THE ANIMAL RIGHTS ALLIANCE INC

aka T.A.R.A., Inc.   |   Warwick, NY   |  tara-spayneuter.org

Mission

The Animal Rights Alliance Inc., T.A.R.A., is addressing one of the greatest causes of animal suffering, pet overpopulation. Our mission is to reduce the number of stray, abandoned and unwanted cats and dogs from coming into a system that cannot hold them. This will stop the killing and create more good homes.

Ruling year info

1991

President

Rose Tardif

Vice President

Stephen Tardif

Main address

P.O. Box 185

Warwick, NY 10990 USA

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EIN

13-3269965

NTEE code info

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

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Every year millions of friendly, healthy, and young cats and dogs are killed in shelters and die on the streets, simply because there are not enough homes for them. At the same time these animals are dying, millions of people are struggling to pay for their cats and dogs to be spayed and neutered. Often, when people cannot afford to pay a traditional veterinary hospital for these services, they do not spay and neuter their pet. This causes the pet to breed, adding dozens (or hundreds) of kittens and puppies to the number of homeless, unwanted animals in shelters and living outside. If thousands of animals are born every day, we cannot possibly adopt our way out of this problem. There are only two ways to stop pet overpopulation, raise the death rate or lower the birth rate. We have always chosen the latter. Our goal is to prevent owners from surrendering their dogs and cats to local shelters due to their inability to afford these needed services.

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?

Mobile Spay and Neuter Clinic

Our organization, The Animal Rights Alliance, Inc. (T.A.R.A.) operates a low-cost, high-volume, high-quality mobile spay and neuter clinic in its 19th year of operation. We provide services for feral, stray, and domestic felines. The T.A.R.A. mobile clinic primarily serves Orange, Ulster, Sullivan, Dutchess, and Rockland Counties, in New York.

T.A.R.A. has a strong community presence and to date has spayed and neutered over 140,000 cats. T.A.R.A. has no residency restrictions for regularly- scheduled clinics and welcomes all cats in an effort to curtail and limit overpopulation. T.A.R.A. regularly collaborates with numerous rescue organizations, shelters, and humane societies throughout the region as a low-cost spay/neuter service provider. T.A.R.A. has existing agreements with other local 501c3 animal welfare organizations to offer reduced-price services. T.A.R.A. also has contracts with select municipalities, which allows these towns to offer spay and neuter services through reduced-cost voucher programs to their town residents. As an organization, we are well accustomed to the implementation and completion of targeted service goals, community networking, successful advertising, and public relations.

As an organization, T.A.R.A. follows all laws and requirements for licensing, as established by the Department of Education and the New York State Assembly. We maintain the highest level of professionalism and hire only qualified personnel. T.A.R.A. has been employing licensed veterinarians, licensed veterinary technicians, and veterinary assistants since the launch of the mobile clinic program in 2002.

Population(s) Served

T.A.R.A. maintains contracts with select municipalities, which allows these towns to offer spay and neuter services through reduced-cost voucher programs to their town residents. We currently have contracts with fourteen towns. Since the inception of these programs, over 9,400 public cats have been spayed and neutered for residents of the participating towns. These programs will continue to remain in place indefinitely, with expansion and continued funding being sought for future years.

T.A.R.A. has been offering discounted, contracting services in the Town of Mamakating, N.Y. since 2004. As of March 2021, T.A.R.A. has spayed and neutered over 2260 cats for the residents of Mamakating through this program.

T.A.R.A. has been offering discounted, contracting services in the Town of Montgomery, N.Y., through collaboration with the Will Spay Pets organization, since 2007. As of March 2021, T.A.R.A. has spayed and neutered over 1550 cats for the residents of Montgomery through this program.

T.A.R.A. has been offering discounted, contracting services in the Town of Chester N.Y., through collaboration with the Warwick Valley Humane Society, since 2012. As of March 2021, T.A.R.A. has spayed and neutered over 360 cats for the residents of Chester through this program.

T.A.R.A. has been offering discounted, contracting services in the Town of Warwick, N.Y., through collaboration with the Warwick Valley Humane Society, since 2012. As of March 2021, T.A.R.A. has spayed and neutered over 1700 cats for the residents of Warwick through this program.

T.A.R.A. has been offering discounted, contracting services in the Town of Crawford, N.Y., through collaboration with the Will Spay Pets organization, since 2014. As of March 2021, T.A.R.A. has spayed and neutered over 800 cats for the residents of Crawford through this program.

T.A.R.A. has been offering discounted, contracting services in the Town of Wallkill, N.Y., since 2015. As of March 2021, T.A.R.A. has spayed and neutered over 1000 cats for the residents of the town of Wallkill through this program.

T.A.R.A. has been offering discounted, contracting services in the Town of Monroe, N.Y., since 2015. As of March 2021 , T.A.R.A. has spayed and neutered over 300 cats for the residents of Monroe through this program.

T.A.R.A. has been offering discounted, contracting services in the Town of Woodbury, N.Y., since 2015. As of March 2021, T.A.R.A. has spayed and neutered over 520 cats for the residents of Woodbury through this program.

T.A.R.A. has been offering discounted, contracting services in the Town of Thompson, N.Y., since 2017.As of March 2021, T.A.R.A. has spayed and neutered over 735 cats for the residents of Thompson through this program.

T.A.R.A. has been offering discounted, contracting services in the Town of Bethel, N.Y., since 2017. As of March 2021, T.A.R.A. has spayed and neutered over 90 cats for the residents of Bethel through this program.

T.A.R.A. has been offering discounted, contracting services in the Town of Goshen, N.Y., since 2019. As of March 2021 T.A.R.A. has spayed and neutered over 50 cats for the residents of Goshen through this program.

T.A.R.A. has been offering discounted, contracting services in the Town of Wawayanda, N.Y., since 2019. As of March 2021 T.A.R.A. has spayed and neutered over 10 cats for the residents of Wawayanda through this program.

T.A.R.A. has been offering discounted, contracting services in the Town of Fallsburg, N.Y., since 2020. As of March 2021 T.A.R.A. has spayed and neutered over 50 cats for the residents of Fallsburg through this program.

T.A.R.A. has been offering discounted, contracting services in the Village of Highland Falls, N.Y., since 2020. As of March 2021 T.A.R.A. has spayed and neutered over 10 cats for the residents of Highland Falls through this program.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In addition to our mobile spay/neuter clinic for cats, our organization, The Animal Rights Alliance, Inc. (T.A.R.A.) opened a low-cost, high-volume, high-quality stationary spay and neuter focused on dogs in April 2014. The T.A.R.A. stationary clinic is located in Middletown, New York and has been the location of over 18,000 canine spay/neuter surgeries as of March 2021. This clinic is open to the public with no residency restrictions and welcomes all dogs over 4 pounds in an effort to curtail and limit overpopulation. Dogs over 7 years old may require pre-operative blood work.

As an organization, T.A.R.A. follows all laws and requirements for licensing, as established by the Department of Education and the New York State Assembly. We maintain the highest level of professionalism and hire only qualified personnel. T.A.R.A. has been employing licensed veterinarians, licensed veterinary technicians, and veterinary assistants since the launch of the mobile clinic program in 2002.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Beginning in May 2014, T.A.R.A. began offering a low-cost vaccine clinic every Thursday between 10AM and 1:45PM at the new stationary clinic located at 60 Enterprise Place in Middletown, New York. These vaccine clinics are for spayed and neutered cats and dogs only. Dogs must be brought on a leash and cats in a carrier. No appointment is necessary.

Since 2014, we served over 18,000 cats and dogs, at our weekly vaccine clinic, who may never have been vaccinated otherwise!

Population(s) Served
Adults

On June 15, 2015, we received a generous grant from the ASPCA which made funds possible for us to be able to acquire a customized, animal transport shuttle. The shuttle, manufactured by LaBoit, can accommodate approximately 40 animals, of various sizes, and provide same-day transportation to and from our stationary clinic for spaying and neutering. This transport program will reach communities within a 50-mile radius of our clinic, and will provide people in those communities with an affordable option that would otherwise not be possible. Though our focus is on dogs, our shuttle also accepts both pet cats, and feral cats in traps, as well. The new vehicle made its first run on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, picking up 8 dogs and several cats from Pomona, New York. By transporting dogs and cats to our clinic, we believe this service will enable us to triple our numbers, which helps lower the, seemingly, unending problem of pet overpopulation.

We are very happy with the start-up of the shuttle program. We have learned that it will take time for the shuttle to reach its full potential. The shuttle currently operates three days per week stopping at a different location each day. Our continued goal is to have the shuttle in operation with at least two different stops on each day for a minimum of six stops per week.

As of January 2018, the T.A.R.A. Spay Shuttle has already shuttled over 2,500 animals from various locations to our stationary clinic in Middletown, New York, for spay/neuter surgery.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Beginning in April 2016, T.A.R.A. now offers low-cost dental cleanings! Dentistry is performed weekly at our stationary clinic in Middletown, NY. Dentistry includes assessment, anesthesia, full cleaning and polishing of the teeth, and minor extractions. These dental clinics are for spayed and neutered cats and dogs only.
Dogs over 5 years old may require pre-operative blood work.

As an organization, T.A.R.A. follows all laws and requirements for licensing, as established by the Department of Education and the New York State Assembly. We maintain the highest level of professionalism and hire only qualified personnel. T.A.R.A. has been employing licensed veterinarians, licensed veterinary technicians, and veterinary assistants since the launch of the mobile clinic program in 2002.

As of January 2018, T.A.R.A. has performed over 500 dental cleanings!

Population(s) Served
Adults

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.

Average number of animals spayed and neutered per day

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The average number is based on 183 days of surgery.

Number of animals spayed and neutered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

By creating a low-cost community program for spay and neuter, the public can afford to proactively spay and neuter all pets. This is the ultimate humane prevention - with every animal we spay and neuter, we stop generations of suffering from ever happening. Our objective is, first and foremost, to save cat and dog lives by providing low-cost, high-quality spaying and neutering in order to effectively curtail euthanasia due to pet overpopulation. Our mobile clinic for cats has been in operation since 2002 and our new stationary clinic focused on dogs in Middletown, New York, opened April 2014. We accommodate both domestic and feral felines, as well as, dogs. T.A.R.A. has no residency or maximum weight restrictions, and welcomes all cats and dogs, in an effort to eliminate pet overpopulation. Additionally, we have added weekly, low-cost, vaccine and dental clinics for spayed and neutered cats and dogs only.

The stationary clinic provides an increased ability to accommodate more cats and larger dogs in much higher numbers. Moreover, the shuttle program can reach communities within a 50-mile radius of our clinic, and will provide people in those communities with an affordable option that would otherwise not be possible. We are additionally maintaining our mobile clinic's ongoing capacity.

T.A.R.A. routinely collaborates with over 75 local 501c3 animal welfare organizations. T.A.R.A. has existing agreements with these local animal welfare organizations to offer reduced-price services. We also maintain contracts with several municipalities, which allows these towns to offer spay and neuter services through reduced-cost voucher programs to their town residents. Our organization follows all laws and requirements for licensing, as established by the Department of Education and the New York State Assembly. We also maintain the highest level of professionalism and hire only qualified personnel. T.A.R.A. has been employing licensed veterinarians, licensed veterinary technicians, and qualified veterinary assistants, since the launch of the mobile clinic program in 2002. The daily clinic staff includes one of our licensed veterinarians on staff, two licensed veterinary technicians, one veterinary assistant, and an intake coordinator.

Since the acquisition of our first mobile clinic for cats in 2002, our numbers have steadily increased, year after year by a minimum of 5%, but averaging around 10%. Our stationary, state-of-the-art veterinary clinic for dogs, opened in Middletown, New York in 2014. Our shuttle program hit the road in November 2015. It makes it possible for us to accommodate transportation for dogs, as well as cats who are further away, mainly in other counties. Although our services are already low-cost, we would like to continue to expand our ability to offer services at a further reduced price to low-income areas and to low-income individuals. T.A.R.A. is able to offer reduced price services on a case-by-case basis, but we would greatly desire an increased ability to do so.

Financials

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THE ANIMAL RIGHTS ALLIANCE INC

Board of directors
as of 3/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rose Tardif

President

Stephen Tardif

Jennifer Park, DVM

Rose Tardif

Annemarie Forgie

Organizational demographics

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