Wags and Whiskers Pet Rescue, Inc
121 Creek View Drive
Crossville TN 38555-1314
Mission Statement

The Mission of Wags and Whiskers is to work toward having “No More Homeless Pets” in our area.   We will do this by: 

1.  Offering a Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance and Education Program

2.  Partnering with other organizations that are working with the Cumberland County Animal Shelter to enable it to become and remain a ‘Low Kill’ facility.

3.   Providing Assistance when we can to save an animal and keep it in its home.


 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jackie Baker
Co-CEO/Executive Director Mr. Alan M. Baker
Board Chair Jackie Baker
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired from a steel service center where she was Director of Management Information Services
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2005
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
 
 
Projected Expenses $36,900.00
Projected Annual Revenue $31,395.00 (2018)
Statements
Mission

The Mission of Wags and Whiskers is to work toward having “No More Homeless Pets” in our area.   We will do this by: 

1.  Offering a Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance and Education Program

2.  Partnering with other organizations that are working with the Cumberland County Animal Shelter to enable it to become and remain a ‘Low Kill’ facility.

3.   Providing Assistance when we can to save an animal and keep it in its home.


 
Background
Founded in 2004 by the past President and two Board Members of the Humane Society of Cumberland County (TN) to provide reduced rates of euthanasia, improved animal care and improved adoption promotion for unwanted animals in Cumberland County (TN).
 
This is a membership non-profit 501(c)3 corporation.  For the first six years of operation, we focused on the rescue, foster care and adoption of unwanted and stray dogs and cats with a secondary focus on promoting spay / neuter.  In early 2010, after rescuing 3,000 animals, the organization decided to concentrate primarily on promoting and facilitating spay / neuter, the most effective means to reducing euthanasia in the community..  
 
Our Board includes a veterinarian and all Board members are also active volunteers.
 
Along the way, we have occasionally provided emergency veterinary care to needy families whose animals are in crisis, and this program continues whenever we can raise money specifically for that service.
 
 
 
 
Impact
  • We facilitated the spay / neuter of  935 dogs and cats in 2016
  • We rescued 29 dogs in 2016
  • We funded and performed about 200 vaccinations for animals at our local shelter
  • Our goal for 2017 is to raise $44,000 for spay / neuter assistance to our community
  • Our goal for 2017 is to facilitate the spay / neuter of at least 650 dogs and cats
Needs
  • To raise at least $44,000 for spay / neuter to support the facilitation of 650 surgeries this year
  • To coordinate with other animal welfare agencies in our area to expand grade-school animal welfare outreach programs
  • To reduce the wait time for spay / neuter appointments
  • To promote the spay of female cats early in the year to have a strong impact on unwanted spring litters
  • To expand the awareness of our programs in the community
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer On our website ( www.wawpr.org ) click on the 'Donate" button to use PayPal or mail a check to our address payable to 'Wags and Whiskers'
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Animal Related / Animal Protection & Welfare
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Cumberland
Cumberland County, TN with a population of about 56,000, an area of about 680 square miles and 16% of the population below federal poverty levels.  Crossville is the county seat and the largest city in the County with a population of about 11,000.  The primary zip codes are 38555, 38558, 38572 and 38571. This is our primary focus, but we also provide assistance to the adjacent counties where there is no other spay/neuter assistance program or low-cost clinic.
Board Chair Statement
Our Board consists of 10 members who each bring distinctive experience and capabilities to our organization.  We are fortunate to live in an area with many retirees, and this resource pool can help greatly with special business needs as they arrive.  We are totally focused on providing education and assistance for spay / neuter and are dedicated to the idea that this is the only affordable and practical solution to the pet overpopulation in our County.  Our motto, "Please Don't Litter - Fix Your Critter" is in the language of our key target population and has provided us the ability to be remembered.
CEO Statement We are the only significant resource in our County for financial assistance for spay / neuter of community animals.  We feel that we have developed a very effective system for client uptake, appointment making, follow ups and reminders and paying our bills on time.
Programs
Description We provide low-cost spay / neuter surgeries for low-income families in our target area.  We request a co-pay to ensure that they go to their appointment and to help fund this program.  The balance, an average of about $61, is paid for by our organization using specified donations and grants.  Dogs and cats get a rabies vaccination in addition to the surgery.  We can assist the pet owner with transportation of the pet to the veterinarian and back.  We use 200% of the federal poverty guidelines for our determination of qualification for the low-income portion of this program. 2017 Budget:  $59,000
Budget 82400
Category
Population Served , ,
Long term Success The reduction of unwanted animals in the target area by sterilizing these animals.  Reduction of living costs of the target population be eliminating unwanted births of more dogs or cats.  Reduction in municipal animal control and shelter costs through reduction in future unwanted animals.
Description We provide information and activities regarding responsible pet ownership to grade school students in our County.  Currently, we are not allowed in to the public schools, but we have been successful in private schools and after school programs. 2017 Budget:  $0
Budget $150
Category
Population Served , ,
Description We periodically rescue unwanted animals, put them in foster homes, provide care and veterinary services and place them in permanent homes. Although not our main focus, we did rescue 29 animals in 2016.  2017 Budget:  $1,200
Budget 8400
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Population Served At-Risk Populations, ,
Examples of Program Success A
CEO Comments
We have been very successful as an animal rescue organization, but our volunteer base has aged and  the numbers of available volunteers has decreased.  We were not successful in finding anyone in our community who was willing to take over the organization and able to run it in a business-like manner and have some of our Board members continue.  
 
We recognize that our mission has always been to reduce the animal shelter intake and euthanasia rate in our County and determined that the most effective way that we could do this, while using our reduced volunteer resources, was to shift from an animal rescue to just spay / neuter advocacy.  In early 2010, we changed our mission statement, our focus and our public name to reflect this new direction.  
 
We have been successful in this transition, providing 935 surgeries in 2016 and confident of our goal of  650 for 2017. 
 
One of our key challenges is having a sound succession plan with target dates, as our Board members age. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Board Chair
Board Chair Jackie Baker
Company Affiliation Retired from a steel service center where she was Director of Management Information Services
Term Dec 2016 to Dec 2018
Email jackieb830@citlink.net
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Mr. Alan M. Baker RetiredVoting
Ms. Jackie Baker RetiredVoting
Ms. Nancy Grubb RetiredVoting
Mr. Robert Grubb RetiredVoting
Mr. Bernard Le Francios RetiredVoting
Mrs. Stasia LeFrancois RetiredVoting
Ms. Cherryl Ricard RetiredVoting
Ms. Marita Rumph RetiredVoting
Ms. Jackie Westerbeck RetiredVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Meeting Attendance % 72%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
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 12
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Alan Baker
Company Affiliation Retired V.P. of Customer Services in technical product companies
Term Dec 2016 to Dec 2018
Email ambaker@citlink.net
Standing Committees
Education
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
CEO Comments We are a small group of dedicated volunteers who receive no pay for the work we do.  We are all connected via the internet, and communicate daily.  We hold 12 formal meetings a year.  Our board meetings are planned so we have high participation.  Dues paying members and the general public are also welcome to attend Board meetings.  We have no additional boards, and our affiliation with other animal rescues regards animal transportation between counties in TN, promotion of spay / neuter and support of our municipal animal shelter.  There is no limit to the number of (1) year terms a member can serve as an officer or director.  We publish a short e-mail newsletter to all paid members and issue written meeting minutes to the Board members on a regular basis.  We issue an annual report to the community with distribution to government officials, veterinarians, and other key influencers in the community.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Jackie Baker
Term Start Mar 2004
Email jackie830@citlink.net
Experience Director of Management Information Services for a steel service center before retirement.  President of local Humane Society for 1 year before founding Wags and Whiskers Pet Rescue.
Co-CEO
Co-CEO Mr. Alan M. Baker
Term Start Mar 2004
Email ambaker@citlink.net
Experience Retired, corporate Middle Manager for several companies with focus on operations, customer service, technical support and technical training.  BS degree in Management and MBA in Finance/Accounting.  Volunteer at Humane Society of Cumberland Co. for two years before co-founding Wags and Whiskers Pet Rescue.  Past Treasurer and President of that Society.
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 18
Contractors 0
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? No
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Under Development
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 5
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? No
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? No
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? No
 
 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2018
Projected Revenue $31,395.00
Projected Expenses $36,900.00
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$5,386$16,755$0
Government Contributions$3,620$2,810$0
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$3,620$2,810$0
Individual Contributions$25,959$15,417$30,412
$324$1,168$2,111
$16,805$25,318$27,048
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$200$360$385
Special Events$4,470$7,061$21,021
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Other$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$56,099$73,802$81,002
Administration Expense($250)$766$466
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.020.920.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%99%99%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$11,276$14,463$24,593
Current Assets$11,276$14,643$24,593
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$50$4,446$8,383
Total Net Assets$11,226$10,197$16,210
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities225.523.292.93
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $25,959Program Revenue $25,318Contributions, Gifts & Grants $30,412
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Revenue $16,805Foundations and Corporations $16,755Program Revenue $27,048
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations and Corporations $5,386Contributions, Gifts and Grants $15,417Fundraising Events $21,021
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires June 2018
Solicitations Permit
Charity Registration 2017-2018
Organization Comments
Our financial accounting system continues to work well, and we are especially proud of our good reputation in the community for running our charity in a very business-like manner.  Because the winter months are slow for spay/neuter, we typically end our year with a positive cash balance and that is why we could budget a loss for 2016.
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
Financial figures taken from 990 only. 
990 was prepared internally by nonprofit.
Comments provided by Kathryn Bennett 1/29/18.
Nonprofit Wags and Whiskers Pet Rescue, Inc
Address 121 Creek View Drive
Crossville, TN 38555 1314
Primary Phone (931) 788-2201
Contact Email wawpr@citlink.net
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jackie Baker
Board Chair Jackie Baker
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired from a steel service center where she was Director of Management Information Services
Year of Incorporation 2005

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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.