Make A Stand Bully Rescue

Make A Stand. Save a Life. Change Yours.

Houston, TX   |
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Make A Stand Bully Rescue

EIN: 87-4396719


Make A Stand Bully Rescue seeks to end canine neglect and build a bully-breed positive society through comprehensive adoption programming and advocacy efforts.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Stephanie Kotick MS, MPA

Main address

P.O. Box 680186

Houston, TX 77268 USA

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Formerly known as

Long Way Home Pit Bull Rescue



Subject area info

Domesticated animals

Human services

Population served info


NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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


Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In the southern United States, poor pet-ownership coupled with relaxed spay/neuter policies results in excessive breeding of companion animals, who ultimately end up in municipal shelters and euthanized in mass, daily. Pit bulls and general bully breed mixes account for more than 40% of the annual euthanasia population in shelters, equaling more than an estimated 1M killed per year. With pit bull type dogs notoriously used for inhumane purposes (such as fighting and guarding) coupled with poor public perception, breed specific legislation is in a critical stage and bully breed dogs nationwide are relying on animal welfare workers and rescues to advocate for their rights and publicize positive and honest pit bull imagery.

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?

K9 Foster Custodians

K9 Foster Custodians commit to housing a dog (or multiple dogs) and begin the process of helping their foster pit bull(s) heal from past traumas and prepare for future adoption. Upon intake, all MASBR dogs receive quality veterinary care to address their individual health and physical needs. Then the dogs go to their K9 Foster Custodian where their emotional, mental, and physical needs are worked on and fulfilled.

MAS Bully Rescue works closely with each K9 Foster Custodian to ensure that any additional physical, health, training, socialization, medication therapy, and/or behavior modification needs are also evaluated, documented and fulfilled. The goal being to develop social, balanced, adoptable pit bulls and bully breeds who can be placed in traditional home environments.

K9 Foster Custodians save two lives with every dog they welcome into their home: the dog immediately pulled into rescue; and the dog who filled the empty shelter run.

Population(s) Served

We believe that pit bull adoption should be a fun, but educational experience. Our dedicated staff and compassionate team of volunteer K9 Foster Custodians work collaboratively to save pit bulls and bully breed dogs from Texas shelters. Upon intake, all MASBR dogs receive quality veterinary care to address their individual health and physical needs. Then, they are matched with a volunteer K9 Foster Custodian. Foster families begin the process of helping the dogs heal from past traumas and prepare for future adoption.

Each dog available for adoption has its emotional, mental, physical, and health needs evaluated, documented, and fulfilled. For some dogs, only basic care is required and they are ready for adoption sooner; while other pit bulls may require a collective of basic obedience, training courses, behavior modification, socialization, and medication therapy to find balance.

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 animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

K9 Foster Custodians

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adoption Programming

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Number of animals euthanized

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

K9 Foster Custodians

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our euthanasia rate reflects only those animals deemed too ill and/or suffering too profusely to continue in rescue program; or unsafe to place in a traditional home environment.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Through a comprehensive adoption programming that addresses the physical, mental, and emotional needs of each individual pit bull type dog who enters our program, we are ensuring that every dog adopted out to the public is a positive example of their breed/type and placed in a responsible home that will continue to provide for their dog and advocate for his/her needs. Our adoption and community advocacy program extends beyond just rescuing and rehoming dogs. We provide community support networks and referrals, training, advice, and financial aid to assist families and individuals in making responsible decisions for their dogs. Annually, we strive to:

1. Rescue 120 pit bull type dogs;
2. Adopt out 110 pit bull type dogs; and
3. Keep adopted dogs safely & securely in their homes.

MAS Bully Rescue does not align with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.


Make A Stand Bully Rescue

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Make A Stand Bully Rescue

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Contributions, Grants, Gifts $101,724
Program Services $36,253
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $33,159
Other Revenue $84,708
Total Revenue $269,246
Program Services $179,824
Administration $18,949
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $238,568

Make A Stand Bully Rescue

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Total Assets $30,073
Total Liabilities $605
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $30,073


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Stephanie Kotick MS, MPA

Stephanie Kotick serves as Make A Stand Bully Rescue’s Executive Director. She is an experienced nonprofit development professional, holding an MPA from Texas A&M University and proudly employed as the Director of Development for the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio. Stephanie oversees our agency’s IRS compliance, manages all fundraising efforts and ensures fiscal responsibility, and assists in the successful coordination of our core programs. Stephanie and her fiancé Travis are mom and dad to MASBR Alums, Gandhi (rescue class of 2011) and Maple (rescue class of 2016), and three rescue kitties, Oakley, Cleo, and Vlad!

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

There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

Make A Stand Bully Rescue

Board of directors
as of 04/20/2023
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Board of directors data
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Board chair

Holly Kasperbauer

Texas A&M University - Bush School of Government & Public Service

Term: 2022 - 2023

Katherine Knell

Texas Army National Guard

Nicole Collier

Texas A&M University

Stefanie Young

Innov8 Place

Laura Pederson

Brazos Valley Air Conditioning & Insulation

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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/20/2022

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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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/07/2022

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 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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.