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Veterans Assistance Dogs of Texas Inc

aka Kerrville Elks Charities, Inc. d/b/a Veterans Assistance Dogs of Texas   |   Kerrville, TX   |  www.vadogs.org

Mission

VADogs mission is to effect physical and emotional recovery and independence in American veterans with disabilities by providing service dogs, at no cost to the veteran.

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director

Mr. Larry Pottridge

Chairman of the Board

Mr. Jerry Ashby

Main address

317 Sidney Baker St., Suite 400 PMB 338

Kerrville, TX 78028 USA

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Formerly known as

Kerrville Elks Charities, Inc d/b/a Veterans Assistance Dogs of Texas

Kerrville Elks Charities, Inc. d/b/a Veterans Assistance Dogs of Texas

Kerrville Elks Charities, Inc. d/b/a Veterans Assistance Dogs of Texas

Kerrville Elks Charities, Inc. d/b/a Veterans Assistance Dogs of Texas

Kerrville Elks Charities, Inc. d/b/a Veterans Assistance Dogs of Texas

EIN

82-1822758

NTEE code info

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

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

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to figures from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Texas Workforce Investment Council, there are more than 1.309 million war time veterans in the state of Texas. Of the over 655,000 Gulf and Afghanistan war Veterans it is estimated that 15% to 25% of those are dealing with a physical disability or service related mental illnesses. That is more than 90,000 Veterans in Texas.

Experience has shown that the quality of lifestyle for many of these disabled Veterans could be greatly enhanced with the assistance of a service dog. Once fully trained, Service Dogs are able to assist individuals with mental impairments and/or physical disabilities accomplish daily tasks that would otherwise be difficult or impossible. Service Dogs can also provide companionship, security and emotional stability during often difficult periods of recovery from the physical and emotional Wounds of War.

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?

Providing Service Dogs to Disabled Veterans

We resuce shelter dogs, train them to be service dogs and donate them to disabled veterans that reside in the state of Texas. Each dog is trained to meet the specific needs of the veteran they serve.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
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 animals rehabilitated

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

Providing Service Dogs to Disabled Veterans

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollars of operating costs per animal per day

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

Providing Service Dogs to Disabled Veterans

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of service dogs provided to veterans

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

Providing Service Dogs to Disabled Veterans

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of veterans with PTSD served

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of veterans who report a decrease in depression

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Number of animals vaccinated

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of dogs spayed or neutered

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of pets microchipped

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Our mission is to affect physical and emotional recovery and independence in American Veterans with disabilities by providing service dogs at no cost to the Veteran.

We train service dogs to assist the lives of disabled Texas Veterans suffering from physical disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Military Sexual Trauma (MST) or a combination of these disabilities.

Rescue shelter dogs that meet the requirements for our training program. Our trainers evaluate the dog for required behavioral standards for inclusion in the program. Dogs that meet these standards are then medically evaluated to ensure there are no long term health concerns that would be detrimental to the dog training or working, and that will not place a financial burden on the Veteran who will receive the dog. The dogs are housed with the trainers until they have completed all of the necessary groundwork to be trained for specific tasks. Once the task training has been completed, the dog will be placed with a Veteran, and the pair will be trained to work together to pass the Canine Good Citizenship and Public Access tests.

Veterans who apply for a service dog must have a 70% disability rating or higher through the Veteran's Administration. We require the Veteran provide a copy of their DD214 (Discharge from Military Service), as well as a recommendation from their medical provider, and consent for a background check. After we have verified the documents and completed the background check, the Veteran provides information on their specific disabilities, and a general idea on what tasks they require the dog to be able to perform.

We have contracted with two independent trainers to find, evaluate, adopt, and train dogs rescued from shelters across the Hill Country. Between the two trainers there is over 30 years of experience, and one of the trainers has won national awards for obedience and agility work with dogs.

To date we have placed 9 dogs with disabled Veterans across Texas. Two of them have returned to the workforce, one has graduated from Schreiner University, and all of them have reported general improvements in their quality of life.

We have setup an office on our property, as well as established housing that will allow Veterans from outside of the Hill Country to have daily access to a trainer for the certification phase of training, and to return for recertification training.

We plan on increasing the number of housing units on the property to allow for more Veterans to be brought in for training at one time as we get more dogs trained and ready for placement.

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 identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, 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 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, 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, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

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Veterans Assistance Dogs of Texas Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/08/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Jerry Ashby


Board co-chair

AD "Buz" Dunaway

AD Dunaway and Associates

Term: 2022 - 2024

Buz Dunaway

Randal Carson

Don Vaughan

Jerry Ashby

Sarah Kocurek

VA service

Larry Pottridge

Mike Clemenson

Hill Country Dog Center

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/8/2024

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/25/2022

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.