SURFCAT CAFE AND ADOPTION CENTER

Saving Cats Four Paws at a Time

aka Surfcat Rescue & Adoptions   |   Oxnard, CA   |  www.surfcatcafe.org

Mission

Providing compassionate care and community connections for cats in need of forever homes. We rescue senior, hospice and medical cats from Our local shelters

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Leslie Ann Weiss

President

Debbie McKenzie

Main address

4515 Gateshead Bay

Oxnard, CA 93035 USA

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Formerly known as

Surfcat

Surfcat Cafe & Adoptions

Surfcat Cafe and Adoption Center

EIN

47-3663662

NTEE code info

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

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

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

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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?

Community Cat Feeding Program

We offer free food to those feeding feral/community cats in Ventura County

Population(s) Served
Adults

We pull those cats that have been at the shelter for long periods of time working with them in a private home setting and ultimately finding forever homes

Population(s) Served
Adults

On December 4th 2017 the largest documented wildfire in California history changed the lives of thousands of people and their pets. With the help of a grant awarded by Alley Cat Allies, Surfcat has been able to set up photo feeding sites to identify lost and missing cats, share with those missing their kitties and ultimately trap and reunite these kitties with their humans. We are still actively reuniting cats with their humans four months post fire.

Population(s) Served
Adults

After receiving a grant from Maddie's Fund, Surfcat has developed an active foster program for cats and kittens in Ventura County. Our short term goal is 25 active foster homes housing, caring for and loving our adoptable cats. With kitten season here we have expanded our foster program to accept neonatal and abandoned kittens and place them in experienced kitten foster homes. This helps our municipal shelter remain low kill. Over 90% of our Surfcats come from this shelter.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Surfcat feels that every person who desires a cat companion should have one. We spend much of our time educating people as to the best way to look for, adopt, care for and introduce a cat into your family. The results are less returns, owner surrenders and stray cats roaming the streets.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Cats make great companions for our seniors here in our county. As a senior and hospice cat rescue we are always looking for quiet homes where our kitties can enjoy their golden years. We offer a 50% discount on adoption fees for those senior humans looking for a senior kitty.

Population(s) Served
Older adults
Families
Caregivers
Widows and widowers
Retired people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Animal adopters Shelters (municipal) Rescues

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Maddie's Foundation ,

  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    we have implemented a Seniors for Seniors program. Those humans over 65 are able to adopt cats that are available for adoption that are 10 years old and older. The adoption fee is half of what our regular fee is. We also offer assistance with the kitties medical needs if the human is unable to afford it.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Sharing feedback good or bad with our community is how we are a successful community-based organization. As we learn more about the needs in our community regarding cats we can improve our relationships with those that need us the most and with those who we need as well. It’s a community effort to save these kitties and to make sure that everyone who would like to adopt a kitty is able to. Having our monthly board meetings allows us to bring up issues and how they can be improved for future success

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

    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 tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

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SURFCAT CAFE AND ADOPTION CENTER

Board of directors
as of 11/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Debbie McKenzie

Surfcat Cafe & Adoptions

Term: 2019 - 2021


Board co-chair

Shana Mullin

Surfcat Cafe and Adoptions

Term: 2020 - 2022

Roxanne Vettese

Surfcat Cafe & Adoptions

Joy O'Connell

Surfcat Cafe & Adoptions

Debbie Mackenzie

Surfcat Cafe & Adoptions

Winnie Mutch

Surfcat Cafe & Adoptions

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? No
  • 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 11/4/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/04/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.