Friends of the New Haven Animal Shelter
PO Box 9056
Brewery St Station
New Haven CT 06532
Contact Information
Address PO Box 9056
Brewery St Station
New Haven, CT 06532-
Telephone (203) 946 8110 x
Fax 203-999 9999
Web and Social Media
For 20 years, The New Haven Animal Shelter has helped abused and neglected animals find loving, permanent homes.  We continue to socialize, train, and provide medical care to help adoptable cats and dogs live the life they so deserve.  Our efforts include educating the public about responsible animal ownership, continue fundraising, retain long-term volunteers, and remain a visible community presence.  
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2000
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
CEO/Executive Director Ms Deb J Wan
Board Chair Ms. Deb J Wan
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $40,000.00
Projected Expenses $40,000.00
Mission For 20 years, The New Haven Animal Shelter has helped abused and neglected animals find loving, permanent homes.  We continue to socialize, train, and provide medical care to help adoptable cats and dogs live the life they so deserve.  Our efforts include educating the public about responsible animal ownership, continue fundraising, retain long-term volunteers, and remain a visible community presence.  
Background Founded almost 20 years ago, the FNHAS is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to helping the animals at the Robin I. Kroogman New Haven Animal Shelter.  Our primary goal is to ensure that our animals receive the most compassionate possible care and enter loving homes.  We organize twice monthly adoption events throughout the Greater New Haven area, help provide medical care for animals that would not otherwise receive, including x-rays and heart worm treatment.  We subsidize low cost spay/neuter surgery for cats of the city using the TEAM mobile facility, sponsor foster care programs for dogs and cats who need special attention, and provide assistance to potential adopters who want to adopt from our shelter.  We conduct dog training and cat socialization programs for our volunteers and work with local and regional rescue groups to place some of our animals.  Lastly, we appear weekly on WTNH-TV News 8's popular 'Pet of The Week' segment.
1. Adopt out 85% of all shelter animals (spayed/neutered) to loving homes.
2. Collaborate with North Shore Animal League during twice monthly adoption events throughout the Greater New Haven area.
3.  Expand our social media network to further reach potential adopters.
4. Collaborate with area businesses, schools, and public events to educate people about responsible pet ownership. 
5. Continue to expand fundraising efforts.
6. Continue to attract permanent volunteers. 
1. Medical fund - to provide medical care, both palliative and routine to our shelter animals.  Currently, our costs can exceed $3,000 per month
2. Spay/neuter programs - to help decrease the animal overpopulation and assist owners with this cost.  Can range from $50 and upwards, depending on the animal's need.
3. Retaining volunteers - inner city shelters can be daunting, with many animals needing socialization, training, fostering, and daily walking.  This is a lifelong  not a seasonal commitment.
CEO Statement Our volunteers are a dedicated group that go far beyond the call.  With combined talents of training, socializing, fostering, fundraising, and educating, the FNHAS have remained in the forefront of the New Haven Community.  All of us realize that this commitment is a serious and long standing one that requires stamina, patience, and love.  Our message continues to be that animals deserve the best possible life and that adoption is forever.  In return, these animals respond with loyalty, affection, and companionship.  We hope that this message reaches many and that our work will inspire others to join us.
Board Chair Statement The challenges that face the FNHAS are many.  Uncertain financial times have dictated that families make difficult and heartbreaking choices resulting in many pets becoming surrendered or abandoned.  Other situations are less heartfelt as we encounter abused, starved, and terrified animals who have no where to turn.  For as many animals as we adopt out, just as many are brought to us.  All are looking for one thing; the comfort of a loving home.  This is the impetus for our volunteers, as they dedicate their efforts to make this a reality.  When our animals find a home, it is cause for celebration.  We rely on each other but, more importantly, the animals rely on us.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Animal Related / Animal Protection & Welfare
Areas Served
New Haven
City of New Haven
Description The FNHAS is a volunteer group dedicated to help rescue abused and abandoned animals find permanent, loving homes.  We depend on various fundraisers and the public for donations to accomplish these goals.
Population Served General/Unspecified / Families / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Collaboration with the North Shore Animal League, traveling to Greater New Haven area for adoption event, promote responsible pet ownership, and educate public about spay and neuter programs.  Our aim is to hopefully diminish the number of shelter animals and raise the number of adoptable ones.  We also want to increase fundraising to augment of animal medical fund, and increase long-standing numbers of volunteers.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Using Salesforce, (donated software program) we track the numbers of adopted animals, update our database of supporters, maintain our volunteer base, produce our twice yearly newsletter to update the public about our success and outreach.  Also, we collaborate with WTNH Channel 8 News to air our weekly 'Pet of The Week' segment.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. The New Haven Animal Shelter rescues @ 900 animals each year of which nearly 80% are adopted.  Our shelter capacity is 61 dogs and 31 cats.  All are vaccinated, socialized, medically rehabilitated, and spayed or neutered before going to a permanent home.  Adoption fees are $80 (which include the initial shots and the cost of spay.neuter), a very affordable cost for potential adopters.  A very strict application is required to best match a family with our animals.
Program Comments
CEO Comments Uncertain economic times have kept shelter population high.  Our core of volunteers strive to keep adoption numbers high by training, socializing, fostering, and educating.  Volunteering in an inner city shelter can be demanding, strressful, and physically exhausting.  But, the rewards are many as we see frightened, abused animals blossom and become valued members of a loving family.  It is wonderful to see these same families return with their adopted animal, in gratitude.  An indescribable feeling, unless you are part of the process.
CEO/Executive Director
Ms Deb J Wan
Term Start Jan 2010
Experience Over 4 years dog handling experience, extensive technological expertise including FNHAS web design, compiles all You Tube dog videos, compiles FNHAS electronic newsletter, adoption reports, liaison with New Haven Animal Shelter staff.  Double masters degree from MIT, extensive engineering background.
Ms. Elaine M Spinato
Term Start Jan 2005
Over 8 years of hands on dog handling and socializing.  More than 5 years of budgetary experience.  BS in Journalism, over 25 years in the medical field in the greater New Haven area.  Extensive experience with fund raising, liaison with greater New Haven area businesses. field in the greater New Haven area.  Extensive experience with fund raising, liaison with greater New Haven area businesses.
Number of Full Time Staff 5
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 55
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 0%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 10
Asian American/Pacific Islander 10
Caucasian 30
Hispanic/Latino 10
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 15
Female 45
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
North Shore Animal League, Channel 8 News, Petco Corporation, TEAM (Tate Every Animal Matters - feline spay/neuter program)
CEO Comments We continue to face ever growing numbers of abused and neglected animals.  Despite these challenges, we have an 80% adoption rate and a talented and dedicated roster of volunteers.  Our fund raising efforts continue as does our collaboration with Greater New Haven businesses, schools and municipal groups.
Board Chair
Ms. Deb J Wan
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2017
Board of Directors
Ms. Carol Feiden Community Volunteer
Ms. Patricia Grandjean Community Volunteer
Ms. Rachael Harvey Community Volunteer
Ms. Maryellyn Maresca Community Volunteer
Ms Elaine Spinato Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Co-Chair
Mrs. Elaine Spinato
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2016
CEO Comments
While we are continually faced with increasing numbers of abused and abandoned animals, our volunteers remain dedicated and energetic.  Our adoption rate has stayed constant at 85%. 
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01 2012
Fiscal Year End Sept 30 2013
Projected Revenue $40,000.00
Projected Expenses $40,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Form 990s
Form 9902013
Form 9902012
Form 9902011
Form 9902010
Form 9902009
IRS Letter of Exemption
501 C3
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
FNHAS Spring Newsletter2013View
FNHAS Brochure2013View
FNHAS Fall Newsletter2013View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$32,029$28,454$33,146
Administration Expense--$5,692$1,145
Fundraising Expense$5,115--$3,913
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.632.251.48
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%83%87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue8%0%7%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets------
Current Assets$23,273$42,555$38,749
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$65,828$81,303$38,749
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
CEO Comments The FNHAS depends solely on public donations and fundraising.  Nearly all of our money is designated for the medical care and adoption of our animals.  With these costs ever increasing, we are constantly improving our fundraising efforts and send out twice yearly Amongfriends Newsletter.
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.


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