LEND US YOUR EAR INCORPORATED

Trapping ferals is our specialty.

aka LUYE   |   CLYDE, NC   |  www.luyear.org

Mission

LUYE's core mission is to keep Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) among the critical solutions available for free-roaming cats in Haywood County NC.

Ruling year info

2019

CEO/President

Susan Kumpf

Main address

PO BOX 366

CLYDE, NC 28721 USA

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EIN

83-2271019

NTEE code info

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

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

Despite extensive data emphasizing the role of unsterilized community cats in shelter overpopulation and animal abandonment, North Carolina's spay/neuter program excludes funding for TNR programs - including LUYE, a critical partner in the county's cat rescue network. LUYE specializes in trapping community cats, returning them to their trap site after full recovery from sterilization surgery and protective vaccinations. LUYE's Eartip Team knows first-hand that trap-neuter-return (TNR) works: cat intakes dropped by more than half since TNR launched in Haywood County NC (in 2009). Cat euthanasia dropped from 77% of intakes (in 2008) to only 3% of intakes (annually since 2017).

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?

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)

Trapping multi-generational colonies in rural and low-income neighborhoods is our specialty. Feral/free-roaming community cats are responsible for up to 80% of unwanted kittens entering shelters each year. Without public funding, LUYE's TNR program helps keep shelter intakes low in Haywood County NC.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Free Pyrantel wormer is distributed to neighbors participating in food box giveaways at local community kitchens. The event improves the health of community cats and identifies unsterilized cats needing LUYE's TNR program.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
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 shelter cat intakes for kittens under 5 months

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

Adults

Related Program

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

As recorded at HCAS intake. In 2018, our new shelter allows residents to bring kittens in rather than dump or abandon them. We expect steady kitten intake activity as a result.

Number of shelter cat intakes

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

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Research shows that the greater the number of outdoor cat sterilizations, the lower the total number of shelter cat intakes. The COVID-19 pandemic adversely impacted spay/neuter availability.

Euthanasia rate for shelter cats

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

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Total cats euthanized includes owner-requested euthanasia, which is honored by shelter policy unless a healthy-life alternative can be identified.

Number of animals spayed and neutered

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

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our volunteers trap and collect outdoor cats for sterilization/vaccination - then return them to their site. Every cat is eartipped to prove at a glance that it's fixed and vaccinated.

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.

Increase wellness of free-roaming cats and reduce shelter cat intakes. (A) Sterilize, vaccinate, and treat up to 600 free-roaming cats in 2021 as funding supports. (B) Raise awareness of the connection between unfixed, free-roaming cats and kitten homelessness with a "spay kittens at four months" campaign. (C) Provide urgent care for eartipped cats. (D) Provide nutritional support for large colonies and kitten chow for litters of mom cats after spay.

1. LUYE Helpline 828-550-3662 fields requests for outdoor cat sterilization.
2. Haywood County Animal Services (HCAS) forwards stray cat complaints to LUYE's Eartip Team for investigation/resolution.
3. Promote public awareness with flyers, displays, and similar activity.

LUYE's small team of trappers prioritizes sites needing assistance. Multi-generational sites are top priorities. LUYE's executive team maintains the cattery for weekly trap/transport/return cycles. The cattery provides pre- and post-surgical treatment and recovery as needed.

LUYE was formed in October 2018 to keep trap-neuter-return (TNR) among the critical solutions available for free-roaming cats in Haywood County NC. LUYE's Eartip Team brought their expertise to the new organization, building upon the over 6.500 community cats TNR'd between 2009-2018. With the generous support of donors and the determination of its volunteers, LUYE sterilized and vaccinated 1,783 community cats from October 2018 to June 2021. LUYE benefits from ASPCA S/Neuter Alliance's low- to no-cost Community Cat package. LUYE seeks grant funding to ensure success going forward, building on individual donations to continue our work.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Haywood County residents who feed outdoor cats.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The board approved expanding LUYE's nutrition program to fill the gap created when a local nonprofit dropped its cat food support program. Community cat feeders with large colonies do their best but need additional resources to maintain colony health.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    LUYE is more responsive to needs aligned with our mission when we listen to our neighbors.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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LEND US YOUR EAR INCORPORATED

Board of directors
as of 7/13/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Susan Kumpf

Lend Us Your Ear, Inc.

Term: 2018 - 2021

Donna Murray

Kelli Miller

Henry Kumpf

Sydney Klocke

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/04/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

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