A PASSION FOR PAWS RESCUE INC

La Jolla, CA   |  http://apassionforpaws.org

Mission

Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome Akitas and large breed dogs. Our efforts are focused on dogs most likely to be euthanized in shelters; those dogs unfairly labeled "aggressive" or "unadoptable." We give them a second chance at life.

Ruling year info

2006

President / Executive Director

Ms. Cheryl Weatherford

Vice President / Secretary

Ms. Lysette Tidwell

Main address

1665 Caminito Asterisco

La Jolla, CA 92037 USA

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EIN

20-4546959

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

Pet overpopulation is a serious problem in the United States which results in the euthanasia of over 1.5 animals very year. Taxpayer funded shelters are overburdened and lack the resources to hold animals for long periods of time, treat serious medical conditions, and work with animals on resolvable behavioral issues. Non-Profit rescue organizations such as A Passion for Paws serve to create a bridge from shelters to homes by providing additional care, treating resolvable medical and behavioral issues, and giving animals additional time to live until appropriate homes can be found.

Our programs

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

Rescue Program

Our Rescue Program offers sanctuary for Akitas and other large breed dogs scheduled to be euthanized in crowded shelters. Rescued dogs are relocated to our Akita Ranch in Romoland, California, or into foster care homes depending on specific needs. Rescue efforts are focused primarily in Southern California, but our reach extends to Northern California, Nevada, and Arizona. We also network with other rescues, informing them about dogs in danger of being euthanized.

Population(s) Served

Our Rehabilitation Program restores rescued dogs’ physical and emotional health; improving their quality of life and increasing their potential for permanent rehoming. We provide veterinary care, sterilization procedures and microchipping. We provide positive reinforcement behavioral training, social conditioning, adequate exercise, toys for mental stimulation and boredom alleviation, and herbal and homeopathic remedies for physical ailments. Our Akita Ranch provides individual 12’ x 16’ kennels for 25 dogs. Each day the dogs are exercised on a 2 acre playground. Every dog is given individualized care based on their specific behavioral, physical, and emotional needs.

Population(s) Served

Our Rehoming Program places rehabilitated Akitas into permanent, safe, and loving homes. Available dogs are posted with photos on our website and several other adoption search sites. We also promote the dogs daily on social media. Potential owners complete an adoption contract which includes a provision for humane treatment. Follow-up consultation ensures the rehoming remains beneficial to the Akitas and their owners. We welcome back dogs whose owners decide not to keep them and retrieve them if owners do not uphold the contract.

Population(s) Served

All of the dogs from our rescue are spayed and neutered. We frequently discuss the importance of spaying and neutering for the prevention of pet overpopulation, improvements to behavior, and reduction in diseases. We also attempt to teach people basic skills for dog ownership such as compliance with leash laws, safety with children and other animals, understanding dog behavior, providing referrals to veterinarians and trainers, explaining what genetic issues, diseases and other medical issues may be common in the breed.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Our long-term goal is to end animal euthanasia in municipal shelters. Through rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming Akitas and other large breed dogs from these shelters we are slowly reaching our goal. Over the next three to five years our goal is to increase the number of dogs saved by 25% year over year; doubling the number of dogs saved every four years. As we meet these benchmarks, we hope that demand for our services decreases.

Our primary strategy in the near-term is to increase our funding. Throughout our existence we have primarily relied on individual contributions to fund our programs. This model has made our programs sustainable, but to achieve our goals we must increase our efforts. This year we are cultivating partnerships with private foundations to increase our funding and give us the finances needed to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome more dogs than we have in the past. We are not interested in just maintaining the status quo.

Our founder and President has over twenty years experience successfully owning and managing small businesses. She understands the importance of low expenses. Not having paid staff, frees up finances to be spent directly on the dogs. Our organization has well-established adoption partnerships with 29 shelters, which allows us to rescue dogs without added expenses. We also have a countless number of volunteers all across California alerting us when dogs inline with our mission enter shelters.

So far we have rescued, rehabilitated, and rehomed over 1200 dogs. Greater success for our organization is held back by lack of funding and lack of volunteers. This year we are making a concerted effort to cultivate funding from private foundations. We are discussing strategies to increase our volunteer base. Many champion our cause with their voices, but we need more practical things; like people to work at our Akita Ranch and people to transport dogs from shelters.

Financials

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Operations

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

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A PASSION FOR PAWS RESCUE INC

Board of directors
as of 9/17/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Cheryl Weatherford

A Passion For Paws Rescue

Term: 2015 - 2015

Lysette Tidwell

A Passion For Paws Rescue

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 ? Yes
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No