ROGUE VALLEY HUMANE SOCIETY

Helping our community four paws at a time

aka RVHS   |   Grants Pass, OR   |  rvhs-or.org

Mission

The Rogue Valley Humane Society provides compassionate care for stray, unwanted, displaced, and abandoned animals and works toward ending pet overpopulation so that there will be no more homeless pets. We are committed to placing every young, old, adoptable animal in a loving lifetime home, teaching responsible pet guardianship, and maintaining community spay-neuter programs.

Ruling year info

1966

Executive Director

Margaret Varner

Main address

P.O. Box 951

Grants Pass, OR 97528 USA

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EIN

93-0558872

NTEE code info

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

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We at RVHS are committed to providing exemplary care for the pets house at our facility. Continued support of our spay / neuter programs as well as spay and neuter all pets prior to adoption. To assist with our pet food programs during time of need to keep the family unit together. Maintaining our foster programs so each and every pet has a chance of living out their lives in a loving home.

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?

Low Cost Spay/Neuter Certificate Program

Our Spay/Neuter Certificate Program is for the benefit of our community.  A certificate can be purchased which entitles the cat or dog a low cost spay/neuter procedure at  participating local veterinary offices.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

To fulfill our commitment to help end pet over population we offer special spay and neuter programs. These programs are funded by the Rogue Valley Humane Society through private donations, fundraising and grants. We average over 600 spay and neuters each year for economically disadvantaged individuals in Josephine County as well as pets adopted from our facility.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Seniors

We currently aid in the delivery of pet food for companion animals belonging to low income, home bound seniors and disabled individuals in Josephine County. These individuals would otherwise struggle to provide nutrition for their beloved pets. We believe in keeping the family unit together....

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Families

Our food bank program, located at our facility receives hundreds of request monthly from individuals who are in need of assistance in feeding their beloved pets. For some of these individuals their dog or cat is their life line and their reason for existing. In many cases it just a matter of needing temporary assistance to help make ends meets during an unexpected emergency. Our goal is to keep family units together and avoid having to surrender their pets to local shelters.

Population(s) Served
Families
Seniors

We offer three different types of foster care at our facility. Our "Foster to Adopt" program allows those who wish to adopt a pet and keep them at home until they are spayed or neutered. Our "Forever Foster" program is for dogs who require special foods, medicines, or treatments that many people would not be able to afford. This program improves the chance of the pet living in a home environment and not end up in our facility long term. The last of the three is our "Hospice Foster" program which is typically senior pets who are in their end of life stage but still maintain a good quality of life. We will cover the cost of special diets, medicines and or treatments that may be required so they can live out the remainder of their life in a loving home environment.

Population(s) Served
Families

Incorporated since 1965 the Rogue Valley Humane Society has provided shelter and compassionate care for stray, unwanted, displaced, and abandoned animals in Josephine County. Dedicated toward ending pet overpopulation by doing our part in spaying and neutering all pets adopted from our facility. We are committed to placing every old, young, adoptable animal in a loving lifetime home.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The mission of the Rogue Valley Humane Society Thrift Store is to generate revenue to provide support for the animals and programs of RVHS. 100% of the proceeds benefit the homeless animals at our shelter. We also offer discounts and free items to the homeless members of our community.

1169 Redwood Ave
Grants Pass, OR 97527
541-955-3367

Hours:
Tuesday – Friday: 9am – 4pm
Saturday: 9am – 2pm
Closed Sunday and Monday

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims of disaster
Age groups

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 animal adoptions

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

Adults

Related Program

Shelter and Adoption

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Here are the total number of adoptions we did in 2020. In addition to the 334 adoptions, we did 16 transfers of animals to other organizations to increase the likelihood of adoption for these pets.

Number of animals returned to their owner

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

Adults

Related Program

Shelter and Adoption

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

9 pets were Returned To Owner in 2020.

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.

An important goal for the Rogue Valley Humane Society is leading Josephine County, Oregon to becoming a no-kill community. By reaching out and educating the public about the importance of pet sterilization, demonstrating the tremendous impact on the Counties municipal shelters euthanasia reductions and working with veterinarians to reduce their fees so that we can accomplish more spay-neuters for our low-income population, we are definitely moving in the right direction. Since 2012 we have sterilized over 3100 dogs and cats. We believe that a no-kill community is achievable!
On a day-to-day basis, the health of the cats and dogs in our care is our primary concern. We have developed strict sanitation and infectious disease policies and protocols. Our canine isolation has been completed and is in full operations. We have completed our in house surgical suite to expedite waiting times for surgeries.

As a non-profit organization, we strive for accountability, transparency and fiscal responsibility so that the Rogue Valley Humane Society continues to be financially healthy so that we can serve the people and pets of Josephine County, Oregon. We have two board members who are experienced and successful grant writers to help us achieve our goals in caring for the animals in our facility and developing programs to benefit our community.

Our strategies for achieving a no-kill community and helping low-income pet owners involve working with larger humane organizations, like Best Friends Animal Society, the ASPCA and HSUS and also continuing to build our relationships with regional animal shelters.
RVHS grant writers are always looking for opportunities to bolster and expand our existing programs and searching for new sources of funding.
Our Fundraising Committee meets monthly to assess our options and develop programs to keep us moving forward. This year marked our 9th Annual Fur Ball, our premier fundraising event, where our supporters join us to raise funds and celebrate our successful adoptions, the lives we've saved and our hopes for the future.

The Rogue Valley Humane Society's shelter manager, staff and board members attend national humane conferences and continue to network and develop working relationships when they come back to Oregon. These relationships enhance our ability to receive help, guidance and grant funding. We own our shelter property (and our Thrift Store property), we are judicious in our spending, engage our supporters in our work and we apply for grants to help us achieve our goals. As the only facility in Josephine County that keeps and cares for all animals until they are adopted, the Rogue Valley Humane Society finds homes for over 500 dogs, cats, kittens and puppies each year. Every dog and cat stays with us until they find their perfect family.

We have made substantial progress in eliminating the euthanizing of pets in Josephine County. Our pace has been steady and we've been working with four veterinary practices to accommodate as many surgeries as are needed. We believe that we are on track and that one day every pet surrendered to the Josephine County will find a home.
We have learned that people in all economic groups realize that spay-neuter makes better neighbors and neighborhoods. No one likes to see litters of puppies or kittens abandoned. We have not identified any major obstacles to the success of the program and as it has grown we have increased the number of veterinarians and applied for and received more grant funding.

Financials

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ROGUE VALLEY HUMANE SOCIETY

Board of directors
as of 3/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

President Robbie Buckley

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Term: 2018 -

Margaret Varner

Rogue Valley Humane Society

Robbie Buckley

Jeff Harris

Cyndy Holder

Marian Szewc

Sarah Adams, VMD

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/03/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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