Mission: Animalsave transforms the lives of cats and dogs by providing humane education, affordable spay and neuter services and finding loving homes. Programs are administered by 4. 5 staff members and over 100 volunteers. In 2014 recorded volunteer hours totaled 30,000 (14. 42 ftes).
Programs: Animalsave's low-cost spay neuter clinic is its proactive effort to solve the problem of dog and cost overpopulation. Operating three-days per week, in 2014 1,722 dogs and cats were altered using this service. Since the clinic began in march 2008, over 13,500 animals have been spayed or neutered. Significantly reducing the number of homeless dogs and cats in our community. The clinic is staffed with contract veterinarians and veterinary technicians as required by law. Volunteers provide a large part of the work effort. Clinic revenues include fees for the low-cost surgery service, vaccinations, tests and donated funds received from individuals and foundations that support this work. Clinic expenses include veterinary and surgical costs, supplies, equipment, insurance, and other operating costs. A component of the spay/neuter clinic, animalsave's trap neuter return (tnr) program, alters close to 150 feral cats each year. The tnr program provides low-cost surgical fees, traps, trapping guidance and volunteer help to individuals wanting to trap and spay/neuter stray cats. This is an important part of animalsave's approach to preventing cat overpopulation and the resulting nuisance, health and safety issues that come with large feral cat colonies. Young kittens trapped in colonies are often taken into the foster/adoption program, placed in foster homes, socialized, and when old enough, are placed in the cat adoption room and adopted into loving inside homes.
in response to an unacceptable euthanasia rate at local shelters, animalsave's foster/adoption program was established in 1999. Since that time over 4,000 dogs and cats have found loving homes. In 2014, 229 animals were rescued, put in foster homes where they received necessary veterinary care and rehabilitation, and then adopted into permanent homes. The foster/adoption program is managed by one staff person and over 100 volunteers including fosters, volunteers who clean and care for cats and kittens in the cat adoption room, adoption counselors, volunteers who socialize cats and kittens, receptionists and others. Revenues are derived from adoption fees and donated funds from individuals and foundations. Expenses include food, medical, staff and other costs of operating this program.
the low-income supplemental pet food assistance program began in response to a need to help low-income individuals and families keep their pets by providing supplemental pet food. 5,485 pounds of dog and cat food was distributed to low-income families in 2014. This program is managed by volunteers. Revenues include donations made by individuals and foundations. The main expense is the cost of purchasing the pet food.
I live in Grass Valley, CA, the town where Animal Save is located. I was told that although they receive grant money to provide food for animals in need that they are charging people for it. As the woman said to me, if "I had $5 I could buy food myself". So I decided to investigate a little further. I read the forms they are required to file with the state of California and found out that they are spending 1/2 their income on salaries. That is unacceptable. This is a small organization in a relatively small town and they are spending $100,000s on the salaries of a small number of people. Legitimate charities would not do this. They also hold fundraising events that raise little or no money because the donations are sucked up by the cost of the event. (Again, see their filing with the state). I recommend to anyone considering donating to this organization to investigate them before doing so.