WhiteHaven Canine Evaluators

"Training You & Your Dog"

aka WhiteHaven Canine   |   Waco, TX   |  http://www.whitehavencanine.org

Mission

WhiteHaven Canine's mission is to 1) Help you, the dog owner, to have a well-mannered pet for your home and in your community and 2) To assist you in becoming a responsible dog owner. Using rescued or donated dogs, WCE trains dogs as Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) for Disabled Veterans that are in need. We feel that we can provide Veterans that only need the services of an ESA vs. the task-performing Service Dog in a much shorter period of time. The ESAs are then provided to the Veterans at no cost to them.

Ruling year info

2020

Executive Director

Alan White

Main address

4724 Hodde Dr., #134

Waco, TX 76710-8826 USA

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EIN

85-2368555

NTEE code info

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many Active duty military and Veterans have suffered from mental and/or emotional injuries while in service to our country. The military does NOT supply Service Dogs or Emotional Support Animals to these individuals needing them to function in life. Only since September 2021 when the PAWS Act was enacted, does the VA have the ability to assist Veterans in this area with grants for Service Animals. It can take 2 to 3 years for a Veteran to receive a task-performing Service Dog after they apply, as the dog MUST be trained specifically for that individual. By offering Emotional Support Animals to Veterans that do NOT need a Service Dog, but just the companionship of an ESA, we can provide up to 5 per quarter, if needed.

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?

Emotional Support Animals (ESA-Canine)

We obtain shelter or personally supplied dogs; provide Spay/Neuter surgeries; needed shots & medical treatment; Microchips; train and then donate the dogs to Disabled Veterans as an Emotional Support Animal that fits their needs.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups

WhiteHaven Canine offers Basic & Advanced Obedience via the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen program to include: 1) S.T.A.R. Puppy, 2) Canine Good Citizen, 3) Community Canine, and 4) Urban Canine courses. WhiteHaven Canine is a certified Evaluator for the AKC.

Training and certification for Therapy Dogs through The Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc.

Training for dogs as Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) for Active-duty military and Disabled Veterans.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Military personnel
Veterans
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

American Kennel Club 2019

The Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs 2019

Association of Professional Dog Trainers 2019

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 rehomed

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

Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

Basic & Advanced Obedience Training

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients for whom the transition plan is fully implemented (including receipt of all services as planned)

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

Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

Emotional Support Animals (ESA-Canine)

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of service dogs provided to veterans

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

Military personnel, Veterans, People with psychosocial disabilities, People with other disabilities

Related Program

Emotional Support Animals (ESA-Canine)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

We are currently working with two (2) different rescue shelters in the area to seek and test dogs that would be acceptable for ESA work. As these are found, WhiteHaven Canine will take them, have the dogs spayed/neutered, vaccines given; microchipped; and then do a Board & Train Program with the dog until they reach the acceptable standard for an ESA.

Dogs will then be matched with a Veteran depending on the abilities of the dog and the needs of the Veteran. The ESAs will be trained to the same standards but will then be matched according to personalities and temperament of the dog & the veteran so that there is a good match.

Dogs & the Veterans will undergo 1-2 weeks training together under our supervision and then the dog will be donated to the Veteran at no cost to them. "Save a Dog ~ Help a Veteran"

Qualification for a dog will come by way of a letter from the Veteran's VA Primary Care Physician (or higher level); an application by the Veteran; an interview with the Veteran; and a vote by a sub-committee of WhiteHaven Canine.

First and foremost, we have now had land and a building made available to us but we need to complete the buildout and make upgrades to make this a Commercial, all-weather training building; build and establish the outdoor training area; and erect kennels to hold up to six (6) dogs at a time for training and to always have dogs available to match with Veterans in need.

The procurement of dogs is in place. The training staff is in place. Land has been obtained with a building to be used as indoor training facility and is within 3 miles of the Doris Miller VA Medical Center in Waco, Tx.

Renovations to the property/building are currently under way to bring it up to commercial code.

Training can still be accomplished without the facility, but it will take longer for training due to travel to the rescue kennels, limited space to train, and weather delays.

Due to the lack of a facility, we were only able to donate three (3) dogs to Veterans in 2020. Land has been located and funds being collected for this purpose. It is our goal to have the facility up and on line in early 2022.

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?

    Veterans, active duty military, persons with disabilities

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

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Reviews on Social Media,

  • 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • 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 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 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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WhiteHaven Canine Evaluators

Board of directors
as of 11/18/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

President Robert T. Childress

Major, U.S. Army - Retired

Term: 2019 - 2022


Board co-chair

Vice-President Nate Williams

Higher Directions Counseling

Term: 2021 - 2023

Robert Childress

U.S. Army (Ret) Term 2019-2022

Michael Dixon

Midway ISD, Waco, Tx Term 2021-2023

Adrienne Hare

Term 2021-2023

Cierra Shipley

Public Information Officer, Waco Police Dept, Waco, Tx Term 2021-2023

Alan White~MA

Founder / Executive Director

Nate Williams~MA, LPC

Owner, Higher Directions Counseling, Waco, Tx Term 2021-2023

Wendy Salazar~ MA, LPC-S

Practice Manager - Austin-Travis Co. Integral Care Term 2022-2024

Michelle Bryant

Colonel, Texas Army National Guard, Austin, Tx Term 2022-2024

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 ? 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 09/26/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/26/2021

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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.
  • 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.