Pets for Patriots, Inc.

Bring loyalty home

aka Pets for Patriots   |   Long Beach, NY   |  https://petsforpatriots.org

Mission

Pets for Patriots' mission is to consistently give the gifts of fidelity, joy and companionship to both veteran and pet through companion pet adoption.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive director

Ms. Beth Zimmerman

Board Member and Chair

Mr. Keith Weaver

Main address

218 E Park Avenue Suite 543

Long Beach, NY 11561 USA

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EIN

27-1082210

NTEE code info

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

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

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

Pets for Patriots aims to enhance the lives of our nation's military veterans while saving the most vulnerable shelter dogs and cats, nationwide.

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?

Companion pet adoption for veterans

Pets for Patriots gives the gifts of fidelity, joy and love to both veteran and pet through companion animal adoption. The organization helps veterans and military members adopt the most overlooked shelter pets, including adult, special needs, long-term homeless, and large breed pets, offering them a second chance at life through adoption. Pets for Patriots partners with U.S. shelter and veterinary networks, military and veteran organizations, and the public to value and honor the lives of both the most vulnerable and heroic among us. For more information, visit www.petsforpatriots.org.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

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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

Companion pet adoption for veterans

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Most of the shelter/rescue partners we work with nationwide continue to under COVID-19 restrictions, which has a dampening effect on veteran-pet adoptions.

Dollars devoted to hardship veterinary care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans

Related Program

Companion pet adoption for veterans

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our hero fund for veterinary care pays for life extending, life saving, and palliative care for pets adopted through our program that would otherwise cause our veterans undue financial hardship.

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.

Pets for Patriots vision and ultimate goal is to end animal homelessness in the United States by facilitating the adoption of at-risk shelter pets with every available, able and willing military veteran. In support of this objective, our goals:

- Continue to find ways to expand the pool of qualified adopters, serving more veterans and saving more pets
- Expand our sponsor network to include more nationally-operating brands that provide goods/services to help lower the overall costs of pet ownership for veterans in our program
- Expand our overall veterinary care network to provide the most robust options for our adopters and their pets

- Continue to develop free tools and assets for our adoption and veterinary partners to promote our work together and reach more potential beneficiaries.
- Pursue all channels, online and offline, for sharing our adoption success stories.
- Better communicate all the ways individuals, businesses and others can support our work and mission.
- Continue to educate the public about the benefits of companion pet adoption writ large, and particularly for our nation's military veterans and their families.
- Embrace a philosophy of continuous improvement so that we are always looking for ways to serve our beneficiaries more effectively and efficiently.

- Leverage technology to enhance our operational capabilities at the lowest possible cost; we will continue to invest/innovate in this area.
- Develop and pursue partnerships that align with our mission and goals.
- Unique program focus and expertise in the placement of hard-to-adopt companion animals with veterans.
- Dedicated staff who are each committed to outstanding service to our beneficiaries, partners, sponsors and donors.
- Independent and diverse Board of Directors that invest our organization with the requisite expertise, temperament, and passion to meet our goals.

Pets for Patriots is unique in being open to veterans at any stage of their careers and our singular focus on hard-to-adopt shelter pets. As a result we continue to receive increased demand for our program in communities across the country, large and small.

As of early 2022 we have accomplished more than 3,625 veteran-pet adoptions, saving lives at both ends of the leash.

Moving forward we will continue to invest in technologies to improve our already agile veteran application processes; continue to reduce dormancy and remove nonparticipating organizations among the more than 620 shelter and veterinarian partners in our program; share more impacts of our donors' generosity; and nurture casual website visitors into advocates for our mission.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Our primary beneficiaries are military veterans from WWII to active duty. Our secondary beneficiaries are animal welfare organizations (shelters, rescues, etc.).

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Case management notes, Suggestion box/email, phone conversations,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have continued to refine implementation of an initiative started in 2021 in which we removed a previous requirement that applicants must live within a certain distance of one of our veterinary partners. This has meaningfully increased the number of successful applicants to our program, resulting in more lives saved of both people and shelter pets. Part of the listening that led to this change uncovered that our beneficiaries wanted more choices for affordable veterinary care. In addition to our growing network of independent veterinary hospitals and clinics, we have improved communications with our veterans of the availability of two other major, national affordable veterinary care providers where they can seek quality care for their pets.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners, Public, via social media,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We have always welcomed and solicited feedback, so nothing has changed in this regard.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, Email/survey fatigue in general,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Pets for Patriots, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Keith Weaver

Bechtel

Term: 2016 - 2023

Beth Zimmerman

No affiliation

Keith Weaver

Bechtel

Letitia White

Innovative Federal Strategies

Marla Dicandia

FleishmanHillard

Paul Converse

Andrea Arden

Andrea Arden Dog Training

Jay Farrar

Bechtel

Shon Crewe

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2022

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