Animal related

ST FRANCIS ANIMAL RESCUE

aka St. Francis of Assisi Animal Rescue, SFAR, SFAAR   |   Forest Lake, MN   |  http://www.stfrananimal.org/

Mission

St. Francis of Assisi Animal Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue of unclaimed dogs and cats from local impound facilities and high-kill shelters before they are euthanized. Our philosophy is that every life is important. We take in animals that are old, of mixed breeds, in poor health, as well as those that are young, purebreds, and healthy. We work to relieve the pet overpopulation problem by spaying and neutering all companion animals before adoption. We also work to help educate the public on animal welfare.

Ruling year info

2002

Principal Officer

Ms. Pamela Bridger

Main address

PO Box 256

Forest Lake, MN 55025 USA

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EIN

41-2006052

Cause area (NTEE code) info

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

Citizen Participation (W24)

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Foster Parent Program

SFAAR defines foster care as providing a temporary home, and care, for a newly rescued animal until a permanent home is found.

Many of the animals in our program come to us with a sad history. They have suffered from abuse or neglect, lived as a stray without food and shelter or have suffered a serious injury. Rather than place these animals in a shelter situation and cause them additional stress, we place our animals in an appropriate, loving foster home until they are ready for adoption.

The role of the foster parent is to provide socialization and loving companionship, as well as to provide input that will help us match the animal with a permanent home. SFAAR strives to rehabilitate and save as many animals as reasonably possible. However, it is important to note, that the foster home program is not intended to warehouse animals, or to be a means of a trial adoption.

Our foster home volunteers provide an essential service to animals in need, and have a direct impact on the number of animals we who are able to give a second chance at finding a permanent home.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The number of healthy dogs, cats, kittens, and puppies that are euthanized each day in the United States is staggering. Although estimates vary the general consensus is that 3 to 6 million pets are euthanized every year. Many of the pets euthanized are the result of unwanted, unplanned litters that could have been prevented through sterilization. SFAAR has implemented an aggressive spay/neuter program for all companion animals that enter our program. By spaying and neutering all of our animals before they are adopted, SFAAR plays an important role in reducing the numbers of unwanted dogs and cats in our community. No animal may be adopted from SFAAR until it is spayed/neutered.

Education is also an essential part of fighting the overpopulation problem. Unless people know the facts about pet overpopulation and sterilization they are not likely to do anything about the problem. Our organization is dedicated to informing the public of the benefits of having your pet spayed/neutered. Information on why you should have your pet altered is included in our adoption packets and made available at each of our adoption day events.

Population(s) Served

As a home foster based organization SFAAR relies heavily on mobile Adoption Days to find new, permanent homes for the animals in our program. At an Adoption Day, SFAAR volunteers are assigned one of the animals in our program to introduce to the public. The volunteer offers information about their animal and answers any questions a prospective adopter may have. The volunteer also offers the prospective adopter an opportunity to interact with the animal to help them decide if that is the one they would like to adopt.

Population(s) Served
Adults

According to the Humane Society of the United States, only 5% of dogs and cats picked up by animal control are reunited with their owners. Having a pet microchipped is a valuable tool in reuniting a lost pet with its owner and preventing it from being euthanized. Every dog and puppy that enters the SFAAR program is microchipped before it is adopted. Due to the cost we do not microchip cats at this time.

Population(s) Served
Population(s) Served
Adults

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Financials

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ST FRANCIS ANIMAL RESCUE

Board of directors
as of 5/7/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Pam Bridger

St. Francis Animal Rescue

Pam Bridger

St. Francis Animal Rescue

Amanda Schutts

St. Francis Animal Rescue

Coley Gillis

St. Francis Animal Rescue

Pam Belknap

St. Francis Animal Rescue

Bonnie Pettijohn

St. Francis Animal Rescue

Linda Crosson Posovad

St. Francis Animal Rescue

Sheryl Mellgren

St. Francis Animal Rescue

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? 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? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

animal rescue, rehabilitation, adoption, pets, spay, neuter, animal foster