Friends of the Burlington County Animal Shelter

A voice for shelter animals

aka Friends   |   Mount Laurel, NJ   |  http://www.friendsofbcas.org/

Mission

To save the lives of homeless animals and promote their adoption by working with the county shelter and community to reach our no-kill vision by 2025.

Ruling year info

2013

Chairman of the Board

Ann Rapisarda

Main address

3111 Route 38 Suite 11 #238

Mount Laurel, NJ 08054 USA

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Formerly known as

Friends of BCAS

FOBCAS

Friends

EIN

45-4598820

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In 2020, 52 dogs and 438 cats were killed at our county animal shelter. 2020 Burlington County Animal Shelter's save rate: 83% (78% cats and 94% dogs) The national animal welfare industry considers save rate of 90% or more as "no-kill".

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?

Cat and Dog Adoption Promotions

Subsidize adoption fees during periods of shelter overcrowding to improve save rates at the Burlington County Animal Shelter (an open-admission county shelter).

Population(s) Served
Adults

Facilitate low-cost spay/neuter in Burlington County. Our organization partners with various organizations like All Pets Mobile, AWA and People for Animals to offer spay/neuter clinics. We subsidize surgery costs for feral/community cats and pit-bull type dogs for residents of Burlington County.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Friends funds advanced medical care for shelter cats & dogs who need it. Without Friends funding, these shelter animals would more than likely face euthanasia by the county run shelter. Examples of medical conditions Friends has funded: heartworm positive, leg amputation, torn ligaments, eye surgery, etc.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Friends assists community cat caregivers trap their cats for spay/neuter, vaccination and ear tip. We lend traps and mentor caregivers through the process. Friends also covers urgent medical expenses for community/feral cats, i.e. injured limbs, eye infections, upper respiratory infections, etc.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Friends facilitates and funds training for some shelter dogs with behavior issues that hinder their adoption prospects. These dogs are typically send to a board & train facility.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Best Charity 2019

Burlington County Times Readers

2nd place Best Charity 2020

Burlington County Times

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 served at our low cost and subsidized spay and neuter clinics

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

Low-cost spay/neuter clinics

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 facilitated surgery for 1,687 cats/dogs. Subsidized $43,837 for cats/pit-bull type dogs.

Number of animals with freedom from discomfort

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

Low-cost spay/neuter clinics

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

For year 2020, Friends of BCAS provided advanced cat and dog medical care to 28 dogs and 128 cats. Total funding was $64,259.

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.

Our Main Goals Are:

1) Helping Burlington County Animal Shelter reach no-kill status (save rate 90% or more) by year 2025

2) Helping the animals be happy and healthy in the shelter.

3) Helping the animals move from the shelter into forever homes, foster homes and
no-kill animal rescues.

4) Reducing the number of animals arriving at the shelter through our low-cost spay/neuter
program and our Return-to-Field program for feral cats.

- Fund advanced medical care for cats & dogs who may otherwise face euthanasia

- Subsidize low-cost spay/neuter for community cats and pit-bull type dogs

- Assist Burlington County residents Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) community cats.

- Advocate for Trap-Neuter-Return program throughout the county.

- Fund behavior training for dogs who may need some extra help to find a home

- Handle and socialize cats to release stress, which keeps them as healthy as possible, and also makes them more adoptable

- Walk the dogs and teach them basic commands, such as sit, down and paw. Regular walking allows dogs to release stress (many of them show much better outside their kennels) and also release energy, which makes them calmer and less reactive -- all of which makes them more adoptable

- Fostering both cats and dogs: In conjunction with the shelter, the Friends of BCAS foster programs essentially expand the capacity of the shelter by placing animals that are older, mildly ill or have behavioral issues in foster homes. A calmer home environment allows ill animals to recover faster and is much less stressful for senior animals. Animals with behavioral issues, mainly dogs, are placed with experienced fosters who work with the animals and get them ready for adoption

• Posting animals online. Shelter staff members post animals to one site, Petango. Volunteers handle the duties of posting the animals to Petfinder and Adopt-A-Pet, as well as on social media. Having the animals listed on as many sites as possible increases their adoption chances

For the year ending 12/31/2020, The Friends of BCAS had 347 volunteers who participate in the programs noted above. We use Volgistics to track volunteer hours - in 2020 our volunteers have contributed more than 31,087 hours to the shelter.

Our Board Chairman oversee all programs. Each program's coordinator manages their budget. We started a sponsorship program in 2015 and have increased and met our fundraising goals each year since the organization was founded.

We communicate monthly with our volunteers through an email newsletter and on an as-needed basis. We send email and text blasts to donors on a regular basis about upcoming events, statistics and fundraising. We also feature information about our programs on the Friends of BCAS website.

Board members meet bi-monthly. We have seven active committees who meet bi-monthly:
- Executive
- Fundraising
- Finance
- Governance
- Marketing and Communications
- Shelter Operations
- Volunteer

President and vice-president meet Burlington County Animal Shelter shelter management to talk about any problems or new programs, as well as discussing ways to improve shelter infrastructure.

Since the founding of the Friends of the Burlington County Animal Shelter, the save rate of cats and dogs at our county shelter has increased dramatically. In 2011 the save rate for cats was 27.9%. In 2015 it was 60.8%. In 2019 it was 72%. In 2020 it was 78%. In 2011 the save rates for dogs was 86.8%. In 2015 it was 95.4%. In 2019 it was 93%. In 2020 it was 94%.

Friends of BCAS is committed to continually increase save rates for cats and dogs at our county shelter. Our goal is for our county shelter to reach a no-kill status by year 2025 (save rate of 90% or more). The critical unresolved issue preventing no-kill is the lack of trap-neuter-return (TNR) or return-to-field of community cats who enter the shelter. We are working with the County Freeholders to pass township ordinances to allow TNR in the County.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Friends of the Burlington County Animal Shelter

Board of directors
as of 3/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ann Rapisarda

Friends of the Burlington County Animal Shelter

Term: 2020 - 2021

Ann Rapisarda

Friends of the Burlington County Animal Shelter

Carolyn Walsh

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Gina LaPlaca

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Kari Henry

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Patricia Smith

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Brittany Bradley

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Shellene Wyrick

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/21/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability

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