Peace of Mind Dog Rescue

Helping Senior Dogs and Senior People

Pacific Grove, CA   |
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Peace of Mind Dog Rescue

EIN: 27-1154816


Peace of Mind Dog Rescue is a resource and advocate for senior dogs and senior people on the Central California Coast. We find loving foster and forever homes for dogs whose guardians can no longer care for them and for senior dogs in shelters. We also provide volunteer and financial assistance so seniors can keep their pets with them as long as possible. In addition, we make pre-arrangements to take in dogs should their guardians become unable to care for them.

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Executive Director

Carie Broecker

Main address

PO Box 51554

Pacific Grove, CA 93950 USA

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Subject area info

Animal welfare

Population served info



Homeless people

Low-income people

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


What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Peace of Mind Dog Rescue is a resource and advocate for senior dogs and senior people. We take in dogs from senior citizens who have passed away or can no longer care for their dog. We also take in senior dogs from animal shelters throughout California who might otherwise be euthanized due to age or medical conditions. We make pre-arrangements with people to care for their dogs should something happen to them. We provide financial assistance to senior citizens and low income pet guardians who can not afford medical care for their dogs and cats. We also provide volunteer assistance to senior citizens who pet guardians with health issues who cannot walk their dogs. And we provide temporary foster care for the dogs of people who are hospitalized or recovering from an illness or surgery or injury. Our goal is to preserve the human/animal bond throughout the life of a pet and a person.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Helping Paw Program

In this program, POMDR focuses on enabling pet guardians to keep their dogs (and cats) by offering financial help for routine or emergency veterinary expenses or for temporary boarding or foster care while a person is hospitalized, and by helping with walking, grooming, transportation to vet appointments and other necessary animal care.

Population(s) Served

When a Helping Paw client can no longer keep his or her senior dog, we accept the dog into our Rescue and Adoption Program. In some cases, senior dogs are surrendered directly to us from a person who can no longer care for the animal, regardless of whether Helping Paw offered prior assistance. About 50% of our intakes come from homes where care can no longer be provided, which avoids the trauma (for both the dog and the guardian) of surrender to a shelter. The remaining 50% of our intakes are senior dogs who have been admitted to shelters, either as owner surrenders or strays, are in danger of being euthanized.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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POMDR's goal is to model lifetime care for dogs and all companion animals to help bring about a positive change in the way society thinks about and treats senior dogs and to create better lives for them through rescue, foster, adoption, hospice and education. This is accomplished through our adoption program and the Helping Paw program.

POMDR finds loving homes for dogs whose guardians can no longer care for them and for senior dogs in shelters. Also, when people are physically or financially unable to care for their pets, POMDR lends a helping paw by providing services including veterinary care, transportation, grooming, medications, temporary fostering, and food.

POMDR is led by five dedicated board members and a staff of 3 full-time employees. POMDR is also supported by a network of more than 500 volunteers who help with foster care, adoption events, transportation, office work, fundraising, and other tasks. Thanks to the generous support of Patricia J. Bauer, POMDR possesses a headquarters facility for adoptions and administrative services in Pacific Grove, California. We also have a close network of veterinary partners who provide temporary boarding and veterinary care and cost-effective rates.

Since 2009, POMDR has rescued over 2,500 dogs in need. We have also provided volunteer and financial assistance to over 1,500 Helping Paw clients. We have signed up 100 individuals for our perpetual care program which guarantees their dog will be cared for if the guardian dies or becomes incapacitated.

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 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 collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 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?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Peace of Mind Dog Rescue
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2021 POMDR Audited Financial Statements 2021 2017 POMDR 2017 audited Financial Statements.pdf
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

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 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 48380.30 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 10 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 17% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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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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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Peace of Mind Dog Rescue’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 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$144,324 $105,270 $2,606,508 $200,836 $962,966
As % of expenses -15.2% 9.6% 218.9% 17.0% 71.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$161,255 $83,077 $2,576,698 $119,795 $872,929
As % of expenses -16.7% 7.4% 211.1% 9.5% 60.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,795,770 $1,393,349 $1,722,490 $1,809,949 $2,380,782
Total revenue, % change over prior year 109.7% -22.4% 23.6% 5.1% 31.5%
Program services revenue 2.1% 3.0% 2.4% 4.1% 3.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 1.7% 1.9% 1.2% 0.5% 0.5%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 3.8% 0.4%
All other grants and contributions 96.1% 94.8% 96.4% 91.1% 95.5%
Other revenue 0.2% 0.2% 0.0% 0.5% 0.5%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $950,333 $1,101,091 $1,190,975 $1,182,990 $1,354,402
Total expenses, % change over prior year 23.5% 15.9% 8.2% -0.7% 14.5%
Personnel 24.8% 26.9% 25.6% 45.7% 48.4%
Professional fees 1.9% 2.0% 1.0% 4.1% 3.6%
Occupancy 2.4% 1.5% 1.5% 2.9% 2.4%
Interest 0.0% 1.6% 2.2% 1.9% 0.4%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 70.9% 68.0% 69.7% 45.4% 45.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $967,264 $1,123,284 $1,220,785 $1,264,031 $1,444,439
One month of savings $79,194 $91,758 $99,248 $98,583 $112,867
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $12,156 $12,726 $452,726
Fixed asset additions $772,622 $999,292 $1,127,200 $117,236 $260,317
Total full costs (estimated) $1,819,080 $2,214,334 $2,459,389 $1,492,576 $2,270,349

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 8.7 7.0 7.3 12.5 13.3
Months of cash and investments 20.5 16.5 9.6 15.0 16.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -5.0 -7.2 8.1 8.9 10.0
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $688,547 $643,125 $725,630 $1,237,209 $1,502,812
Investments $938,503 $872,838 $223,979 $237,267 $302,207
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,463,568 $2,464,943 $3,593,968 $3,715,023 $3,975,340
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 4.5% 3.6% 3.4% 5.6% 7.5%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 16.2% 13.9% 12.1% 2.8%
Unrestricted net assets $1,001,989 $1,085,066 $3,661,764 $3,781,559 $4,654,488
Temporarily restricted net assets $2,026,023 $2,178,390 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $2,026,023 $2,178,390 $181,656 $619,310 $704,271
Total net assets $3,028,012 $3,263,456 $3,843,420 $4,400,869 $5,358,759

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Carie Broecker

Carie shares her life with four lucky senior dogs: Buddy, Sneakers, Conga, and Abbey, all POMDR rescues, and is usually fostering multiple POMDR dogs, too. Carie co-founded POMDR with Monica Rua in 2009. Upon its inception, she worked full-time running POMDR as Board President, and in 2010 Carie won the American Red Cross Animal Rescue Hero Award for her role in starting POMDR. In 2012, she was hired as Executive Director, POMDR's first paid staff person. Carie was one of the top ten chosen as a CNN Hero in 2022 for her impactful work serving senior people and senior dogs. Prior to co-founding POMDR, Carie was one of the first volunteers for AFRP in Pacific Grove. She joined the AFRP board in 1999, and served for 12 years as Treasurer and unsalaried Executive Director. Carie and her husband Scott are the publishers of Coastal Canine magazine. Carie's other career achievements include working as a bookkeeper and accountant for several businesses. She also worked as the Client Serv

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 03/23/2023
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Board chair

Monica Rua

Kathy Henney

Tracey Pepper

Elle Brookman

Cathy Heape

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? No
  • 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 3/22/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/22/2023

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  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.


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