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Forest Animal Rescue by Peace River Refuge & Ranch

A nonprofit wild animal sanctuary and educational facility

aka Forest Animal Rescue   |   Silver Springs, FL   |  http://forestanimalrescue.org
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Forest Animal Rescue by Peace River Refuge & Ranch

EIN: 65-0864695


Mission

Forest Animal Rescue, founded in 1998, is dedicated to ensuring that wild animals receive the respect they deserve. We network with professionals nationwide to ensure that captive, nonreleasable animals receive the care they deserve at an accredited sanctuary. We work with authorities in Florida and surrounding states to rehabilitate and release orphaned and injured black bear cubs, and we restore and protect the native habitat on parcels of land that we own to ensure a safe release site for rehabilitated indigenous animals. A great deal of Forest Animal Rescue's efforts are also directed at educating the public about the issues surrounding wild animals and how each and every one of us can make a difference.

Ruling year info

1999

VP/Treasurer

Lisa Stoner

President

Kurt Stoner

Main address

640 NE 170th Ct.

Silver Springs, FL 34488 USA

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Formerly known as

PRRR

FAR

EIN

65-0864695

Subject area info

Adult education

Endangered species protection

Wildlife rehabilitation

Wildlife sanctuaries

Forest management

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Population served info

Adults

NTEE code info

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The captive wildlife crisis is no secret; it is in the news almost weekly. Hundreds to thousands of wild cats and primates are sold to roadside zoos and to individuals as pets. When formerly dependent wild animals reach adolescence, they begin to exhibit aggression. Often, following negligent/abusive treatment, the animal is discarded or confiscated by authorities. The results can be tragic for the owner, the public, and the animal. We are part of a network of accredited sanctuaries, working together to help captive, nonreleasable animals to receive lifetime care in a peaceful, sanctuary setting. Meanwhile, we work with authorities from Florida and surrounding states to rehabilitate orphaned black bear cubs for release back into the wild. We also work with other wildlife rehabilitators across the State by providing and maintaining protected parcels of land for the safe release of native animals that cannot be returned to where they came from.

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 Sanctuary and educational facility

Dedicated to the lifetime care of abused, neglected and confiscated nonreleasable wild animals to prevent them from being destroyed. Rehabilitation and release of native black bears. Interns and volunteers from around the world are taught the proper methods of caring for the animals in a no-kill, non-breeding sanctuary setting. Educational talks and slideshows are done at colleges and other venues without taking animals out for exploitation.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Shelter of the Week 2007

SPCA International

Top-Rated Nonprofit 2023

GreatNonprofits

Affiliations & memberships

Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance 2023

Florida Wildlife Rehabilitators Association 2023

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 with freedom from discomfort

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

Adults

Related Program

Animal Sanctuary and educational facility

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Animals are provided with the best in veterinary care and nutritional supplements to provide the best quality of life and control of arthritis and other issues related to age and prior physical abuse.

Number of animals with freedom to express normal behavior

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

Adults

Related Program

Animal Sanctuary and educational facility

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The animals in our care are provided with large, natural habitats. They are introduces to playmates of their own kind as appropriate, and we provide environmental enrichment regularly.

Number of animals provided with long term care

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

Adults

Related Program

Animal Sanctuary and educational facility

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Except the orphaned wild bear cubs that arrive for rehabilitation and release, the animals we rescue have been living in captivity and cannot be released. They are with us for lifetime care

Number of volunteers

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

Adults

Related Program

Animal Sanctuary and educational facility

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We strive to engage as many volunteers and interns as possible through our programs. We educate on best practices so they may return home and share their knowledge to improve animal care worldwide

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.

As much-needed legislation is passed and greater control is brought to the largely unregulated practice of exploiting, breeding, buying, and selling wild animals as pets, the animals that are already in the system will need lifetime care at sanctuaries. There is an increasing need for appropriate lifelong care for all these animals and the training of others to assist in the development of additional facilities to accept animals as they require sanctuary placement.

Hopefully, the need for this program will reduce as future generations recognize that wild animals deserve our respect and should not be exploited as they have been in the past.

On the other hand, education to reduce the amount of wildlife conflict is becoming more urgent as the human population in Florida continues to grow, reducing the undisturbed areas of wildlife habitat steadily. The land that is owned and protected by our organization is managed to restore the habitat, remove invasive plants and maintain the best possible ecosystem for native wildlife that lives or is released on the site.

Our internship and volunteer programs help to provide this experience and fuel the passion to protect the animals and the natural habitat they we all rely on.

Our dedication to meeting the lifetime needs of releasable and nonreleasable animals is contagious - and our educational programs will help to fuel that trend.

Forest Animal Rescue provides a lifetime-care sanctuary to nonreleasable wild animals in a natural, wooded setting, surrounded by protected land.

Our sanctuary is committed to serving public welfare by assisting authorities upon request in removing potentially dangerous animals that are owned illegally and pose a public safety risk. We provide skilled services in the chemical immobilization of an animal, transport, housing, and veterinary services. We also facilitate rescues, and as needed, transportation to a reputable sanctuary out of state.

We work with Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation and authorities from surrounding states to rehabilitate and release wild black bears, typically orphaned cubs.

Forest Animal Rescue generates global public education and awareness through our international and domestic volunteer programs and internships, social media and online videos, presentations to civic groups, issuing press releases, and through our mail and online newsletters. We are in the process of designing and implementing 24-hour "AnimalCams" to extend our outreach even further.

We strive to educate the general public on the safety issues surrounding wild animals in captivity as well as the issues the animals face in exploitation, and why wild animals do not make appropriate pets.

At the same time, we provide opportunities for interns and full-time volunteers from around the world to learn the best practices for operating a sanctuary and caring for abused and neglected animals. Teaching others to help the animals recover from their previous lives of exploitation, abuse, and neglect will ultimately increase the capacity of other facilities around the globe to provide a solution from the ground up.

Our interns and volunteers work with us to restore and manage the habitat and provide safe release on parcels of land owned by the sanctuary, to rehabilitated wildlife native to Florida. Helping them to fully understand our connection to the natural world around us will ensure that they place a higher value on the protection of our Native land and natural resources.

For the past 25 years, Peace River Refuge & Ranch (dba Forest Animal Rescue) has been a fully licensed and accredited sanctuary. We provide large, natural habitats for the animals to live the rest of their lives in the most natural setting we can provide and the best in veterinary and nutritional care.

We have trained and experienced staff in animal husbandry, disaster planning, first-aid, chemical immobilization, and transport. We have our own state-of-the-art veterinary clinic and the capacity to handle almost anything we require on-site with our team of veterinarians.

In addition to our website and Guidestar profile, we have over 9,500 Facebook followers as well as a strong social media presence on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. These platforms help us to get the message out to educate the general public. We are in the process of designing and implementing 24-hour "AnimalCams" to extend our outreach even further.

We actively work with our National and international animal welfare and advocacy partners. We are members of the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance (BCSA) accredited by the American Sanctuary Association (ASA) and licensed by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission (FWC), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and US Fish and Wildlife (USFWS). Co-Founder, Lisa Stoner is a Master Naturalist with a finance background and serves on the Finance Committee for the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance.

We have supported and promoted the passage of the Big Cat Public Safety Act as well as a ban on big cats and elephants in circuses. We have educated thousands that wild animals do not make good pets and the best practices in providing quality lifetime care for wild animals that cannot be released. We are able to boast a 100% success rate in rehabilitating and releasing orphaned black bear cubs brought to us by wildlife officials.

Since our inception, we have met the needs of thousands of releasable and nonreleasable wild animals. Hundreds of interns and domestic and international volunteers have seen our passion firsthand and learned what each person can do to make a difference.

Financials

Forest Animal Rescue by Peace River Refuge & Ranch
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0.14

Average of 0.09 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

4.7

Average of 2.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

8%

Average of 6% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Forest Animal Rescue by Peace River Refuge & Ranch

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Forest Animal Rescue by Peace River Refuge & Ranch

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Forest Animal Rescue by Peace River Refuge & Ranch’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $646,655 $15,244 $8,077 $61,504 $119,971
As % of expenses 164.7% 4.5% 2.4% 19.6% 30.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $635,094 -$11,777 -$19,202 $27,272 $85,350
As % of expenses 157.1% -3.2% -5.3% 7.8% 19.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,051,856 $357,392 $294,769 $471,883 $388,041
Total revenue, % change over prior year 44.8% -66.0% -17.5% 60.1% -17.8%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.3% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.4%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 12.5% 8.8%
All other grants and contributions 99.6% 99.4% 95.2% 86.7% 78.1%
Other revenue 0.4% 0.6% 4.6% 0.5% 12.6%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $392,613 $341,159 $336,345 $313,885 $394,515
Total expenses, % change over prior year -41.9% -13.1% -1.4% -6.7% 25.7%
Personnel 23.4% 25.6% 30.3% 28.8% 24.5%
Professional fees 1.0% 0.0% 1.5% 1.7% 2.0%
Occupancy 10.2% 5.1% 6.9% 9.4% 4.4%
Interest 9.4% 11.7% 14.5% 0.7% 11.2%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 56.1% 57.6% 46.8% 59.4% 57.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $404,174 $368,180 $363,624 $348,117 $429,136
One month of savings $32,718 $28,430 $28,029 $26,157 $32,876
Debt principal payment $265,088 $0 $0 $23,978 $0
Fixed asset additions $225,906 $113,950 $27,498 $0 $437,017
Total full costs (estimated) $927,886 $510,560 $419,151 $398,252 $899,029

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.5 3.1 4.5 6.6 4.7
Months of cash and investments 2.5 3.1 4.6 6.6 4.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -12.1 -22.5 -17.7 -18.7 -24.2
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $81,881 $87,450 $125,375 $172,388 $152,896
Investments $0 $0 $4,878 $0 $0
Receivables $1,380 $1,363 $51 $51 $40,217
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,045,866 $1,159,818 $1,166,273 $1,181,759 $1,592,554
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 11.0% 12.2% 12.7% 14.2% 11.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 78.0% 80.8% 86.9% 77.2% 85.7%
Unrestricted net assets $319,041 $115,540 $96,338 $123,610 $208,960
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets -$95,862 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets -$95,862 $96,851 $54,106 $149,527 $23,082
Total net assets $223,179 $212,391 $150,444 $273,137 $232,042

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

VP/Treasurer

Lisa Stoner

Kurt and Lisa Stoner, founders of Forest Animal Rescue, offer a combined experience of over 75 years of caring for exotic animals and wildlife. They have business management backgrounds and have worked and volunteered at zoos, exotic animal compounds, veterinary clinics, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and educational centers. Many of their duties have included habitat construction, animal medical care, rehabilitation and release, animal training (positive methods), educational guides, and facility maintenance.

President

Kurt Stoner

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Forest Animal Rescue by Peace River Refuge & Ranch

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Forest Animal Rescue by Peace River Refuge & Ranch

Board of directors
as of 12/11/2023
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Board chair

Kurt Stoner

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Lisa Lang

Kurt Stoner

Lisa Stoner

Barry Kellogg, VMD

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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • 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 3/25/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/25/2023

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • 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 help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.