Sheps Place Senior Dog Sanctuary

aka Shep's Place, Shep's Place SDS   |   Independence, MO   |  www.shepsplace.org

Mission

The goal of Shep’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary Inc. is to provide a sanctuary for homeless senior dogs in the Kansas City area. Our focus is on older dogs who have already spent time in rescues or shelters, but have not been adopted. We do not accept surrenders directly from the public. We believe senior dogs deserve to live out their lives in a safe, loving environment. We will try to find new families for them, but if we can’t, we will be their family and home, for as long as they live. We opened in April, 2019.

Ruling year info

2017

President

Russell Clothier

Main address

17000 E Truman Rd

Independence, MO 64056 USA

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EIN

82-2277153

NTEE code info

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

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Mistreatment and neglect are common problems for all pets, but older dogs are particularly vulnerable. They are more likely to be abandoned, and it is harder to find new families to adopt them. We believe senior dogs deserve to live out their lives in a safe, loving environment. Municipal animal shelters work tirelessly to find abandoned dogs new homes, but they are only meant to be waystations. While there, dogs spend less than an hour a day outside their cage, and have limited human contact. Older dogs in shelters get passed over for puppies, and may spend months or even years in near isolation. We find senior dogs languishing in shelters and rescues, and give them the home they have lost, where they are free to run or sleep or hang out with friendly people.

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?

Senior Dog Care

Provide a comfortable, safe home for abandoned senior dogs.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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 to express normal behavior

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

Adults

Related Program

Senior Dog Care

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We opened in April 2019, so the numbers are for 9 months of operation. We had at most 8 dogs at a time. Ten of the dogs were adopted by year's end.

Number of animals with freedom from fear and distress

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

Senior Dog Care

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We opened in April 2019, so the numbers are for 9 months of operation.

Number of animals rehomed

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

Senior Dog Care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals provided with long term care

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

Senior Dog Care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We opened in April 2019, and did not have any dogs prior to that.

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.

The goal of Shep's Place Senior Dog Sanctuary Inc. is to operate a sanctuary for homeless senior dogs in the Kansas City area. We find old dogs who in shelters and rescues that have been repeatedly passed over for adoption, and give them a place to live out the remainder of their lives in safety and comfort. We will try to find new families for them, but if we can't, we will be their family and home, for as long as they live.
Our long-term objectives are more ambitious. The initial facility is only meant to be Phase 1 of the project. It is designed to establish the organization, work out procedures, and prove to donors that we can manage resources and people effectively. Our current facility can comfortably hold at most 10 dogs. We expect Phase 1 to last several years, at least. Once we've proven our sustainability, we can make the case for expansion. To help more dogs, we eventually want to build a new, larger, Phase 2 Sanctuary, with the capacity for 30 dogs or more. There is a beautiful site for it on the land behind the Phase 1 building. Such a project will require a major fundraising effort, as well as paid staff. We hope to use our success in Phase 1 to convince donors that they can entrust us with funds for Phase 2.

Shep's Place was founded by Russell and Ann Clothier, who bought the house and land for the Sanctuary. During 2019, we built a volunteer organization which has taken over the planning. The renovations were completed in March of 2019, and we opened in April.
Shep's Place relies solely on volunteers. We have around 150 volunteers, and they fill 2-hour shifts 7 days a week, from 7 am to 7 pm, usually with 2 people per shift. We have had to develop and refine ways to communicate effectively with a large group of volunteers who come at different times.
Before we opened, we developed detailed plans for volunteer management, dog care, community involvement, fostering and adoption, financial record-keeping, and most every other aspect of running the facility. After 9 months of operation, we have made many adjustments and improvements on our procedures, and will continue to do so.

The fundamental strength of Shep's Place is the appeal of its cause, and the large pool of dog lovers in the area who are inclined to support it. About a month after we opened, we had several local news reports about us go viral, and we gained a large number of followers and donors overnight. It turned one of our biggest concerns into a major strength. Our finances are now very solid. The news reports also brought in a host of volunteer applications, so we have consistently had enough people to care for the dogs.

We have established fundraising operations on Facebook, through the website, through PayPal Giving, GoFundMe, and at public appearances. We have established contacts at area shelters, pet stores, and nonprofit support organizations. We have an active Events group that plans our public appearances.

• We incorporated in 2017, and were granted 501(c)(3) status, as well as a Missouri Sales Tax Exemption.
• We secured a building and land for the Sanctuary's use. The property was purchased by Russell and Margaret Clothier, and is leased to the Sanctuary for a nominal monthly fee.
• Our Facebook page grew from 1500 followers to 8000.
• We have recruited and trained over 150 volunteers to help care for the dogs.
• Though it took almost a year, we worked with architects, contractors, and the city of Independence, MO, to successfully renovate the building.
• We earned Animal Shelter Licenses from the city and state.
• We have an established working relationship with a local vet, who cares for the dogs.
• We have implemented various fundraising efforts, including donations through Facebook and the web page, through PayPal Giving, through personal appeals to friends of the program, GoFundMe, and through appearances at public animal-related events.
• We have attracted considerable local media attention from TV, magazines, and newspapers
• We proudly opened our doors to dogs on April 6, 2019.
• We took in 17 dogs, and found homes for 10 of them.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Sheps Place Senior Dog Sanctuary

Board of directors
as of 10/25/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Russell Clothier

Independence Public Schools

Term: 2017 - 2022

Angie Bloss

Burke Lisa

Susan Cole

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