I blame my mom for my love of animals. I say blame because it occasionally feels like a bit of a curse to want to rescue every dog that I meet. Growing up, my mom seemed to always be rescuing animals -- baby birds who had fallen from their nest, seagulls who had gotten plastic wrapped around their beaks, and dogs, whatever their size and condition, found wandering the streets.
Her love of animals rubbed off on me, and created a soft spot in my heart for the underdogs – dogs who’ve ended up in shelters or rescues for a whole host of reasons beyond their control. After window shopping at shelters for years, and volunteering at a local animal rescue organization here in the Bay Area, I recently adopted my own underdog, Lindy, a sweet border collie mix who was abandoned and ended up with Milo Foundation, a Bay Area rescue organization.
April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month(opens in new tab) -- a month dedicated to raising awareness of the issues facing animals, from dog fighting to puppy mills, and more. With this in mind, we at NetSuite(opens in new tab), wanted to highlight and celebrate a handful of nonprofit(opens in new tab) organizations who go above and beyond to protect and save animals – not just in April, but 365 days a year. Luckily for us, they’ve also chosen to use NetSuite to help them run their programs-- whether that program be distributing microchips or making handmade dog leashes and donating part of the proceeds to rescue animals.
Found Animals Foundation
More than 3 million animals are euthanized each year in the United States. Found Animals Foundation(opens in new tab) (FAF), a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization and grantee of NetSuite.org’s software donation program, is on a mission to reverse the outcome for these animals through its microchip program, automated registry databases, responsible adoption initiatives, and low-cost spay/neuter services.
FAF turned to NetSuite to help it scale its microchip program and enable it to put 2 million microchips into the hands of shelters, rescues and other organizations annually. FAF participated in last year’s Hackathon 4Good(opens in new tab) where they challenged NetSuite developers, partners, and customers to “hack” together a solution to help them make their sales and fulfillment process seamless for their customers. You can read more about how NetSuite partner Yantra did just that, and how it’s working for FAF here(opens in new tab).
San Francisco SPCA
The San Francisco SPCA envisions a community where every animal has a loving home. Founded in 1868 (the organization will celebrate 150 years in 2018!), SFSPCA works toward its vision by offering adoption services, low-cost vet care, training and education programs, and advocating on behalf of animal welfare. In 2015 alone, the organization facilitated close to 5,000 adoptions, performed 11,000+ spay and neuter surgeries, and offered 2,300 vaccinations.
Recognizing the opportunity to improve its business processes to manage its robust and growing programs and offerings, the SFSPCA engaged with NetSuite.org in 2010 to access our software donation. For a look at how the organization has improved business management processes across its 20+ departments, including adoptions, its spay and neuter clinic, finance, marketing, and the vet hospital, read the San Francisco SPCA’s NetSuite testimonial(opens in new tab).
Found My Animal
A chance meeting between two strangers on a Brooklyn sidewalk sparked the idea for Found My Animal(opens in new tab), a growing manufacturer of high-quality leashes, collars and accessories for dogs and other pets based in Brooklyn.
The company’s founders, Anna Conway and Bethany Obrecht, were walking their respective dogs—a pair of rescue pups both named Walter—when they started chatting on Atlantic Avenue. The conversation quickly revealed a mutual passion for animal welfare, and ultimately led to the launch of Found My Animal in 2007.
Since its founding, Found My Animal has grown tremendously, moving operations from Bethany’s apartment to now occupy a 2,000 square foot studio, hiring and training 15 people from the local community, and expanding distribution globally. And while the core of the business is selling its products, Found My Animal has made animal welfare core to their business, regularly donating products to raise money for local animal rescues, and recently paying for transport and rehabilitation for two severely abused and neglected dogs from Miami, who Bethany says are now “doing incredibly well.”
Lean more about why Found My Animal selected a software donation of NetSuite(opens in new tab), and what’s it’s meant for the business.
New to the NetSuite.org software donation grant program, Richmond SPCA has saved 42,000+ pets’ lives since becoming a no-kill shelter in January 2002. In addition to the no-kill shelter, it runs training programs and a low-cost vet clinic. Kids can even celebrate their birthday at the shelter—which sounds like a lot of fun! Richmond SPCA plans to use NetSuite to manage its financials.
This list of mighty organizations is just a short list of all of the amazing organizations that are dedicated to ending animal cruelty. If your organization is interested in learning more about how NetSuite can help manage your operations better, apply for a donation(opens in new tab).