OLD DOG HAVEN

Helping Senior Dogs Live Their Golden Years In Loving Homes

aka OldDog Haven   |   Oak Harbor, WA   |  www.olddoghaven.org

Mission

Founded in 2004, Old Dog Haven is a nonprofit organization using a large network of caring volunteers to provide loving, safe homes for senior dogs (8 years and older) in Western Washington that have become homeless. We provide needed medical care and provide permanent foster homes.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Ardeth DeVries

Main address

PO Box 1409

Oak Harbor, WA 98277 USA

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EIN

65-1249528

NTEE code info

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

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Old dogs wind up in shelters for a variety of reasons. They are ill and their owners can't afford medical care..they are abandoned during a move..their owner has to go into a care facility that doesn't allow companion animals. Regardless of the reason, old dogs are very rarely ever adopted from a shelter. There are also many private individuals who can no longer keep their dogs due to foreclosure..job transfer..being homeless themselves..unemployment etc. These older dogs will have no place to go except the shelter and then the cycle starts again.

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?

Maranda Fund

We sometimes take in dogs who need an extensive veterinary procedure to restore a good quality of life to an older dog. These expenditures take funds that would pay for intake expenses on several senior dogs — leaving us with a terrible choice: help one dog, or save several? The Maranda Fund is set aside specifically to fund major procedures in order to give senior dogs a chance for a happy retirement.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Old Dog Haven's mission is to remove old, and more often than not sick, dogs from shelters so that they can receive the medical care that they need to recover as much of their health as possible. Old Dog Haven is not a shelter. The dogs taken into our care are placed with loving foster families where they will remain for the rest of their lives. Old Dog Haven provides all of the medical care necessary for each dog, and the fosters provide all of the love and support.

Old Dog Haven is notified each time that a senior dog (8 and older) comes into any shelter in Western Washington. We receive a health assessment of the dog, as well as a report on its temperament etc. Old Dog Haven pays for the shelter vet to do preliminary medical testing, so that we know what the challenges are for the dog. When a dog is accepted into Old Dog Haven's care, we review our network of over 200 foster homes and find the best fit between the dog and the home. Old Dog Haven also receives e-mails/calls from individuals wishing to list their dog on our website. We work hard to help those owners find placement for their dogs so that they aren't left with a shelter as their last option.

Old Dog Haven currently has 200+ foster homes available to take dogs, and most of them have several ODH dogs at a time. At our outreach events we always talk about being a foster for an old dog, and we receive applications weekly from people wanting to sign-up to give an old dog an end of life home. Our network also extends to over 60 veterinary clinics and emergency care facilities. The dogs we take in are seeing one of our vets within a day or two of going to their new foster home. The vet clinic to be used is matched carefully to the foster's location and to the dogs specific medical needs. All of those appointments are scheduled by our staff, so that the foster can focus on the dog.

Old Dog Haven is currently caring for 327 senior dogs in our foster homes. Since our beginning in 2005 we have taken more than 2,000 old and sick dogs out of shelters and made their lives comfortable for as long as they could stay. We have educated people on the joys of sharing their life with an old dog. We have participated in spay & neuter programs in an effort to keep so many dogs from winding up in shelter care.
There is constant outreach going on between Old Dog Haven and the communities that we live in to offer help to anyone who contacts us regarding an old dog. Sometimes, all we can offer is words of comfort when it's time to let an old dog go. We have volunteer help who speak with owners facing end of life decisions. This help is available 24/7.

What we hope is next is owners understanding that old dogs deserve to be remain with their families if at all possible. Old Dog Haven would love to fade away due to a lack of need for what we provide.

Financials

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OLD DOG HAVEN

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Deeanne Matz

Old Dog Haven

Term: 2019 - 2022

DeeAnne Matz

Old Dog Haven

Dawn Ford

Forest Gibberson

Kelly Marlow

Brian McCarty

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? 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

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability

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