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Animal Friends Alliance

Saving Animals Today

Fort Collins, CO   |  SavingAnimalsToday.org

Mission

Our mission is to provide comprehensive companion animal resources, services, and education to the community to prevent homelessness and promote the human-animal bond. Our vision is that all companion animals experience a healthy home where they are wanted, cared for, and loved.

Ruling year info

2007

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Sarah Swanty

Main address

2321 E. Mulberry St. Unit 1

Fort Collins, CO 80524 USA

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Formerly known as

Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic

EIN

20-4969731

NTEE code info

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

Veterinary Services (D40)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Every year millions of dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters. Our organization is working to address the root source of pet overpopulation through several impactful programs. We not only provide a safe shelter for homeless cats and dogs, but operate multiple programs that are aimed to keep pets in loving homes and out of shelters. These include a free pet food pantry and low-cost or free veterinary care for families in need.

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?

Subsidized Spay/Neuter and Vaccine Clinic

Our spay/neuter clinic opened its doors in March of 2007 when we realized the lack of affordable spay/neuter services in our community. Our clinic is open to the general public, though it focuses on helping low-income pet owners, students, the elderly and other shelters and rescues.  These services help reduce pet overpopulation and euthanasia rates. In addition, all animals that come through our clinic are given basic wellness exams.  These free health exams may reveal underlying health issues in early stages that can be treated for less cost than waiting until conditions are critical. Our clinic also offers other discounted pet services including disease testing, heartworm preventative, deworming, and nail trims.

Population(s) Served
Adults

All cats and dogs that enter our shelter are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, dewormed, microchipped, tested for diseases, socialized, and then put up for adoption. No animal that enters our premises is euthanized unless they are suffering from an untreatable condition.  However, we are a limited admission shelter and can only take new cats or dogs in when we have room for them.

Population(s) Served
Adults

PAL+ stands for "Prevent A Litter Plus".  This program provides spay/neuter procedures, vaccinations, and microchipping for pets belonging to low-income community members.  Because veterinary care has become so expensive in recent years, it has made it almost impossible for low-income families to provide even the most basic veterinary care to their pets.  Due to this fact many pets belonging to low-income community members go unaltered and therefore produce puppies and kittens that end up in animal shelters or ultimately end up contributing to the pet overpopulation problem themselves.In addition, we have found that many low-income community members allow there pets to roam outdoors where they can spread disease and/or become lost and end up in a shelter.This program is extremely important because it not only prevents these animals from reproducing, but takes steps to keep them healthy and keep them in their homes.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

The Kibble Supply program officially began in February of 2010 when so many animals were losing their homes due to the poor economy.  Many people that called our shelter voiced their concern that due to a job loss they could no longer afford to feed their cats and therefore would have to surrender them to a shelter. Dry and canned food was collected from local grocery & pet supply stores, individuals, and other humane organizations to be handed out to community members that are struggling to keep their cats fed.  In 2011 we extended our Kibble Supply program to dogs as well. Caretakers of feral colonies are also able to receive food from the Kibble Supply program

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Our Community Cat Program focuses on Trap-Neuter-Return in the Northern Colorado area.

Unsocial cats are trapped by staff and/or volunteers and then brought to our facility. While at our facility they are altered and vaccinated. Depending on the living circumstances of the cat(s), the age, and their sociability they have one of the following outcomes: returned to the location where they were trapped, admitted into our shelter or foster program for adoption as house cats, or admitted into our shelter for adoption as a barn cat.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Animal Friends Alliance has an onsite full-service professional grooming salon. By having your pet groomed with us, you’ll be contributing to your pet’s well-being and supporting our organization. We welcome dogs, cats, and small animals!

Appointments available 7 days a week! Call for an appointment today at (970) 224-3647.

Walk-in nail trims available 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 7 days a week. Call the salon for availability outside of those hours.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Golden Scissors 2008

Larimer Humane Society

Certificate of Appreciation for Spay Day USA 2011

The Humane Society of the United States

Certificate of Appreciation for Spay Day USA 2008

The Humane Society of the United States

Larimer Humane Society 2009

Golden Scissors

Certificate of Appreciation for Spay Day USA 2010

Humane Society of the United States

Certificate of Appreciation for Spay Day USA 2013

Humane Society of the United Stated

Non-profit Torch Award for Ethics 2021

Better Business Bureau

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 animal adoptions

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

Adults

Related Program

Adoption-Guarantee Shelter for Cats and Dogs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each year our organization works to save more homeless dogs and cats through our Shelter & Adoptions program.

Number of animals rescued

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

Adoption-Guarantee Shelter for Cats and Dogs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of homeless animals we are able to take into our shelter has grown almost every single year.

Number of spay/neuter surgeries performed.

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

Economically disadvantaged people, Adults

Related Program

Subsidized Spay/Neuter and Vaccine Clinic

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our subsidized spay/neuter and vaccine clinic performs nearly 7,000 surgeries every year. While surgeries dipped in 2020 due to Covid restrictions, we bounced back in 2021 with a new record.

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 organization's vision is a community in which every pet is a healthy and wanted pet. We aim to end the euthanasia of homeless animals except when absolutely necessary as in the case of untreatable medical or behavioral problems that are causing the animal to suffer or threaten the safety of the animal or the people it interacts with.

Our organization's strategies include providing a safe haven for homeless cats, dogs, kittens, and puppies while focusing on programs that prevent animals from becoming homeless in the first place. We are also holding a capital campaign to build a new, state-of-the-art cat shelter to further increase our ability to save cats and kittens. The new building will also provide more space for our community programs, allowing us to meet the growing need.

Our capabilities are resource-dependent. Our 2020 merger to become Animal Friends Alliance provided a plethora of new opportunites, epsecially regarding space for animals. We have increased our number of dog adoptions every year since we merged. We have a history of success and we continue to grow our impact in the community, especially for stray/feral community cats.

One of our organization's proudest accomplishments is the massive reduction in the number of homeless kittens in our community. Both our shelter and our local open-admission shelter now bring in most of our adoptable kittens from outside of our community because of this. This allows us to save at-risk animals in other communities, while still providing a healthy kitten to a loving family.

We are also incredibly proud of our record-breaking dog adoption numbers in 2020 and 2021. In 2021 we adopted out 1,131 dogs and puppies, which is more than any year ever before.

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 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 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Animal Friends Alliance

Board of directors
as of 03/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kris Cafaro

Freelance Writer

Kathy Dalton

Retired

Kirk Reimann

Platte River Power Authority

Jenna Riedi

Faunalytics

Kris Cafaro

Freelance Writer

Julie Piepho

Retired

Robert Gregory

Retired

Jana Dean

Retired

Jean Opsomer

Westat

Travis Rounsaville

Trihydro Corporation

Stu Philips

Retired

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/28/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

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

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/28/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • 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.