Pets for Seniors

aka Pets for Seniors/PFS Shelter   |   Peoria, IL   |  petsforseniors.org

Mission

We exist to match older animals with senior citizens to promote the health and happiness of both.

Ruling year info

2000

Shelter Director

Ms Liz Pollack

Main address

3809 Sterling Ave. Suite 107.

Peoria, IL 61615 USA

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EIN

36-4342197

NTEE code info

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

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Senior citizens often lack purpose, responsibility and are lonely and many older animals (dogs and cats) do not get adopted because people are wanting younger animals. Also, many seniors are on fixed budgets and don't have the financial means to cover unexected vet bills and if they have to go in for surgery or other temporary rehabilitation, they don't have anyone to take their pet in their absence from their home. Here are common concerns voiced by seniors who we serve and the issues they face. How would I even begin to find a pet? How could I afford a pet if I'm on a fixed income? What if I need to take my pet to a vet but can't because I no longer drive? What if I need to spend time in a nursing home or rehabilitation center - what will happen to my dog or cat? What if I reach a point when I could no longer take care of my pet? What would happen to him or her?

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?

Pets for Seniors and Pets for Saving

We have two programs. We match older dogs and cats with senior citizens and find homeless animals their forever homes with individuals 18 and older whose applications are approved.

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.
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Population(s) Served

Age groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of sheltered animals

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

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Average number of days of shelter stay for animals

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

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of animals vaccinated

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

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of pets microchipped

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

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

Goal 1: We help seniors find a compatible pet from our shelter or another. When a senior is interested, we can take several compatible choices to their home for what we called "an interview". If they meet one that they want to adopt, we offer a reduced adoption fee, bathe or groom the animal, take it to the vet for any remaining vet work it might need, and deliver it to their home.

Goal 2: We reassure the senior - If an animal is chosen and it doesn't work out, we will always take the animal back and either refund the senior's portion of the adoption fee or let them try a different animal. The animal returned is not euthanized and we find it a more compatible home.

Goal 3: We help seniors with some of the financial costs. We offer a discounted adoption fee and can also provide start-up supplies that have been donated to us for that purpose. This include collars and leashes, beds, dog coats, toys, litter boxes and litter, food bowls and food.

Goal 4: We make sure that the animal is spayed or neutered, given all vaccinations, wormed, given flea protection, tested for heartworms/or Feline Leukemia/FIV, micro-chipped, and given a dental, if needed. The adopter doesn't need to pay for any initial vet costs. We would not knowingly saddle a senior with sick dog or cat.

Goal 5: We provide free transportation to take the pet to a veterinarian (the adopter's choice) or to a groomer. We will even give a bath, trim toe nails or clean ears ourselves for a senior for a small donation or no fee. We can also drop off food or kitty litter to a senior who doesn’t drive or have access to these supplies.

Goal 6: We offer free respite care if an adopter needs to spend time in a hospital or nursing home. We will take care of an adopter’s pet at no charge until they are home and able to care for it themselves. We have taken care of hundreds of adopted pets under these circumstances. Most stays average a few days to a few weeks. Occasionally an animal needs to stay with us longer. We are prepared for that as well.

Goal 7: We will take a pet back if an adopter is no longer able to care for their beloved pet. In the case an adopter enters a nursing or retirement home on a permanent basis or passes away, we will take the animal back and find another loving home.

Other: We are available to help in any way we can.

• We can stand in for owners who can’t face being present for a pet's euthanasia, kissing it good bye and stroking its head.
• We can help search for lost pets in dirty attics or special hiding places for newly adopted pets
• We can negotiate some discounts at veterinarian offices for our senior adopters who are experiencing financial difficulties

We have a very active volunteer base who are committed to serving seniors and our animals. We have a website where we provide information, provide an opportunity for donations and showcase our animals. We are also on Petfinder and have a FB page. In addition to these platforms, we have volunteers ready to meet our senior's needs and are in the process of working with our local Neighborhood House who provides seniors with Meals on Wheels for Critters.

All of the services mentioned above are part of our budget and our donors, resale shop and fundraisers are a huge part of who we are and what we are accomplishing. In addition, our volunteers are commited to our seniors and to all of our goals.

We are 22 years old and have had this program since our very beginning. We are looking to collaborate more with area not-for-profits who also serve the elderly. We would like to serve more seniors and adopt our more senior pets. We would like to have more money in our Helping Hands line item so that we can provide more financial assistance to seniors with vet costs for their pets. We would also like to eventually grow to the point financially where we can provide respite for seniors' pets who were adopted through other shelters and rescues. Right now, we only provide that service to our own senior adopters.

Financials

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Pets for Seniors

Board of directors
as of 4/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms Jamie Kawolsky

Arlene Laughary

Pam Smith

Rebecca Brumfield

Denise Patton

Georgeann Orton

Paula Hernandez

Jamie Kawolsky

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? No
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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 4/19/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/19/2021

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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 engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.