Animal related

HART for Animals, Inc.

We ARE the difference so we can MAKE a difference.

aka HART for Animals includes Bredel Veterinary Clinic, Bed 'n Bark Inn, MuttWorks, Pick of the Litter, and the Adoption Wing

McHenry, MD

Mission

HART's mission is to improve the conditon of animals in Western Maryland by:

1. Saving the lives of adoptable animals through rescue and transport, rehabilitation, and adoption.

2. Reducing pet overpopulation through low-cost spaying and neutering.

3. Building and operating a humane animal adoption center.

4. Encouraging community involvement for responsible pet ownership.

5. Reducing incidence of animal abuse and neglect in our region, through education and intervention.

Notes from the Nonprofit

Starting a business with a workable business plan, solid experience, and sufficient capital to overcome startup challenges is extremely difficult. Starting a non-profit because the founders are passionate about a cause is beyond difficult. Success requires not only passion but skill in marketing, fundraising, business management, state regulations, labor law, insurance... and a single-minded dedication to changing the world. That's what HART did... That's what HART is.

Ruling Year

2003

Executive Director

Ms Paula Yudelevit

Main Address

P.O. Box 623

McHenry, MD 21541 USA

Keywords

animal rescue, western maryland, adoption center, animal welfare, veterinary clinic, pet hotel, grooming

EIN

82-0584608

 Number

7586711542

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

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

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

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

HART was founded in response to a specific problem: to stop the euthanasia of healthy animals at the county shelter, due to lack of space and resources. HART began by rescuing the shelter's animals and transporting them to other rescues or shelters where they could be adopted. When it became clear that transports alone would not solve the problem, HART launched a fundraising campaign to build its own animal adoption center and provide a unique facility where animals would never have to be euthanized for lack of space or resources. The HART Center opened in 2016 and has become a blessing to the animals and an asset to the community. We are saving the lives of close to 1,000 animals a year and, incidentally, created 35 permanent jobs in a county that sorely needed them.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Animal Rescue and Transport

Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Surgeries

Community Outreach to Promote Animal Welfare

Animal Adoption & Sheltering

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of animals rescued

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Animal Rescue and Transport

Context notes

RESCUE AND TRANSPORT PROGRAM: Since 2003, HART rescues cats and dogs from the county shelter and transports them to larger rescue groups where they have a better chance of being adopted.

Number of animal adoptions

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Animal Adoption & Sheltering

Context notes

HART works with the county shelter on a weekly basis to ensure that all adoptable animals can find permanent homes. They are brought to the HART Animal Center where they stay until adoption.

Number of sheltered animals

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Animal Rescue and Transport

Context notes

The number of sheltered animals included here refers to the animals coming into the Garrett County Animal Shelter throughout the year. In 2017, HART rescued 60% of these animals.

Number of Spay/Neuter Surgeries Performed

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Surgeries

Context notes

HART has 3 programs: Low-cost (HARThelp), no-cost (Lifesaver), and Dutch's Gift (sponsored low-cost for dogs and no-cost for bully breeds).

Total dollars of operating costs per animal per day

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Animal Adoption & Sheltering

Context notes

The first year for which this metric is available is 2016. The Adoption Wing opened in April.

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

HART's mission is to improve the conditon of animals in Western Maryland by:

1. Saving the lives of adoptable animals through rescue and transport, rehabilitation, and adoption.

2. Reducing pet overpopulation through low-cost spaying and neutering.

3. Building and operating a humane animal adoption center.

4. Encouraging community involvement for responsible pet ownership.

5. Reducing incidence of animal abuse and neglect in our region, through education and intervention.

In 2006, HART developed a plan that consisted of the following strategies:

1. Fundraising: In a low-population rural community, such as Garrett County, the first challenge was to develop a comprehensive fundraising plan to build a facility. This was an important consideration since the county did not have the funds or the community support to improve the current county shelter. The strategy for fundraising was based on developing a recognizable brand, hiring an architect to create renderings of the facility so people could visualize the objective, and conducting mailing campaigns and events for a period of ten years. An important element of fundraising was the support of the local government, which donated the land on which the facility was constructed.

2. A solid business plan: Prior to writing the business plan, the core volunteers conducted a research of similar nonprofits to determine what worked and what did not work for many good-hearted animal lovers. This research demonstrated that most of the animal facilities encountered difficulties when the sincere charitable impulse was not paired with solid business experience and a source of revenue, instead of depending solely on donations and grants.

3. Developing a workable operating model: The HART Center was opened in segments, depending on the availability of funds. In order to make the segments work individually and jointly, it was necessary to establish protocols and procedures and train the staff and the volunteers to follow them.

4. Sustainability: Now that the facility is completed and in full operation, the most important element is working to ensure its sustainability. This work involves continuing to raise funds on a systematic basis, implementing a donor management system, and applying for grants that will support the charitable programs. The revenue generated by the animal services is designed to support the staff salaries and the basic expenses. Everything else - Rescue, sheltering, adoption, low-cost and no-cost spay/neuter, public education, and animal rehabilitation and behavior modification - is financed with grants and donations.

1. We have close to 250 volunteers dedicated to the cause. They receive structured training at three levels; only those who attain the third level are allowed to have direct animal contact.

2. We have a staff of committed animal professionals, from the Executive Director down to the kennel assistants.

3. We have the full support of the County government and other nonprofit organizations.

4. We have raised the funds and carried out the construction of a $3.5 million animal center, with our own resources.

5. We have retired business owners who are actively involved in running the daily operations.

HART's progress indicators are:

Number of homeless animal received by animal control
Number of animals rescued and transported by HART to other rescue groups
Number of animals sheltered at the HART Animal Center
Number of low-cost and no-cost surgeries performed
Number of adoptions
Revenue received from all animal services
Donations received
Grants received from public and private foundations
Number of volunteers

Our accomplishments:

1. As of February 2018, we have saved the lives of 9,027 animals.
2. We raised $3.5M and built the HART Animal Center, which is a state-of-the art animal facility.
3. We have performed a total of 8,030 low-cost and no-cost spay/neuter surgeries (as of February 2018).
4. We employ a staff of 35 people (17 full-time and 18 part-time), which is a major benefit to an area of the country that is still suffering the delayed effect of the 2008 recession.
5. We have created an animal adoption facility that is welcoming to potential adopters, children, parents, schools - all of whom feel proud that HART built this facility in their community at this time.

Still need to accomplish:

Secure consistent funding to make sure that he HART Center can support itself now and in the future.

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HART for Animals, Inc.

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

Yes

ETHICS & 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

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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