Cat Adoption and Rescue Efforts, Inc.
P.O. Box 2934
Henrico VA 23228-9700
Mission Statement
Cat Adoption and Rescue Efforts, Inc. (C.A.R.E.) is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the rehabilitation, care and adoption of cats and kittens rescued from euthanizing animal shelters in Richmond, VA and surrounding areas. And, accepts, on a limited basis, animals from alternative sources. We are committed to the highest principles of humane care and obtain professional medical treatment for all animals in our systems.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Evelyn A. Jez PhD
Board Chair Evelyn A Jez PhD
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 2934
Henrico, VA 232289700
Telephone 804 432-6598
Fax 804 360-5469
E-mail Board@care-cats.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2001
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $83,500.00
Projected Expenses $83,100.00
Additional Documents
Spring Newsletter2016View
Winter Newsletter2016View
CARE Newsletter Summer 20152015View
Care Newsletter Winter2015View
CARE - Newsletter June 20142014View
CARE - Newsletter Dec 20142014View
CARE - Newsletter June 20132013View
CARE - Newsletter Dec 20132013View
CARE - Newsletter June 20122012View
CARE - Newsletter December 20122012View
CARE - Newsletter June 20112011View
CARE - Newsletter Dec 20112011View
CARE - Newsletter June 20102010View
Statements
Mission
Cat Adoption and Rescue Efforts, Inc. (C.A.R.E.) is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the rehabilitation, care and adoption of cats and kittens rescued from euthanizing animal shelters in Richmond, VA and surrounding areas. And, accepts, on a limited basis, animals from alternative sources. We are committed to the highest principles of humane care and obtain professional medical treatment for all animals in our systems.
Impact
CARE's TOP FIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
  1. Cat Adoption and Rescue Efforts, Inc. has rescued and found forever homes for over 7041 felines since being incorporated in 2001. CARE averages saving more than 500 cats and kittens each year.
  2. CARE's volunteers have helped relocate more than 300 feral cats whose lives were in danger by providing animal-safe traps and helping with relocation.
  3. CARE routinely extends a helping hand to people in our service area who contact us for help with cats in need of costly medical help by providing funds and relocation, if needed, through adoption or listings on our website.
  4. We have expanded our mission to accept into our system cats and kittens from other than pounds or shelters. We have taken cats from households where the guardian had become ill, from military personnel on assignment, and from people in need due to the financial crisis.
  5. We created the Helping Paws page on our website to highlight pets whose owners cannot keep them or from people who have found abandoned cats and kittens.  
 
 CARE's TOP FIVE GOALS FOR THE YEAR:
  1. Insure financial stability with both short and long term fundraising projects, including grants, newsletter appeals, car donations, and other short term projects.
  2. Recruit and train staffing (fosters, volunteers, board members) to support CARE's Board and Programs.
  3. Increase community outreach efforts to mitigate unnecessary litters and homelessness of cats and kittens by encouraging adoptions by seniors in retirement communities and by concentrating on removing cats and kittens from an area kill shelter.
  4. Increase corporate retail locations and Home Adoption Programs
  5. Increase educational efforts to provide information about current animal welfare issues on our social media.
Needs
CARE'S TOP FIVE PRESSING NEEDS:
  1. Donations to cover Veterinarians' expenses: $87,000 a year.
  2. Foster Families: People willing to house felines and bring them to the Adoption Centers until they find a fur-ever home. $5,000 to fund foster costs for cat food, litter, toys, beds, etc.
  3. Caregiver Volunteers: People willing to socialize cats & kittens and  clean cages at Adoption Centers.
  4. Supplies: Individual and corporate donations of litter for foster homes, toys and beds for cats at the Adoption Centers and for CARE fosters.
  5. Board Recruitment and training: For current and new board members through continuing education classes and /or degree programs at UR and Nonprofit Learning Point. $2,000 
Background
Cat Adoption and Rescue Efforts, Inc. was incorporated on September 25, 2001.  CARE is an all volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.  Our volunteers give their heart and soul to rescuing cat/kittens from euthanizing shelters.  All cats/kittens are fostered in the volunteers' homes until they are ready for adoption.  They are then taken to Petco every Saturday and or Sunday from 11am to 3pm until a forever home is found for them.  Adoptions are also done by appointments pending completion of an online application on www.care-cats.org.   Call 804-288-9797 to arrange an appointment.
CEO Statement

CARE’s guiding purpose is to end unnecessary euthanasia in our locality. This goal will be met by removing felines from our local shelters and providing medical care for these felines. We strive to ensure that every feline in our care will be spayed or neutered to prevent more unwanted felines. If possible, we will reunite lost felines with their owners.  CARE will conduct adoption programs with the purpose of finding safe permanent homes for the cats and kittens in our foster program. CARE will oppose the sale or donation of any animal for the purpose of experimentation or research. Finally, CARE will conduct educational programs to inform the public about various issues including responsible pet ownership and humane treatment of animals. 


OUR VISION:
 

By its dedication to the continuous rescue, rehabilitation, care and adoption of cats and kittens, Cat Adoption & Rescue Efforts, Inc. will be distinctive among central Virginia cat rescue associations and known as a stable and reliable animal rescue organization recognized statewide.

Board Chair Statement

CHALLENGES FACING CARE:

Competing rescue groups;some (SPCA) with corporate sponsorship 

Fewer fosters, volunteers, potential families for adoptions

Limited locations for adoptions

Steady decline in donations

Declining number and aging of potential board members

Limited family budgets

More surrenders from stressed families

Given these circumstances, these responses are possible:

Strategies: Merge with smallest,competing group

Increase number and location of adoption centers

Increase fundraising efforts by 15-25%

Increase educational awareness campaigns

Join with Trap, Neuter and Spay groups

Use nonprofit leadership programs to attract and retain board members

Use social media to recruit fosters, volunteers and board members. 
 
Increase number of grant applications for board education 
 
Successes:   Since it was incorporated in 2001, CARE has become a stable and reliable animal rescue organization recognized statewide. We are known throughout the area to our stakeholders (donors, partner vets, volunteers,) as a responsible rescue organization with a good financial record and dedication to our main objective: helping to end unnecessary euthanasia and homelessness for cats and kittens in the greater Richmond area. We hope to attract and retain donors, volunteers and new board members with our 15 year record of good stewardship and dedication to the cause of animal rescue.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Henrico County
Metro Richmond
Chesterfield County
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Henrico County, City of Richmond, Chesterfield County, Goochland County, Hanover County and other areas in greater central Virginia.
Board Chair
Board Chair Evelyn A Jez PhD
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Oct 2015 to Oct 2017
Email Board@care-cats.org
Board CoChair
Email board@care-cats.org
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Deanna Campbell Meidcal Collge of Virginia
Evelyn Jez, Ph.D.Retired-State of Virginia
Gary Levine CPAGary S. Levine, CPA
Kathryn O'Meara Retired
Sandy Schneider Retired - Henrico County
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 99
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Comments

At its first strategic planning session in the fall of 2012 and in each susbsequent fall, CARE board members conduct an analysis of key issues that would impact CARE in two-year strategic planning cycle: 

Funding for medical care

Educational Awareness

Need for fosters and volunteers

Need for board recruitment including succession plans

Need scholarship funds to Help Our Neighbors

These key needs are addressed through our strategic plan. At board meetings, goals and objectives are designed and implemented to meet the need selected.  Progress is evaluated following the effort and the issue is added/modified in the strategic plan as part of the action plan and resulting planning calendar for the year. CARE is proud to demonstrate that it has strengthened its board development with carefully structured strategic plans, and master planing and fund raising calendars.

Executive Director
Executive Director Evelyn A. Jez PhD
Experience

Extensive experience assisting nonprofit organizations with strategic planning, fund-raising, board development and communications.

Experience working with state and local officials in animal control.

Experience working effectively with citizens to raise awareness regarding trap, neuter and spay, and other animal issues.
 
Demonstrated record of working cooperatively with other rescue groups and board members in team building.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Kathryn O'Meara Oct 2010 - Oct
Sandra Schneider Oct 2006 - Oct 2008
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 20
Contractors 0
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Nov 2014
Management Succession Plan? No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Programs
Description C.A.R.E.'s activities and accomplishments were first featured nationwide in the cover story of the June 1, 2003 issue of Parade Magazine, in the July 2003 issue of Cat Fancy Magazine, and most recently in local press (July,2014) highlighting a profile of our youngest volunteer, Kelsey Levine and her mother, Linda, and their work raising kittens for CARE. Highlights of C.A.R.E.'s operations include: rescuing and finding homes for approximately 7041 felines (including the sick, injured, and elderly) from area euthanizing shelters (primarily from Henrico County and the central Virginia area, providing cats with ALL necessary medical care, and fostering them until adoption; operating weekly adoption stands at Short Pump Pet Smart and Staples Mill Petco; assisting Henrico County in realizing the County's goal of replacing gas chamber euthanasia with euthanasia by injection, which most experts agree is far more humane; and continually working with Henrico County Police and Animal Control officials in the greater Central Virginia area to assist with cat and kitten adoptions from their shelters (before euthanasia).
Population Served Adults
Budget $10,000.00
Short Term Success Rescue, provide all medical treatment (including spay/neuter, inoculations, and other care in consultation with veterinary specialists)and to find forever homes for these homeless animals. Since it's inception in 2001 CARE has placed approximately 5000 cats and kittens.
Long Term Success
Long term goal would be to have no unwanted, abused or homeless animals in Virginia. CARE seeks to be distinctive among animal rescue organizations by dedicating itself to the continuous rescue, rehabilitation, care and adoptions of  cats and kittens in the greater Richmond area.
Description CARE's board members recruit, train and seek to retain 20-30 caregivers. Their job is to visit the cages twice a day at Adoption Center locations, clean and feed the animals and help socialize them. Often families sign up for this task to help children learn animal care. Sometimes, the courts assign juvenile offenders to these tasks to learn animal awareness and at other times, schools recommend children to learn animal welfare through CARE's Caregiver programs.
Description Since the economic downturn in 2008,  CARE has experienced a rising number of callers in distress who cannot afford to treat their animals with needed medicals. We have established a program called "Helping  Our Neighbors" designed to offer money to cover needed medicals for these pet owners. We learn of these needs from callers who contact us through our Hotline (804) 288-9797 or from emails through our contact information on our webpage. In 2014, we applied for and were awarded a grant to endow the fund with a $5,000 base (making this a permanent program of  CARE's) that we will add to with various fund-raising efforts to help those in need who contact us for assistance with paying for needed medicals so they may keep their companion animals.
Budget $7,500.00
Description In 2015, Cat Adoption & Rescue Efforts, Inc. was approached by Bon Secours' Hospice Program to partner with them in a unique program to help place pets in new homes after their owners have passed. The Bon Secours' program helps terminally ill people keep their pets throughout the end of their life journey. CARE then steps in to temporarily house the pet until a new home can be found. CARE will help foster the pet, doing all that our fosters can to help the pet with its own grief over the loss of its owner and home. CARE will advertise the pet on all its social media and in its semi-annual newsletters as well as advertise the pet in newspaper ads, if needed, to fund a new forever home for the pet. This is a unique, groundbreaking national program provided for by the Banfield Charitable Trust through Bon Secours Hospice partnering with Cat Adoption & Rescue Efforts, Inc. to help a segment of the population that is often overlooked--the dying and their pets. CARE is honored to become a working partner with Pet Peace of Mind.
Budget $1,500.00
CEO/ED/Board Comments
The biggest challenge is raising enough money to provide for the medical needs (average $330) of all the homeless felines in our care.  Finding foster homes for the felines in our care is also a challenging.  There are never enough fosters to take on this job.  We advertise in the newspaper, and on our website. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are our newest adventures. In 2016, we embarked on an enewsletter campaign aimed at a different audience. And to compliment the new venture, we redesigned our website and all our CARE logos with a more contemporary typeface.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $83,500.00
Projected Expenses $83,100.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$68,199$63,322$83,438
Administration Expense$10,445$11,322$9,474
Fundraising Expense$0$2,326$9,488
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.120.76
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%82%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%3%16%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$66,712$66,276$61,140
Current Assets$66,712$66,276$61,140
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$761$587$4,944
Total Net Assets$65,591$65,689$56,196
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities87.66112.9112.37
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2017View
Comments
Organization Comments

For 5-6 years CARE used an organized Bingo game to raise operating funds with great success.  In 2009-2010, the economic downturn, along with the loss of our lease and subsequent start up expenses incurred at a new location, caused the failure and closure of our Bingo game.  Currently, CARE is no longer operating a Bingo game and relies solely on donations and grants for operating revenues.