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PET HELPERS INC

Celebrating 40 Years No Kill

aka Pet Helpers

Charleston, SC

Mission

Pet Helpers’ is a 501(c)3 Adoption Center and Spay/Neuter Clinic that serves communities across the Lowcountry. Our mission is to end the euthanasia of all adoptable cats and dogs by keeping all animals until adopted; providing low cost spay/neuter surgeries; offering humane education programs; pursuing animal-cruelty prosecution; and initiating animal-welfare legislation.

Ruling Year

1986

President

Carol Linville

Main Address

1447 Folly Rd

Charleston, SC 29412 USA

Keywords

animal shelter, no kill, pets, rescue, pet overpopulation, spay/neuter, humane education, euthanasia, animal cruelty, animal welfare,

EIN

57-0802283

 Number

4797934287

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (D12)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Pet Helpers’ is a 501(c)3 Adoption Center and Spay/Neuter Clinic that serves communities across the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Our mission is to end the euthanasia of all adoptable cats and dogs by keeping all animals until adopted; providing low cost spay/neuter surgeries; offering humane education programs; pursuing animal-cruelty prosecution; and initiating animal-welfare legislation.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Low Cost Spay/Neuter & Vaccine Clinics

Special Forces Foster Program

Unchain Charleston

Trap/Neuter/Release and Community Cats

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of animal adoptions

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Our goal is to continue to increase the number of animal adoptions made through our shelter every year.

Number of sheltered animals

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Providing all cats and dogs of the Lowcountry, despite their medical needs, a safe and loving environment to stay until they are adopted by their family has been our primary focus.

Number of animals vaccinated

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Low Cost Spay/Neuter & Vaccine Clinics

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

By providing Lowcountry pet owners access to low cost vaccines, we are proudly making great strides toward a healthier pet population.

Average number of days of shelter stay for dogs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context notes

Our ultimate goal is to help find loving homes for all of the dogs that pass through our doors while keeping the number of days that they are sheltered to a minimum.

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context notes

Our ultimate goal is to help find loving homes for all of the cats that pass through our doors while keeping the number of days that they are sheltered to a minimum.

Number of animals spayed and neutered

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Low Cost Spay/Neuter & Vaccine Clinics

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

By providing Lowcountry pet owners access to low cost spay and neuter surgeries, we are proudly making great strides toward a controlled and sustainable pet population.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Our mission is to end the euthanasia of all adoptable cats and dogs by keeping all animals until adopted; providing low cost spay/neuter surgeries; offering humane education programs; pursuing animal-cruelty prosecution; and initiating animal-welfare legislation.

ADOPTIONS Our adoption counselors work closely with our animal care staff to make sure that they know every one of our adoptable animals and take the time to understand the needs of the potential adopters as well. For us at Pet Helpers, it is all about “the match”. After all, our goal is to make sure that the adoption is to the “right” family who will provide a FOREVER home. SPAY/NEUTER Our mission is to provide high quality spay/neuter surgeries at an affordable price to all families in the Lowcountry. This is the most effective way to reduce the overpopulation of companion animals. Besides offering these services to the general population, we are also aggressively working to increase accessibility to areas of the Lowcountry with high rates of pet reproduction. LOW COST VACCINE CLINIC Our low cost vaccine clinic provides preventive care services such as heartworm testing, flea control, microchipping, and nail trims. UNCHAIN CHARLESTON Unchain Charleston is “breaking the chains and improving the lives of dogs in the Lowcountry. Fences give freedom!” Unchain Charleston is a concerted effort to spread awareness about the plight of chained dogs and to build fences for chained dogs in the Lowcountry. By providing an alternative to chaining, Unchain Charleston keeps dogs out of the shelter system and in their loving homes. Please send us an email with Name, Address, Phone Number, Breed and Age of Dog. TRAP-NEUTER-RELEASE The Lowcountry has a large population of feral, semi-feral, and free roaming cats. Both feral cat colonies and community cats can be managed in a nonlethal method of population control through TNR. These cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, and returned to their colony sites where in many cases, volunteer caregivers provide them food, water, and limited shelter. Please contact the shelter for assistance on our TNR program at 843-795-1110. PET FOOD BANK The food bank provides a monthly food supply for families in need. We welcome pet owners in need to use this resource to obtain food for your pet by visiting our Adoption Center at 1447 Folly Road. Please bring a photo ID and proof of spay/neuter at the time of your visit. Proof of government assistance is required. Please send an email with Name, Address, Phone Number, and Number of Cats/Dogs. ReTAIL Resale Store Animal Helpers ReTail Resale Store accepts donations of gently used furniture, appliances, decorative pieces, household items, and much more. Donations are tax-deductible. All proceeds from the sale of these items go to Pet Helpers to use to save animals in the Lowcountry TRAINING Pet Helpers is happy to bring on their very own professional dog trainer, Heather Szasz. Heather has over 9 years of professional dog training experience as well as being a life coach for a world wide company. Both of these professions combined together allow her to be very successful with working with Dog Owners and the behavior issues with their dogs.

We have a low cost spay/neuter clinic, a low cost vaccination clinic, a dog trainer, matching pets to fur-ever homes, keeping dogs off chains, and more.

We know we are successful by the number of pets that are kept in loving homes vice entering the shelters.

All shelters in the SC Lowcountry are now no-kill, Pet Helpers was at the forefront of this movement. Now our goal is to keep pets out of shelters by offering low cost vaccines and spays/neuters and with a community food bank so that families don't have to bring their beloved pets to shelters.

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Financials

PET HELPERS INC

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

Yes

ETHICS & 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

Organizational Demographics

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SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/27/2020

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender Identity
Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability Status
Decline to state

Race & Ethnicity

No data

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