Best Friends of Pets Inc.
720 W. Wilshire Blvd., Suite 101-F
Oklahoma City OK 73116
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.  Our goals are to enrich the human-animal bond and improve the quality of life for people and pets by providing pet resources for pet parents with limited income, reduce the number of cats and dogs that enter and are euthanized at local animal shelters 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
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 cats and dogs in central Oklahoma.  By supporting spaying and neutering, you greatly reduce the chances of pets becoming homeless and being euthanized at municipal animal shelters.  Spaying and neutering prevents unplanned litters of puppies and kittens, reduces or eliminates many cancers and health issues, reduces behaviors that may cause pet owners to surrender their pets, and reduces bites and the number of stray animals.  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, pet collars of all sizes, and dog leashes. 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 training and 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 May 2020
Statements
Mission

Best Friends of Pets strives to reduce pet overpopulation and keep pets in their homes.  Our goals are to enrich the human-animal bond and improve the quality of life for people and pets by providing pet resources for pet parents with limited income, reduce the number of cats and dogs that enter and are euthanized at local animal shelters and increase the number of lost pets reunited with their families.

Background

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

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 can 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.

In 2019, we were honored by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation when we were named one of six nonprofit organizations out of 89 applicants that will share a $1 million gift through the Great Idea Challenge, a competition designed to promote the development of innovative projects to improve community life. The “Pets for Life” national outreach model we are introducing to zip codes 73111 and 73114 will connect residents in underserved communities with free veterinary care for pets as well as social services for pet “parents.”

Impact

Best Friends of Pets, through its spay/neuter program, has assisted Norman Animal Welfare in reaching a 90% save rate for cats and dogs in its shelter.  We are honored to be a part of Kirkpatrick Foundation’s “Save Lives. Unite Oklahoma.” initiative, a statewide effort to save 90% of cats and dogs in Oklahoma animal shelters by 2025.

 

1,322 cats and dogs were spayed or neutered in 2018, which impacts our communities in many ways. Male cats and dogs are no longer inclined to search for female cats and dogs in heat, which prevents pets from becoming lost and possibly homeless. Dogs are less likely to roam the streets and possibly cause traffic hazards. Neutered dogs are less likely to bite or fight thus making communities safer for residents of all ages. Many behavior or medical problems that often cause pet parents to surrender their pets are eliminated or significantly reduced.

Best Friends of Pets engraved 312 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.  $10 provides 10 pet ID tags to be engraved for  spay/neuter clients.  No contributions are too small, and all donations are greatly appreciated.


Volunteers are needed for community tagging and information tabling events.

We are celebrating our 25th anniversary in October and are seeking people or businesses interested in being sponsors or table hosts for our event.

We are also seeking people interested in making an impact in our communities and for pets by joining our board of directors.

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 or neuter 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

We focus on 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

We offer low-income pet parents an opportunity to have their cats and dogs spayed or neutered 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.  We focus on low-income pet parents who receive Medicaid, OKDHS or SSI benefits or meet our low-income guidelines and work with 30 veterinary and nonprofit clinics in central Oklahoma to make spaying and neutering affordable and accessible.


 
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 14,600 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 more than 52,000 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
Description Pets for Life is our new program for residents in Oklahoma City zip codes 73111 and 73114, who lack access to pet services and resources.  Pets for Life was created by The Humane Society of the United States and is in more than 40 communities across the U.S.  By going door-to-door, Pets for Life connects pet parents with free veterinary care, pet supplies and information.  In partnership with local organizations, we will offer referrals and aid in accessing health and social services. 
Strategy
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Other Economic Level Adults
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Kim Schlittler
Start Date Jan 1994
Email kims@bestfriendsofpets.org
Experience Kim Schlittler and Bill, her husband, are founders of Best Friends of Pets. Kim volunteered at Oklahoma City Animal Welfare for more than 20 years and worked as a CPA for 23 years.  She has been selected to participate in a leadership role in Kirkpatrick Foundation's "Save Lives - Unite Oklahoma." The goal of this initiative is to save 90% of cats and dogs in Oklahoma's animal shelters by 2025.  
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 Under Development
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 Melissa Prophet
Company Affiliation RSM US
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2019
Board of Directors
List Current as of Jan 01, 2019
Board of Directors List
NameAffiliationStatus
Leslie BilletterOklahoma State Department of HealthVoting
Taryn ClarkHeritage Wealth ManagementVoting
Robert O'BannonPhillips Murrah, PCVoting
Melissa ProphetRSM USVoting
Karee PyeattCumulus MediaVoting
Dawn RahmePhillips Murrah P.C.Voting
Bill SchlittlerDolese Bros. Co.Voting
Kim SchlittlerExecutive DirectorVoting
John SchneiderAscent ResourcesVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 9
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 6
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019-Dec 31, 2019
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 Year201820172016
Contributions$83,238$87,060$93,780
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions------
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$25,339$23,543$22,143
Investment Income, Net of Losses$22$23$54
Unrealized Gain/Loss--($15,270)$293
Membership Dues------
Special Events--$1,136$4,359
Revenue In-Kind------
Other($155)$620$956
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$124,745$112,157$125,947
Administration Expense$4,619$3,126$10,252
Fundraising Expense$279$482$1,111
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.840.840.89
Program Expense/Total Expenses96%97%92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%1%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$66,112$90,385$107,438
Current Assets$55,395$77,298$83,181
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$6,402$9,480$7,880
Total Net Assets$59,710$80,905$99,558
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities8.658.1510.56
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $83,238Contributions $87,060Contributions $93,780
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $25,339Earned Revenue $23,543Earned Revenue $22,143
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther $766Special Events $1,136Special Events $4,359
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
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s.
 
Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available.
 
The financial information presented is obtained from the following sources: IRS Form 990, independent audit reports, financial statements – board approved when available, and supplemental information from the organization. We do not warrant or guarantee the timeliness, errors or inaccuracies. With respect to information regarding financial performance, nothing on this website should be interpreted as a statement or interpretation by OCCF staff.
 
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Address 720 W. Wilshire Blvd., Suite 101-F
Oklahoma City, OK 73116
Primary Phone 405 418-8511
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/bfokc/
CEO/Executive Director Kim Schlittler
Board Chair Melissa Prophet
Board Chair Company Affiliation RSM US