HAVE A HEART HUMANE SOCIETY

One Paw At A Time

aka Rescued Treasures Resale Store   |   Tehachapi, CA   |  www.haveahearthumanesociety.org

Mission

Have a Heart Humane Society believes that cats and dogs enrich, heal and transform our lives. We believe that each cat and dog deserves a caring home and a safe healthy environment in which to live. To fulfill our mission, Have a Heart Humane Society will rescue abandoned, abused and injured animals, provide low cost spay and neuter programs, educate the greater Tehachapi community about responsible pet ownership and partner with local organizations to develop and share resources for animal welfare. We service Eastern Kern County, CA

Notes from the nonprofit

There is only ONE way to end pet overpopulation and that is spay and neuter. We currently focus our efforts in the city where we live and work. Once we have our pet population under control, we will branch out and help other close by areas.

Ruling year info

2010

President

Ms. Gina Christopher

Main address

1121 West Valley Blvd. Suite B

Tehachapi, CA 93561 USA

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EIN

90-0571890

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The pet over population in Kern County is out-of-control. The shelters are working toward a no-kill movement however it will take years. If we can prevent unwanted litters and make it easy and affordable for the public to alter their pets, we believe the intake numbers at the county shelters will start to decrease. Our spay and neuter clinics fill up 3-4 weeks in advance, with people coming from Bakersfield, Lancaster, Rosamond, Boron, etc to take advantage of our services.

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?

Animal Rescue

Our general rescue program provides: low cost spay/neuter clinics for Tehachapi's low-income pet owners. Placement of homeless pets. Care for injured animals, strays, public education and outreach.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

We seek grants and donations to provide low cost mobile spay and neuter clinics for Tehachapi residents as there are now low cost vet services within a 50 mile radius.

Population(s) Served
Families

Provide Tehachapi school children with CALM (California Living Museum) presentations, subscriptions to KIND News, published by the ASPCA and funding an Emergency Preparedness Program for the Stallion Springs 4H Dog group.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

We received a grant to purchase pet food for low income residents having trouble feeding their companion pets. Once a client signs up and income is verified, they can come by 2 times a month to receive dog and/or cat food.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Seniors

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Chamber of Commerce 2014

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
Population(s) Served

Adults, Families, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Animal Rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of animals rehomed

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

Adults, Families, Parents

Related Program

Animal Rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals rehabilitated

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

Adults, Parents

Related Program

Animal Rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We caught 7 dogs called the Magnificent 7 that were dumped in a local construction yard, they were all feral and had to be worked with 2 make them adoptable.

Number of animals euthanized

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

Adults, Seniors

Related Program

Animal Rescue

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Number of animal adoptions

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

Adults

Related Program

Animal Rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals provided with long term care

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

Adults, Families

Related Program

Animal Rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average cost per spay/neuter surgery

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

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Mobile Spay & Neuter Clinics

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average number of animals spayed and neutered per day

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

Adults, Unemployed people

Related Program

Mobile Spay & Neuter Clinics

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals spayed and neutered

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

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Mobile Spay & Neuter Clinics

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

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.

Our goal is to create a No-Kill status in Tehachapi, which means that public-owed pets will be spayed or neutered and there will be zero to just a few stray pets that end up in the county shelter and are euthanized.

We continue to seek grants for spay/neuter funding and we hold at least three clinics per month, each clinic altering a minimum or 20 cats and dogs.

We have recruited several new volunteers who are tackling various areas such as social media, fundraising, and office duties.
These extra volunteers are making it possible for the president to focus on grants and fundraising venues.

From 2017 to 2018 we have increased our spay and neuter clinic to 4 a month on average. Basically every Wednesday we are fixing 20 pets, give or take when the Veterinarian, Dr. Thomas Willis of San Joaquin Veterinary Hospital takes a vacation.
Our brick and mortar resale store Rescued Treasures Resale Store has made it very easy for people to come in and sign up for the clinics. We keep normal business hours of 10-4 Tuesday - Saturday. People do not have to dial and number, go through a series of voice mails to leave a message, to then be called back at a later date. Their phone calls get answered by one of our friendly volunteers and their questions answered.
In the future we are hoping to see the pet over-population decrease along with the number of unwanted pets roaming the streets. We are hoping to sustain the new level of service we have attained, and to continue with our low cost programs we are offering.

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Case management notes, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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HAVE A HEART HUMANE SOCIETY

Board of directors
as of 08/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Carol Larimore

Retired

Term: 2016 -


Board co-chair

Mr Robert Kitzmiller

Retired

Term: 2010 -

Chelley Kitzmiller

Self-published novelist, freelance writer

Gina Christopher

The Balancing Act, Bookkeeping and Tax Service

Amanda Carroll

Ann Carroll

Carol Larimore

Cindy Lawler

United Methodist Church

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 ? Yes
  • 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? No
  • 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 8/20/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data