Elaine Day

Ann Kaesermann

Dr. Jonathan Cooper

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes