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Pawsitively 2012 The Year in Review


George (A672430), placed in foster care for being too young to adopt, was adopted by her foster parents in November 2012.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S LETTER Dear Friends of The Animal Foundation, I am pleased to present The Animal Foundation’s 2012 Annual Report. Thanks to support from friends like you, we made incredible strides toward fulfilling our mission in 2012 and on behalf of our board of directors, staff, and volunteers, I am delighted to share these successes with you. The solution to pet overpopulation is a reasonably simple equation: decrease the number of animals entering our shelter and increase the number of positive placements (lost animals returned to their owners, adopted to new homes, or transferred to our rescue partners). The ultimate goal is to reduce, and eventually eliminate, the euthanasia of healthy and treatable animals. It is with great joy that I report a 9% decrease in shelter intakes and a 2.5% increase in the percentage of positive placements in 2012. Additionally, The Animal Foundation witnessed a decrease in euthanasia of 13% -- the first time in our history we have experienced reduction in our euthanasia numbers! We are most certainly heading in the right direction, and for that our community should be proud. As we continue to reduce shelter intakes and increase positive placements, the opportunities available to The Animal Foundation become profound. By eliminating the euthanasia of healthy animals simply for lack of space, we will be able to design and implement programs to treat and rehabilitate pets with medical or behavioral issues to prepare them for the healthy, happy future they deserve. Our community has dreamed of these programs, and we are excited to advance them with your continued support. The positive trends highlighted in the following pages are a testament to the success of our programs and services, and a reflection of the commitment of supporters like you. We envision a time where every pet has a loving, forever home and that future inspires us to continue to improve our programs and services to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, pet overpopulation in Southern Nevada. More than 100 Animal Foundation employees, while steadfastly dedicated, cannot solve the problem of pet overpopulation alone. Only through the support from volunteers, partners, and community members will we win this battle. The information in this report provides valuable operational and financial insight. Transparency is a core, guiding value of our organization and if you do not find the information you are looking for here, we are happy to provide additional statistics or information upon request. I encourage you to learn more about the programs and services at The Animal Foundation. We look forward to continuing to work with you to provide a loving home for each of our guests. From the bottom of all the two-and four-legged hearts at our facility, thank you.

Christine Robinson Executive Director, The Animal Foundation

OUR MISSION: To eliminate the tragedy of pet overpopulation, The Animal Foundation believes community is essential, education is empowerment and action is everything. Our mission is to inspire, educate and empower people to join the fight against pet overpopulation.

PET INTAKES 55,000 50,000 45,000 40,000 35,000

2010 (51,227)

2011 (47,374)

2012 (42,788)

We attribute these significant and exciting reductions to a combination of factors: • • • •

Reduction in number of homeless pets in the community due to the 2010 implementation of mandatory, uniform spay and neuter ordinances by our local government partners Coordinated, low-cost spay and neuter efforts at our facility and throughout the community Increased placement of animals with our community rescue partners Significantly increased community outreach and education efforts to diminish the number of lost pets received at the Lied Shelter facility

We encourage you to continue reading to learn more about our 2012 accomplishments. While the following indicators are encouraging, we still have a long road ahead and we hope that you will join us in fighting the battle against pet overpopulation in our community.

The Animal Foundation is an open admission shelter. We never turn an animal away, regardless of age, breed, medical condition or behavior issue. All animals are welcomed, and we work hard to find positive placements for as many pets as possible.

2012 intakes

We are the highest-volume, single-site animal shelter in the United States. For perspective, Los Angeles County brings in approximately 65,000 animals each year through its six facilities. Our one shelter facility, Lied Animal Shelter, received close to 43,000 animals in 2012, amounting to 117 lost, unwanted and abandoned pets entering our facility every day.

Owner Relinquished Pets (7,805)

Other (4,240) Born In Shelter

Euthanasia Requests


Adoption Returns

Stray (30,743)

Dogs Received:


CATS Received:


Moving was the most common reason given for surrendering a pet.

OTHER PETS Received:


The Animal Foundation is the largest pet adoption agency in Nevada. We continually seek new and innovative methods to place as many pets as possible into loving, caring homes. Pets are available for adoption seven days a week at our two adoption locations: the Campus Adoption Center (655 N. Mojave Road, Las Vegas) and our new PetSmart Charities Everyday Adoption Center (Inside PetSmart at 286 W. Lake Mead Parkway, Henderson). The Everyday Adoption Center opened in December 2012 and is a permanent off-site adoption location staffed by our employees. The Center can house 52 dogs and cats. Our adoption package for cats and dogs includes spay/neuter surgery, microchip, up-to-date vaccines, a starter bag of pet food and a voucher for a complimentary wellness exam at participating veterinary hospitals.

2012 ADOPTIONS Dogs (6,566)

Cats (2,132)

Others (592)

Less than 11% of the pets received at our facility are reclaimed by their owners. Only 3.3% of cats and 17.5% of dogs received were reunited with their families. These numbers are slightly higher than national averages. 25%

Registered microchips and ID tags are the most effective resource we have to assist in reuniting animals and owners. Returning lost pets to their family is a priority for our organization and we will continue to seek innovative promotions to increase the use and awareness of microchips and ID tags.

20% 15% 10%

LOST PETS REUNITED WITH OWNERS *Compared to national averages based on National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP).




National Average

The Animal Foundation (2012)

Reducing pet overpopulation in our community requires the efforts of multiple groups committed to creating a solution. Our network of more than 60 local and regional rescue partners helped to facilitate a 14.3% increase in transfers in 2012, compared to 2011. Most of these pets required behavior modification or additional medical treatment we could not provide due to limited space or funding.


2500 2000 1500 1000 500


Volunteers are crucial to fulfilling our mission. The average volunteer donates 19 hours per month through any of our 13 different volunteer opportunities. In 2012, 1,083 volunteers gave 26,758 hours of service -- a 4.4% increase in hours served from 2011. 14 new organizations, private businesses and schools volunteered for group projects. Volunteer groups accounted for 10,241 hours of service.





Volunteer Hours BREAKDOWN Volunteer Groups (38.3%)

Individual Volunteers (61.7%)

New family members are found every day at the Campus Adoption Center.

Our staff of approximately 120 full-time employees cared for about 800 animals a day.

More than 900 pets received life-saving care in the homes of 214 foster families in 2012. These pets included those recovering from injury and illness, kittens and puppies too young to be adopted, and nursing cats and dogs with their litters.

2012 foster parents

79 foster families fell in love with the pets in their care and decided to adopt them.

1 in 3 foster parents adopted the animal in their care.

The average foster parent cared for 4.29 pets in 2012.

The Animal Foundation cared for approximately 800 animals every day of 2012. Physical exams and vaccines were administered upon intake and our four-member Behavior Team assessed all dogs and cats. Our six full-time, licensed veterinarians and four veterinary technicians provided compassionate, quality care to each of the 42,788 pets entering our facility.

Additionally, the veterinary staff performed 9,987 spay and neuter surgeries on newly adopted pets, lost animals returning home, and candidates being transferred to our rescue partners. Our veterinary staff also provided high quality, low-cost care to owned animals, administering more than 1,800 affordable vaccines, microchipping 738 pets, and performing 2,877 low-cost surgeries through our public veterinary medical services.

In support of our mission to inspire, educate and empower people to join the fight against pet overpopulation, we committed substantial resources to community outreach and education in 2012.

Best In Show: 1,500 Attendees

Website: 214,160 Unique Visitors Our website received 442,614 visits in 2012, making it the single most effective tool to educate and empower our community.

Our 9th Annual Best In Show took place on April 22, 2012 at The Orleans Arena. The AKC-style dog show, featuring more than 50 of our amazing shelter dogs, attracted more than 1,500 pet lovers and raised more than $200,000 in operational revenue.

Social Media: 7,000 + Fans Our social media outlets expanded in 2012, allowing us to communicate with more fans and followers in real-time. Our Facebook fan-base doubled from approximately 3,500 likes in 2011.

Community Events: 22,562 Residents Reached

We added a new Event Coordinator position in 2012, allowing us to hold and participate in 81 community events, reaching more than 22,000 residents with mission-fulfilling messages related to adoption, spaying and neutering, volunteering, donating and responsible pet ownership.

Email Communication: 25,123 Subscribers

In 2012, our email subscriber database increased by 38.3% over 2011, allowing us to communicate with more people in the community.

Only with the support of the community can we end the tragedy of pet overpopulation.

Unrestricted Revenue Municipal Contracts:


Shelter Fees:

Adoption Revenue:


Fundraising Revenue:


• • •

Public Clinic Revenue:

$ 849,510

Other Revenue:

• • •

Spay & Neuter Clinic Vaccine Clinic Related Services


$ 167,809

Impound Boarding Owner Surrender

$ 190,466


Operating Expenses Shelter: $3,564,411 Adoption:


Administration & Fundraising:


Public Clinics:

$ 309,551

Behavior Evaluation:

$ 114,276


Volunteer & Community Service:



Rescue Program:



Foster Program:





$ 201,898



$0.85 of every dollar spent goes directly to treating, evaluating and comforting the animals in our care. The above information was derived from audited financial statements, available upon request. Depreciation expense of $663,719 is included in the expenses listed above.

2012 OPERATING EXPENSES & IMPACT TO PETS $0.85 of every dollar spent goes directly to evaluating, treating and comforting animals in our care

Foster & Rescue (0.5%) Adoptions (31%)

2,063 Pets Transferred 918 Pets Placed in Foster Care

9,290 Forever Homes Found

Shelter (47%) 42,787 Pets Received Care 4,588 Pets Returned Home

Behavior (1.5%) 42,787 Pets Evaluated

Volunteer (0.6%) 1,083 Volunteers 26,758 Hours Served

Public Clinics (4%)

Administration & Fundraising (15%)

2,877 Low-Cost Surgeries Provided 1,800 Pets Vaccinated 738 Pets Microchipped


Pawsitively 2012: The Year In Review  

Official Annual Report of The Animal Foundation, Nevada's largest open-admission animal shelter and pet adoption center.

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