HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE ANIMAL WELFARE LEAGUE

aka Hot Springs Village Animal Welfare League, Inc.   |   Hot Springs Village, AR   |  www.hsvawl.org

Mission

The Hot Springs Village Animal Welfare League is organized for the charitable purpose as a rescue organization whose mission is to place all rescued/surrendered adoptable companion animals into loving homes and to prevent the overpopulation of unwanted animals.

Ruling year info

1989

President

Mrs. Susan Luse

1st Vice President

Mrs. Shelley Shepherd

Main address

PO Box 8032

Hot Springs Village, AR 71910 USA

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EIN

58-1805215

NTEE code info

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

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Our programs

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Adoptions

To provide essential veterinary care (sterilization, worming, immunizations) for those cats and dogs deemed adoptable and to then find loving permanent homes for all of these pets.

Population(s) Served
Adults

To sterilize as many cats and dogs as we can to prevent over-population. Our spay/neuter effort is two-fold: (1) two-day clinics scheduled four times a year that provide low/no cost services to low income families in the surrounding rural areas (Jessieville, Fountain Lake, Mountain Pine, Crows), financed by AWL with additional grant monies; (2) ongoing efforts include providing sterilization and immunization to pets of low income families in the surrounding areas and the ferals in the area as well.

Population(s) Served

To trap/neuter/return (TNR) feral cats to reduce the population growth of these animals, and to rescue some cats and dogs outside Hot Springs Village if our resources can accommodate them.

Population(s) Served
Adults

To increase children's awareness of humane treatment of all creatures with a focus on companion animals by providing educational materials monthly to three area school district elementary students, providing guest speakers to schools, sponsoring an essay contest annually that focuses on kindness toward animals or a related topic.

Population(s) Served

To provide financial aid to pet owners who cannot afford necessary veterinary care, serving owners who are residents of Hot Springs Village.

Population(s) Served
Adults

To provide assistance to residents who must find a new home for their beloved pet using our marketing and advertising resources to facilitate an adoption. Usually these owners find themselves unable to continue to keep their pet because health or other life issues.

Population(s) Served

HUG (Help Us Go) program is a connection with other rescue groups outside Arkansas for transport of larger dogs that are hard to adopt in our area. Families in states with strict spay/neuter laws are eager to adopt, so AWL provides veterinary care and funds transportation. We have sent dogs and puppies to New Hampshire and Kansas City, nearly all of which were adopted before arrival!

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

(1) To provide humane care and treatment for companion animals needing protection in the area served by the League while providing a temporary shelter for stray or unwanted animals.
(2) To maintain a vigorous adoption program for companion animals, to include health screening, vaccinations and mandatory spay/neutering; to work proactively to reunite lost animals with their owners.
(3) To support and organize spay/neuter clinics, trap, neuter and release programs (TNR) and other efforts that will control the overpopulation of companion animals.
(4) To increase collaboration with other rescue groups and partners (including national networks) that will result in more successful pet adoptions.

The League will meet these goals by focusing on humane treatment, prevention of cruelty, and relief of suffering among animals. The League will promote rescue and adoption of companion animals through multiple media, including online pet promotions (Petfinder, Adopt-a-Pet, RescueMe.org and others), ads in local newspapers,flyers in local veterinary offices, and postings on Facebook and other social media. We will organize and support spay/neuter clinics at four surrounding volunteer fire stations four times a year while raising awareness of the need for community compliance to spay/neuter all of their pets. Our spay/neuter effort is not limited to the scheduled low/no cost clinics, for throughout the year we will continue to take additional pets that are owned and not up for adoption to our veterinarian for sterilization and rabies vaccinations, as well as taking feral animals in the TNR effort. AWL will support and encourage volunteers who take adoptable pets to Petco in a nearby city every Saturday for adoption. AWL will focus also on the safety of volunteers and adopters and will have those animals that are assessed to be adoptable sterilized and immunized by a veterinarian before placing in a home.The League will work cooperatively with the Hot Springs Village Property Owners Association (POA) in providing for such care and treatment at the POA Shelter. And finally, to achieve our main goal of placing rescued companion animals into loving homes, the League will work positively with other rescue and animal welfare organizations and shelters and will work proactively to reunite lost animals with their owners.

AWL is a totally volunteer organization and has dedicated volunteers who put in numerous hours with expertise in animal care, medical care, communications, marketing, business organization, and other areas. Because of this remarkable commitment, the League has NO paid employees or executives, and no personnel costs; our expenses only pay for animal veterinary care, food, and necessary office supplies and other business or advertising costs related to our activities or fundraising events. AWL has been allotted limited space in a physical animal shelter through an agreement (MOU) with the Property Owners Association. To augment this space and increase our ability to save more animals, AWL has developed an active foster program so that now we have more adoptable animals in foster care that can be housed in the shelter facility. AWL has through the years established partner relationships with other humane societies and rescue groups in Arkansas and other states to help place animals into loving homes outside our area. The League is now engaging support through social media and the Internet to increase our donations and enhance our volunteer involvement. AWL works extensively with national animal support groups such as the Petco Foundation and Petfinder to market our available pets, and also to secure grants for specific goals, such a spay/neuter efforts in the outlying rural community. Furthermore, committed volunteers take adoptable cats and dogs to Petco in surrounding cities each Saturday for adoption events. The League continues to investigate ways to gather donations locally and promote our rescue efforts in our area of service.

The ultimate intended impact is that every adoptable companion animal that comes to AWL through the POA Animal Control intake or through the community animal rescue will be placed in a forever home. To achieve this goal, one other impact needs to be accomplished: the sterilization of every animal in the surrounding areas that is not owned for breeding purposes. If all animals are wanted at birth and not considered "discards," then the animals in our area would have a chance to be adopted and have a loving home. One obstacle AWL faces is that the culture of the state and our surrounding rural area supports freely roaming dogs and cats, and the state does not have strict spay/neuter laws. AWL has sought to overcome this resistance to neutering through our education program by providing "Kind News" (from The Humane Society of the United States) for all students in grades 1-6 in surrounding school districts and by sponsoring an annual essay contest. However, another obstacle to more compliance with spay/neuter efforts is the poverty level of the surrounding rural communities, which makes it improbable that these families will provide basic veterinary care much less afford the expense to spay/neuter their pets.

Financials

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Operations

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HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE ANIMAL WELFARE LEAGUE

Board of directors
as of 4/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Susan Luse


Board co-chair

Mrs. Shelley Shepherd

Janet Kincheloe

Nancy Harlan

Janene Howell

Susan Luse

Shelley Shepherd

Deborah Jolliff

Jill Jones

Mel Marshall

Warren Taylor

Laura Allworth

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

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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