Rescue, Rehabilitate, Rehome

aka The Senior Dog Sanctuary   |   Severn, MD   |
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EIN: 47-3708109


We save senior dogs who are at risk of abuse, neglect or euthanasia through our mission to Rescue, Rehabilitate and Rehome with adoption. Every senior dog that comes to The Sanctuary receives a full medical workup and receives a custom care and diet plan to meet their needs. If a senior dog isn't adopted for any reason, the Sanctuary is their permanent home for their remaining years.

Notes from the nonprofit

The Senior Dog Sanctuary of Maryland is a nonprofit organization with the mission of rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing senior dogs. Our organization is comprised of employees, volunteers, fosters and board members that are completely and wholly committed to this mission.

Ruling year info


Chairmen of the Board

Ritchie Brooks

President of the Board

Ned Carey

Main address

8336 WB&A Road

Severn, MD 21144 USA

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Subject area info

Animal welfare

Population served info

Children and youth




Victims of crime and abuse

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NTEE code info

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

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

Urban, Community (S31)

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

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What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Every year, thousands of dogs are euthanized at animal shelters across the United States. Most of these animals are older dogs who have been surrendered for various reasons but have many good years ahead. We believe that every animal, including older dogs, deserves a second chance at a loving home. SDS is licensed to hold 23 dogs at a time in our facility, which is a large, converted home. We rescue, rehome and rehabilitate dogs ages 7 and above. Our employees and large group of volunteers are dedicated to creating a warm atmosphere for each animal. We also have a prolific foster network of loving families. Many have medical conditions that involve considerable costs. Our Sanctuary is 100% funded through donations, grants and fundraising events. We have an active and engaged Board of Directors.

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?

Loving Last Home

Recruit and train competent fosters to provide compassionate care and attention for hospice dogs , offering them the love and respect they deserve in their final weeks or months of life.

Population(s) Served
Retired people

Match appropriate Senior Dogs with Senior Citizens to provide mutual companionship, a loving home and a renewed purpose in life.

Population(s) Served

Educate and inspire children between the ages of 6 to 8 to gain an appreciation of animals, how to deal with them and learn from them. These children will be tomorrow's Rescue Cadre.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

In conjunction with the nationally recognized Pets For Patriots organization SDS will match Senior Dogs with active duty personnel and Veterans who have need for a companion life in their life.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel

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.

Total dollars of operating costs per animal per day

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

Loving Last Home

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Housing, veterinary care, food and medications for Senior Dogs is a continuing challenge. Costs are continuing to rise as SDS takes in dogs with greater medical needs.

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.

Our goals include:

1. greater public outreach to inform and educate the public about our mission; the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of senior dogs,
2. enhanced training of both employed staff and volunteers,
3. expansion of the SDS Foster Program ,
4. expansion of community outreach, including a Senior 2 Senior Program which connects older dog owners in our community with free assistance including vaccinations and dog food,
5. assessing available technologies for data analytics, training, and canine care,

1. Continuing and frequent communication with existing and new donors, local and regional press, social media outlets and local government entities and nonprofits.
2. Developing professional training criteria for kennel care, feeding and medicating our seniors.
3. Recruit, train and support existing and new fosters families, including a group of hospice fosters.
4. ongoing and continued communication with the State of Maryland and Anne Arundel County government entities to partner and assess needs in our community and how to address those needs
4. Partner with technology providers and successful rescues who have established best practices.

SDS has an incredible team of staff members, volunteers, foster families, vets and board members who are solely and completely dedicated to our mission of saving older dogs.

Our Board members have prolific connections to local businesses and politicians that offer support and financial assistance.

Since opening our doors in 2016 the Senior Dog Sanctuary has developed a stellar reputation in our community and beyond. We are now recognized as a reputable go-to source for information regarding the rescue of senior dogs.

Senior Dog Sanctuary has rescued, rehabilitated and re-homed hundreds of dogs since its inception in 2016.
We employ staff of 14 dedicated dog lovers. We have a full-time vet on staff for help with all the significant medical issues common to most of our dogs.

SDS has more than 100 active volunteers, participating in a multitude of tasks ranging from walking dogs to assistance with fundraising to IT support.

SDS recently partnered with Anne Arundel County Department of Aging to start a Senior 2 Seniors Program that assists senior citizens in our community that need assistance with their dogs.

The future excites us, as we continue to partner with other organizations to expand our impact to animals in need in our community.

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 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 look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2022 Bethany Kerley 2018 Senior Dog Sanctuary of Maryland Inc 2017
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 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.00 over 7 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.8 over 7 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 9% over 7 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


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 SENIOR DOG SANCTUARY OF MARYLAND INC’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 $34,222 $213,803 $221,958 $109,329 $428,509
As % of expenses 6.1% 38.9% 36.2% 18.6% 71.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $14,815 $189,857 $187,817 $58,748 $381,433
As % of expenses 2.6% 33.1% 29.0% 9.2% 59.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $595,055 $763,768 $847,809 $696,056 $1,024,415
Total revenue, % change over prior year -10.8% 28.4% 11.0% -17.9% 47.2%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 4.1% 13.6% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 100.0% 95.9% 86.4% 99.4%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.6%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $560,833 $549,965 $612,965 $586,727 $595,870
Total expenses, % change over prior year 2.7% -1.9% 11.5% -4.3% 1.6%
Personnel 40.8% 47.9% 47.3% 50.9% 50.9%
Professional fees 4.4% 2.4% 5.1% 3.7% 2.8%
Occupancy 2.2% 2.7% 5.4% 1.9% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 1.1% 2.8% 1.1%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 52.6% 47.0% 41.2% 40.7% 45.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $580,240 $573,911 $647,106 $637,308 $642,946
One month of savings $46,736 $45,830 $51,080 $48,894 $49,656
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $64,367 $280,143
Fixed asset additions $45,444 $0 $653,809 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $672,420 $619,741 $1,351,995 $750,569 $972,745

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.5 4.6 5.5 6.4 9.1
Months of cash and investments 0.5 4.6 5.5 6.4 9.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -0.4 4.1 3.9 5.9 8.8
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $21,693 $210,319 $282,606 $310,763 $453,947
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $22,661
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $213,186 $222,843 $876,652 $911,177 $911,177
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 18.4% 28.3% 11.1% 19.5% 24.7%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 19.9% 6.4% 49.6% 44.2% 16.1%
Unrestricted net assets $157,646 $347,503 $535,320 $594,068 $975,501
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 $157,646 $347,503 $535,320 $594,068 $975,501

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.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Chairmen of the Board

Ritchie Brooks

President of the Board

Ned Carey

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 10/12/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mr Ritchie Brooks

Senior Dog Sanctuary of Maryland Inc

Term: 2023 - 2029

Kelly Nelson

Karin DeFrancis

Ethan Foxman

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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/12/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/12/2023

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
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.
  • 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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