PAWS of Grays Harbor

PAWS of Grays Harbor protects dogs and cats until united with family.

aka PAWS of Grays Harbor   |   Aberdeen, WA   |
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PAWS of Grays Harbor

EIN: 23-7174196


PAWS of Grays Harbor is the largest No Kill animal shelter in Grays Harbor County serving over 70,000 members of our community. Approximately 500 pets find suitable and loving homes every year through our organization.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Anna Boeche

Main address

PO Box 451 800 W 1st Street

Aberdeen, WA 98520 USA

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Subject area info

Animal welfare

Population served info

Children and youth


NTEE code info

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

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms


Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As an organization, our overarching goal is to save the lives of cats and dogs by providing a no-kill shelter as we seek new homes for these companion animals. Additionally, we provide low-cost resources to community members in need such as a pet food pantry, nail trims, flea treatment, dewormer, and supplies.

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 and Neuter Program

This program offers low cost spay and neuter services for our community.

Population(s) Served

Our adoption program allows members of the community from far and wide to adopt healthy animals from Paws.  We administer all initial vaccinations to the pet and either spay or neuter the animal or set up a date to sterilize if the pet is too young.  Our local newspaper has a section where community members and local businesses can sponsor a pet for advertisement that it is approved for adoption.  We also post all of our pets on Petfinder to increase adoptions.

Population(s) Served

We have an extensive program allowing for adults or juvenile needing to complete community service, and a volunteer program that accepts members of the public to volunteer at our facility.  Volunteers and Community Service workers are closely monitored so that they learn the appropriate ways to handle our shelter animals.

Population(s) Served

Freedom Tails is a partnership with Stafford Creek Corrections Center. It connects adoptable dogs with a pair of incarcerated individuals who act as a dog's trainer and companion for a 12-week program. At the end of each 12-week period, we hold a graduation ceremony that sends dogs into their new homes.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Nonprofit of the Year 2022

Greater Grays Harbor Inc.

Affiliations & memberships

Humane Society of the United States 1973

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
Related Program

Adoption Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Total pounds of pet food and litter distributed

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

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.

Expand funding and income opportunities to be able to expand operations
Streamline and clarify operations
Build a new facility in a new location
Expand marketing efforts and develop community programs

Our overarching goal is to increase our capacity for care in order to save more animal lives. To do this, we have the following goals:
Design and kick-off a “Capital Campaign” tied to 50 Year Anniversary
Create a plan to evolve the work culture to being more “proactive” (and less “reactive”)
Draft a business model to affirm business direction and to evaluate new business offerings
Attract and Retain Quality Employees
Fill Current Board Vacancies
Increase Active Donor Base to 600
Pursue New Ways to Increase Donor Opportunities
Develop a Grant Program to Support Local Rescue programs
Create a Strategy to Pull in Funds from Outside of Grays Harbor
Develop a marketing plan to engage and expand the community which will lead to additional donations
Explore ways to engage the community (outreach, school programs, education, etc.)
Complete a New Facility Strategy

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 inform the development of new programs/projects, 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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, 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 find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


PAWS of Grays Harbor
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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


Average of 793.13 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 23.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 12% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

PAWS of Grays Harbor

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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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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PAWS of Grays Harbor

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of PAWS of Grays Harbor’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 -$41,719 $110,018 $722,543 $155,307 -$240,705
As % of expenses -14.6% 39.8% 258.7% 44.1% -55.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$53,312 $93,672 $706,829 $140,670 -$256,798
As % of expenses -17.9% 32.0% 239.6% 38.3% -57.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $237,414 $387,615 $983,774 $510,927 $503,138
Total revenue, % change over prior year -18.5% 63.3% 153.8% -48.1% -1.5%
Program services revenue 54.8% 33.0% 12.7% 19.5% 17.1%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 2.8% 3.4% 0.2% 12.3% 6.3%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 3.1% 0.1% 1.4%
All other grants and contributions 40.3% 59.1% 83.3% 66.7% 71.4%
Other revenue 2.1% 4.5% 0.7% 1.5% 3.8%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $286,343 $276,588 $279,340 $352,299 $432,443
Total expenses, % change over prior year 12.4% -3.4% 1.0% 26.1% 22.7%
Personnel 34.9% 38.0% 41.8% 45.3% 48.8%
Professional fees 0.7% 0.8% 1.7% 4.5% 1.8%
Occupancy 5.1% 1.4% 4.9% 3.9% 3.7%
Interest 3.6% 0.3% 2.7% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 55.7% 59.4% 49.0% 46.2% 45.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $297,936 $292,934 $295,054 $366,936 $448,536
One month of savings $23,862 $23,049 $23,278 $29,358 $36,037
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $19,900 $0
Fixed asset additions $65,725 $0 $0 $0 $26,363
Total full costs (estimated) $387,523 $315,983 $318,332 $416,194 $510,936

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 14.0 18.9 18.5 5.9 5.2
Months of cash and investments 14.0 18.9 50.8 44.3 28.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 13.9 18.8 49.5 44.3 28.6
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $333,139 $434,783 $429,982 $173,556 $186,855
Investments $0 $0 $752,439 $1,125,926 $846,064
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $384,538 $392,146 $388,304 $397,776 $424,139
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 19.8% 23.6% 26.0% 29.1% 31.1%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.2% 0.1% 2.1% 0.1% 0.1%
Unrestricted net assets $640,215 $733,887 $1,440,716 $1,581,386 $1,324,588
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $640,215 $733,887 $1,440,716 $1,581,386 $1,324,588

Key data checks

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


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

Anna Boeche

PAWS of Grays Harbor is the largest No Kill animal shelter in Grays Harbor County serving over 70,000 members of our community. Approximately 500 pets find suitable and loving homes every year through our organization.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

PAWS of Grays Harbor

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Compensation data
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There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

PAWS of Grays Harbor

Board of directors
as of 05/15/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Stacie Barnum

Molle Bouch

Jessie Hancock

Katie Heikkilla

Danny Hall

Kelsey Norvell

Dr. Christina Cane

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/15/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/30/2022

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  • 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.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.