4Gold Service and Rescue

Sometimes help comes with 4 paws.

BRIGHAM CITY, UT   |  https://4goldserviceandrescue.org/

Mission

4Gold Service and Rescue seeks to provide services to some of the most vulnerable in our communities. Our mission is to bring together people and animals to enable those who have special medical or ability needs, to experience independence, peace of mind, and companionship. We provide service animals and funding for the training of those animals to produce beneficial outcomes for both the animals and their owners. 4Gold seeks to acquire animals (primarily dogs) from reputable breeders, as well as from shelters, that can be trained for specific services and tasks. Examples may include dogs that can detect low blood sugar for diabetics, onset of seizures, or aiding persons who are wheelchair bound.

Ruling year info

2019

Executive Director

Tamara Forsyth

Vice Chair

Dakota Taylor

Main address

4544 N HIGHWAY 38

BRIGHAM CITY, UT 84302 USA

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EIN

84-2246695

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We have people in our society who could use the added abilities of a trained service animal, but acquiring and training such animals is cost prohibitive to many. Dogs can be trained to aid a wheelchair bound person with tasks such that they would be able to have more freedom to leave their home. They can be trained to alert for help, they can be trained to detect low blood-sugar, or the onset of a seizure, and they can be trained to alert for a variety of other health issues.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Providing Service Animals to Persons with Special Needs

4Gold will acquire animals (primarily dogs), that can be trained for specific service tasks such as detecting low blood-sugar, detecting seizures, or providing other alerts and help.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses

Rescuing dogs from shelters and assessing them to determine their compatibility for service training. Any dogs found to not be suitable for service would be re-homed as a pet.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses

Providing funding to have service dogs professionally trained.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Finding healthy and well-bred animals is part of our goal, but we are also looking to help rescued animals where possible, if there is a good fit for an applicant.

The most prohibitive part of our mission is funding the training. Depending on the specific needs of an applicant, and whether the dog will reside with their owner during its training periods, finding the right trainers and providing the necessary training for both the dogs and their owners is where the bulk of our mission and time is going to be spent. We may have applicants who will need their dog substantially trained before arriving, such as for dogs that need to alert for medical conditions, particularly in babies or small children. Such dogs would need time spent in an appropriate foster homes during their training period so as to be well-socialized with a family in addition to being trained for specific tasks. We would also be willing to provide grants for training for people who already own a dog that is a suitable candidate but the owner needs to be able to secure a qualified trainer for higher-level training.

All awards of both animals and funding for training would go through an application and review process. Our goal is to not only help provide services for people, but we also need to look out for the best interests of the animals and ensure that they will be living in an environment conducive to their continued health and care as well. Recipients must have sufficient resources to properly care for an animal as 4Gold does not provide ongoing veterinary or day to day care of the animals once they are placed with a family, but only seek to help fund training. All animals placed through 4Gold will be placed under contract such that if the recipient is ever in a position to be unable to keep or care for the animal then it must be returned to 4Gold.

During our first year of operations we have goals on a variety or organizational and operational fronts.

Operationally, we have secured a kennel building to be rented, where puppies and dogs may be housed for short-term periods, but we need to purchase appropriate kenneling, and supplies. The kennel is part of a 5-acre piece of property with a home where some fostering and basic socializing and training will be available by one of our volunteers. Securing a network of additional foster families and trainers and other volunteers will be the next priority after we have a safe and secure facility. In addition to food and training, animals need veterinary care, toys, and exercise and training equipment. The priority in funding will be to provide the necessary care to any animals in our care, to provide a safe and climate controlled environment until the animals are placed, and to provide a stimulating and appropriate socializing environment for the animals. Higher-level training will not have funding allocated until we are confident that we are providing basic care in the best way possible.

Advertising and marketing will also be a main goal during the first year, to not only get the word out to potential applicants that there is now an avenue to potentially have a service animal and training provided to them, but to find sponsors and donors who will contribute to helping provide these gifts. Our goal is to host at least one event each year where recipients are matched with their companions.

Puppies or dogs to be awarded may be acquired by 4Gold through purchase agreements with reputable breeders who health test their dogs and provide early neurological and other sensory development protocols to their puppies, though animal rescue groups or shelters, or through donation of healthy puppies or dogs from those wishing to contribute to the mission.

Our strategic vision is to have an operational budget of $250,000 a year within 5 years with at least ten dogs and training being awarded each year, and 2-3 full time staff managing the organization. We also eventually like to have a qualified trainer on staff.

We have access to appropriate kennel facilities, we have knowledgeable volunteers for caring for animals and providing basic training, and we have resources to boot strap our program until our marketing and advocacy starts generating some help.

Our greatest assets are our board members. Tamara has worked in the non-profit industry as a CFO for over fifteen years and has extensive knowledge regarding grant management, budgeting, compliance, and general management. Dakota's passions are in social media and other marketing and he is eager to launch our brand. Emma is currently in college studying accounting and she will be helping to keep administrative tasks in order. Amber owns her own photography business and is ready to help in any way she can. And we all love dogs, are amazed at the wonderful things they can do, and we want to bring those amazing gifts to people who could benefit the most from them.

So far we have filed all of our business startup paperwork, had our first board meeting in which we voted on board members, and identified our location. At our next board meeting we will discuss our mission statement and strategic plans for the next 1-5 years. Our official launch date is set for January 1, 2020 ,but as soon as we have our solicitation permit we will begin applying for grants and planning other fundraising efforts. We have one provider secured who will donate one puppy per year, and our search is on to find some trainers locally who have the skills to do the type of training we are seeking.

Financials

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4Gold Service and Rescue

Board of directors
as of 11/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Emma Pyle


Board co-chair

Dakota Taylor

Amber Liddiard

Amberlynn Photography

Board leadership practices

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  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/22/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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