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Special 2012 RedRover Annual Report Edition How your support helped impoverished animals start new lives House fire victim survives thanks to your donations • Bringing domestic violence victims to safety • Teachers and students praise RedRover Readers • Your communities taking action for dogs


Greetings! WE ARE PLEASED to present our

resources to thousands of individuals

2012 Annual Report, combined with

desperately looking for ways to help

our Companion magazine, to all our

animals in need.

members again this year! Once again, thanks to all of your compassion,

For the rest of 2013 — and looking ahead to the future — RedRover will

kindness and generosity, RedRover

continue to seek new and innovative

had another successful year of bringing

ways to 1) help companion animals

animals from crisis to care. In addition

in dire need and 2) prevent animal

to 13 official emergency response

abuse and neglect in the first place

deployments in 2012, we helped

by educating youth and building

coordinate resources during major

more compassionate communities.

disasters, like Hurricanes Isaac and

Thank you for being part of

Sandy, helped hundreds of animals

RedRover’s community. We couldn’t

receive lifesaving emergency care

do it without you.

and provided additional support and

NICOLE FORSYTH President and CEO

THE MISSION OF REDROVER® is to bring animals out of crisis and strengthen the bond between people and animals through emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and education. RedRover accomplishes its mission by engaging volunteers and supporters, collaborating with others and maximizing the use of online technology.

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2012 EXPENSE BREAKDOWN* 431,371

RedRover Responders RedRover Relief

333,353

Public Education and Outreach

207,815 195,789

RedRover Readers

89,760

RedRover Reporters

3,493

Advocacy

Total program services

$1,261,581

Management and General

165,898

Fundraising

183,492

Total supporting services

$349,390

Total expenses

$1,610,971

OUR VOLUNTEERS are the backbone of RedRover’s efforts to bring animals from crisis to care. Thank you to all of our talented, dedicated volunteers for giving so much of your time to the animals in 2012.

FA IR M A R KET VA LU E

$142,028 O F VO LU N TEER H O U RS IN 2 01 2

*Based on our 2012 audited financial statements.

Read more at RedRover.org/financial.

YOU made it happen! It is thanks to you, our devoted members who trust us with your steadfast donations, that RedRover successfully raised $2,337,990 in 2012. A

majority of our expenses — 79 cents out of every dollar, in fact — was spent on programs serving animals, with the remaining

21 cents spent on efficiently-managed supporting services. Net assets increased and closed 2012 at a total of $3,159,237, thanks in part to several Legacy Partners who remembered RedRover in their estate plans and gave tremendously generous bequests that will leave a legacy for animals this year and for many years to come.

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RedRover RESPONDERS

ANNUAL REPORT: 2012 IN REVIEW

RedRover Responders: Caring for animals in crisis

Caring for a community in need THE PINE RIDGE RESERVATION in South Dakota, home to the Oglala

In June, Lakota Animal

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AS PART OF OUR NETWORK of more than 3,000 trained volunteers, 114 RedRover Responders volunteers

D E P LOY M E N TS

provided 6,208 hours of shelter and

Care asked RedRover to help

care services for 1,958 animals displaced

Sioux Tribe, is enormous in size

relocate 25 dogs, who residents

and one of the poorest places in

could not care for, to shelters and

the United States. Eighty percent

rescues for adoption. LAC members

provided at no cost to communities. In one

of its residents are unemployed

traveled through the community

such case, RedRover Responders volunteers

and 61 percent of residents under

of Wanblee, asking residents if they

offered help 3 times

age 18 live below the poverty line.

wanted to rehome any of their dogs.

over 3 months

by 13 different natural disasters, puppy mill seizures and hoarding cases, with assistance

The surrendered dogs were brought

to a hoarding

to a temporary shelter set up by four

situation

RedRover Responders volunteers.

that caused

As the dogs and pups arrived, they

1,958 A N I M ALS S H E LTE RED

suffering and

experienced patient and gentle

injury to nearly

handling from the volunteers. The

700 cats, many of

volunteers went at the dogs’ pace,

whom showed signs of

and that made all the difference. All

neglect, upper respiratory

of the dogs received an intake exam,

infections, skin conditions and

as well as vaccinations and parasite

eye infections. We also continued

treatment funded by RedRover.

our charter membership and

Most of the dogs were transported

board leadership in the

to regional partner shelters that

National Animal Rescue

committed to finding each one a

and Sheltering Coalition

serious dog overpopulation problem.

forever home. RedRover Responders

(NARSC) and played key roles

Families can’t afford to spay or

volunteer Lynn Frischmann of

in coordinating NARSC resources

neuter their own animals, nor can

California drove five dogs to one

they find homes in the community

shelter in the RedRover van. Fellow

for puppies when they are born.

volunteer Robyn Cox, of Cedar Rapids,

Most dogs live outside and lack

Iowa, fell for a Corgi named Bradley.

proper nutrition.

She accepted Bradley into her

The reservation also has a

The nonprofit Lakota Animal Care

rescue organization and brought

(LAC) works to help the animals and

him back to Iowa where she is

reduce the overwhelming burden on

fostering him until he is adopted.

with the Tribal Housing Authority to relocate

Hurricanes Isaac and Sandy. Finally, we trained 490 new RedRover Responders volunteers at 22 workshops in

6,208 VO LU N TE E R HOURS

“To be part of this effort meant need, but I was also able to help out the people of Pine Ridge.” — Robyn Cox, RedRover

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21 cities throughout the United States and Canada, as part of an ambitious 3-year strategic goal of expanding our

base 50 percent by 2015.

that I not only helped animals in

and also offers low-cost spay and neuter and free

N EW VO LU N TEERS

RedRover Responders volunteer

some free-roaming dogs

or low-cost vaccinations.

490

during major incidents, including

the reservation’s residents. LAC has worked

114

VO LU N TEERS DEPLOYED

Responders volunteer

k

As of this writing, RedRover deployed a second time to the Reservation to help 24 more puppies and dogs begin happy, new lives. Volunteers administered vaccinations and basic preventative health care before the dogs were transported to partner shelters, where each will find a loving forever home.


ANNUAL REPORT: 2012 IN REVIEW

Emergency responses in 2012

Shelter after the storm

Feb 6 – 12 Feb 19 – 26

IN JUNE, RedRover Responders volunteers deployed to care for approximately 100 pets affected by the deadly tornadoes that American Humane Association, RedRover Responders volunteers provided daily care for the animals at the temporary emergency shelter operated by the City of Moore Animal Welfare Department. For animals who were scared and devastated by the tornadoes, RedRover Responders volunteers gave them the gentle care and attention they needed. We are happy to report that after the City of Moore’s successful adoption event, every single dog

Eastland, TX: Puppy mill

Feb 27 – Mar 5

Jacksonville, FL: Cat hoarding response #1

Mar 26 – Apr 1

Jacksonville, FL: Cat hoarding response #2

Apr 29 – May 12

Jacksonville, FL: Cat hoarding response #3

Jun 10 – 21 Jul 22 – Aug 5

tore through the Oklahoma City area. At the request of the

Rowan County, KY: Puppy mill

Aug 17 – 19 Sep 1 – 4 Sep 8 – 11 Nov 6 – 15

Brown County, OH: Hoarding response Montgomery County, TX: Hoarding response Richland County, OH: Puppy mill Alexandria, LA: Hurricane Isaac Belle Chasse, LA: Hurricane Isaac Monmouth County, NJ: Superstorm Sandy

Nov 20 – 21

Wall Township, NJ: Superstorm Sandy

Dec 18 – 23

Brooklyn, NY: Superstorm Sandy

and cat has been welcomed into loving families.

Thank you You did it! You gave over $38,600 directly to the City of Moore through our fundraiser to help them pay for much-needed supplies and care for the animals in Oklahoma.

RedRover volunteers deployed from four states to provide loving care and attention for pets affected by the deadly tornadoes.

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RedRover RELIEF

ANNUAL REPORT: 2012 IN REVIEW

RedRover Relief: Helping owners in need

Lucky lives up to his name

WITH DEMAND FOR OUR

CHRISTIANA hadn’t put much

SERVICES DOUBLING since

thought into why her daughter

3,003

2007, RedRover Relief

named their dog Lucky. “He was the

continued to provide

last puppy left and my daughter was

guidance, referrals,

so excited to bring him home,” she

case manage-

said. But, Lucky’s name took on new

ment and

meaning after the family survived a

financial

house fire this spring. Christiana was

assistance to

away on a business trip when she

FA MILIES A N D PETS HELPED

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TOTAL L I F E SAVI N G G R A N TS

more than 3,000

received a call from her daughter,

Good Samaritans,

who shouted, “The house in on fire!”

animal rescuers and pet owners, helping

Christiana was hundreds of miles

them obtain emergency veterinary care

away and could only stand by and

for animals in life-threatening situations.

pray for a miracle. Christiana’s

RedRover Relief case managers also

husband had been cooking when

worked with domestic violence shelters to enable victims to leave their batterers

“We are so lucky to have him and that he survived this fire to still be here with us.” a powerful grease fire erupted. After

of the family was okay, but the house

trying to put the fire out, he ran up

and all of the family’s belongings

the stairs, grabbed his two daughters

were destroyed.

and called for Lucky. By the time they

Christiana contacted RedRover for

all got out, Lucky had severe burns

help when she learned that Lucky’s

on his face, nose and paws. The rest

treatment would cost thousands of dollars. At the time, she and her family were struggling just to meet their basic needs. With help from two of RedRover’s newest On-Call Angels, Lucky was able to receive a RedRover Relief grant that was three times the size of a typical grant. Lucky made a full recovery after

You, too, can give the gift of lifesaving care. To learn about becoming an On-Call Angel, please visit RedRover.org/On-Call-Angels.

several weeks of bandage changes and visits to the vet. “Lucky has been a wonderful dog and friend to our family,” Christiana said. “We are so lucky to have him and that he survived this fire to still be here with us.”

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without having to leave their pets behind. Applications to RedRover’s Safe Escape grant program, which provides funding for urgent boarding and veterinary care for domestic violence victims’ pets, increased by 126 percent, and the program provided more than 1,000 nights of boarding, as well as other care. Finally, 2012 marked the

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PETS AND PEOPLE SAFELY ESCAPED

beginning of RedRover Relief’s Safe Housing grants, which allow family violence shelters to create on-site space to house victims’

1,073

pets with their families.

N IGHTS O F BOA RDIN G

In 2012, RedRover Relief case managers awarded 473 RedRover Relief grants for urgent veterinary care, totaling $87,092; 34 Domestic Violence Safe Escape grants, totaling $11,649; and 6 Domestic Violence Safe Housing grants to nonprofit organizations, totaling $10,000.


Foundation makes generous gift to RedRover IN APRIL, the Lisa Diener Domestic

following her death in 2010. The gift

Violence Foundation presented

was generated from the organization’s

RedRover with a generous gift of

third annual benefit, held every March

$18,500 in support of our domestic

to honor Lisa’s birthday and life. The foundation’s founders are passionate

The gift was generated

about continuing Lisa’s commitment

from the organization’s

to empower victims of domestic

third annual benefit, held

organizations and shelters that address

violence by raising funds to benefit

every March to honor

domestic violence. Each year the

Lisa’s birthday and life.

that embodies Lisa’s vision and voice

foundation selects one organization to be the sole focus of its fundraising

violence grant programs. The foundation

efforts. We are grateful for this new

was formed by family and close friends

partnership between RedRover and

of Lisa Diener, an advocate for women,

the Lisa Diener Domestic Violence

families, and domestic violence victims,

Foundation.

The Foundation’s gift to RedRover was in honor of Lisa Diener’s commitment to empower victims of domestic violence.

You can help pets of domestic violence victims WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT to achieve

Our Safe Housing grants are helping

our goal of having one pet-friendly

shelters create space to house pets

domestic violence shelter in each

on-site. Please help us spread the word

state by 2015; 20 states currently lack

in your state by sharing our “Pets and

such shelters.

Domestic Violence” flier (download at RedRover.org/DVflier). Shelters in the following states are especially encouraged to apply for a Safe Housing grant: Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Safe Housing grant applications for domestic violence shelters are due on October 30. Learn more at RedRover.org/Domestic.

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RedRover READERS ANNUAL REPORT: 2012 IN REVIEW

Developing empathy in kids

Teachers and students speak to success of RedRover Readers c This prompted one of his class-

making a big impact in communities

mates to share that her family had

nationwide, but you don’t have to take

just adopted a dog they had found

our word for it. Students and teachers

as a stray. What the young boy

are telling us about their positive

learned during the visit was affirmed

experiences with the program.

and reinforced by his fellow student,

aligns with academic content standards and helps children explore the bond between people and animals through stories and discussion. In 2012, staff facilitated

thinking about homeless animals

recent classroom visit what students

being adoptable.

ment sessions, training 154 teachers, pre-service teachers

During RedRover Readers group

c

thoughts and experiences about

I wish they could come

Cynthia said, “I liked it because

every single day.”

I have a dog in Mexico. I felt sad

c

— William, fifth grader learned from the story and discussion, a young boy responded that he “learned that homeless cats can be adopted.”

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educators to implement the

animals. One sixth grader named

V ISITS DU RIN G THE YEA R

NEW VO LU N TEERS

and humane

discussions, students share feelings,

talk about my own dog.

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thus helping him organize his

Whitney Best asked at the end of the

“I enjoyed it. I got to

social and emotional learning program

c

The RedRover Readers program is

When RedRover Readers volunteer

THIS UNIQUE COMMUNITY-BASED

RedRover Readers curriculum. Through 10

154

TEACHERS AND HUMANE EDUCATORS TRAINED

RedRover Readers volunteer

because my dog is so far away. I got

workshops held in 2012, 51 new

to say that today.” And William, a

volunteers joined RedRover

fifth grader said, “I enjoyed it. I got

Readers. RedRover

to talk about my own dog. I wish

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they could come every single day.”

visits during the year, reaching 1,356 new children.

1,356

NEW CHILDREN REACHED

RedRover continued to lead the Humane Literacy Coalition, which is working to unite humane education vision and goals, conduct research and integrate humane education into public schools.

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Animal body language and pet care is included in the RedRover Readers discussions, prompting Mathew to say that he learned “cats need to be fed every day.” Bailey learned “that you have to be understanding to an animal.” And the students are sharing what they

Several teachers have told us how the RedRover Readers program is engaging their students.

are learning with others, too. Third grade teacher Vanessa Kalinowski

engaging their students. “My students

RedRover Readers volunteer had the

shared with us that one of her students

participated in the discussion and found

students think and make connections to

said, “I’m going to tell my little sister

the questions challenging enough to get

their own lives. She really helped them

that a dog sniffs to get to know her.

them to think about pets and animals

think about the animals in the stories

in ways they may not have before,” said

and about their thoughts and feelings.”

Koy Saechao. Elizabeth Lindemann said,

RedRover Readers volunteers are

She thinks the dog wants to bite her!” Several teachers have told us how the RedRover Readers program is

“They loved it! I really liked how our

reaping rewards from the program as well. Diane Ungles says one teacher

“My students participated in the discussion and

“told me how much she and the students loved my visits. She told

found the questions challenging enough to get

me I was such an inspiration to her as

them to think about pets and animals in ways

a teacher. Other site administrators

they may not have before.”

— Koy Saechao

stopped me and told me they are very impressed with the RedRover Readers program and want to begin it next year as soon as school begins.”

Bring RedRover Readers to your community RedRover offers professional development training to teachers to bring the RedRover Readers curriculum into their classrooms. On-site training for elementary schools and school districts is available. We also offer an online training program; the next session begins October 19. Additional information about upcoming training and more testimonials are available at RedRover.org/Readers.

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RedRover REPORTERS ANNUAL REPORT: 2012 IN REVIEW

Communities nationwide spread the My Dog Is Cool message

Acting against animal cruelty USING PUBLIC EDUCATION, outreach and strategically-placed

“IS YOUR DOG COOL?” We asked,

Equipped with My Dog Is Cool

and over 30 communities partici-

fliers, posters, bumper stickers and

pated this May in My Dog Is Cool

helpful educational information,

Action Days:

volunteers teamed

volunteer-led

up with local busi-

demonstrations

nesses, community

organized across

organizations, law

the United States

enforcement and

“to spread the

other authorities to

message that dogs

set up informational

should not be left in

displays to raise

cars on warm days.

awareness about the

RedRover’s My Dog Is Cool campaign aims

dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars. Cathy Webre,

to empower

a volunteer in

people who care

Austin, Texas, set

about preventing

up a My Dog Is Cool

needless animal

Action Day event

suffering with

at a local grocery

information and resources to make

store parking lot where dogs are

a difference in their communities.

routinely found in hot cars. For the

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financial incentives, RedRover Reporters encouraged people to watch for and report animal abuse and neglect. This program also educated people about the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars through its My Dog Is Cool campaign. The campaign distributed more than 45,000 fliers and offered free downloadable posters and other resources through MyDogIsCool.com. We were early to achieve our 2015 goal to initiate a crew of RedRover Reporters volunteers, now called the “Cool Crew.” Finally, RedRover Reporters produced a public service announcement for its My Dog Is Cool campaign which ran in New York City’s Times Square.

45,000 FLIERS DISTRIBUTED


event, Animal Control Officer Heimann

dogs in a big way: CJ wanted to

set up his truck as a demonstration with

address the issue of dogs dying in hot

a stuffed dog and a thermometer. The

cars and began speaking to local law

temperature inside the truck was over

enforcement, animal control officers,

130 degrees by the end of the event.

area rescue groups and legislators to try to make a difference.

My Dog Is Cool empowers people

She then discovered

who care about preventing animal

signed up to lead two

suffering with information and

Action Days in the Denver

resources to make a difference.

My Dog Is Cool and

area. Local businesses,

Feeling inspired to take action? Visit MyDogIsCool.com for all new ways to spread the word: ■■

TAKE THE PLEDGE to never leave a dog in a hot car

■■

ASK LOCAL BUSINESS to display informational posters in store windows

■■

DOWNLOAD the My Dog Is Cool Facebook timeline cover image

■■

SHARE your favorite My Dog Is Cool messages with your friends online

■■

ORDER a set of “Is your dog cool?” fliers to educate others about this lifesaving issue

veterinary clinics, local auto dealerships and local

Near Chicago, Illinois, Debbie

TV news outlets all got involved to

Ferguson worked with the local Girl

support CJ’s My Dog Is Cool efforts.

Scouts to host two My Dog Is Cool

Empowered with a “toolbox” of

Action Day events. When community

information from RedRover, CJ was

members encountered the car display,

able to recruit Colorado Senator David

they thought that the thermometer

Balmer to sign the My Dog Is Cool

must have been broken: after only

pledge to never leave a dog in a hot

5 minutes, it registered at 120 degrees

car. Soon after, Colorado House

on a 72-degree day!

Representative Beth McCann declared

Christina “CJ” Buchanan, a volunteer in Denver, Colorado, took action for

May to be My Dog Is Cool Month in Colorado. Isn’t that “cool?”

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2012 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Jeff De Cagna, Chair Lisa DeCarlo, Vice Chair Jamie Sickles, Secretary Debbie Ferguson, Treasurer Armaiti May, Director ADVISORY BOARD DIRECTOR

Victoria Stilwell

STAFF Nicole Forsyth, President and CEO Rebecca Sarsfield, Chief Financial Officer

RedRover honored as a 2013 top-rated nonprofit

Karen Brown, Program Director

FOR THE FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW,

Awards run through the end of

Beth Gammie, Emergency Services Manager

RedRover has been honored with

October, RedRover was part of the

Leili Khalessi, Communications Manager

a prestigious Top-Rated Award by

inaugural group to qualify for 2013.

Karly Noel, Education Manager

GreatNonprofits. The Top-Rated

Susie Robert, Program Manager

Nonprofit award was based on the

Linda Genevieve Bak, Development Manager

“We are excited to be named a 2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit,” said RedRover

Esperanza Zúñiga, Program Manager

large number of positive reviews that

President and CEO Nicole Forsyth.

Erin Bialecki, Writer and Database Specialist

RedRover received — reviews written

“We share this honor with all of our

Rachel Hughes, Program Coordinator

by volunteers, donors and community

supporters who make our work to

Laurel Meleski, Program Assistant II

members who were helped through

help the animals possible.”

Danielle Gates, Communications Assistant

RedRover’s

Casey Slagerman, Administrative Assistant

programs. While the

You can read more great reviews about

Top-Rated

us at RedRover.org/GreatNonprofits.


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