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OC Small Paws Inc

 17870 Newhope Street, Suite 104-138
 Fountain Valley, CA 92708
[P] (714) 8154300
[F] (877) 2264379
[email protected]
Mary Jacobs
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 26-4798597 00000


Mission StatementMORE »

To provide health care and temporary housing for homeless animals and actively search for loving, permanent homes for those animals in our care.

Mission Statement

To provide health care and temporary housing for homeless animals and actively search for loving, permanent homes for those animals in our care.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $115,000.00
Projected Revenue $85,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Cat Rescue - Shelters
  • Cat Foster
  • Volunteer / Donor Networking
  • Community Awareness - Education

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

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Mission Statement

To provide health care and temporary housing for homeless animals and actively search for loving, permanent homes for those animals in our care.

Background Statement

OC Small Paws is an all-volunteer, non-profit rescue agency founded in Orange County to save the lives of homeless, abandoned and shelter cats. We strive to expose all our cats to a healthy and happy environment while searching for permanent, loving homes for each and every one of them.
In 2009, OC Small Paws began with a handful of passionate volunteers attending one adoption event every weekend at only one location. Nine years later, OCSP has six Orange County locations with adoption events every weekend! This would not have come to fruition without our committed volunteers. We are so fortunate to have individuals of all ages share their desire to support the rescue effort! They share our belief that our cats’ welfare is of utmost concern and is always priority one.
We also value our relationship with our adoption partner, The Petco Foundation. The retail space Petco provides houses four cats per store and each is cared for daily by our cat-loving volunteers. The Petco Foundation is an integral part of our success as it provides visibility to the public in a pet-promoting atmosphere. 
OC Small Paws cats that are not housed in the retail environment are cared for in attentive foster homes. We constantly search for those willing to open their homes and give their time to nurturing a shelter cat or cats. Our foster application can be found on our website,, or obtained at an adoption event. It is only after careful consideration that an applicant receives the green light and enters our foster network. We work closely and consistently with the foster family to ensure that the cat is happy and thriving in the new surroundings. A healthy, contented cat is an adoptable cat!

Impact Statement

OC Small Paws had a very busy 2018!  We maintained a strong, positive presence in Orange County as a responsible rescue group.  As a group, we have made a firm commitment  to the health of each and every cat in our care, and to adopting out healthy cats with vet documentation as proof.  Our solid reputation with the managers at Petco gave us the opportunity to add an additional cattery to our roster, Petco Cerritos. We continued to  attract more volunteers in 2018 than ever before, helping  with adoption events, kennel maintenance, and fostering. We are grateful that many of these volunteers came with a strong knowledge of social media, and they are now responsible for posting our adoptable cats on Facebook, Instagram and Petfinder, as well as posting requests for more volunteers on such websites as VolunteerMatch.  
In 2019 we will hit our 10 year anniverary, and our vision is to keep the momentum going strong!  One of our permanent goals is to attract more fosters each year and to create a network that can foster all ages, from bottle-feeder kittens to senior cats that may just need supportive, hospice care.   We are encouraged by the response we’ve received on social media, and we are looking for new ways to use social media for fundraising.  At the beginning of 2015, our board of directors created new positions that provide an avenue for new members to step up and commit their skills to making our group stronger.  We are excited by the new ideas these members have already brought to the table, and have implemented some of their ideas into active programs.  

Needs Statement

We always have a need for FOSTERS and VOLUNTEERS.  Our volunteers check on kennel cats daily to clean litter boxes, refill food and water bowls, and socialize cats.
Our organization also needs funds. 2019 projected costs are below:
Major Med: $35,000 General Med: $50,000 Supplies-Fosters: $6,000 Supplies- Kennels:  $6,000 Marketing: $2,000  TOTAL  $99,000
Major medical = life-saving or life-changing surgeries or treatments for situations that arise without any warning.  General medical = FeLV/FIV testing, vaccinations, spaying/neutering, and microchip.  
 Foster supplies - all food, all litter, beds, food and water bowls, treats – anything needed to make the cat happy, well-adjusted, and ready for adoption.  We believe that the ability to supply these items to fosters would encourage them to foster, as well as encourage new fosters to join our team. Petco Foundation has been able to supply SOME but not all of our food, litter and cleaning supply needs.  We would like to to save volunteers from reaching into their own pockets.
Finally, funds for marketing would allow us to create an adoption packet with useful information for adopters. 

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Our cat rescue group welcomes any monetary donations, either by mailing a check or via Paypal ([email protected]), or by coming to visit us at one of our weekly adoption events.  We are also in need of volunteers to come to each store location (Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Costa Mesa, Westminster, or Huntington Beach) to clean kennels and to help with adoption events.  Volunteers are encouraged to go to the stores anytime during the week to play with the cats in the kennels, as it tends to encourage people to want to come in and meet and adopt our available cats.  We can always use fosters, as this allows us to save more cats from high-kill shelters like Downey.  Without fosters, we cannot save lives.  Finally, we have a need for those who like to transport cats to vet appointments.  Food, litter, blankets, beds and other cat necessities are always welcome.

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County
We are pleased to have adoption locations in Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Mission Viejo, Westminster, Santa Ana and Cerritos. 

Organization Categories

  1. Animal Related - Animal Protection & Welfare
  2. Animal Related - Animal-Related NEC
  3. Animal Related - Alliances & Advocacy



Cat Rescue - Shelters

OC Small Paws rescues approximately 50% of our cats from high-kill shelters in Orange and Los Angeles counties (50% of our cats are obtained as owner-surrenders or as strays found by members of the community).  Almost all cats pulled from these shelters are sick, either with simple illnesses like upper respiratory infections, or major medical issues such as entropion (an eyelid condition), benign tumors, cancer, or even dog bites.  While we would like to pull each and every cat and give them a second chance at a forever home, we must be realistic and pull those cats for whom we have funds.  We have committed more than 80% of our budget to the medical care of the cats we rescue.  We now have one vet clinic which cares for our cats; limiting that number to just one has provided a truly personal relationship with the staff in the office.  Our vets are instructing us daily on how to make practical, humane choices in medical care.
Budget  $85,000.00
Category  Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  Every year we strive to make wise and humane choices in cats to be rescued.  We have seen success with limiting our group to having two main vets, each of whom offers us advice on how to best apportion our funds to increase our number of adoptable cats.  
Program Long-Term Success  Ideally, the shelter system in California would change from a high-kill situation to a medically-based euthanasia system.  If shelters had funds to devote to medical treatment of adoptable cats BEFORE they were pulled by animal rescue groups, we could donate the majority of our funds to general care, fosters, and marketing.  Our ideal state would be to spend 25% or less on medical bills and 75-80% on general care, kennel care, and fosters.  
Program Success Monitored By  We are monitoring our success by tracking not just the amount of money being spent on vet care, but the types of illnesses we are facing and what each of these illnesses costs the group in real funds.  Over the past four years, we have changed our approach and spent more funds on preventative medicine, ultimately lowering our overall medical expenditures.
Examples of Program Success  --

Cat Foster

The goal of our Cat Foster Program is to create a network of informed volunteers who open their homes and hearts to homeless cats, socializing them and creating friendly, adoptable pets.
Budget  $6,000.00
Category  Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  Every single foster is an immediate win for the group.  It's simple math:  more fosters = more rescued animals.  
Program Long-Term Success  We would like to create a large foster base that would allow us to immediately serve the needs of owners who need to surrender their pets as well as cats set up for euthanasia in high-kill shelters.  Ideally, we would have enough fosters that would always be available to only handle as many fosters as they choose and not feel overwhelmed to take more simply because there is no one else available. A best-case scenario would be to have fosters with no cats already in the home, ready and willing to take on the next homeless cat.
Program Success Monitored By  We can actually monitor our success with the foster program by tracking the number of cats pulled from the shelter, year by year.  Each year that we pull more cats is evidence that we obtained more fosters that year.
Examples of Program Success  Our foster program is showing small gains as time passes.  The past 2 years have shown an increase in fosters thanks to social media.  Websites like VolunteerMatch have provided us a real avenue for reaching out to people who want to foster but don't know how to find the group that's best for them.  The kennel spaces at Petco, where people can see and interact with the cats 24/7, has also been a means for fosters to find our group and offer their services.  In 2018, we obtained at least 12 new fosters through VolunteerMatch and Petco.

Volunteer / Donor Networking

Volunteers are the backbone of OC Small Paws.  Approximately half of the time our current volunteers donate to the group is dedicated to expanding our network of volunteers and donors.  Each and every volunteer gives us the means to save more cats from high-kill shelters environments, as each one brings a skill-set to our group and increases our visibility in the community.
Budget  $1,000.00
Category  Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  We are excited to start 2019 with five Petco locations in the south Orange County area, as well as a 6th location for weekend adoptions at the MainPlace Mall.  We have also seen an upsurge of new fosters for kittens as well as for our older, hard to place adult cats.   
Program Long-Term Success  We believe that there are never too many volunteers.  Long-term success for our program would be to have so many people volunteer for and fall in love with cat rescue that there would no longer be a need for cat rescue.  Ideally, each current volunteer would not only give of their time, but encourage others to do so and therefore increase our number.
Program Success Monitored By  Each of our kennels currently has a kennel manager who is in charge of the volunteer schedule and to whom the volunteers report if they have changes or need to take time off.  We have a senior volunteer coordinator who is in charge of new volunteer inquiries.  The managers and coordinator are in contact monthly to review any necessary changes, and they are also in contact with Petco store managers regarding the quality of the work performed by the volunteers.
Examples of Program Success  We currently stand at approximately 80 volunteers, including fosters, to help us rescue even more cats and kittens this year!

Community Awareness - Education

Our group is committed to raising awareness and educating the public about the risks and cruelty associated with declawing.  
Budget  $2,000.00
Category  Animal-Related, General/Other Animal-Related, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  Each and every new person that learns the truth about declawing and vows to never declaw a cat is a success to us.  Countless new adopters have told us that they thought it just meant clipping the cats nails, and had no idea that the cats digits are actually amputated.  New adopters then go on to educate others about this practice.
Program Long-Term Success 
When declawing becomes illegal in the United States, this program will be a success.  Until then, our group provides information to each and every adopter regarding the cruel practice of declawing. We educate people on ways that they can curb unwanted behavior in cats rather than resort to a cruel surgery that can scar a cat for life. 
Program Success Monitored By  The number of declawed cats in the shelter system is rapidly decreasing, which is great news to us. However, tracking the success of this program is mostly anectodal; we know that people are being educated by the reduction in the number of people who are unfamiliar with the procedures and all of its associated problems. 
Examples of Program Success  Every new adopter with us has been screened for the desire to declaw.  We do not adopt to those who choose to declaw, and it is specifically in the adoption contract that the cat will not be declawed at a later date.  Many adopters have admitted to us previous declawing practices, only to find out later that what they had done was cruel and unnecessary.  That is true success in our book - when someone who previously had their pet declawed learns the truth and vows never to do it to another pet.


CEO/Executive Director Mary Jacobs
CEO Term Start Sept 2014
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 80
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 85%
Staff Professional Development No

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: --
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: --
Male: --
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has Strategic Plan? No
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? No
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Mary Jacobs
Board Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Chair Term 2014 -
Board Co-Chair Elizabeth Kianpour
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term 2014 -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Nina Adams -- Voting
Lilinoe Carothers -- Voting
Molly Chertock Volunteer Voting
Jessica Colgan -- Voting
Mary Jacobs -- Voting
Elizabeth Kianpour -- Voting
Erika Rasmussen -- NonVoting
Rachel Savitt Volunteer Voting
Carla Schneider -- Voting
Julie Vollmer -- Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 3
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 3
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 10
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria --
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy --
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 40%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation No

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $85,000.00
Projected Expenses $115,000.00
Form 990s

2017 OC Small Paws 990 EZ

2016 OC Small Paws 990 EZ

2015 990N

2014 990N

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $93,300 $89,901 $52,469
Total Expenses $90,749 $90,988 $55,334

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$7,090 $46,159 $14,923
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $86,210 -- $28,000
Indirect Public Support -- -- $15,000
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- $2,409
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- $43,792 $7,067

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $87,211 $90,988 $51,903
Administration Expense $3,538 -- $2,789
Fundraising Expense -- -- $642
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.03 0.99 0.95
Program Expense/Total Expenses 96% 100% 94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 1%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $4,226 $1,675 $2,000
Current Assets $4,226 $1,675 --
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities -- -- --
Total Net Assets $4,226 $1,675 --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf nan

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments

In 2014 and 2015, under the category "Indirect", the figures listed reflect money paid by Board members directly to vendors for pet services.  This money was not deposited directly into our bank account but was instead paid directly by Board members.  Examples of these expenses include payments made directly to our veterinarians and purchases made for extra equipment like crates for adoptions. 

Foundation Comments

Due to its size, this organization files a 990N. Summary financial data is per the financials provided by the organization and consultation with the organization.


Other Documents

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