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Annual Report 2011

Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary, Inc. P.O. Box 673, Bloomfield, CT 06002 (860) 242-9999 •

2011 Summary of Operations Table of Contents Letter from Our Companions Founders

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Our Companions Mission Statement

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2010 Accomplishments

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2012 Goals

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2010 McLane Society Members

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Key Developments in Our Companions History

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Current Programs

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Financial Analysis of Operations

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Income Statement

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Balance Sheet

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2011 Board of Directors

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Contact Information and Resource Guide

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A Letter from Our Companions Founding Directors Dear Friends, Our Companions is committed to doing the right thing for animals, regardless of the cost or challenge. What this means is that we go to extraordinary lengths to help animals in need today, while also working to prevent animals from becoming homeless tomorrow by addressing the root causes of pet homelessness. Through our Helpline call center, the only one of its kind in Connecticut, we respond to approximately 4,000 calls a year from people seeking support, resources, and guidance for their animal related challenges. Thanks to the support of our over 2,000 donors, we are able to provide our unique public services aimed at eliminating the root causes of pet homelessness to over 2,000 animals in 2011. This is a testament to the resourcefulness, creativity, and passion of our over 150 volunteers and the generosity of our donors who provide the financial resources to make their work possible. Thanks to the leadership of our donors who contributed to our Home for Good Capital Campaign, we will be realizing our promise of building a sanctuary for animals on 43 acres of donated land. At the sanctuary, animals who would otherwise have been destroyed in shelters, will find a safe refuge to rehabilitate and live in an enriching, cage-free, homelike environment while they wait for their new forever home. Unlike life in shelters, the longer they will stay at the sanctuary, the more adoptable they will become. This will allow us to keep our no-kill promise which is rooted at the heart of all our programs without sacrificing quality of life for our resident animals. The Sanctuary will be one more resource to add to our myriad programs that will help us to create a time when animals are no longer needlessly destroyed. Thank you for making 2011 a success and with your help we will be able to accomplish even more in 2012. Sincerely,

Susan B. Linker

Marie Joyner

Chief Executive Officer

Canine Operations Director


Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary

Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary’s mission is to create a humane movement to protect and advocate for the lives of companion animals. We will accomplish our mission by offering innovative, life-saving programs, including creating a sanctuary to rescue those who would otherwise be destroyed. We will also collaborate with the animal welfare community to affect public policy, ensuring that every animal’s life is valued.

Doing the Right Thing for Animals


Our Companions 2011 Accomplishments Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary has made continuous progress during the last nine years and is rapidly developing into one of the leading and trusted animal welfare organizations in this state. The key accomplishments in 2011 are listed below: Pet Rescue and Adoption Rescued and found loving homes for more than 215 pets. 37 % of adopted pets were considered special needs due to medical or behavioral reasons, including pets that are blind, deaf, FIV or FeLV positive Responded to approximately 3,400 calls and emails for assistance on the Animal Helpline Added three new Helpline volunteers Held 8 adoption events and added new locations for Home for the Holidays Adoption Event Increased advertising for adoptable pets, including a monthly TV feature on Channel 3 Launched special Facebook promotions and began using Twitter to provide more updates on Helpline and Rescue activity Continued advertising with Journal Inquirer, Hartford Courant, 96.5, WRCH, and OC Web Advertising Added new pet search engine to feature adoptable pets, which can now also be seen on Adopt a Added 25 volunteers working on the Poster Campaign which promotes adoptable pets Scheduled professional photo shoots for 32 pets with Gemineye Images Added video features for advertising through YouTube and Provided veterinary assistance for 22 sick or injured pet cats, including specialized treatment or surgical procedures through Feline Fur-Get-Me-Not fund Provided veterinary assistance for 23 sick or injured pet dogs, including specialized treatment or surgical procedures through Canine Cricket Fund Feline Sterilization and Support Programs Sterilized 378 feral cats through our Sterile Feral Programs Provided veterinary assistance for 22 injured feral cats Increased Sterile Feral equipment inventory by 20 traps Increased media hits with six newspaper articles related to our Sterile Feral program Successfully partnered with high volume/high quality spay/neuter clinic for TNR Mobilized volunteers to build 70 shelters for feral cats Collected and distributed over 4,300 cans and over 2,700 pounds of cat food to 25 caregivers of feral cat colonies Held 11 Trap-Neuter-Return Group Training Classes attended by 41 people Issued 44 sterilization vouchers for friendly cats and kittens Public Education & Volunteer Support Expanded Special Events volunteer staff to 51 volunteers Organized volunteers to attend 46 public events Trained 51 new volunteers to bring us to a total of 168 active volunteers Attended the Ashford Farmers’ Market weekly May through September


Our Companions 2011 Accomplishments Canine Behavior & Rehabilitation Programs Continued to provide free behavior evaluations and training consultation with Animal Control Officers and other non-profit animal welfare organizations on hard-to-place dogs whenever requested. Arranged volunteer attendance at canine behavior seminars with nationally known dog training experts, and continued the Canine College volunteers’ education by holding monthly meetings. Conducted 95 canine behavioral evaluations for adoptable dogs Held 140 private dog training sessions with an increased number of them lead by Canine College volunteers. Taught 75 dogs in our Family Companion Classes which are team-taught by fully trained volunteers Began a pilot program called “the Buddy Project� that teaches special needs and at-risk youth how to train homeless dogs to increase their adoptability. Worked with two teens in this program with a total of 18 sessions.


Our Companions 2011 Accomplishments Financial Development Highlights Home for Good Capital Campaign: Completed Phase 1 Capital Campaign raising $961,171

Annual Fund Increased Henry and K.K. McLane (leadership giving circle) membership by 20% – the largest since the creation of this society in 2007. Raised $521,160 in annual giving support, a 37% increase from 2010 Conducted four donor cultivation/recognition home receptions Raised $18,323 through special events and promotion


Our Companions 2012 Goals Below are the goals that Our Companions has targeted for achieving in 2012 Program Goals Rescue and adopt 350 pets ncrease Animal Helpline volunteer staff to add four new volunteers Update all adoption applications and contracts Add one additional veterinary partner for the Friendly Spay/Neuter program Add one new media partner to promote adoptable pets Expand Educational Outreach and Caregiver Support services in Sterile Feral Program Increase participation by Animal Control Officers in Sterile Feral Program Add two more volunteers in Canine College to conduct private in-home dog training Update the Our Companions’ Guide on Positive Training Add a new location for our Family Companion Classes to increased number of weekly classes Add 12 Special Events volunteers Increase the Rescue Outreach E-News readership by 25% Implement Shelter Management software Identify location for Program Center that will offer dog training , affordable spay/neuter, humane education programs and weekend adoptions

Development Goals Increase annual fund goal to $600,000 Increase Henry and K.K. McLane membership by 10% Conduct 3 donor cultivation/recognition home receptions Host ribbon-cutting ceremony to include public relations campaign Launch second phase of the Home for Good Capital Campaign

Facility Planning Goals Complete Rescue Cottage construction and begin housing animals at the Sanctuary Complete required state and local permitting for Phase 2 Complete architectural plans for Phase 2 (dog and cat housing)


2011 Henry and K.K. McLane Society Members The Henry and Katherine (K.K.) McLane Society was established in2007, as a way of honoring the memory of Mr. Henry and Mrs. K.K. McLane, Our Companions first donors. Our Companions recognizes the following individuals, businesses, and organizations that made a leadership contribution to Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary’s 2011 Companions Fund.

Founders’ Circle $10,000+ Mr. Samuel and Mrs. Janet Bailey Ms. Maria R. Das Neves and Mr. Frank Hawkins Ms. Valerie Friedman Gerald and Claire Gerath Foundation Mr. Rob and Mrs. Susan Mason Mr. Leon and Mrs. Bernadette Olivier PetsMart Foundation George J. Germaine Estate United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut Dr. Gordon and Mrs. Kim Zimmermann Guardians’ Circle $5,000- $9,999 Aetna Foundation, Inc Elinor Patterson Baker Foundation Ms. Paula Fischer and Mr. Jeff Durham Mr. Robert and Mrs. Linda Forrester Mr. Josue Harari Mr. Randall and Mrs. Marie Joyner Ms. Dottie Kern Mr. Irwin Linker Newman's Own Foundation, Inc. Ms. Lida Orzeck Ms. Gail Perkins-Gemme and Mr. Robert Gemme Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Shivery Mr. George and Mrs. Lynda Trumbull Caregivers’ Circle $2,500- $4,999 Mr. Reginald and Mrs. Barbara Brack Mr. Brian and Mrs. Kimberly Chagnon Mr. Timothy and Mrs. Carol Covello Frontier Medicine Fuller Charitable Lead Trust Ms. Nancy Goodfellow Hanky Panky Ltd.

K.K. And her beloved “Jenny”

ICaregivers’ Circle (cont.) $2,500- $4,999 NG Foundation Ms. Leigh Ann Kissner Ms. Jeannie Kitchens Mr. H. Richard McLane Ms. Joleen M. Nevers and Mr. James Larabee Ms. Ruth Rollin and Mr. Henry Petrofsky Ms. Penny Petrone Mr. Douglas and Mrs. Julie Reid Ms. Barbara Ruben and Ms. June Roy Ms. Helen Savage Mr. Patrick and Mrs. Kathleen Sullivan Companions’ Row $1,000– $2,499 Mr. Bruce and Mrs. Terri Alpert Ms. Laura Baker Bank of America Matching Gifts Dr. George and Mrs. Jennifer Barrows Mr. Craig and Mrs. Kim Berry Mr. John and Mrs. Mary Ann Biella Ms. Lynn Biella Ms. Cheryl Brightman Ms. Jennifer Carter Ms. Janice Cartin Mr. Mickey Cartin Casey Charitable Matching Programs Mr. Glenn and Mrs. Glynis Cassis Cats Limited Veterinary Hospital Ms. Jenny Colucci and Ms. Jane Holt Mr. Ronald and Mrs. Nancy Compton Connecticut Joint Replacement Surgeons LLC Mr. James and Mrs. Jessica Couzens Mr. Owen and Mrs. Ashley Crihfield Ms. Joy Daentl Mr. Alan and Mrs. Risa Davidson Ms. Mary Jane Engle and Mr. Peter Wheeler


2011 Henry and K.K McLane Society Members Companions’ Row (cont.) $1,000– $2,499

Mrs. Betty Willis Yalesville Veterinary Hospital Ms. Vanessa Yi and Mr. Kevin Mounts Mr. James and Mrs. Whitney Vose

Ms. Karen Ericson Ms. Shirley Galka and Ms. Susan Fabian Ms. Maureen Zaslowksy and Mr. Adam Zweifler Mrs. Lisa Fekete Ms. Patricia Foley Rescuers’ Row Ms. Kelly France Mr. Marvin Fried $250-$999 Ms. Kim Gabler Anonyous (4) Mr. Frank T. and Mrs. Caroline Gaetano Mr. Walter and Mrs. Debra Adams Ms. Diana Garfield America's Charities Mr. Steve and Mrs. Blanche Goldenberg Mr. Craig and Mrs. Vivian Asche Ms. Ann R. Hardy Ms. Mary Baker Mr. Mark and Mrs. Linda Hatten Mr. Bruce and Mrs. Carol-Ann Barlow Mr. Neil and Mrs. Maryanne Hornish Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Melanie Barnes Interpublic Group Mr. David and Mrs. Deborah Batten Jennifer's House of Hair Mr. Whit and Mrs. Jarre Betts Ms. Lynda Johnson Ms. Gail Billet and Ms. Mia Sullivan Mr. Andrew J. Knuth Ms. Christine Knuth Mr. Curtis and Mrs. Patricia Blake Mr. Gordon Kreh Ms. Nancy Blaschinski Ms. Angela Lennox-Kay Mr. Andrew and Mrs. Amber A. Bordley Mr. Mitchell and Mrs. Susan Linker Mr. Mark and Mrs. Susan Bottomley Ms. Anne Llewellyn Mr. Paul Bourdeau Atty. Richard Lublin Ms. Deborah Boynton andMr. John Ms. Jo Marinello Stephenson Marketing Solutions Unlimited, LLC. Mrs. Madeline Bragg Ms. Louise McCormick Dr. Sharon Bremner Mr. Russell and Mrs. Hayes Merck Mr. Harold and Mrs. Donna Britto Mr. Paul Murphy Ms. Joan Brodeur Mr. Jay and Mrs. Elizabeth Nyczak Mr. Peter and Mrs. Alexandra Oldershaw Dr. Eric Orzeck

Ms. Nancy Parker Petcare Veterinary Services Ms. Barbara Prine and Mr. Cyprian Martin

Priority Bookkeeping Services Ms. Elizabeth R. Rea Ms. Elizabeth Reed Ms. Susan Smith Rubin Mr. Anthony C. and Mrs. Sharon Scussel Mr. Maneesh Shanbhag Mr. Roy Simpson Specialty Transportation, Inc. Mr. Robert and Mrs. Gillian Steel Sweetheart Invitational Mr. P. Ross Taylor and Mrs. Anne B. Taylor

The Baranyai Group LLC Veterinary Specialists of Connecticut Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Rita Weidman Ms. Jennifer Whitlow

Mr. Craig and Mrs. Paula Brown Mr. Timothy and Mrs. Doreen Brown Mr. Phil and Mrs. Lynn Brown Mr. Daniel and Mrs. Jenny Bucci Mr. Steven Byrd Ms. Jen Rilla and Mr. Michael Cafasso

Ms. Lucy Cannamela Ms. Susan Cannon Canton High School Canton Middle School Consolidated Fund Mr. Ronald Carberry Ms. Carol Carpenter Ms. Fanchon Cartin Mr. Richard and Mrs. Ellen Cartun Mr. Angelo and Mrs. Susan Casagrande

Mr. Robert and Mrs. Jill Casey Ms. Kathleen Cassidy Ms. Penni Cheatle

Mr. Jeff Chervenak Ms. Annie Chittenden Ms. Debra Clover Mr. Keith and Mrs. Madeline Coakley Coast to Coast Produce Ms. Linda Coleman Ms. Jessica Collis and Mr. Victor Belenchia

Dr. Joyce Comer Ms. Ellen Conlon Mr. David and Mrs. Rita Conrad Mr. and Mrs. Tim Corbett Ms. Susan C. Barnes and Mr. Daniel Cosgrove

Dr. Coleen and Mr. Thomas Cosker Mr. John and Mrs. Carol Coulton Mr. Walter and Mrs. Julie Cromwell Mr. Bill and Mrs. Ilona Crosswhite Mr. Harry and Mrs. Joan Curry Mr. Charles and Mrs. Nancy Curtiss Ms. Susan M. Daury and Mr. Ed Hatch

Ms. Linda David Mr. Benny and Mrs. Brittany Delbon Mr. Mark and Mrs. Sarah DeMaio Mr. Steve and Mrs. Jean DeVito Mr. Craig Diangelo Mr. John DiLaurenzio Dog Days of West Hartford Ms. Beth D'Onofrio Mr. Thomas F. and Mrs. Dorothy J. Dorsey

Mr. Victor and Mrs. Jody Dowling Ms. Sarah Gager and Mr. Arthur DuBois Ms. Laurie Egger and Mr. Robert Deutsch Mr. Kenneth and Mrs. F. Libbey Farrell

Ms. Lynda Fee Ms. Linda Filon Dr. Judd and Mrs. Bella Fink Mr. Robert and Mrs. Tracey Fitzpatrick Mr. James and Mrs. Jennifer Fitzsimmons Mr. William and Mrs. Patricia Flaherty

Flower Power Fundraising Mr. Robert Fochi Dr. Alexander and Mrs. Carol Fortier Ms. Taryn Fredericksen General Reinsurance Corporation Mr. M. Andrew Glass Ms. Beth Godburn


2011 Henry and K.K McLane Society Members Rescuers’ Row $250-$999 (cont.) Mrs. Erin and Mr. Brian Goldman Ms. Judith Gordon Mr. Alan and Mrs. Wendy Gorfain Ms. Barbara Gorr Mr. Ian and Mrs. Kimberly Green Mr. Arthur and Mrs. Zadelle Greenblatt Mr. Douglas and Mrs. Irma Gregory Ms. Paula Grohol Guild Family Foundation, Inc. Mr. Bill and Mrs. Eva Gurley Ms. Jean Haines Mr. Bernard and Mrs. Linda Halligan Mr. Bob and Mrs. Susan Hart Hartford Union of the King's Daughters and Sons Mr. Neale and Mrs. Carol Hauss Ms. Nicole Hautenne Mr. Carl and Mrs. Judith Hein Ms. Ingunn Hekneby and Mr. Michael Bassock Mrs. Jane Henderson Ms. Alice Hendrickson Mr. John and Mrs. Debra B. Hernandez Ms. Jane Hewitt Dr. Stephen and Mrs. Gina M. Hoag Ms. Lisa Holzwarth and Mr. Evan Schiller Dr. Jo Nol and Dr. Nancy Humphreys Mrs. Mary Hyland Ms. Judith Ivie and Mr. Jorge A. Parra Mr. Albert and Mrs. Kathleen Jaffe Mr. Wallace and Mrs. Hedy Jarvis Mr. Theodore P. and Mrs. Ellen S. Jennings Mr. James R. and Mrs. Janet Johnson Ms. Ann Jones and Mr. Stephen D. Ramsey Mr. Richard and Mrs. Debra Jones Mr. John A. and Mrs. Jeanne P. Katkavich Mr. Jack and Mrs. Lisa Kearney Dr. Marian Kellner and Dr. Timothy McLaughlin Ms. Jennifer Kelsey Ms. Vicki Krupnikoff and Mr. Todd Freeburg Dr. Michele Krynski Mrs. Gretchen LaBau Ms. Donna Landerman Mr. Keith and Mrs. Judy Landin

Ms. Hilary Lange Ms. Karen R. Laski Ms. Cheryl Lawless and Mr. Kevin Leach Ms. Marta Jo Lawrence Mr. Alan and Mrs. Marcia Lazowski Mr. Robert Lazzerini Lebon Press Mr. Scott and Mrs. Noraleen LeClaire Ms. Jillian Lessner Mr. Mark and Mrs. Anne Lewchik Mr. Damon and Mrs. Beth Linker Mr. Mark and Mrs. Tracy Lunenburg Ms. Karianne Maccalous Mr. David MacKenzie Ms. Dolores Magraw Malkin Fund Inc. Mr. Peter and Mrs. Isabel Malkin Mr. Bruce Manternach Margo Vivero Counseling Ms. Maria Marrocco Ms. Leah Martin Mr. David Matheson Mr. Joseph C. Mayo Mr. Fred and Mrs. Kay McCarthy Mr. James and Mrs. Donna McGuire Mr. and Mrs. David McHale Ms. Cheryl Medvetsky Ms. Janice Melvin Mr. William and Mrs. Linda Mester Microsoft Matching Gifts Program Middlesex United Way, Inc. Mr. James and Mrs. Barbara Millar Ms. Arlene Mirsky-MacNamara Mr. Mark and Mrs. Delores Morgano Ms. Wendy A. Morris Mr. John and Mrs. Mary Murphy Mr. and Mrs. Robert Murri Mr. Ethan Musler Mr. Peter and Mrs. Cathy Neag Mr Kenneth Nelson Dr. and Mrs. Tony Ness Ms. Karen O'Brien Ms. Jamila Hadj-Salem and Mr. Joshua Ochs Mr. Mark and Mrs. Luanne Paley


2011 Henry and K.K McLane Society Members Rescuers’ Row $250-$999 (cont.) Mr. Gary Paradee Ms. Janet Beatty and Mr. Michael Park Mr. Anthony Parrotta Mr. and Mrs. Robert Patricelli PETCO Foundation Phoenix Life Insurance Company Ms. Carol Pilbeam Mr. Robert and Mrs. Judith W. Prohaska Ms. Esther Pryor Mr. Michael and Mrs. Cheryl Radzvilowicz Ms. Ann Ramsdell Mr. and Mrs. John Rathgeber Ms. Beth Hillson and Dr. Joel Reich Ms. Becky Reno and Mr. Edward Peavey Rental Center of Colchester, Inc. Mr. Eric and Mrs. Meredith Reuben Ms. Marilyn Rice Mr. James Robb Mr. Robert and Mrs. Lori Robert Mr. Robert and Mrs. Jill Rosen Ms. Barbara Rubin Ms. Linda Salzberg Mr. Douglas and Mrs. Elizabeth Sansom Ms. Dianna Santos Mr. and Mrs. Don Schmidt Dr. W.G. and Mrs. Carolyn Scholz Dr. Steve and Mrs. Karen L. Schutzer Mr. Leonard and Mrs. Freda Schwartz Ms. Lorraine Scotti Ms. Jodie Seward Ms. Robin Shannon Ms. Deborah Shapiro Ms. Tracy Dunbrook and Mr. James Shaughnessy Ms. Catherine Kulak andMr. Kevin Sheehan Mr. Donald and Mrs. Agnes Shipley The Shuskus Family Mr. Brett and Mrs. Nancy Silvers Ms. Kristyn Skibisky Ms. Vi R. Smalley Mr. Steve and Mrs. Susan Smith Mr. William Smith

South Beach Inc. Mr. Peter and Mrs. Judy Spring Stanley Black & Decker Mr. Anthony Stanley Mr. Edward Stanley Mr. John Stanley Ms. Ginny Garratt andMr. Richard Stanley Sterling Machine Mr. Morris and Mrs. Nancy Storck Ms. Sandy Strain Ms. Tera Jenson and Mr. Jeremy Strange Mr. Michael and Mrs. Harriet Sullivan Mr. Charles Swallow Mr. Chris and Mrs. Lillian Talbot Mr. William and Mrs. Harriet Teichert The Citizens National Bank Mr. Wayne and Mrs. Kim Thomas Ms. Lynda Thornton Ms. Veronica Tomlinson Mr. Bronson and Mrs. Nancy Trevor Ms. Sandra Tullius United Way of Greater Waterbury United Way of Pioneer Valley, Inc. Ms. Cynthia Vanneck Ms. Debbie Voyer Mr. Terry and Dr. Mary C. Wakeman Mr. James and Mrs. Donna Wakim Mr. Don Schubert and Ms. Loren Webber Atty. Claudia Weiss Mr. Lee and Mrs. Donna Wenzel Mr. Kevin and Mrs. Joanne Wholey Ms. Eva Wickwire Mr. Scott and Mrs. Amanda Wieting Mr. Don and Mrs. Monica C. Wilson Ms. Kristin Woodward World Business Capital Mr. Edward and Mrs. Kathleen Young Ms. Patty Zdankiewicz Ms. Anita L. Zlatev and Mr. Paul S. Szwed


Key Developments in Our Companions History Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization that was founded in May 2002, with a mission to end the unnecessary euthanasia of pets in Connecticut. In December 2002, Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary, headquartered in Bloomfield, CT, received a major gift of 43 acres of land (a former factory farm) in Ashford, CT. A plan was conceived to develop this land into a domestic animal sanctuary with permanent housing, adoption, and pet rescue facilities. Three committees were created by the Board of Directors to execute the organization’s strategic goals: Development, Governance and Facilities Planning committees. A website was established and direct marketing programs implemented that currently reach over 8,500 households. The fundraising has progressed from an initial annual amount of $39,000 raised in 2003, to over $500,000 in 2011. During 2008, the current existing farm structures on the Ashford property were demolished, paving the way for construction of the sanctuary. Other important developments in Our Companion’s history include the creation of a number of programs specifically targeting the root causes of pet homelessness which include: - Canine behavioral training - Sterilization programs - Advocacy programs - Volunteer training programs - Community education programs - Rescue and adoption services The Animal Helpline has also been established, staffed by trained volunteers to assist pet owners with a variety of animal welfare related issues and handles approximately 4,000 calls each year. The positive response to the Helpline has been overwhelming, which demonstrates the strong need that exists for animal welfare assistance programs. Our Companions also assisted in founding the Animal Welfare Federation of Connecticut, which is a coalition of existing animal welfare organizations in Connecticut. Our Companions also was integral in the creation of Connecticut Votes for Animals, a 501(c )(4) organization that is leading the animal projection movement through legislation. Our Companions currently has 5 employees (4 full time & 1 part time), a Board of Directors providing oversight, and over 150 dedicated volunteers who deeply believe in Our Companions mission to end the unnecessary euthanasia of healthy pets.


Our Companions Programs Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary currently operates many programs that target the root causes of pet homelessness. These programs include: Family-friendly adoption programs We know that a proper home exists for most animals - it just takes patience, resources, and a commitment to find it. Over the past 9 years, we’ve found peaceful, loving homes for some of the state’s most difficult to place animals – animals most organizations would have given up on. Group and private training programs Behavior problems with dogs are a leading reason why dogs are relinquished to shelters and euthanized. Many adoptions fail due to a lack of training and preparation for both the family and the pet. Our pro-active training program is designed to “save the home” of dogs at risk of being given to a shelter or returned after adoption. Affordable spay neuter programs for cats and feral cat colonies It is estimated that there are between 200,000 and 400,000 outdoor, homeless, and free roaming cats. While the actual population is unknown, there is no question that overpopulation is the leading problem facing cats in Connecticut. Our sterilization programs target the source of this grave problem which contributes to unimaginable suffering of outdoor cats. Political advocacy efforts According to the 2010 Animal Legal Defense Fund’s “State Animal Protection Law Rankings”, Connecticut is only 35th in the nation compared to other states in overall strength and comprehensiveness of animal laws. Animal rescue organizations have been operating for centuries, yet the problem of animal suffering persists because the laws that protect animals need to be dramatically improved. Humane Education programs Educating our citizens, families, and children is a critical tool in creating a more humane future for animals and people in our society. Our Companions humane education programs strengthen the human/animal bond and are a critical component in meeting our mission of ending unnecessary suffering and euthanasia. 14

Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary 2011 Financial Results Analysis Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary completed its 9th full year of operation in 2011 and the financial results exceeded expectations. Total income from all sources (operating and capital) was $790,405, which surpassed last years total of $719,787. The revenue included $511,282 in annual fund donations which exceeded the $400,000 budgeted amount, $259,183 in capital campaign donations, and $19,940 from other sources (program fees, grants & merchandise sales). The chart displayed displays the remarkable growth in Our Companions total income since inception in 2002. Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary Annual Income $1,000,000 $800,000 $600,000 $400,000 $200,000 $0 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011

Total Funds Raised by Year

Total operating expenses were $343,779 in 2011 which was under the budgeted amount of $375,000. Our Companions now has 4 full time employees and 1 part time employee for a total annual salary expense of $152,326. These employees run Our Companions programs and services which include the Animal Helpline which is one of the major pet assistance programs. $53,858 was spent on veterinary services which supports Our Companions core mission of assisting animals in need. The income statement on the following page shows the detail of the other expenses incurred by Our Companions in 2011. The total net income from operations for the year was $191,417.

Our Companions Net Equity by Year

$2,500,000 $2,000,000 $1,500,000 $1,000,000 $500,000 $0 2005







The 2011 ending balance sheet is very healthy, and Our Companions finished the year with $1,264,843 in cash and short term investments. Liabilities remain very low, and OC now has $810,959 in the capital fund, which is sufficient to begin the construction of the animal sanctuary in 2012 Net equity surpassed the $2,000,000 mark in 2011 and the chart above illustrates Our Companions incredible growth through the years. Our Companions financial statements are audited each year by the Bob King CPA firm, and certified copies of the financial statements are available upon request. 15

Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary 2011 Financial Statements Income Statement 12 months Ended 12/31/11 Income Animal Program Fees Donation Income - General Sterile Feral Program Grant Net Fund Raising Event Revenue Net Merchandise Sales Total Operating Income

7,851 511,282 10,400 1,234 456 531,223

Administrative Expenses Salaries & Payroll Taxes Veterinary Pet Care Expenses Insurance Professional Fees/Consultants Information Technology Services Utilities Office Supplies & Postage Educational Materials Other Administrative Expenses Depreciation Expense Total Administrative Expense Net Operating Income Other Income/Expense Net Income

152,326 53,858 6,312 7,808 22,186 15,675 8,536 25,418 11,780 35,863 4,017 343,779 187,444 3,973 191,417

Balance Sheet 12/31/2011 Current Assets General Fund Cash on Hand Capital Campaign Funds Total Cash & Short Term Investments Inventory Total Current Assets

453,884 810,959 1,264,843 3,912 1,268,755

Fixed Assets Land Buildings & Improvements Construction In Progress Accum Depr - Furn, Fixt, Equip Net Fixed Assets TOTAL ASSETS

456,400 35,174 380,029 (24,593) 847,010 2,115,765

Current Liabilities


Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary Contact Information and Resource Guide

Resource Guide Subject




Help with Pet Adoption and Placement

Stephanie Radowitz, Animal Helpline

(860) 242-9999, ext. 6

Assistance with Feral Cat Issues

Laura Jordan, Sterile Feral Program

(860) 242-9999, ext. 8

Dog Training Opportunities

Marie Joyner, Canine Behavioral Programs

(860) 242-9999, ext 5

Get Involved! (Volunteer OpporPaul Johnson, Office Manager tunities)

(860) 242-9999, ext. 300

Development and Communications

Susan Linker, Chief Executive Officer

(860) 242-9999, ext. 301

General Questions and Informa- Susan Linker, Chief Executive tion Officer

(860) 242-9999, ext. 300

Main Office Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary, Inc P.O. Box 673, Bloomfield, CT 06002 Phone:

(860) 242-9999

Website: Fed Tax ID # 41-2047734


Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary 2011 Officers & Board Members Officers Andrea Baranyai


Leigh Ann Kissner


Board of Directors Board Chair: Valerie Friedman Janet Bailey Andrea Baranyai Marie Joyner Leigh Ann Kissner Diana Garfield Mitchell Linker Susan Linker Gail Perkins Chris Shivery Kathleen Sullivan Kim Zimmermann Adam Zweifler

Farmington, CT East Hartford, CT Union, CT West Hartford, C T Bloomfield, CT Bloomfield, CT Bloomfield, CT Avon, CT Avon, CT Hartford, CT Farmington, CT West Hartford, CT

Advisory Board Glynis Cassis Maria Das Neves Risa Davidson Lisa Fekete Pat Foley Gretchen LaBau Lauren Mascola Alex Oldershaw, Susan Rathgeber Becky Reno Damon Scott Ed Young

Bloomfield, CT Darien, CT West Hartford, CT Cheshire, CT West Hartford, CT Bloomfield, CT West Hartford, CT Fairfield, CT Kensington, CT Avon, CT Bloomfield, CT Southington, CT


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