Boykin Spaniel Rescue

Boykin Spaniel Rescue is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of at-risk, purebred, Boykin Spaniels.

aka BSR   |   Boiling Springs, SC   |  www.boykinspanielrescue.org

Mission

Boykin Spaniel Rescue, Inc. is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of at-risk, purebred, Boykin Spaniels.

Notes from the nonprofit

Boykin Spaniel Rescue, Inc, is very grateful to the Boykin community for their support of mission. We thank you for taking the time to review our profile. If you would like to know more about who we are, what we do, or want to know more about the Little Brown Dogs we love so much, please reach out to us.

Ruling year info

2001

Chairman

Richard Vitolo

Main address

112 Hunter Ridge Drive

Boiling Springs, SC 29316 USA

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EIN

63-1260575

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

Boykin Spaniels are becoming a popular breed in the United States. While the breed is known as a companionable hunting dog, it is also known as a great family dog. That said, the dogs need a job, exercise and stimulation. More and more we see dogs being surrendered when their owners can no longer care for them. In addition, we take in many dogs with medical or emotional needs that need rehabilitation in order to become adoptable. There are some that will need lifelong, specialized care. Those who need lifelong, specialized, care will remain in our Permanent Foster Care Program. Boykin Spaniel Rescue's role is to be a safe place for all at-risk dogs, who need rehabilitation and rehoming.

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?

Julia Horner Permanent Foster Care Program

Many of the dogs that come into BSR's care are of advanced age, and/or have significant medical or emotional issues which require extraordinary care for the rest of their lives. The PFC Program allows each of the dogs to live in a home of their own for the rest of their lives, with the financial support of BSR and the experienced Dog Care team to support them.

Population(s) Served
Adults

BSR takes in many dogs who only want to live their golden years knowing love-- sometimes for the first time in their lives. We know also that there are also approved applicants who are over 65 who are looking for the companionship and love of of a Little Brown Dog, but may on a fixed income or not able to handle a younger, more energetic Boykin. The goal of this Program is to place our sugar-faced senior dogs with those who might like go for leisurely walks, snuggle on the couch and generally spend quiet days together.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Adults

We believe that good animal stewardship is instilled young. We also have a love of community service. Through the BSR JVP, we will bring these two things together for the young people of the Boykin community. Our Juniors will learn about the Boykin Spaniel breed, and some of the issues the rescues we serve face. They will have the opportunity to educate shelters, speak to groups (such as their local Boys and Girls clubs or churches) about the breed and what we do. We will also work with them if they would like to conduct fundraisers, such as car washes or a lemonade stand. But, most importantly, we know they are our future and we want them involved and grow with us!

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Children and youth

BSR, and the Boykin community, are very supportive of our military. We are also passionate about our dogs. BSR will network interested, approved, volunteers who wish to foster a Boykin for a deployed serviceperson. BSR will not be involved in any way in the decision making or financing of this placement; we are only a networking solution for those needing help and those needing a safe place for their LBD.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel

BSR's Guardian Angel Program allows donors to support one of our Permanent Foster dogs directly. The donors, or Guardian Angels, receive updates and photos on a quarterly basis.

Population(s) Served
Adults

BSR is dedicated to helping families keep their Boykin Spaniel(s) during time of disaster. We use our platforms to distribute forms of need as well as to those who can help and then match up the need with the help. This is done electronically. BSR does not intake dogs in this Program, rather we work with Boykin Spaniel Regional Clubs to help get the word out and make sure Boykin Spaniels are in a safe place until they can be reunited with their family or products/services are donated to support the dog during time of need.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

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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 first-time donors

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We are very grateful that we consistently have new people finding BSR as their 'good cause'. We work hard to be a cause that our donors feel good about and the impact of their donations on many LBDs.

Number of website pageviews

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We launched our new website in January 2017. We have built and self-manage our site, which allows us greater flexibility as well as ability to share important information with our visitors.

Cost Per Dog (Standard) for time in care

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Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We define a 'Standard" dog as one that requires basic evaluation, rehabilitation and is available for adoption within 90 days of intake.

Number of New Volunteers Approved

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

BSR is very fortunate to have over 500 approved Volunteers throughout the United States. Each volunteer submits an application and are approved following interview, reference checks and home visit.

Cost per Dog (LTC) for time in care

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

We define a 'Long Term Care dog as one that requires longer rehabilitation requiring longer than 90 days, many for heartworm treatment. We instituted this designation in 2018.

Number of Corporate Sponsors

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

BSR is very fortunate to have so many businesses support our efforts through direct donations, auction donations and portion of proceeds events.

Number of unique website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Our new, self-managed website launched in January 2018. Our marketing collateral and communications drive people to our website for more information in order to keep all information fresh and current

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Our goal is that 100% of Boykin Spaniels who are at-risk and can be rehabilitated receive the care that they need. In addition, we not only look at their rehabilitation, we strive to understand what their 'spark' is, what type of job they are best suited for so that they are adopted or fostered forever in a place where their potential will be maximized and the fit will be permanent.

From a business perspective, our goal is to be run efficiently and with transparency. The Boykin community is not as large as many breeds, but we pride ourselves in that we include all who want to become involved. We work diligently to raise the funds needed to care for our dogs and be good stewards of our funding. We want to be a nonprofit breed rescue that our community is proud of.

Dog Care:
1). Increase the number of volunteers by 15% year over year.
2) Increase the number of Permanent Fosters by 10% year over year.
3) Develop network of veterinarians and training experts to guide us in decision making and execute on rehabilitation.
4) Volunteer training for all new volunteers and fosters.

Operational:
1) Increase awareness through social media and targeted, organic reach by adding content through Facebook and Instagram, addition of a YouTube Channel as well as our Corporate Sponsor Programs.
2).Increase our transparency, providing additional information to our donors in order to be their 'good cause'.
3). Increase in the number of 'fun' fundraisers, such as online auctions (2 per year) and more diverse meet-and-greets/friendraisers (2 per year).

Boykin Spaniel Rescue has a strong team of dedicated human resources. Our Executive Director's role is on the dog/volunteer/adopter side. She is charged with managing the day-to-day dog care, training and overseeing the Foster Mentors, Permanent Foster team and volunteers, She collaborates with the Medical Care committee, as well as our volunteer, certified Animal behaviorist to make sure that each dog receives the care and rehabilitation necessary. Each dog has a Care Plan developed based on their needs.

Our Marketing team has a calendar with communications which go out to the Boykin Spaniel community. The messaging can be for fundraising, calling for volunteers (fosters, transporters, etc). We also are very fortunate that several in the community (both breed clubs and individuals) include BSR in their activities and events, which create awareness and communicates the message of need.

Our Operations team has worked with businesses who would like to give back and who would also benefit from reaching the Boykin Spaniel community. These Corporate Sponsors donate funds, hold portion of proceeds events, donate items for the silent auctions as well as share our message through their social media and communications to further create awareness.

We are very proud of the accomplishments in the last few years.

Dog Care:
1). Implementation of Care Plans. These plans are housed in a secure, online portal, which allows for all members of the team to engage in real time. This has streamlined our ability to communicate effectively which, in turn, has allowed the dogs to complete their rehabilitation more rapidly and has decreased our cost per dog.
2). We have formalized our Veterinary Advisory Panel. This volunteer team of general medicine and specialists allow BSR access to some of the best in the business, who guide us in our care of the most difficult cases as well as in new policies.

Operations.Marketing:
1). Launch of new website, online forms (making us virtually paperless), and a secure donations/contact relationship portal have streamlined our effectiveness and ability to communicate with volunteers, donors and community.
2). Our social media presence, with the addition of an Instagram and YouTube channel has increased our presence in the Boykin community. We have a calendar of posts in order to provide content related to our dogs (such as adoption announcements) as well as educational content (such as heartworm preventative reminders) as well as fun.
3). Launch of Corporate Sponsorships in 2018 was successful and the number of participants tripled in 2019.

Whats next?

1) The breed continues to gain popularity in the midwest and west. We are working diligently to expand our volunteer network with more fosters in these areas, to reduce the need to transport dogs long distances.
2). We are working on additional educational training, so our fosters and all volunteers learn best practices. Some of our dogs need specialized care. Our volunteers are willing to learn.
3). Addition of a Veterinary Pet Partner Program, so that we have a network of BSR friendly vets who know the Boykin breed and understand the importance of rescue.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We support the Boykin Spaniel Community. We have a 'Community Survey' that is put out each year, and collect information from all in the community, whether they are a volunteer, donor or other.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Social Media link to survey,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We found that people want to learn more about the dogs we care for. We now have a weekly "Rescue Success Story" which is placed on the homepage of our website as well as on our social platforms. We also have moved to a monthly e- update, which our community can opt in to. This is in addition to a quarterly newsletter which goes out to our universe. Those who wish to get more frequent updates can opt in to get the monthly update. Both of the above were put into place based on feedback from the community who want more ways to stay in touch.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We have worked very hard to increase transparency. We start with our Guidestar Profile. We have been doing the community surveys for several years, and have made significant changes based on the feedback. We have found that people appreciate that they are heard and that we work as hard as we can to not only provide best-in-class care for the dogs in our care, but to have an organization they can be a part of.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Boykin Spaniel Rescue

Board of directors
as of 4/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Richard Vitolo

Boykin Spaniel Rescue

Term: 2019 - 2021

Lynn Jacobs

Lynn Jacobs EA LLC

Robert Riggs

Rexam Beverage Can

Richard Vitolo

Retired, former President Centralina Development Corporation

David D'Agresta

Retired, Master Officer, City of Tampa Police Department

Jill Freeman

Druid Road

Julie Cox-Seidel

SC House Ways and Means, founding partner of Capitol Information Affiliates LLC (CIA)

John Steinmeyer

Financial Advisor

Susan Kahler

SAS-Product Marketing; Adjunct Professor Capella University, Data Analytics

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 ? 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? 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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/26/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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