GEAUGA COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY'S RESCUE VILLAGE

aka Geauga Humane Society, GHS, RV or Rescue Village   |   Novelty, OH   |  www.rescuevillage.org

Mission

Our Vision: A humane world where animals are treated with compassion and respect

Our Mission: To act on behalf of animals and inspire people to build a more humane community

Ruling year info

1983

Executive Director

Ms. Hope Brustein

Main address

PO Box 116 15463 Chillicothe Road

Novelty, OH 44072 USA

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EIN

23-7358431

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

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We envision a world where there are no abandoned, abused or neglected animals and where animals are treated with the compassion and respect that they deserve.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

General

Geauga Humane Society offers a wide array pf programs and services through our community shelter and animal resource center including; an adoption program, low cost spay/neuter programs for owners with financial need, a TNR program for Geauga County residents, a Behavior HelpLine for people whose animals are having behavior issues, a Pet Food Pantry for people who need assistance, community education (training, behavior, pet loss support, pet first aid, etc.), humane education programs for children and adults, volunteer and foster care programs, summer and winter camps and PALS Kids, an on-site educational program for children. The Rescue Village facility includes a clinic that serves the medical and surgical needs of our shelter animals. Rescue Village also has on staff the humane agent for Geauga County and has the only barn program run by a humane society in northeast Ohio.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Rescue Village is home to the only barn program run by a humane society in our region. The 5-stall barn, built in 2005, provides safe haven for horses and farm animals rescued from cruelty and neglect as part of our Humane Law Enforcement Dept.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Fix It in the Farmland (FITF) is a unique outreach program launched in 2008.  This program enables us to "fix" companion animals in the farmlands of central and eastern Geauga County reaching out where the need is greatest to low-income residents and the Amish population. Also, FITF continues to be the only Amish-focused spay/neuter program in the country.  The program's success is well known and is serving as a template among nationally based animal organizations wishing to establish similar Amish-focused programs. Since its inception, FITF has spay/neutered over 3000 animals.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Catsmart TNR program was created in 2001 to respond to the needs of feral and free-roaming cats and the many people faced with trying to live with and provide care for these cats in their neighborhoods. Since its inception nearly 8,000 feral and free roaming community cats have been sterilized.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Rescue Village transports in animals from shelters in eleven states and Puerto Rico that euthanize for space or length of stay in order to help these pets find their forever homes.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

American Humane Association 2014

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our organization is going to continue to act on behalf of animals through our intake, transport, medical, humane law, dog and cat enrichment, barn, and adoption programs. Through our humane law and humane education programs we will continue to inspire people to build a more humane community.

Our vision is of a humane world where animals are treated with compassion and respect.

We are currently in a new strategic planning process that focuses on four key areas: the future direction of our barn program, partnerships and collaborations, creating earned (non-philanthropic) revenue streams and, low cost veterinary care for our community.

Our board, staff, and a few community members will carefully explore each of the four prongs of the current strategic plan and, in making decisions about how each objective is to be carried out, will take into consideration our current staffing and work load. If additional resources would be needed to accomplish any of the objectives a cost and ROI analysis will be done before a commitment is made.

The committees charged with this task are made up of people who have skills and knowledge in areas that will be helpful to providing resources and making decisions that will best serve the greater good of both our organization and the community in which we live.

Rescue Village has long popularized the tag line "people helping animals, animals helping people". Our programs and services reach fat beyond providing adoptions. Rescue Village is a community center for animals and their people. We are about keeping pets and their people together. We are a gathering place for people who want to volunteer time, access educational opportunities, and find kindred spirits.

Our shelter currently adopts out just over 2,000 animals per year and touches thousands more through our community spay/neuter and TNR programs and our humane law department works with the owners of many hundreds more animals each year. In addition, our humane education department teaches lessons centered around kindness and compassion to nearly 6,000 adults and children per year.

Our barn program has been very successful and is the only hope for abused and neglected horses and farm animals in our county. In 2018 we saved more barn animals than ever before. While the majority of our barn animals currently come from humane cases, it is our desire to consider enlarging our program to be able to take surrenders as well. The strategic planning committees are poised and ready to explore the future of this only humane society operated barn program in northern Ohio.

Rescue Village has numerous partnerships through our transport program including the ASPCA, Canine Lifeline and Atlanta Humane. Our adoption program includes partnerships with organizations such as Pets for the Elderly and Pets for Patriots. Our Humane Law supports Womensafe and would like to partner with other organizations who help people who have lost or left their homes. Volunteer and shelter programs partner with numerous companies and schools who send their employees and students for community service days. Recently we began partnering with a juvenile detention center who brings youth, ages 16-21, to the shelter for a half day three days a week. These kids work with our staff on shelter tasks and provide the dogs with enrichment activities. We plan to expand this program. We also provide numerous resources to other area shelters.

We have identified creating additional income streams as an area on which to focus in the next couple of years. Our strategic planning committee is exploring all kinds of options from pet boarding, grooming and training to opening a thrift shop. We expect to be hearing more on this in the coming months.

Though Rescue Village does provide low cost TNR services for owned cats and a one-of-a-kind spay/neuter program aimed at low-income and Amish families, we do not offer any other veterinary programs for a low, or no cost. Believing that our community needs these services, our strategic planning committee is looking at various ways that we can bring these services to our community. Options include everything from a mobile unit, to opening our shelter clinic to the public on weekends, to building a free standing low cost veterinary center.

Financials

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Operations

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

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GEAUGA COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY'S RESCUE VILLAGE

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Kathy Leavenworth

Kathy Leavenworth

Brian Greene

Ciofani & Greene

Nancy Rubin

Bruce Hartzmark

OPCO

Sheila Simpson

Jane Geisse

Jan Glasser

Carrie Radevoyevitch

Progressive

Chuck Walder

Geauga County

Pam Isquick

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