GREATER HUNTSVILLE HUMANE SOCIETY

Huntsville, AL   |  www.ghhs.org

Mission

GHHS is a 501(c)3 no-kill animal shelter dedicated to furthering the humane care and treatment of animals and providing adoption services for unwanted animals. We primarily serve Madison County and North Alabama.

Ruling year info

1971

CEO

Anne Caldwell

Main address

2812 Johnson Rd SW

Huntsville, AL 35805 USA

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EIN

23-7093527

NTEE code info

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

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is still a huge number of unwanted animals in this area of the country. There are not strict spay and neuter laws therefore a constant source of more animals. We are increasing the number of animals we are able to re-home through adoption by improving our publicity, revising the adoption application and process and partnering with more businesses to do onsite adoptions. Our King's Kitchen pet food bank now requires that all pets be spayed or neutered to remain in the program. Pet owners are referred to low cost resources for this service. We are also beginning a transport program for dogs. They will be re-located to a shelter in the northeast where there is a need for adoptable dogs. We are partnering with two other animal rescue organizations to re-locate these dogs. We support the local animal services agency in its efforts to no longer use euthanasia to make space for more animals in its shelter. We are able to accept dogs from them when we have space.

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?

King's Community Kitchen

King’s Community Kitchen helps low-income pet owners feed their dogs and cats in times of financial difficulty. By giving out donated dog and cat food, we can save lives and keep animals in their own homes. In 2017, with your support, we provided over 35,000 pounds of pet food to needy homes.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people
Adults

Find new homes for unwanted or homeless pets. Includes veterinary care, especially spay/neuter & vaccinations.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

GHHS issues vouchers to cover medical expenses for pets in emergency care. We offer $50-$200 to be used at a local veterinarian, provided the pet owner meets the program qualifications (must make less than $25k/year). This program is designed to make sure no animal does not receive needed medical care due to lack of funds.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

We provide a once a month, wellness clinic for pets of low income families. The pets receive a basic exam, rabies shot, heartworm test other vaccinations and any other requested services at a discounted cost.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Seniors

Where we work

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.

1. This organization is striving to provide stellar shelter care for the animals that are
accepted by owner surrender to be re-homed with a new family.
2. We are providing education to children about animal care.
3. Our organization strives to support low income pet owners with support.

1. We following cleaning and care guidelines that provide the best situation for unwanted animals while in the shelter. Volunteer dog walkers help to exercise the dogs and socialize the cats. Our foster care program provides a safe place for a young or injured animals.

2. Paws for Reading has school-age children read to the cats and dogs. This program improves their reading ability and helps socialize animals to become a member of a household. Lucky Dog program teaches school-age children how to care for a pet.,

3. We provide three services to support low income pet owners: pet food, certificates for emergency veterinarian services and a wellness clinic.

This organization has had new leadership since mid 2015. Changes have been made in staff and overall management. Professional practices have been put in place for personnel policies. New staff members have made extraordinary progress in the past year and a half to increase our adoption rates. The staff is able to keep the kennels full and continue to have a flow of animals surrendered in and animals adopted out. We are doing more to serve our mission: to use rescue, training, adoption, education and advocacy to ensure the humane treatment of animals.

Under new leadership, Fund development has been revamped and new levels of support are being seen through fundraising events and membership.

With new leadership this organization is capable of increasing its response to unwanted animals and improved animal care practices.

This past year,we increased the number of adoptions to 740 an increase of 226 adoptions more than the past year.

We received three grants last year in support of emergency vet services.The grants have increased our ability to meet the needs of low income pet owners.

Our newest project is a transport program. We requested a transport van from one of our car dealerships and our dream was fulfilled. We have a transport van that will be used to transport dogs from here to a shelter in northeast area of the US. where there is a need for more dogs for adoptions.

A new membership program was developed last year and is growing. We also have plans in process to increase our funding through special events and a new fund raiser.

Financials

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Operations

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

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GREATER HUNTSVILLE HUMANE SOCIETY

Board of directors
as of 5/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs Terry Bradford


Board co-chair

Mrs Lana Ritch

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/21/2021

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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 without a disability

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Gender identity

 

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Disability