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Heart of Texas Partners in Animal Welfare Services Hot-Paws

We are working to achieve NO-KILL status for all animal rescues and shelters in our area.

aka HOT-PAWS   |   Mexia, TX   |  http://hot-paws.org/

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Mission

We are working to achieve NO-KILL status for all animal rescues and shelters in a four county region of Central Texas (Limestone, Freestone, Navarro & Leon Counties.) In addition to taking in strays in our community, we have been rescuing dogs from local animal shelters in the region ─ providing needed medical care & vetting (spay/neuter, shots, worming, flea control, heartworm test & prevention). Some of these dogs are long-term residents of shelters and many are candidates for euthanasia. Some are newly rescued victims of a hoarding or fighting situation. We save their lives.

Ruling year info

2021

President

Elizabeth Kadin

Main address

PO Box 189

Mexia, TX 76667 USA

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EIN

84-3303881

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We primarily serve a 4-county area in Central Texas: Limestone, Freestone, Leon and Navarro counties. There are around 111,000 people in this 4,000 mi area. Thats a little less than 28 people per square mile. However, almost 2,000 dogs have come through our care so far. In this economically challenged area, there is little money for animal care and an underserved population has tended to turn to dumping animals on rural roads to fend for themselves or put the animals in dangerous situations. So we have committed to getting these dogs on transports all over the country to places that have expressed that they need more adoptable dogs.

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?

Juanita's Fund

Juanita’s Fund offers pet medical assistance to our community members most in need. Helping our hard-working neighbors who want to have companion animals, but cannot afford emergency medical procedures helps keep pets in warm, loving homes & families together.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

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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
Related Program

Juanita's Fund

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We began operations in September 2019.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We are working to achieve NO-KILL status for all animal rescues and shelters in our region of Central Texas. In addition to taking in strays in our community, we have been rescuing dogs from local animal shelters in the region providing needed medical care & vetting (spay/neuter, shots, worming, flea control, heartworm test & prevention). Some of these dogs are long-term residents of shelters and many are candidates for euthanasia. Some are newly rescued victims of a hoarding or fighting situation. Some strays. We save their lives.

Weve then been able to get these dogs on transports to No-Kill shelters in areas of the country where people are looking to adopt them in places like: Washington State, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Illinois & Kansas.

Since we were founded in September 2019, we have saved almost 2,000 puppies & dogs with no public funding or permanent structure. We are a 100% foster-based rescue using a network of volunteers to care for all these hundreds of dogs until we can get them onto transports. We pay for their medical care & transportation & we rely on donations to keep going.

Our strategies to save the lives of vulnerable dogs in our area include fundraising to continue and increase transports of these dogs to shelters all over the United States where adoptable dogs are needed. We have a base of 22 shelters around the country who have received dogs from us since our inception and we actively look to increase the number of shelters we work with.

We produce calendars annually to sell & raise funds physically in our area & online, we have fun events to raise money and awareness in our area, and we hold online raffles & auctions of donated items in addition to regular appeals for donations from our community & nationally on social media. We’ve had great success saving dogs so far and we are thrilled to increase the number we can help each year.

We have built a great following on social media with over 10,250 Facebook followers. We have volunteers producing promotional materials & organizing fundraising events.

These efforts support a network of dog fosters who take in vulnerable dogs as needed & organized the transports that take the dogs to their forever homes all over the country.

We have transported almost 2,000 dogs all across the United States since our inception in September 2019. These are dogs that were vulnerable to the elements or euthanasia at high-kill shelters. We believe that we saved their lives when they had no other hope.

We've stepped into several hoarding situations with multiple dogs at immediate risk and several abuse situations. Our local newspaper, The Mexia News, wrote a story about one situation. You may read it here: https://www.facebook.com/hotpaw/posts/345802690184347

ANIMAL GROUP HELPS RESCUE 70 DOGS (8/29/2020)
HOT-PAWS, a Mexia-based animal rescue group, joined with other area rescue groups in an effort to get 70 dogs into safe locations last weekend. Sadly, two rescue groups in Bon Weir, on the Texas-Louisiana border, had become overwhelmed with the dogs they had attempted to help and found themselves unable to care for the animals. Consequently, others had to take what had become hoarded dogs and find places for them.
Rescue ventures become hoarding situations when well-meaning folks begin rescuing dogs and bite off more than they can chew, said HOT-PAWS Director Liz Kadin. They become physically or financially unable to provide needed care or food for the dogs they have rescued.

The dogs at one of the failed Bon Weir rescues, the smaller one, were severely neglected, Kadin said, and conditions were described by some as squalid. At the other, larger site, the dogs had food and water but were not cared for with vaccines and other veterinary care.
With hurricanes Marco and Laura heading for that exact area, the rescue groups had to work fast.
Connie Baird Bowen, of K9 Convoy and Forever United Rescue in Corpus Christi, put out the call for assistance in placing dogs from the two failed rescues.

Bowen and other animal rescue associates went to the two locations and vaccinated as many of the dogs, also worming them and applying flea preventative for as many of the animals as they could. They also took an inventory of the dogs there and sent pictures and information to several nokill rescue groups.
Rescues from all over the state of Texas stepped up to take in as many dogs as possible ahead of the hurricane, Kadin said.

Since HOT-PAWS does not have a physical location, it depends upon foster volunteers to take in a few dogs each.
HOT-PAWS had originally agreed to take in 10 dogs, but by contacting our rescue partners we were able to take in 21 of the 70-plus dogs in need, Kadin said. A big thanks to HOT-PAWS fosters, Corsicana Animal Shelter, Wortham Rescue Group, Long Dog Acres, and Wings of Heavens Gate no-kill rescues for their assistance in fostering HOT-PAWS dogs.

Just before Hurricane Laura struck, another four dogs were sent to HOT-PAWS. Since HOT- PAWS had just sent a transport of 27 dogs to Washington state, they had room for a few more of the Bon Wier dogs.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently

Financials

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Operations

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

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Heart of Texas Partners in Animal Welfare Services Hot-Paws

Board of directors
as of 02/01/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Elizabeth Kadin

HEART OF TEXAS PARTNERS IN ANIMAL WELFARE SERVICES HOT-PAWS

Term: 2019 - 2025

Elizabeth Kadin

HEART OF TEXAS PARTNERS IN ANIMAL WELFARE SERVICES HOT-PAWS

Jimmie Akin-Sherman

HEART OF TEXAS PARTNERS IN ANIMAL WELFARE SERVICES HOT-PAWS

Dana Busby

HEART OF TEXAS PARTNERS IN ANIMAL WELFARE SERVICES HOT-PAWS

Laura McGee

HEART OF TEXAS PARTNERS IN ANIMAL WELFARE SERVICES HOT-PAWS

Lynn Terry

HEART OF TEXAS PARTNERS IN ANIMAL WELFARE SERVICES HOT-PAWS

Donna Bennett

HEART OF TEXAS PARTNERS IN ANIMAL WELFARE SERVICES HOT-PAWS

Kerri Majors Butler

HEART OF TEXAS PARTNERS IN ANIMAL WELFARE SERVICES HOT-PAWS

Morgan Castener

HEART OF TEXAS PARTNERS IN ANIMAL WELFARE SERVICES HOT-PAWS

Debby Tibbs Dennis

HEART OF TEXAS PARTNERS IN ANIMAL WELFARE SERVICES HOT-PAWS

Tena Allen

HEART OF TEXAS PARTNERS IN ANIMAL WELFARE SERVICES HOT-PAWS

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? Yes
  • 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? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/18/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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