GOLDEN GATE BASSET RESCUE INC

Petaluma, CA   |  http://ggbassetrescue.org

Mission

Golden Gate Basset Rescue (GGBR) rescues Basset Hounds from abusive, abandoned, and unwanted situations. GGBR rehabilitates homeless animals in foster homes while evaluating and treating behavior and health problems. We interview and assess prospective adopters to ensure that the adopter and their new dog are a good match and therefore have the best chance of staying together. In short, we Rescue, Rehabilitate, and Rehome needy Basset Hounds across northern California

Notes from the nonprofit

2020 and 2021 saw GGBR deal with the COVID19 pandemic and the ramifications for the rescue of basset hounds. We saw a downturn in strays in shelters and fewer than usual owner surrenders. In 2019 we added four new Board Members and in 2020 one of these resigned, all volunteers. Our income and our outgoings reduced, in proportion to each other, but our bank balance remained healthy, our donors stayed loyal. We have maintained our commitment to provide the best possible medical care to the hounds we rescue, even though we continue to find our expenditures exceeding our income. The shortfall is met from investments we made after generous bequests from two donors who have passed, but we intend to increase our fundraising efforts in 2022, so we can safeguard the bequests to secure the financial future of Golden Gate Basset Rescue. Thank you for reading this update... donations are always welcome!

Ruling year info

2005

President

Gloria Tannehill-Carlsen

Main address

PO Box 4958 (Gloria Tannehill-Carlsen, President)

Petaluma, CA 94955 USA

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EIN

38-3723802

NTEE code info

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

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

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Each year multiple basset hounds end up in shelters as unclaimed strays or following impound from neglectful owners. There are also many hounds who lose their homes because their owners lose theirs, especially at this time during the COVID19 pandemic. We aim to make sure that no basset hound is left behind in northern California. No basset hound should die in a shelter for reasons other than untreatable illness or severe aggression. No basset hound guardian should have to euthanize a beloved pet for anything other than the same reasons. We will take in and rehome all basset hounds, or help owners keep their hounds in their homes by assisting with veterinary costs if our funds permit.

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?

Rescue and Rehome

To take basset hounds from shelters and owners who have been surrendered, lost, or abandoned.  Provide medical attention where necessary.  Provide temporary foster homes while undergoing such medical attention, while a behavior evaluation is carried out, and while retraining or rehabilitation is completed.  Match the right hounds with potential adopters, who have completed our approval process.  The approval process consists of a completed application form, home checks, phone checks for those with basset experience and an address visible on a Google maps search, reference checks if any doubts,  and receipt of an adoption donation (usually).  Ongoing support for our adoptive homes by way of message boards, information booths, fun events, and the willingness to take the dog back into rescue should the adopter be unable to keep the dog.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Advocate spay and neuter of pet animals.  We spay and neuter all our basset hounds unless medically inappropriate.  In the case of puppies, we only adopt with a spay and neuter clause, indicating the procedure needs to be carried out before the first season or within six months, which we follow up on.  We attend many dog shows and public events, where we educate the public on the benefits of spay and neuter of pet animals.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We provide Community Service opportunities for children and young adults by allowing them to assist at events and with special initiatives.  We believe in demonstrating a love of animals to children and while we have no premises to focus this program on, we have numerous public events and fundraising opportunities to enable children and young adults to take part for the benefit of the community.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children and youth

An adopter aged 65 or older may adopt a basset hound aged 9 yrs or older for a discounted adoption price.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency 2013

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 animals rescued

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

Adults

Related Program

Rescue and Rehome

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

GGBR has rescued between 40 and 120 bassets a year since we formed as a non-profit in 2005. This metric is in the average expected range for us.

Number of animals rehomed

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

Adults

Related Program

Rescue and Rehome

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

GGBR takes in hounds, and finds well-matched, pre-approved forever homes for those hounds. We always have a number of dogs in our foster homes, undergoing evaluation, medical care etc.

Number of Senior hounds placed in Senior households

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

Seniors

Related Program

Seniors for Seniors

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

For senior (o/65) adoption applicants we offer adoption at half the donation cost if the dog is aged 9 or over.

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.

Have a foster home available for every basset hound we intake
Have sufficient funds to medically treat every basset hound we intake
To place every hound within three months of intake
To establish a medical emergency fund (a) to deal with exceptional medical needs for our own hounds and (b) to offer assistance to basset hound owners and adopters faced with exceptional medical needs
To establish a fund for our Golden Oldies program - senior dogs can be placed at a 50% discount into a senior home. Many senior dogs stay in foster care much longer than young dogs and incur increased medical bills. Therefore they are a special case and need additional funding
To establish an emergency cash reserve to ensure we can act immediately in case of emergency.

To continue to build our volunteer lists, recruit foster homes, and involve our community
To raise funds specifically for (a) program needs focused on rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming and (b) medical emergencies
To run specific Direct Mail initiatives to raise funds for major medical/Golden Oldies and general operating monies.
To build our Membership Program to encourage recurring memberships

We currently have a list of over 100 foster homes, and at any one time have more than 15 dogs in a foster home.
We currently have no debt.
We have money in the bank, and
Our community continues to support us and donate to our cause.

We have taken in every basset hound that needs rescue in the last twelve months.
We have sufficient funds to start our Medical Emergency fund, our Golden Oldies fund, and our Emergency Reserve fund.
We have established a membership program that encourages recurring monthly donations
We are recruiting volunteers to take on some executive tasks and fundraising events

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Surrendering owners Shelters who transfer animals to us Foster homes who provide shelter and food for the hounds we rescue Volunteers who help us raise funds to pay for our medical bills Adopters who trust us to place a well-matched hound with them The general public who become aware of us through public events and education booths Donors and Members who individually contribute monetary support to enable us to deliver our mission

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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 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 suspended interviews at the homes of our potential adopters as the result of the COVID pandemic and deferred all in-person events. We issued guidance for 'meet and greets' for the foster home and potential adopter to ensure compliance with health and safety advice to manage the risk during the pandemic. This was reassuring for the foster homes and volunteers who had raised concerns, along with the Board who quickly met to discuss Covid policies. We are continuing these policies until the pandemic is declared over by the WHO and CDC.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We believe this builds respect and our clients appreciate the thoughtfulness of our decisions.

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

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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

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GOLDEN GATE BASSET RESCUE INC

Board of directors
as of 12/2/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Gloria Tannehill-Carlsen

No Affiliation

Term: 2005 -

Gloria Tannehill-Carlsen

No affiliation

JoAnn Beebe

No affiliation

Adelaide (Addy) Dawes

No affiliation

Cindy Marsh

No affiliation

Gwen Dossey

No affiliation

Frank Tello

Sally Mitchell

Fran Madden

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? No
  • 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 12/02/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/02/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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 have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.