PLATINUM2022

Roatan Operation Animal Rescue

Save an animal. Help the island.

aka ROAR   |   Dallas, TX   |  www.roarescue.org

Mission

Our mission is to serve the stray and neglected animal population through public awareness of overpopulation and animal cruelty, and through education on the care of companion animals. Roatan has a large community of unwanted & abandoned animals. Even when they are well taken care of, animals in developing countries are still at risk due to lack of quality vet care, the inability of many families to spay/neuter their pets, & transient visitors abandoning animals when they move. By providing spay/neuter assistance, daily care, socialization, and adoption, we hope to foster & improve the relationship between these animals and the island community.

Ruling year info

2018

President

Sherri Visker

Main address

539 W. Commerce St., Suite #862

Dallas, TX 75208 USA

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EIN

98-1429981

NTEE code info

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

On Roatan, there are significant numbers of unwanted and neglected animals, in addition to some instances of outright animal abuse. The animals here also suffer due to a lack of knowledge on their owner's part with regards to heartworm prevention, ectoparasite prevention, Gl parasite prevention, and also to all the benefits of sterilization of their pets.

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?

Spay & Neuter Program

Provide access to low-cost or free spay & neuter services to cats & dogs of low-income Hondurans & local strays brought in by good samaritans on Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras. In February 2020, we sterilized close to 250 animals thru a combination of our day-to-day rescue, and a partnership with Brewer Veterinary Clinic in Brewer, Maine. The clinic was held over 6 days in various communities in need. Our goal is to have a yearly "spayathon", with monthly mini-clinics the rest of the year.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

Provide access to low-cost or free vaccines for cats & dogs of low-income Hondurans & local strays brought in by good samaritans on Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras. This includes distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, parvo, leptospirosis, coronavirus, & rabies. Since 2019, ROAR has given more than 150 rounds of vaccinations. Vaccinations are cheaper in Honduras than in North America, so your donation will go a long way to improve the quality of life for Roatan's animals.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

SPCA International 2022

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 spayed and neutered

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Spay & Neuter Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

ROAR's goal is to raise at least $100,000 this year. Those funds will go toward a minimum of 400 spays and neuters performed by veterinarians here on Roatan. An additional 200-400 animals will be sterilized at free visiting vet clinic events that we will coordinate across the island. We plan to vaccinate at least 250 pets fully and will continue our efforts to decrease the incidence of transmissible venereal tumor. We aim to find new homes for at least 15 island pets, perhaps internationally.

ROAR holds two major fundraising events per year, one in February (successfully completed last month) and one in the summertime. We also raise funds via social media postings, always aiming to gain regular monthly donors. We host free clinics run by veterinarians and staff from North America, focusing on sterilization as well as wellness checks. We also host monthly clinics staffed by local veterinarians and volunteers, with the same focus. We will soon have a mobile van to aid in reaching underserved communities. We are educating all pet owners about TVT and the benefits of sterilization, along with preventive medicine against heartworm and other parasites. ROAR also stresses the education of foster pet parents on pet care and training, and this, in turn, increases the adoptability of the pets. We are constantly growing our volunteer network and assigning tasks according to the strengths of the individual, from fundraising and marketing to pet training and assisting at sterilization clinics.

ROAR is currently working with two local Honduran veterinarians, and plans to begin working with another, possibly two more very soon. We actively enlist ex-patriot veterinarians for volunteering at our clinic events, both monthly and in our new mobile unit, as they are able to work under the license of one of the local Honduran doctors. Our mobile clinics go directly into the underserved communities, avoiding having to make multiple trips to transport different animals to and from the owner's homes, as many of our local families do not have any motorized transportation. In 2020, our first spay and neuter clinic event was held with Brewer Veterinary Clinic from Maine, and we sterilized close to 200 animals. We also have a partnership with Helping Paws Across Borders, who came in July 2021 to sterilize and vaccinate more than 450 animals over a two-week mission. We are looking forward to having them return in the near future. We would like to develop relationships with other organizations for similar veterinary missions.

In 2019, ROAR's first full year in operation, we sterilized 48 pets, and vaccinated 61, in addition to educating their guardians.

In 2020, ROAR sterilized approximately 300 pets and handed out 20 tons of pet food as the COVID-19 pandemic interfered with income for many of the local families. Two dogs and one cat were internationally adopted to homes in the USA and Canada.

In 2021, ROAR sterilized more than 700 pets, 470 of them thanks to the dedicated veterinarians of Helping Paws Across Borders, a volunteer group based in the USA. ROAR also took on the care and feeding of 53 severely malnourished horses, having to negotiate working with the Honduran government while so doing. We also continued the distribution of pet food for unemployed local families and we were able to send two dogs, one paralyzed in the hind end, to loving new homes in Canada.

Financials

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Roatan Operation Animal Rescue

Board of directors
as of 05/04/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sherri Visker

Jennifer Wong

Sherri Visker

Diana Roberts

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/4/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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