4 Paws Rescue Team Inc

Saving feline lives four paws at a time

aka 4 Paws   |   Merrifield, VA   |  www.fourpaws.org

Mission

The 4 Paws Rescue Team is a dynamic, community-based, all-volunteer rescue organization that takes in neglected, abandoned, abused and unwanted kittens and cats. We provide veterinary care and then find permanent loving homes for them. As a "No Kill" organization, 4Paws will not euthanize an animal except out of medical necessity.

Ruling year info

1997

President

Barbara Lipson

Main address

P.O. Box 2908

Merrifield, VA 22116 USA

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EIN

54-1786116

NTEE code info

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

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

Single Organization Support (D11)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Every day homeless cats and kittens die unnecessarily in over-crowded animal shelters and on neighborhood streets. 4Paws takes in cats and kittens from shelter euthanasia lists. 4Paws also rescues cats who are living outside, fending for themselves. After age-appropriate veterinary care is provided to each cat or kitten, 4Paws adopts our rescued cats into permanent loving homes. All cats are spayed or neutered before they are adopted out to prevent unnecessary births that would add to the over-population problem. 4Paws also supports Trap Neuter Return (TNR), a program that spays and neuters feral (outside) cats, vaccinates them and then returns them to their outdoor 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?

Adoption, Spay/Neuter, Education

The 4 Paws Rescue Team, Inc. has several programs including aggressive efforts toward adoption, education about the need for spaying and neutering, support of feral cat colonies, education of elementary school children about the importance of responsible pet care, and collaberation with local shelters to help end needless euthansia.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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4Paws aims to spay and neuter as many cats as possible. We also educate the public on the importance of spaying and neutering as the only way to end senseless deaths that result from over-population. 4Paws helps pet owners to live harmoniously with their pets by explaining feline behavior, nutrition, and proper cat care. For those who can no longer care for their cats adopted from 4Paws there is a 100% return policy. Adopters are actually required to return their cats to the organization if they can not keep their 4Paws cat. Our aim is to help people have meaningful relationships with their cats, but also provide a safety net for when circumstances change.

4Paws helps private rescuers pay for the cost of spaying and neutering and vaccinating feral (outside) cats. 4Paws has a website that provides valuable information and resources to the public with questions about choosing the right pet, feeding the best cat food, managing cat behavior problems, and understanding their cats. We also respond to email and talk to people one-on-one at adoption fairs and stores where the cats are on display for adoption.

4Paws has more than 200 volunteers who are able to talk to potential adopters, care for cats being shown for adoption, and foster homeless cats and kittens. We have found permanent homes for more than 9,200 cats and kittens since the day the organization started. Our greatest need is foster homes. Volunteers take into their home a cat or litter of kittens. All that is needed is a room where the foster cat(s) can be kept separated from other pets in the household. Fosters provide love and basic necessities. They nurture their foster cats in an effort to get them ready for a permanent adoptive home.

Since inception, 4Paws has found loving permanent homes for more than 9,200 cats and kittens.

Financials

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Operations

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

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4 Paws Rescue Team Inc

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Barbara Lipson

Dede Dixon

Barbara Lipson

Cathye Karrins

Dianna Hogan

Linda Simmons

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? 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