Piney Mountain Foster Care Inc

Saving dogs, one heart at a time

aka Piney Mountain Foster Care   |   Newport, TN   |  https://PineyMountainFoster.org

Mission

Our primary mission is to help rescue dogs from kill shelters. Many of these need health care. Most need training. That’s where we come in: PMFC rehabilitates the neglected or abused. When adoptable, we work with and through canine rescues locally and around the nation to find these dogs quality forever homes. We also promote spay/neuter programs to curb the number of unwanted companion animals dying in shelters every year.

Ruling year info

2019

President

Marie Bittinger

Main address

1198 Piney Mountain Rd

Newport, TN 37821 USA

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EIN

84-3593563

NTEE code info

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

Veterinary Services (D40)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (D12)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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

Spay/Neuter Clinics

This program provides subsidies to help make spay/neuter service available to low income families. This program seeks to reduce canine deaths in shelters by reducing companion animal overpopulation.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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We want to eliminate or at least seriously reduce the number of dogs euthanized for lack of space in shelters.
We want to increase the percentage of companion animals that are spayed-neutered.
We want to dispel ignorance concerning spay-neuter and animal abuse.

We take in dogs from shelters and local rescues and foster them through medical treatment and recovery and train them to be well behaved companion animals. Thus they are adoptable. Then we work with rescues around the country to transport these animals to area where demand for good family dogs is high (because they have good spay/neuter regulations). We solve our problem and theirs.

We anticipate getting grant money so we can underwrite low-cost spay-neuter clinics for low-income residents of our county.

We anticipate beginning educational initiatives to make people aware of the need for spay-neuter, and to be vigilant for animal abuse.

Our facilities include a 1/3 acre fenced play yard, 8′ x 10′ chain link kennels on a raised concrete slab with perimeter drains, under a proper roof, with dog houses and raised beds for nice weather accommodations, and a heated bunkhouse with an assortment of crates for foul-weather and short term accommodations of non-housebroken dogs. Each dog gets 3 to 5 play/training sessions each day when they are allowed to run, play, and train in our large, fenced yard. The kennels are cleaned each time the dog is let out, to keep their “rooms” pleasant and sanitary. We normally have seven to ten dogs in residence at a time.

Our Facility Manager has a life-time of experience with dogs and lives on-site.

To date we have fostered 101 dogs. All but three were successfully rehabilitated and sent on to be adopted. Some of those adopters keep in touch with us and let us know who their new family member is doing.

We just built a new kennel building to offer more secure, more sanitary living conditions.

More improvements to the kennels are planned as funding becomes available.

We want to begin underwriting low cost or no cost spay-neuter clinics in our county.

We want to educate people in our county about the need for spay-neuter.

Our Board of Directors are looking at several other programs aimed at helping people keep their pets during hard times or have a pet when they are old and fear they may be incapacitated and their fur baby would end up in a shelter.

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?

    1) Local animal shelters whose animals we take into our program thus reducing their over-crowding and need for euthanasia. 2) Other rescues that we work with to distribute rehabilitated animals from our area of high population to areas of high demand. 3) Adopters who receive the animals we have rehabilitated.

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

    Facebook and e-mail.,

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To better screen adoptive families and insure a proper match between dog and family., To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We instituted a formal adoption program and installed an Adoption Coordinator. Previously we worked almost exclusively through sister rescues who vetted the families and processed the adoptions.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board, Our funders, This depends on the feedback received. Some is sensitive and needs to be kept private to our Boardd,

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

    It helps our adopters to feel more like we are here for them as an information resource after the adoption is complete. Also, they share stories of how their new dog is settling in with their family and this encourages others to work with us as an adoption source. Our donors appreciate seeing that the funds they provide to us have made a difference for not just the dog, but also for their new family.

  • 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 take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, 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 the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

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Piney Mountain Foster Care Inc

Board of directors
as of 7/16/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Marie Bittinger

Marie Bittinger

Smoky Mountain Home Health & Hospice

Pamela Knudson

Newport Federal Bank

Dr. Courtney Phillips DVM

Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital

Helen Duvall

Retired

Dennis Dekker

Artazan LLC

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? No
  • 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? No
  • 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

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