ANIMAL BALANCE

Saving All Species

Portland, OR   |  www.animalbalance.org

Mission

Animal Balance is a US-based, registered non-profit, that works internationally to bring humane population management solutions to cat and dog populations on islands around the world. We believe that by empowering local organizations with the skills to stage high-volume spay/neuter clinics, they can humanely manage the overpopulation of animals on their islands and help maintain a healthy balance between native and non-native species.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Emma Clifford

Main address

PO Box 66406

Portland, OR 97238 USA

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EIN

68-0630714

NTEE code info

Veterinary Services (D40)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Animal Balance is a 501 (c)3, non-profit organization which creates and provides humane animal population management programs on islands around the world where conflicts between people, wildlife, and domestic animals occur. The most ethical, logical, and effective solution to these conflicts is a gradual reduction of the population of both community and owned cats and dogs through high-volume, high-quality sterilization as defined by the American Veterinary Medicine Association and the Humane Society of the United States Veterinary Medical Association. With the help of local partners, Animal Balance provides humane education, veterinary and technician training, training in humane animal handling and develops community engagement that celebrates the human-animal bond and ignites social change. By collaborating with all stakeholders in the community we can create local and international coalitions for each project and we can secure the long-term sustainability of our programs.

Our programs

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

Galapagos Islands

Sterilization of dogs and cats as well as education and training for local partners.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Fix Kauai is Animal Balance's targeted, community-based sterilization program for cats on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. Utilizing the skills of our volunteer veterinarians and technicians, who are specially skilled in high volume, high quality spay/neuter, our team safely sterilized over 800 cats during our two week campaign in September of 2018, in an effort to humanely manage the community cat population on the island. We plan to open an ongoing sterilization service for community cats on the island. It will be open two days per week starting in Dec. of 2018 called The Spay Pod. In 2019 we plan to host a Mega-MASH clinic, where we will run four clinics simultaneously across the island and sterilize an additional 2,000 community cats at no charge to the community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In June of 2018, a small team traveled to work alongside longtime AB veterinarian, Board Member, and friend, Dr. Raymond Deonanan, on his home island of Trinidad. Local animal welfare group, Animals 360, served as our local partner for this week-long campaign, which served two areas on the island, Charlieville and Barackpore. The campaign ran from June 10-16. It is the hope of the AB team that this campaign will become an annual event, in which we can continue to support Dr. Raymond and Animals 360 as they work to help the dogs and cats on Trinidad.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

The island of Barbuda was devastated by Hurricane Irma in 2017. At the request of a benefactor, Animal Balance performed a feasibility study to determine whether or not we would be able to provide assistance to the animals on that island, which is still working to rebuild it's infrastructure following the catastrophic storm. The evacuation of humans from the island left many dogs to fend for themselves, and now, as the human population begins to return, they are facing a new generation of puppies that would continue to grow if population management solutions were not put into place quickly. Thankfully, the AB team was able to travel to Barbuda in October of 2018. It was the first time an Animal Balance team had provided assistance post disaster, and it proved to be one of the most memorable trips on record for the team. Over 200 dogs were vaccinated and nearly 100 were spayed or neutered during our three day campaign. All of our supplies had to be carried in, making for a heavy load and a LOT of logistics! We plan to return in 2019, but we need to raise additional funds to do so. We hope to sterilize the remaining dogs on the island during this trip, effectively ending the problem of stray island dogs on the island of Barbuda. Prior to this trip, we will work with local NGOs to provide additional education and information about the benefits of sterilization to the community of Barbuda. We look forward to working with this wonderful community of people again.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Dominican Republic has long been an island that holds a very special place in the hearts of the Animal Balance team, and we are extremely excited to be returning in early December this year. Our dedicated island partners have notified us that the town of Rio San Juan, on the northern coast of the island, is in need of sterilization for dogs in particular. Our team has worked in Rio San Juan in the past, and are looking forward to what will certainly be a very busy and impactful sterilization campaign there. The team is working with local partners to secure funding and work on logistics to make a long-awaited return to the Dominican Republic. We have many, many friends in the region, and are looking forward to seeing them again and working together to save lives on that very special island. Overall, we are incredibly happy to be returning to this area of the world, after focusing our efforts on other regions for the past couple of years. 2019 is certainly going to be a busy year for us in the Caribbean, as we look to save and improve the lives of many animals on these islands.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Certificate of Recognition 2018

Kauai County Council

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 animals with freedom from discomfort

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Sterilization allows an animal to live free from the discomfort associated with reproduction, and increases the chance of an animal being allowed into a home, increasing quality of life overall.

Number of animals with freedom to express normal behavior

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Sterilization allows cats and dogs to simply be cats and dogs, without the pressures of reproduction and burden of caring for puppies and kittens.

Number of animals with freedom from fear and distress

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Animals who are sterilized are much less likely to exhibit undesirable behaviors, making it much more likely that they will become part of the family.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

In order to help our own country become No-Kill by 2025, Animal Balance has decided to redefine our service delivery model to provide specialized sterilization services, similar to what we have done internationally for the past 15 years, here the USA. Beginning in 2019, we will be bringing our unique knowledge and experience back to the United States. We hope to bridge the gap in sterilization services, specifically in underserved communities, allowing them to have the opportunity to become No-Kill where the opportunity may not have been present before.

Our goal is twofold: First, we would like to bridge the existing gap in sterilization services being faced by countless underserved, overwhelmed shelters and nonprofit animal welfare organizations who are working to make the United States a No-Kill nation by providing direct high-volume high-quality spay/neuter ‘MASH style’ clinics and training. Second, we hope to provide local animal welfare organizations with the skills and knowledge to organize, fund, promote and execute their own MASH clinics, empowering them to become self-sufficient with their sterilization needs and giving them hope to reach the goal of becoming No-Kill communities.

In addition, we plan to continue this work on islands around the world as we have for the past 15 years.

Animal Balance utilizes three key strategies to make the biggest possible difference in the places where we work:

1. Operate high-quality, high-standard, high-volume Mobile Animal Sterilization Hospitals (MASH) in order to sterilize and treat large numbers of street or owned animals.
2. Provide free training to veterinary professionals, government representatives, NGO representatives, and volunteers in how to safely, efficiently, and effectively run MASH-style sterilization hospitals in order to propagate local cultures of humane management programs everywhere we work.
3. Conduct education and community events in order to build foundations of animal welfare, compassion, and kindness at a grass-roots level and to ensure a better future for all.

Animal Balance programs vary widely from place to place, since each campaign is custom designed for individual countries, islands, and/or communities. Factors such as government regulations, community support, logistics, funding, animal population size, and the condition of the animals, to name a few, all guide what form a campaign will take. The average campaign is equipped to sterilize animals in intervals of 500, usually 500 or 1,000. However, some campaigns, particularly first-time campaigns, may sterilize fewer animals when training is a major goal or un-expected obstacles, such as limited clinic space, may place constraints upon a clinic team; quality and training others to expand the mission are always priorities above sheer numbers. Conversely, when sufficient resources are available, Animal Balance has the ability to operate on a large scale, such as in the Bahamas in 2012 when five clinics sterilized 2,315 dogs in just 10 days, with staffing of over 250 volunteers from 9 countries.

To date, Animal Balance has sterilized over 20,000 animals in 12 countries since 2004. As a small, volunteer reliant, grass-roots organization, this number alone represents a significant accomplishment of fundraising, organization, and operational tempo. What are perhaps more significant are the relationships, partnerships, and new sterilization-oriented organizations that have been established through the inspiration and mentorship of Animal Balance. By developing, training, and supporting local organizations in program areas, Animal Balance can make a difference far disproportionate to its small size. Next up is working right here in the USA through the Animal Balance USA program. Through this program we hope to partner with rural and underserved communities in areas of the US where the kill rate at local shelters is the highest and work with them to develop a comprehensive plan to conduct ongoing high volume high quality spay neuter clinics so that the population of cats and dogs remains static or declines and the local shelters are able to keep up with the demand and find homes for each and every cat and dog in their care.

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ANIMAL BALANCE

Board of directors
as of 3/3/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Emma Clifford

Dairne Ryan

Animal Balance

Christina Johnson

Animal Balance

Merriss Waters

Seattle Humane Society

Alice Ng

Animals Asia