Heartwood Haven

aka Heartwood Haven   |   Gig Harbor, WA   |  heartwoodhaven.org

Mission

Heartwood Haven believes every animal deserves respect and compassion. We rescue and rehabilitate farmed animals and survivors of cruelty and neglect. The sanctuary provides a peaceful environment so animals can experience a more comfortable life and receive the highest quality veterinary care, love, and attention based on their individual needs. Our mission is to provide sanctuary to abused, neglected, mistreated, and homeless animals while educating the public about the effects of animal agriculture.

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director

Kate Tsyrkleivch

Director of Operations

Hope Hilman

Main address

PO BOX 133

Gig Harbor, WA 98395 USA

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EIN

82-3314258

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

The mission statement of Heartwood Haven is to rescue animals from abuse, neglect, homelessness and animal agriculture. So far this year, Heartwood Haven has rescued 333 animals, including 220 "spent" hens from an egg farm, 52 cockfighting roosters from cruelty, 4 stray pigs, 2 neglected pigs, 2 pigs from laboratory testing and many others. Animal Control relies on us as a rescue partner as the shelters they work with do not adopt out farmed animals. In addition to rescue, we are able to help owners retain animals. We work with people on strategies to improve the health and wellbeing of their animals, and are able to offer solutions to solve behavioral issues or structural issues such as bad fencing. We also provide pet food for low income individuals so they don't have to surrender their pets.

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?

Animal Education

We're working to educate the public on the effects of animal agriculture.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We work with Animal Control to rescue farmed animals from cruelty and homelessness.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Heartwood Haven provides low income pet owners with pet food and provide information about low cost spay and neuter services.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people

Where we work

Accreditations

Accredited by Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries 2019

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 rescued

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

Adults

Related Program

Animal Rescue

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animal adoptions

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

Adults

Related Program

Animal Rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of species in collection

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

Adults

Related Program

Animal Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total pounds of pet food and litter distributed

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

Unemployed people

Related Program

Pet Food Bank

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of law enforcement agencies assisted in animal cruelty cases

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

Adults

Related Program

Animal Education

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

The goal of Heartwood Haven is to create a more compassionate world where all animals are treated with respect.

Heartwood Haven gives people an opportunity to learn about farmed animals in a way that they never had an opportunity to before. People have preconceptions about farmed animals that make it easier to commodify them. We are here to break through those misconceptions and show the public that farmed animals are in many ways similar or the same as pets such as dogs and cats. Farmed animals have family structure or friendships. They are intelligent and emotional beings and in many cases are many times smarter than cats or dogs. Farmed animals experience pain and trauma and often times process it very similarly to humans. By connecting with farmed animals whose faces aren't often seen and who we don't have a chance to meet in our urban life with people, we give them names, show their faces and tell their stories.

We are also connected to the community through events, adoptions and community programs to teach about compassion, proper animal care and rescue. This brings the community into the fold and allows our audience to grow.

Heartwood Haven has met or surpassed our goals since the beginning, including raising funds for programs, social media following, and animal rescue. The people leading the organization forward have skills needed to meet our goals, such as excellent animal care for rescued animals. Our marketing and media strategy has been working to increase our following and presence in the community and beyond. In past years of pre-COVID we had many farmed tours booked to visit the animals, unfortunately this year we have had to cancel all in person tours and events. This year has been difficult, however we are coming out on top with new strategies to fundraise and connect with the community digitally and virtually. We now offer virtual tours and continue to grow our social media following. We have also been able to rescue more animals this year than any year before.

The work that we are doing is especially important during COVID as people lose their jobs and livelihoods, we are able to help in small ways by providing pet food through the pet food bank. We are also counted on to absorb animals who people bought at the beginning of the pandemic and now no longer want to care for them.

So far, Heartwood Haven has rescued over 500 farmed animals from urgent situations. We have grown a social media following of 23,000 followers and we have raised $250,000 for the operation. We have built strong partnerships with various animal control and animal welfare organizations in the PNW. These relationships allow more animals to be saved.

We will continue to build the strong leadership of Heartwood Haven within the organization to accomplish the goals set out above.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Heartwood Haven

Board of directors
as of 11/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ellen Watson

Julie Busik

Seattle Humane Society

Stephen Arnold

Department of Human and Health Services

Shauny Jaine

Ellen Watson

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/06/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/06/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.