Secondhand Hounds

Fostering Change

Minnetonka, MN   |  https://secondhandhounds.org

Mission

We rescue animals. We commit to our animals through adoption, rehabilitation, and hospice care. We inspire change.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director & Founder

Mrs. Rachel Mairose

Main address

5959 Baker Rd Suite 390

Minnetonka, MN 55345 USA

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EIN

27-1296550

NTEE code info

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Secondhand Hounds works to reduce pet overpopulation through working with shelters and owners who are no longer able to care for an animal for a variety of reasons. Community Outreach - We also work to provide low-cost surgeries and vaccinations to underserved rural populations in Red Lake, MN and Mille Lacs, MN. Through providing services to pet owners and communities as well as talking about the need for spay/neuter services, we hope to reduce the number of animals looking for homes, who may run out of time and end up being euthanized. Hospice Care - we provide for animals that are not adoptable and keep them in our program covering all costs until their last day. Fighter Fund - we take on challenging medical cases and cover all costs to give that animal a chance at a normal life in a forever home. We do not shy away from the tough cases and work with the best specialists in the state to get animals back to feeling great.

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?

Forever Loved Hospice Program

Our hospice program takes in dogs and cats that are terminally ill, and provide foster hospice homes, comfort care, and love for their remaining days, weeks, or months. We cover all their medical bills, and also provide each animal with special food, an orthopedic bed, and medicine for pain, eye, ear, dental, or other issues as needed.

Population(s) Served
Adults

At Secondhand Hounds, we take on the cases no one else can or will. We make sure that animals who are victims of abuse, neglect, bad breeding, or accidents have a chance. A chance to get the veterinary and emotional help they need, and eventually find loving forever homes.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our Secondhand Hope program offers companion pet visits to Minnesota assisted living communities and other facilities. Our goal is to provide both humans and animals with comfort, socialization, and companionship.

Population(s) Served
Adults

At Secondhand Hounds, our passion lies in rescuing animals that would not have a chance without our help. We rescue thousands of dogs each year – locally, as well as from other states throughout the country. Recently, we have been made more aware of the dire need for support outside of the United States. So far, we have rescued dogs from the meat market trade in Beijing, victims of natural disasters in Puerto Rico, and street dogs from Mexico that were all in critical need of medical care and forever, loving homes. We believe that each life is valuable and worth saving – no matter where they are.

We recently formalized our international program in the hopes that we can make a bigger impact globally. We do not use general donation funds for our efforts to rescue these animals – we rely upon direct fundraising and program specific sponsorship, so the cost to Secondhand Hounds is similar to that of any other animal we save.

We invite you to join us in helping animals across the globe.

Love knows no borders.

https://secondhandhounds.org/programs/shh-international/

Population(s) Served
Adults

At Secondhand Hounds, we truly believe in the power of paying it forward. We have been fortunate enough to have the best volunteers, fosters, donors, and supporters, which has allowed us to grow quickly and effectively.



Because of this, we have decided to increase our outreach efforts. Currently, we are concentrating these efforts on White Earth Reservation, where we fully sponsor 3-4 clinics per year. Secondhand Hounds offers low cost spays and neuters to over 100 animals per year, as well as wellness appointments (including life-saving vaccines) to over 500 animals per year. We are so grateful to our community who allows us to make a difference in under-served communities, one pet at a time!

Population(s) Served
Adults

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
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Education - talking about the importance of medical care for animals, education on breeds and provide resources to work through challenges that come along with pet ownership.

Pet Overpopulation - we offer low-cost services to rural locations to reduce pet overpopulation in those areas. We also offer wellness clinics to provide vetting to those animals in need.

Community Change - we bring animals to over 40 assisted living communities locally to talk about animal rescue, adoption and bring a smile to the faces of those who may not be able to have a pet of their own.

Outreach - We have identified locations where there is a need in MN and are working with local contacts in those areas. We also work with police and other local groups to spread the word to those who may not have access to technology and be aware of this service offered.

Secondhand Hope - a formal program where people apply to be part of the team of volunteers who visit assisted living communities weekly.

Through generous donations, we have been able to offer and grow our outreach programs. We serviced over 300 animals in 2018, and just over 200 animals in 2017. We have connections to veterinarians looking to make a difference who attend these clinics on their own time and have a large volunteer segment interested in supporting. The main cost for these events is for the medical services offered, but we have solid relationships which allow us to keep these prices low for the people that attend.

in 2017, we conducted 3 outreach events. In 2018 we offered 4 outreach events. We plan to continue to offer these on a larger basis in 2019!

Secondhand Hope works with over 40 locations to bring smiles to residents int hose communities.

The Fighter Fund continues to see challenging medical cases where in most cases the animal would be euthanized because of the extreme medical care needed. We take on those cases.

Our cat program continues to grow, and year to date over 300 cats have been adopted and into loving homes.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Secondhand Hounds

Board of directors
as of 4/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr Chris Clark

Kathleen Hesseltine

Jason Oswald

Kari Berg

Tracy Call

Mike Dockter

Nicci Johnson

Andrea Lahouze

Damon Schramm

Mike Strommen

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? No
  • 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 04/06/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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