Vanderburgh County Humane Society, Inc.

Alter. Adopt. Adore.

aka Vanderburgh Humane Society   |   Evansville, IN   |  www.vhslifesaver.org

Mission

Leading our community to eliminate pet overpopulation through Spay/Neuter, Adoption, and Humane Education.

Ruling year info

1964

CEO

Mrs. Kendall D Paul

Main address

PO Box 6711

Evansville, IN 47719 USA

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EIN

35-1068837

NTEE code info

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

Veterinary Services (D40)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our community and our country is still experiencing pet overpopulation in some areas, particularly with cats. Our Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic is working as aggressively as we can to address this need. Animal welfare as a field is also shifting toward a more proactive social services-based model. Pets are considered part of the family, and as such, need to be considered when taking a holistic viewpoint of a "family" and their needs. Some of our programs have already been operating in this manner, such as our Safe Pets program for domestic violence victims and our Low-Cost Vaccine Clinics offering affordable wellness care for people's pets.

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?

Low Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic

Low-cost spay and neuter services for animals. Vaccinations, parasite prevention, and testing are also offered at the time of surgery or at wellness clinics.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Education our communities youth about the needs of animals, safety around pets and pet responsibility.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Infants and toddlers

The VHS operates as a humane animal shelter for unwanted and homeless pets in our community.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families
Parents

A program offering free temporary placement for pets belonging to victims of domestic violence.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Economically disadvantaged people

A free exercise program bringing humans and dogs in need together. The public can take shelter dogs to the park or "out on the town" 5 days a week.

Population(s) Served
Families
Parents
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Accreditations

National Spay & Neuter Response Team 2007

Affiliations & memberships

Leadership Everyone Spirit Award 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of animals spayed and neutered per day

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

Adults

Related Program

Low Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of animals rehomed

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

Adults

Related Program

Shelter Operations

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of animals euthanized

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

Adults

Related Program

Shelter Operations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Number of animals with freedom from hunger and thirst

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

Adults

Related Program

Shelter Operations

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Number of animals vaccinated

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

Adults

Related Program

Low Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average number of days of shelter stay for cats and small animals

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

Adults

Related Program

Shelter Operations

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Number of students educated through field trips

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

Infants and toddlers, Children and youth

Related Program

Humane Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

We are leading our community to eliminate pet overpopulation through Spay/Neuter, Adoption, and Humane Education.

We focus on three areas to reach our goals. Education, Adoption & Spay & Neuter. Our Education department reaches out to schools, Scout troops, church groups, and businesses to spread the word about being a responsible pet owner and spay& neuter. Our operations department takes in nearly 3,000 unwanted animals each year and places them up for adoption in an attempt to rehome them. Our Low Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic performs more than 7,000 surgeries each year, totaling more than 80,000 since opening in 2007. By making affordable spay/neuter services available, we are directly reducing the number of animals being born in our community each year.

The VHS has been a community leader in local animal welfare since 1957. Our current 20,000 foot facility is capable of maintaining more than 500 animals, 365 days a year. Our building is equipped with an onsite, low cost spay & neuter clinic which with our current staff can perform more than 7,000 surgeries each year. We collaborate with more than 14 different animal welfare organizations in our area offering clinic services and adoptable animal exchange. Our staff of 24 full-time employees and 5 part-time employees along with our volunteer base of more than 150 bring years of animal welfare expertise to our organization.

The opening of the clinic and the increase of the number of animals fixed in our community is an accomplishment. We are starting to see a reduction in the number of dogs turned into our and other organizations, This also means that fewer dogs are being put to sleep for lack of space. We are not yet seeing the same drop in local cat populations. We are working on new programs that will target spay and neuter for cats in high population areas.

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?

    We serve several populations within our organization. We serve people who have animals that they need rehomed. We serve people who find or report animals in need. We serve people who are looking to add a pet to their household. We serve families who are having a difficult time financially with our pet food bank, our low cost vaccine clinics and our low cost spay & neuter services. We serve kids in our community with educational programs about pet related issues.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes, Social Media polls,

  • 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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have begun asking clients what other services they are in need of, at the time of service for the program they originally signed up for, by way of a paper form. This will help us ensure that we are getting the full picture of the needs in our community.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

    We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.),

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, 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,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Vanderburgh County Humane Society, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 4/21/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr Andy Russell

AlphaLaser & Imaging

Alex Schmitt

Schmitt Law Offices

Jess Powers

Vand. Co. Prosecutor's Office

Dawn Triola

Community Volunteer

Andy Russell

Alpha Laser

Brad Phillips

Mainstream Funds

Carrie Wilsman

Independent Contractor

Mallory Webb

Indiana State Police

Marcus Montooth

Indiana State Police

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? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/21/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

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

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/21/2022

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.