Animal related

FRIENDS OF THE ANIMAL SHELTER INC

aka FOTAS   |   Aiken, SC   |  www.fotasaiken.org

Mission

SECRETARY OF STATE OF South Carolina NAMED FOTAS A 2017 'ANGEL' — HONORING ORGANIZATIONS REPRESENTING THE MOST EFFICIENT + EFFECTIVE CHARITIES SOLICITING IN SC.

Volunteer organization created in 2009 to supplement the resources of the Aiken County Animal Shelter in the care of approximately 4800 homeless and abandoned animals consigned to its care each year. FOTAS is wholly funded by private donations.

The mission of FOTAS is to support the Aiken County Animal Shelter by promoting animal welfare, responsible pet ownership, and the elimination of euthanasia of all adoptable animals.

Notes from the nonprofit

In 2017 FOTAS was recognized by South Carolina Secretary of State as an 'Angel', given to 10 SC non-profits that emplify charitable giving. The SC Secretary of State's gold standard is if the charity is able to give at least 80% of its expenses back to it's programs, the Secretary of State considers that exemplary and the gold standard. When they select the 10 'Angels' they are “recognizing exceptional service to the cause they represent and the citizens of SC and exemplary compliance with the solicitation of charities funds act and an outstanding percentage of expenditures towards that cause in relation to overall program expenditures".

Ruling year info

2010

President of the Board

Jennifer Miller

Main address

PO Box 2207

Aiken, SC 29802 USA

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Formerly known as

Friends of the Animal Shelter

EIN

27-0609272

Cause area (NTEE code) info

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

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Aiken County Animal Shelter is an open admission shelter (in other words, by law they must accept any homeless/abandoned animal brought to it) which annually totals approximately 4800 animals consigned to its care. Prior to FOTAS being established in 2009, the live release rate for these animals (primarily dogs/cats) was 10%. Our goal is to never have euthanize another adoptable pet, and by year end 2016 the County's live release rate rose substantially to 72% as a result of the efforts of FOTAS and its volunteers Despite this improvement, 72% is still unacceptably low, FOTAS will continue to improve that number and fulfill its mission.

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?

FOTAS Fix-a-Pet and Spay/Neuter

FOTAS is committed to reducing the number of unwanted dogs and cats in Aiken County and thus reduce the number of animals coming into our animal shelter through our spay and neuter Fix-A-Pet Program. From 2013 through 2016, FOTAS Fix-A-Pet organized and paid for over 2116 community cats and pets owned by citizens who were in need of financial assistance. Aiken County also has a Trap/Neuter/Release (TNR) program in which feral cats are fixed and then returned to local cat colonies.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

FOTAS and the County have developed a network of no-kill rescue facilities in other regions of the Country that are willing and able to take the County’s shelter dogs, puppies, cats & kittens and place them in forever homes. FOTAS organizes and funds the transport of the transfer animals to the other rescue facilities as needed. The Transfer Program has proven to be an important aspect in our ability to save more animals. From 2013 through 2016, FOTAS and the County arranged for the transfer of 4078 animals to no-kill rescue facilities in other regions of the Country

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Approximately 16-20% of the dogs who arrive at the Aiken County Animal Shelter are Heartworm Positive (HWP) but otherwise very healthy. In many of these instances this condition is very treatable. Heartworm treatment can be extremely costly ($250 – $2500). Adoptable HWP dogs are available for adoption at the Aiken County Animal Shelter through FOTAS’ “Have a Heart,Save a Heart” Fund. FOTAS offers financial assistance for the basic treatment for heartworms. This policy moves us one step closer toward FOTAS’ goal of never having to euthanize an adoptable pet at the County Shelter.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

FOTAS’ Fido Off the Chain program is a very important program for many dogs living in Aiken County. In 2017, Aiken County passed an anti-tethering and chaining ordinance. FOTAS, working with Aiken County Animal Control Officers, gives citizens, who have a financial need and who have their dogs on chains, a humane alternative. FOTAS supplies citizens with runners and other humane mediums to house their dogs. FOTAS supplies shelters such as dog houses when needed as well. FOTAS’ Fido Off the Chain program is funded solely through donations of monies and supplies and both are most appreciated.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

FOTAS and the County have established a short term and a longer term Foster Care program where volunteers foster adoptable animals outside of the shelter environment. The Foster Care system not only ensures the animals are raised in a healthy environment, it frees up limited space in the shelter for other adoptable animals. Short term fosters usually involve the care of an animal that is scheduled to be transferred to no-kill shelters in other parts of the country or for whom an adoption is pending, typically 5-10 days. Foster families who care for moms and pups/kittens usually do so until the pups/kittens are properly weaned from the mother, roughly 12 weeks from the date of birth

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

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.

Live release rate of adoptable animals

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Context Notes

Before FOTAS was established, the County’s live release rate was only 10% but we are happy to say last year, 2017 year end status, it was 83.13% as a result of the efforts of FOTAS and its volunteers.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Increase the live release rate of animals brought to the Aiken County Animal Shelter by promoting animal welfare to the County's citizens, responsible pet ownership, and the elimination of euthanasia of all adoptable animals.

Working with the Aiken County government to gain agreement to addressing this ongoing problem.

We have a strong volunteer base and a supportive community, as evidenced by our fundraising efforts and our accomplishments since we were established in 2009.

The live release rate of the adoptable dogs/cats at the Aiken County Animal Shelter increased from 72%.

Developed a public/private partnership with the County for the purpose of building a new shelter facility that met basic standards of responsible and humane care, which opened in March 2014.<br/><br/>Funded the architectural and functional design plans of the new shelter.<br/><br/>Funded the needed equipment, kennels and stainless steel cage banks and other equipment in the new shelter.<br/><br/>Funded a needed Handy House for pet food storage at the shelter.<br/><br/>Funded landscaping and irrigation system on the new shelter site.<br/><br/>Developed an extensive volunteer program to augment the County staff and provide daily human interaction with the animals at the shelter to properly socialize them and therefore increase their adoptability.<br/><br/>Funded the cats adoption house in which adoptable cats are able to freely roam to an outside fenced-in play yard or inside to a climate-controlled building.<br/><br/>Developed a foster program for animals and their offspring until the pups/kittens are weaned and for dogs/cats in need of foster before being transferred to a no-kill shelter in other parts of the country.<br/><br/>Established a transfer program to “no kill" shelters all over the country and funds incurred transport expenses.<br/><br/>Initiated and supplements an Aiken County spay/neuter voucher financial assistance program for citizens in need of fixing their pets and community cats with FOTAS' Fix-a-PET.<br/><br/>Funded fenced-in exercise yard, supplies pet food and care items for shelter animals, and provides supplemental medicine as well as outside vet clinic care when needed.<br/><br/>Purchased a needed shelter FOTAS transport van for bringing shelter adoptable animals to off-site adoption events.<br/><br/>Purchased two cat condos to house adoptable felines in the Shelter lobby and purchased a grooming/ wash tub for intake area and funded the installation of hot water

Financials

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Operations

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

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FRIENDS OF THE ANIMAL SHELTER INC

Board of directors
as of 8/8/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jennifer Miller

Joanna Samson

Retired

MaryLou Welch

AFLAC

Edythe Hubler

Retired

Frank Townsend

South State Bank

Jeri Barrett

Herbal Solutions

Ellie Joos

Retired

Ellen Priest

Aiken County Public Schools

Allison Tyler

Tyler Brothers & Piggly Wiggly

Fr. Grant Wiseman

St. Thaddeus Church

Charlie Timmerman DVM

Retired

Heather Wiseman

Mead Hall & Mayes, W Daniel Smith Massey Brodie Guyn

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 ? 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? 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? No

Keywords

animal welfare