Animal related

King Street Cats

Alexandria, VA   |  www.kingstreetcats.org

Mission

Our primary mission is to provide shelter for cats and kittens that are homeless, abused, neglected, casualties of economic misfortune, or otherwise unwanted, and to facilitate their placement into loving homes. We ensure that every cat and kitten has been tested, vaccinated, and sterilized before being adopted.We do not compromise on health care and if we have room we do not reject a cat because of age, medical condition, or behavioral disposition.

Ruling year info

2003

President

Vivien Bacon

Main address

25 S Dove St

Alexandria, VA 22314 USA

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EIN

61-1440813

Cause area (NTEE code) info

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

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

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

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Our programs

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Medical expenses

King Street Cats is an all volunteer rescue & adoption shelter so money from fundraising or donors goes directly to the care of the cats. Our largest expense is vet care. Our medical bills vary but in 2018 we spent more than $180,000 on vet care, surgeries, and medicine.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$180,000

King Street Cats is entirely managed and run by a well coordinated group of volunteers. Our vet bills are high. In 2018 more than $180,000 went to vet care, surgeries, and medicine. Our next largest expenses are rent and cat food. We also spend our resources on litter, advertising, insurance, legal and other fees.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$200,000

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Our results

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Number of animals rescued

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of animal adoptions

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Charting impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

King Street Cats is the only all-volunteer, cat-exclusive, no-kill, free-roaming animal rescue facility in Alexandria, Virginia. We receive no public funding and survive solely on private donations from our supporters.<br/><br/>When King Street Cats became an official cat rescue organization in 2003, we comprised around 25 volunteers, rescuing and finding homes for approximately 100 cats and kittens each year. Since then, we have grown into a regionally recognized rescue, comprising more than 150 volunteers finding forever homes for a record 321 cats in 2015. <br/><br/>For the past 13 years, in addition to rescuing and finding forever homes for the animals in our care, King Street Cats has been supporting spay/neuter efforts by ensuring that all our cats and kittens are sterilized prior to adoption as well as promoting TNR efforts in our community. We work in partnership with several high-kill shelters in our region in an attempt to help reduce euthanasia rates. KSC is particularly well known for rescuing animals with special physical and behavioral needs that would not otherwise survive the shelter system. <br/><br/>KSC promotes cat education and welfare in our local community. We partner with local schools and scouting groups to help teach children about animal welfare issues. We also host a monthly “Family Day," during which we invite families with young children to come and volunteer. We hold adoption events both at our own facility and at local venues. We regularly promote animal adoption and animal welfare through participation in regional events like the DC Green Festival, Wags N' Whiskers in Arlington, VA, and at CFC campaign events across the metro-DC area.

The main desirable outcome in our 2016 strategic plan is to help reduce the number of cats and kittens found homeless and/or euthanized in the metro-DC region. To do this, King Street Cats will pursue following plan:<br/><br/>Pursue relationships with other animal organizations:<br/>1. Strengthen our relationships with regional high-kill shelters <br/>2. Participate in Best Friend's Animal Society's No More Homeless Pets Network<br/>3. Join the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies<br/>4. Deepen our support for local TNR efforts<br/><br/>Educate and advocate for animal adoption and TNR:<br/>5. Continue to work with schools and scouting groups<br/>6. Exploit opportunities to promote adoptions and animal welfare at high-profile public events<br/><br/>Heighten our profile:<br/>7. Utilize traditional and social media platforms to promote KSC <br/>8. Encourage more volunteer participation in the organization

Our plan is to widen and deepen on our volunteer base through a monthly New Volunteer Orientation event, and intensive training programs for caregivers, adoption counselors and foster parents. <br/><br/>We will focus our rescue efforts on partnering with local shelters to save cats and kittens from euthanasia and work with local community cat caregivers and organizations to promote TNR in our area.<br/><br/>KSC will continue to host on-site and off-site adoption events and to exploit our social media to garner financial and other support for our rescue efforts.

We can track our progress by measuring the following:<br/><br/>• Number of cats/kittens rescued<br/>• Number of spay/neuter surgeries <br/>• Number of cats/kittens adopted<br/>• Number of senior cats and cats/kittens with special physical and behavioral needs who are adopted

Number of cats/kittens rescued: 330 Number of spay/neuter surgeries: 158 Number of cats/kittens who found homes: 321 Number of special needs cats/kittens who found homes: We had an intake of 7 special needs cats/kittens with various medical conditions plus 3 that were either FELV or FIV positive) for a total of 10. Six were adopted.

Financials

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King Street Cats

Board of directors
as of 1/7/2020
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Board chair

Vivien Bacon

Vivien Bacon

Helen Liu

Patricia Gross

Dawn Latham

Alyson Burgess

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? Yes
  • 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

Keywords

Cats Kittens Rescue Shelter Non-Profit No Kill All Volunteer All Donations