Nomad Pet Fostering

Caring for people by caring for their pets

Auburn, WA   |
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Nomad Pet Fostering

EIN: 92-0587989


Nomad Pet Fostering helps owners keep their pets when they run out of options in emergency situations. Our primary mission is to help unhoused people by temporarily fostering their pets. Our secondary mission is to help housed people by temporarily caring for their pets. In every case, we offer a way to maintain the human-animal bond between a pet and their owner and we strive for successful reunification of the two.

Notes from the nonprofit

The need we have seen for our services is much, much larger than we imagined. We've only been open for a few months (as of December 2022), but we have been at capacity most of that time - this in spite of tremendous growth in terms of available foster homes.

Ruling year info



Adrienne Battle

Main address

2715 V Ct SE

Auburn, WA 98002 USA

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Subject area info

Homeless services

Senior services

Women's services

Domesticated animals

Population served info

Refugees and displaced people

Internally displaced people

Nomadic people

Economically disadvantaged people


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NTEE code info

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

When the unexpected happens, pet owners need to find a way to continue taking care of their pets even if the owners can't be there. Often this means asking a friend or paying a service to watch over the pets. However, many pet owners do not have the resources for this, and all it takes is one visit to the hospital for them to lose their pets forever. This is particularly true for unhoused people, and those with homes but extremely low income. Those same people depend on their pets for support, and losing these pets can be devastating.

Our programs

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


We care for pets whose owners are temporarily unable to do so, due to an emergency situation. We are based in Auburn, WA, and work with clients throughout the Seattle-Tacoma area.

We also connect clients (and potential clients) with other existing programs to get free basic veterinary services for their pets, such as spay/neuter and vaccinations.

Finally, even when we are not able to completely provide pet care (as in fostering or in-home drop-in visits), we do help wherever we can, from giving out pet food and dog coats to giving dogs baths. (We will work with any species, not just dogs, but the vast majority of pets we are contacted about are dogs.)

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims of crime and abuse
Retired people
Unemployed people

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Direction of Success


Context Notes

Volunteer count at the end of 2022

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

In the short term, our goal is to establish a sustainable program that will care for the pets of extremely low-income owners in Auburn, WA.

Over time, we aim to grow this program to serve larger and larger geographical areas.

We also strive to shore up existing programs so that these pet owners don't fall through the cracks; one example is working to open pet-friendly "clean and sober" housing, so that addicts can keep their pets after they leave in-patient treatment (this is often a barrier to these owners entering treatment). Similar goals include establishing pet-friendly warming and cooling shelters during extreme weather.

To build a stable and sustainable pet care program, we are taking several steps:
1. Frequent outreach to the pet owners who need us: we visit "homeless camps" and resource centers regularly to check on these pets, to connect these pet owners with other existing community programs that will help them care for their pets, and to build trust with these pet owners.
2. Frequent outreach to related agencies: we maintain good relationships with local law enforcement, city government, anti-homelessness programs, humane societies, care managers in hospitals, counselors focused on addiction treatment, etc.
3. Ongoing recruitment efforts to expand our network of experienced and trustworthy pet care volunteers: we already use word of mouth, the networks of existing volunteers, and social media to let the community know what we do and how they can help. In addition to this, we are building up a marketing department to help us recruit more effectively.

Once our program is working well within the city of Auburn (we are able to maintain a volunteer base and operate at or below 80% capacity without turning pets away), we will slowly expand the program by accepting cases from neighboring areas. We will also focus on building volunteer bases in those same areas.

To help prevent pet owners from falling through systemic gaps, we have a few plans:
1. Pet-friendly "clean and sober" housing
We are partnering with a counseling practice (specializing in addiction treatment) to locate one such house that is willing to try a pilot program. The pilot program will involve a single dog or cat being hosted at that house, either by the pet owner or by a pet foster parent. Nomad Pet Fostering will provide ongoing support by checking in on the house and the pet often, making sure all needs are met and the pet remains safe. The counselors will help by monitoring the residents of the house to make sure the presence of a pet is not hurting their recovery, and making sure the residents continue to be safe for the pet to live with.
If this pilot program goes well, we plan to use that success to convince more housing providers in this sector of human services to host animals at their houses.
2. Pet-friendly cooling and warming shelters
Currently there are none within Auburn. We plan to use our contacts with the city and with other community programs to find a location that will allow pets on the premises temporarily. Nomad Pet Fostering will lead this effort.
3. Free pet vaccination clinics
There are existing programs that provide Auburn residents with free pet vaccinations, BUT these programs require pet owners to drive to another city to actually get their pets vaccinated. We are applying for grants to fund a few vaccination clinics a year - days when we will have a veterinarian come to a location that is easily accessible by people without reliable transportation.

We will also continue to work with other programs in our community to identify and reduce other systemic gaps.

We are a passionate group of volunteers. That can't be underestimated!

We have a partnership with a local pet supply store that provides most of our pet food for free.

We have a good relationship with a veterinarian, who gives us a discount on vet services for the pets we serve.

In our first 6 months, we grew from a single volunteer into a 501(c)(3) corporation with 20+ volunteers; in that time we helped 33 animals directly by taking care of them when their pet owners were temporarily unable to care for them. We established good relationships with the city, law enforcement, humane societies, etc. These relationships have been invaluable in educating our leadership about the issues related to our work, and this education is ongoing and passionately pursued.

We have now received requests for our services from as far away as Portland, OR, and hospitals throughout our own region routinely call us to help with their patients' pets. We have been at capacity for as long as we've been open, no matter how many volunteers we recruit. This indicates that we are becoming well known to the people who need us.

We have set up a regular outreach schedule to develop relationships with the homeless community in Auburn.

We have begun working with a counseling practice that specializes on addiction treatment, with a shared goal of opening up pet-friendly "clean and sober" housing.

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 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 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback


Nomad Pet Fostering

Financial data

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Nomad Pet Fostering

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Contributions, Grants, Gifts $7,394
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $7,394
Program Services $0
Administration $1,635
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $2,127
Total Expenses $3,762

Nomad Pet Fostering

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Total Assets $300
Total Liabilities $0
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $0


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

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Adrienne Battle

Dr. Adrienne Battle, a local physics professor, founded Nomad Pet Fostering, and is currently on the Board of Directors as well as the Director of everyday operations. She has been an “animal person” for her whole life, and has volunteered for many years with them - from caring for them at animal shelters and rescues, to volunteering with her dog Hooke as a Therapy Dog Team with Pet Partners and visiting inpatients and outpatients at hospitals. She currently has 3 dogs of her own, and loves cats as well.

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

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Nomad Pet Fostering

Board of directors
as of 03/31/2023
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Board chair

Brian Stubbs

Melissa Bailey

Annette Elledge

Adrienne Battle

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? Yes
  • 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? 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 3/31/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/13/2022

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Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.