Animal related

PIT SISTERS INC

aka Pit Sisters

Jacksonville, FL

Mission

The mission of Pit Sisters is to ensure dogs that risk shelter euthanasia can eventually thrive and be adopted into loving homes. A focus is on harder-to-adopt dogs, especially those needing extra training and care for whatever reason. Tactics used to save lives include; prison inmate dog training, mobile training and education, all focusing on partnerships with animal welfare groups.

Ruling Year

2012

President

Jennifer Deane

Main Address

14286-19 Beach Blvd Ste 234

Jacksonville, FL 32250 USA

Keywords

animal welfare, pit bull dogs, education, advocacy

EIN

32-0355003

 Number

2279978316

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

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Pit Sisters Mobile Training Program

TAILS (Teaching Animals & Inmates Life Skills)

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Pit Sisters has a lofty goal to lower the intake of dogs and STOP unnecessary euthanasia, especially because of breed misunderstanding and a lack of affordable resources available to help shelters and pet owners.

Vision Statement
To become a premier prison inmate dog training organization with a focuses on running life saving programs and becoming a training center for other groups wishing to do the same. Also, assist in the fight to stop breed banning laws – helping to end the unnecessary killing of dogs in shelters.

Pit Sisters have always dedicated themselves to 'giving a voice' to the most misunderstood dogs. They have done this by providing love and homes to harder-to-adopt dogs in need. The mission has expanded to be more proactive and innovative with efforts focused on the following programs.

Training: The Pit Sisters Mobile Training Program launched in 2015 to provide a way for families to be able to receive professional training for their pets, regardless of breed, where the dog came from or training issue. This program is proven to help keep dogs with their families and out of the shelters, which is crucial, as 48% of all shelter dogs come through the system through owner surrenders. Since 2015, over 150 dogs have been trained, free of charge, by certified positive reinforcement trainers.

Community Engagement and Involvement: Pit Sisters believes in order to save homeless pets, more involvement and engagement from the entire community is needed. Pit Sisters continually works on collaborative relationships with animal shelters, rescues, businesses, government, etc. to breaks myths and educate entire communities.

TAILS: TAILS (Teaching Animals & Inmates Life Skills) is a collaborative effort bringing together prison inmates and hard-to-adopt shelter dogs. We assess dogs at city shelters to find those who are in need of training and socialization and at risk of euthanasia. We provide all transport and medical care to one of the five facilities in which this program currently resides, which include The Jacksonville Bridges Community Release Center; Raymond James Correctional Institution; Baker Correctional Institute; Lawtey Correctional Institution; and Montgomery Correctional in Jacksonville.

Each TAILS dog is assigned to two pre-screened prisoners so they won't bond to any one person and learn to respond to a variety of voices and personalities. Once matched, inmates are fully responsible for the dog's care, which include feeding, grooming, housebreaking and obedience training. We employ a trainer to teach the inmates and correction staff how to handle and train. Each dog is with at least one inmate 24 hours a day, and a member of the Pit Sisters team will visit each facility frequently to observe interactions and troubleshoot any problems.

The dog's stay at their respective prison for eight weeks and at the end of the program, they are crate-trained, know basic commands such as 'sit' or 'stay,' walk on a leash, and are generally well-mannered. Upon graduation, all dogs will receive an APDT CLASS Certificate and inmates will be asked to take a written exam based on what they have taught.

This program is important because it is estimated that 48 percent of all shelter dogs entering come from owner surrenders. More notably, many dogs come in unruly, un-socialized and just don't have basic training skills. This program helps solve this common, potentially deadly problem.

Pit Sisters has extremely strong relationships with local and even national animal welfare organizations, law enforcement, businesses, and government agencies.

The Pit Sisters team are professionals and certificated in high level training. We truly understand all types of breeds, but especially the pit bull.

Collaboration is our key to success and regardless of any goal, it's the essential ingredient!

Pit Sisters will closely monitor the intake of dogs from across Northeast, Florida, as well as euthanasia numbers. Basing how we are doing on lives lost in our service area.

Pit Sisters have always dedicated oursevles to 'giving a voice' to the most misunderstood dogs. We have done this by providing love and homes to harder-to-adopt dogs in need. We won't rest until no dog is being euthanized due to space, lack of training, and breed banning.

Pit Sisters has directly help save the lives of thousands of hard-to-adopt dogs since 2011.

Over 400 have been through our TAILS program with another 150 having gone through our mobile training. We plan on increasing TAILS to over 600 by the end of 2017.

These numbers do not include how many dogs we have pulled from shelters where they risked certain euthanasia across Northeast, Florida, or the thousands of people we have spoke to about breed misunderstandings.

Pit Sisters feels we have accomplished a lot, however, our work is just beginning. With more support, we can accomplish even more, and that is what we plan on doing. Saving the lives of all those who needs us most!

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Financials

PIT SISTERS INC

Fiscal year: Sep 21 - Dec 31

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

Yes

ETHICS & 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