Animal related

FRIENDS OF THE PALM SPRINGS ANIMAL SHELTER

aka Palm Springs Animal Shelter   |   Palm Springs, CA   |  www.psanimalshelter.org

Mission

Fundamental Belief: We believe every animal deserves a loving, safe, healthy environment in which they can thrive. Vision: We envision a world where all animals are treated with kindness, compassion, and respect. Mission: We transform lives through extraordinary animal care and advocacy. We inspire compassion and positive relationships between the community and animals through direct action and education.

Ruling year info

1996

President

Tamara Hedges

Executive Director

Gabrielle Amster

Main address

4575 East Mesquite Avenue

Palm Springs, CA 92264 USA

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EIN

33-0731853

Cause area (NTEE code) info

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

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

Veterinary Services (D40)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our organization strives to end the needless suffering and euthanasia of dogs, cats and other companion animals in the Coachella Valley and surrounding areas. Public shelters in the region euthanize up to 80% of cats and up to 40% of all dogs who enter the sheltering system. Since 2012 when we assumed operation of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter, we have proven that public, open admission shelters can be compassionate, responsible and no-kill, euthanizing only those animals who suffer from irremediable illness or injury or from severe and vicious behavioral disorders and providing quality care to all pets who enter our doors.

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?

Palm Springs Animal Shelter

The Palm Springs Animal Shelter serves the city of Palm Springs, CA and operates under the no-kill philosophy. We do not euthanize animals for space or length of stay and treat each animal with the highest quality medical and behavioral care.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

TNR is the humane and effective method of managing community cats or "feral cats".

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

A low to no cost spay and neuter clinic to serve the entire Coachella Valley. Clinics are held at the Palm Springs Animal Shelter and via mobile surgical unit to reach pet guardians who are unable to travel to our shelter.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated people
Unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated people

A weekly clinic open to the public, offering low cost vaccines, licensing and microchips to the community. Pet owners from all jurisdictions are welcome.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Our Pet Retention Counselors work proactively to keep animals out of our shelter and in their homes by helping to resolve issues in the home and reuniting owners with their missing pets.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

The Pet Food Bank was created to serve pet guardians who are facing the heart wrenching decision to surrender their pet to the shelter because of hardship. Currently, the Pet Food Bank serves clients through the Mizell Senior Center/Meals on Wheels, Desert Aids Project and the AIDS Assistance Program.

Population(s) Served
Aging, elderly, senior citizens
People with diseases and illnesses

We offer low, all inlcusive adoption fees in an effort to make pet adoption accessible to everyone and get more homeless pets into homes and out of the shelter. Our adoption fee includes: spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip, a full medical exam and "pet perks" from our community partners.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

We view mental and behavioral pet health to be as important as physical health and have developed programs to help pets to overcome behavioral challenges and triggers. Treating the WHOLE animal, mind and body, helps animals to be adopted sooner and minimizes the stress and discomfort they may experience in a shelter environment.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Because we are an open admissions public shelter, we are often completely full. We have developed relationships with well-vetted rescues and shelters to transfer our pets to them for adoption. Locations include local Coachella Valley partners as well as partners in other California regions, Arizona, Oregon, Washington and Canada.

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.

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Palm Springs Animal Shelter

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of sheltered animals

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Palm Springs Animal Shelter

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These statistics reflect our yearly live intake numbers, excluding TNR (trap-neuter-return) cats, which are reported separately. A full report of our statistics can be viewed on our website.

Number of list subscribers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Palm Springs Animal Shelter

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Email contacts.

Number of TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) Cats

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Trap. Neuter. Return. (TNR)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of cats released as part of our TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) program.

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?

In addition to operating the Palm Springs Animal Shelter under the no-kill model, Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter aims to create a community committed to the humane treatment of animals and pet stewardship. We envision a community where there are no homeless pets and pet guardians have access to affordable veterinary care, including spay/neuter, microchips and vaccines, pet-friendly housing, pet training, socialization and enrichment skills, and other critical resources as necessary, including support for community cats. We envision a kind and compassionate citizenry where people of all ages value and respect pets and other animals in our community.

Operate the Palm Springs Animal Shelter under the no-kill model Provide free and low-cost spay-neuter services to low income residents and under-served communities in our region Reduce the number of cats entering local shelters and increase the quality of life of free-roaming cats through a comprehensive Community Cat program (Trap/Neuter/Return) and Garden Cat program. Provide resources to pet guardians who struggle to keep their pets due to personal hardship (medical, financial, situational), including pet food, medical care, temporary foster, and other support. Engage our community to adopt from a shelter or rescue rather than buy a pet from a breeder. Encourage our community members of all ages to volunteer and/or foster a pet(s). Assist the city of Palm Springs in adopting policies, ordinances and programs that support the humane treatment of all animals. Establish and maintain partnerships with local rescues and shelter to realize greater collective impact. Establish and maintain partnerships with rescues and shelters outside of our region to transport pets for adoption.

We are successfully meeting our goals thanks to the support from the city of Palm Springs, donors, volunteers, foster guardians, adopters, regional and national partners, a well-trained and highly engaged staff, and a dedicated and committed board of directors.

We are a data driven organization, continually measuring our progress in terms of animal statistics, monthly and yearly, which can be found on our website, number of volunteer and foster hours, number of animals transported, number of community cats fixed, number of community spay/neuter surgeries, number of meals served through our pet food bank and other relevant statistics. We believe in transparent and consistent measurements of success.

We have successfully proven that the no-kill model can work in a public, open admissions shelter. It has not been easy, but it did actually happen overnight. The day we were given the keys to the shelter, we became no-kill. But no-kill is more than a shelter and the programs within. It is a community effort. We still have much work to do to stop the flow of stray, neglected, abandoned and abused animals into our shelter. Nine months out of the year our shelter is over capacity. We must increase the number of pets adopted and transported to loving homes and decrease the number of pets entering our shelter. The only way to do this is through humane education, humane ordinances and public policies, easy access to affordable spay/neuter, pet retention support, and our community cat program.

Financials

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Operations

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

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FRIENDS OF THE PALM SPRINGS ANIMAL SHELTER

Board of directors
as of 4/8/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Tamara Hedges

Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter

Term: 2017 - 2020

Ginny Foat

Carl Johnson

William Ruttan

Keith Zabel

Roger Tansey

Dr. Douglas Kunz

Dr. Brittany Yates

Tim Watts

Jana Hayes

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 ? Yes
  • 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? Not applicable

Keywords

Animal Shelter, Animal Advocacy, Spay/Neuter, Petfood Bank