DOGS AS FAMILY INC

aka Dogs As Family Inc   |   Oklahoma City, OK   |  www.dogsasfamily.com

Mission

To rescue, provide sanctuary, rehabilitate, and find loving, forever homes for dogs that have been neglected, are stray, abused or just unwanted.

Dogs As Family, Inc. is committed to helping any dog in need. Our primary focus - the dogs left behind when a family moves and the dogs living on the streets trying to find food, shelter, love. By doing this, we keep them out of the shelter making space for another one to be saved. We educate the public on the benefits of spay/neuter and the rewards of providing a home for a homeless animal.

Notes from the nonprofit

On the scale of non-profits we are a very small dedicated group. We believe in quality medical care no matter what the dogs condition is. The love of dogs keeps us going but not without the support and financial help of you the donors. Please consider joining our team in saving these furry kids with whatever capacity you are able to. Thank you in advance for considering Dogs As Family Inc.

Ruling year info

2009

Founder & President

Mrs. Brenda Myers

Main address

PO Box 13457

Oklahoma City, OK 73113 USA

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EIN

26-4297812

NTEE code info

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

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

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Our programs

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Trapping Homeless Dogs Living On The Streets

Gain trust of innocent animals that have been abused, abandoned or injured by capturing them with humane traps, trust and enclosures. Once captured they are provided quality veterinary care to assess their physical, emotional and health needs.

Population(s) Served

The Friends for Folks dog training program at the Lexington Correctional Complex enables inmates to train otherwise unadoptable dogs for placement with older folks, families and facilities such as the Norman Veterans Center.

This highly successful program is expanding to other Oklahoma prisons in hopes of bringing positive change to inmates, abandoned dogs and people in need of a companion all across Oklahoma – and beyond. The Oklahoman Veterinary Medicine Association recently endorsed the program, founded in 1990, and it has gained national and international recognition for its effectiveness.

Many of our dogs are received from rescue organizations, including Second Chance Sanctuary (www.secondchancenorman.com) and Dogs as Family (www.dogsasfamily.com). These dogs typically have been victims of abuse or neglect and require substantial patience, care, and training in order to become suitable for placement in homes. When training is complete and the animal passes rigorous testing, they are matched with the person(s) most compatible with the dog.

Population(s) Served

We promote adoption of homeless dogs including education and information on why it is important to maintain heart-worm preventative all year round, tags & collars on dogs at all times, routine medical/veterinary care, behavioral issues and caring for special needs pets. We also provide resources for long-term care of the dog for its lifetime if the owner was to get ill or die.

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Goals & Strategy

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Dogs As Family, Inc. primary goal is to take unwanted dogs who have been injured, neglected or left behind by individuals and provide them excellent medical attention, sanctuary, rehabilitation and find loving, forever homes.

Our steps to achieve our goal:
* We trap homeless dogs who have been living on the streets without food, shelter, safety and love.
* Kill shelters, individuals, veterinarian, and other rescue groups - call us when an animal has been dumped, found with injuries or adjustment issues.
* We provide excellent medical evaluation and care based on the need of each individual dog.
* We make decisions on care based on what is best for each individual dog, not by price, time, ease or euthanasia.
* Once all medical needs are taken care of we begin the rehabilitation process.
* Rehabilitation consists of evaluating emotional/adjustment issues, basic obedience training, some dogs we put through the Lexington Prison Training Program, individual foster care for each dog to understanding their fears, anxiety, aggression caused by physical or mental wounds and addressing those concerns through positive reinforcement, providing and developing safe patterns, soothing treatment of dog massage and plenty of one on one care and love.
* When a dog is ready to be placed in a loving, forever home - each family is evaluated with a home visit, evaluation of how each dog reacts to a family, attention to what type of home would be best for each dog and follow-up visits with maintaining contact.
* We also micro-chip each dog with our rescues information if they are ever lost or taken to a shelter.
* We have all new owners sign our adoption agreement requiring them to keep tags & collars on the dogs at all times, maintain health records/needs, and if there is any reason they no-longer want the dog we require each adopted dog is returned to our rescue.

* Our president, Brenda Myers, is known in the Oklahoma rescue community as being an experienced trapper. She has great patience and understanding in capturing the dog she has committed to recover.
* Variety of traps: very small to building full enclosures.
* Knowledge of animal behavior and extremely loving, kind and predicable so dogs begin to see she will be there and trust her.
* Brenda Myers was determined and patient in getting space in the Lexington Prison Friends For Folks program for the dogs that need the extra training and socialization skills they offer.
* Strict standards: dogs are examined and treated from licensed veterinarians and specialists. Dogs As Family, Inc. does not personally give vaccinations and rarely uses spay & neuter clinics. All dogs see local licensed veterinarians and provides the medical history when each dog is adopted.

Since 2008 over 825 dogs have been saved from the streets, kill shelters, left at veterinary offices with major injuries, recovered from family situations and tornadoes. More than 810 have been adopted into loving, forever homes through our rescue. We've continued to educate individuals through adoptions, email newsletters, adoption events and others through referrals or by calling the rescue. We continue to save and educate despite being all volunteer with no paid staff.

Financials

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DOGS AS FAMILY INC

Board of directors
as of 11/16/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Brenda Myers

Dogs As Family, Inc.

Term: Dec 2008 -


Board co-chair

Mrs. Jennifer Crabb

Dogs As Family, Inc.

Term: Jan 2011 -

Joy Vitale Secretary

Dogs As Family, Inc.

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? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No