Senior Cat Action Network Inc

Working to Protect Aged Felines

Morris Plains, NJ   |  https://seniorcatnetwork.org

Mission

Senior Cat Action Network serves to advocate for "super" senior cats (typically aged 15 years and over) by partnering with other 501(c)(3) rescues to fund the medical costs of aged felines they have pulled from the shelter system. We also take in a limited number of senior catizens directly and care for them for their remainder of their lives through our own "forever foster" network.

Notes from the nonprofit

Senior Cat Action Network was created because of what we see every day - loving cats tossed into kill shelters across the United States because they are old or perhaps sick. We believe that, typically, owners do the best that they can, but sometimes it just isn't enough (often because of the owner's health or financial situation). We feel strongly that there is a better path forward and our goal is to help as many super senior cats as we can...one cat at a time. For anyone that has adopted or fostered a senior cat, you know that these cats are the epitome of gratitude and grace. Senior Cat Action Network was formed 5 days after our Founder lost a very special senior cat that she adopted in December 2018. After sharing our background with someone recently they said "beauty from ashes". It really resonated with us and it is this that keeps us going forward with this mission despite the difficult times...because these cats will always be "worth it" to us.

Ruling year info

2020

Founder & President

Veronica Iocona

Main address

485 Speedwell Ave Unit 498

Morris Plains, NJ 07950 USA

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EIN

85-1323656

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

The primary reason for the high number of senior cats languishing in our country’s shelter system is cost. Many of these cats have treatable medical conditions, but the exorbitant cost of veterinary care (e.g., diagnostics, medical procedures, medication, etc.) makes treating them not an option for some owners, forcing them to choose between feeding themselves or treating their cat. This becomes a more significant issue during economic downturns, which our country is experiencing today, even more so than last year. We can do better for both the owners and the cats, who have done nothing but provide unconditional love to their family.

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 Partner Medical Funding Program

When you want to help as many super senior cats as possible, regardless of where they are in the country, you partner with other rescues. Our Rescue Partner Medical Funding Program allows us to have a broad reach by providing up to $750 in medical funding per cat to our rescue partners that have pulled a super senior cat from their local shelter. By assisting other 501(c)(3) rescues with senior cat medical funding, Senior Cat Action Network inherently increases the survival rate of senior cats in our country’s shelters. It provides a funding source that rescues can rely on when they pull a senior cat and find that medical costs are significant and / or higher than anticipated. Our goal is to incent other rescues to choose to save the lives of super senior cats.

Funding for this program is sourced through supporter donations and is limited to the amount of funding raised by / available to Senior Cat Action Network. Funds are sent directly to the qualifying rescue's veterinarian only.

Population(s) Served
Adults

While we currently have very limited space, Senior Cat Action Network also operates as a safe haven for aged felines who have run out of options and are at risk of being surrendered to a shelter. Our House of Purrs Eldercare ("HOPE") Program allows us to accept a limited number of super senior cats whose owners have become ill and can no longer care for their cat on their own (or the owner has passed without securing prior placement for their senior cat). If space is available, we may also pull super senior cats that have already entered the shelter system and are at risk for euthanasia.

As of December 2021, we have taken in 3 super senior cats through this program, all of whom were direct owner surrenders due to the declining health of their owners. Our cats currently range in age from 15 to 19 years old and have various medical issues. Over time, we plan to increase the population of our "retirees" by increasing our foster base.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Older adults
Terminally ill people

Life happens and sometimes short term emergencies arise where owners may be unable to care for their senior cat for a period of time. Whether due to a domestic violence situation, a personal or family medical issue, military deployment or loss of a job, Senior Cat Action Network can be a resource for owners and their senior cat when they need us. This Program has the goal of keeping senior cats with the owners that love them, eliminating shelter surrender as the only option.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Military personnel
Unemployed people
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 organizational partners

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

Adults

Related Program

Rescue Partner Medical Funding Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We seek to continually increase the number of Rescue Partners approved each year so that we can increase our outreach population of super senior cats assisted with medical funding.

Amount of funds spent for medical funding

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

Adults

Related Program

Rescue Partner Medical Funding Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We seek to continually increase the number of dollars spent on our Rescue Partner Medical Funding Program, resulting in more super senior cats benefiting from needed medical care.

Number of clients served

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

Adults

Related Program

Rescue Partner Medical Funding Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The more cats we assist, the more aligned with our mission to providing medical funding to super senior cats who are most in need of medical care.

Total dollars received in contributions

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We hope to continually increase the amount of dollars received in donations as it will allow us to assist more super senior cats with their medical care.

Number of Senior Cats Rescued

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

Older adults, Seniors, Terminally ill people

Related Program

Senior Catizen Retirement Home

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Over time, we hope to increase our "forever foster" network so that we can increase the number of super senior cats that we care for directly.

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.

The overriding goal behind our mission and programs is to reduce the number of senior cats entering our country’s shelter system and to increase the chances of survival and adoption for those that have already entered the shelter system. Our two primary programs directly support these goals and our success will be measured by the number of cats assisted through our programs. Each year, the Senior Cat Action Network Board of Trustees will analyze and establish realistic operational goals by which we will measure our impact success.

We also strive to educate the public about the plight of senior cats in our country, while providing education and resources to owners caring for their own senior cats, particularly as it relates to feline medical conditions (e.g., kidney disease, diabetes, heart disease, etc.). Senior Cat Action Network wants the public to know that ‘age is not a disease’ and that caring for a senior cat can be manageable and affordable, with the right resources and knowledge.

Senior Cat Action Network’s mission is to protect aged felines. It will fulfill this mission through two primary programs:

To assist senior cats that have already entered the shelter system
• Rescue Partnership Medical Funding Program
• Senior Catizen Retirement Home

To prevent senior cats from entering the shelter system
• Senior Catizen Retirement Home
• Short Term Emergency Foster Program (Future Program)
• Surviving Pet Care Program (Future Program)

Senior Cat Action Network will fund its mission solely through supporter donations, a significant portion of which is expected to come through its Founder. The organization’s Board consists of longtime animal lovers who have cared for senior pets selflessly and compassionately. They are each respected professionals in their communities with years of experience in the nonprofit sector, previously through their own volunteer efforts, with one Board member having had extensive experience with operating personal businesses. The Founder has a background in public accounting and works as a corporate financial professional, providing her with a solid basis of fiscal responsibility and program management experience.

Our Founder and primary Director have previously volunteered with local animal rescues and other non-profits, providing them with the knowledge and experience of non-profit organization requirements and needs. It has also provided them with experience in social media marketing and fundraising. Our Founder previously volunteered with a special needs cat sanctuary in WI, where she rebuilt the organization’s website, expanded their social media presence, and increased / diversified their fundraising presence across multiple sites over a 3 month span. One additional fundraising site brought in over $3,000 in cash and gift in kind donations over a 2 month period, accounting for 10% of donations received through May 31, 2020. Our Founder also served as the interim Treasurer and Cat Adoption Program Director for a CT based animal rescue.

As of December 31, 2021, we have been operating for a year and a half and have approved 24 rescue partners across the United States (covering 16 states) and have provided funding for 19 cats in total, each aged between 15 and 20 years old. As of December 31, 2021, we have provided $12,331 in funding for medical procedures ranging from feeding tubes and echocardiograms to full mouth extractions and enucleations.

Ahead of schedule, we have also been able to take in three retirement cats - one in our first year and two in our second year. Each cat was a direct owner surrender due to the declining health of their owners and each cat is dealing with a host of different medical issues - hypertension, blindness, hyperthyroidism, kidney disease, and potentially cancer. Our cats live in a home environment and receive any and all medical that they need to live their remaining years with love and without pain.

Our social media following is really just kicking off and the word about what we do is getting out there, so we are very excited to continue making an impact on the lives of super senior cats.

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?

    We serve our rescue partners and our donors, who make all of this possible.

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

    Direct Queries / Informal Conversations,

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

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    As a new organization, feedback is very important to us and we continue to "fine tune" our programs based on feedback received and what we see and hear from our followers and rescue partners. We have already expanded our rescue partner base to include rescues that do not solely focus on senior cats; we quickly realized that any rescue that takes in a senior cat is just as important to our mission as a rescue that focuses solely on seniors. In the end, it is the cats that matter. We also reduced our medical funding cap per cat to ensure that we could help as many cats as possible without being put in a position to say "No" to a rescue partner because we do not have available funds. Despite reducing the cap per cat, we have been able to generally cover almost 100% of the total cost per cat.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

    We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, 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 any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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

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Senior Cat Action Network Inc

Board of directors
as of 2/21/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bruno Iocona

Retired

Term: 2020 -

Michelle Injety

Edie Tipsword

Retired

Bruno Iocona

Retired

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 2/21/2022,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/06/2021

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Data
  • 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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.