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STRAY RESCUE OF ST LOUIS

Where underdogs become legends.

aka Stray Rescue   |   St. Louis, MO   |  www.strayrescue.org

Mission

We seek out and take in the animals who no other organization will help or would simply euthanize because they are too expensive to heal. We rescue the abandoned, beaten, bred, fought, injured, terrified, defeated and betrayed. The minute they enter our doors, we look in their eyes and promise them ALL the second chance they deserve for health, home, commitment and love, no matter the time or cost. Our Vision is to ensure a bright future for the underdog, end needless suffering, negligence, and abuse, serve the City of St. Louis and surrounding metro areas and have the largest inner-city animal sanctuary in the country.

Ruling year info

1998

President/CEO

Mrs. Cassady Caldwell

Main address

2320 Pine Street

St. Louis, MO 63103 USA

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EIN

43-1823801

NTEE code info

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

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

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Stray Rescue\'s Stracks Fund was established to provide emergency medical care to stray companion animals who have suffered from the most severe abuse and neglect. As a no-kill organization and because every animal we save requires medical attention, the Stracks Fund is the first and most vital component of rehabilitating the strays we rescue and is the program that continues to require the most consistent funding. The Stracks Fund gives thousands of companion animals a special second chance that they would not have had otherwise, and it enables us to prepare them for adoption to loving, forever homes. \\nThe Stracks Fund was established from witnessing the most severe, unfair animal abuse in St. Louis, and these medical issues often involve extensive treatment. However, it\’s our philosophy that every life we rescue is worth saving, and they are all deserving of a second chance.

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?

Stracks Medical Fund

The Stracks Emergency Medical Fund is the lifeline for our companion animals who are abused, neglected, and abandoned to the harsh streets. Our rescue teams uncover shocking abuse and neglect on almost a daily basis, with injuries including gunshot wounds, burns, amputated limbs, and extreme malnutrition. With a medical budget of $1.5 million annually, there is always a need to bolster The Stracks Fund to ensure uninterrupted care for these critical cases.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

In 2012, Stray Rescue led the way to creating St. Louis City’s first animal cruelty task force. Comprised of the Mayor’s Office, Stray Rescue, the Department of Health, the Circuit Attorney’s Office, the Police Department and the Municipal Courts, the Mayor Slay Animal Cruelty Task Force is a leading national example of how a multi-agency alliance, can drastically improve the landscape for both companion animals and people, making our streets safer for everyone.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

This program provides medical/health care to the pets of low-income families and individuals who have shown a commitment to keeping their companion(s) but do not have the financial means to do so. Each participating household is assigned a caseworker who will coordinate spay/neutering of the pet through Stray Rescue's veterinary facility. Stray Rescue also provides food and supplies. However, the value of the program extends well beyond medical benefits and general care. Caseworkers provide education on proper pet care, which encourages responsibility, fosters self-reliance, and results in the empowerment of the family to be a part of the solution, as well as advocates for companion animals.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

This is a fun, unique, and meaningful way to stay in shape while enriching the lives of shelter dogs as they await their loving forever homes. The Stray Rescue Running Buddies/Hiking program ensures these dogs get plenty of exercise, attention, and exposure to environments outside of the shelter. Perfect for everyone, from those who are easing into their newfound workout routine to seasoned marathon runners looking to liven up their training, motivation to get fit is never a problem when you know your walking/jogging pooch partner is waiting. The Hiking Club also aims to improve the lives of shelter dogs through hiking. In addition to providing these dogs with much needed time out of the shelter it gives anyone who loves to hike, backpack or trail run the opportunity to meet their perfect four legged companion.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Stray Rescue's Panda Program is a hospice program for dogs. In this program you agree to take a dog into your home who has a limited amount of time left to live. The dogs in this program have been diagnosed with terminal illness or may be very old or both. They are deserving of a home where they can live out their remaining life with love and dignity and not have to die alone. Quality of life is the most important part for us all, and together we can give these dogs a happy, safe, and loving end of life.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Through the Puppies for Parole program, Stray Rescue dogs are paired with select offenders who become trainers to the dogs in the program. The animals live with their offender handlers at the medium-security Missouri Eastern Correctional Center in Pacific, MO for a 3 month period. Benefitting both the offenders and the dogs with which they are paired, Puppies for Parole allows for consistent socialization and obedience training of rescued shelter dogs with the goal of each dog obtaining their Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certification and increasing their chances of being adopted by the end of the program.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Substance abusers

Stray Rescue trains and certifies select rescue dogs as therapy or service dogs. This program offers a low-cost opportunity for those seeking to adopt a therapy or service animal. We offer training in therapeutic community support, medical and psychiatric service tasks. From veterans with PTSD to toddlers with chromosomal deficiencies, the animals trained in this program have gone on to do exceptional work.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Substance abusers

Stray Rescue is proud to offer programs to benefit our country’s military heroes. We have several different adoption options and partnerships that help with ongoing veterinary costs and pet ownership. Stray Rescue also offers a low-cost option for therapy or service dog adoption for PTSD.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
People with psychosocial disabilities

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Top Workplace 2017

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.
Totals By Year
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.

The Stracks Fund allows companion animals to be meticulously monitored and documented. The sequence of saving a companion animal moments from death, only to see that same animal walk out, healthy with their tail wagging is utterly gratifying. This program responds to these needs by:\\n1. Supporting every animal to the fullest extent, emphasizing that he or she is well worth the effort and thus encouraging responsible, committed pet guardians.\\n\\n2. Assuring immediate, uninterrupted care can be given to end the suffering of companion animals.\\n\ \\n3. Giving all companion animals every possible chance at a life filled with affection, comfort, safety, health and love. \\n\ \\n4. Communicating to potential adopters the entire recovery process, which educates on the realities of the adoptive now healthy former stray, encourages kindness and motivates more people to adopt.\\n\\n5. Properly rehabilitating healthy companion animals in order to achieve higher adoption rates and fewer return by owner rates.

The Stracks Fund directly saves lives. It is the first and most significant step in giving companion animals a second lease on life. By bolstering The Stracks Fund, Stray Rescue can achieve the following:\\n\ \\n1. Provide innovative treatment for life-threatening abuse and disease, such as gunshot wounds, amputation, extreme malnourishment, broken bones, heartworm disease, etc.\\n\\n2. Bolster in-house trauma unit with equipment, diagnostics, and medicine. It is essential that Stray Rescue continues to secure the resources necessary to either provide emergency medical treatment or be able to adequately stabilize an animal before sending them to Veterinary Specialty Services (VSS), a partner specialty veterinary hospital.

Since 1998, Stray Rescue is unique in that we proactively save the animals other organizations turn away or euthanize. They are the abused, neglected and abandoned companion animals in St. Louis, MO. The first and most vital step in their rehabilitation is medical care, and we\'re proud to be known for always going above and beyond to provide the care these animals need, regardless of circumstances. \\n\\nStray Rescue is committed to making St. Louis a compassionate city where every companion animal knows health, comfort, and affection. We see a day where no stray will be euthanized merely because they have been abandoned, abused, or neglected. Stray Rescue is out on the streets daily taking a progressive, proactive approach in establishing a permanent resolution to the stray companion animal epidemic. We are accomplishing this through dedicated rescue efforts, sheltering, community outreach programs, education, collaborations, and the encouragement of responsible pet guardianship.

Stray Rescue measures success by how many medically rehabilitated animals are adopted into loving homes. In 2017, we took in and helped 2,663 abused, neglected and homeless companion animals and we are on track to help close to 3,000 animals in 2018. All of these companion animals received top quality medical care because of the Stracks Fund. There is a correlation between the growth and support of the Stracks Fund and our annual increase in adoptions. We have seen a sustained increase in adoptions over the past five years as we continue to strengthen adoption, foster, shelter enrichment and training programs.

Financials

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Operations

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

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STRAY RESCUE OF ST LOUIS

Board of directors
as of 03/07/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mark Scott

Iheart Media

Term: 2012 -


Board co-chair

Paul Baker

Mark Scott

Clear Channel Radio

Jenny Jackman

St. Louis Blues Hockey Club

Sherry Farmer-Herbert

KEZK 102.5

Darcie Hull

St. Louis Blues

Paul Baker

Julie Tristan

Y98-FM Radio

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/26/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/08/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.