Almost Home Animal Rescue of Rutherford County
P O Box 10583
Murfreesboro TN 37129
Mission Statement
Almost Home Animal Rescue is dedicated to improving the welfare of companion animals in our community through rescue, rehabilitation, adoption, spay/neuter, education, and awareness.
CEO/Executive Director Karen Mallard
Board Chair Karen Mallard
Board Chair Company Affiliation Schneider Electric
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2008
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $38,000.00
Projected Annual Revenue $38,500.00 (2013)
Almost Home Animal Rescue is dedicated to improving the welfare of companion animals in our community through rescue, rehabilitation, adoption, spay/neuter, education, and awareness.
Almost Home was founded in 2004 by Mary Hord.  Mary had previously volunteered with Animal Relief Fund for two years, and launched Almost Home as a way to better address the needs of unwanted, abused, and neglected companion animals in Rutherford County.  While Almost Home began as an all-breed dog rescue, the directors and volunteers discovered that the most critical need was for large and giant breed dogs, as they are the most overlooked at shelters.  Over the course of the last 8 years, the directors and volunteers of Almost Home have assisted with several cruelty and neglect seizures, and are often called on by local media as experts in the field of animal care and animal welfare, particularly with regard to dogs and horses. 
Almost Home initiated several community outreach programs in the last two years.  Tennessee REIN (Reaching Equine In Need) and the Almost Home Pet Food Bank offer resources to owners of companion animals in order to allow these animals to stay in their current homes.  Almost Home has also assisted many other area shelters and rescues by offering dog and cat food for their sheltered pets.  We continue our efforts to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome dogs and horses in Middle Tennessee.
In 2012, we wish to expand the reach of our Pet Food Bank.  We plan to continue and expand our rescue and rehabilitation efforts.  We also hope to launch a pet welfare and wellness education program in the Middle Tennessee community.  If requested grant funding is received, we also plan to launch a low-cost spay/neuter initiative in Middle Tennessee.
The top five most pressing needs for Almost Home include funding for veterinary bills and preventative care for the animals in our care.  We also need funding and donated feed and hay for our outreach initiatives.  Foster homes are amongst our most pressing needs.  Volunteers to help with graphic design, marketing, and fundraising events are also critical for our continued success.  Donated items such as leashes, collars, crates, dog beds, horse bedding, and used towels are always welcome. 
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer We accept donations via paypal to, by credit card at events, and by check mailed to PO Box 10583, Murfreesboro, TN 37129.  We also accept in-kind items related to the care of dogs and horses.  New or gently used items including collars, leashes, halters, lead ropes, and buckets are always needed.  We also have a need for cleaning items such as HE Laundry Detergent, Bleach, Clorox Cleaner, and Paper Towels. 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Animal Related / Animal Protection & Welfare
Secondary Organization Category Animal Related / Alliances & Advocacy
Tertiary Organization Category Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief / Disaster Preparedness and Relief Service
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Rutherford
TN - Davidson
TN - Bedford
TN - Cannon
TN - Coffee
TN - Dekalb
TN - Dickson
TN - Giles
TN - Hickman
TN - Lawrence
TN - Maury
TN - Moore
TN - Robertson
TN - Sumner
TN - Williamson
TN - Wilson
Almost Home's primary activity is to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome dogs and horses.  We primarily rescue from area "kill" shelters, ie, those who are forced to euthanize due to overpopulation.  We occasionally take owner surrenders, particularly those with life-threatening conditions exist for the pet. 
Budget 35000
Population Served , ,

The Mission of Tennessee REIN (Reaching Equines In Need) is to provide short-term assistance to horse owners in times of need. 

Budget 5,000
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In 2011, through the support of several generous partners, Almost Home was able to launch a community pet food bank.  This pet food bank serves some individual pet owners, but primarily serves to distribute pet food to area shelters (particularly those in rural areas) and rescues in times of need. 
Budget 5000
Population Served , ,
The Volunteers and Directors of Almost Home are visible as animal advocates in the community in a variety of roles, both directly through their dedication to Almost Home, and indirectly through the knowledge, insight, and expertise they offer colleagues, family, and friends in their everyday life.  It is a vital part of the work we do - educating those in the community aboutr the importance of rescue, and also about proper pet care and the importance of spay/neuter. 
Budget 10 hours/week
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Board Chair
Board Chair Karen Mallard
Company Affiliation Schneider Electric
Term Jan 2011 to Dec 2013
Board Members
Tiffany Denter Del'sVoting
Karen Mallard Schneider ElectricVoting
Ron Smith Electric Services Credit UnionVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? No
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Does the Board include Client Representation? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Karen Mallard
Term Start Jan 2011
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 45
Contractors 0
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2013
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2013
Projected Revenue $38,500.00
Projected Expenses $38,000.00
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Financial Comments In 2010, this organization began filing a Form 990N (also known as the e-postcard) which contains no financial data. Therefore, revenue and expense charts and graphs are unavailable for years after 2009. Most small tax-exempt organizations whose annual gross receipts are normally $50,000 or less ($25,000 for tax years ending after December 31, 2007 and before December 31, 2010) are required to electronically submit Form 990-N, also known as the e-Postcard, unless they choose to file a complete Form 990 or Form 990-EZ instead.
Nonprofit Almost Home Animal Rescue of Rutherford County
Address P O Box 10583
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Primary Phone (615) 000-0000
CEO/Executive Director Karen Mallard
Board Chair Karen Mallard
Board Chair Company Affiliation Schneider Electric
Year of Incorporation 2008

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Animal Welfare

Pet overpopulation is the most serious issue facing domesticated animals in Middle Tennessee. Many ongoing animal-related issues – including dog bites, disease, animal hoarding, cruelty to animals, and high euthanasia rates in shelters – ultimately stem from overpopulation, which has posed a complex dilemma in Middle Tennessee and across the country for decades. More attention has been brought to this issue in the last 15 years, and many nonprofit groups in Middle Tennessee are working to offer low-cost spay/neuter services. Some government-funded animal-control programs also offer spay/neuter and adoption services.