WAGGING DOG RESCUE

Saving lives, strengthening families and creating a compassionate future through rescue, education and adoption.

Carlsbad, CA   |  https://waggingdog.org

Mission

Wagging Dog Rescue champions the rights of animals worldwide and works to create a better future for all lives. We rescue orphaned dogs from shelters and streets in California and beyond who have no other options and are at risk of euthanasia or worse, who may need medical care or rehabilitation, and who will one day be restored to their rightful place as a cherished family member. We advocate responsible pet guardianship, fight discrimination and dedicate ourselves to educating our communities in order to achieve our goal of a compassionate future for all life.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Cassandra Nuttman

Main address

Po Box 130925

Carlsbad, CA 92013 USA

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EIN

45-5293643

NTEE code info

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

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

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

Each year, approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide. Of those, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats. Each year, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are killed (670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats), with most deaths due to using euthanasia as a form of population control and not to relieve pain and suffering (the definition of euthanasia). That's over 75 dogs per hour and almost 100 cats every single hour of every single year in this country alone. Additionally, each year millions of animals are abused, tortured, neglected, hoarded, used as science projects in the U.S. and globally. Organized crime (dog fighting, cock fighting), legal animal abuse (animal testing, puppy mills, factory farming), victims of mentally unstable humans (animal hoarding) - we must bring awareness to the plight of these animal victims in order to create change for a more compassionate future.

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?

The DiscoverMe Project™

The DiscoverMe Project™ is a program that allows sheltered dogs from the County of San Diego Dept. of Animal Services – Carlsbad Shelter to go into temporary 2-week foster care with an approved Wagging Dog Rescue foster home so they can get a break from the stresses of being kenneled while providing mental, emotional and physical relief. The temporary reprieve also gives dogs a bit of a ‘reboot’ and enables them to better handle the stressful environment upon return.

Population(s) Served

Feral and semi-feral felines are euthanized daily at municipal (open admission) shelters, so we’re solving two problems with one animal – CATS! By rescuing these animals to place in approved barn homes, we reduce the number of ferals killed in our local shelters while also helping our community members to manage unwanted rodents in an eco-friendly way. When people use poison, they not only kill rodents but also other animals including family pets, the good garden snakes and opossums, and birds of prey who are doing their own work patrolling for critters. When you adopt, you give these felines a second chance, the best chance they’ve probably ever been gifted.

Population(s) Served

Wagging Dog Rescue saves orphaned dogs and cats from shelters and streets in Southern California and beyond, who have no other options and are at risk of euthanasia or worse, who may need medical care or rehabilitation, and who will one day be restored to their rightful place as a cherished family member. We complete families by connecting orphaned companion animals with well matched adopters. We advocate responsible pet parenting, stand against discrimination, and dedicate ourselves to educating our communities in order to achieve our goal of a more compassionate future.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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 rescued

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

Wagging Dog Rescue's Life Saving Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Total rescued animals of any species.

Number of animal adoptions

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

Wagging Dog Rescue's Life Saving Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of animals rescued and placed with adopters.

Number of animals provided with long term care

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

Wagging Dog Rescue's Life Saving Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Animals retained in foster care as permanent wards of WDR. Rescue retains ownership, financial responsibility and decision making authority for these animals until their passing.

Number of animals rehabilitated

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

Wagging Dog Rescue's Life Saving Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Animals requiring significant medical or behavioral rehabilitation before being made available for adoption.

Number of animal clinics/shelters improved as a direct result of the nonprofit's efforts

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

Wagging Dog Rescue's Life Saving Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of individual entities/brick and mortar shelter locations impacted by WDR's rescue efforts.

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.

Wagging Dog Rescue works to save and improve animal lives by reducing unnecessarily killing and abuse of animals in our local and global communities through rescue and rehoming as well as community outreach, advocacy and education.

We urge people to adopt instead of shop when they're ready to add a new pet to their family in an effort to reduce the number of animal lives lost in shelters each year. We encourage society to think of animals as sentient beings and not property which is how animals are currently treated by law. We educate our communities about the health and behavioral benefits of spay neuter for companion pets as well as the impact on pet overpopulation. In this way, we strengthen and complete families within our local communities while also making a positive impact on the number of unwanted companion animals. We bring awareness to our supporters of the way animals are treated in food production, cosmetics and other material goods production, entertainment and sport, organized crime. We promote compassion for all life on our planet which includes added benefits for our own health, the health and longevity of our planet, and the survival of our species.

We are small but mighty, little yet fierce. Our team is driven, compassionate, intelligent, innovative, and committed. Change always begins somewhere, somehow, with some one. Wagging Dog Rescue is one of the seeds. We may not create a vegan planet and end animal cruelty by the end of the year, but we plant information, awareness and compassion every day and from these things, love and evolution grow. We walk the earth and leave it better in our wake, one animal and one human at a time. In turn, each of those people further the message and change begins to spread exponentially.

To date, Wagging Dog Rescue has rescued 248 companion dogs, 16 companion cats, 119 feral felines, 2 rabbits, 1 parakeet, 1 snake, and 2 tortoises. We have completed hundreds of happy adoptive families throughout southern California. We've co-hosted 7 spay neuter clinics for large dogs in the San Diego area. We've hosted 4 microchip clinics for pet owners in southern CA. Through our shelter partnership program, the DiscoverMe Project™ in collaboration with municipal shelters in Orange and San Diego counties, WDR has helped connect 39 struggling shelter dogs/cats with public adopters and 16 dogs/cats with rescue. We've educated hundreds of pet owners and caregivers and created a more responsible and savvy pet owning community around us. We look forward to continuing our existing rescue and community programs as well as the creation of new partnerships and services that will improve the lives of owned and homeless pets and the people who care about them.

Financials

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WAGGING DOG RESCUE

Board of directors
as of 06/23/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Cassandra Nuttman

Reynaldo Pajarillo

Aileen Del Riego

Traycie Powell

Jennifer Foster

Heather Diamond

Amanda Clement

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/23/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)

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