Guardian Angels For Soldier's Pet

Supporting our Military, Wounded Warriors, and Veterans since 2005

Gatesville, TX   |  https://gafsp.org

Mission

National ALL-volunteer 501c3 Military and Veteran Support Organization assisting active duty service members, wounded warriors, veterans, and their beloved companion animals or assistance service canines through various assistance programs.

Notes from the nonprofit

Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet is not an animal rescue organization as we do not have a "re-homing" program or accept stray or abandoned animals. With the number of animal shelters and rescues across the country we saw no need to re-invent the wheel. We are here to support and assist our active duty service members (primarily single and dual military), wounded warriors, and honorably discharged veterans by working with military bases, various Military and VA medical centers, and other 501c nonprofit public charities that support our military and veteran communities across the country.

Ruling year info

2005

CEO/President

Linda Spurlin-Dominik

Main address

402 Barton Ln

Gatesville, TX 76528 USA

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EIN

20-2229425

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

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

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are (1) trying to find various ways or venues to increase donations as we can only operate based on Direct and Indirect Public Support and (2) create a group of potential foster homes in our network that we have available for those situations where the pet or pets needs to be placed temporarily until we get them into an appropriate foster home in our network.

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?

Pet Foster Home Program

Establishing and maintaining a network of pet care foster homes to provide a caring, loving, and safe home for beloved pets owned by military service members deploying to harm's way (combat, peace-keeping, and humanitarian mission) and short term fostering needed due to an emergency hardship.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

(established 2008) to financially assist with pet related costs involving those pets fostered via our Foster Home program. Pet related costs can include such expenses as pet transport, additional pet training, and emergency pet boarding where we need to move a pet to a different foster home during the foster time or we need a short term (maximum 2 weeks) place to care for the pet until we can get them in an individual home due to a last minute request for our assistance. Where funds are available provide assistance to military service members, military families with a deployed spouse, and veterans in an emergency hardship. Each emergency hardship is handled on a case-by-case basis.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

Supporting our service members and veterans who have been medically diagnosed with PTSD, TBI, or MST and official recommendation to us has been received that an "Assistance Service Dog” (ASD) will help improve the service member/veteran’s quality of life. Note: The program was introduced in Southwestern Missouri on 4/1/2013 as a pilot program and plans are underway to introduce the pilot program San Antonio, TX area on or around 10/1/2013. During April 2020 we will implementing the WA-TX program in Central TX

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

The MVP Sanctuary will be established on the Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet property located south of Gatesville TX in Coryell County (approximately 14 miles west of Fort Hood). . Purpose of the sanctuary is create a place for the military and veteran community to visit including a (1) memorial gardens to honor and remember our Fallen Warriors, MWDs, and our military/veteran beloved pets who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge; (2) various activities including but not limited to fishing, volleyball, horseshoes and jogging paths; (3) Warriors’ Angels-TX Training Facility; (4) National office for the organization’s "day-to-day operations with conference/training room; (5) Covered pavilions for events involving our military and veteran communities and for holding fundraising events; and (6) designated picnic areas for use by the military and veteran communities.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

Where we work

Awards

Certification of Appreciation 2007

Newmans Own

Certification of Appreciation 2008

Newmans Own

Freedom Team Salute Certificate of Appreciaton 2009

US Army Freedom Salute Team

Service Above and Beyond Award 2009

Soldiers' Angels

OEF Certificate Appreciation with American Flag 2011

Prov Reconstruction Team-Flag-OEF Afghan

Memorial Camp Certificate and Flag for Fallen Warriors 2011

OEF CJSOTF-Afghan

Gold Level Participation 2014

GuideStar.org

2015 Top Rated Nonprofit 2015

Great Non-profits.org

2017 Top Rated Nonprofit 2017

Great Non Profits

2018 Top Rated Nonprofit 2018

Great Non Profits

Affiliations & memberships

Risk Nonprofit Management Center 2021

TX Homeless network 2019

TX Sheriffs Association 2019

Gatesville Chamber of Commerce 2011

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Military and Veteran Companion Animal Fostering

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Military personnel

Related Program

Pet Foster Home Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The figures shown relate to the number of companion animals reunited with their military or veteran legal pet owners during each year.

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.

Our long range goals relate to supporting our military and veteran community with companion and/or assistance service canines by:

(1) Strengthen our financial sustainability

(2) Enhance and strengthen our Marketing, Communications, and Social Media efforts to increase public awareness regarding our mission, programs, and financial needs.

(3) Deepen relationships with the other military/veteran service/support organizations to increase our presence as a military/veteran support organization on a local, state, and national level

(4) Build bridges between our organization and key institutions (including but not limited to military installations, VA & Military medical centers, federal/state/local governments, and foundations) to increase partnership and cooperation.

(5) Increase and strengthen our volunteer national/state support teams and our foster home network

Our strategies are both short term and long term to accomplish our “Goals" by

(1) Ongoing outreach to our potential clients, military medical and VA facilities, prospective donors/supporters, and volunteers via social media, quarterly newsletters, word of mouth, blog, and “Information Tables" at local community and military events

(2) Identifying various platforms for recruiting volunteers via our website, newsletter, and social media outlets

(3) Identifying and implementing various Direct and Indirect Public Support venues and promoting the means available to contribute to our programs and operation needs including but not limited to our website, newsletter, blog, and social media outlets

(4) Ongoing outreach to the civilian and military communities including the VA and other organizations involved with military/veteran support efforts via word of mouth, email, social media outlets, and Information Tables at events.

Established a Foster Home network of registered potential foster home volunteers covering all 50 states, developed and implemented state level volunteer teams, established the National Coordination Director volunteer role assisting state level coordinators and covering specific states where no coordinator is in place, established a virtual National Support Staff covering our marketing/communication efforts, Volunteer program, and maintaining the organizations website.

Since the organization began in 2005 we have implemented various ways for supporters to contribute financially when they so choose to do so through such venues as PayPal, various on-line shopping programs, and 3rd Party Fundraising capability.

Established various programs (Pet Foster Home (available in all 50 states, MPA Fund, MVP Sanctuary in TX (under development), and Warriors' Angels in TX.

Despite these accomplishments, there is more to do: keeping the word out there via promotional materials, distributed to potential clients via their assigned military installations, military medical centers, VA med centers, and other military and veteran support groups/organizations at the national, state, and local levels. We must continue to increase awareness and establish additional ways to receive the funds needed to keep the organization going. The actual clients we are here to help will vary between deployments and those recognized as wounded warriors and/or veterans with unforeseen medical and/or are homeless, but the need for what we do will continue for many years to come.

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

    Active duty service members (single and dual military) deploying out of country related to combat, humanitarian, or peacekeeping missions plus through the VA we work with veterans facing unforeseen inpatient medical issues and/or homelessness.

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

    Suggestion box/email, talking with those we serve,

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

    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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    At this point none

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

  • 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 ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Guardian Angels For Soldier's Pet

Board of directors
as of 5/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Linda Spurlin-Dominik

Retired

Term: 2018 - 2018

Major Nancy Emma

Retired - US Army

Major Randall Baucom

Retired - US Army

Tonya Phipps

Disabled

Marge Janiak

Retired

Jennifer Tennison

Non-working

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/27/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/06/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.