Human Services

COMPANION BRIDGE INC

Love.Donate.Live

Millersville, MD   |  www.companionbridge.org

Mission

Companion Bridge Inc. mission is to provide a loving and supportive community for people to connect share and assist one another on behalf of their companion animals. The Companion Bridge purpose is to address, educate, and provide online space for people with either special needs companion animals or animals requiring significant financial medical attention. The Companion Bridge goal is to end economic euthanasia by fundraising to assist those that cannot afford major medical events where without care euthanasia of their animal would be the only option.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are a small group of dedicated individuals striving to end economic euthanasia. We are 100% volunteer staffed which allows us to maximize every donation dollar to its fullest potential.

Ruling year info

2014

CEO

Alice Peek

Main address

8260 Ahearn Dr

Millersville, MD 21108 USA

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EIN

46-3049352

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (D12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

A companion pet is someone’s best friend, whether it is a dog, cat, rabbit or pig a companion animal becomes a member of the family. For many, the retired, disabled and low income populations it is a struggle to afford vet costs when a pet gets ill and needs major medical treatment. Statistics show that roughly 500,000 pet owners in the United States turn to “economic euthanasia” as they can not afford medical care for their pets. Companion Bridge strives to provide access to information and services as well as funding to help prevent "economic euthanasia"

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?

Ending Economic Euthanasia

Companion Bridge launched in June of 2013 and since that time it has come to the aid of pets and pet parents. The organization uses its website and social media to help facilitate funding for a pet that has major health issues and needs care that the pet parent would not be able to afford. It also helps to connect these pets with the appropriate medical resources. Ultimately, many pet parents face situations with their pets where they are left with no other option but to euthanize, simply because the medical expenses are un-affordable for them.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

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 with freedom from pain

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Related Program

Ending Economic Euthanasia

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric denotes the number of animals per year that we supplied financial help with for major medical care or with purchases of mobility assistance such as animal wheelchairs.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Our primary goal is very clear we aim to provide another option other than economic euthanasia to pet owners struggling with veterinary emergencies that are beyond their financial means. We also aim to provide a secure online community with resources and support to assist people struggling with animals in need.

Companion bridge expands access to veterinary care for animals in needy households in creative ways. Rather than having to apply for extensive funding and wait to be evaluated against other owners, with Companion bridge a qualifying pet owner becomes a partner in the fundraising effort. We provides a platform for the animal's owner to make their case directly to a wide audience using our resources. The solution to an animal's problem is rarely just doling out a large amount of funding. Rather, the solution is comprehensive in that the pet owner must become part of the solution themselves, expending energy and creativity on their fundraising effort. The solution must involve a veterinary professional and the Companion Bridge president and board can offer suggestions, expanding the pet owners' vision of what resources they can access. The pet owner is required to give back to the community in some way -- either financially or through social media postings, fundraisers, or other means.

We are 100% a volunteer organization and we keep operating costs to a minimum so that we can provide the maximum amount of every donation to help save lives. <br/>The animal's (owner/caretaker/provider?) gets:<br/>• Free "real estate" on the website to post their story/make their case for assistance to afford health care for their pet<br/>• A secure means to raise funds online to a broad audience<br/>• A vetted list of veterinary providers for medical, surgical and therapeutic needs <br/>• A community of experienced and compassionate volunteers to offer advice and discussion<br/>• A financial contribution from Companion bridge for veterinary health care<br/>• Emergency funding if the pet is in immediate need and the veterinary health care is unaffordable

Every life saved is progress. The current numbers show that we are growing and becoming a community invested in helping each other as long as that trend stays upwards we are making progress.

We have saved approximately 400 animals from having to be euthanized and campaigned to educate people on the procedures and basic care that can keep their pets from having a medical crisis in the future such as spay and neuter and the importance of keeping current on vaccines). In terms of what we would like to accomplish we would like to procure some grants or get listed on the Combined Federal Campaign. We unfortunately do not fit the mold for most programs offering grants since we are not a "rescue" or a spay/neuter program, therefore we will continue to grow our local community of supporters.

Financials

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Operations

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COMPANION BRIDGE INC

Board of directors
as of 1/1/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Alice Peek

Peek Consulting

Term: 2013 -


Board co-chair

Pam Bresnahan

Trish Rimo

Raffetto Herman Strategic Communications

Mike Stanford

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Donna McConn

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Robbin Sneddon

Pam Bresnahan

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

Keywords

Animal Welfare, financial help