The Humane Society for Greater Savannah, Inc.

Better the Lives of Pets and People

Savannah, GA   |  https://www.HumaneSocietySAV.org

Mission

The Humane Society for Greater Savannah envisions a community that understands, values and promotes the ways in which pets enrich our lives. Its mission is to better the lives of pets and people. The organization offers a range of programs/services, including: dog and cat adoptions, pet surrender services, low-cost spay/neuter, vaccine clinics, Nuzzle Buddies, Foster Program and a Volunteer Program.

Notes from the nonprofit

The Humane Society for Greater Savannah is a non-profit organization, founded in 1962, that provides a wide range of services, primarily adoptions and health care services for dogs, cats and other animals.

Unlike government-supported animal shelters, like Chatham County Animal Services, the Humane Society for Greater Savannah cares for owned animals, those living as pets in homes in Chatham, Effingham and Bryan counties. Its mission is to better the lives of pets and people.

The organization offers a range of programs/services, including: dog and cat adoptions, pet surrender services, Nuzzle Buddies, Pets for Patriots, Transport Services, Foster Program, Volunteer Program, End-of-Life Services and Thrift Shop. In 2017 we achieved a 98.97% save rate and the clinic provided lifesaving surgery to over 10,500 animals and 17,022 vaccines, services and preventatives in 2016 and 2017. In addition we altered more than 600 feral cats in less than one year's time.

Ruling year info

1985

Executive Director

Sean Griffin

Main address

7215 Sallie Mood Drive

Savannah, GA 31406 USA

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EIN

58-0619035

NTEE code info

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

Single Organization Support (D11)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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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 Fix Savannah

High volume low cost spay/neuter clinic in the Humane Alliance model

Population(s) Served
Adults

The dog adoption fee varies. It includes spay/neuter surgery; heartworm testing; vaccinations for distemper, Bordetella and rabies; general deworming for intestinal parasites; a microchip with the registration listed on a national database and a free office visit at local participating veterinarians.

The cat adoption fee is $25 for cats and $55 for kittens under six months of age. The fee includes spay/neuter surgery, a feline AIDS and leukemia test, feline FVRCP vaccine, rabies vaccination, general de-wormer for intestinal parasites, a microchip with the registration listed on a national database, and a free office visit at local participating veterinarians. This program is supported by donations.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Nuzzle Buddy program will pair your child with a shelter dog or cat in a comfortable environment at HSGS headquarters. The child may read a favorite book to the animal or choose one from our library. The program is offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays after school and on one Saturday and Sunday a month in the afternoon. Children aged 7 to 13 may participate. Call to schedule an appointment. A donation is requested.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Pet Fix Savannah has assisted thousands of pets in the tri-county region through its low-cost, high-quality spay/neuter services and several basic vaccines including rabies vaccines, Da2ppv, Bordetella, heartworm tests and preventative for dogs, flea and tick preventative, FIV/FELV tests for cats, microchipping, deworming, and nail trimming. Operating four days a week, the clinic provided lifesaving surgery to over 10,500 animals and 17,022 vaccines, services and preventatives in 2016 and 2017.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Surrender a Pet services enables pet owners to surrender their pet regardless of the pet’s health, age or temperament. Surrender appointments may be scheduled Tuesday through Sunday. The fee for the service is $20.In early 2017,Pet Fix introduced its Safety Net Program, which offers re-homing aid, Food pantry, and dog training. Theses program serves to keep pets out of shelters and in the homes where they are loved.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Society of Animal Welfare Administrators 2017

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 sheltered animals

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

Adults

Related Program

Adoption Center

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals spayed and neutered

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

Adults

Related Program

Pet Fix Savannah

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total Spay and neuter surgeries.

Average number of animals spayed and neutered per day

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

Pet Fix Savannah

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average number of days of shelter stay for animals

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

Adoption Center

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Exclude foster LOS.

Number of animal adoptions

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

Adoption Center

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Live Outcomes including adoptions, RTO, transfer.

Number of animals euthanized

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

Adoption Center

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Includes cats, dogs and small animals. Does not include end of life services for owned pets. HSGS does euthanize for time or space. Chronic/terminal health issues are typically the reason for euth.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Our goal is to decrease the number of homeless pets in our community. We do this by:
-Pet Fix Savannah: A high quality, high volume low cost spay neuter clinic.
-Safety Net: Programs to keep pets in homes where they are loved and cared for.
-Animal Sheltering: High quality customer experience in both surrendering and adopting a pet.
-Collaboration: With the county animal services department and other local foster-based rescues.

We do this by:
-Pet Fix Savannah: A high quality, high volume low cost spay neuter clinic.
-Safety Net: Programs to keep pets in homes where they are loved and cared for.
-Animal Sheltering: High quality customer experience in both surrendering and adopting a pet.
-Collaboration: With the county animal services department and other local foster-based rescues.

Despite the impacts of COVID-19, our team found homes for 2,415 pets in 2020 and performed 6,716 spay and neuter surgeries.

Despite the impacts of COVID-19, our team found homes for 2,415 pets in 2020 and performed 6,716 spay and neuter surgeries
By continuing this number of surgeries on an annual basis we hope to see a reduction in the number of pets without homes in the future.

Financials

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Operations

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The Humane Society for Greater Savannah, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 8/13/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Chris Player

Bishop-Durden-Hale Insurance Group

Term: 2021 - 2022


Board co-chair

Bridget Michalski

Savannah Wine Cellar

Term: 2021 - 2022

Vandana Abrams

Bouhan Falligant LLP

Chris Player

Regions Insurance Group

Bryna Gordon

Memorial Health

Chris Player

Regions Insurance Group

Brian Harn

The Print Shop

Dr. Doll Miller

Georgia Eye Institute

Sean Griffin

Humane Society for Greater Savannah

Bridget Michalski

Savannah Wine Cellar

Summer Rogers

SCAD

Cal Chancy

Palmedical Surgical Solutions

Brad Lucas

Lucas & Associates CPAs

Dr. Erika Finch

Morrison Dental

Matt Toler

Lee, Black & Hollis PC

Michelle Peth

Beet Tan

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • 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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/13/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability