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HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE TREASURE COAST INC

More than a shelter

aka H.S.T.C   |   Palm City, FL   |  www.hstc1.org

Mission

To provide compassionate care and nurture the bond between people and pets.

Ruling year info

1973

President & CEO

Mr. Frank Valente

Main address

4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave.

Palm City, FL 34990 USA

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EIN

59-0774235

NTEE code info

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

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

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

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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?

Animal Adoption Program

As an open access shelter, we do not refuse any homeless animal. Our website shows adoptable pets in real time, or the public is invited to visit our adoptable pets in person, 7 days/week, at our shelter or off-site adoption locations. We complete over 2,000 adoptions, annually.

Population(s) Served

Low-cost Public S/N helps prevent pet overpopulation for dogs, cats, and rabbits in our community, and beyond. This program educates the public about responsible animal care and pet ownership. For a low fee, HSTC neuters spays a privately-owned pet, implants a registered microchip, and provides a rabies vaccination. HSTC also does this for all shelter pets, as included in our animal care services.

Population(s) Served

Vouchers may be purchased through our shelter to be used at participating veterinarian clinics around the community for spay/neuter services.

Population(s) Served

From basic obedience to advanced competition, there is a class for everyone at HSTC. Our campus offers training classes for the public; an agility course; and pet therapy certification classes. Pets adopted from our shelter receive discounts to these classes. This program helps reduce pet surrenders to our shelter, by teaching pet owners how to train their dogs to create well-behaved pets.

Population(s) Served

Our Return to Owner (RTO) rate is very high at nearly 30%. Every year, HSTC reunites 300 animals with their owners through our lost and found services. As we continue to educate the public on the importance of pet microchipping and offer microchipping services, we are confident that our RTO rate will continue to increase. This program also encourages responsible pet ownership.

Population(s) Served

Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is perhaps the most difficult part of the human-pet relationship. The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast provides low-cost euthanasia and grief counseling to the public.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults
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We provide the ONLY TNVR program in Martin and St Lucie Counties (FL). Local Animal Services traps non-domestic cats and brings them to our shelter to neuter, vaccinate, and ear tip clip, before returning them to where they were found. This service helps stabilize the free roaming cat population. A full veterinary exam is also completed to ensure each cat is healthy enough to return to their home. If not yet healthy, we provide additional medical care and shelter until they are ready to return. Additionally, we also complete a behavior exam, to determine if any of these cats are eligible for adoption.

Population(s) Served

HSTC Pet Therapy helps improve a client's social, emotional, and cognitive functioning. Driven by trained volunteers and their certified pets, HSTC provides pet therapy to elementary and middle school-aged children in Martin County. This award-winning literacy program provides children with the opportunity to read to a trained therapy dog on a weekly basis. Not only has this program proven to improve reading comprehension and language fluency, it also proves to improve and support both self-esteem and confidence.

Population(s) Served

HSTC Pet Therapy helps improve a client's social, emotional, and cognitive functioning. Driven by trained volunteers and their certified pets, HSTC provides pet therapy to middle school-aged children in Martin County. This unique therapy program provides a therapeutic approach targeted towards children with special needs in the middle school setting. The interaction with these therapy dogs enhance the child's socialization, fine motor skills, balance, and coordination.

Population(s) Served

Driven by trained volunteers and their certified pets, HSTC Pet Therapy helps improve a client's social, emotional, and cognitive functioning. The biggest HSTC pet therapy program, Paws to Love brings our pet therapy teams to senior centers, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and hospitals, to offer "wet noses and big smiles, all around". This therapeutic approach keeps spirits and hope high while improving resiliency and overall happiness through socialization within our communities sick and aging popuations.

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Older adults
Seniors

Where we work

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 animals rehomed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

These are the number of pets taken in by our shelter who were adopted into new homes.

Number of animals euthanized

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

A no-kill shelter believes that every healthy, adoptable pet should be saved, and that as many lives should be saved as possible. A 90% Live Release Rate (LRR) is the current benchmark of no-kill.

Number of sheltered animals

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of pets microchipped

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The total number of pets microchipped through our shelter for adoptable pets and for privately-owned pets.

Number of animals spayed and neutered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This includes the total number of spays/neuters completed for adoptable pets and for privately-owned pets.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast is aims to provide compassionate care and nurture the bond between people and pets in the community.

Founded in 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast (HSTC) is the only open access, no-kill animal welfare organization operating in Martin County. With over 2,000 animals being rehomed annually through aggressive adoption programs and other services, HSTC has joined leading shelters around the state and country as a model organization for lifesaving culture change in its community.

HSTC accepts all animals regardless of health, age, temperament or breed. Over the years hundreds of thousands of animals have received care through HSTC's programs and services in an effort to provide for the people and pets in our community who need it most.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

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

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HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE TREASURE COAST INC

Board of directors
as of 10/19/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Ryan Figman

Apex Pavers & Pools

Dana Coates Ober

Dana Coates

Kathy Skrzypczak

Marilyn Morris

Sheila Biehl

Katie Astras

Ryan Figman

Kit Haas

Cindi Hobbs

Linda Kardos

Sonia M. Pawluc

Tom Weissenborn

Kay Ziegler

Gary Ober

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/19/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/20/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.