PLATINUM2024

The Organic Pet Animal Sanctuary and Education Foundation

Making A Difference, One Animal, One Person At A Time

aka TOPASEF   |   Madison, OH   |  https://theorganicpet.org

Mission

To provide educational social service outreach programs serving Homeless American Citizens, Single Parent Families, Veterans, and Troubled Youth; utilizing rescued horses, dogs, cats, livestock in tandem with Educational programs not limited to: Animal Husbandry, Animal Training, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Art, Dance, Music, Sport, and Horticultural Therapies, Live Performance, learning old ways skills and more; to help to empower hurting people in a sustainable, organic regenerative farm sanctuary! These programs are geared toward preventing suicide, promoting and teaching the skills needed to heal, and even explore entrepreneurship to become self sufficient.

Notes from the nonprofit

Thank you for your interest in our organization. It is truly a passion for me to reach people through education and my love of animals to, "Make A Difference One Person, One Animal At A Time". We welcome you and offer a great opportunity to help people and animals! With your support, we can achieve the goals that we have set in place to make the world a better place!

Ruling year info

2023

FOUNDER

MS SHERI RIMES

Main address

P.O. Box 206 38 4TH STREET

Madison, OH 44057 USA

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Formerly known as

NA

EIN

82-1737102

NTEE code info

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

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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

We are working HARD to overcome our financial challenges as an organization to move forward with the programs we have created that are so desperately needed in our community!

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?

Save The Kitties Cat Sanctuary/Wildcats Feral TNR Cat Colony

A solution to the over population of unwanted, stray/feral cats and to assist low income folks with spay/neuter programs; Feed, train, provide shelter for, to partner with to provide medical care for strays and feral cats through a T-N-R (trap neuter release) and foster programs for those who are good candidates for adoption; spay/neuter programs for that will also reach the under-served in our community that cannot afford to fix their animals to cut down on the unwanted pet population.

Our goal for this program is to fund an assistance program on a sliding scale for underserved low income, senior and disability populations with low or no cost spay/neuter, food, litter and veterinary assistance to lower rehoming or surrender to rescues due to emotional support needs and over-full rescue organizations, to care for the Save the Kitties sanctuary cats as well as cover expenses for maintaining the WILDCATS FERAL TNR COLONY CATS.

Population(s) Served

THE ORGANIC PET LIVE
This program involves educational internet radio podcasts, VLOG for which we are currently in pre-production, with the focus on saving animals and helping people through fun educational programs!

Population(s) Served

SAVING WILD and USABLE Domestic Horses in a Suicide Prevention and Awareness Program with a focus to assist Veterans, Youth and others using Animal Husbandry, Education, Nutrition, Livestock Management, Natural Horsemanship Training Methods, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Performance Programs.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Seniors
People with disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people
Seniors
People with disabilities
Veterans

ROCK 4 LIFE is a program that will utilize Music (to include but not limited to: live music sound, performance, sound reinforcement, studio recording, learning how to write music, play a musical instrument, stage performance and more), The ARTS (All forms with the opportunity to showcase and perform) for therapeutic healing.

Population(s) Served

The Organic Pet Farm program will focus on regenerative farm methods by Joel Salatin, to manage livestock, organic crops, orchard and vineyard, with programs to include but not limited to: animal husbandry, horticultural therapy, educational programs to learn processing, century old skills and more. The goal will be to open a farm store to showcase the items made by progarm participants interested in becoming entrepreneurs and to open a farm to table restaurant to fund the Farm and other programs long- term.

We are currently looking for a donation of or funding for a large acreage property that would offer plenty of trees/forest, grasslands for pasture, water (ponds and or creek) and a special feel for the restoration of souls and providing a great place for our farm to begin and grow!

Population(s) Served

This program is meant to provide new and gently used clothing and footwear, for all ages with classes on how to present yourself and how to dress in different situations, such as; job interviews, church, school, formal and social events. This program will also provide classes in etiquette, sewing and design for those interested that may go in tandem with the Arts program in ROCK 4 LIFE and may become an entrepreneurship program!

Population(s) Served

A program designed to work in tandem with The Organic Pet Regenerative Farm, but could start independently, to provide clean organic food for folks that have special diet food needs that are not being provided through local food banks.

Program could include classes on how to raise organic food at home with container gardening and more.

Population(s) Served

This program will provide educational programs, seminars, clinics, workshops about Working Dogs, balanced training, alternative care and feeding options, and much more to educate people on how to work with their dogs in obedience and protection and not limited to service work.

We may also provide a place for retired service dogs and rehome as appropriate to help Wounded Warriors have access to Service Dogs.

For Civilians in need in a Service dog, we would like to provide a service to help more people have access to obtaining real Service Dogs and cut down on the "fake" service dog issues ongoing in our Country.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Seniors
People with diseases and illnesses
People with disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people
Veterans
Seniors
People with diseases and illnesses
People with disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people
Veterans
Seniors
People with diseases and illnesses
People with disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people
Veterans
Seniors
People with diseases and illnesses
People with disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people
Veterans
Seniors
People with diseases and illnesses
People with disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people
Veterans
Seniors
People with diseases and illnesses
People with disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people

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.

Average cost per spay/neuter surgery

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

For cats unless there is a low cost option available, the going rate for a spay is $150 each. Neuters seem to be running at about $100. average at a veterinary clinic.

Number of animals with freedom from fear and distress

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

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In a Sanctuary environment, we can free animals from fear and distress from neglect, giving them a shot at recovery from chronic stress related behaviors/illnesses through our rehab methods.

Number of animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We are currently feeding/caring for an average of 20+ cats/kittens that are semi-feral-feral in order to gentle/trap/fix them to get a handle on the over-population of kitties without homes.

Number of animals rehabilitated

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We were able to save, feed, house, and provide medical care for a large number of cats over the years. The problems that we faced will be addressed in our program to help many others--people & animals

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.

In 2024, we are focusing on fundraising after 7 years of mainly funding the programs out of my personal pocket due to illness and disablity to fundraise enough money to cover admin and program expenses.

This year we begin with an educational seminar with International K9 legend, Steve Zane Stoops, to fundraise for support for The Organic Pet Animal Sanctuary & Education Foundation programs.

Another program just launched in early March of 2024 is our CANS4CATS scrap collection program to raise funds to support TOPASEF programs!

Our first goal is to fund administrative costs, i.e. mailing, marketing, post office box, domain, website, ink, other office supplies, utilities, etc. so that we can run our organization properly.

#2 THE WILDCATS FERAL COLONY / SAVE THE KITTIES SANCTUARY program, covering medical, food, TNR, veterinary costs, laundry, vehicle, etc.

#3: The Organic Pet Animal Sanctuary Farm Fund and the ROCK4LIFE ANTI-SUICIDE program funds concurrently!

Our current strategy is to continue to complete the initial early non profit organization stages; interview potential staff, board members, etc; find grant writers on contingency and look to serious ways of fundraising so that we can move forward with obtaining a property that would fit our needs for now and in the future; utilize Social media and complete our website to help us to raise awareness. Planning for a future fundraising event to hopefully reach donors that would find our mission important, necessary and willing to support it.

Our current capabilities are limited at this time, however, we are moving forward with a website building process at this time, creating marketing materials, networking and working on Social Media awareness, as well as building our team to accomplish every goal!

We've achieved so far: A.) Incorporation with our State. B.) Non profit status with the IRS. C.) we are currently in process of building a website. D.) Designing and Creating Marketing Materials. E.) Created a Facebook, Instagram Page, Twitter page. F.) Created a Social media campaign to reach more folks to raise awareness about our program.
G.) Created a Board and working toward our first Board Meeting. H.) Working on By-Laws I.) Interviewing potential Board Members. J.) In process of organizing fundraiser for the Fall. K.) Have a stall reserved for a horse at a barn when we become funded to begin our educational horse program. L.) Exploring grass roots ways of creating funding for the program to move ahead. Stay tuned for more progress! Thank you!

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, 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 take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), 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 share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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The Organic Pet Animal Sanctuary and Education Foundation

Board of directors
as of 05/27/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

MS SHERI RIMES

TOPASEF

Term: 2017 -

CAMI BLANCHARD

CHAGRIN VALLEY EQUESTRIAN CENTER

ANDREW RIMES

THE ORGANIC PET ANIMAL SANCTUARY & EDUCATION FOUNDATION

SHERI RIMES

THE ORGANIC PET ANIMAL SANCTUARY & EDUCATION FOUNDATION

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 ? 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? 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/27/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/27/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.