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2014 Year-End Report

As always, thanks to our hardworking volunteers, employees, and supporters. Without you, our work would not be possible. This document summarizes some of the activities that ICS has been involved with over the course of 2014. Our accomplishment this year include:

Shelter Improvement

·      Improved signage for the shelter on US6 and on shelter grounds

·      The board has revisited and implemented a new strategic plan for the ICS organization for 2014-2017 which includes goals related to establishing new building facilities, increasing adoptions and fundraising, and exploring new ways to introduce new employees and volunteers into a more cohesively structured organization.

·      Continued work on determining new building potential for the shelter, including the addition of new members to the building ad hoc committee who have been doing in-depth research on how to maximize our efforts and get the most from our land and available funds.

·      Establishment of improved cleaning methods at the shelter with the use of Accel cleaning products, designed to improve the cleanliness of the shelter as well as disinfect from germs and viruses more completely than previous techniques that have been used

·      Existing building improvements include the use of surfaces that can be easily cleaned throughout the shelter to minimize germs, the installation of a new stainless steel washtub, the addition of a new washing machine, and the installation of new lockable cabinetry for medicators’ use.

Adoptions

·      Implementation of extended adoption hours and adoption pricing specials during certain times to year to coincide with Best Friends events and to increase adoptions in general. These events have resulted in a notable increase in adoptions as compared to 2013, especially in the summer months.

·      An increase in the total number of adoptions of nearly 10% as compared to 2013

·      The compilation of a complete policy and procedure manual for the shelter and its operations

·      Establishment of a permanent credit card machine at the shelter, which has taken in over $3000 of additional income for ICS since August.

·      Addition of improved online volunteer and adoption applications, which have increased the number of both adopters and volunteers coming to ICS by over 20% in the six months since implementation.

Grants

·      Grants from the Unity Foundation ($1800), Bissell Foundation ($5000), Banfield Community Trust ($6000), Crown Point Community Foundation ($1000), and Best Friends ($500) have been attained for helping people and pets in our community.

Outreach and Fundraising

·      Establishment of ICS as a Best Friends No More Homeless Pets Network Partner, which includes the ability to participate in Best Friends national adoption events such as Back in Black.

·      Increased connection with Purdue North Central to give students service learning opportunities and increase ICS volunteer base. In addition, ICS volunteers will begin generating additional revenue for ICS with the help of PNC by offering workshops and classes targeted toward pet owners and non-profit organization leaders through the Graduate and Extended Learning Office. The first of these programs, a Grant Writing Workshop, will be held between February and April 2015.

·      ICS has participated in a number of events around Porter and LaPorte county this year, increasing exposure in the community.

·      Establishment of the Instagram account “@indcatsociety” and maintenance thanks to Purdue North Central service learning students.

·      We have been featured in two Public Television interviews which were handled by Board President, Staci Trekles, with the possibility of more in the future.

·      We have had two professional writers contact us, Dee Dunheim and Nomi Berger, that want to help get our word out by writing appeals, fundraiser information, cat bios, etc all ‘free of charge’ to the ICS because they want to help us help the kitties. So far they have helped with Greg’s foster cats, the Black Cat Boogie, and a medical/dental fundraiser.

Volunteers and Committees

·      Implementation of formalized volunteer orientations for new volunteers.

·      Establishment of more clear and complete foster care program, including foster parent orientation and procedures, and a complete clean-up of foster care records thanks to Diane Buche, foster care coordinator.

As always, the work does not end there, however. There is still more yet to be done, and in 2015, we would like to work toward:

1.     Increasing adoptions by continuing to work on expanding adoption hours and improving adoption processes.

2.     Increasing public awareness of ICS efforts through continuing to work in the community and attend marketing and fundraising events.

3.     Work with Purdue North Central to establish more courses and workshops to be offered to the public through the Graduate and Extended Learning Office.

4.     Maintain and continue to improve the TNR program to ensure that cats in the community are spayed and neutered to reduce unwanted pet overpopulation.

5.     Explore additional grant opportunities in order to help ICS increase its ability to help people in the community, adopt more animals, build a better shelter facility, and hire a Shelter Director to oversee operations.

6.     Continue efforts to research the feasibility of new shelter facilities on our current grounds, and identify a solid plan to move forward. 

ISNT THERE SOMEONE OUT THERE THAT WANTS US??

Cammie and Sammie were adopted out of the ICS when they were just kittens. They were recently returned when their owner passed away. The family member that was supposed to take them did not want them. Another family member thought he could get them a home in his over 500 member congregation but no one from there wanted them either. Cammie isnt handling shelter life very well. She is not eating, losing weight, overgrooming and pulling her fur out in clumps. Sammie, on the other hand, is eating too much and not being active and putting on weight that isnt good for him. These two wonderful cats are only 6 years old and front declawed. They are very sweet and affectionate. Wont you help us show them they truly are wanted by someone???

 

 

CHRISTMAS CAT TOY DRIVE

From now until December 24th we will be collecting new cat toys for our shelter cats and kittens. You can help each cat or kitten get a new toy for Christmas by donating a new toy to the ICS before December 24th. Toys can be dropped off during our adoption hours of Saturdays 10am to 4pm, Sundays 1pm to 4pm, special adoption hours Dec. 17th and 19th of 4pm to 6pm. Or call our shelter for other arrangements. More than anything our kitties would love a home of their very own for Christmas, but if you cant adopt, please donate a toy or two and help make their Christmas a little brighter.

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE VOLUNTEERS OF THE INDEPENDENT CAT SOCIETY!!

 

 

Giving Tuesday 12-2-14

Join us for Giving Tuesday! There is a handy widget at the bottom left-hand side of our page that you can use for sending our kitties a gift. They appreciate any help you can give on this special day!

Online fundraising for Happy Kitties for the Holidays

2015 Election Results

Congratulations to our newly elected board members, who will begin their new terms in January:

President: Anastasia Trekles

Recording Secretary: Judy Dean

Treasurer: Natalie Cebulski

At-Large Members: Joan Hildebrand & Jason Petrovich

Thanks to all of the members who came out to vote and support our ICS board!