SAVE YOUR ASS LONG EAR RESCUE

South Acworth, NH   |  www.saveyourassrescue.org

Mission

The Mission of Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home donkeys and mules in need. We also provide educational opportunities that create awareness of the human/animal bond, as well as the specific needs of long ears.

Ruling year info

2008

President

Ann W. Firestone

Main address

23 Saw Mill Rd

South Acworth, NH 03607 USA

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EIN

26-1117817

NTEE code info

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

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We provide a safe haven and a chance for a permanent home for donkeys and mules who would otherwise be mistreated, left to die or go to slaughter.

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?

Rescue, Rehabilitate and Re-home Donkeys and Mules in need of assistance.

Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue accepts donkeys and mules in crisis situations and provides shelter, vet care, training and re-homing. 40 animals were rescued in 2013; 5 went through intensive medical procedures to get ready for adoption; 9 were severely malnourished; 36 were adopted out to permanent homes.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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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.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Rescue, Rehabilitate and Re-home Donkeys and Mules in need of assistance.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This represents the number of rescued animals that that had severe medical or behavioral problems which needed to be addressed before adoption could take place.

Number of animals rescued

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

No target populations selected

Related Program

Rescue, Rehabilitate and Re-home Donkeys and Mules in need of assistance.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The numbers reflect the animals rescued from shelters, auctions, or abandoned by their owners. May also include animals previously placed, but returned to the rescue for a variety of reasons.

Average number of days of shelter stay for animals

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

No target populations selected

Related Program

Rescue, Rehabilitate and Re-home Donkeys and Mules in need of assistance.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

The length of stay is about 2-3 months. It can be longer in the winter, shorter in spring/summer.

Number of animal adoptions

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

No target populations selected

Related Program

Rescue, Rehabilitate and Re-home Donkeys and Mules in need of assistance.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of animals adopted into permanent homes.

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.

The mission and overall goal of Save Your ass Long Ear Rescue is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home donkeys and mules in need. We also provide educational opportunities that create awareness of the human animal bond, as well as the specific needs of long ears.

Specific goals include:
Increase the number of donkeys and mules coming to the Rescue from venues where the animals are in danger of going to slaughter;

Ensure that each animal is evaluated and, if necessary, treated for temperament, behavior problems and training before leaving the Rescue;

Provide quality support, education and back up to adoptive families in order to ensure the highest possibility of successful adoptions; and

Increase the number of appropriate, adoptive homes for the long ears.

Every animal is examined by a veterinarian when they first arrive.They're given rabies and tetanus vaccine and will have a negative coggins before being adopted. Animals are also given a behavioral assessment at intake. This helps us develop a behavioral training program while at the rescue and to make the best possible match between an animal and potential adopter. Adopters are carefully screened. An adoption contract, references and home visit are musts before an adoption is finalized.

SYA also educates on the specific needs of donkeys and mules. Volunteers set up booths at local events, often accompanied by a rescued long ear, to give the public a chance to interact with and ask questions about the animals. We also conduct presentations and demonstrations at equine shows and events in New England. In addition, we have hosted schoolchildren, interns, 4H groups and community volunteers at the Rescue itself.

Although SYA serves a small segment of the population, its expertise in equine management has long range implications for large animal shelter and care. SYA is well integrated into the larger animal community. Our President, Ann Firestone, is a vet tech who monitors the animal's physical and medical needs. She is also a trainer who works to ensure that all the animals are behaviorally and emotionally ready for an adoptive home.

The Rescue employs 1 full time assistant in charge of the grounds and physical facilities. She makes sure the animals are safe, secure and well tended at all times. There are 2 part time volunteers who come to the Rescue on a regular basis to provide companionship, sociability and positive interactions for the animals. The Rescue is governed by a 5 member Board of Directors which makes sure the Rescue runs well, has money in the bank and provides the highest quality of care possible. SYA's reputation is stellar throughout the country.

1. A positive reputation reinforced by the many calls, emails and testimonials received daily;
2. 2-3 requests a year to speak at conferences as an expert in caring for donkeys and mules, including The Donkey Symposium in CA and NEECA in New England ;
3. An average adoption rate of 35 animals per year;
4. A waiting list of adopters wanting to adopt an animal from SYA;
5. The many calls the President receives from the adoption community asking for help with specific issues and concerns of their animals.

We continue to increase the number of animals we are able to rescue from slaughter houses and situations of neglect and cruelty. They are our highest priority. We also want to reduce the number of animals returned to SYA for behavioral reasons. We will bring more training resources to our adoptive families, and to the equine caring population in general, so that families are better able to care for their animals and keep them at home.

Financials

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Operations

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SAVE YOUR ASS LONG EAR RESCUE

Board of directors
as of 4/2/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ann Firestone

Joan Gemme

Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue

Jean Cornish

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Peggy Dunham

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Elise Paffrath

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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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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