FRIENDS OF FESTIVAL COUNTRY K-9S INC

Cedar City, UT   |  www.festivalcountryk9s.org

Mission

Building a stronger sense of community and human-animal bond through local events, seminars, trainings, and demonstrations at an off-leash dog park in Iron County.

The geographic area served is Enoch, Utah, and Iron County. We are currently fundraising for the first off-leash dog park in Iron County to be located in Enoch, Utah.

Notes from the nonprofit

May 19th was the official Enoch Dog Park groundbreaking! The event was attended by the Enoch City Council as well as all but one of our Board members. The park has been used quite frequently despite it still being very rough, and those who visit the park have been very willing to help pull weeds, burrs, and stickers. We are forever grateful for the opportunity we've been given by Enoch City Council. The park is in need of landscaping, seating, shade structures, and more. It cost $17,735.00 to fence both the large dog and small dog areas plus an additional $880.00 for the required signage to minimize liability and provide information.
We are so excited to bring the first off-leash dog park to Enoch City and Iron County, Utah!

Ruling year info

2012

President

Diane Gil

Vice President / Secretary

Lynne Brown

Main address

4891 West 1000 South

Cedar City, UT 84720 USA

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EIN

45-4814778

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (D12)

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

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Iron County, Utah, is in need of an off-leash dog park for the enrichment of our canine family members as well as the pet parents and community. Dogs who lack exercise and socialization are prone to behavior issues such as aggression and nuisance barking which often affects the community. We seek to reduce the number of dogs relinquished or abandoned due to behavior issues and keep the animals with their families. A dog park promotes socialization for the dogs as well as their owners. We liken a trip to the dog park to a "Mommy and Me" play date for kids where the exchange of information, experiences, and ideas among the participants is an invaluable resource. Studies show dog parks are one of the most utilized public facilities, and they promote opportunities to interact with others in our community whose paths we may not cross in our daily routine.

Our programs

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

Dog Training Classes

Gail Workman, Director of Education for Festival Country K-9s, conducts low-cost dog training classes to improve the human-animal bond using positive reward techniques designed to eliminate problem behaviors.

Population(s) Served

Provide low-cost microchip services to owners in an effort to reduce or eliminate the number of lost/stolen animals in the community. The fee includes a lifetime registration to Home Again.

Population(s) Served

Free to the general public and their dogs. Features demonstrations of dog sports such as agility, flyball, etc., in conjunction with fundraisers such as low-cost microchip clinics, silent auction, photo sessions, merchandise sales, etc. Local shelters and rescue groups are invited to bring their adoptable animals. Literature from the AKC regarding responsible dog ownership.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Partner with Enoch City to build the first off-leash dog park in Iron County where the community can come together for the benefit of the dogs and the owners. Decrease the number of dogs that are relinquished or abandoned at the local shelters and rescue groups due to behavioral issues. Support the local shelters and rescue groups through adoptions events, monthly transportation to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah, for low-cost veterinary services, purchase and/or distribute animals supplies such as food, litter, leashes, toys, etc., and sponsor emergency care at local veterinarians when necessary.

Fundraising through low-cost dog training classes and micro-chipping clinics in addition to a variety of community events such as Responsible Dog Ownership Day, Painting Parties, Holiday themed photo sessions, merchandise sales, 5K run.

Over the years, our Board has learned which fundraising events are the most profitable, which are not, and what we needed to change to be more successful. We are currently updating our online presence to widen our community outreach, and we have partnered with a local pet store for adoption events, food donations, etc.

Enoch City has agreed to host the first off-leash dog park in Iron County, and we are very proud to partner with them! We are currently waiting for an easement issue to be resolved so we can move forward with the grading of the land, etc. Several local companies as well as national chains, such as Home Depot, are committed to donating fencing and other necessities to make the dog park a reality.

Financials

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Operations

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

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FRIENDS OF FESTIVAL COUNTRY K-9S INC

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Diane Gil

President

Term: 2012 -


Board co-chair

Lynne Brown

Vice President

Term: 2012 -

Kim Ritz

Treasurer

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? 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