PAWS FOR LIFE RESCUE

Speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves

aka Paws for Life Rescue and Adoption   |   Troy, MI   |  www.pawsforliferescue.org

Mission

Paws for Life's mission is to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves; to rescue and rehome abandoned pets, matching animals and families to find the right fit for everyone and promising to exhaust all efforts to place adoptable pets in lifelong, loving homes; to promote humane education, spay/neuter initiatives and respect for all living things; to prevent and report cruelty to animals; to participate in disaster animal response; to improve the lives of animals and end the suffering created by puppy mills, animal fighters and backyard breeders; and to be a driving force, leader and champion for animal welfare in Michigan.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Courtney Protz-Sanders

Main address

318 John R Rd. #244

Troy, MI 48083 USA

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EIN

26-2505458

NTEE code info

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

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In the Detroit metropolitan area, we see numerous cases of abuse and neglect and high rates of illness and injury in animals. Many shelter animals are at risk of euthanasia due to over-crowding, health or age. On average, 55,000 healthy, treatable homeless dogs and cats are euthanized in Michigan animal shelters annually.

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 Rescue and Adoption

PFL is an Adoption Guarantee organization that rescues homeless, neglected, abused and abandoned dogs, cats, puppies and kittens from overflowing shelters. PFL uses a network of loving foster care homes where animals stay until their forever homes are found. PFL’s goal is to find the best homes possible for the homeless pets in our care.

Population(s) Served
Adults

All pets are spayed/neutered prior to adoption.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Certified Rescue 2017

Michigan Pet Fund Alliance

2017 Top-Rated List 2017

Top Rated GreatNonprofits

Affiliations & memberships

5-Star Certified Rescue 2018

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

Animal Rescue and Adoption

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals spayed and neutered

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

Spay/Neuter

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

To reduce the number of homeless pets euthanized in area shelters.

To successfully match homeless dogs and cats with caring families who will provide a home for life.

To educate the public on animal welfare issues, such as the pet homelessness crisis, importance of spay/neuter and prevention of animal cruelty.

To participate in animal disaster training, preparedness and response in order to assist the animal community when in crisis and to mitigate animal injuries and deaths.

To improve the lives of animals in Michigan through collaboration with other organizations in the fight for animals and their welfare.

Recruit and retain hard-working, dedicated volunteers and a network of loving foster care homes where animals stay until their forever homes are found.

Continue to vaccinate, microchip and spay and neuter all pets prior to adoption.

Continue to work with shelters to improve performance and live release rates.

Focus on humane legislation and education initiatives to permanently improve the lives, safety and future of companion animals in Michigan and surrounding areas.

Foster Care Program: PFL uses a volunteer program to care for homeless pets until adopted. Currently PFL has 29 cat/kitten foster care homes and 19 dog/puppy foster care homes.

In-store Cats Program: a selection of PFL cats live in Petco store habitats until adopted and are cared for daily by PFL volunteers.

TNR Program: volunteers trap community cats, provide medical care, including spay/neuter and vaccinations, and return them to live in their colonies.

Volunteer Program: PFL has 71 active volunteers who choose from a variety of activities to assist animals, including adoptions, foster care, dog walking, in-store cat care, transport, fundraising, events and numerous administrative functions.

Adoptions Program: volunteers trained to match families with homeless pets interview, introduce and place pets in homes.

One of only three 5-star certified rescues in Michigan, Paws for Life was granted certification in 2012 as a non-profit animal rescue operating under industry best practices.

Run solely by volunteers, Paws for Life turned 10 in 2017 and, to date, has rescued 2,974 homeless dogs, cats, puppies and kittens.

PFL has the lowest adoption fees and most inclusive adoption package of any animal rescue organization in Michigan.

Financials

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Operations

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

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PAWS FOR LIFE RESCUE

Board of directors
as of 10/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Courtney Protz-Sanders

Paws for Life Rescue

Term: 2007 -

Courtney Protz-Sanders

John Casey

Daniel Tenbrink

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/01/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

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