HELOTES HUMANE SOCIETY

A Home for Every One

Helotes, TX   |  http://www.hhsanimals.org

Mission

Our Mission
Promote the benevolent treatment of animals and provide humane education.

We carry out our mission in the city of Helotes and surrounding rural areas including unincorporated areas of NW Bexar County.

Ruling year info

2008

President

Ms. Hope Nora

Vice President

Mr. Allan McKay

Main address

PO Box 908

Helotes, TX 78023 USA

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EIN

26-2134193

NTEE code info

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

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

Other Services (D60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our organization is working to increase public awareness about the plight of abandoned and neglected animals in our community. We want to education people to be responsible pet owners. We strive to find permanent homes for the animals in our care.

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?

Homeless Animal Adoption & Rescue Program

Through a network of foster homes, the Helotes Humane Society (HHS) has been working since March of 2008 to help the homeless animals in our community find permanent homes. We acquire these animals in several ways including rescue from local kill shelters, owner surrenders and strays. Without a shelter of our own, we rely on individual foster homes to house and care for the animals. We provide the veterinary care, food, and needed supplies. We feel this is a vital part of our mission statement and a much needed service to our community, which has only one animal control officer and no shelter.
In 2008 HHS adopted out 117 pets, in 2009 374 pets and in 2010 this figure continued to grow up to 460 pet adoptions.

Population(s) Served

Helotes Humane Society has a growing community education and outreach program designed to promote all aspects of our mission statement. We focus on the humane treatment of animals by people of all ages. We promote responsible pet ownership, especially through presentations and other activities for school age children, like our annual Be Kind to Animals Poster Contest. We share important information with interested community groups promoting topics like "Safety around Dogs,” "Bringing Home Your Rescue Pet,” and "Looking for a Lost Pet.” We develop and present training materials for our volunteers covering topics like "Effective Adoption Event Practices,” "Photographing Animals for Internet Marketing,” "How to Foster Cats and Dogs,” and "How to Deal with Specific Health Issues” [such as ringworm.]  We try to anticipate the needs of our neighbors and make available programs, materials and other resources that enable them to provide consistently better care for their companion animals. As we go about the daily work of rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing area pets, we constantly ‘teach’ by example and by demonstration effective animal welfare strategies.

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 animal adoptions

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

Homeless Animal Adoption & Rescue Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of animals adopted

Number of animals rescued

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

Homeless Animal Adoption & Rescue Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of intakes.

Average number of days of shelter stay for animals

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

Homeless Animal Adoption & Rescue Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

date of outcome-date of intake/number of intakes

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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Our Vision:
To be the catalyst for humane education and the welfare of companion animals
Our CORE Values :
Commitment to our mission
Operate with respect, integrity and professionalism
Recognize the contribution of all of our members, donors and volunteers
Educate our community on the humane treatment of animals
Our Goals:
Establish a fundraising program to support organizational growth
Strengthen organizational infrastructure to support growth and increase impact
Develop a strong, well-diversified and strategic-focused Board
Increase public/community awareness of responsible pet ownership
Increase program effectiveness

Using our strategic plan as a guide, we are using a precise and incremental approach to reaching our long term goals. Board members and committee leaders will focus in on different areas of responsibility in a goal oriented fashion. As goals are defined and redefined over time, the committees will adjust accordingly, looking for the best approach to improve operations, programs and services that will in turn serve our community's needs.
Currently, committees have been reorganized and leaders put in place. The committees are reporting with more frequency to the board of directors and progress is being made on many of our goals.

Our most valuable asset are our board of directors and many volunteers. The board is very focused on the betterment of the organization and is forward thinking in their approach to long term planning. They bring a variety of expertise in different fields to the table. Our volunteers come from all walks of life in the community from retired seniors to youth groups. We have networked with other animal welfare groups in and around San Antonio and work with municipal animal shelters as well.
Currently we are limited financially in our capacity to hire much needed senior staff members. Having such staff members would enable our organization to make greater strides toward long term stability. This is something the board is attempting to address for the future of the Helotes Humane Society .

We feel that humane education is a very important part of our mission statement. In the past we have had volunteers go out to local elementary schools and senior centers to give presentations on this topic.
We would like to expand our efforts in this area by hiring a humane education instructor that could do presentations to the public, whether it be in the classroom or at meetings of other groups around the community. Both young people and adults need to be included. We would very much like to have a classroom on our facility to hold such presentations as well.

Financials

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Operations

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

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HELOTES HUMANE SOCIETY

Board of directors
as of 4/23/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Hope Nora

Retired

Term: 2016 - 2018


Board co-chair

Mr. Allan McKay

Sue St.Cyr

US Military retired

Cathron Sterling

Physical Therapy

Kathy Yaccino

photographer

Linda Wells

Physical Therapy

Janice Barth

CitiBank

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