Animal related

FixNation, Inc.

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • www.fixnation.org

Mission Statement

FixNation's mission is to reduce the population of homeless cats by sterilizing as many as possible while demonstrating the effectiveness of Trap-Neuter-Return and colony management for the humane care of homeless cats.

Main Programs

  1. FixNation's General Operations
  2. Community Cat TNR, Spay/Neuter
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Los Angeles, CA (City)
Los Angeles, CA (County)

ruling year

2006

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Self-reported

Ms. Karn Myers

Co-Founder and CEO

Self-reported

Mr. Mark Dodge Esq.

Keywords

Self-reported

spay, neuter, feral, cats, TNR, caregivers, animal welfare, animal rescue, Trap-Neuter-Return, homeless cats, free-roaming cats

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EIN

83-0452460

 Number

3890772524

Physical Address

7680 Clybourn Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 91352

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

Veterinary Services (D40)

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

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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FixNation and its programs have sterilized more than 125,000 cats.  We consistently provide the highest level of veterinary care to feral cats in the country, and we provide this free of charge to caregivers of feral cat colonies.

In 2012, FixNation is expanding services to include free microchips for pet cats at the time of spay/neuter surgery, as well as offering weekly Wellness Clinics for both dogs and cats, in order to provide consistent and affordable preventative care for community animals.

In 2016, FixNation will launch an animal transport program that will help to move adoptable cats from Los Angeles streets and the shelter to no-kill adoption partners in other areas of the country.

Programs

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

Program 1

FixNation's General Operations

Our main operations include:

Operating
a full-time spay/neuter clinic with free services for homeless stray and
feral cats, and affordable services for tame cats.
Maintaining
a collection of humane traps which we loan out to the public and
caregivers who participate in our programs.
Educating
the public about TNR and offering training sessions on proper trapping
techniques and care of feral cat colonies.
Managing
community outreach programs to elevate the awareness of TNR and ultimately
reduce shelter intake and euthanasia rates for cats as a whole.
Conducting
free, bi-monthly spay-neuter clinics in partnership with our sister
program, Best Friends Catnippers.

Category

Animal-Related

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Other Named Groups

Budget

$1,292,750.00

Program 2

Community Cat TNR, Spay/Neuter

Not available

Category

Animal-Related

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

Results

Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of people trained

Target Population
General/Unspecified

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
This reflects the number of community volunteers trained and supported via FixNation's free trap loan program each year.

2. Total dollars of operating costs per animal per day

Target Population
General/Unspecified

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
This cost per animal is calculated to include all animals who receive care in the FixNation clinic. Cats and dogs who attend FixNation's low-cost wellness clinic.

3. Number of animals sterilized (spayed/neutered)

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
This metric shows the number of cats spay/neutered at FixNation each year. Additional cats are often brought to FixNation and receive medical assessments but may not be eligible for surgery.

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    FixNation aims to reduce the number of community cats (feral, stray, and free-roaming owned cats) in the Los Angeles Metro area.

    The organization seeks to increase public awareness of community cats and Trap-Neuter-return as the most humane and effective solution to reducing their numbers; training and recruiting community cat advocates to deliver TNR in Los Angeles and beyond.

    Lastly, FixNation works to save the lives of cats through its transport and adoption program which relocates adoptable strays and shelter cats in danger of euthanasia to areas where there is a demand for adoptable cats.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    FixNation continues to offer the most comprehensive TNR program in the country with 100% of services for community cats delivered free of charge to volunteers. Services are provided Wednesday through Saturday, with additional bi-monthly clinics held on Sunday.

    FixNation distributes educational materials in door-to-door outreach, attends community festivals and events to raise awareness, and partners with local colleges and other organizations to reach the public with its message. To expand this knowledge further, FixNation has developed a free online TNR training course, offers in-clinic TNR training, and offers TNR training presentations to third-party groups upon request. FixNation also provides in-depth training to organizations in other states/countries who will to replicate the FixNation model.

    FixNation will identify adoptable cats via its TNR programs and shelter volunteers. These cats will then be "pulled" either from the street colony or shelter and vetted and fostered prior to transport. Once healthy and temperament tested, these cats will then be transported to no-kill adoption partners in other states.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    FixNation operates a state-of-the-art veterinary surgical clinic with two surgical tables and kennels/traps to accommodate more than 100 cats per day. The full-time clinic (40hrs/wk) and bi-monthly weekend clinic are run by a full-time professional staff of 15. This includes the Co-Founder & Executive Director, Medical Director, Clinic Manager, veterinarians, Registered Vet Techs, administrative support staff. The paid staff is supported by regular volunteers.

    FixNation leadership and its dedicated volunteers have been experts in TNR for more than 20 years. FixNation is an internationally recognized name in TNR and community cat management.

    FixNation has purchased and specially equipped a van capable of safely transporting 30-40 cats per trip. Adoption partners have been identified in Los Angeles and destination cities to support the care and placement of cats into loving homes.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Success of the TNR program is measured by the number of cats that are sterilized annually and FixNation has consistently fixed an average of 15,000 cats per year. It's difficult to extrapolate the number of free-roaming cats which these surgeries have prevented, we will offer a very conservative calculation to consider: If even half of the females that FixNation sterilizes annually, 3750 cats, had 3 kittens in the first years (litters can average 6 kittens), we will have prevented the births of 11,250 more cats in the very first year of service.

    FixNation measures progress by the number of new volunteers accessing its services and the number of training workshops delivered.

    Success of the transport and adoption program is simple. We measure it in lives saved.

  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    FixNation and its programs have sterilized more than 125,000 cats and we continue to fix an average of 15,000 cats per year. 80% of which are stray, feral, or community cats.

    FixNation continues to grow its list of trained TNR volunteers and is currently mentoring a foreign nonprofit organization which will be opening a FixNation-modeled TNR clinic in Israel in 2017.

    In the first six months of this programs operation, nearly 200 cats were saved from LA streets and shelters.
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Los Angeles, CA (City)
Los Angeles, CA (County)

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Funding Needs

The only way to motivate members of the community to engage in TNR on a meaningful scale is by offering the most expensive component of this package, sterilization surgery, for free.  If this component is not free, TNR on any large scale would come to a halt; include it and miracles of change can happen, as has been our case with FixNation.We wish to not only sustain, but to expand operations, in a way that enables us to demonstrate more effectively the importance and value of TNR and the positive effect of our work on shelter intake/euthanasia rates.  This begins with significantly expanding FixNation’s outreach and education on the impact our kind of work can have on a local scale, demonstrating its replicability in other locations toward the ultimate goal of creating other clinics based on our model. We can thus support coordinated massive community efforts to end feline homelessness nationwide.

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Financials

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FixNation, Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Leadership

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Co-Founder and Executive Director

Ms. Karn Myers

Co-Founder and CEO

Mr. Mark Dodge Esq.

BIO

Karn Myers is the Executive Director of FixNation, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the clinic. Along with her husband Mr. Mark Dodge, Karn is a Co-Founder of both FixNation clinic and Best Friends Catnippers, both programs providing free spay/neuter services to the Los Angeles community.

Karn has extensive experience in the business world, having served as executive assistant to Chief Executives in various industries, including international matters. Her time in college, officer training at First Interstate Bank and real estate license school, together with her experience in executive support, office management and office technology, set Karn up ideally to become Executive Director of FixNation, where she has served full-time since operations were launched in January of 2007.

Since launching Catnippers and FixNation, Mark and Karn have become important players in the animal welfare world, assisting with the drafting of LA City's feral cat policy, partnering with the nation's largest animal foundations including Best Friends Animal Society, PetSmart Charities, ASPCA, and HSUS, and serving on the NKLA Steering Committee. Although their lives have changed dramatically since Mark was diagnosed with ALS in 2011, their commitment to one another and to the cats of Los Angeles remains firm.

STATEMENT FROM THE Co-Founder and Executive Director

"Los Angeles is home to one of the nation's largest populations of homeless cats. Many communities use lethal control methods in an attempt to address the issue of stray, abandoned, and feral cats. Such methods are not only horribly cruel, they are also ineffective and costly.

There's a better way.

Trap-Neuter-Return is the humane alternative to euthanasia for managing and reducing homeless cat populations through sterilization. TNR begins with the trapping of cats using humane cage traps. The cats are then taken (in the trap) to be sterilized and vaccinated against rabies, distemper, and other diseases. Finally, the cats are “ear tipped" so that they can be easily identified as sterilized. Following surgery, the cat is returned to the trap and allowed to recover, then released to the site of capture.

We were inspired to advocate on behalf of feral cat after learning about the number of homeless cats in Los Angeles and around the country. After researching solutions, we developed FixNation's predecessor spay/neuter program, Catnippers, which launched in October 1999. This bi-monthly all-volunteer clinic is still running, and has sterilized more than 17,000 homeless cats.

After eight years of successful Catnippers clinics, we knew a permanent facility was needed in order to address the still-growing homeless cat population in L.A. After much planning and fundraising, FixNation was launched in 2007, a 501(c)(3)
organization operating LA's first full-time spay/neuter facility with a Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) mission.

FixNation provides comprehensive TNR support including free spay/neuter services for homeless cats, TNR outreach and education, and affordable care for companion cats and dogs. In total, FixNation and Catnippers have sterilized more than 125,000 cats.

(Updated December 2015)
"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Mark Dodge Esq.

FixNation

Term: May 2006 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & 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?