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LOST OUR HOME PET FOUNDATION INC

Helping People. Saving Pets.

aka Lost Our Home Pet Rescue   |   Tempe, AZ   |  lostourhome.org

Mission

Our mission is to provide compassionate services to pets and people in crisis.

Notes from the nonprofit

Our work is only possible because of the wonderful support of people in our community. Since we receive no government funding, we rely solely on the generosity of individual donors for monetary and in-kind donations, private grants, fundraising events and the thousands of hours that our amazing volunteers put in so that our pets are well cared for and continuously shown love.

Ruling year info

2009

Founder/Executive Director

Jodi Polanski

Main address

2323 S. Hardy Dr.

Tempe, AZ 85282 USA

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EIN

37-1589959

NTEE code info

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

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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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?

Animal Rescue for Abandoned & Owner Surrendered Pets

We rescue cats and dogs that have been abandoned (often without food and water) in the wake of foreclosures, evictions, job loss, homelessness, domestic violence, etc.

We also take in pets from owners that are forced to give them up because they are no longer able to care for them due to life challenges.

We can house and care for up to 90 pets in our physical shelter. We also have an extensive network of foster homes (approximately 40) that we utilize until the pets are adopted into permanent homes.

Many of the pets we rescue have been medically neglected, and therefore require extensive medical care, which we provide. At minimum, each animal receives vaccinations, spaying/neutering, and micro-chipping, before being placed for adoption.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Our realtor-volunteers help pet owners find
pet-friendly rentals so they can keep their pets when they need to move to a new place. 100% of the commission earned (usually $200–$300) is donated
to cover any pet deposit fees.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

If a family can no longer afford to feed their pets, we provide them with pet food and supplies - giving them the opportunity to keep their pets, rather than taking them to a shelter or, worse yet, abandoning them. Volunteers deliver food and supplies for those without transportation.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Our Temporary Care Program provides up to 90 days of complete care for pets when their pet parents experience a life crisis such as homelessness, job loss, domestic violence, illness, or any other hardship and are unable to care for them temporarily. This relieves pet parents of the overwhelming fear of losing their pet and in turn, allows them to solely focus on regaining stability in their lives so they can be reunited with their pet. This program allows families to stay together and leads to longer, happier, healthier lives and a strong community.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Adults

Lost Our Home partnered with Sojourner Center, one of the largest domestic violence shelters in the United States, to build and manage a Pet Companion Shelter so that women escaping domestic violence can bring their pets to live with them on Sojourner's campus.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control 2013

Hero Award

12 Who Care Award 2012

NBC Channel 12 Phoenix

Ahwatukee Foothills Friends and Neighbors 2013

Charity of The Year

Ahwatukee Foothills Friends and Neighbors 2014

Charity of The Year

Scottsdale Women's Association of Realtors 2013

Charity of The Year

Phoenix Association of Realtors 2011

Citizen of The Year

United Animal Nations 2010

Animal Choice Award

ZOOTOO.com 2008

Top 10 "Not So Ordinary" Pet People of The Year

AZ Society of Association Executives 2009

Charity of The Year

AZ Society of Association Executives 2010

Charity of The Year

East Valley Women's Council of Realtors 2009

Charity of The Year

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 pets fed through Pet Food Bank

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

Economically disadvantaged people, Unemployed people

Related Program

Pet Food Bank

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Cat Adoptions

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

Animal Rescue for Abandoned & Owner Surrendered Pets

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Dog Adoptions

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

Animal Rescue for Abandoned & Owner Surrendered Pets

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of cats cared for through Temporary Care Program

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Temporary Care Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of dogs cared for through Temporary Care Program

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Temporary Care Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals cared for in Low Income Boarding Program

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

1. Expand volunteer opportunities and train more foster families to care for our pets.
2. Add a volunteer coordinator position to manage our volunteers.
3. In cooperation with Sojourner Center, a domestic violence shelter, LOH will provide on-site pet facilities, provide for the care and feeding of the pets, and ensure families and pets can remain together in closer quarters.
4. Analysis of financial readiness to launch a capital campaign to purchase building-current location of our shelter.
5. Improve record keeping through implementation of new donor and volunteer management software.

1. Work with a local foundation to develop, fund, and implement a Volunteer Program which includes a program manager, training program, tracking volunteer data. We will fund the program for 3 years with decreasing levels of funding annually as the position/program are absorbed into the budget.
2. Work with City of Tempe and Sojourner Center to meet zoning regulations, add kennels to Sojourner campus, develop policies for families who keep their pet at Sojourner, provide donations of food and veterinary care, provide pet care education.
3. Research available software, determine which program(s) fit our needs both strategically and financially, purchase, and implement software.

Lost Our Home Pet Foundation moved into our new, larger shelter, in April 2014. This move allowed us to rescue more pets, utilize additional volunteers, accept more donations, and develop relationships in the Tempe, AZ community. We have a strong, well-educated Board of Directors with expertise in the animal rescue field, as well as our Founder/Executive Director who has led the organization for over 8 years from its inception to its current status. LOH is a recognized, well-respected pet rescue organization. Our loyal staff is passionate about the LOH mission. We have acquired a number of major donors, hold many special fundraising events throughout each year and regularly receive grant funding from national Pet organizations, such as Petco Foundation, PetSmart Charities and Banfield Foundation. We have positive cash flow, and while we always need more because there are always more pets to rescue, our organization has been growing steadily and successfully year after year.

We continue to use our national connections for training of staff and volunteers, and collaborate with other rescue groups to ensure we follow best practices in rescuing, caring for, and adopting our pets.

Lost Our Home Pet Foundation has made significant progress since it's initial days of all-volunteer, all-foster parent services being run out of our Executive Director's Condo (she was an unpaid volunteer too). Today, we have an 8400 sq. ft. shelter where we can house more than 100 cats and dogs at any one time. We can now offer Temporary Care and Low Income Boarding to families experiencing financial hardship or a life crisis.

We continue to work to ensure the sustainability of our organization by strengthening our fundraising efforts, establishing private/public partnerships, and working with corporate partners. We are also strengthening our volunteer program which will provide more training, supervision and recognition of our volunteers. We believe strengthening this program will ultimately strengthen our organization, as volunteers continue to be the heart of our programs.

Financials

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LOST OUR HOME PET FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 12/17/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs Jami Waggoner

Retired CFO

Term: 2022 - 2025


Board co-chair

Mrs Jamie Pryor

Real Estate Investor

Term: 2021 - 2024

Wendy Rios

Intel Corporation

Brenda Breit

The Empowered Team

Amy Schaefer

Junior Achievement

Bruce Anderson

Retired Business Owner

Jeanette Everette

Iris house Owner

Nate Meador

Discount Tire

Curtis Wood

Retired CFO

Judy Farguson

Community Volunteer

Gina Kilker

Brand Tree Communications Owner

Mary Lou Bessette

Retired Business Owner

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/17/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

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