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Helping Paws Foundation

Vista, CA   |  https://helpingpawssandiego.org

Mission

We help keep military families united with their pets by providing low and no-cost veterinary care for troops and veterans in need. Without our 501(c)(3), a lot of Southern California veterans would face the heartbreaking decision of premature relinquishment, or worse yet, economic euthanasia.

Ruling year info

2016

President and Founder

Craig Mohnacky

Main address

969 Vale Terrace Dr., Suite D

Vista, CA 92084 USA

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EIN

47-5232344

NTEE code info

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

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

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Without our 501(c)(3), military families would often face the difficult decision of surrendering their pet, or worse yet, economic euthanasia. We work hard to ensure that doesn't happen.

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?

Helping Paws

Helping Paws is dedicated to keeping military families united with their pets. We provide low and no-cost veterinary care for troops and veterans struggling with financial hardship.
We recognize that pets represent a great form of stability in a military household and our goal is to ensure they don't face economic euthanasia.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

Where we work

Awards

Henry Schein Cares Award 2015

Henry Schein

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 helped

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

Economically disadvantaged people, Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

Helping Paws

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We track the number of recipients. In 2018, transitioned from spays/neuters to saving ill and injured pets. The cost per case is far greater, but the impact is more profound.

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.

Our troops are willing to pay the ultimate price, but all too often, they can't afford to pay costly veterinary bills. We're Helping Vets by Saving Pets! We provide urgent and routine veterinary care for military families in need at low and no-cost. In many cases, it's kept them from having to surrender or euthanize their pets!

Our 501(c)(3) has directly helped more than 2,600 military families in need. We have the structures in place, and we're working to secure the funds to help troops and vets across America.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, 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 demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Helping Paws Foundation

Board of directors
as of 01/15/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Craig Mohnacky

Mohnacky Animal Hospitals

Term: 2013 -

Sandra Crowley

Merck Animal Health

Tom Jacobi

Sound Technologies

Miranda Abouzia

Virbac

Craig Mohnacky

Mohnacky Animal Hospitals

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? 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? No
  • 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 1/15/2024

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Leadership

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Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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