ABANDONED ANIMAL RESCUE

Giving Paws a Helping Hand

Tomball, TX   |  www.aartexas.org

Mission

AAR's mission is to work towards ending pet overpopulation that results in the euthanasia of unwanted cats and dogs. We do this by providing a rescue and adoption center, by emphasizing the importance of spaying and neutering and by educating on humane animal ownership. AAR is committed to the emotional, physical, and behavioral well being of each animal in our care. In addition to providing a shelter for abandoned animals, AAR has foster families for special needs animals, litters and rehabilitation.

Notes from the nonprofit

As part of its mission to end the unnecessary euthanasia or surrender of cats and dogs, AAR offers assistance to the public through the StarFund which consists of: Emergency Support, Spay/Neuter Support, Ounce of Prevention, Sit-to-Stay. These programs are financed through donations raised online, grants awards, or through requests for help for a specific animal. Money raised in excess of the needed amount for a specific animal is restricted to helping other animals in need. It is not used for general operating expenses.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Karen Pitcock

Board Member

Debbie Allison

Main address

PO Box 1206

Tomball, TX 77377 USA

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EIN

94-3424576

NTEE code info

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The unnecessary euthanasia of adoptable cats and dogs, cat and dog over-population, and re-homing unwanted cats and dogs.

Our programs

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

StarFund

In 2009, an AAR supporter created the StarFund so that "no treatable or manageable animal would have to die because of a lack of money.” She seeded the fund, and over the years, AAR has reached out to the public for financial support of animals that have extraordinary medical costs. We always qualify the monetary requests with the note "all funds raised in excess of "Spot’s” medical care will be added to the StarFund to help animals in the future. The response has always been amazing and, so far, the StarFund has allowed AAR to help many animals that may have been euthanized due to lack of medical funds.

Population(s) Served
Adults

AAR's facility houses Texas Litter Control. They provide low-cost vaccinations and spay/neuter to Harris and Montgomery Counties. www.texaslittercontrol.org

Population(s) Served
Adults

AAR’s Sit-to-Stay takes a two-prong approach to the challenge of dogs deemed unadoptable due to behavior issues: training AAR’s dog runners and training a specific dog. The dog training program for the Senior Dog Runners is to establish basic handling skills that the Dog Runners use on all large dogs. This core of trained Dog Runners trains the other Senior Dog Runners, and establishes a basic training program for large dogs. The goal is that all large dogs will be trained in basic leash walking, sit, stay which will make them more adoptable.
The second part of the program places dogs with more severe issues in an off-site training program at an accredited dog training school.
The Sit-to-Stay program is funded by donations, grants and, as necessary, from AAR’s reserve operating fund.

Population(s) Served
Adults

AAR is a “limited admission” shelter which means that to the best of our ability animals are screened for temperament and untreatable health issues before being accepted into the adoption program. Since AAR does not euthanize for space, in order to avoid overcrowding and warehousing, intake rates must match adoption rates. I.e. Space is made available by adoptions. Once in the AAR adoption program, AAR believes in helping the greatest number of animals with available resources. AAR holds to and often exceeds the Asilomar Accord Definitions of “Healthy,” “Treatable,” “Unhealthy & Untreatable.” We place healthy, or treatable animals into new homes. We provide rehabilitation for those animals that may need some extra care and attention before they are adoptable. And we only euthanize animals that are so sick or behaviorally damaged that they would not become adoptable.

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.

Number of animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Adoption

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since AAR never uses euthanasia to make room for more rescues, the rescue numbers are dictated by the number of adoptions.

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adoption

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Adoption numbers are primarily dependent on the condition of the rescued animal which dictates how soon it is available for adoption. This changes from year to year.

Number of animals spayed and neutered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Spay Neuter & Vaccination Clinic

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2018, AAR leased out its clinic space, so this number is now the number of shelter pets spay/neutered. All pets are spay/neutered before being placed up for adoption.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

AAR's mission is to work towards ending pet overpopulation that results in the euthanasia of unwanted cats and dogs. We do this by providing a rescue and adoption center, by emphasizing the importance of spaying and neutering and by educating on humane animal ownership. AAR is committed to the emotional, physical, and behavioral well being of each animal in our care.

AAR is an all-volunteer, private, non-profit rescue organization with a physical facility; we own the facility outright - we have no debt. In that facility, we house about 100 cats and dogs that are adoptable or being treated to make them adoptable, the Texas Litter Control low-cost vaccination and spay/neuter clinic, and public education space. AAR's programs include Adoption, Foster Care, the StarFund and Sit-to-Stay for shelter and owned pets in extra-ordinary need for veterinary care or behavioral modification.

Since 2003 AAR has been all-volunteer; all donations, program fees, grant monies and fund-raising income are dedicated to the pets' care and the maintenance of the facility. Each day about 25 volunteers care for the pets, do adoptions, staff the front desk, and chair fund-raising events. We own 4 acres which includes a Dog Barn that houses up to 60 dogs, a Cattery for 40 cats, a memorial Dog Park for shelter dogs, a leased spay/neuter clinic and office space. Our success is due to the volunteers' dedication and capabilities.

Since its creation in 2003, AAR has steadily increased the number of adoptions from around 200 per year to over 500. We began in a converted convenience store (about 1,200 sq ft), purchased 1 acre in 2004, and added 5 acres to it in 2006. In 2006, we began a capital campaign for a brand new facility. We raised over $1,000,000 and in March 2018, we moved to our new location on 4 acres with a 10,000 sq ft Dog Barn, 2500 sq ft Cattery, clinic and offices and Clark's Memorial Bark Park. We are debt free and still 100% volunteer managed and maintained.

Financials

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Operations

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

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ABANDONED ANIMAL RESCUE

Board of directors
as of 2/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Karen Pitcock

Karen Pitcock

Wendy Airlie

James Gordon, Jr

Sandy Oliver

Marla McNeilly

Gary Robinson

Erica Flores

Brad Gray

Jessica Quillivan, DVM

Cindy Boyd

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

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