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THE SAGA SOCIETY FOUNDATION INC

  • Masontown, PA
  • www.sagahumanesociety.org

Mission Statement

Saga Humane Society, formed in 1999 under the incorporation of the Saga Society Foundation Inc, operates in Ambergris Caye as a non-profit humane society registered as a NGO in Belize. The mission of Saga Humane Society is to prevent cruelty and replace it with kindness to all animals and to reduce animal overpopulation on the island of Ambergris Caye. This sis accomplished though the operation of the islands only non-profit, humane society, a veterinary clinic that offers low and no-cost spay/neuter procedures, and is enhanced with lessons and community workshops focused on humane education.

Main Programs

  1. S.N.I.P.
  2. Reduced Euthnasia Rates
  3. Adoption and Rehoming rates
  4. Animal Wellness & Well-Being

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Service Areas

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International

Ambergris Caye (pronounced Am-BUR-gris or Am-BUR-grease Key) is the largest of some 200 cayes that dot the coastline of Belize. Ambergris is 25 miles long and a little over a mile wide, in some places, and it is located in the clear shallow waters of the Caribbean Sea just off the tip of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
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Her coastline is protected by the 190 miles long Barrier Reef, the second largest living coral reef in the world. In Mayan times, Ambergris Caye was a trading post. The Marco Gonzalez ruins at the southern tip of the caye and the Basil Jones site to the north, as well as the many recently excavated "home sites" in the heart of San Pedro Town give evidence to a former Maya population of 10,000. The narrow channel that separates Mexico and Belize was dug by the Maya to provide a trade route from the bay of Chetumal to the Caribbean.

Following the Maya came the whalers and buccaneers and the ancestors of present day residents who were fishermen and workers in the coconut plantations. Today tourism has replaced fishing as the major source of income for the islanders although the mahogany skiffs are still in service for charter fishing and diving.

San Pedro Town is the only inhabited area on the island. It's atmosphere is that of a small bustling, fishing village but with "hot spots" of events, restaurants, and entertainment.

The town is clustered with wooden houses, some with Mexican decor, others Caribbean, and some still remain with the English colonial architecture. Gift shops, boutiques, bars, cafes, and restaurants adorn Front And Middle streets (now named Barrier Reef Drive/Pescador Drive). A short walk in town and you'll feel the friendliness of the people and witness the ease of their lifestyles as they go through daily life. Barefeet, tee-shirts, and shorts is the typical island dress code.

The people of the island are called "Sanpedranos" and speak English, Spanish, Creole, and Maya all at the same time, making it their own island dialect. They are proud of their heritage and are willing to share it with tourists. Before tourism picked up in the eighties, the islanders were mostly Mestizos (Maya-Spanish). Today they share their island with the Creole, Maya, Central American refugees, and Americans that have made San Pedro their new home.

ruling year

2002

President since 2017

Self-reported

Mrs Mary Maykuth

Keywords

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Humane

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Also Known As

Saga Humane Society

EIN

31-1814113

 Number

4267417790

Physical Address

Sea Star Street San Pedro

Ambergris Caye, -- 99999

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Since 2013, it is estimated that through free spay and neuter programs the stray and roaming animal population as decreased by 60%. Of the 2,165 animals that were treated by the veterinary staff at Saga Humane Society in 2015, over 50% of those services were administered free of charge to the pet owner, and additionally, a total of 457 animals were cared for in the Fort Dog shelter system. The Saga Humane Education program was initiated in each primary and secondary school in San Pedro during the 2014-2015 school year, and one of the schools has installed a Kids Kindness Club.

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

S.N.I.P.

Spay/Neuter Initiative Program launched in 2013 aims to reduce animal overpopulation on Ambergris Caye

Category

Animal-Related

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Budget

$60,000

Program 2

Reduced Euthnasia Rates

It is a goal of the Saga Humane Society to reach the lowest level of euthanasia rate possible. It is the policy of the organization that euthanasia will only be permitted when medically necessary to end suffering.

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Animal-Related

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 3

Adoption and Rehoming rates

Every homeless animal deserves a loving home. The goal for each animal that passes through the doors of Saga is that one day it will be given a loving permanent home

Category

Animal-Related

Population(s) Served

Budget

40,000

Program 4

Animal Wellness & Well-Being

All animals deserve to be free from pain, hunger thirst and suffering. Through community stray pick up, owner surrenders, community outreach wellness checks and Humane Education Saga strives to free all animals from suffering

Category

Animal-Related

Population(s) Served

Budget

$50,000.00

Results

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2. Number of animals euthanized

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3. Number of animals rehomed

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4. Number of animals with freedom from pain

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Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The mission of Saga Humane Society, a non-profit, non-governmental organization(NGO), is to prevent cruelty and replace it with kindness to all animals, to reduce animal overpopulation and to bring Humane Education to our community
    This is accomplished through the operation of the island's only non-profit humane society, a veterinary clinic and shelter that offers low and no-cost spay/neuter procedures, and is enhanced with lessons and workshops focused on humane education and houses those unwanted and stray dogs that deserve a loving home
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The vision of the founders, members and supporters of Saga Humane Society is to build a permanent, well equipped animal clinic and diagnostic center, with a focus on wellness & preventative care, adoption, population control and Humane Education. An all inclusive center of wellness and hope.

    Saga Humane Society, its staff and volunteers will continue to work toward a long term, community cooperative solution to end animal abuse, neglect and overpopulation.
    Saga Humane Society will continue to fund and support :
    Spay/Neuter Initiative Program (S.N.I.P) spay/neuter clinics
    Vaccination campaigns
    Sheltering, medical and wellness care for unwanted animals
    Animal adoption/foster programs
    Low and no cost medical and wellness care
    Humane Education programs and workshops
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Animal Well Being Management Plan (AWBMP) – Gain the favor and support of local governing and enforcement agencies and implement the proposed rollout of Phase I-VI of the AWBMP in 2015. Introduce the AWBMP countrywide in 2016. Review and expand the AWBMP from lessons learned and policy evaluation in 2016

    Humane Education – Provide updated, relevant, interactive, age-based materials to all members of the Ambergris Caye community. Create, develop and launch It's Cool to Be Kind awareness campaign (in conjunction with San Pedro Town Council) to coincide with the start of the fall 2015 school year

    SNIP (Spay/Neuter Initiative Program) – Increase support and awareness of the SNIP campaign with a goal of sterilization of 1,000 animals per year to reach the 2013 goal to reduce overall island overpopulation by 75%

    Visiting Vet Travel Team Coordination – Work to gain the favor and acceptance of BAHA to reshape the prerequisite paperwork and fees associated with temporary veterinarian licensing. Work with BAHA, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Finance to attain streamlined protocol and to eliminate costly fees associated with the importation of drugs and supplies necessary to maintain clinic operations

    Marketing/Public Relations/Community Awareness – Launch island wide outdoor advertising program to highlight AWBMP goals and laws and It's Cool to Be Kind campaign. Effectively convey the mission and vision of Saga Humane Society. Continually improve the perception of Saga Humane Society through the use of social and web based programs, and cooperative cross-over campaigns. Continue Website and Social Media Development

    Grant Acquisition – Actively seek, research and apply for a multitude of grant opportunities from capital improvement, to operating expense funds to education programs and more

    Director of Veterinary Services – Hire one full time Director of Veterinary Services to oversee all clinic and shelter procedures and operations

    Capital Raise – Plan, identify and secure a comprehensive new build plan. Prepare capital raise proposal and supporting donor material. Launch capital raise campaign both in Belize and internationally utilizing all facets of traditional and social media

    Fundraising & Events – Increase the effectiveness and array of fundraising efforts to further expand the current program in an effort to reach different donor markets and segments

    Volunteer Recruitment – Effectively and thoughtfully recruit like minded advocates to expand the reach of the efforts of Saga Humane Society
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Community Acceptance - AWBMP, Enforcement of and adherence to local and national laws by community members and police and town council

    Humane Education - Initiation of Kind Kids Club, Rollout of It's Cool to be Kind Initiative

    SNIP - Visible reduction of stay and roaming dogs and cats, Increased clinic statistics of spay and neuter surgeries

    Visiting Volunteer Veterinarians - Increase visiting professional teams to one per month

    Community Awareness - Attend all community events and expo events. Achieve printed new articles and updates weekly in local newspapers, increase our Facebook traffic to achieve over 5,00 likes and followers

    Grants and Funding - Secure two to three independent grands and funding sources that are new and innovative each calendar year

    Director of Veterinary Services - Secure veterinary services employee with a two year guaranteed contract renewable after two years, permit and license a Belize Veterinary Surgeons Board member

    Capital Raise - Identify viable land sources, secure donors and execute a comprehensive new facility feasibility plan

    Fundraising and Events - crated and execute innovative events and increase the number and effectiveness of on-line donor related efforts

    Volunteer Recruitment - Increase the volunteer pool both at home and abroad to 25 members

  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    SNIP - Population estimates indicate that since 2014 the stray and roaming population of Ambergris Caye has decreased by 60%

    All primary and secondary school children have attended at least one Humane Education program each year since 2014

    In 2015 a total of 2,165 animals were treated by the Saga Humane Society veterinary staff, with over 50% of those owners receiving either free or reduced services

    In 2016 a total of 4,020 dogs and cats were cared for by the Saga Humaen Society staff.

    Since 2014 the euthanasia rate of animals cared for by Saga has dropped from 48% to 18% at the close of 2016
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Ambergris Caye (pronounced Am-BUR-gris or Am-BUR-grease Key) is the largest of some 200 cayes that dot the coastline of Belize. Ambergris is 25 miles long and a little over a mile wide, in some places, and it is located in the clear shallow waters of the Caribbean Sea just off the tip of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
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Her coastline is protected by the 190 miles long Barrier Reef, the second largest living coral reef in the world. In Mayan times, Ambergris Caye was a trading post. The Marco Gonzalez ruins at the southern tip of the caye and the Basil Jones site to the north, as well as the many recently excavated "home sites" in the heart of San Pedro Town give evidence to a former Maya population of 10,000. The narrow channel that separates Mexico and Belize was dug by the Maya to provide a trade route from the bay of Chetumal to the Caribbean.

Following the Maya came the whalers and buccaneers and the ancestors of present day residents who were fishermen and workers in the coconut plantations. Today tourism has replaced fishing as the major source of income for the islanders although the mahogany skiffs are still in service for charter fishing and diving.

San Pedro Town is the only inhabited area on the island. It's atmosphere is that of a small bustling, fishing village but with "hot spots" of events, restaurants, and entertainment.

The town is clustered with wooden houses, some with Mexican decor, others Caribbean, and some still remain with the English colonial architecture. Gift shops, boutiques, bars, cafes, and restaurants adorn Front And Middle streets (now named Barrier Reef Drive/Pescador Drive). A short walk in town and you'll feel the friendliness of the people and witness the ease of their lifestyles as they go through daily life. Barefeet, tee-shirts, and shorts is the typical island dress code.

The people of the island are called "Sanpedranos" and speak English, Spanish, Creole, and Maya all at the same time, making it their own island dialect. They are proud of their heritage and are willing to share it with tourists. Before tourism picked up in the eighties, the islanders were mostly Mestizos (Maya-Spanish). Today they share their island with the Creole, Maya, Central American refugees, and Americans that have made San Pedro their new home.

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Funding Needs

To achieve the Saga Humane Society mission to promote kindness and prevent cruelty, core programs must be supported and funded to remain sustainable. Funding and support are necessary to achieve the goals of reducing animal over pollution through free spay neuter programs, providing no and low cost veterinary care to underserved populations, and to provide Humane Education to all members of the community.

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THE SAGA SOCIETY FOUNDATION INC

Leadership

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President

Mrs Mary Maykuth

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mary Maykuth

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Term: Jan 2017 - Dec 2019

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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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?

Yes

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?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Diversity Strategies
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We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
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We have a diversity manager in place
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We have a diversity plan
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We use other methods to support diversity