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LABMED 1999 Annual Report

A 501(c)(3) organization
POB #166
73 White Bridge Road, Suite #103
Nashville, Tennessee 37205 
fax (615)313-9242
info@labmed.org
Virtual Headquarters: www.labmed.org 

Contents:
I. Mission Statement
II. Funding Activities
III. Goals and Objectives
IV. Financial Statement
V. Directors, Officers, and Advisory Boards

I. Mission Statement and Introduction

Labrador-L Emergency Medical Assistance (LABMED) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1996 to provide emergency monies to offset expenses incurred in the veterinary medical treatment of ill or injured Labrador Retrievers in a rescue situation. LABMED is a potential resource where funding medical treatment for an abandoned or rescued dog is unavailable or inadequate, owing to but not limited to: insufficient funds available through a local Labrador Retriever or general rescue organization for treatment of dogs, lack of a local Labrador Retriever or general rescue organization, or exhaustion of all other avenues of funding. 

What is LABMED?

LABMED is an Internet based organization with international representation. By using the communication powers of the Internet, LABMED is able to intercede rapidly on the behalf of deserving Labrador Retrievers worldwide. The ultimate goal of LABMED is to help raise the quality of life and adoptability of rescued animals who are expected to regain good health and who display the positive temperament which so typifies the Labrador as a breed. LABMED provides these dogs with the opportunity to lead happy, healthy lives in stable loving homes. In addition, through its efforts and the example it sets, LABMED aims to stimulate a dialogue that will educate the general public about rescue animals and rescue organizations. LABMED is an organization that is meeting its challenges head on with professionalism and enthusiasm.

 


II. Funding Activities

In addition to the usual high number of heartworm positive cases, LABMED funded a wide variety of medical emergencies.   LABMED's Board approved funding for dogs that were hit by cars or otherwise injured, and dogs with health problems such as heart disease, cataracts, entropion syndrome and cancer.   More unusual cases included treatment for an emaciated and pregnant young female whose litter was born in rescue, and the successful treatment of a dog that was bit by a rattlesnake. 

1999 was another year of incredible growth for LABMED.   During 1999, LABMED received 118 applications for assistance, of which 73 met our guidelines and received funding.   Expenditures for these dogs totalled over $30,000 -- a 400% increase from 1998.

Not all LABMED applications are approved. LABMED is careful to screen and double check each application making sure that guidelines are met. Furthermore, LABMED's Veterinary Advisory Board is consulted where there are questions about procedures and expected outcomes. 


III. Goals and Objective

Objective 1: Raise Public Awareness

  • Newsletter - Each issue of LABMED's new Internet newsletter reaches over 800 subscribers.
  • Club Outreach - A mailing was sent to each U.S. Labrador Retriever specialty club, soliciting their help in promoting LABMED. In addition, LABMED had information/sales booths at 14 specialty shows and other events across the country.
  • Outreach to other breeds-- LABMED provided information to other breeds who were interested in creating a __MED for their breed of choice. Among those are the newly formed Akita Angel Fund, a fund for Bernese Mountain Dogs named BEHAF, and the West Highland White Terrier fanciers' WestieMed.
  • Educational Efforts -- Information on poisoning was added to LABMED's web site when a very tragic accident took the life of one of LABMED's dogs.   On his way to recovery from surgery, young Davey met an untimely death when he was bitten by a Brown Recluse spider.

    In order to provide medical information to potential applicants and the community at large, LABMED also compiled and posted a page of medical links.

Objective 2: Increase Revenues

In 1999 LABMED was able to meet the increased demand for funds by continued development of funding sources.   The following projects were part of that success.  

  • Annual Donation Drive
  • Increased affiliate program on web site
  • Increased merchandise offerings
  • Annual auction

In addition, the Board recognized the need for a stable funding base and formed the new Grants Committee.   In 1999, this committee started their search for Grant Funding organizations, foundations and charities that might be sympathetic to LABMED's very unique niche.

Objective 3: Board and Staff Development

Board and volunteer development efforts continued with the appointment of a Volunteer coordinator and recruitment of new Board members. Three new Board members were added, and volunteers were recruited for a variety of tasks.


IV. Financial Statement

 

LABMED

 
 

Unaudited Financial Statement

 
 

Year End December 31, 1999

 
       
  Account Balance 1/1/99

$ 18,768

 
  Inventory and Equipment

$ 2,209

 
Fund Balance  

$ 20,977

       
Revenue    
  Contributions

$ 15,832

 
  Auction

$ 11,863

 
  Merchandise

$ 14,995

 
  Interest Income

$ 246

 
  Matching Grants

$ 700

 
Total Revenue  

$ 43,636

       
Expenses    
  Funding

$ 31,009

 
  Administrative ∓ Misc.

$ 1,880

 
  Donation Drive Prizes

$ 720

 
  Merchandise

  $ 6208

 
  Shipping

$ 1,513

 
Total Expenses  

$ 41,330

  Account Balance 12/31/99

$ 18,133

 
  Inventory and Equipment

$ 5150

 
Fund Balance  

$ 23,283

       

LABMED's policy has been to ensure that direct donations are spent on funding dogs rather than on administrative costs. For the first time, in 1999, 100% of the Direct Donations Fund, including carryover from the previous year, was applied to dog funding. LABMED's Fundraising Committee's efforts funded administrative costs and also supplemented over $9000 in aide payments. 

1996 Donation Income - $1,119
1996 Aid Expenditures - $150

Balance carried over to 1997 - $969

1997 Donation Income - $4,460
1997 Aid Expenditures - $2,869

Balance Carried over to 1998 - $2,560

1998 Donation Income - $12,149
1998 Aid Expenditures - $8,408

Balance carried over to 1999 - $6,301

1999 Donation Income - $15,626
1999 Aid Expenditures - $31,009


V. Directors, Officers, and Advisory Boards

1999 LABMED Board of Directors

Nancy Bard - Connecticut
Heather Bowden - Texas
Audrey Bowman - California
Katherine C. Coy  - Iowa
Margie Douma  -  Oregon
Sue Erickson - Montana
Jim Groenke -   California
Deborah Hamele -  Wisconsin
Lori Lewis  -  Florida
Becky A. Loyd - Iowa
Laurie McDonough - Rhode Island
Joanna K. Norman -  Arizona
Anne O'Mahony -  Darwin, Australia
Karen Reardon  - Connecticut
L. Dianne Walsh -  Pennsylvania
Dranda Whaley - Tennessee

LABMED'S 1999 Officers
Katherine C. Coy, President
Dranda Whaley, Secretary
Deborah Hamele, Treasurer
LABMED's Veterinary Advisory Board

This group assists LABMED by answering technical veterinary questions about a dog's condition, treatment and prognosis. Currently the following individuals serve on this panel:

Adrienne Hudson-Willett, DVM
Kathy Marr
Elizabeth Pannill, DVM

Some of Our Successes

LABMED'S successes in 1999 have allowed over 70 very special Labradors to move from a painful existence and certain death to the happiness that every dog deserves.

Buddy Today

Buddy


 

Willie (California)

Just a baby when he was abandoned, Willie contracted parvo. 

Willie

Cinnamon (Texas)

With a large wound on her back, and heartworm positive, she was nurtured back to health and started a new life as Mame.

Cinnamon

Hunter (Washington)

Injured by a hit and run driver, he was saved by a teenage girl who witnessed the accident

Hunter

Jude (Massachusetts)

Jude was brought in at 9 months old with two broken legs. 

Jude

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