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PUTNAM SERVICE DOGS INC

And they lived happily ever after.....

Brewster, NY   |  https://www.putnamservicedogs.org

Mission

OUR MISSION STATEMENT: And they lived happily ever after...... Our Service Dogs change lives. We champion the nurturing bond between dogs and people. ABOUT US: Putnam Service Dogs trains free service dogs for people with physical disabilities other than blindness, and veterans with PTSD . We carefully select mixed breed dogs from rescues to train. Our service dogs transform lives - opening them up, allowing people they're teamed with to live with dignity and independence. Our free, highly trained service dogs are trained 2 years, hundreds of hours. Their obedience is honed to a very high level, they have impeccable house manners, and they perform the tasks their person requires. A service dog assists someone with disabilities to perform tasks they're not able to do themself.

Notes from the nonprofit

We change lives - 1 dog at a time. We provide free service dogs to people with physical disabilities other than blindness and to veterans with PTSD. We train carefully selected rescue dogs as our service dogs

Ruling year info

2016

CEO/Founder

Ms. Nancy Teague

Main address

Po Box 573

Brewster, NY 10509 USA

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EIN

81-4137033

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

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

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We're changing lives - 1 dog at a time. We provide free service dogs, and follow up support services for people with physical disabilities other than blindness. Our Mission Statement is: Our service dogs change lives. We champion the nurturing bond between dogs and humans. We adopt carefully selected mixed breed dogs from rescue groups to train as our service dogs so we also help the overpopulation of dogs in shelters, and help save the lives of the dogs we adopt.

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?

Train Mobility Assistance and Hearing Alert Service Dogs

Putnam Service Dogs provides free Service Dogs to people with physical disabilities other than blindness and veterans with PTSD. Our follow up support services are also free. We adopt carefully chosen mixed breed pups from Rescue Organizations to raise and train as our Mobility Assistance or Hearing Alert dogs. The most commonly requested tasks performed by our dogs is to retrieve dropped items. Other than hearing alert dogs who can be quite small, our service dogs need to be 45+ lbs to open doors, and be easily accessible to their recipient.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

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
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Train Mobility Assistance and Hearing Alert Service Dogs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We adopt carefully selected mixed breed pups from Rescue Groups to raise and train as our Service Dogs.

Number of service dogs trained and placed

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

Train Mobility Assistance and Hearing Alert Service Dogs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We place free service dogs with people with physical disabilities other than blindness. After paper matching our applicants to graduating dogs, at our Meet & Greets our dogs choose who their person.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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 are changing lives - 1 dog at a time.

The demand for our type of service dog (for physical disabilities other than blindness) is very strong. We have a waiting list that is 2-4 years long. We initially screen applicants on whether they will benefit from having one of our service dogs, and can they competently and humanely care for a dog.

Our goal is to continually increase the number of dogs we graduate - through attracting more qualified, hard working Volunteer Puppy Raisers, by attracting more donations to cover the costs of training and caring for our dogs, and by finding great dogs capable of becoming our highly trained service dogs.

We have recently computerized our donor database to utilize it more effectively. We have hired a part-time fundraiser to help scale up our organization. Our CEO/Founder is driving a van with our logo prominently displayed on the sides and back of the van to build brand awareness. We have an active social media posting program, and send out eblasts to our digital mailing list every other month or so. We send prompt, sincerely thankful thank you/acknowledgement letters when we receive donations our donors.

We are currently redesigning our website to update our look, and make it even more user friendly. have designed our Donate page on our website to be very user friendly. We are actively working on building our base of social media followers to strengthen our potential donor pool. We post regularly and frequently on social media to build our followers, and retain them. We have satisfied the 20 points required by the Better Business Bureau to become a BBB accredited charity to assure donors of our worthiness.

We are strengthening our Board, both by new leadership, and by new members, to further enhance their support our organization and cause.

We have many people now involved with our organization that are passionate about our organization, and our cause - our Board of Directors, our volunteers - the puppy raisers, and the folks who help us create and administer our events, our CEO/Founder, our part-time, seasoned Fundraiser, and our Training Staff.

Our Head trainer is a top level dog trainer who really knows and loves dogs, and is a master at training them to do complex tasks. Our Board Members are champions of our organization amongst their community, and their networks. Our CEO has formed many relationships in the community through her active involvement with several local Chambers of Commerce, and her speaking at local Rotary groups. She is also an excellent writer of articles about Putnam Service Dogs and the events we're planning - has had a very high success rate of getting her articles published in the local newspapers, and local digital newspapers. Our seasoned, part-time fundraiser is planning strategies to attract new donors to us, and strengthen the donor base we currently have. Our puppy raisers are dedicated, disciplined, loving raisers of our pups - essential to our success.

We have established many training procedures, and administrative procedures - how to better select the dogs we adopt from rescue groups, and how to better screen volunteer puppy raisers, Vacation Relief homes, and applicants. We have computerized our financials on Quickbooks Online, and our donor database on Neon. We have a fast growing social media fan base and a digital email list. We have created 2 successful events we host each year to raise funds, and build brand awareness, which we will continue to develop and enhance each year. Now in our 6th year of operation, our revenues and expenses have grown to be triple our first year's level.

Financials

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Operations

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

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PUTNAM SERVICE DOGS INC

Board of directors
as of 04/11/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Randall Hooper

Schwartz Helin Group, Inc.

Term: 2023 - 2026

Dave Bruen

Retired from Bruen, Deldin & Didio Associates

Nancy Teague

CEO/Founder, Putnam Service Dogs

Michael Hermoza

Senior Manager, Treasury Capital Markets, Tronox Holdings, PLC.Tronox

Marty McGinnity

Marketing Executive, Retired from IBM

Colleen Harding

Personal Care Assistant, MSW

Sean Ferguson

Managing Partner, Kulur Group and Director of Brand Management at T3 Services Group.

Randall Hooper

Associate, Schwarts Heslin Group

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/7/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
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Disability status
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Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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