Animal Welfare Association, Inc.

AWA...Always Moving Forward!

aka AWA   |   Voorhees, NJ   |  www.awanj.org

Mission

The Animal Welfare Association is an organization dedicated to eliminating animal suffering, promoting the importance of the human animal bond and improving recognition of the role of animals in the well-being of people. Animal Welfare Association’s VISION is to create “A Place Where Happiness Begins” by helping to create a compassionate community, by serving as a resource for pet lovers/pet owners in need, and by envisioning achieving zero tolerance for companion animals needlessly suffering and dying in our South Jersey community.

Ruling year info

1957

Executive Director

Ms. Maya Richmond

Main address

509 Centennial Blvd

Voorhees, NJ 08043 USA

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EIN

22-1752792

NTEE code info

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

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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

Since its inception in 1948, as one of the first humane organizations formed to serve Camden County and all surrounding areas, AWA has been a regional leader in the animal welfare field. Today, AWA is again leading the way, as a nationwide cultural shift takes place. Animal shelters are moving to be seen as community centers providing numerous public services, rather than as warehouses for unwanted pets. Increasingly, the trend is to have shelters seen as friendly and inviting community centers where the public can go to not only relinquish or adopt pets but also to receive education and counseling on responsible pet ownership and animal behavior problems - to receive services ranging from low-cost, elective spay or neuter surgeries to comprehensive veterinary care – to programs using animal assisted interventions as a means to create connections and decrease social isolation.

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?

Program Overview

AWA's current programs include: an adoption center, shelter partnering program, a spay/neuter & pet wellness clinic, mobile vet care for the City of Camden, NJ, humane education programs for children, and a pet therapy program for nursing home residents. The AWA shelter is open seven days a week. Many of the dogs, cats and rabbits that come to the AWA shelter receive extensive veterinary care. Over the past year, more than 2500 animals in need received care and were adopted, 8,200 spay/neuter surgeries were performed at the Pet Clinic, 3,000 youth took part a human education event, and 8,700 pets were aided at the Pet Clinic or through other AWA programs. Additional programs include shelter partnering which entails cooperative assistance with other shelters in an effort to reduce euthanasia of healthy,adoptable animals and serve as a resource center for pet owners.

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 rehabilitated

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Program Overview

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Dogs and cats are transported to AWA from overcrowded shelters across the nation. These animals most often require extenuating and substantial behavioral and medical care, which AWA provides.

Number of animal adoptions

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Program Overview

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

COVID-19 had a significant impact on the operations of AWA. However, despite the obstacles the agency encountered, the care of the community's pets continued, albeit in a more limited fashion.

Total pounds of pet food and litter distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Program Overview

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Because of the economic impact of COVID, AWA's Pet Food Pantry operated year-round. More than 35,000 pet meals were distributed to pet owners in need.

Live Release %

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Program Overview

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

AWA has held a steady live release % of 96% or above for the last 5 years.

Number of animals vaccinated

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Program Overview

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This applies to the Public Pet Clinic only. COVID had a significant impact on AWA operations. However, despite the obstacles the agency encountered, the care of the community's pets continued.

Average number of days of shelter stay for animals

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

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Dogs = 3.9; Cats = 5.1

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Animal Welfare Association’s VISION is to create “A Place Where Happiness Begins” by helping to create a compassionate community, by serving as a resource for pet lovers/pet owners in need, and by envisioning achieving zero tolerance for companion animals needlessly suffering and dying in our South Jersey community.

AWA’s history demonstrates a continuing commitment to reaching beyond its facility walls to achieve its mission and vision, believing that a compassionate community should look to enhance the lives of all in the community, including the most vulnerable pets and people.

The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that is influenced by behaviors considered essential to the health and well-being of both.

By redefining how AWA will serve as a resource for pets/pet lovers/pet owners in need, AWA believes it will transform the organization into a Center for Excellence – a national leader in the field of animal welfare.

Animal Welfare Association’s goals center on building and sustaining “Happiness.” AWA will act as a catalyst for a more compassionate community by:
• Creating and strengthening services that directly save animals’ lives and prevent pet abandonment within our community.
• Broadening and deepening the role people play in our work so they are part of the solution.
• Developing strategic and working partnerships to help solve community problems and address service gaps.
• Building and sustaining a diverse funding pipeline to meet current and future program/service needs.

As expected, AWA successfully provides traditional animal sheltering, pet retention counseling, adoptions, foster care, pet behavioral rehabilitation/training and veterinary care, with more than 20,000 pets and people participating in one of AWA’s programs/services each year. Other programs include:
• Veterinary Care: AWA’s shelter and public veterinary clinics help ensure that high quality medical care is available for animals in need. While there is an emphasis on providing spay/neuter surgeries as a tool in preventing pet overpopulation, AWA also provides wellness and illness exams and treatment, dentals, and vaccine clinics.
• Community Engagement: AWA has a long history of outreach and partnering, including, but not limited to, community workshops and training sessions, humane education programs for youth, technical education for veterinary technician students, as well as specialized programs/services for seniors, special needs teens/adults, and economically challenged residents.

The goals of the above are to bring together the pet-caring community to help solve community problems; to address ways to strengthen the human-animal bond; and to help create a compassionate community where all people and creatures are treated with respect.

However, AWA has always been more than a typical animal shelter. It has been dedicated to improving the lives of pets and people through educational campaigns, direct action, and strategic programming since its inception, with an emphasis on serving special needs groups.

THREE of these include:
• Differently-Abled Teens and Adults: AWA partners with community and service-based organizations to provide valuable life and job skills, on-site, to developmentally disabled teens and adults.
• Senior Citizens: Volunteer pet/person teams from AWA’s Pet Therapy program visit hospitals and assisted living facilities to provide emotional and physical support.
• Inner City Neighborhoods: Through AWA’s VOW (Vets on Wheels) and Pet Food Pantry programs, we are able to have a direct, positive impact on pet owners who are unable to access pet care resources for a variety of reasons, including lack of transportation, conveniently located/affordable vet clinics or full service/affordable grocery stores.

2020 marks the beginning of an organizational transformation for AWA. With the start of construction of a new 20,000 sq. ft. animal care and education center in Summer 2020, a rejuvenated AWA will be created.

This “rebuilding” includes more than just the physical plant. It means reevaluating the purpose, staffing and resources for each current and future program and service, with the goal of serving a broader constituent base.

AWA is always looking to make a lasting difference in the lives of pets and people. As we plan for the next two years, for the next two years, we will develop and strengthen strategic partnerships to continue refining our programs and deepening the impact AWA has in the community.

AWA was founded in 1948, and was one of the first humane organizations to serve South Jersey. Since that time, AWA has continued to evolve and grow, to meet and exceed every challenge laid before it. The tag line of "AWA - always moving forward" is more than just a set of words. It reflects the can-do spirit that is ingrained in the culture of the agency. It WILL achieve its goals.

AWA's physical, cultural, and programmatic transformation began with the Board's plan to remodel, and rebuild the existing physical plant in 2020-2021. The planning process for the building, and the use of space, is providing staff with the opportunity to challenge "how we do things" and instead to determine "how SHOULD we do things" at AWA.

The only positive occurring from COVID-19 at this point in time in AWA's history is that it is and will continue to force staff and volunteers to take nothing for granted. From that process will emerge an even stronger AWA than anyone expected.

Financials

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Animal Welfare Association, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 3/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Jonathan Furlow

Self-employed, CPA

Term: 2020 - 2023

James Miles

Bowman & Co.

Jonathan Furlow

Self employed CPA

Yasmeen Khaleel

Capehart & Scatchard

Lynn Fryckberg

UBS Financial Services

Jenn Wnek

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Steve Cohen

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Mark Schott

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Rick Dressel

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Carolyn Bekes

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Ken Morgan

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Dennis Skalkowski

Bowman & Co.

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? 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 3/9/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data