Animal related

Humane Society of Sarasota County Inc

Rescues Rock

aka HSSC

Sarasota, FL

Mission

As the area's premier no-kill shelter, the Humane Society of Sarasota County engages the hearts, hands, and minds of the community to help animals.

Ruling Year

1954

Executive Director

Ms. Christen Cleary Benson

Main Address

2331 15th St

Sarasota, FL 34237 USA

Keywords

HSSC, pet adoption, humane education, pet therapy, dog training, shelter pets, humane society, animal clinic

EIN

59-6014943

 Number

2072127392

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

The Humane Society of Sarasota County envisions a community where all animals are cared for and loved.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Adoptions

Animal Clinic

Humane Education & Pet Therapy

K-9 Obedience Training

Kennel

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Average number of days of shelter stay for animals

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Adoptions

Context notes

2017 average for dogs = 18.5 days, average for cats = 33.3 days. 2016 average for dogs = 19 days, average for cats = 34 days. There is a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all puppies.

Number of animal adoptions

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Adoptions

Context notes

2017 dogs adopted = 1081, cats = 440 2016 dogs adopted = 1084, cats = 370. 2015 dogs adopted = 1083, cats = 358.

Number of animals spayed and neutered

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Adoptions

Context notes

If animals are intact when they arrive at the shelter, they are spayed/neutered before being eligible for adoption. 2017 spays = 422, neuters = 485. 2016 spays = 419, neuters = 449.

Total dollars of operating costs per animal per day

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Adoptions

Context notes

Average Daily Animal Population = 150 2016 total operating expenses = $1,504.204 2015 total operating expenses = $1,560,920 2014 total operating expenses = $1,338,129 *shelter only,

Number of trained volunteer dog-and-handler teams

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Humane Education & Pet Therapy

Context notes

Volunteers and their owned dogs are evaluated and trained before becoming active Humane Society of Sarasota County Pet Therapy teams.

Number of volunteers

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Context notes

We temporarily suspended acceptance of new volunteers in fall 2017 so that we could reformat the program.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Number of youth who volunteer/participate in community service

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adolescents (13-19 years)

Context notes

Teens ages 12-15 who participate in Teen Club.

Number of individuals attending community events or trainings

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

K-9 Obedience Training

Context notes

Participants in K-9 Obedience Training Courses.

Total numbers of veterinarians registered/licensed by the veterinary statutory body of the country

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Animal Clinic

Context notes

2 veterinarians work exclusively at the Animal Clinic of the Humane Society of Sarasota County. 1 veterinarian splits time between the shelter and the Animal Clinic.

Number of site visits by dog-and-handler teams.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

Humane Education & Pet Therapy

Context notes

Staff and certified volunteers in the Pet Therapy program made 30 Humane Education visits to local schools.

Number of clients participating in educational programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

Humane Education & Pet Therapy

Context notes

Children ages 6-12 who attended Fur Fun Summer & Spring Camps.

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

In 2018, we will increase our services to the community by:

Finding homes for 1,550 abandoned and homeless dogs and cats.
Booking 12,960 appointments at the Animal Clinic, providing everything from routine care and vaccines to dentistry and orthopedic surgery.
Training 350 new volunteers.
Adding 36 new Pet Therapy teams and developing additional humane education programs.
Enhancing our foster program to provide specialized care and socialization to pets that otherwise might not be adoptable.

Our strategies include:
-Reducing animals' length of stay from intake to adoption (thus enabling us to take in more animals overall) by implementing creative promotions that showcase our available animals and connect them to the right potential adopters.
-Leveraging our resources and partnerships so that we can maximize our visibility and reduce expenses through in-kind donations of services or goods.
-Constantly emphasizing the breadth of our programs and how we're so much more than adoptions through consistent marketing and outreach.
-Continuing to add services at our Animal Clinic to stay competitive and meet the needs of our clients.
-Focusing our efforts on the most impactful programs and activities.
-Using success stories to demonstrate how we accomplish our mission and the work still to be done to help animals.

HSSC has a strong, committed staff, solid leadership, and very little turnover. We have two years of experience operating our Animal Clinic, and we continue to refine and tweak our services to make sure we are meeting clients' needs. We have an engaged board that is pulling together to plan for our shelter's future and helping to cultivate and steward our donors. We have excellent relationships with local open-admission shelters and are collaborating to save the lives of local animals every day. We also have strong relationships with shelters within Florida and in neighboring states. We are constantly evaluating our operations to identify bottlenecks and inefficiencies so that we can do the most with our resources. Our volunteers are hardworking and eager to help in any way they can. We are fortunate to have a cause that resonates with so many people and to have an active following in the community.

We use data to track our progress. Animal data helps us monitor everything from average length of stay to our live release rate. We use these data points to adjust our intakes and make sure we're on track to hitting our adoption goals. Likewise, we use data from our Animal Clinic to track patient activity, average time spent per visit, and other data points to make us more efficient and keep costs low. Our volunteer database shows trends in volunteer engagement and provides a simple way to stay in touch with our volunteers. We compare our fundraising data to several benchmarks to make sure we are generating enough revenue to sustain our operations and that we are recognizing and cultivating new donors, and strengthening our relationship with existing donors. And we use participation statistics: event attendees, course registrants, foot traffic, social media following, to gauge how we are appealing to our community.

-More than 75% of the way to our 2018 adoptions goal. -Consolidated Kennel & Adoptions under for enhanced efficiency, and we upgraded our shelter management system. -Pet Therapy Program is growing by leaps and bounds. -Animal Clinic is booked two weeks out, and we continue to add veterinary staff to keep up with the demand. -Volunteer training sessions are full, and we just implemented a new volunteer management system to streamline volunteer schedules. -K-9 training courses consistently sell out. -Annual luncheon was the second most profitable event in HSSC history. -Introduced Winter Break Camp this year and our Fur Fun Summer Camp sessions have been exceeding their 15-per-session goals. -Working on ways to better integrate our data so that we have a complete picture of our operations from all vantage points. Our new donor management system is nearly configured and ready for use. -Gearing up for the launch of a capital campaign for shelter renovation and expansion.

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Humane Society of Sarasota County Inc

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

Diversity Strategies

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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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