We want to share some basic information on how WAGS is funded and run. WAGS is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is contracted by two cities with a predetermined estimated amount money to care for the pets that would be brought in based on previous year’s data. In fact, the contract spans 3 years. It is not lucrative money but limited monies to care for the cities stray, lost and homeless animals. To point out, there are no extra funds to handle hoarder and puppy mill cases (at least in this contract). Additionally, possibly due to our good reputation, WAGS has already exceeded the number of pets brought to us in the contracted estimated number. Possibly, we have more pets on property than anticipated because we do our best to rehabilitate and care for animals under our roof. We sometimes assume we have more homeless and lost pets because of our philosophy of care. Overall, WAGS cares for about 400 pets on property on any given day.
WAGS has many programs to help pets get adopted. Notably, We strive to provide great medical care. To emphasize, we use standard protocols for care of the pets and facility. With this in mind, we pride ourselves on keeping WAGS in clear order and renovate when ever we have the funds to improve a room or two. We have vast volunteer opportunities, sponsorship, and donation options. Also, We are always open to suggestions for improvement and welcome the community in daily.
Additionally, we often promote adoptions at a certain fee and/or run promotions at lower fees to help pets get adopted sooner. Facebook posts keeps our followers up to date all the time www.facebook.com/wagspetadoption.
In 2017, Despite WAGS has doubled in size overnight – literally!! WAGS is fortunate to NOT have to pay for any administrative overhead. We have two volunteer administrative staff the CEO Dr. Michelle Russillo and Founder Dr. Tia Greenberg that manages WAGS. There is only 1 manager, 1 supervisor, part-time veterinarians, and staff on payroll. This has been one way we can keep all the funds going to the pet’s care and housing.
Animal sheltering is a huge problem and overwhelms shelters, employees, volunteers, management and veterinarians all the time. Our funds are tight! When we unexpectedly get two hoarder cases 126 rabbits and puppy mill cases 78 dogs in a short period of time between May and November 2017, we need to make adjustments to adoption donation fees (example: Bulldogs being more than the usual fees) to pay for extra staffing (80 hours), medications, food, healthcare, veterinarians and medicine. Of course there is rent, overhead, and unforeseen emergency costs. Even though these problems occur, Monthly, we are just able to cover our costs, we are grateful for that. Keeping WAGS running a goal for the whole team.
We are appreciative of the help, support and kindness of our community!!! We can’t thank our tireless staff and volunteers enough for all they have done to care for the doubled population of animals on property. To point out, WAGS is a small shelter contracted by only two cities and we keep it small to try to do the right services by these animals every day! After all, WAGS doesn’t claim to be perfect, but we will continue to do better and better. All these pets have is a team of WAGS employees – volunteers- management- veterinarian- donators and friends! We truly love our WAGzies! Our organization are always in need of extra funds https://www.paypal.me/
Thank you for your continued support and kindness,
Dr. Michelle Russillo
CEO- WAGS Pet Adoption