Austin Humane Society

Unleash Hope

aka Austin Humane Society   |   Austin, TX   |  http://www.austinhumanesociety.org

Mission

The Austin Humane Society's mission is to provide comprehensive, humane, life-saving animal services, transforming the lives of animals and those who love them.

The Austin Humane Society (AHS) is an independent nonprofit shelter that offers comprehensive, humane, life-saving animal services. AHS offers innovative, nationally recognized programs that save the lives of thousands of dogs and cats each year. AHS' approach to addressing the critical needs of animals encompasses finding animals homes through adoption, serving animals and people in times of crisis, preventing future homelessness though spay and neuter programs, and engaging the community to be a part of the solution.

Ruling year info

1959

President and CEO

Ms. Frances Jonon

Main address

124 W Anderson Ln

Austin, TX 78752 USA

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EIN

74-6013665

NTEE code info

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

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

Other Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness, and Relief N.E.C. (M99)

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Our programs

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

Adoption

We make a lifetime commitment to each animal in our adoption program, striving to find each animal a loving home. We provide them with quality care for both their medical and behavioral health. Every animal receives spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchip, warm beds, quality food and toys, exercise, training, and love.

Population(s) Served

To reduce cat overpopulation in our community, we provide free and reduced-cost spay/neuter surgeries to feral cats in Central Texas in this trap-neuter-return program. All cats served also receive vaccines and microchips. Since the program was launched in 2007, over 71,000 cats have been served. 2,053 cats were served in the program in 2020. AHS's Community Cat Program helps stabilize the free-roaming cat population, decreases the number of kittens born each year, and controls behaviors/stressors associated with mating.

Population(s) Served

AHS runs a foster care program in conjunction with our adoption program. AHS's Foster Care Coordinator works with volunteer foster families who assist in caring for animals too young to stay in the shelter, those recovering from surgery or other specialty/medical care, and those who are not behaviorally thriving in the shelter.

Population(s) Served

We coordinate disaster responses to natural and human-made crises. During fires, hurricanes, hoarding situations, or other emergencies, our staff transports animals to our shelter to provide safety and medical care. In 2020, AHS served 281 animals during disaster response. AHS is the City of Austin's official disaster response partner and has MOUs with several other organizations across the state of Texas.

As part of our disaster response program, AHS has been responding to the ongoing pandemic through our Pet Food Pantry. Our aim is to serve those experiencing food insecurity by providing free pet food to those in need. We are keeping families with their beloved pets and out of shelters. Since the inception of the program in May of 2020, we have distributed 109,225 pounds of pet food to nearly 8,000 animals.

Population(s) Served

This STEM-based education program offers opportunities for youth to learn about animals. In 2020, 2,933 children participated in our Humane Heroes programming. AHS is the only shelter in Austin to offer educational programming for youth. We partner with dozens of schools, churches, daycares, and other educational organizations to deliver this program at no cost. Our aim is to teach positive animal-interaction skills and foster the next generation of animal welfare advocates.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Where we work

Our results

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Number of sheltered animals

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Adoption

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of homeless animals vaccinated on-site

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This number includes those animals vaccinated through both our adoption program and our Trap/Neuter/Return program.

Number of "community cats" spayed/neutered through our Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Cat Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals provided life-saving surgery and/or specialty care.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adoption

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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As the longest-standing no-kill, nonprofit pet adoption center in Austin, Texas, the Austin Humane Society is dedicated to: saving Austin's homeless cats and dogs; educating our community about responsible pet ownership; and reducing pet over-population. Our shelter offers comprehensive, humane, life-saving animal services, transforming the lives of animals and those who love them. AHS' approach to addressing animal homelessness includes both finding animals homes through adoption as well as preventing future homelessness through spay/neuter programs.

Since first opening in 1952, the Austin Humane Society (AHS) has gone through many phases, always growing and taking on new goals and responsibilities to meet the needs of the animals and people in our community. In the 1950s, the community came together to build what was then a state-of-the-art animal shelter. In the 1990s, the community came together once again to move AHS into our current building, where we've created an advanced space for the temporary shelter of homeless cats and dogs. We look to the future where through a capital campaign we can grow our organization to serve even more animals and host even more programs to spread our mission of compassion to all animals and people.

In 2021, AHS served over 11,000 animals and people through intake, community outreach and prevention. We continue to collaborate with ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States, and 100+ local and regional area shelters and groups. Considering Austin's tremendous growth and its constantly changing animal welfare landscape, AHS is prepared to make adjustments to our strategies to continue to maintain the strength and success of our programs. AHS will stand ready to serve animals and people in disaster situations.

AHS has created a diverse, active, and sustainable fundraising strategy that promises significant growth in the coming years. Roughly half of our income depends on small-to-medium-sized gifts from individuals. We ask all participants of our feral cat program, as well as adopters and owners who surrender their pets, to donate to our organization. We send out direct mail donor mailings per year, direct mail acquisition mailings, and newsletters, and weekly emails to our donor base. Both our Director of Development & Marketing and Development Manager are focused on cultivating donor relationships.

AHS hosts two major fundraising events each year, in addition to over 50 third-party fundraisers. AHS staff regularly attend workplace giving events to solicit donations from employees of corporations and government agencies who are able to support AHS through a payroll donation.

AHS regularly applies for funding from private, family, and corporate foundations and will continue to seek a diversified stream of grant funding.

Our partnership with area animal shelters plays a huge role in the success of our organization. By partnering with other animal advocacy organizations focused on specific areas of need, we help provide a comprehensive safety net for at-risk dogs and cats, while addressing the larger problems that create animal homelessness and unnecessary euthanasia.

As stated previously, AHS has grown from 258 adoptions in 1953 to over 4,000 adoptions each year. The goal is to ensure that our dogs and cats not only find loving homes, but permanent ones. When an animal enters our Adoption Program, we make a commitment to provide them quality care for both their medical health as well as their behavioral needs. Each and every animal receives spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchips, warm beds, quality food and toys, and exercise. Our adoption program has continued to grow over the years, just as our city has grown.

The AHS Community Cat Program provides free sterilization and vaccinations for feral cats. Our humane Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) approach provides ordinary citizens with a free trap rental, education on how to use the trap, free spay/neuter surgeries for feral cats by appointment, rabies vaccinations, ear-tipping, de-worming, and pain medication. The feral cats are then released back to the original trapper who returns them to their colony. The program has had a significant impact on our city-run animal shelter, the Austin Animal Center (AAC). Since the inception of the program in 2007, AHS has served over 74,000 free-roaming cats. We look forward to continuing this successful program and reaching out to more potential volunteer trappers who can help us expand the number of surgeries we perform.

AHS has 800 active volunteers who annually donate over 100,000 hours of volunteer time. Foster volunteers provide care in their homes for animals that are not yet ready for our Adoption Program, primarily young kittens and puppies. In addition, AHS provides humane education through dog obedience and puppy classes, workshops for school children, educational tours, pet loss support groups, and counseling and education through our adoption center. We have the experience and capacity to organize large scale emergency animal rescue operations including providing shelter and re-homing during times of crisis (i.e. animal hoarder rescues, puppy mill rescues and natural disasters.) Funding large-scale rescues is a challenge, yet we have learned to craft effective online fundraising campaigns and solicit media attention to raise money to save animals in need.

Financials

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Austin Humane Society

Board of directors
as of 2/17/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Chris Helling

Lancaster Helling, LLP

Chris Helling

No Affiliation

Steve Garven

No Affiliation

Lisa Kennedy

No Affiliation

Barbara Wilson

No Affiliation

Steve Waters

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Jill Holup

No Affiliation

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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/02/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data