WILD FELID ADVOCACY CENTER OF WASHINGTON

It's all about the cats.

aka WFAC   |   Shelton, WA   |  www.wildfelids.org

Mission

The Wild Felid Advocacy Center of Washington is dedicated to increasing the understanding and appreciation of wild cats through providing sanctuary (safe haven) for all species of  displaced captive or wild (non-domestic) cats,  education and conservation.

It serves as a Living Classroom for visitors young and old who are given individual attention and a special experience. The Center reconnects people with wildlife by introducing visitors to rare, threatened and endangered species up close. The animal residents serve as ambassadors for their wild counterparts and teach visitors about their species' inherent value.

Ruling year info

2008

President

Mark Mathews

Co Principal Officer

Jolie Connolly-Poe

Main address

3111 E. Harstine Island Rd. N.

Shelton, WA 98584 USA

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EIN

38-3771133

NTEE code info

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

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

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Wildlife Intake and Long Term Care

We are on call 24/7 to assist in relocation of wild cats needing a new home. We are contacted by zoos, other facilities, animal control agencies and individuals.
The Center's staff are experts in safe handling of wild wildlife. They occasionally assist with managing a rescue situation, transporting and housing confiscated animals, and when possible, providing them with a home forever. Our staff networks to find placements for animals we cannot house. We assist with about 50 rescues and placements annually. We are currently home to about 85 animals: including leopards, tigers, turtles and many smaller animals. Our annual operations expenses are about $50,000.00 and funds brought in beyond that are usually applied to new construction or enrichment projects.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Visitors at the Center learn about our animals, species status in the wild and conservation efforts worldwide. We also offer off-site educational programs for children and adults.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Preteens
Children

Each year our Board Members research conservation efforts worldwide and brings them to the Board for consideration of monetary support.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

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

Number of animals in collection

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children, Preteens, Activists, Teachers

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Wildlife Intake and Long Term Care

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Our goal is to be a premiere sanctuary that provides optimal care for our resident animals. We continue to educate the public about the needs of wild cats in captivity and in their native habitats.

Our goals are met through networking with other like minded individuals/organizations, keeping abreast of current trends and conservation efforts. Additionally we continue to provide an outstanding educational experience for visitors at the sanctuary. We continue to be budget conscious and take advantage of fundraising opportunities to further our Mission.

An experienced and talented Board of Directors, volunteers and public supporters are invaluable to our Mission. Additionally, the knowledge that we must stay in a forward thinking frame of mind and open to new ideas and possibilities is shared. We are always looking to the future and how we must adapt our thinking to achieve our goals.

The primary nature of our nonprofit (providing sanctuary for living creatures) is never a stagnant reality. There are new challenges that we need to be prepared for. There will, most likely, never be a time when we feel we have accomplished everything we possibly could. We are aware of this and continue to work hard to live up to our Mission.

Financials

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WILD FELID ADVOCACY CENTER OF WASHINGTON

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mark Mathews

No Affiliation

Mark Mathews

Reired US Air Force

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 ? 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? 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? Yes