THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF JACKSON COUNTY INC

Saving & Spaying Jackson County Pets

aka ARF   |   Sylva, NC   |  http://www.arfhumane.org

Mission

This mission of the Humane Society of Jackson County is to promote pet adoption, assist county residents with low-cost spay and neuter, educate the community about pet care and training, and advocate for saner animal control laws and policies.

Ruling year info

1990

President

Ms. Mary Adams

Main address

PO Box 298

Sylva, NC 28779 USA

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EIN

56-1575881

NTEE code info

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

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (E01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Jackson County, North Carolina does not have leash laws and animals are often free to roam. Many are hit by cars and need emergency care. Others find mates and rapidly increase the population of unwanted dogs and cats. The county maintains a Shelter for stray animals but the main government purpose for the shelter is to prevent rabies. The shelter has some pets for adoption but needs help to keep the cages from overflowing. When overflow happens they are required to euthanize animals. The goal of the Humane Society of Jackson County (HSJC) is to prevent euthanization by putting animals into volunteer foster care until a permanent home is found or until we can transport the pets to other states.

Our programs

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Spay Neuter assistance

The Humane Society of Jackson County (ARF) runs a monthly low-cost spay/ neuter program through our partner, Asheville Humane Alliance. We sign up pets for this trip each week, and our volunteers are responsible for all paperwork, record-keeping, loading, crate storage and cleaning, and followup care (through our local partner, Sylva Animal Hospital). We provide discount coupons for those who rescue or foster multiple animals or those who cannot afford our services because of income or disability. ARF receives no income from these services.

Population(s) Served

The Humane Society of Jackson County's volunteers keep pets in our homes to quarantine them for transport to no-kill shelters, particularly in the northeastern U.S. where spay and neuter laws have almost eradicated the pet overpopulation problem. Each transported pet costs us between $80-100 in vet care, food, and transport expenses, for which we receive little or no reimbursement. ARF volunteers also keep pets in their home for local adoption, sometimes for years. Each pet receives spay or neuter, heartworm or leukemia test, rabies vaccination, distemper vaccination, worming and / or heartworm preventative, other parasite treatment, and flea control.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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We work to reduce or eliminate the need for euthanasia for adoptable pets. We provide short and long-term foster care, medical care, low cost spay/neuter, socializing and training. We transport to other areas where there is a shortage of adoptable pets and we advocate for better local laws to protect animals. We also provide education to adopting families. The Humane Society of Jackson County is completely volunteer driven and maintained. We accept donations, hold fund-raisers and encourage local pet owners to have their pets spayed or neutered through our low-cost partnership with the Asheville Humane Alliance. The cost of spay-neuter and other medical cost is only partly covered by the nominal fees we accept from the pet's owners. No one is denied services for spay neuter because of lack of financial resources.

The Humane Society of Jackson County is organized through a Board of Directors and a very active volunteer base. We have no paid employees. We partner with Catman 2, a local organization that serves cats and kittens and with the Sylva Animal Hospital which provides medical care and medications at a reduced cost and with the Asheville Humane Alliance that provides spay/neuter services to all of western North Carolina. With our partners and volunteers we are able to rescue hundreds of animals each year. In 2017 we provided almost 1,000 spay/neuter procedures and rescued hundreds of animals from possible euthanasia. We have a Fundraising Committee that meets regularly to look for new ways to ask our supporters for funds to keep our programs going. Fundraisers include auctions, wine tasting, an annual appeal through our newsletter, grant applications and donation boxes all over the community.

The Humane Society of Jackson County is made up of people who are completely dedicated to ensuring that all animals are treated with humanity. The all volunteer Board of Directors has members from all walks of life from College Professors, to newspaper writers and physiotherapists, public health managers, and retired individuals from business, education, construction and small business entrepreneurs. Together we make a formidable group, dedicated to being organized for the purpose of caring for local unwanted animals. Dozens of other volunteers foster animals at their homes, drive the county borrowed van full of wonderful pets to other states and regions and show up in an emergency no matter what the weather. The Volunteer Director and Board Chair is a strong leader always putting the animals in her care before herself. We have a capable volunteer treasurer tracking finances and investing any funds that aren't immediately needed for rescue or medical care. The Humane Society maintains open books using financially sound bookkeeping methods. The Secretary maintains records of all meetings and ensures donors receive thank-yous and tax information. The Humane Society of Jackson County enjoys the respect of county, town and community leaders and officials.

Each year we rescue more animals than the year before and each year we provide spay/neuter to more cats and dogs. We also increase our donor base each year and the number of volunteers we can count on to step up when they are needed. We are finding more ways to communicate with each other and with the community through newsletters, email and social media. Each year we save more animals from euthanasia and find loving homes for more unwanted stray animals. Each year we make more friends, both human and animal.
Next, we will be partnering with Jackson County to create a new Animal Rescue Center for Jackson County where we will have an office and an area to do business every day. This will be such a major improvement for us and we plan to hire an Administrative Assistant to maintain the office and provide a public face for The Humane Society of Jackson County. This is an amazing opportunity and has come about because of our longstanding rescue of pets taken to the current animal shelter.

Financials

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THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF JACKSON COUNTY INC

Board of directors
as of 11/26/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms Mary Adams

Western Carolina University

Term: 2017 - 2020

Mary Adams

Western Carolina University

Jean Lewis

Retired principal, Miami Public School System

Jane Finneran

Courteous Canine Dog Training, Haywood County Hospitals (physical therapist)

Sandra Black

Sylva Animal Hospital, DVM

Trish Morgan

Sylva Pet Stop, owner

Kaleb Lynch

Catman2, shelter director

Allison Padgett

retired

Nikki Young

Co-owner, Tuckasegee Trading Post

Eleanor Prochaska

Math, Western Carolina University

Elizabeth Schore

Social Worker

Ann Dunn

Retired

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? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No