Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society

Every Little Buddy Needs Somebody

Centreville, VA   |
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Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society

EIN: 45-0482392


At Little Buddies, we focus on three core pillars: providing essential veterinary care and promoting the adoption of abandoned, homeless, and abused animals, educating our community about humane treatment and fostering empathy, and advocating for responsible pet care through securing public funding for vital spaying and neutering.

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Dr. Peggy Carlson

Main address

PO Box 1543

Centreville, VA 20122 USA

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Subject area info

Animal welfare

Population served info


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

Pet overpopulation is a serious problem that will not be solved until cats and dogs are no longer overbreeding . This will not happen until there is complete public awareness of the problem and a willingness on the part of all citizens to promote the spay and neuter of all companion animals.

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?


Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society rescues homeless, abused or neglected animals. After spaying and neutering, the animals are placed into our adoption program. We have a funding program to assist those who cannot afford to have their animals spayed and neutered. Humane education is provided through our web site, newsletters, lectures, articles and community outreach programs. We rescue animals primarily from the entire Northern Virginia and metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, as well as from parts ofMaryland, Delaware, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

Population(s) Served

Our adoption program rescues homeless, abused or neglected animals and finds safe and loving homes for them. Many of the animals we take in come from local community animal shelters, from off the street and we are frequently contacted by people in the community who can no longer keep their pets do not want to take them to the county shelter where there is a good chance euthanasia will be the outcome. The animals we rescue are placed into foster homes. Before they can be adopted into permanent homes, many of the animals need veterinary care. Once the animals are healthy and ready to be adopted, we start the process of finding homes for them. We post a photo and brief description of the animal on our web site and various adoption sites, such as and Adopt-A-Pet. We ensure that every animal adopted from us is spayed/neutered.

Population(s) Served

Our spay/neuter program is critical to our goals.  As noted above, spaying/neutering all the animals adopted from us ultimately decreases the pet overpopulation problem in the community.  We also extend our spay/neuter program to anyone in the community who needs financial assistance to spay/neuter their pet.

Population(s) Served

The feral cat program is to work to stabilize feral cat colonies, as well as to decrease the number of feral cats in our community. Feral cats are those cats living outdoors who, because they lacked human interaction when they were kittens, never developed the skills which would allow them to live indoors as domesticated pets. There are millions of feral cats in this country.
County animal shelters seldom, have the money, people, or equipment to assist citizens with feral cat issues. Little Buddies lends humane traps to people. Using these traps, people can catch feral cats, have them spayed/neutered, and return them to their colonies where they can continue to be cared for. This stabilizes the size of the colony by preventing the birth of more kittens. Little Buddies also directs people to places where feral cats can be spayed/neutered. We also provide financial assistance, for spaying/neutering and other veterinary care, to anyone who requests monetary help for feral cats.

Population(s) Served

Our community assistance program provides aid to people who need help with animals.  We have provided financial assistance to individuals who have contaced us because they could not afford the veterinay care their pet needed.  With the exception of local rescue groups, there are few other resources in the community for people who need financial assistance for pets.  We also frequentlyget calls from people who find sick, injured, or stray amimals in their neighborhood.  We help provide veterinary care for those animals.  Through our community assistance program, we have also worked with people who need assistanvce with large populations of cats.  For example, we have been contacted by people who have many cats living on their property.

Population(s) Served

Through our humane education program we teach members of the community not only how to care for their own pets, but also how to care for all animals.

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 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


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.

The goal of Little Buddies is to help as many homeless and abused animals as possible. This includes helping as many animals as possible get out of animal shelters, as well as helping animals living outdoors including those who are in feral colonies and those who have been lost or abandoned.


1. Increase our fundraising capabilities.
2. Increase our online presence.
3. Increase the number of foster homes we have.
4. Increase the number of community adoption centers which we have.

We have an increasing number of people with different skills and experience who are involved with our organization. This allows us to use those skills to expand our capabilities. For example, we can utilize the technology skills of some individuals and the animal care skills of others. We have expanded to a point where we now staff adoption centers in local pet stores which will increase the visibility of animals looking for homes. We have increased the number of veterinarians we work with. We are also increasing our donor base.

Things we have accomplished:
1. We have more than doubled the number of animals adoptions.
2. We have a more visible online presence.
3. We have greatly increased the number of feral cat colonies we have
helped TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return).
4. Each year our donor base and donations increase.

Things we have not accomplished:
1. We would like to increase our number of foster homes faster than we
have been able.
2. We would like to increase our number of volunteers faster than we
have been able.
3. We would like to increase our fundraising capabilities faster than we
have been able.


Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
Fiscal year: Apr 01 - Mar 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 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.00 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 52.4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Apr 01 - Mar 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Apr 01 - Mar 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: Apr 01 - Mar 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society’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 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $93,160 $761,945 $550,604 -$38,034 $934,267
As % of expenses 127.0% 67.8% 413.8% -24.9% 515.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $90,410 $761,945 $550,604 -$38,034 $934,267
As % of expenses 118.8% 67.8% 413.8% -24.9% 515.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $164,045 $1,331,878 $135,172 $114,516 $1,181,091
Total revenue, % change over prior year 104.9% 711.9% -89.9% -15.3% 931.4%
Program services revenue 7.0% 0.7% 12.3% 8.9% 1.3%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 2.2% 0.5% 21.6% 33.7% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 90.8% 98.8% 68.3% 57.4% 98.7%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% -2.2% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $73,372 $1,123,361 $133,060 $152,550 $181,387
Total expenses, % change over prior year -14.9% 1431.0% -88.2% 14.6% 18.9%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 0.4% 0.2% 0.2% 0.2% 0.0%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 99.6% 99.8% 99.8% 99.8% 100.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $76,122 $1,123,361 $133,060 $152,550 $181,387
One month of savings $6,114 $93,613 $11,088 $12,713 $15,116
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $82,236 $1,216,974 $144,148 $165,263 $196,503

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 29.5 10.1 134.7 114.5 158.1
Months of cash and investments 29.5 10.1 134.7 114.5 158.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 29.6 10.1 134.7 114.5 158.1
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $180,593 $942,538 $1,493,142 $1,455,108 $2,389,375
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $27,500 $27,500 $27,500 $27,500 $27,500
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
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 $180,718 $942,663 $1,493,267 $1,455,233 $2,389,500

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Material data errors No No No No No


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

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Dr. Peggy Carlson

Peggy Carlson, MD has spent much of the past 20 years working in the area of animal protection. She has worked closely with local animal shelters. She has worked with several national animal protection organizations. Dr. Carlson has testified before Congress and the Maryland state legislature on animal protection issues. She has written on several animal protection topics and has co-edited and written a book on the nutritional and health aspects of a vegetarian diet. Dr. Carlson has been practicing medicine for about 25 years and has written two chapters in a textbook of emergency medicine. She is currently president of Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society, a nonprofit animal rescue group.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society

Board of directors
as of 01/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Dr. Peggy Carlson

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Term: 2002 -

Louise Holton

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Peggy Carlson

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Richard Nathan

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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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • 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 1/6/2024

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