American Dog Society Inc

A Charity For Dog People.

Medford, NY   |
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American Dog Society Inc

EIN: 88-2817488


American Dog Society's mission is to create better, more educated dog parents by advocating, organizing resources, and connecting people across the United States to improve the lives of dogs and reduce the number of surrendered or abandoned dogs.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are an all-volunteer charity that targets people because we can have the biggest effect on saving the most lives of dogs. Typically, a dog costs over a thousand dollars when it goes to a shelter before it is adopted. If we keep dogs in the household, it is a lot cheaper to educate people. This allows us to save a lot more dogs for a lot less.

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Executive DIrector

Steve Polgar

Main address

2601 Race Ave

Medford, NY 11763 USA

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Subject area info


Domesticated animals

Population served info


NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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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?

Free Training

We partner with trainers all across the US to offer free dog training to people. Free consultation, free in person 1 on 1 training for at least an hour, and a free plan on how to fix the issue. 75% of all people that sign up for the free training, 1 of the issues they want to work on is dog walking.

Population(s) Served

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 site visits by dog-and-handler teams.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


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.

American Dog Society's mission is to create better more educated dog people to improve the lives of dogs, reduce the number of dogs that go into shelters, and reduce the number of dogs that get put down.

We are currently partnering with dog trainers that use positive reinforcement reward-based training to offer free training to people all across the US.

We are creating an education course that will be offered through shelters and rescues for free. It will be a 4-hour crash course into having a dog. The commitment of having a dog (time, financial, emotional), what to feed a dog/what not to feed a dog, vaccines, spay/neuter, microchipping, training, and others.

The course is based on the same idea as the Defensive Driving course. That reduces accidents, makes people drive slower, and reduces liability payouts. We are hoping for the save result, happier people, healthier dogs, and a reduction in the number of dogs that are surrendered or abandoned.

Currently, about 1 in 5 dogs are returned to a shelter or rehomed within the first year. We believe with a 15% reduction in that number, we can save tens of thousands of dogs and then hundreds of thousands of dogs once we are in more locations.

We have an impressive board of successful entrepreneurs, educators, and other professionals who have run large businesses. We are in the process of creating 9 chapters in the US to cover the majority of states. Currently we have 11 Interns that help with running the orginization.

We educate online through our social media platforms and offer free training to anyone in America. We are an all-volunteer organization and are growing quickly.

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 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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), 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?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


American Dog Society Inc

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

American Dog Society Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Contributions, Grants, Gifts $10,000
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $10,000
Program Services $0
Administration $0
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $550

American Dog Society Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Total Assets $20,800
Total Liabilities $0
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $9,450


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

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive DIrector

Steve Polgar

The youngest recipient of the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award from Barack Obama for his work with charities. Bachelor’s degree from Delaware Valley University in Business administration and Executive MBA from Quantic. Dog behaviorist and trainer who has worked with hundreds of dogs. Enjoys creating gourmet meals. Lives in Medford, NY with his Australian cattle dog Luna.

There are no officers, directors or key employees recorded for this organization

There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

American Dog Society Inc

Board of directors
as of 05/08/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Dirk Wood

Paul Bailo

Elizabeth Benegas

Chloe Irons

Shreyas Khandate

Melissa Santos

Ethan Blank

Steve Polgar

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 ? 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? 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/25/2023

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Gender identity

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/25/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.