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Dogs of Destiny - Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue VA Chapter,Inc

I can be changed by what happens to me but I refuse to be reduced by it-Maya Angelou

aka Dogs of Destiny   |   Hampton, VA   |  dogsofdestiny.com

Mission

We are a community based organization that is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of dogs that are primarily pit bulls and pit bull mixes. We are instrumental in helping with animal cruelty cases. Dogs of Destiny also educates through breed specific historically correct facts, dog training, and youth based educational materials. We provide training workshops and also help in community services such as helping to build fences for families in need. we are dedicated to erasing the homeless pet population through spay and neuter of all our rescued animals. through education on the importance of spay and neuter it is our goal to offer low cost spay and neuter clinics for pit bulls in our community.

Ruling year info

2018

Director/President

destiny shell

Vice President/fundraising and event coordinator

Zandra Longeway

Main address

106 Diggs Dr

Hampton, VA 23666 USA

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EIN

81-3249016

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

pet overpopulation from people not spaying/neutering their pets. Ignorance of the public that certain breeds are "evil" and/or "dangerous". Ignorance of people with pets of pet behavior and necessity of training and socialization. The ignorance of pet parents that they have "no choice" but to surrender their pet in the event of a move or landlord conflict. we also work to rescue, rehome and rehabilitate dogs that end up in shelters in order to reduce the overpopulation in shelters and the pets being killed every day in shelters.

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?

Foster-to-adopt

Allows families considering adoption of a rescued dog to do an in home trial with the dog they are interested in to ensure the dog will be a good fit for them. they foster for a period of up to 6 weeks while adjusting to the new dog as well as the dog adjusting to the new family. During this time the dog is not available for adoption until the family makes a decision as to whether or not this is the right dog for the family and adopts, or decides to either continue fostering until the dog is placed in its adopted home, or the family may also return the dog to rescue and decide to foster another dog while it looks for the one that is best for them.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

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 animal adoptions

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This only accounts for dogs that have been adopted. this does not include dogs in our foster-to-adopt program or our foster program.

Number of animals surrendered by their owner

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

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

this metric isn't just for adoption returns. we take in pets due to extenuating circumstances (ex. terminal illness/ severe medical issues of a pet's owner).

Number of animals rescued

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

this number fluctuates with the adoptions/fosters we have as well as space available to rescue new dogs. 2017 we reached capacity with no new homes. this accounts for the decrease from 2017 to 2018.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

We strive to control pet overpopulation by not only assuring all our pets our spayed/neutered prior to being adopted but by also helping other pet parents out to be able to spay or neuter when financial strains or unexpected hardships get in the way. we strive to eliminate breed bans within communities and show why they are not effective or necessary. We work hard to provide options and programs to help people keep their pets in their home instead of rehoming or surrendering to a shelter and also to provide safe methods for rehoming in the event it is necessary.
We hope to expand our foster program and increase the number of adoptions that not only our organization receives, but also shelters and other rescue organizations as well. This would greatly help to alleviate the number of pets that are being killed in shelters every day as we would be able to "pull" more dogs and get them in to wonderful loving homes which would help reduce the strain of shelters worrying about having to euthanize for space/overcrowding.
We aim to rescue as many shelter dogs as we are able and to provide those the care and vetting they need, especially those that are in desperate need and/or extensive vetting.
We aim to teach people the proper way to work with their dogs and incorporate positive reinforcement training in order to reduce the amount of pet parents that are rehoming their dogs when training issues and/or behavior issues arrive.

We ensure all our pets are spayed and/or neutered prior to adoption. we also Educate public on the benefits of spay and neutering as well as the importance of it. We provide financial assistance to those who absolutely need help spaying or neutering but have not qualified for financial help through our public community offices to be able to get the low- cost spay or neutering available. Educating and advocating against breed bans. Using education to show why breed bans are not only not effective but unconstitutional and actually do more harm than good. We attend public forum meetings with respect to this subject as well as animal cruelty topics in general. We advocate for more serious (and deserving) penalties for those who commit acts of cruelty against animals of all kinds. We work with a behavior consultant that helps to educate and train pet parents on animal behavior as well as how to use positive reinforcement training methods to help work with their pets to prevent them needing to rehome their pets. We also work with this behavior consultant and practice the same methods for our rescue dogs while they await to be adopted (or fostered) in order to provide them enrichment and a beneficial start for getting their own home and starting off on the right paw with their new family, whether it be their adopted one or a foster family until their own forever can be found. We work with pet parents to educate them about rental rights and laws when they are inappropriately and illegally threatened against eviction because of their pets. we also help to work as liaisons between the pet parent and landlord in hopes of alleviating any problems between the parties and any misconceptions a landlord may have. We are also involved in educating the public in the proper and safe ways to rehome a pet when absolutely necessary as well as directly helping the pet parents to be able to rehome their pet by overseeing the adoption process and screening any potential adopters that these parents would rehome their pets to.

because we are small we are limited financially to the impact we make but, our capabilities are very strong in what we can do to make as much of an impact as possible with the funding we do receive. Events and outings with our dogs help people have experiences that are positive and informative. We work with a wonderful vet that allows us to carry a balance on our account in order to get as many pets spayed/neutered as we can and allows us to ensure we maximize the amount of pets we have that are spayed/neutered and ready for adoption! the demands of what is needed severely outweigh what we are able to provide as a small organization with little financial help but we do what we can within our means! we run a foster based/in -home rescue that helps to save pets from being killed in shelters due to space from pet overpopulation....as well as being killed for simply being born a breed that ignorance has rejected within that community. through our rescue we find loving foster and adoptive homes as well as provide training help and any necessary vetting for not only dogs that are adopted and fostered through us but also for any resident dogs with a pet parent.

we have helped save numerous dogs from death row in shelters. have helped dogs that supposedly had "behavior issues" become very well rounded and well behaved members of society and families. We have vetted numerous dogs to help control the pet population via spaying and neutering as well as providing basic care for vaccinations, heartworm prevention, etc. WE he helped pet parents to keep their pets instead of needing to rehome them by directing them to our behavior consultant and educating them on behavior and how to work with your dog properly to train and help them. We have educated landlords to help keep people in their homes, as well as educating tenants what their rights are within the laws in order to prevent them from being evicted. More is next!!! the more community involvement we receive and the more donations we get to help us on our mission the bigger effect we will have. we hope to eventually have our very own facility in which we can provide for many more dogs than we do now and have the resources to be able to make a bigger impact, within our community and as far as we can reach!

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

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • 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 look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), 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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Dogs of Destiny - Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue VA Chapter,Inc

Board of directors
as of 12/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

destiny shell

Dogs of Destiny-Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue VA Chapter, Inc.

Term: 2016 -

Destiny L Shell

Dogs of Destiny-LCPBR VA Chapter

Renee Smith

LCPBR

Zandra Longeway

Dogs of Destiny-LCPBR VA Chapter

Anne Oreskovich

Dogs of Destiny-LCPBR VA Chapter

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? Not applicable
  • 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