Greater New Haven Cat Project
PO Box 1432
New Haven CT 06506
Contact Information
Address PO Box 1432
New Haven, CT 06506-
Telephone (203) 782-2287 x
Fax 860-663-1344
E-mail gnhcp1@gnhcp.org
Web and Social Media
Outside window of GNHCP Center
Mission
The mission of The Greater New Haven Cat Project, Inc. (GNHCP) is to humanely address cat overpopulation through spaying/neutering, and to educate the community about the importance of animal welfare and responsible pet ownership. GNHCP provides low-cost programs for tame and feral cats.
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Giving Tuesday is a national campaign to encourage charitable donations the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. GNHCP is participating in GivingTuesday, and is hoping to raise funds to continue T/N/R programs and provide much-needed care for feral cats through the winter. Forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday, consider contributing during Giving Tuesday on December 1st instead!
A Great Opportunity Ending Date Dec 01 2020
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1999
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no CEO.
Board Chair Ms. Cheryl A DeFilippo
Board Chair Company Affiliation President
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission The mission of The Greater New Haven Cat Project, Inc. (GNHCP) is to humanely address cat overpopulation through spaying/neutering, and to educate the community about the importance of animal welfare and responsible pet ownership. GNHCP provides low-cost programs for tame and feral cats.
Background GNHCP was founded in 1996 when a group of 40 animal welfare activists decided to address the escalating problem of stray and feral cat overpopulation, especially in the low-income and transient neighborhoods of the Greater New Haven area. From their initial meeting, GNHCP was formed. GNHCP acquired its 501(c)(3) status in August 1998. In 2000, GNHCP moved into its New Haven center of operations (GNHCP Center) which serves as a no-kill adoption facility as well as the coordination hub for the organization’s activities. These activities include scheduling TNR and spay/neuter appointments, coordinating adoptions,  planning fundraising events, hosting shelter assembly workshops for outdoor cats, and distributing educational material to the community. GNHCP began and remains an all-volunteer organization, and is governed by a Board of Directors.
Impact
Accomplishments During 2019:
(1) Provided spay/neuter assistance to 535 cats and other assistance to an additional 59 cats within the Greater New Haven community
(2) Adopted 50 cats into forever homes and an additional 87 cats via networking with other like-minded organizations
(3) Formed an educational partnership with Squash Haven youth group and the Girl Scouts to assemble shelters for outdoor cats
 
Goals for 2020:
(1) Recruit more volunteers to assist in raising awareness about GNHCP and its mission 
(2) Engage volunteers in planning successful fundraisers to increase the number of cats to be spayed/neutered during 2020
(3) Establish additional educational/working relationships with area schools/community groups
(4) Continue to educate the public on the importance of spay/neuter and responsible pet ownership through our newsletter, CatMatters, individual conversations during a TNR session, at shelter assembly workshops, cat food drives, dissemination of our activity book (available in English and Spanish), and brochures 
(5) Publish a children's book, "Feral Freddie Finds a Forever Home," making it available online
 
 
Needs GNHCP's most pressing needs:
(1) Funding for our spay/neuter programs for feral cats and tame cats belonging to low-income residents of the Greater New Haven area. It currently costs GNHCP $125 per cat for vaccines and spay or neuter.
(2) Recruiting new GNHCP volunteers to facilitate planning fundraisers 
(3) Identifying funding sources (corporate or private) to support our mission
(4) Identifying additional schools, organizations, clubs, etc. willing to host educational workshops
(5) Finding businesses willing to donate services to defray our costs for printing educational materials, shelter assembly materials, repairs at the GNHCP Center, etc.
CEO Statement Statement from the President: As with other organizations, GNHCP provides low-cost spay/neuter services for tame and feral cats.  What is unique about GNHCP's program for tame cats is that no cat owner (or cat) is refused spay/neuter services if funds are not available to contribute toward the veterinary services. Our focus has always been to help as many cats (and people) as possible. Often times if a cat owner does not have transportation to bring the cat in for the spay/neuter appointment, a GNHCP volunteer will assist with transportation. GNHCP has a unique identification system to track the number/location of feral cats spayed/neutered and develops partnerships with feral cat caregivers by providing food (if needed) and close communication in case a cat becomes ill, or if a new cat appears into the colony. Our services do not end with the spay/neuter surgery. Our volunteers also provide resources to assist pet owners with issues regarding allergies, financial aid, special needs, or sometimes just listening to a kindred spirit talk about his/her cat's rescue.
Board Chair Statement GNHCP faces numerous challenges with cat rescue and implementing our spay/neuter programs. Our ability to respond to assistance calls (averaging 50 calls/emails per week) is driven by our human and financial resources. GNHCP's focus is to provide spay/neuter assistance to as many feral and tame cats as possible. The organization does not make its assistance contingent upon receiving a donation. As a result, GNHCP volunteers must work harder each year to raise funds to keep up with the demands of the increasing assistance requests. During 2019, we spayed/neutered 535 feral and tame cats, and assisted another 59 cats who were sick/injured. With increased financial and human resources, we could assist a greater number of cats. Our rescue experiences are varied and challenging. It is the challenges that keep us focused on the importance of ensuring GNHCP remains a viable resource to help cats who would otherwise never see a veterinarian, or for those who have suffered a life-threatening injury, leave this earth in peace. It is very rewarding to rescue a cat or a litter of kittens, bring them to good health, and place them in loving homes (that meet our strict standards for adoption). I am personally connected to GNHCP from a rescue in 2000 on Davenport Avenue (New Haven) where a litter of 5 adolescent kittens were trapped, 1 of whom was severely injured with a prolapsed rectum. With the diligence and patience of a dedicated veterinarian and ongoing care for months, "Wesley Davenport" became my inspiration and focus to help cats who would otherwise not have an advocate. Wes lived with me for 10 years before losing him to kidney disease. His will to live and my wonderful memories of him enable me to face the continuing challenges of being involved in animal welfare. About 10 years after my encounter with Wes,"Captain Jack," a young adult cat was rescued with severe kidney damage. When I arrived to catch Jack, who was living outside, I didn't even have time to set up my equipment. I opened one door of the humane trap, and Jack ran in. He wanted help so badly. I immediately drove him to our vet, and he talked to me the entire way. I swear I could hear him say that even though he was so sick, he wanted to live, and that I should give him a chance. And I did. GNHCP cared for Jack from antibiotics, to hormone treatments, to seeing a specialist for his kidney disease. He was fostered in my home, and became part of the family, until he passed. Jack was one of the most loving cats I have ever met, and through his rescue, my determination to help was renewed. And then came Rej, a visually impaired, senior cat who was abandoned by his family. Rej was diagnosed with high blood pressure, kidney disease, and eventually developed a thyroid condition. His personality was sweet, but when it came time to medicate Rej, he became a "grumpy old man." Fortunately there were transdermal medications (administered in the ear) so Rej could receive the treatments he needed. He lived at the GNHCP Center for several years, then came to live with me when it was clear he needed hospice care. To be part of palliative care for such a sweet senior cat brought me joy and sadness at the same time. Our pets' time is never long enough. There are numerous stories I could recite during my 21 years as a volunteer with GNHCP. There are times when I fear what would happen if GNHCP were not a viable resource for the greater New Haven community. My goal has always been to provide stewardship by bringing in new volunteers who demonstrate their dedication to animals and desire to help, knowing there will be personal sacrifices along the way. Increasing volunteer participation also brings new fundraising ideas and potential new donors. It takes a certain kind of person to volunteer in animal rescue - one who is eager to help, but who can also work with people looking for assistance who often forget we are volunteers, and that they should not feel entitled to GNHCP's services, but grateful that such a wonderful organization exists. We meet many, many compassionate and caring individuals who dip into their own pockets to feed and care for outdoor cats. And we remember to commend these people for their efforts, and to join forces with them when they need help. Much change is needed, however, in order to make this state a better place for companion animals, and I am proud to know that GNHCP is doing all it can to be a part of that change. Over the past 23 years of GNHCP's existence, the organization has helped improve the lives of thousands of cats through spaying/neutering (females are no longer in heat or giving birth; males no longer fight for mates) and prevented thousands of kittens from being born outdoors and lost to predators, disease and other forms of suffering. 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Animal Related / Veterinary Services
Secondary Organization Category Animal Related / Animal Protection & Welfare
Tertiary Organization Category Education /
Areas Served
Ansonia
Derby
East Haven
Hamden
New Haven
North Haven
Orange
Wallingford
West Haven
GNHCP will provide spay/neuter assistance for tame cats to anyone who is willing to drive to our veterinarian who practices in Orange. GNHCP has provided low-cost spay/neuter assistance to residents of Ansonia, Bridgeport, Derby, Naugatuck, Orange, and Waterbury, plus other cities/towns outside the immediate Greater New Haven area. The organization is limited in where it provides trap/neuter/return assistance due to human and financial resources. The towns listed above represent our trap/neuter/return efforts.
Programs
Description The cats we assist include feral, stray and abandoned cats and kittens. We manage the feral cat population in a non-lethal and principled manner through trapping, sterilizing, vaccinating and returning cats to their outdoor environment. Outdoor shelters and/or feeding stations are also provided to feral cat caregivers who cannot afford these items on their own. The majority of cats that come through our spay/neuter program are returned to their colony or owners.
Population Served General/Unspecified / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. For every cat that is altered, the birth of 6 unwanted kittens is eliminated. Spaying/neutering will reduce the number of homeless cats and improve the lives of cats that are living outdoors, or who have only one opportunity to see a veterinarian because their caregivers do not have the financial means to provide for veterinary services.
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. Spaying/neutering prevents the births of unwanted kittens and reduces nuisance behavior of unaltered male cats, and continued pregnancies of unspayed female cats. Cats are healthier once they are altered and their risks for disease are reduced. Educating the public about responsible pet ownership, compassion and respect encourages community members to promote awareness and helps GNHCP identify cats and people in need. People feel empowered when they can do something good for their community.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. When a feral cat colony is spayed/neutered, it becomes "managed," which means that no new cats will enter the territory.  GNHCP maintains contact with caregivers who have received assistance about the health of the cats after sterilization, and also provides shelters and/or feeding stations for proper care of outdoor cats.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. In 2000, GNHCP was involved in trap/neuter/return on Wooster Street in New Haven. Numerous feral cats were altered and friendly cats and kittens were removed. Caregivers continue to monitor the area, and if a friendly cat has been abandoned in the area, GNHCP is contacted. No new ferals joined the territory.
Description GNHCP rescues friendly kittens and cats when responding to assistance calls. These cats are provided with full veterinary services and live at the GNHCP Center in New Haven or in foster homes until they are adopted into permanent homes. GNHCP operates as a "no-kill" adoption facility.
Population Served General/Unspecified / /
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. During 2018, GNHCP adopted 81 cats through its GNHCP Center and networked with like-minded organizations to place an additional 46 cats into permanent homes.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. GNHCP Board of Directors
Description GNHCP sponsors outdoor cat shelter assembly "workshops" with youth groups and students from New Haven. During these workshops, we talk to participants about pets they may have, and the importance of being a responsible pet owner and having their pet spayed/neutered. When funding permits, we also host events where speakers talk about topics ranging from sound and how it affects behavior, to handling wildlife, to proper veterinary care for companion animals. GNHCP distributes an activity book (available in English and Spanish) at cat food drives and other workshops to spark the interest of children while they are engaged in a fun activity.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Adults /
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. This program is ancillary to our spay/neuter programs and is designed to complement them.
Program Comments
CEO Comments GNHCP also provides resources for callers seeking assistance with behavioral issues, allergies, financial assistance outside of spay/neuter, wildlife issues, and assistance with animals other than cats. There isn't a specific "program" name associated with this assistance.
CEO/Executive Director
Organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no CEO.
Term Start Oct 2000
Email gnhcp1@gnhcp.org
Experience The Greater New Haven Cat Project, Inc. does not have a CEO or an Executive Director. It has a President which oversees the vision and day-to-day operations.
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 30
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 0%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
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 Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations
GNHCP collaborates with other like-minded organizations when our foster homes/space at our Center are unavailable to house friendly cats and/or kittens. These collaborators operate no-kill facilities.
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Animal Humanitarian AwardThe American Red Cross2009
National Feral Cat Day Participation CertificateAlley Cat Allies, Inc.2016
Comments
CEO Comments There are currently no paid staff.
Board Chair
Ms. Cheryl A DeFilippo
Company Affiliation President
Term Jan 2000 to Dec 2023
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Ms. Renee CostantiniPublic Relations
Ms. Emily DoubledayTreasurer
Ms. Diane FrostVice-President
Ms. Katherine GaudetFundraising Chair
Mrs. Susan JordanSecretary
Ms. Linda KliseDevelopment Officer
Dr. Robert Schaper V.D.M.Veterinary Consultant
Ms. Rachel SchuppWebsite
Ms. Ellen SuGraphic Designer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Standing Committees
Executive
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Education
Additional Boards: Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Dr. Robert Schaper V.D.M.Branford Veterinary Hospital
CEO Comments
A major challenge facing our organization is time commitment from our volunteers.  Most of our volunteers have either a full-time job, or are in school full-time. Everyone has family obligations as well. The need for our services is so great that often times it becomes frustrating when there aren't enough  "human" resources, in addition to financial resources to help. Our volunteers make many personal sacrifices to help cats, as do many individuals who are trying to help cats on their own. GNHCP is appreciative of our volunteers, their indefatigable energy, tenacity, and overall compassion. Without them, the organization would not be as great a resource as it is. At volunteer meetings, we discuss compassion fatigue and the President is available to talk to a volunteer during a tnr session, direct care shift at the Center, or any time there is an incident, difficult situation, or crisis. In an emergency, the President is always available in person.
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2020
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2020
Projected Revenue $122,000.00
Projected Expenses $122,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
Documents
Form 990s
Form 9902018
Form 9902017
Form 9902016
Form 9902015
Form 9902014
Form 9902013
Form 9902012
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS letter
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$125,951$118,645$101,052
Current Assets$124,801$118,645$101,052
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$5$7,336$4,557
Total Net Assets$125,946$111,309$96,495
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountCT Dept of Agriculture-APCP vouchers $14,110Phoebe Foundation $10,000CT Dept. of Ag. $6,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $7,500The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $7,500The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $5,500
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountR.E.A.P Grant $6,000Doris Day & Barbour $5,000Petco $4,000
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Comments
CEO Comments GNHCP does not have audited financial statements. Our Treasurer prepares financial statements for inclusion in grant applications and for reporting to the Board of Directors.
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. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. 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.
Address PO Box 1432
New Haven, CT 06506
Primary Phone 203 782-2287
Contact Email gnhcp1@gnhcp.org
CEO/Executive Director Organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no CEO.
Board Chair Ms. Cheryl A DeFilippo
Board Chair Company Affiliation President

 

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