Southside Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
P.O. Box 66
Meherrin VA 23954
Mission Statement
To be a catalyst for change and a leader in bringing about a better informed, more compassionate Southside Virginia community through humane education, expanded low and no-cost spay/neuter programs and increased adoptions.
 
We operate as a mostly volunteer organization, which permits us to rescue, care for, adopt and spay and neuter almost 2,000 animals each year on a annual budget of approximately $550,000.
 
We have approximately 50 committed volunteers. Since we began operaing in 1975, euthanasia rates in county pounds in our service area have fallen from nearly 100 percent to about 35 percent today – due almost exclusively to our programs in cooperation with local animal control officials . Our goal is to eliminate euthanasia of healthy animals in the counties that we serve.

Vision
We envision a Southside Virginia where all companion animals are cared for and treated with compassion and kindness.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Sandy Wyatt
Board Chair Mark Lewis Fink
Board Chair Company Affiliation Longwood University
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 66
Meherrin, VA 23954
Telephone 434 736-9595
Fax 434 736-8299
E-mail info@southsidespca.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1971
Former Names
NameYear
Prince Edward Humane Society1974
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $650,000.00
Projected Expenses $575,000.00
Statements
Mission
To be a catalyst for change and a leader in bringing about a better informed, more compassionate Southside Virginia community through humane education, expanded low and no-cost spay/neuter programs and increased adoptions.
 
We operate as a mostly volunteer organization, which permits us to rescue, care for, adopt and spay and neuter almost 2,000 animals each year on a annual budget of approximately $550,000.
 
We have approximately 50 committed volunteers. Since we began operaing in 1975, euthanasia rates in county pounds in our service area have fallen from nearly 100 percent to about 35 percent today – due almost exclusively to our programs in cooperation with local animal control officials . Our goal is to eliminate euthanasia of healthy animals in the counties that we serve.

Vision
We envision a Southside Virginia where all companion animals are cared for and treated with compassion and kindness.
Impact    Top accomplishments for the past year (2016):
  • Increased the number of animals taken in, adopted, and spayed and neutered by an average of over 5 percent compared to 2015 figures.  
  • Expanded local outreach to encourage owners to take advantage of our low and no-cost spay and neuter services.
  • Increased the number of animals transferred to our no-kill shelter from the euthanizing county animal control facilities in our service area.  
  • Increased adoptions locally. 

Top goals for 2017

  • Continue implementing our plan to ensure our long-term financial security with additional funding for our agency endowment with the Community Foundation. 
  • Continued emphasis on animal welfare education. 
  • Continue to increase adoptions for older dogs. 
  • Continue to expand our donor base through greater use of emails.  
Needs
  • Implement our plan to secure our long-term financial security
  • Recruit an individual to help our director and assistant director with the day-to-day operation of our shelters and animal welfare programs   
  • Recruit more dedicated volunteers in the Richmond area to to assist with fundraising
Background
Operating out of Meherrin, Virginia, we are a no-kill shelter providing the following services to the homeless, neglected and abused companion animals of Southside Virginia:
 
Animal Care – Since we were founded in 1975, we have cared for over 49,000 animals in our shelters and in foster homes under our supervision.  
 
Homebound Hounds – Since our Homebound Hounds Program was established in 2001, we have transported approximately 8,000 Southside Virginia puppies to the Sterling Animal Shelter in Massachusetts, where they are adopted into loving homes. 
 
Local Adoptions – We run cat, kitten and dog adoption programs through the PetsMart stores in the Richmond area.
 
Spay and Neuter – Over the years, many thousands of animals have been spayed and neutered through our low and no-cost spay and neuter programs. Over the last 5 years we have spayed/neutered over 6,000 Southside Virginia dogs and cats.
 
Dogs in the Pen Pal Program –  We partner with the Lunenburg and Brunswick Correctional Centers to train selected inmates at the Center to care for and train dogs from our shelter. The dogs are with the inmates for six weeks and then are adopted into loving homes. 
 
A.D.O.P.T. (Adult Dogs Offered Professional Training) Project –  As a no-kill organization, we provide shelter for older dogs that are unadoptable when rescured due to behavioral problems. Others are overlooked in the presence of more adoptable dogs. We engage a professional trainer to work with these dogs to make them more adoptable. 
 
Expanded Education Program -  In 2012, we expanded our education program to promote spaying and neutering of pets in the Southside Virginia counties with the highest euthanasia rates. We offer low-cost and no-cost spay and neuter services, but we have found that many of the people in rural Southside Virginia are unaware of these services and the importance of spaying and neutering their pets.
 
Animals arrive at the shelter in a variety of ways. In good cases, animals are delivered to us by families that cannot afford to keep them. Unfortunately, animals also arrive at our shelter in a variety of other ways. These include animals dropped over or tied to the shelter fence during the night or found injured or abandoned alongside roads or in trash dumps. We also rescue animals from county animal pounds where virtually every animal that we are unable to take is euthanized.
CEO Statement
The Southside SPCA is unique in its ability to provide the highest level of care for homeless dogs and cats with the least amount of resources.  Run mostly by dedicated volunteers, our organization operates a number of very successful programs.  We offer our service area free spaying and neutering for low-income homes. Our spay/neuter programs have dramatically reduced the euthanasia rate in our service area, which includes 12 counties, by eliminating unwanted litters. 
 
We also assist low-income families in our service area with food and basic needs for their animals.  Without our support, these families would be unable to keep and care for their pets.
 
We adopt out our dogs and cats by driving them weekly to the Richmond area for adoptions where the demand is much greater.  Our adoption stands and events are highly successful and are run by volunteers.  We also have a follow-up procedure in place on all adopted animals.
 
We are dedicated to finding all of the animals in our care a forever home, regardless of age or temperament.  The A.D.O.P.T. (Adult Dogs Offered Professional Training) is one of our most successful programs.  It was created to promote the adoptions of the senior, long-time resident dogs in our care, and to help find them loving, permanent homes.  These dogs are placed in the home of a professional trainer where they become more adoptable by learning the basics of home life, crate training and basic obedience.  The training is provided entirely by the generous donations of our supporters.  Another outlet for these harder to place dogs is a prison-based training program.  Dogs are transferred to a prison facility where inmates, supervised by professional dog trainers, provide 6 weeks of positive, reward-based training until they are ready to be adopted into forever homes.
 
One of our most successful programs is "Homebound Hounds", which involves transporting Southside Virginia puppies to a New England-based rescue organization.  Since 2001, we have transferred some 8,000 puppies to loving homes in New England.  The puppies are sheltered, vaccinated and provided all medical needs prior to transfer. 
Board Chair Statement
I live and work some distance from our shelter and the area that we serve.  People who are not familiar with the Southside SPCA often ask me why I devote so much of my time, energy, and money to an organization in rural Meherrin, Virginia that is so far from home.  I tell them that it is rare when one has the opportunity to work with a wonderful group of caring and dedicated individuals who do so much good with so little.  In fact, I don't know of any organization that does more than we do with so few resources.  Since we were founded over 45 year ago, we have cared for over 49,000 homeless, abandoned, abused and injured animals in our shelter and in foster homes under our supervision.  We have spayed and neutered countless dogs and cats, and adopted many thousands of animals into loving homes, including transporting some 8,000 homeless Virginia puppies to New England for adoption through our Homebound Hounds Program. All of this, and more, has been accomplished on an annual operating budget of approximately $550,000 per year - making us one of the most efficient and cost-effective animal welfare organizations in America.
 
Although we have accomplished much, we still have a lot to do. Our biggest challenges are attracting the additional volunteers and the financial support needed to secure our long-term security. Local support is limited due to the largely rural, low-income area that we serve.  As a consequence, we have had to rely on financial support from donors in the metropolitan Richmond area and beyond. We have had some success at raising money from supporters outside of Southside Virginia through our website and New England contacts established through our Homebound Hounds Program, and through our newsletters.  However, we have found that we can be more effective at expanding the scope and geographical extent of our fundraising efforts by making more extensive use of the internet. As a consequence, we have started sending out "E-Letters" to our supporters with short stories about our animals and updates on our programs.  It is our hope and expectation that many of those receiving the E-Letters will not only increase their financial support for our programs and services, but also will forward their E-Letter to family and friends, who, in turn, will become donors.  
 
On the volunteer front, we have the good fortune of being close to Longwood University and Hampden-Sydney College. Both institutions have been the source of many of our shelter volunteers as well our Board members.  We continue to work on ways to expand and strengthen our ties with these institutions.  
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Southside Virginia
Metro Richmond
We serve 12 counties in Southside Virginia, including Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottaway, Appomattox and Prince Edward and hold dog adoptions each Saturday at Petsmart near Chesterfield Town Center on Carmia Way, which is just off of Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield County.  We have cats available 7 days a week at the Petsmart in White Oak Village in Henrico County and at the Petsmart in  Mechanicsville. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mark Lewis Fink
Company Affiliation Longwood University
Term Mar 2017 to Mar 2018
Email Finkml@longwood.edu
Board CoChair
Board CoChair David Ellis Evans
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Mar 2017 to Mar 2018
Email monaskonfarm@outlook.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Joyce Eggleston Community Volunteer
Dave Evans Retired
Dr. Mark Lewis Fink Longwood University
Katie Locks Community Volunteer
Marge Owens Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
E.D. Pistolarides Hauni Richmond, Inc.
Francee Schuma Community Volunteer
Steve Smelcer Community Volunteer
Jim Snow Retired
Helen Warriner-Burke Retired
Sandy Wyatt Retired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 7
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Finance
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Sandy Wyatt
Experience
Director of the Southside SPCA since 1985.  Has served as chair of the Southside SPCA Board.  Currently serves as treasurer of the Southside SPCA.
 
Formerly with the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad, AYAC Yard, Richmond, VA.  Retired from CSX Railroad, Richmond, VA.
Staff
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 50
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 90
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations
We collaborate with Animal Shelter, Inc. in Sterling, MA on the Homebound Hounds Program and with Fetch-A-Cure's Pixie Pen Pals Program.
Programs
Description
All dogs and cats available for adoption have been spayed and neutered and have received vaccinations and checked for heartworm (dogs) and HIV (cats).
 
Due to limited staff, we arrange adoptions at the shelter by appointment only. Please call us at 434-736-9595 or email us at info@southsidespca.org and make an appointment to visit our adult dogs and cats available for adoption.  You can also go to our website www.southsidespca.org under adoptions to view our pets available for adoption and submit an online adoption application. 
 
Southside SPCA currently does not adopt puppies in Virginia.  We hold dog adoptions at PETSMART, 1276 Carmia Way in Richmond (off Midlothian Turnpike between Johnston-Willis Hospital and Chesterfield Towne Center) every Saturday from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm.
 
Southside SPCA has cats and kittens for adoption 7 days a week at:
  • PETSMART - White Oak Village
    4531 S. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, 23231, 804-236-3245
  • PETSMART - Hanover Square South, 7225 Bell Creek Rd. - Mechanicsville
Budget $80,000.00
Description
Nationally, approximately 12 million cats and dogs will end up in animal shelters this year.  About 1 in 10 in shelters nationally gets adopted.  Many will die because there are not enough homes for all of them.  The way to solve this problem is through agressive spay and neuter practices and education.  In 2015, almost 1,600 animals were sterilized through our programs and many thousands over the last decade.  As a result,  euthanasia rates in the counties we serve has gone from nearly 100% in 1975 to about 35% today.  All dogs and cats adopted from the Southside SPCA are spayed or neutered prior to being available for adoption.  For families in our service area that are unable to pay for spaying or neutering, we offer free spay and neuter services at  participating veterinarians. 
Budget $230,000.00
Description
Our “Homebound Hounds” Program saves approximately 500 puppies from Southside Virginia each year while filling the need for mixed breed puppies in New England. We transport up to 45 puppies each month to Massachusetts for adoption.  In 2015, 520 puppies found loving new homes in the northeast through this program.
 
Founded July 2001 with Animal Shelter Inc. in Sterling, MA, the Homebound Hounds Program is a Death Row Puppy Rescue Mission rescuing and re-homing puppies from Southside Virginia. Since the program's inception, we have rescued over 8,000 puppies (and the occasional kitten) through this program. Animal Shelter, Inc. in Sterling, MA assists Southside SPCA with the cost for immunizations and transportation, and finds loving homes for these puppies.
 
These puppies have been rescued from the pounds in one of 12 Virginia counties, or have been abandoned or left by their owners at our shelter.
Budget $50,000.00
Description

We serve twelve largely rural, economically depressed counties in Southside Virginia, including Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Appomattox, and Prince Edward.  Unfortunately, there is a large population of homeless, neglected and abused animals in our service area.  We work agressively with the animal control officers in our service area and with owners who are unable to keep their pets to save as many dogs and cats as possible.  We offer shelter, food, and medical care to animals in need.  Through love and patience we are able to find good homes for almost all of the animals that we take in.  The rest are  provided with a loving and clean environment for life.  Since our inception we have reduced the euthanasia rate in the counties we serve by approximately 65 percent.

In 2015, we rescued 1,162 animals and provided medical treatment (other than spay/neuter) to 197 animals. In 2015, an average of 138 animals were cared for each day at our shelters.  

Budget $200,000.00
Description
This program helps our long time, senior or otherwise difficult to adopt dogs and places them in training with a professional trainer for up to two weeks to make them more adoptable.
They are crate trained, taught basic house manners and are started on obedience training.
Budget $5,000.00
CEO/ED/Board Comments
We receive no government support. All of our programs are funded entirely by donations from our supporters, income from our Tail Waggers thrift store in Keysville, VA, from adoption fees, and from grants. 
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $650,000.00
Projected Expenses $575,000.00
Endowment Value $95,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$501,284$476,085$416,082
Administration Expense$40,332$40,033$26,671
Fundraising Expense$15,463$9,133$12,966
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.111.041.12
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%91%91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%2%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$1,502,954$1,442,368$1,421,877
Current Assets$191,833$161,220$192,542
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$0$0$196
Total Net Assets$1,502,954$1,442,368$1,421,681
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities----982.36
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose To fund our agency endowment with the Community Foundation.
Goal $3,000,000.00
Dates Apr 2015 to Dec 2020
Amount Raised To Date $95,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
2016 Solicitations PermitView
Comments
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided by the Form 990.
  • Form 990 prepared by Honeycutt & McGuire, CPAs.
  • Financial statements prepared internally by the organization.