Animal related

HUMANE SOCIETY OF BLUE RIDGE

Blue Ridge, GA

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

2009

President, Board of Directors

Rick Glueckert

Main Address

171 Mineral Springs Road

Blue Ridge, GA 30513 USA

Keywords

Animal Shelter

EIN

26-1144891

 Number

5524413023

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

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

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Animal Shelter

Trap, Neuter, and Release (TNR)

Spay/Neuter Incentive Program (SNIP)

Free Community Food Distribution

Where we work

Our Results

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of sheltered animals

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Free Community Food Distribution

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting Impact

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

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 track our metrics closely and report monthly results at the Board meetings.

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.

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Financials

HUMANE SOCIETY OF BLUE RIDGE

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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