Best Friends of Pets Inc.
720 W. Wilshire Blvd., Suite 101-F
Oklahoma City OK 73116-7737
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Best Friends of Pets
Best Friends
Mission Statement

Best Friends of Pets strives to reduce pet overpopulation and keep pets in their homes by providing affordable spaying, neutering and pet ID tags. Our goals are to reduce the number of cats and dogs that enter local animal shelters, reduce the number of pets euthanized at animal shelters because of a lack of adopting homes, and increase the number of lost pets reunited with their families.

Save pets from homelessness
Contact Information
Contact Name Kim Schlittler
Contact email info@bestfriendsofpets.org
Address 720 W. Wilshire Blvd., Suite 101-F
Oklahoma City, OK 73116 7737
Phone (405) 418-8511
Fax 405-879-9748
County Oklahoma County
Alternate Address PO Box 14547
Oklahoma City OK 73113 0547
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card https://bestfriendsofpets.org/donate/
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/bfokc/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
Your donation saves the lives of dogs and cats in our community.  By supporting spaying and neutering, you greatly reduce the chances of pets becoming homeless.  You also prevent the unplanned births of thousands of puppies and kittens so these young pets will not be surrendered to animal shelters where many do not have the chance of loving homes.  Your donation also provides ID tags so pets may be quickly reunited with their families if they become lost.
 
Donations may be mailed to Best Friends of Pets at PO Box 14547, Oklahoma City, OK 73113-0547.

We really appreciate in-kind donations of Forever postage stamps, letter size copy paper in white, yellow, green or pink, and pet collars of all sizes. Email info@bestfriendsofpets.org or call 405-415-8511 for us to pick up donations or drop them off at 720 W. Wilshire Blvd., Suite 101-F, Oklahoma City.

Volunteers 21 or older can help with our Spay/Neuter Assistance Program from the comfort of their homes. Record requests for our spay/neuter applications and mail out spay/neuter packets. All supplies provided.

Volunteers also engrave pet ID tags at community events and help with other community or fundraising events.
 
 
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $160,560.00
Projected Expenses $158,090.00
History and Background
Former Names
NameYear
Best Friends of the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division1994
Best Friends of Shelter Pets2005
Year Founded 1994
IRS Ruling Year 1996
State Registration Expiration Mar 2017
Statements
Mission

Best Friends of Pets strives to reduce pet overpopulation and keep pets in their homes by providing affordable spaying, neutering and pet ID tags. Our goals are to reduce the number of cats and dogs that enter local animal shelters, reduce the number of pets euthanized at animal shelters because of a lack of adopting homes, and increase the number of lost pets reunited with their families.

Background

Best Friends of Pets was formed under a similar name in 1994 to increase pet adoptions and improve conditions for pets at the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter. Through June 2006, we provided invaluable support for the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division and helped more than double the number of pets adopted each year. We ended our direct relationship with the AWD in 2006.

In 2005, we started our Spay/Neuter Assistance Program), the first year-round community spay/neuter program of its kind in the Oklahoma City area. By providing affordable spaying and neutering to low-income pet parents in central Oklahoma, we reduce the number of cats and dogs that enter local animal shelters and are euthanized at considerable expense to taxpayers. Spaying and neutering also reduces the number of stray animals that cause car accidents and safety issues for residents, reduces the number of dog attacks and bites, prevents certain cancers, and reduces or eliminates many behaviors that cause pet owners to surrender their cats and dogs.

Central Oklahoma has a pet overpopulation problem – there are too many pets and not enough homes. Each year, local animal shelters take in more than 28,000 cats and dogs, and more than 14,000 pets are euthanized. More than 70% of the pets euthanized are adoptable and more than one-third are puppies and kittens. Best Friends of Pets seeks to reduce this needless loss of lives and works toward the day every pet has a loving home.

Impact

Best Friends of Pets spayed and neutered 1,373 dogs and cats last year, which greatly reduced their chances of becoming homeless. Male cats and dogs are no longer inclined to search for female cats and dogs in heat. Dogs are less likely to roam the streets and possibly cause traffic hazards. Neutered dogs are less likely to bite or fight. And other behavior or medical problems that often result in pet owners surrendering their pets are eliminated or significantly reduced.

1,331, or 94%, of the pets spayed or neutered belonged to low-income pet parents receiving Medicaid, OKDHS or Supplemental Security Income benefits or having gross household income at or below 185% of the federal poverty level. Cost is one of the primary reasons why pets of low-income pet owners are not spayed or neutered. Low-income residents cannot afford regular veterinary fees of $100 to neuter a male cat to more than $400 to spay a female dog. Often, they cannot even afford the reduced fees at local nonprofit spay/neuter clinics. By working with 32 veterinary and nonprofit clinics in central Oklahoma, we reduce the distances pet owners must travel for our spay/neuter services.

The 1,373 spays and neuters prevented the unplanned births of more than 4,900 puppies and kittens. Many of these young pets would have been surrendered to animal shelters, and more than one-third of them would not have been rescued or adopted.

Best Friends of Pets engraved 543 identification tags for pets throughout central Oklahoma. Tags were distributed at community events and pet owners requested tags through our website. Less than 10% of the stray pets that enter local animal shelters are reunited with their families. Animal shelters hold untagged pets as few as three days, so time is of the essence when looking for a lost pet. Tagged pets are usually held a few days longer. A pet wearing a personal identification tag has the best chance of being quickly reunited with its family.

Needs

Best Friends of Pets’ most pressing need is financial support. In order to make spaying and neutering affordable for low-income pet owners, their co-pays are $10 for cats and $20 for dogs. Rabies vaccinations are required by state law, so pet owners pay $5 if their pets need rabies vaccinations. We fund the remaining costs to participating clinics, and many have discounted their prices by 50% or more. $35 neuters a male cat, $60 spays a female cat, $70 neuters a male dog, $90 spays a female dog, and $5 provides a rabies vaccination. $25 provides 25 pet ID tags to be engraved at community events and for our spay/neuter clients. We attempt to provide free tags because most pet owners respond to free tags instead of paying for them. No contributions are too small, and all donations are greatly appreciated.

Volunteers are needed to help with our Spay/Neuter Assistance Program. Volunteers check our voicemail for request for spay/neuter packets and send out the packets. All supplies are provided. Volunteers rotate weeks and volunteer 5-10 hours during their week.

Volunteers are also needed for community tagging and information tabling events.


CEO/Executive Director Statement

I know you have many worthwhile choices when making charitable gifts and truly appreciate your considering a gift to Best Friends of Pets. Your donation to our endowment fund shows your investment in our future of helping pets. Your gift directly to Best Friends immediately provides a life-saving spay, neuter or tag for pets.

After receiving many calls over the years for help with the cost of getting pets spayed or neutered, we formed our Spay/Neuter Assistance Program to provide affordable spaying and neutering to low-income pet owners. We focus on spaying and neutering because that is the best way to reduce the number of cats and dogs entering animal shelters and being euthanized.

We recently witnessed the need for our services at a community event where hundreds of low-income residents visited many nonprofit groups to find out about the services available to them. OK Humane Place Spay + Neuter Clinic was at the table next to ours and was the first table people visited about getting their pets spayed or neutered. Many people could not afford to have the pets spayed or neutered at OK Humane, and their staff referred them to us. These low-income pet parents are able to afford our spay/neuter prices then get their pets spayed or neutered at OK Humane. It’s a win-win for all of us involved in getting these pets spayed or neutered.

It is so heartwarming knowing our donors and supporters are helping low-income pet parents enjoy the companionship and unconditional love of pets. Will you help pets in your community with a contribution to Best Friends of Pets?

Sincerely,

Kim Schlittler


 
 
 
 
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Central Oklahoma
Oklahoma City

We primarily serve low-income pet parents in Oklahoma, Canadian, Cleveland, Grady, McClain and Pottawatomie counties.

Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Animal Related/Animal-Related NEC
Programs
Description

Our Spay/Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) offers low-income pet parents an opportunity to spay or neuter cats and dogs at a price they can afford. Rabies vaccinations are also available at a low cost since they are required by state law for the health of animals and residents. SNAP targets low-income pet parents who receive Medicaid, OKDHS or SSI benefits or meet our low income guidelines. SNAP also provides limited assistance to other pet parents based on income. SNAP works with more than 30 veterinary and nonprofit clinics in central Oklahoma to reduce the distances pet parents must travel for our services.

 
Strategy
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Other Economic Level Adults
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state.

Studies from east and west coast cities as well as certain states show that spaying and neutering is the most effective way to reduce the number of pets that enter and are euthanized at animal shelters. Pets living in low-income households are much less likely to be spayed or neutered than those living in higher-income households. Cost is one of the primary reasons that pets belonging to low-income pet owners are not spayed or neutered. Offering spaying and neutering that is affordable to low-income pet owners not only reduces the number of puppies and kittens that enter shelters, the risk of adult cats and dogs becoming homeless is also reduced.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.

More than 11,700 cats and dogs have been spayed or neutered since our Spay/Neuter Assistance Program began in 2005. These spays and neuters greatly reduced the chances of these pets becoming homeless and prevented the unplanned births of nearly 42,000 kittens and puppies. We know from pet owners’ comments that many of these pets had litters that were surrendered to animal shelters before they found an affordable way to have their pets spayed.

Description

Best Friends of Pets provides pet ID tags so lost pets may be quickly reunited with their families. Local animal shelters hold pets as few as three days and tagged pets are usually held longer.

 

Strategy
Population Served Families
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Kim Schlittler
Start Date Jan 1994
Email kims@bestfriendsofpets.org
Experience Kim Schlittler is founder of Best Friends of Pets. She volunteered at the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter for over 20 years and worked as a CPA for 23 years.
Staff
Number of Full-time Staff 0
Number of Part-time Staff 1
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 15
Staff Retention Rate 100
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? No
Management reports to board? Yes
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan No
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2012
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Under Development
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
State Volunteer AwardOklahoma Department of Human Services2010
Board Chair
Name Robert O'Bannon
Company Affiliation Phillips Murrah P.C.
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Board of Directors
List Current as of Jan 01, 2017
Board of Directors List
NameAffiliationStatus
Leslie Billetter Oklahoma State Department of HealthVoting
Mike Carroll Heritage Wealth ManagementExofficio
Taryn Clark Heritage Wealth ManagementVoting
Robert O'Bannon Phillips Murrah, PCVoting
Melissa Prophet RSM USVoting
Karee Pyeatt Oklahoma City Community FoundationVoting
Dawn Rahme Phillips Murrah P.C.Voting
Bill Schlittler Dolese Bros. Co.Voting
Kim Schlittler Executive DirectorVoting
John Schneider Ascent ResourcesVoting
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017-Dec 31, 2017
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $160,560
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $158,090
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$76,203$53,497$166,249
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$278,544$26,125$23,514
Investment Income, Net of Losses$49$146$48
Unrealized Gain/Loss$278$625$401
Membership Dues------
Special Events$2,465$6,680$5,086
Revenue In-Kind$24,100$24,230--
Other$1,033$271$1,408
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$359,603$145,995$115,601
Administration Expense$9,566$9,869$10,122
Fundraising Expense$4,696$3,059$1,751
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.020.701.54
Program Expense/Total Expenses96%92%91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue6%5%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$104,724$90,068$134,990
Current Assets$85,357$75,412$114,237
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$16,124$13,275$10,714
Total Net Assets$88,600$76,793$124,276
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.295.6810.66
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $278,544Individuals $53,497Individuals $166,249
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $76,203Earned Revenue $26,125Earned Revenue $23,514
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountRevenue In Kind $24,100Revenue In Kind $24,230Special Events $5,086
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
The 2013 & 2014 prior year financials came from the audited financials and 2012 came from IRS Form 990. 
 
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Address 720 W. Wilshire Blvd., Suite 101-F
Oklahoma City, OK 73116 7737
Primary Phone 405 418-8511
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/bfokc/
CEO/Executive Director Kim Schlittler
Board Chair Robert O'Bannon
Board Chair Company Affiliation Phillips Murrah P.C.