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HAIL MARY RESCUE

Together we make it Better

Thibodaux, LA   |  www.hailmaryrescue.com

Mission

Hail Mary will move heaven and earth to improve the lives of shelter pets. Hail Mary Rescue, a 501c3 non-profit animal rescue, is solely dedicated to saving dogs from municipal shelters where space and holding times are short. It lends support to the sick and injured, as well as healthy dogs

Ruling year info

2014

President

Mary Morvant

Main address

259 School Lane

Thibodaux, LA 70301 USA

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EIN

46-4736086

NTEE code info

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

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Southeastern Louisiana has one of the highest abandoned, ferrules, and mistreated dog populations in the United States. Hail Mary Rescue works with local shelters to reduce this overpopulation. Our focus is to remove dogs with health or behavioral issues that local shelters cannot support. On a second front, we have started spay/neuter programs to assist low-income dog owners with this procedure. This program should help to reduce dog overpopulation in the 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?

Hail Mary Rescue

Hail Mary will move heaven and earth to improve the lives of shelter pets. Hail Mary Rescue, a 501c3 non-profit animal rescue, is solely dedicated to saving dogs from municipal shelters where space and holding times are short. It lends support to the sick and injured, as well as healthy dogs

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

Hail Mary Rescue has currently spent close to $10,000 buying and distributing pet food to families in need. Our goal is to always help a family keep a beloved pet in their home.

Population(s) Served

In 2022, Hail Mary Rescue conducted three Spay/Neuter Events in Tangipahoa, Lafourche, and Ascension Parishes. In March of 2023 HMR held another event in Southern Lafourche parish, with additional events scheduled later in the year.

Population(s) Served
Families
Unemployed people
Families
Unemployed people

Where we work

Awards

Top-Rated 2022

Great Nonprofits

Affiliations & memberships

Bissell's Partners for Pets 2020

Petco Partners 2022

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

Hail Mary Rescue

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

In late 2021 South Louisiana was hit by Hurricane IDA which caused significant damage to our primary facility. Shelter rescues were delayed for months until we could get another location operational.

Number of animal adoptions

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

Hail Mary Rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers represent dog adoption headcounts for the Bayou Region of Louisiana. Transfers to our northeastern partners are not included in these numbers.

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

Hail Mary Rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2021 HMR donated $5,000.00 the the Lafourche Parish Animal Shelter for a new tagging machine. In 2022 HMR purchased $25,000.00 in Vet. equipment to assist a startup low cost clinic in a rural area.

Number of Facebook followers

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

Hail Mary Rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

1) Assist local shelters by pulling dogs with conditions beyond local shelters' capabilities.
2) HMR will foster these dogs to correct medical or behavioral issues.
3) Local adoption after any medical or behavioral issues are corrected.
4) If local adoption does not occur, dogs are transported to our Virginia foster location, and adopting families and shelters in the Northeast are solicited.
5) Our final and most important goal is that these shelter dogs find a forever home.

Since 2014 HMR has worked with South Louisiana Shelters, assisting with cases beyond their capabilities. Our network of local foster locations provides an environment in which dogs can reacclimate from the stress of their former situations. The dog becomes available for local adoption only after any medical or behavioral issues are addressed. If local adoption does not occur, dogs are transported at HMR expense to our foster facility in Virginia. This location is more accessible to potential adopters in the Northeastern United States. In addition, HMR has worked with a select group of 501c3 organizations in the Northeast will place dogs in forever homes. The strategy already works, but we want to expand the number of Northern foster locations moving forward.

Hail Mary Rescue has a dedicated group of foster volunteers near many of the shelters we currently work with. In addition to foster locations, other volunteers will drive dogs to Vet. Clinic appointments or further rehabilitation as needed for the particular animal. We use a small group of trusted transporters to move our dogs to the Virginia foster facility. Mary Morvant staffs the Virginia foster location and is also our President. She is our best volunteer with decades of dog handling knowledge.

The word of our successful program has progressed from shelters in Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes. We now get regular requests for shelters across South Louisiana to assist dogs with medical and other conditions beyond the capability of shelters. Historically, our limiting factor was the availability of local foster locations to support our dog intakes. After our Hurricane IDA setbacks in 2021, we opened the Virginia foster location to keep dogs fully vetted and awaiting adoption. This centralized location allows for greater access to potential adopting families and is much closer to our shelter partners in the Northeast. As we continue our growth program, we will add additional fostering capabilities in the New England areas of the U.S.
A newer initiative for Hail Mary Rescue is that of an active spay/neuter program. We operate this program in two ways. We donate monies directly to a specific shelter to hold a voucher program to assist low-income families with this usually expensive procedure. To date, we have sponsored three of these events! Last year HMR identified an area of Lafourche Parish that did not have an operating Veterinary Clinic. Hail Mary Rescue purchased all the necessary equipment to open a small clinic that could conduct spay/neuter clinics and provide essential services to the area. Our next Spay/Neuter clinic is scheduled August of 2023.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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HAIL MARY RESCUE

Board of directors
as of 10/09/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mary Morvant

Hail Mary Rescue

Term: 2014 - 2022


Board co-chair

John Vest

Hail Mary Rescue

Term: 2018 - 2024

Rhonda Green

Hail Mary Rescue

John Vest

Hail Mary Rescue

Jennifer King

Hail Mary Rescue

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/2/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/30/2023

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.