Human Services

COMPANION BRIDGE INC

Love.Donate.Live

Millersville, MD

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

2014

CEO

Alice Peek

Main Address

8260 Ahearn Dr

Millersville, MD 21108 USA

Keywords

Animal Welfare, financial help

EIN

46-3049352

 Number

4000688746

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (D12)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

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

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Ending Economic Euthanasia

Where we workNew!

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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.
The animal's (owner/caretaker/provider?) gets:
• Free "real estate" on the website to post their story/make their case for assistance to afford health care for their pet
• A secure means to raise funds online to a broad audience
• A vetted list of veterinary providers for medical, surgical and therapeutic needs
• A community of experienced and compassionate volunteers to offer advice and discussion
• A financial contribution from Companion bridge for veterinary health care
• 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 350 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

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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