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

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2014, 2013 and 2012.
Register now

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

Self-reported by organization

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

Self-reported by organization

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

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

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

Social Media

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.

Videos

photos




External Reviews

Source: greatnonprofits.org

The review section is powered by Great Nonprofits

Financials

Financial information is an important part of gauging the short- and long-term health of the organization.

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

Sign in or create an account to view this information

NEED MORE INFO ON THIS NONPROFIT?

Free: Gain immediate access to the following:
  • Address, phone, website and contact information
  • Forms 990 for 2014, 2013 and 2012
  • Board Chair and Board Members
  • Access to the GuideStar Community
Get all this now for free
Need the ability to download nonprofit data and more advanced search options? Consider a Premium or Pro Search subscription.

Operations

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

FixNation, Inc.

Leadership

NEED MORE INFO ON THIS NONPROFIT?

Free: Gain immediate access to the following:
  • Address, phone, website and contact information
  • Forms 990 for 2014, 2013 and 2012
  • Board Chair and Board Members
  • Access to the GuideStar Community
Need the ability to download nonprofit data and more advanced search options? Consider a Premium or Pro Search subscription.

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

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section, which enables organizations and donors to transparently share information about essential board leadership practices. Self-reported by organization

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?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?