Prairie Paws Animal Shelter, Inc.
3173 Highway K68
Ottawa KS 66067
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (785) 242-2967
Fax 785- 242-7151
Mission Statement

Prairie Paws Animal Shelter Mission Statement is to provide compassionate care and placement for animals in need. 

Prairie Paws Animal Shelter is a private 501 C3 non-profit shelter operating by the same philosophy under which it was established over 50 years by our founder Beatrice Martin Peck. Through the tireless efforts of our staff and volunteers, Prairie Paws Animal Shelter is dedicated to our mission:

  • Give aid and comfort to animals
  • Educate the community in responsible pet ownership
  • Help reunite pets with owners
  • Provide pet adoptions
  • Create a safer community
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Melissa Reed
Board Chair Noelle Testa
Board Chair Company Affiliation Ottawa University
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1962
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement

Prairie Paws Animal Shelter Mission Statement is to provide compassionate care and placement for animals in need. 

Prairie Paws Animal Shelter is a private 501 C3 non-profit shelter operating by the same philosophy under which it was established over 50 years by our founder Beatrice Martin Peck. Through the tireless efforts of our staff and volunteers, Prairie Paws Animal Shelter is dedicated to our mission:

  • Give aid and comfort to animals
  • Educate the community in responsible pet ownership
  • Help reunite pets with owners
  • Provide pet adoptions
  • Create a safer community
Background Statement
Prairie Paws Animal Shelter is a 501(c)3 that was founded by Beatrice Martin Peck. She began advocating for the welfare of Franklin County's homeless animals in the early 1940's and continued to do so until her death in 1967. She founded the Franklin County Humane Society in 1946 and through her own expense and effort, opened what was known as the Bea Martin Peck Animal Shelter. Beatrice and her group of faithful supporters housed and cared for animals needing assistance and established an adoption program for the community-all while creating a living legacy that remains today.
 
In June of 2010 through the generosity of a donor family we were able to build a new facility. This facility was created with the pets in mind – access to direct sunlight, ability to close off sections to avoid disease spread, adoption rooms to visit with pets, as well as large outdoor runs for family and animal meet and greets. At this time the organization rebranded itself as Prairie Paws Animal Shelter. We are fortunate to have a modern state of the art facility with a beautiful exterior but many think our organization doesn’t need much support. The facility was donated but we do rely on donations to sustain operations.
 
Although we have a new name and a new brand, we have been the voice for animals in need in the Franklin County area since 1945. It is our goal to work collaboratively with our community partners to sustain a no-kill community.
Impact Statement
In 2018, Prairie Paws Animal Shelter:  
  • 1,347 homeless, lost and abandoned animals entered our shelter doors
  • Reunited 207 lost pets with their owners
  • Adopted 1,140 pets into loving families
  • Provided more than 10,000 pounds of pet food to the community
Equally important, the live-release rate has remained at a community high – 97.6% (No Kill status is achieved with a 90% live-release rate and we are well above that).
  
2019 Organizational Goals:  
  1. 1,000+  animals are adopted into loving forever homes.
  2. Program (adoptions, intake, spay/neuter) Revenue totals $140,000
  3. Maintain live release rate at 97.6%
Needs Statement
Prairie Paws Animal Shelter’s most pressing needs include the following:
  1. Donations – Prairie Paws Animal Shelter relies upon donations to continue to provide the food, shelter, and medical care for the homeless pets in our care in order to allow us to help find forever homes for the homeless animals in our community.
  2. Volunteers – Volunteers play a crucial role at Prairie Paws Animals Shelter. We have a wide variety of needs from walking dogs, socializing cats, laundry, dishes, administrative tasks, committee members, yard work, help with on site and off site events and everything in between.
  3. Fosters – We are always in need of foster families for pets recovering from an injury, an illness, or need extra socialization/training, or are too young to be placed up for adoption. Our foster program gives us the opportunity to save more pets in our community and is an important part of our mission.
  4. Adopt – Prairie Paws Animal Shelter has many wonderful animals available for adoption. All of them are looking for homes to call their own, and every adoptable one of them deserves a second chance at forever.
Service Categories
Animal Protection & Welfare
Areas of Service
KS - Franklin County
KS - Johnson County
KS - Lawrence
Geographic Area Served Narrative Prairie Paws Animal Shelter serves Franklin County and the surrounding counties of Linn, Coffey, Douglas, Johnson, Miami, and Anderson. 
Programs
Description
In 2018 we were able to place 1,347 homeless pets into loving adoptive families. Our dedicated trained staff work one on one to make sure the temperament and requirements of the pet fit the expectations and lifestyle of the new adopters. A majority of the animals in our shelter are cats and dogs, but we sometimes have rabbits, birds and other small mammals. Prairie Paws Animal Shelter is happy to report a 97.6% live release rate for all animals that enter our shelter. PPAS also manages the lost pet population and are the licensing tag agent for the City of Ottawa. We work very hard to return lost pets with their families.
 
In addition to our Adoption program PPAS also offers microchip services and a community food bank program. At PPAS we truly value our partnerships with corporations, organizations and other nonprofit groups. A great example of these partnerships is our relationship with COF Training Services Inc and LakeMary Center. Their clients with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their care takers visit our shelter weekly to interact and socialize with the shelter pets. We currently have a after-school program that comes once a week to interact with the animals and learn about responsible pet care.  New this year was a very successful Critter Camp, where the campers learned all about different animals and the care they need. 
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success
1,347 homeless animals found loving forever homes in 2018.
Long-Term Success
Franklin and surrounding counties will be a no-kill community.
Program Success Monitored By

The number of animals adopted during the year.

Examples of Program Success
Casper was left in poor condition sealed in a box on an Ottawa citizen’s front porch. We were worried this small, adorable, weak, sickly kitten wouldn’t make it. But after weeks of nourishing food, medical care and lots of TLC in foster care, this little guy grew strong and vibrant and was okayed for the adoption floor. Now he has a loving home with his forever family and even has another kitty companion to play with. He is healthy, safe, and receiving the unconditional love he so deserves.
  
On a snowy 16 degree Kansas Winter day Elsa was found curled up in a ball shivering in a ditch. She was half frozen and frightened to death. This beautiful abandoned English Setter mix was quickly brought to the shelter and received the medical attention she so needed. PPAS provided warm shelter, and food, vaccinations while Elsa reestablished trust. After just a short stay Elsa found her forever home with a wonderful family. Elsa and Casper were given proper love, care and support and are now enjoying life in their forever homes.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Melissa Reed
Term Start Apr 2014
Experience Melissa Reed is the Executive Director of Prairie Paws Animal Shelter. Melissa holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paralegal Studies from Brown Mackie College in Olathe, Kansas. Before joining PPAS, she spent 3 years at a large animal welfare organization as their Chief Development Officer. Melissa spent 10 years at a children’s non-profit organization in Olathe, KS and was actively engaged in growing the organization through fundraising and donor relations. Melissa champions the same goals as her co-workers in wanting to advance the mission of Prairie Paws Animal Shelter-- to aid unwanted, abandoned, lost or mistreated companion animals in our service area. She enthusiastically ensures the appropriate systems and resources are in place within the policy and authority set by the board of directors to manage day-to-day operations that include: personnel management, compliance with animal welfare standards and local, state and federal laws, development and delivery of programs, fundraising and money management, education and outreach and maintains liaison with other organizations such as veterinary professionals, animal welfare professionals, City & County officials and the media. She brings her progressive knowledge, passion for animal welfare and past successes to the team to achieve PPAS’s goals.
Senior Staff
Title Director of Operations
Title Director of Administration
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 12
Paid Contractors 4
Volunteers 395
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Noelle Testa
Company Affiliation Ottawa University
Term Feb 2015 to
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Mary Dougan
Mr. Art Graham
Stephanie Meyer
Mr. Steve NorrisNorris Family Insurance
Mrs. Kelly RadelUS Bank
Ms. Melissa ReedPrairie Paws Animal Shelter
Ms. Vicki SelzerKindred Biosciences
Carrie Stevens
Noelle TestaOttawa University
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 6
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $813,625
Projected Expenses $813,625
Endowment Value $0
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 5
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
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
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$326,269$461,298$320,183
Government Contributions$99,542$115,169$110,434
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$99,542$115,169$110,434
Individual Contributions------
----$0
$154,653$131,676$130,538
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1$2$4
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$126,413$88,305$71,132
Revenue In-Kind$70,901$188,497$167,707
Other$9,383$10,138$9,341
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$625,224$778,644$611,052
Administration Expense$83,145$82,599$211,711
Fundraising Expense$21,838$14,593$19,201
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.980.920.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%89%73%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$1,521,018$1,515,706$1,510,880
Current Assets$24,194$48,007$45,147
Long-Term Liabilities$344,840$325,269$234,677
Current Liabilities$997$3,140$2,550
Total Net Assets$1,175,181$1,187,297$1,273,653
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities24.2715.2917.70
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets23%21%16%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Individual Donor $87,950 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Franklin County, Kansas $41,800 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --City of Ottawa $52,668 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Other Documents
Organization Name Prairie Paws Animal Shelter, Inc.
Address 3173 Highway K68
Ottawa, KS 66067
Primary Phone (785) 242-2967
Contact Email info@prairiepaws.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Melissa Reed
Board Chair Noelle Testa
Board Chair Company Affiliation Ottawa University
Year of Incorporation 1962