Better Business Bureau Report for
Escondido Humane Society & Center for Humane Education, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued March 2012
Better Business Bureau Report expires March 2014

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Escondido Humane Society & Center for Humane Education, Inc.
Address: 3450 East Valley Parkway
  Escondido, CA 92027
Phone: 760-888-2275
Web Address:
Also known as:Escondido Humane Society
Escondido Humane Society Foundation
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:The Center for Humane Education for Southern California and Humane Society Incorporated

Year, State Incorporated: 1937, California
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To promote and protect the health, safety, and welfare of companion animals and to serve our communities

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Evaluation Conclusions


Escondido Humane Society & Center for Humane Education, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Escondido Humane Society shelters homeless, abandoned, or lost animals while the animal waits for an adoption. The charity will provide care and shelter to all homeless companion animals in the area regardless of age, breed, and intensive medical or behavioral needs. The Escondido Humane Society ensures that these animals are taken care of, no matter how long they need to stay at the shelter. According to the charity, in 2011, 2,909 animals were adopted (1,268 were dogs, 1,482 were cats, and 95 were rabbits). The Escondido Humane Society provides Animal Control services to the cities of Escondido, San Marcos and Poway, and the Pala and Rincon Indian Reservations. Residents of these communities can rely on the support of four full-time Animal Control officers and two Humane Officers, who are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The officers handle a variety of situations, from picking up stray animals and educating the public to investigating neglect and abuse, and enforcing laws. According to the charity, in 2011, the Animal Control Services sheltered 5,059 lost, abandoned, sick, neglected, and abused animals. Of those, 1,251 were picked up by our Animal Control officers in the field. In addition, the charity provides licensing services for animals in the three communities, rabies vaccinations, and microchipping clinics.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011, Escondido Humane Society's program expenses were:

Program Services 2,629,084
Total Program Expenses: $2,629,084
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Chief Executive : Ms. Sally Costello, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Ms. Cathie Jones
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Owner, HR Agency

Board Size: 6

Paid Staff Size: 57

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail appeals, invitations to fundraising events, grant proposals, Internet, planned giving arrangements, membership appeals, car donations
Fundraising costs were 26% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $542,158, are donations received as a result of fundraising activities.)
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Tax Status


This charity is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Escondido Humane Society's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011.

Source of Funds  
Program Fees 1,976,531
Contributions 542,158
Other Income 145,538
Total Income $2,664,227


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 88%  Fund Raising: 5%  Administrative: 7% 

Total income $2,664,227
Program expenses $2,629,084
Fund raising expenses 138,271
Administrative expenses 203,620
Total expenses $2,970,975
Expenses in Excess of Income (306,748)
Beginning net assets 5,178,646
Ending net assets 4,871,898
Total liabilities 151,295
Total assets $5,023,193

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