Dogs Forever of Iowa

A better life for our best friends

aka Dogs Forever   |   Cedar Rapids, IA   |  www.dogsforever.org

Mission

Dogs Forever is committed to helping abused, neglected and homeless dogs in Eastern Iowa. We rescue dogs of all breeds, sizes and ages, but place an emphasis on senior dogs. At our Safe Place shelter, we provide a refuge for at-risk dogs where they are free of pain, fear and the threat of euthanasia as they wait for a family to adopt them or another reputable rescue to take them in. We also have a network of state-approved foster homes.

Ruling year info

2011

Principal Officer

Mrs. Joyce Thompson

Main address

809 Rockford Rd SW

Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 USA

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EIN

90-0712193

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

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Dogs Forever of Iowa is committed to saving the lives of homeless dogs and developing programs that strengthen the bond between dogs and people.

Our programs

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

Seniors for Seniors

Through Seniors for Seniors, senior dogs are paired with senior people. Senior dogs are a good match for senior citizens because they no longer have the wild energy of youth, are easier to handle, have manners and are usually already housetrained. Plus, senior dogs are very appreciative of simply having companionship. We recruit individuals and businesses to sponsor a senior dog for $150, which provides basic vet care. This enables us to waive the adoption fee. If the senior citizen can't afford dog food, we provide it. While the adopter is expected to assume responsibility for the dog's veterinary care, they can apply to Dogs Forever for assistance if their financial situation warrants it. If the adopter becomes ill, Dogs Forever will care for their dog for free for up to one month. At that time the situation is evaluated to determine if the dog needs to be re-homed. If a senior citizen is unable to take his/her dog to the vet, a Dogs Forever volunteer will transport the dog. 

We work with church leaders and social services agencies to locate senior citizens who will benefit from the companionship of a dog. We also post flyers in many counties and run ads in newspapers.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

a) To provide safe temporary shelter for homeless dogs until they can be placed at a shelter, with a rescue organization or in a permanent home.

b) To support and sponsor educational programs for adults and children, including cruelty prevention; dog welfare; identifying and reporting dog neglect and abuse; and responsible dog care.

c) To support and sponsor low-cost spay-neuter programs.

d) To generate and distribute funds to charitable organizations involved in dog rescue or other forms of dog welfare.

a) While our all-volunteer-run “Safe Place” shelter houses a relatively small number of dogs we also concurrently manage a state-approved foster home program and we team with other reputable rescues and shelters.

b) We, along with other area animal welfare organizations, support HSUS – Iowa State Director Preston Moore’s efforts eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and abuse.

c) We utilize Iowa Humane Alliance(IHA), the area’s only low-cost spay-neuter clinic

d) We support IHA’s fundraising efforts.

a) We have 65+ active volunteers and a number of foster care givers.

b) We utilize our website, Facebook, Instagram platforms to call supporters to action.

c) We ensure that every dog in our care is spayed or neutered.

d) We participate in IHA-sponsored events.

We’ve saved the lives of hundreds of homeless dogs and we will continue to do so.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Dogs Forever of Iowa

Board of directors
as of 3/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Joyce Thompson

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? No
  • 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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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/27/2020

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Data
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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 help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.