Animal related

SOUTH LAKE ANIMAL LEAGUE, INC.

aka The Animal League, Inc.   |   Clermont, FL   |  www.theanimalleague.org

Mission

The mission of the The Animal League is to enhance the lives of animals and people in our communities through education, awareness, adoption, and compassion.

Ruling year info

1991

President

Mrs. Doreen Barker

Treasurer

Bonny Bowyer

Main address

PO Box 121504

Clermont, FL 34712 USA

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EIN

59-2949848

Cause area (NTEE code) info

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

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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

Humane Education

Focused on increasing animal compassion, knowledge of pet responsibility and educating younger generations on the role and services TAL provides to the community.

We speak to children and adults at schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, special-needs groups, libraries, civic clubs, residential facilities for elderly or disabled, and daycares throughout our community.

Population(s) Served
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

In 2016, we rescued, rehabilitated and re-homed adopted 1,208 pets.

It is important to note TAL has a screening process based on best match between pet and owner. We are nothing like a pet store!

Adoption Fee Includes: Spay/Neuter, Vaccinations, up to date, Flea & Tick Treatment, Microchipping, Heartworm testing for dogs (at 5 mos), FEL/FIV Testing and Deworming.

In addition to our adoption center, we routinely take our animals into the community to provide greater exposure for them. Venues: Petco's monthly adoption weekend, community events, pet focused retailers.

Population(s) Served
General Public/Unspecified
None

In December 2012 we began working with local food pantries to share extra pet food we receive through donations.

Faced with financial hardship, families often give up their pets when they cannot afford to feed them. Families are provided free pet food through our partnership with local food pantries in our community.

This program also provides pet food and supplies to homebound seniors through our partnership with Meals on Wheels.

Food is collected at businesses throughout our community and distributed by our volunteers.

Population(s) Served
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
None

Volunteers and their team of Certified Therapy Dogs work with the Lake, Sumter and Orange County Courthouse and Juvenile Justice Programs to provide courage and companionship to children who must give difficult testimony in the courtroom or deposition; assist in counseling sessions; or other traumatic situations such as death, abuse, illness or a loss. Services can be requested by a lawyer, a counselor, law enforcement, DCF, or any other judicial agency.

Population(s) Served
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Aimed at helping keep pets happy and healthy in targeted neighborhoods throughout Lake County.

Partnership with Lake County Sheriff's Office Animal Services and other local organizations.

Target areas where residents have limited access or limited financial means to care for their pets and provide free resources such as general veterinary care including vaccinations and spay/neuter services.

Population(s) Served
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

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Awards

Oakley Seaver Special Service Recognition Award 2010

South Lake Chamber of Commerce

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

South Lake Animal League's mission is to act for the community as an advocate on behalf of animals, with a focus on dogs and cats; To provide food, shelter, medical care and adoption services for domestic animals in our communities who are abandoned, injured, or subjected to unfair or cruel treatment, or otherwise in need; To educate the community concerning the needs of domestic animals, responsible pet ownership, and the importance of preventing over-population by spay and neutering; To maintain a no-kill policy; To enhance the lives of animals and people in our communities through education, awareness, adoption, and compassion.<br/><br/>We provide programs and services to the community such as our Nourish the Needy Program for pets of the homeless and those in need. We provided over 30,000 pounds of pet food each year and assist the community in finding low-cost spay/neuter options. Other programs include The In League with Humane Education Program, and our affiliation with the Pet Peace of Mind Cornerstone Hospice Program. We impact over 2,000 children and special-needs adults through our Humane Education program every year. Our organization is a valuable resource to thousands of people and animals in our community.<br/><br/>SLAL's goal is to focus on reducing the euthanasia number of healthy, companion animals in our county and helping move our community toward a low-to-no kill county. In the next 3-5 years, we will focus on expanding our programs and services, continue to provide quality care to the animals that need it most, finding more homes for our adoptable pets and assist those in our community who need assistance aimed at keeping pets with their families. Long-term success would be assisting our county in finding solutions to the pet overpopulation problem by promoting affordable spay-neuter services; promoting humane education in our schools, and raising the bar of animal welfare in our community and beyond.

The strategies we will utilize to accomplish our goals are by: <br/>• Being advocates for animal welfare in our community;<br/>• Exercise best practice approaches for the care and treatment of animals; <br/>• Positive community-wide engagement;<br/>• Effective and efficient operations;<br/>• Create an environment that is conducive to attracting and retaining the best board, staff, volunteers and donors; <br/>• Provide outstanding customer service for all constituents;<br/>• Find homes for our pets via our Best Match Adoption Policies;<br/>• Integrity, honesty and transparency in everything we do. <br/><br/>Partnerships and collaborations among animal welfare agencies are extremely important. SLAL supports our local Lake County Animal Services and transfers approximately 30 adoptable animals to our facility every month. Our reach extends beyond our community as we also transfer pets from out-of-state shelters and coordinate rescues with Pilots for Paws. Long-term goals include becoming an advocate in our community on the pet overpopulation problem. Because affordable veterinary care is a challenge in our community, opening a low-cost spay/neuter and wellness veterinarian clinic would be a benefit to the pets in our area. This would also enable us to partner with local agencies and the community to assist in the pet overpopulation problem.

South Lake Animal League has been a leading animal welfare organization in our community for over 25 years. SLAL has been driving to raise funds to expand the reach, impact, and sustainability of our organization and services. We have a pristine reputation and are the front-runners in our community in providing quality care and finding new homes for pets. We have support from our individuals and the business community including Petco, Subaru and local small businesses. Our board is a mix of leaders that have been involved with the organization since inception that contribute to the history and legacy to the organization. Our newer board members are savvy in animal welfare and fundraising and have added “new blood" into the organization. Together, they have a clear, united vision on taking SLAL to the next level. <br/><br/>South Lake Animal League has implemented a broad range of fundraising strategies (thrift store, membership, grants seeking, events, planned giving, and personal solicitations). We keep our administrative expenses low so we are able to devote more funds toward program expenses. Our primary goal in development is to sustain and build programs by increasing donations, income and grants. We have a thrift store in our Downtown Clermont area and revenue generated from sales is used as a source of operating support for the adoption center. <br/><br/>As part of our strategic planning process, we are developing plans for diversified revenue streams including a bequest program, increasing our grants pipeline and having two signature fundraising events a year. Other strategic goals include increasing our adoption rate, increasing additional revenue streams beyond adoptions and thrift store revenue, increasing our programs and community outreach, and saving more lives.

We will measure the success of the project by addressing the following qualitative and quantitative questions:<br/><br/>1. Are we improving the quality of life for animals in our community? Because most of our pets come from our local animal services, we can monitor the impact our efforts are having on their numbers and assess if we are saving more animals annually. <br/>2. Are we able to assist other animals in other communities and provide medical care to those pets that need it the most? We will monitor the number of agencies assisted annually and the treatment each animal receives. <br/>3. Are we increasing awareness about shelter animals? We will focus on expanding our media relations to increase awareness of our efforts over the next year. <br/>4. Is there an increase in community support? Showcasing our rescue efforts to the public through media outlets provides opportunities for increased community support. We can measure this support annually by monitoring an increase in donations and interest in volunteering when rescue efforts occur. <br/><br/>Key milestones would include increasing our adoption rate on an annual basis, attracting large funders to support our organization, a reduction in animal intake numbers and number of pets euthanized at our local animal control. We plan on having a measurable impact on reducing the intake and euthanasia rates over the next 3-5 years. Next year we plan to launch new campaigns that will highlight adoption programs, spay-neuter programs, and humane education programs in the community.

South Lake Animal League finds homes for more than 1,000 pets every year. This number has doubled since last year and we feel we are able to have a bigger impact on the number of animals we serve as a result of having our own facility. We provide programs and services to the community such as our Nourish the Needy Program for pets of the homeless and those in need. We provided over 30,000 pounds of pet food each year and assist the community in finding low-cost spay/neuter options. Other programs include The In League with Humane Education Program, our affiliation with the Pet Peace of Mind Cornerstone Hospice Program and the Companions for Courage Program. We impact over 2,000 children and special-needs adults through our Humane Education program every year. One element of the Humane Education program focuses on “Pet Recycling" where SLAL reinforces that pets are life-long members of the family. We hope this message will resonate with our youth as they develop and acquire pets throughout their lives. <br/><br/>This year we have also made progress in the grant funding arena. At the end of 2012, we were recipients of a generous grant awarded by the Petco Foundation to purchase a new animal transport vehicle. A vehicle will provide benefits such as increasing the exposure of adoptable animals to the public, increasing public awareness of our services, streamlining daily operations, and providing quality veterinary care in an efficient manner. With the addition of a vehicle, we hope to expand our services to include a spay/neuter and wellness clinic open to the public. We have also received grants from ASPCA, the Zamo Foundation, the Ryan Newman Foundation and the Community Foundation of Broward. Foundation support indicates our success in the animal welfare arena.<br/> <br/>Some obstacles SLAL has encountered is finding affordable veterinary care in our local area, the ability to attract and retain quality staff in our remote location, and the increase in animal welfare agencies opening and competing for the same donors. We have had to increase our fundraising efforts in order to stay competitive with others in our area.

Financials

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SOUTH LAKE ANIMAL LEAGUE, INC.

Board of directors
as of 1/17/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Doreen Barker

No affiliation

Reagan Stanley Past President

Realtor, Keller Williams

Keith Mullins Board Member

Bacchus Vino Etc

David Barker Secretary

Roetzel & Andress

Bonny Bowyer Treasurer

Logan, Bowyer & McCullough PA

Doreen Barker President

No affiliation

Joanne Hart Board Member

Humane Education Coordinator

Richard Gallo Board Member

DVM

Jennifer Dapko Board Member

Florida Southern University

Kelly Cartier Board Member

Cartier Financials

Ellen Coggins Business Owner

Ambiance Studio

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? 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? Yes

Keywords

animal rescue, shelter, dog, cat