HUMANE SOCIETY OF BLUE RIDGE

Blue Ridge, GA   |  www.humanesocietyofbllueridge.org

Mission

The Humane Society of Blue Ridge (HSBR) works diligently to increase awareness of animal issues through public education, striving to end euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals, and to promote and offer affordable spay and neutering and rabies inoculation. HSBR is a non-profit group comprised mainly of volunteers whose mission is to promote respect for all living things, to provide for the welfare of abandoned, injured, and mistreated animals and to find them loving, permanent homes.

Ruling year info

2009

President, Board of Directors

Rick Glueckert

Main address

171 Mineral Springs Road

Blue Ridge, GA 30513 USA

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EIN

26-1144891

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

After analysis done in early 2019 based upon our 2018 statistics, it was determined that our average turn rate in the shelter was 125 days. The contributing factor to the low turn rate is that the five counties we serve are largely rural, and mostly low income. Therefore, finding suitable adoption families is difficult. In addition, in 2018 we had been addressing the communities needs to get their pets spayed/neutered by handing out $75 vouchers which could be used at three area vets. We found that only 55% of these vouchers were redeemed. The primary cause was that these vets are full service vets and the average cost for spay/neuter ranged from $150 to $250. Therefore, the voucher did not cover enough of the cost for many of the families in need.

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?

Animal Shelter

We provide shelter for surrendered and abandoned dogs and cats. Our shelter has two quarantine canine kennels and 11 general population kennels. All kennels have access to outside dog run. We have six cat rooms that can shelter up to 56 cats/kittens. We are currently raising money for a planned $100,000 shelter expansion. All animals are spay/neutered, chipped, and vaccinated prior to adoption. In 2019, we resuced 142 new animals (80 cats and 62 dogs). We are in the process of setting up an adoption transport van (we received a grant to purchase the van) so that we can rescue more animals in the future.

Population(s) Served

We operate a cat TNR program for the past few years. In 2019 we altered 632 feral cats.

Population(s) Served

We offer $20 spay or neuters for dogs or cats within the community. We partner with Tri-State Spay & Neuter who performs the surgeries We have a matchng grant in place with Tri-State and the Humane Society picks up the difference in cost (ranges from $30 to $50, depending on cat/dog and male/female). In 2019, we financially supported 528 spay/neuters for our community.

Population(s) Served

We offer free pet food for those in our community that can't afford to purchase their pet food. We conduct a food distribution day once a month (dog and cat food). In 2019, we helped 787 families.

Population(s) Served

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 sheltered animals

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

Animal Shelter

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the number of animals that were taken into our shelter.

Number of animals spayed and neutered

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

Spay/Neuter Incentive Program (SNIP)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the number of COMMUNITY animals spayed or neutered with financial support from the Humane Society of Blue Ridge. All shelter animals are spayed or neutered.

Trap, Neuter, Release

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Trap, Neuter, and Release (TNR)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We operate a Trap,Neuter, Release (TNR) program for feral cats in our effort to reduce the stray population.

Number of families served with monthly free pet food distribution annually

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

Free Community Food Distribution

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Since the above anaysis, we have implemented a change to the approach to assisting our communties with spay/neuter needs by charging the community $20 flat fee for a spay/neuter of any dog or cat. We partnered with Tri-State Spay & Neuter Clinic located in Murphy, NC and they offered us a matching grant. Since the inception of the new program (SNIP), we have seen a 390% increase in the number of spay/neuters being performed!

To address the low turn-over rate at the shelter, we have decided that it will be necessary to partner with out-of-state rescue organizations that are located in areas where there is higher demand for adoptable animals. We wrote a grant for a transport van and we received a grant for $47,000 to purchase the van and crates needed. We are in the process of vetting partner rescue groups and hope to begin transporing sometime in 2020. Our initial goal is to move animals through the shelter in less than 60 days thus improving our turn-over rate significantly.

We are also currently raising funds to do a $100,000 shelter expansion project to increase the number of animals we can rescue. We have raised $40,000 towards our goal and hope to begin construction by mid-2020.

Making changes to our approach to the community spay and neuter needs made a huge difference.

Recognizing that we have to transport animals out of our area for adoption will improve the turn rate at the shelter allowing us to rescue more animals for the local Animal Control and other Animal Control establishments in the North Georgia area that place animals at risk of being destroyed.

Fundraising is a key part of our abilty to implement these changes.

We have a very successful track record and have been operating the shelter since 2006. We have a community that is very supportive of our efforts, including the local County government.

We have seen a 390% improvement in the communtiy spay/neuter since implementing the SNIP $20 spay/neuter program in August, 2019! Working on the transport of adoptable pets and the shelter expansion for 2020. Our TNR program continues to grow YoY. We operate a very successful Thrift Store, which provides significant revenue for the shelter.

Financials

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Operations

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HUMANE SOCIETY OF BLUE RIDGE

Board of directors
as of 4/15/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Rick Glueckert

Humane Society of Blue Ridge

Term: 2015 -

Rick Glueckert

Retired - President

Suzanne Ponton

Owner North Georgia Storage - Vice President

Jamie Hensley

Owner 5 Circuit Worlds - Director

Ceci Acevedo

Blue Ridge Arts Center - Secretary

Brian Higgins

Ace Hardware

Wendy Miller

Miller Specialized Marketing

Tracy Allen

Retired

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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No