Skys the Limit Sanctuary

"A Safe Place To Land"

aka Sky's the Limit Sanctuary   |   Lakebay, WA   |  http://www.skysthelimitsanctuary.org

Mission

Sky's The Limit Sanctuary is a non-profit animal sanctuary devoted to saving as many lives of exploited farm animals as possible while providing them an enriching environment safe from harm. We also strive to educate the public so that we may motivate and encourage others to stop the cycle of horrific practices of the animal farming industries.

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director

Shannon Hill

Treasurer

Ryan Hill

Main address

PO Box 273

Lakebay, WA 98349 USA

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EIN

81-4110648

NTEE code info

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

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

It is becoming much more common for people living in urban and suburban areas of the world to keep chickens for eggs. For example, in 2010, the City of Seattle increased the number of chickens allowed in a residential area from three to eight, based on demand from the public. This has more than doubled the number of chickens people will likely purchase to keep on their property. In addition, roosters are not permitted in most city limits. People having no experience with chickens nor understanding of how the industry operates are purchasing baby chicks from feed stores. Many times, up to half of the chicks they purchase are male. Homesteaders who buy chicks often find themselves with one or more roosters which they cannot legally keep on their property. There are rehoming websites and social media pages devoted strictly to finding homes for unwanted roosters. Many times, if an owner cannot find a home for their roosters, they are abandoned in a public area (park, woods, etc.)

Our programs

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

Rooster Appreciation

We strive to educate the public about the plight of roosters raised in the egg and meat industry. We wish to debunk the belief that roosters are "mean" and "aggressive" toward humans. We have coined an international day of appreciation for roosters named "Hug a Rooster Day" in May of 2018.

Population(s) Served

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 animals with freedom from hunger and thirst

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Context Notes

This metric includes all animals we were directly involved in rescuing.

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.

Our goal here at Sky's The Limit is to provide sanctuary for discarded and unwanted farm animals. We also wish to educate the public about the growing problem with stray chickens, especially roosters, in the urban and suburban areas of the world. We are focusing on rescuing chickens because the need is great and we want to maximize the number of lives we can save with the current land we own. If our donation base continues to grow, we will commit to providing a safe, clean, spacious, and enriching environment for all of the animals under our care. Most of all, we plan to educate the public about just how wonderful chickens are and how they deserve the same respect afforded to conventional companion animals.

Through direct rescue, educational fundraisers, and a social media presence, we intent to spread the word as much as we can feasibly afford within our time and financial budgets. Many times, the education is provided by people who meet the animals and learn the truth behind process.

We have held/participated multiple events, including:

Hug-a-Rooster
Sustainability Conference in Tacoma, WA
Seattle Veg-fest
Dog-a-thon (Pierce County Humane Society)
Volunteer opportunities

In addition, the strong presence on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Patreon has provided many opportunities to inform the public and support our mission.

Any time, we have been involved in a direct rescue of a stray rooster, we have engaged in meaningful conversations with people and have provided valuable information to support our mission.

Our passionate board of directors and volunteers work tirelessly throughout the year supporting our mission and sharing the stories from our sanctuary. Through social media and sanctuary events, many people have been touched by our many outreach strategies. Our strategies include: meeting the animals, handing out pamphlets, direct conversation, and word of mouth through others.

We have directly rescued over 70 birds since we started rescuing in 2015 and have been able to provide a place for all of those animals to live the rest of their lives in a safe and enriching environment. Through the donations received in 2017, we were able to build many new structures allowing us the ability to save more animals. In addition, we have shown over 40 people who have attended our hug-a-rooster event that roosters are wonderful animals.

As we begin our move to a larger, but less expensive property in 2018, we will be able to provide sanctuary to more animals. We will continue to reach out to the community through educational events.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Skys the Limit Sanctuary

Board of directors
as of 6/27/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Shannon Hill

Shannon Hill

Ryan Hill

Selena Holmes

Jeanette Steiner

Dylan DeVito

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