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FRIENDS OF SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER INC

FOSOCAS

aka FOSOCAS   |   Manahawkin, NJ   |  www.fosocas.org
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FRIENDS OF SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER INC

EIN: 30-0445803


Mission

The mission of this organization shall be to prevent cruelty to animals, to promote kindness to animals, and to conduct projects for the benefit and welfare of animals of Southern Ocean County, including providing funds for spay/neuter to prevent over-breeding, conducting a Trap-Neuter-Return Program with colony caretakers, providing additional medical/veterinary care for Southern Ocean County Animal Facility dogs and cats, and promoting shelter adoptions by volunteering at the shelter to walk dogs and socialize cats and through publicity and public events.

Notes from the nonprofit

Our organization has been instrumental in reducing the euthanasia rate at the Southern Ocean County Animal Facility by: - promoting adoptions through publicity & our presence at the shelter - showcasing cats for adoption at PetsMart (nearing 2,000 adoptions in 2022) - coordinating dog rescue transport & placement for special needs/temperament - rescuing and fostering kittens, placing them for adoption after spay/neuter, vaccinations, de-worming and microchipping, trapping and spay/neuter - feral cats which have all shots, spay/neuter, and microchip are placed back in their colony where they receive food, water, and shelter for life - starting a Pet Food Pantry for pet owners in need so they could afford to keep their pets. On average, we - adopt out over 500 cats and dogs each year to area families - support the shelter's care for 20 dogs + 50 cats in the shelter or in foster care each day - manage 20 feral cat colonies and over 100 strays (thereby enhancing public health & safety)

Ruling year info

2013

President

Linda Cook

Vice President

Val Cranmer

Main address

P O Box 1162

Manahawkin, NJ 08050 USA

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EIN

30-0445803

Subject area info

Animal welfare

Animal adoptions

Animal rescue and rehabilitation

Veterinary medicine

Public affairs

Population served info

Adults

Young adults

Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

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

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Veterinary Services (D40)

Programs and results

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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?

Feral Cat Trap-Neuter-Return Program

Stray, feral cats are identified, traps are placed at the location with permission of the property owner, trapped cat trap is covered and transported to one of three participating veterinary clinics/hospitals where they receive vaccinations and are sterilized, microchipped and treated for wounds, etc. Cats are then cared for by volunteers, for 1 to 4 days depending on sex and condition, then returned to the location where they were trapped. Someone at or near that location becomes a colony caregiver, providing food, water, and shelter (if possible) for the life of the cat.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Friends of Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter operates the PetSmart Cat Adoption Center by providing cats/kittens, feeding cats/kittens, cleaning the cubicles, screening potential adopters, and adopting cats/kittens to responsible pet owners. Friends volunteers care for the cats/kittens daily and perform all adoptions.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Families

A Pet Food Pantry to supply cat and dog food to pet owners in need of help to feed their pets is operated in conjunction with the Ocean Community Church Food Pantry, although not limited to the church parishioners. When people need help feeding their families, they may need help feeding their pets. With help, they may not need to surrender their pet to the shelter.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults
Children and youth
Families

When dogs or cats are considered unadoptable by the shelter management or have been in the shelter for a long time, the Friends -- as a nonprofit rescue group -- works to locate a rescue or foster for the animal and posts it on websites such as Adopt-a-Pet/Petfinder, Facebook and our own website. Volunteers have driven long distances to transport animals to a reputable and suitable rescue for permanent home placement.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Families

New volunteers are trained by veteran volunteers to safely get dogs in/out of kennels, to leash/harness and walk them and how to properly socialize the dogs. Volunteers must be 21 years of age and possess sufficient strength/balance to work with dogs of all strengths and sizes. Dog walkers must be able to walk for extended periods of time.

Population(s) Served

FOSOCAS assists the Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter with the promotion of dogs and cats available for adoption. FOSOCAS also promotes the permanent placement of fostered TNR kittens and works to assimilate them to domestic life.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adults
Families

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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The aims of the Friends of Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter are:
1. To promote the adoption of shelter dogs/cats and those in foster care.
2. To reduce the overpopulation of dogs and cats.
3. To reduce the euthanasia statistics in the Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter.
4. To rescue cats/kittens born in the wild.
5. To raise funds for veterinary expenses associated with medical/surgical needs for shelter animals and the spay/neuter of cats and kittens in our TNR program.
6. To secure and fund suitable rescue for cats and dogs deemed unadoptable by shelter management.

To achieve the goals of our organizations, we:
1. Volunteer at the shelter by dog walking and cat interaction to further socialize and comfort shelter dogs and cats.
2. We publicize low coast spay/neuter facilities and and trap and neuter feral and stray cats.
3. In our Trap/Neuter/Return program, feral and stray cats are trapped and then spayed or neutered, vaccinated, de-wormed, de-flead, and microchipped by local participating veterinarians and returned to caregivers in the community. Sociable cats and kittens are put up for adoption in our local PetSmart cat adoption centers operated by our organization. Since cats are kittens living in the wild are rescued and then put up for adoption or returned to their caregiver, a significant number of feral cats are not sent to the shelter where feral cats are euthanized because they are not adoptable.
4. In addition to reducing the euthanasia rate of cats at the shelter, rescuing cats and kittens is the most humane method of population control and improving the lives of homeless cats.
5. Rescues are located for dogs who do not pass all the stringent temperaments tests and for cats that have not been adopted at the shelter, providing another opportunity for them to be adopted.
6. Since the medical/surgical needs for shelter pets which are beyond the scope of the county shelter veterinarian are costly, but necessary, to prevent the need to euthanize shelter pets with special medical/surgical needs, funds are raised by fundraising events, mail solicitation, and grants.

Many capable volunteers are dedicated to accomplishing the above goals by giving their time and their talents to writing publicity, organizing fundraisers, speaking to groups, TNR, fostering, and locating and transporting animals to rescues.

The progress listed above shows what we have accomplished.
We need additional funding to provide more medical/surgical care for animals in need and purchase more supplies to support the TNR program.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To improve existing services, programs,and volunteer experiences, 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 collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

FRIENDS OF SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER INC
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

0.00

Average of 8.40 over 7 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

8

Average of 5.4 over 7 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0%

Average of 0% over 7 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

FRIENDS OF SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER INC

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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FRIENDS OF SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER INC

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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FRIENDS OF SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER INC

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$9,718 -$44,137 $35,977 $7,696 $62,519
As % of expenses -5.8% -24.7% 20.6% 4.1% 30.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$9,718 -$44,137 $35,977 $7,696 $62,519
As % of expenses -5.8% -24.7% 20.6% 4.1% 30.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $160,925 $134,696 $185,696 $206,659 $257,727
Total revenue, % change over prior year 8.6% -16.3% 37.9% 11.3% 24.7%
Program services revenue 75.7% 59.4% 65.2% 58.0% 79.3%
Membership dues 1.1% 1.0% 0.3% 0.2% 0.1%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 3.7% 0.0% 15.2% 23.5% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 19.5% 39.6% 8.7% 13.9% 18.5%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 10.5% 4.4% 2.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $167,576 $178,833 $174,738 $187,535 $203,485
Total expenses, % change over prior year 33.3% 6.7% -2.3% 7.3% 8.5%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 2.4% 0.7% 0.5% 0.4% 0.8%
Occupancy 0.0% 1.0% 1.1% 1.0% 1.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 97.6% 98.3% 98.4% 98.6% 98.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $167,576 $178,833 $174,738 $187,535 $203,485
One month of savings $13,965 $14,903 $14,562 $15,628 $16,957
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $181,541 $193,736 $189,300 $203,163 $220,442

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 7.1 3.4 4.3 5.2 8.0
Months of cash and investments 7.1 3.4 4.3 5.2 8.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 4.8 1.5 4.1 4.3 7.6
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $98,458 $51,082 $62,040 $81,164 $135,406
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 3.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $67,152 $23,015 $58,992 $66,688 $129,207
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $28,067 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $28,067 $28,067 $3,048 $14,476 $6,199
Total net assets $95,219 $51,082 $62,040 $81,164 $135,406

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.

President

Linda Cook

Linda is a long-time supporter of FOSOCAS and is actively involved with the shelter dog walking program, fostering kittens, trap-neuter-return program, and all other programs within the organization. She is currently self-employed and lives in the Friends service area.

Vice President

Val Cranmer

Val has been active in the Friends with TNR and the fostering program for almost a decade. She is passionate about cat rescue and has devoted her days to feeding and maintaining feral cat colonies, TNR, getting kittens fostered and bottle fed, if needed, and also caring for adult cats.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

FRIENDS OF SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER INC

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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FRIENDS OF SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER INC

Board of directors
as of 03/06/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board co-chair

Linda Cook

Friends of Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter

Term: 2020 - 2024


Board co-chair

Val Cramner

Friends of Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter

Term: 2022 - 2024

Claire Edelstein

Friends of Southern Ocean CountyAnimal Shelter, Inc.

Carol Andrew

Friends of Southern Ocean CountyAnimal Shelter, Inc.

Carol Andrew

Friends of Southern Ocean CountyAnimal Shelter, Inc.

Carol Andrew

Friends of Southern Ocean CountyAnimal Shelter, Inc.

Carol Andrew

Friends of Southern Ocean CountyAnimal Shelter, Inc.

Dorothy Reynolds

Founder, Emeritus

Val Cramner

Friends of Southern Ocean Animal Shelter

Carol Andrew

Friends of Southern Ocean CountyAnimal Shelter, Inc.

Connie Conlan

Friends of Southern Ocean CountyAnimal Shelter, Inc.

Kathy Gross

Friends of Southern Ocean CountyAnimal Shelter, Inc.

Cricket Luker

Friends of Southern Ocean CountyAnimal Shelter, Inc.

Karen Simno

Friends of Southern Ocean CountyAnimal Shelter, Inc.

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Yes
  • 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 2/12/2023

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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

The organization's co-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

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/09/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • 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.