Quality of Life Rehab & Foster, Inc

Quality of life before quantity.

Ocala, FL   |  https://qualityofliferehab.com/

Mission

Quality of Life Rehab & Foster is a grass roots effort to increase the quality of life for all animals. We are especially concerned for those susceptible to entering our shelter systems and those abandoned or injured by run-ins with man. We believe it is important to remember that an animal's quality of life must be put before it's quantity of life.

Ruling year info

2019

Director

Aspen Marie Olmstead

Main address

1704 NW 35Th St

Ocala, FL 34475 USA

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EIN

83-4578014

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

Quality of Life was founded with a very simple mission. We aim to increase awareness of quality of life issues, with regard to animals. The beauty of that mission is its broad scope. Quality of life should be the primary consideration in all ways. We combat the suffering of animals on many fronts. Too often, animals are allowed to suffer in plain sight. People sorely underestimate the level of sentience animals posses. Little attention is paid to enrichment activities and animals are condemned to a long life if a prison. It is our belief that an animal's HAPPINESS is the most important overall aspect that should be considered by the owners/keepers.

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?

Adoption Program

All animals in our adoption program are spayed/neutered prior to adoption, and up to date on vaccines. We have a "no surprises" policy, and strive to make the best matches possible for both people and pets.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

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.

Our goals are all centered on the singular mission of an increased quality of life for all animals in need. Some of these include:
*Reduction of homeless cat populations will directly reduce the numbers of sick, homeless cats/kittens.
*Maintaining an open line of communication with the community in response to animals in distress or need.
*Practicing a strict spay and neuter policy for ALL animals intakes under our organization.
*Build a network of foster homes that can handle the flow of incoming cases, this will be our backbone.
*Maintain a strong relationship with our veterinarian, this will be our right hand in rescue.
*Maintain a positive relationship with other local rescues and support their mission, also.
*Maintain an influx of donations and funding to ensure we can keep working.
*Educate the public about the many facets of rescue and proper animal husbandry.

Our strategies are as straight forward as our mission. We lead with love, always. We endeavor to portray an open minded, non judgmental and supportive approach to rescue. With hard work and a positive attitude, we can create the most good in each situation.
Our approach is multi faceted, but it boils down to one thing.
HEART.
*Hands on Rescue/Rehab
*Education
*Assistance
*Responsible Rehoming
*TNR
These are the five areas that we feel we can make the strongest impact on the quality of life for animals, and their welfare, as a whole.
Animal welfare is an issue that MUST be handled in conjunction with education. We strive to ensure that we leave those we encounter/help with a better understanding of what they can do to better advocate for animals, in the future. The strategy here is to cause a ripple effect, whereas they will (in turn) pass that education along to the next person.

We are driven by years of experience and a gift to work with animals. This has been invaluable in constructing a successful rescue effort. We utilize several low cost spay/neuter clinics to keep the costs low for these surgeries. We have developed wonderful relationships with multiple clinics. We regularly perform TNR (trap/neuter/return). This is the act of trapping ownerless cats and getting them fixed and vaccinated before returning them to their life. We have a shed full of trapping equipment which allows us to facilitate the community with TNR, as well. We are able to maintain not one, but TWO phone lines that are open 7 days a week to the community. One is a line to our director for rescue calls and foster coordination. The other is a line to our adoption coordinator/pet publicist. The use of adoption search engine platforms, online, we have been able to build a very solid and successful adoption program. This gives us an outlet for the animals we rescue and helps make room for the constant "revolving door" of rescue. We are able to impart our experience and wisdom, positivity and encouragement to almost everyone we encounter. We have formed some strong bonds to our foster families and we are always building that network. That, coupled with our solid relationships with our vets and low cost clinics, has made the difference.
Lastly... we utilize social media to drive fundraisers. We have a loyal following and they have been instrumental in helping us spread the word about the fundraisers we have posted. We also keep our followers engaged in our rescue mission by frequent updates on our rescues and activities, adoption announcements and updates. Social media is a wonderful tool!

Founded in 2005, our rescue has grown a great deal over the years. We stayed small for a long time. However, as we gained word of mouth and followers on social media, more and more cases have been brought to us. We strive to take as many of the cases we are brought as possible. We have been able to tailor our programs to best suit the needs of the community and the animals within it. We have grown our foster network, as was the original plan. Since we started keeping adoption records in 2011, we have had 557 adoptions, to date.
We have seen a spike in ALL areas of our rescue. We have consistently led by example with our work and ignited many people to follow their heart with rescue.
As an example, these are the last three years adoption statistics:
79 adoptions in 2018
115 adoptions in 2019
294 adoptions in 2020

Financials

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Quality of Life Rehab & Foster, Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/06/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ambria Olmstead


Board co-chair

Bryan Corbitt

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/6/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/06/2021

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 ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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 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.