Animal Care Assistance Program

To cultivate a community that values and supports the enriching, powerful bond between humans and their pets.

aka ACAP   |   Louisa, VA   |  www.acapva.org

Mission

To provide financial assistance to improve the health and comfort of companion animals and keep them with the people who love them; or to provide a sanctuary for those that cannot remain in their homes.

Ruling year info

2015

President

Karin Magno

Board Member, Founder & Sanctuary Director

Susan Levi

Main address

PO Box 803

Louisa, VA 23093 USA

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EIN

47-3991716

NTEE code info

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

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

Veterinary Services (D40)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The need for a veterinary assistance program for low income individuals became evident while working with Region Ten Community Services clients and other Louisa County government agencies. Our actual results and the steady growth of the program over the five years we have been in operation demonstrate that the need continues. ACAP's 2016 program expenses (i.e. vet care, flea/tick/dewormer meds and pet food) were $10,400. For 2020, program expenses totaled $30,077. ACAP's sanctuary program has become a resource for local shelters with senior beagles who have been abandoned in rural shelters with little exposure. In 2020 we transferred in a total of 6 senior dogs from local shelters and accepted 5 owner surrendered dogs. Thirteen of our sanctuary dogs were adopted into new, carefully-screened homes in 2020. One remains in a loving foster home waiting on a forever home. The rest are enjoying their stay at the sanctuary.

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?

Financial Assistance Program

Our financial assistance program serves an easily identifiable low-income population who cannot afford proper veterinary care. Our demographic is typically: 1) Elderly, physically and/or mentally disabled – many of whom have little to no support systems in place. These community members come to us for help so they do not have to face losing their beloved pets, upon which they rely on for comfort and companionship. 2) Single women – with or without children, on Social Security Disability and/or retirement. This portion of our population is the most vulnerable in our society. Many live at or well below the Federal Poverty Guidelines, in substandard housing and without reliable transportation. 3) The working poor. Those who work at low paying jobs and struggle to make ends meet.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

The ACAP sanctuary is a home-based sanctuary operated to help dogs who have suffered a lifetime of neglect receive the medical care they need. We focus on hospice, seniors, dogs with behavioral issues, feral or under-socialized, or those that have other factors that make them difficult to place. The ACAP sanctuary allows adoptable dogs to avoid the stressful, debilitating atmosphere of an overcrowded shelter, thereby increasing their chances of being adopted into homes that can properly care for them.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Our veterinary assistance program directly addresses the problem by making funding available to low income individuals to treat their pets; pets that would not otherwise have received any or adequate treatment. Our work prevents the suffering of pets and their people. Our assistance makes it possible for pets to stay with the owners that love them instead of being surrendered or euthanized for lack of funds.

The sanctuary program directly addresses the homeless senior pet problem in the community by freeing up kennels in local shelters and increasing the exposure of adoptable pets.

We provide education on pet care and refer those with unaltered animals to the local spay neuter free or low-cost program.

People in need often find out about our program through Social Services, the Resource Council and the Community Services Board. Others are referred by our partner veterinarians, friends and family or they find us on the internet or social media.

ACAP works with local Animal Control, the sheriff's office, local animal shelters and humane societies, low cost spay neuter programs, social services, and community services boards. ACAP provides and receives referrals to and from the collaborating organizations. Our coordination with these organizations allows us to secure the best overall outcome for our clients and their pets. Our work with the clients on intake and throughout the process often makes us aware of other needs and we can then direct the client to appropriate resources. This community network of people who care enables us to alleviate the suffering among pets and their people and reduce the number of pets surrendered or euthanized at animal shelters.

We supply flyers and brochures to Social Services, the Resource Council and businesses in the community. We have volunteers and Board members who provide hands-on services as well as fundraising and events

Eligibility for ACAP assistance is income-based with thresholds based on federal poverty guidelines. Applicants seeking assistance are screened through an application process and they must submit proof of income. Applicants must agree to spay/neuter all pets in their household to receive assistance and this policy has succeeded in spaying/neutering many animals who would not otherwise have been. We also require a $10 copay for vet visits or $5 copay for flea/tick/heartworm medications. We may waive the copay requirement if appropriate.

ACAP has a volunteer Board of four that administers and manages all operations. We have other volunteers that help out in various capacities as needed. The Intake Coordinator operates within the program's established parameters to determine who we can and cannot assist. If there is any question, concern or gray area, the intake coordinator discusses with the Board and a decision is made. The Board decides which pets will be accepted into the sanctuary.

The Treasurer manages financial matters and records for ACAP utilizing Quickbooks Pro and spreadsheets. All Board members are involved in the financial decision-making process. ACAP utilizes a Google Team shared drive to store records, forms, reports and pictures so all have access to information as needed.

We supply flyers and brochures to Social Services, the Resource Council and businesses in the community. We have volunteers and Board members who provide hands-on services as well as fundraising and events, and correspondences to businesses and other resources. Volunteers will help coordinate and participate during vet visits.

We have helped relieve the suffering of hundreds of pets by providing their owners with financial access to vet care they would not have otherwise been able to afford. We have helped pets to obtain routine wellness visits, vaccinations and preventative medications, as well as care for emergencies, serious illnesses and accidents that would have resulted in premature and unnecessary death or economic euthanasia without our intervention. We have reduced suffering and helped owners avoid the heartbreak of having to surrender their beloved pets to the local animal shelter due to lack of financial means.

The need is greater than the resources but we actively and continually seek grant funding for our programs from community based and animal welfare organizations.

Financials

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Animal Care Assistance Program

Board of directors
as of 1/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Karin Magno


Board co-chair

Mark Levi

Karin Magno

ACAP

Barbara Riley

ACAP

Susan Levi

ACAP

Mark Levi

ACAP

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 ? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/21/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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