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Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County Inc.

aka Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County   |   Vero Beach, FL   |  www.hsvb.org

Mission

The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County, FL, Inc. makes a better community for its people and animals by providing humane care and shelter for homeless animals, placing adoptable pets in permanent and loving homes, promoting spaying and neutering of companion animals, promoting responsible pet ownership and the respect for all life through humane education, protecting animals from cruelty, pledging to be advocates for animal protection.

Ruling year info

1957

Executive Director

Ms. Kate Meghji

Main address

6230 77th Street

Vero Beach, FL 32967 USA

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EIN

59-0863199

Cause area (NTEE code) info

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Each year thousands of companion animals in Indian River County are traumatized from abandonment or separation from their homes due to being lost, neglected or mistreated. These animals are in need of new loving and safe homes. Many of these animals have special medical, dental and dietary needs as well as behavior issues. Likewise, hundreds of animals living in the wild are injured or separated from their caregivers. These animals are brought to the Humane Society for needed care and transfer to rehabilitation facilities until they can be released. Companion animals owned by people who live in low-income areas of the county or who are experiencing financial hardships are in need of low-cost veterinary wellness care, including vaccines and preventive dental care. Public transportation in some areas of the county is scarce and veterinary practices are far away and expensive - so pet owners in these areas need low-cost accessible wellness care.

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 Receiving, Sheltering and Adoption

We are an open admission shelter so we accept all animals 24/7 around-the-clock who are lost, strays, abandoned and in need of shelter, food or medical care and treatment. We offer an adoption program for the animals that are in our shelter and suitable for adoption into new homes. We also offer animal behavior training and other animal-related services.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$3,000,000

We aid county law enforcement in investigating animal cruelty cases and preventing animal abuse.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$80,000

We offer low cost vaccines and spay/neuter clinics and vouchers in Indian River County, FL. We also provide veterinary care to low-income pet parents in our community.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Budget
$350,000

Educate children and adults on ways to handle pets, ways to prevent dog bites, how to prepare for careers in veterinary fields and general animal welfare issues.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$10,000

We have staff and volunteers trained in disaster relief and offer staff and support to shelters and agencies before and after natural disasters and emergencies. We are on call to take in animals rescued by other shelters and by agencies working around the country and the world, including Humane Society International and Humane Society United States and the ASPCA.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

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 sheltered animals

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

Animal Receiving, Sheltering and Adoption

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This encompasses all live shelter intakes, which includes owner surrenders, strays, transfers, and court cases. While mostly pets, the shelter takes in wildlife and livestock as well

Number of animals surrendered by their owner

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

Animal Receiving, Sheltering and Adoption

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We provide compassionate intake of owned animals whose humans can no longer care for them.

Number of animals returned to their owner

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

Animal Receiving, Sheltering and Adoption

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Number of animals spayed and neutered

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

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,Unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated people

Related Program

Animal Wellness Clinic and Spay/Neuter Services

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have increased our veterinary capacity, and in 2019 sterilized nearly 3000 pets, both owned and in the shelter to help reduce overpopulation in our community.

Number of animal adoptions

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

Animal Receiving, Sheltering and Adoption

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Providing adoptable pets to the community who are sterilized, microchipped, healthy, and ready for new families. Advocate for adoption versus purchasing pets.

Number of animals euthanized

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

Animal Receiving, Sheltering and Adoption

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Average number of days of shelter stay for animals

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

Animal Receiving, Sheltering and Adoption

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Typically we want to see length of stay decrease as the less time in shelter equals less stress and disease. However, we see a slight increase as we are currently adopting out many more animals.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

The Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County aims to enhance the quality of life in Indian River County through compassionate services to animals and people. Healthy companion animals make people's lives better which in turn makes our community a better place to live. We are the only open-door shelter in the county and we promise to accept all animals, regardless of age, health, behavior, or adoptability. We also promise to provide a full range of services to keep animals "out of the Shelter" and in loving homes.

We accomplish this aim in several ways.<br/>1. By providing humane care and shelter for homeless animals. This includes food, safe shelter, routine, corrective and emergency medical care, round-the-clock medical monitoring and administration of medicines, foster family care for young and nursing animals, a barn and livestock area as well as kennels to house animals of all kinds. <br/>2. By placing adoptable pets in permanent and loving homes. Our behavior team and animal socialization programs help animals improve negative behavior so that more animals can be safely adopted. Strategies include a daily play group for dogs; replicating home environments to familiarize dogs with home-life; and training our adoption counselors to make a match that endures. <br/>3. By promoting spaying and neutering of companion animals through monthly low or no-cost spay/neuter clinics and outreach clinics.<br/>4. By promoting responsible pet ownership and the respect for all life through humane education.<br/>5. By protecting animals from cruelty through active partnerships with city, county and state law enforcement and animal control officers, and the appointment of an animal protection officer.

The Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County is one of the oldest charitable organizations in Indian River County. As such we have a very well developed donor and volunteer base of support which generates more than $1 M in operating revenue annually. The donor base includes hundreds of dues-paying members who renew their support every year, dues-paying members of our on-site Dog Park, corporate sponsors, national, regional and local foundations as well as donors at all levels up to and exceeding $100,000. <br/>We also operate two thrift stores which generate a combined total of $1 M in revenue.<br/>We are located on a 38-acre campus with a facility built in 2003. The campus includes a barn for livestock, outdoor runs for dogs, indoor kennels and cat rooms, a receiving building for animal intake and assessment before they are allowed into the larger population, an adoption building for potential adopters to view and interact with the animals and an education wing for community programming. <br/>Our staff have a reputation for being very well trained and the facility for being very well maintained and as a result, we are frequently called upon to assist with rescue cases and emergencies and to take in overflow from overburdened shelters. <br/>Our Director of Operations has nearly 20 years in the animal care arena; our Chief Financial Officer has an MBA, our Executive Director has a J.D. and has managed an international law firm and our Director of Development has raised millions of dollars in more than 25 years in fundraising. The Board of Trustees includes successful business owners, financial executives, attorneys, certified public accountants, as well as philanthropists.

We track our progress by the number of animals and owners served and their outcomes. <br/>We know that our adoption placements are working if fewer and fewer animals are returned. We track and report our euthanasia rates and know that our behavior and medical life-saving programs are working as our euthanasia rates go down. We know that our disaster preparedness is working if owners take advantage of the pet friendly shelter and if fewer lost and abandoned pets are brought in during and after a storm; we know our pet id tags are working if we are able to locate more pet owners of lost pets; we track our success with pet overpopulation by the numbers of pets we spay/neuter and we track the success of our low-cost or no cost wellness by the number of animals who receive free or low cost vaccines and care.

In 2019 we were able to provide shelter to nearly 4,000 lost, homeless, at-risk and abused animals in our community. Despite an increase in shelter intakes of more than 25%, we saw a 72% increase in adoptions, compared to all of 2018. That means that more than 2,000 formerly homeless pets are now safe and sound with new loving families! One of the big numbers that animal shelters -- and their communities -- use to measure performance is live release (or save) rate. We ended 2019 with an 89% save rate, currently the highest it has ever been at our shelter, and 29% higher than the save rate in 2018. This amazing accomplishment, could not have been achieved without our spectacular team who are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of pets and their people through compassionate service. The success of 2019 has fueled my excitement for our future. We’ve only just begun and there is so much more we are capable of achieving. This next year will continue to bring more change as we strive to align our organization with research based best-practices in animal sheltering. As we move forward our hope is to also inspire the entire community to embrace these new best practices, which will make our impact on animal welfare exponentially more significant.

Financials

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Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County Inc.

Board of directors
as of 4/10/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Susan S. Smith

Business Owner

Term: 2018 - 2020

Hal Oberkotter

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Chip Cruice

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Lynn Cambest

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Lala Maresi

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Susan Smith

Spectrum Design

Andrew Sowers

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Wendy Trimarche

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Eric Barkett

Jackson, Barkett & Brown A Professional Association

Kathryn Barton

Offutt Barton Schlitt, LLC.

Jan Christensen

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Roz Cline

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Anne Dunwoody

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William Frates

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Gena Grove

Norris and Company & Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Dale Keyser

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Kari Mason

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Jeff Powers

Powers Group, LLC

Keywords

Humane Society, Animal Welfare, Animal Shelter