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Happy Jack Cats Inc

We Save Kittens

aka Happy Jack Cats   |   Meridian, ID   |  www.happyjackcats.org

Mission

Our Mission Statement is: "To give every healthy kitten a chance to live, grow, and thrive in a purrfect home." This is what we do: We take in abandoned, orphaned, abused, stray, and otherwise unwanted kittens, usually less than twelve weeks old. After providing the necessities (food, water, medical care, spay/neuter), each kitten is offered for adoption to responsible homes.

Notes from the nonprofit

Happy Jack Cats, Inc. is a very small, foster-home based cat rescue run by three people, two are unpaid, one earns a small salary, and has a lot of room for improvement in tracking the metrics that would show our progress over the years. We work daily to save the lives of unwanted or abandoned cats and kittens which is our primary program.

Ruling year info

2015

President

Melissa Gurnett

Main address

PO Box 33

Meridian, ID 83680 USA

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EIN

47-5455805

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

The problem Happy Jack Cats, Inc. is working to address is the overpopulation of cats and kittens. It is estimated that there are more feral cats than there are owned cats, so we provide a place for unwanted cats and kittens to go where they will be spayed or neutered, medically treated for any ailments, and vaccinated and microchipped before being adopted into loving, indoor-life homes.

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?

Pet Adoption Program

We rehabilitate and spay or neuter young kittens, and then offer them for adoption to the community.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

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.

Average number of days of shelter stay for cats and small animals

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

Pet Adoption Program

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Average number of days of shelter or foster home stay for cats that had an outcome in the reported year.

Number of animal adoptions

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

Young adults, Older adults

Related Program

Pet Adoption Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals rescued

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

Pet Adoption Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Cat Intake numbers

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.

As we evolve as a company, we aim to earn a reputation as a community leader by helping to greatly impact the over-population of felines in our community, and, thereby, the need for the euthanasia of healthy animals due to over-population and the resulting lack of homes. Another facet of this endeavor is that every Idaho animal would then necessarily have a life free of misery, starvation and disease ideally in a caring home.

We are pledged to always strive toward this by working in partnership with other committed individuals and groups who have the same goals, not just in Idaho, but in near-by states as well, e.g. Utah and Oregon. We do not condone and do not participate in competition between rescues as sometimes happens.

We are determined that we earn a reputation for caring, honesty and fair play. We think this is very important to success.

Happy Jack Cats, Inc. feels that our work is important for the health, not just of animals, but of people as well. We feel we can be judged as a community by the way we handle these problems.

Since incorporating, we have begun to see donations and non-monetary contributions that were never available to us before. This enables us to make a greater impact in the community. Hopefully this trend will continue, since we are looking forward to saving many more lives in the future. We homed 380 cats and kittens in 2016 and this was only our first full year of operation. We will always need food, litter, formula, medicines, veterinary care, supplies and funds for spay/neuter. Happy Jack Cats, Inc. is reaching out to as many potential donors as possible, writing grants and using crowd funding to raise funds. We know only too well, a non-profit without funds will wither and die. To reach our goals, we intend to use every means available to us to raise funds.

At some point in the future, we intend to have a facility, veterinary help, and a generally recognizable brand; all this depends on money our ability to earn it.

We have a Board of Directors consisting of three smart, committed members, with a broad range of talents, a graphic artist, a legal secretary and a money person. At this time we are interested in adding two more board members. Happy Jack Cats is growing the numbers of our volunteers and fosters parents, and we have established a relationship with two Petco stores, one in Meridian, ID and one in Boise, ID, which provide us venues to house and show animals. In spite of starting small, we are growing by leaps and bounds. We rescued and homed 380 cats and kittens in 2016, 501 in 2017 and 595 in 2018.

Happy Jack Cats, Inc. was incorporated in October/November 2015. Since we have been incorporated for only a short time, we are currently are learning as we grow, and we have learned a lot! We have no reason to think we will not improve as we grow.

All indications are that our growth and accomplishments will continue. We feel confident that with hard work, diligence and perseverance all we need will come with time.

Financials

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Operations

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Happy Jack Cats Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Melissa Gurnett


Board co-chair

Susan Hamilton

Emily Sullivan

PreCise MRM

MerriDee Copeland

Independent Agent, Giltner, Inc.

Deborah Phantana

Realtor, Group One Sotheby's International Realty

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 ? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/19/2023

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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 without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.