TWO BY TWO RESCUE

The good-hearted are kind to animals.

aka Two by Two Rescue League   |   Helena, AL   |  www.twobytworescue.com

Mission

Two by Two is a No Kill rescue that exists to give life to all abandoned, abused, stray, and distressed animals without regard to age, breed, color, or medical condition, and to keep pets in their homes by offering relief to people in crisis.

Ruling year info

2006

Founder and Executive Director

Sonya King

Main address

PO Box 708

Helena, AL 35080 USA

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EIN

20-4219823

NTEE code info

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

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Two by Two Rescue operates in a state where destruction is the prevalent practice for addressing homeless animals. In Alabama, it is a rare exception if two out of ten shelter animals are adopted. It is our belief that euthanasia is not a solution to the crisis. We believe in life and are committed to rescuing any animal regardless of age, breed, color, or medical condition. Two by Two relocates animals to 24 states from Alabama, an area of extreme surplus, to areas in the Northeast where spay/neuter legislation has led to a decrease in adoptable animals. During 2018, 100 dogs from Two by Two were adopted throughout the Northeast—in New Jersey, Maine, Wisconsin, and Michigan. This greatly improves these animals’ chances. Our intake is limited only by available space in an approved foster home. Once our Life Center in Pelham, Alabama, is operational, it will increase our capacity. We are addressing the overpopulation through adoption, education, as well as encouraging spay or neuter.

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?

Comprehensive Rescue Support Program

We believe in life and are committed to rescuing any animal without regard to age, breed, color, or medical condition. We respond to sightings of stray dogs, rescue abandoned dogs from homes, businesses, animal clinics, and from owners who are no longer able (or willing) to care for them, and transfer in animals on death row. We secure them and provide necessary medical intervention, a loving foster home initially, and a loving forever home when possible. Number served: Over 600 dogs this year to date.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Adoption Program showcases healthy pets available for adoption and promotes them at adoption events, on social media, community events, and televised featured spots; all adoptable dogs are listed on the website and on PetFinder. Two by Two’s active social media reach (36,000+ Facebook followers and 3,700+ Instagram) led to 558 adoptions during 2019.

Population(s) Served
Adults

This program serves 280 families yearly through spay/neuter events, provides low-cost vaccinations and micro-chipping to over 140 families yearly, and provides financial support for families who cannot afford their pet's high medical costs. Animals left at veterinary clinics, groomers, pet stores, as well as foreclosed houses are taken in by Two by Two, medically assessed and treated as needed, temperament assessed, and when ready placed into a safe, loving approved home until they are adopted. Through this program we also help reduce the emotional burden of divorce, illness, death, moving, or violent situations by taking a family pet into the rescue to be rehomed.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Animals who are scheduled to be euthanized at shelters and animal control centers are taken in by Two by Two, medically assessed and treated as needed, temperament assessed, and when ready placed into a safe, loving approved home until they can be adopted.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We make available food, spay/neuter, vaccinations, deworming, dog houses, kennels, and other pet needs such as fencing, through relationships with residents in underserved communities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Two by Two is committed to educational outreach and has developed programs to reach the public, law enforcement, animal control personnel, and public/private school children. The organization acknowledges that education is the key to reducing euthanasia statistics and plans to increase educational programming by 30% during 2020-2021.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We are a voice for animals regarding their value and care.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Funded by grants, no-cost spay and neuter surgeries are provided to targeted communities across our service area.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Two by Two's groundbreaking Best Dog Ever Training Program which will increase the number of dogs adopted and decrease the number of returned dogs by providing a basic obedience or intensive training for dogs whose behavior problems are a barrier to adoption. The Best Dog Ever Training Program will provide basic obedience training to approximately 85% of adoptable dogs in the organization's care. Research confirms that stray and abandoned dogs do not know how to conform to behavioral expectations, which greatly affects their initial adoptability and leads to countless failed adoptions. Providing these animals with basic behavior education, however, has been proven to increase adoptability by 140% (Luescher & Medlock, 2009).

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 animals rehomed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Foster Friends, Forever Friends Adoption Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Intake is from rescue, owner surrender, transfer from a shelter, and born in rescue.

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Comprehensive Rescue Support Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All adoptive homes are approved through a careful vetting process.

Number of animals vaccinated

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All animals coming into the rescue are vaccinated, microchipped, tested for heartworms, and if needed spayed or neutered.

Number of animals surrendered by their owner

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of animals returned to their owner

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average adoption fee (in dollars) per dog adopted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Comprehensive Rescue Support Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Senior (10 and older) dogs adoption fee is $100.

Number of pets microchipped

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All animals coming into the rescue are vaccinated, microchipped, tested for heartworms, and if needed spayed or neutered.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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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.

We plan to grow our No Kill rescue, expanding into the Northeast U.S. We plan to break ground on a state-of-the-art six thousand square foot facility in Pelham, Alabama, that will house 200 dogs as well as other animals and replicate it throughout the state. Additionally we are continuously increasing our number of foster homes. We average an adoption a day, primarily of dogs. We teach the general public, law enforcement officers, animal control personnel, and schools on a variety of topics including the basics of pet care, breed knowledge, humane treatment, the importance of spay/neuter, as well as local laws. We provide opportunities for community service and animal advocacy.

We plan to expand, diversity, and train the board of directors, transition to a staffed and volunteer organization, develop and implement a marketing plan, develop and strengthen relationships with Pelham businesses and leaders. We plan to insure the Financial Security of Two by Two as we create and staff a Development Department, conduct a Capital campaign for the Life Center, increase number annual gifts, increase number of monthly supporters, establish an Estate Planning program, intensify transfer of property, continue to build donor relationships, diversity funding sources, recruit corporate sponsors, increase in-kind services, and increase grant applications.

We have the board, staff, leadership team, volunteers and community support to enable us to reach our goals. We have excellent media relationships, life-changing stories to share, enthusiastic donors, and have earned credibility in the community.

We are committed to the No Kill philosophy and have maintained a statistical zero euthanasia rate. We have begun to hire staff and have secured the volunteer services of an expert grant writer. We have begun meeting with leaders of the Pelham and Shelby County business community and are finding enthusiastic support for our mission. We are continually growing our approved foster homes thus increasing our intake. We have vastly expanded our grant submissions are are welcoming new financial resources to help us reach our goals. We have become a member of the Best Friends Network, attended national conferences, and had staff approved to participate in country-wide apprenticeships to strengthen our work.

Additional Accomplishments

*Maintain a less than 1% euthanasia rate.
*Placed thousands of dogs through adoption since 2002.
*Shelter Organization Hero Award presented to Sonya King by Pedigree in recognition of her dedication to animal rescue in 2009.
*The John Herbert Phillips Award to Sonya King by the Greater Birmingham Humane Society Auxiliary in 2014. The award is given to persons who promote and teach kindness and compassion to animals.
*The PGA Tour Champions Charity of the Year was awarded to Two by Two Rescue in 2015.
Media Coverage
*In 2014 the story of Lazarus was featured on CNN, The Doctors, in People Magazine, the Huffington Post, as well as on London and Australian radio.
*In multiple years, stories have appeared in the Birmingham News and the Shelby County (Alabama) Reporter. Two by Two Rescue has also been featured in numerous state and local news programs.
*A feature article appeared in B metro Magazine, January 2016, pages 92-97.

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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for 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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Operations

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

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TWO BY TWO RESCUE

Board of directors
as of 11/17/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kellie McKinney

Kellie McKinney

Champion Electric

Sandra Parker

UAB

Arlene Hayne

Samford University

David Kelley

RLS Design Group, Inc.

Hewy Woodman

Helena City Councilman

Janet Kennedy-Howard

Realtor, Mortgage Broker

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 ? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/10/2020

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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

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