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FUZZY FACES REFUGE INC

Hoping * Helping * Healing

aka Freedom Steps Equine Services   |   Clayton, NC   |  www.fuzzyfacesrefuge.org

Mission

Provide a sanctuary where children, adults, first responders, and veterans of all abilities can enjoy therapeutic experiences with endangered animals or horses to enable positive progress in overcoming psychological, physical or emotional wounds by restoring a sense of self, quality of life and hope.

Ruling year info

2014

President

Ms Peggy Jensen

Founder & Treasurer

Ms. Bonnie Dennis

Main address

600 Ryans Lane

Clayton, NC 27520 USA

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Formerly known as

FUZZY FACES RESCUE INC

EIN

46-4155393

NTEE code info

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

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

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our program for Veterans and First Responders is a no charge program but we are challenged to get this population to participate in the services that would help them overcome service related injuries that they struggle with. This is apparently the same challenge that other organizations face as well. We are working on a plan to attract more First Responders and Veterans to the program that is designed specifically for them.

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?

Fuzzy Friends

The Fuzzy Friends program provides a safe, comfortable refuge for animals with therapeutic potential and for endangered heritage livestock breeds to interact safely with humans of all ages and abilities. Fuzzy Friends provides a positive experience at the refuge, education regarding each animal we care for and therapeutic experiences that build confidence, enable positive progress and afford opportunities within the community that may otherwise be unavailable.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Veterans

The Freedom Steps programs provide equine-assisted activities and therapeutic riding to adults, children, first responders, and veterans who struggle with physical, emotional or cognitive challenges. The refuge provides a peaceful, family-friendly environment that promotes personal growth, rewarding experiences, new friendships and a sense of freedom…one step at a time.

Riding and/or interaction opportunities strengthen mind, body and spirit for both the volunteers and the program participants.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Veterans

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 critically endangered species for which conservation measures have been launched or supported

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

Adults, Children and youth, People with disabilities

Related Program

Fuzzy Friends

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This indicates the number of endangered heritage breeds that are present at the refuge.

Number of sheltered animals

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

Children and youth, Adults, People with disabilities

Related Program

Fuzzy Friends

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is a physical count of all animals that belong to Fuzzy Faces Refuge whether endangered or used in our therapy programs.

Number of requests for advocate products or information, including downloads or page views of online material

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

Children and youth, Adults, People with disabilities

Related Program

Fuzzy Friends

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Fuzzy Faces Refuge strives to be a safe sanctuary for heritage breed farm animals where Veterans, First Responders, Families and Children of all abilities can benefit from both therapeutic and educational opportunities by providing the following:

* high quality animal-assisted therapy for children, youth and adults who have physical developmental, emotional or behavioral challenges regardless of their ability to pay.

* programs that fill service needs within our community and enable positive growth experiences for individuals and families.

* collaborating with organizations, agencies, schools and others in our community to ensure that needs are met so that lives can be enriched and potential can be reached.

* education regarding the plight of critically endangered heritage farm breeds and the importance of preserving diverse breeds for the future.

The refuge is meticulously maintained so that it is clean, safe and appealing for both visitors and volunteers.

We provide the best program we can for those with challenges. Our goal is to support the needs of Veterans, First Responders and others who have suffered challenges related to their service to others.

We partner with churches, home school groups, scouting organizations and others to provide educational tours of the refuge while offering hands on experiences with the endangered animals.

We attend as many community events as possible in order to spread the word about our mission. We also have a presence on several social media sites so that our program availability can become better known.

We attend seminars and take courses in order to keep our own skills fresh while offering training on-site at the refuge for volunteers.

We are capable of achieving our goals through the drive and dedication of our board members, volunteers and avid visitors who love the farm and our programs. We receive unsolicited requests to provide services and programs from community members who become aware of who we are and what we do at the refuge from those who have benefited by visiting.

We partner with other organizations in the community to ensure that we are known and to offer our assistance with anyone on their waiting list that needs to begin therapy sooner. We also ensure that those professionals who recommend animal therapy to their clients are aware of who we are and where we are located.

While our donations aren't large at this time, they are continuing to grow such that we continue to improve. As we grow organically, we continue to increase our base of supporters who become ambassadors for the work we do. We have the perfect location and the perfect setting to accomplish our goals.

We have expanded our therapeutic riding program in 2017 and our number of students has increased by 35%. This is a major achievement as it has been a goal from our inception in 2013. We are fortunate that we now have two critically endangered horse breeds to showcase and use in our equine therapy programs.

In addition, we have fenced in the small pond area for our critically endangered breeds of San Clemente Goats, Saxony Ducks, Barred Holland Chickens and American Buff Geese so that they are safe from predators but also in an area conducive for visitor interaction.

We have establishing critically endangered honeybees at the refuge. Adding bees will further our educational opportunities.

We have constructed a lighted 90 x 120 arena, a 60-foot round pen and we are in the process of reviewing the budget for a cover so that programs aren't impacted by weather.

Financials

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Operations

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

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FUZZY FACES REFUGE INC

Board of directors
as of 12/27/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Peggy Jensen

George Dennis

Fuzzy Faces Refuge

Peggy Jensen

Fuzzy Faces Refuge

Bonnie Dennis

McLane Foodservice

JoAnn Janke

Wells Fargo

Harriet Enzor

Campbell University

Connie Chege-Bryant

Wangu Bryant Consulting

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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/27/2022

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Leadership

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The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/27/2022

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Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.