MT PLEASANT ANIMAL SHELTER INC

We envision a community of people and organizations committed to working together to eliminate the occurrence of abused, neglected and homeless animals.

East Hanover, NJ   |  www.njshelter.org

Mission

We envision a community of people and organizations committed to working together to eliminate the occurrence of abused, neglected, and homeless animals. Our Mission: To build a community of people and organizations working together to save today’s, and prevent tomorrow’s, abused, neglected and homeless animals. How we do this … -Deliver the highest level of animal care to prepare today’s animals in need for their future homes -Bring together the cats and dogs who need a loving family with the people who want them -Provide community services and resources to ensure every animal has a safe and healthy life

Notes from the nonprofit

At Mt Pleasant Animal Shelter, we envision a community committed to working together to eliminate the occurrence of abused, neglected, and homeless animals. This vision has not changed in our 50-year history. Founded in 1972, we have rescued an estimated 40,000 animals. We accomplish this by hiring dedicated and caring staff, embracing volunteers, and always striving to govern in a manner that invokes community trust. A Fear Free Shelter, we enrich the environment for the animals while working to understand and support their emotional needs. As we look forward to our next 50 years of saving animals, we will focus on: ● Maximizing our impact on our community and animal welfare overall ● Implementing the most successful and generally accepted shelter practices ● Creating a supportive, caring, and enriching experience for our cats and dogs, and our community Together, we will continue to work tirelessly to save today’s, and prevent tomorrow’s, abused, neglected, and homeless animals.

Ruling year info

1973

Executive Director

Lorraine Caffrey

Main address

194 Route 10 West

East Hanover, NJ 07936 USA

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Formerly known as

Wessex Animal Welfare League

EIN

23-7189562

NTEE code info

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

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

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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?

Nicky's Second Chance

Nicky’s Second Chance Fund earmarks funds to treat animals who have medical needs above and beyond our normal standards of care. Mt. Pleasant wants to find a loving home for every animal that walks through our doors. Many times, animals that require special medical care aren’t as desirable for adoption to most people. Our caring staff does all possible to ensure treatment and recovery, preparing each for his or her best possible opportunity.

Nicky’s Second Chance Fund was named after a dog who endured years of abuse and neglect, but found peace and love in her final days at Mt. Pleasant. We honor her memory by using these donations to help get animals into permanent homes as quickly as possible.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We are dedicated to “Serving Those Who Have Served” by introducing a 50% Adoption Discount on cats, dogs, kittens, and puppies for current Servicemen and Servicewomen, as well as Veterans of our Military. This offer began on Veterans Day, 2016, and became a permanent program at Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter. This is our way of saying THANK YOU for your Service.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

We are taking our Sponsor-a-Pet program to the next level! This past December, the Sponsor-an-Adoption allowed donors to pay all costs towards the adoption of a particular cat or dog, and the initiative proved to be quite popular. We are now combining these two programs and, in doing so, are providing donors several options that will help support our pets while they are here AND making it easier for them to find loving forever homes.

Basic Sponsorship allows donors to provide full or partial support towards the medical needs, food, and miscellaneous care for a single pet for a specified number of months. Sponsor-an-Adoption allows donors the opportunity to fully support an adoption of a cat or dog, by paying a one-time fee. Finally, Full Sponsorship provides for full financial support of a single pet, including the up-front cost of the adoption fee, as well as full monthly sponsorship for the duration of the pet’s stay at Mr. Pleasant Animal Shelter.

Each sponsorship level allows for renewal with a new pet, once your designated pet is adopted.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Shelter Partnering Program - Prevents euthanasia of adoptable pets in overcrowded shelters

Kennel Enrichment - Stimulates cats and dogs mentally, physically and emotionally to avoid burnout

Home-to-Home Adoptions - Helps people re-home a pet while limiting the pet's stress

Adoption/Surrender Counseling - Helps people choose the right pet for their lifestyle and family or find a better home for the pet they currently care for.

Meet Your Match - Personality assessed dogs are successfully matched with potential adopters reducing the number of returned adoptions and clarifying adopter expectations

Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) - Promotes a humane solution to communities and local government; coordinates and organizes mass trapping efforts to eventually reduce the number of feral cats; educates the community about responsible cat ownership and caring for a colony

Community Outreach Program - Educates and offers services to the surrounding community on matters affecting animal welfare and the relationships people have with their pets

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Employer Appreciation Award 2021

DAWN Council for Independent Living

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 surrendered by their owner

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

Adults

Related Program

General Overview

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Pounds of pet food distributed to animal rescues/shelters

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

General Overview

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average number of days of shelter stay for animals

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

Adults

Related Program

General Overview

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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?

    We serve the following communities: -Abused, neglected, and homeless cats and dogs nationwide, many that are at-risk for euthanasia. -Animal care community including employees, volunteers, adoptions channel partners, shelter partners, and a vast array of other animal care-related organizations. -Pet family community including current, first-time, and future pet owners. -Donor community including donors, corporate sponsors, and foundations.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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 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?

    We hired a nationally recognized third-party animal shelter expert to review our processes and policies. Based on that we have instituted policies that have: -Reduced length of stay -Minimized fear, anxiety, and stress among animals in the shelter environment -Invested in resources focused on behavior modification and environmental enrichment opportunities -Expanded in house medical capability through equipment and talent

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Through feedback, we are able to fulfill our mission of building a community of people and organizations working together to save today's and prevent tomorrow's abused, neglected and homeless animals.

  • 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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, 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,

Financials

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MT PLEASANT ANIMAL SHELTER INC

Board of directors
as of 03/04/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Henry Ristuccia

Kelly Lustig

Henry Ristuccia

Emelie Calbick

Jean McElroy

Eric Spurrier

Eric Segal

Kevin McDonald

Mary Altomare

Carla Macaluso

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 2/17/2022

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Leadership

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/01/2022

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.