Animal related

FixNation, Inc.

Los Angeles, CA

Mission

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.

Ruling Year

2006

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Ms. Karn Myers

Co-Founder and CEO

Mr. Mark Dodge Esq.

Main Address

7680 Clybourn Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 91352 USA

Keywords

spay, neuter, feral, cats, TNR, caregivers, animal welfare, animal rescue, Trap-Neuter-Return, homeless cats, free-roaming cats

EIN

83-0452460

 Number

3890772524

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

Veterinary Services (D40)

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

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Our programs

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FixNation's General Operations

Community Cat TNR, Spay/Neuter

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Our Results

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Number of people trained

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Context notes

This reflects the number of community volunteers trained and supported via FixNation's free trap loan program each year.

Total dollars of operating costs per animal per day

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Context notes

This cost per animal is calculated to include all animals who receive care in the FixNation clinic. Cats and dogs who attend FixNation's low-cost wellness clinic.

Number of animals sterilized (spayed/neutered)

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

This metric shows the number of cats spay/neutered at FixNation each year. Additional cats are often brought to FixNation and receive medical assessments but may not be eligible for surgery.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

FixNation aims to reduce the number of community cats (feral, stray, and free-roaming owned cats) in the Los Angeles Metro area.

The organization seeks to increase public awareness of community cats and Trap-Neuter-return as the most humane and effective solution to reducing their numbers; training and recruiting community cat advocates to deliver TNR in Los Angeles and beyond.

Lastly, FixNation works to save the lives of cats through its transport and adoption program which relocates adoptable strays and shelter cats in danger of euthanasia to areas where there is a demand for adoptable cats.

FixNation continues to offer the most comprehensive TNR program in the country with 100% of services for community cats delivered free of charge to volunteers. Services are provided Wednesday through Saturday, with additional bi-monthly clinics held on Sunday.

FixNation distributes educational materials in door-to-door outreach, attends community festivals and events to raise awareness, and partners with local colleges and other organizations to reach the public with its message. To expand this knowledge further, FixNation has developed a free online TNR training course, offers in-clinic TNR training, and offers TNR training presentations to third-party groups upon request. FixNation also provides in-depth training to organizations in other states/countries who will to replicate the FixNation model.

FixNation will identify adoptable cats via its TNR programs and shelter volunteers. These cats will then be "pulled" either from the street colony or shelter and vetted and fostered prior to transport. Once healthy and temperament tested, these cats will then be transported to no-kill adoption partners in other states.

FixNation operates a state-of-the-art veterinary surgical clinic with two surgical tables and kennels/traps to accommodate more than 100 cats per day. The full-time clinic (40hrs/wk) and bi-monthly weekend clinic are run by a full-time professional staff of 15. This includes the Co-Founder & Executive Director, Medical Director, Clinic Manager, veterinarians, Registered Vet Techs, administrative support staff. The paid staff is supported by regular volunteers.

FixNation leadership and its dedicated volunteers have been experts in TNR for more than 20 years. FixNation is an internationally recognized name in TNR and community cat management.

FixNation has purchased and specially equipped a van capable of safely transporting 30-40 cats per trip. Adoption partners have been identified in Los Angeles and destination cities to support the care and placement of cats into loving homes.

Success of the TNR program is measured by the number of cats that are sterilized annually and FixNation has consistently fixed an average of 15,000 cats per year. It's difficult to extrapolate the number of free-roaming cats which these surgeries have prevented, we will offer a very conservative calculation to consider: If even half of the females that FixNation sterilizes annually, 3750 cats, had 3 kittens in the first years (litters can average 6 kittens), we will have prevented the births of 11,250 more cats in the very first year of service.

FixNation measures progress by the number of new volunteers accessing its services and the number of training workshops delivered.

Success of the transport and adoption program is simple. We measure it in lives saved.

FixNation and its programs have sterilized more than 125,000 cats and we continue to fix an average of 15,000 cats per year. 80% of which are stray, feral, or community cats.

FixNation continues to grow its list of trained TNR volunteers and is currently mentoring a foreign nonprofit organization which will be opening a FixNation-modeled TNR clinic in Israel in 2017.

In the first six months of this programs operation, nearly 200 cats were saved from LA streets and shelters.

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Financials

FixNation, Inc.

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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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?

No

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?

Yes