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Lend A Helping Paw Shih Tzu Rescue

Making a difference one dog at a time

aka LAHPSTR   |   Canton, MI   |  https://www.lahpstr.com

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Mission

Lend A Helping Paw® Shih Tzu Rescue (LAHPSTR) is an all-volunteer, Michigan-based 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of abused, neglected, abandoned, displaced, or otherwise homeless, fluffy, small-breed dogs, primarily Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apsos. We also operate a Forever Foster “sanctuary” program where dogs may live out their natural lives, if adoption is not possible due to age, health, or behavior.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are a small volunteer-led organization that operates from the heart to help dogs that are overlooked. Everything we do is in support of our mission! Despite our small size, we strive hard to share information about us and our mission in the interest of transparency.

Ruling year info

2020

President

Malini Coopamah

Main address

PO Box 87948

Canton, MI 48187 USA

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EIN

84-3977811

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

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our organization specializes in dogs deemed "difficult" or "unadoptable" because of age, health, behavior, or cost considerations. We are a rescue group of last resort and the dogs who come to us have often been overlooked. The dogs we take in deserve emphatically a second chance and we are their safety net.

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?

Rescue

Our 501(c)(3) organization, Lend A Helping Paw® Shih Tzu Rescue (LAHPSTR), lends a helping paw to fluffy, small-breed dogs in need, particularly Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apsos. We are considered a rescue of last resort and primarily rescue the ones who are left behind. We rehabilitate them physically and emotionally so that they can have a fresh start and a bright future; we call it “a new leash on life“. Those dogs who are not readily adoptable stay in our Forever Foster “sanctuary” Program for the rest of their natural lives.

Population(s) Served
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 animals rescued

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

Rescue

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals rehabilitated

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

Rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals with freedom from fear and distress

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

Rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals with freedom from pain

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

Rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals with freedom from hunger and thirst

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

Adults

Related Program

Rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of senior dogs (9+ years) rescued

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

Rescue

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of pets microchipped

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

Rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Our organization provides a safe haven for senior dogs and dogs with ill health or behavioral challenges. We aim to rehabilitate them in whichever way feasible so that they can enjoy a high quality of life in an understanding, loving and compassionate environment. It is our mission to make an impact one dog at a time.

Our volunteers provide love, care and compassion to these unwanted dogs to heal and restore their mind, body and soul. We rehabilitate them through patient training and support in home-based foster homes. Our organization has also established partnerships with reputable veterinary clinics across the country to assist in our efforts by providing comprehensive best-in-class medical care. No dog is ever denied care for cost considerations.

Our volunteers are seasoned dog rescuers with experience in working with the type of dogs we take in. We also have an informal mentorship program to guide less experienced volunteers.

To date we have taken in 27 dogs, of whom 14 are adopted and three are at the Rainbow Bridge. The rest are in various stages of their journey in rescue. As we expand our foster base and other capabilities, we anticipate taking in more so-called "difficult" dogs and continue with our mission of being a rescue of last resort for the dogs with limited options to stay alive.

Making a difference one dog at a time!

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 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 identify bright spots and enhance positive 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 act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Lend A Helping Paw Shih Tzu Rescue

Board of directors
as of 06/23/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Malini Coopamah

Malini Devi Coopamah

Rosa Menges

Judith Tedesco

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? 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
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/21/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/14/2022

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.