United Coalition for Animals

Fixing the Future

aka UCAN Non-Profit Spay & Neuter Clinic   |   Cincinnati, OH   |  www.ucancincinnati.org

Mission

Our mission is ending the euthanasia of cats and dogs in local shelters and keeping pets in their loving homes by providing professional and affordable spay/neuter and wellness services.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Melanie Corwin

Main address

2830 Colerain Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45225 USA

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EIN

30-0024366

NTEE code info

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

Veterinary Services (D40)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Animals are being euthanized in shelters because the shelters are overwhelmed and do not have the space and resources to help all of the homeless animals. A significant reason for this is that people have not sterilized their pets and they have unwanted litters that are surrendered to the shelter or a pet gets a medical condition they cannot afford to treat which could have been prevented if the animal had been sterilized. In addition, every person deserves to have a pet - the health benefits of pet ownership are now well-researched and established. However, many low-income families cannot afford and/or do not have access to affordable spay/neuter and wellness services for their pet cats and dogs to keep them healthy and prevent unwanted litters of puppies and kittens. Many of the communities we serve are also overrun with outdoor community cats.

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?

Low-cost Spay/Neuter Services

UCAN provides professional, low-cost spay/neuter services to cats and dogs of residents in the Greater Cincinnati, area. No one is turned away for inability to pay.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

We provide core vaccines such as rabies, FVRCP and Distemper/Parvo and lifetime microchips so pets can stay heathy.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

Basic veterinary care, including exam, core vaccines and dewormer, for people living at or below 200% of the Federal poverty level.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Our mission is ending the euthanasia of cats and dogs in local shelters and keeping pets in their loving homes by providing professional and affordable spay/neuter and wellness services to keep pets healthy and with their families and prevent unwanted litters of puppies and kittens.

UCAN obtains grants and donations from generous donors so we can keep our spay/neuter and wellness fees as low as possible, and provide the services for free for those who cannot afford any payment. We target animals most in need (pit bulls, feral cats) with grant funds and people in underserved communities in our service area. No person is turned away because of inability to pay. We provide free transportation to our clinic from several locations in Southwestern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana so our services are accessible to all residents.

To address community cats, we have hired trappers to trap the cats and all community cats brought to us (either through our paid trappers or members of the public) receive spay/neuter surgery and vaccines for free.

UCAN has highly-skilled and experienced veterinarians, registered veterinary technicians, and veterinary assistants who provide professional, high-quality medical care to all animals who visit our clinic. We also have a clinic manager and front office staff to handle the scheduling and client questions and a transport driver to transport animals to the clinic in one of our two vehicles, a box truck and a small cargo van.

We purchased our own facility in 2014, thanks to a generous grant from a local Foundation, to be able to perform more surgeries. We have performed over 124,000 spay/neuter surgeries (as of April 2019) since opening in April 2007, preventing hundreds of thousands of unwanted cats and dogs from being born into abuse, neglect and ultimate euthanasia in shelters. As a result of these surgeries, most of the shelters in our service area have attained a 90% save rate of the animals they take in. Through our low-cost vaccine clinics, we have also provided low-cost core vaccines, microchips and wellness services to thousands of pet owners in our community, keeping their pets healthy and with their families instead of being surrendered to shelters.

We are looking to expand the type of services we can offer to low-income pet owners in underserved communities to keep their pets healthy, including dentals, treatment for minor illnesses, etc. We are also targeting specific underserved communities in our service area by providing free vaccine clinics, giving us an opportunity to give pets free core vaccines, microchips and vouchers for free spay/neuter services and help pet owners with other issues they are facing with their pets. We are also working with the shelters and social service agencies in our community to implement more surrender prevention programs - figuring out the reasons why pet owners have previously had to surrender their pets to a shelter (i.e., can't find affordable, pet-friendly housing, are temporarily homeless, etc.) and designing programs to prevent that from occurring in the future.

Financials

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Operations

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

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United Coalition for Animals

Board of directors
as of 12/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Thomas Hattersley, Esq.

Pathway Guidance

Term: 2011 - 2022

Thomas Hattersley, Esq.

Partner, Pathway Guidance

Linda Richardson

Retired, IRS

Julie O'Connell, DVM

Owner, Park Plaza Animal Hospital

Robin Tackett

President, Slice of Stainless

Dorothea Langsam, Esq.

Associate General Counsel & Vice President, Fifth Third Bank

Gwen DiMeo, CPA

Cassady Schiller CPA's & Advisors

Amy Meyer, M.Ed

Vice President Corporate Development, Rhinestahl Corporation

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/08/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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