June 20, 2019

Annual Reports

Annual Report, 2009

Dear UWAG Family and Friends:

As United WAG, Inc. (“UWAG”) completed its fifth year, the Board reflected on UWAG’s accomplishments to date, considered the activities of other animal welfare organizations to date and used that information to conduct a comprehensive strategic planning process to refine our goals and focus on the best and highest use of our time and resources.  We determined that for the next two years, at a minimum, UWAG will concentrate on refining and expanding its animal welfare education program to make it available to as wide an audience as possible.  Education is, in our opinion, the most effective tool we have to address the root causes of animal abuse and abandonment and concurrently improve the lives of everyone in our community by raising awareness about the link between animal abuse, child abuse and domestic violence.

Building upon the foundation we established during our first four years, we undertook the following activities during 2009 and into 2010:

  1. Engaged two additional retired educators to implement the UWAG animal welfare curriculum.
  2. Spoke at 52 elementary school career days and made 233 individual presentations to 5,062 students.
  3. Initiated a partnership with the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair to sponsor a competition for middle and high school students to design a dog park: “United WAG Bark Park Landscape Design and Construction Competition”.  Jumping ahead a bit to 2010, we received 18 entries, chose three finalists with a middle school and high school winner, each of which constructed full scale models of their winning designs for display in the Agricultural exhibits area of the Youth Fair.  We awarded scholarships to all 6 top finishers and all participants received certificates of appreciation from UWAG and the Youth Fair.
  4. During the 2009-2010 school year, UWAG spoke at 42 elementary schools, 5 middle schools and 1 private school, made 186 presentations overall and spoke with over 4,840 students.
  5. Initiated, designed and implemented a joint venture with Miami-Dade College and Edison Park Elementary School pursuant to which UWAG trained M-DC students to teach the UWAG animal welfare curriculum and then assisted the students in making the presentations at Edison Park.
  6. Initiated talks with the Parent Academy to conduct a series of workshops for parents regarding animal welfare and related topics.
  7. Began working with North Miami Beach Senior High School student on a Silver Knight project to establish an after school care program at Greynolds Park Elementary School which would be based on the UWAG animal welfare lesson plans and resources.
  8. Began work on an education module to address the connection between animal abuse, child abuse and domestic violence for use by K-12 school counselors and through the Parent Academy.
  9. Registered the UWAG logo and tag line for federal trademark protection.
  10. Completed strategic planning process to refocus UWAG goals, Board and staff activities.

If you would like to support our work or join us in our efforts, please contact me or visit us at our web site.  Thank you!

Yvonne Grassie, President, UWAG Board of Directors

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Annual Report, 2008

Dear UWAG Family and Friends:

2008 was another exciting year for United WAG, Inc. (“UWAG”).  You will recall that we established UWAG in 2005 with the following mission:

 To improve the welfare of animals in Miami-Dade County through education, advocacy and coordination of community efforts.

We founded UWAG to address the circumstances that lead to the high incidence of animal abuse and abandonment in South Florida.  As stated on our web site home page, “[i]n order to effectuate the type of change that will positively affect the greatest number of needy animals, we must look at the root causes of animal abandonment and abuse and then try to work at a systemic level to address those root causes” (www.unitedwag.org).

Building upon the foundation we established during our first three years, we continued to work on specific projects designed to accomplish our over-all goal of eliminating animal abuse and abandonment.  Following is a partial list of what we accomplished during 2008:

  1. UWAG obtained funding to support an education project coordinator, contracted with same and established goals and timelines for the UWAG humane education project.
  2. Completed the animal welfare curriculum lesson plans and materials for Kindergarten through Eight Grade for implementation in the Miami-Dade County Public School system through the character education curriculum. 
  3. Posted all updated education materials, including the K-8 lesson plans and related work sheets and teacher resources, on the UWAG web site and provided them free of charge on a CD to all public schools in Miami-Dade County, as well as on the website to anyone anywhere who wants to use the resources. 
  4. Worked with Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department (“ASD”) and others on completing the revised anti-tethering legislation which the Miami-Dade County Commission ultimately approved in April 2008.
  5. Met with Florida State legislator to discuss a spay-neuter legislative pilot program for Miami-Dade County and met with ASD to discuss same.
  6. Completed a comprehensive legal report on mandatory spay-neuter programs and legislation nationwide with pros and cons of same.
  7. Worked with ASC and with the Cat Network to design a mobile spay-neuter program for economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.  Also investigated the purchase of a mobile animal clinic for the project.  Ultimately determined that directly providing spay-neuter services is better done by a larger organization.
  8. Worked with the South Florida Veterinary Association to organize a network of veterinarians willing to offer low-cost spay-neuter services.  Also discussed the possibility of establishing an internship program for high school students with local veterinary offices as part of the UWAG education program.
  9. UWAG President was a finalist for the United Way Building our Community award in the Law category, in part for her work with UWAG.
  10. Developed a line of cards with animal designs and related messages for sale as part of fundraising efforts.

Through our work in the school system and with our community partners, UWAG  is steadily raising the awareness level about the root causes of animal abuse and abandonment and what can be done to improve the welfare of our animal companions and their human guardians in order to create a better South Florida for all of us.  Please visit our web site and join us in our efforts.  Thank you!

Yvonne Grassie, President, UWAG Board of Directors

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Annual Report, 2007

Dear UWAG Family and Friends:

2007 was our third year of existence and another exciting one for United WAG, Inc. (“UWAG”).  You will recall that we established UWAG in 2005 with the following mission:

 To improve the welfare of animals in Miami-Dade County through education, advocacy and coordination of community efforts.

We founded UWAG to address the circumstances that lead to the high incidence of animal abuse and abandonment in South Florida.  As stated on our home page, “[i]n order to effectuate the type of change that will positively affect the greatest number of needy animals, we must look at the root causes of animal abandonment and abuse and then try to work at a systemic level to address those root causes” (www.unitedwag.org).

Building upon the foundation we established during our first two years, we continued to work on specific projects designed to accomplish our over-all goal of eliminating animal abuse and abandonment.  Following is a partial list of what we accomplished during 2007:

  1. Continued to work with Animal Services of Miami-Dade County (“ASD”) to jointly tackle the root causes of animal abuse and abandonment.
  2. Continued to work with the community wide legislative task force to review and revise Chapter 5 of the Miami-Dade County Ordinances dealing with all aspects of domestic animal care and control in the County.  The task force completed the Chapter 5 re-write and worked with ASD and the County attorney to finalize it, leading to its ultimate approval by the County Commission in December 2007.
  3. Continued the animal welfare curriculum project begun in 2006 (Kindergarten through Fifth Grade) and worked again with community educators who completed animal welfare lesson plans for Middle School students for implementation in the Miami-Dade County Public School system through the character education curriculum.  The K-8 lesson plans and related work sheets and teacher resources are posted on our web site and are free to everyone. 
  4. Obtained County approval to use the Animal Services mobile animal clinic (“MAC”) for the UWAG spay/neuter program and finalized the contract with the County.  Unfortunately, due to County insurance requirements added to the contract at the last minute, UWAG decided to instead either enter into a joint venture with a private group with its own MAC or purchase a MAC for UWAG.  The free spay/neuter services will be offered in low income neighborhoods.
  5. Began researching the possibility of preparing a spay/neuter pilot program at the state level for implementation in Miami-Dade County.
  6. Worked on revising and updating the UWAG web site and continued to add substantive content on issues affecting the root causes of animal abuse and abandonment.
  7. Prepared the UWAG Strategic Plan for 2007-2009.
  8. Continued with our community fund raising campaign, held a successful fund/friend raiser in Bal Harbor and submitted additional grant proposals to foundations.

Through the education, legislation and advocacy, and spay and neuter initiatives we have launched with community partners, we are already improving the welfare of our animal companions and their human guardians and creating a better South Florida for all of us.  Please visit our web site and join us in our efforts.  Thank you!

 Yvonne Grassie, President, UWAG Board of Directors

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Annual Report, 2006

Dear UWAG Family and Friends:

2006 was our second year of existence and another exciting one for United WAG, Inc. (“UWAG”).  You will recall that we established UWAG last year with the following mission:

To improve the welfare of animals in Miami-Dade County through education, advocacy and coordination of community efforts.

We founded UWAG to address the circumstances that lead to the high incidence of animal abuse and abandonment in South Florida.  As stated on our home page, “[i]n order to effectuate the type of change that will positively affect the greatest number of needy animals, we must look at the root causes of animal abandonment and abuse and then try to work at a systemic level to address those root causes” (www.unitedwag.org).

During our first year, we established UWAG as a viable entity with a clear mission and strategic plan, set up our Board of Directors, obtained our 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, designed and developed our web site, logo and marketing materials, began forming community alliances and determined which projects would be most effective in accomplishing our mission.

During our second year, we took up specific projects designed to accomplish our over-all goal of eliminating animal abuse and abandonment.  Following is a partial list of what we accomplished during our second twelve months:

1.  Began the process of establishing a public/private partnership with Animal Services of Miami-Dade County (“ASD”) to jointly tackle the root causes of animal abuse and abandonment.

2.  Participated in the establishment of a community based legislative task force to review and revise Chapter 5 of the Miami-Dade County Ordinances dealing with all aspects of domestic animals care and control in the County.

3.  Provided legal assistance to the legislative task force and developed a proposed anti-tethering ordinance for submission to the Miami-Dade County Commission.  Both the anti-tethering ordinance and the revised Code have been presented to, and reviewed by, the County Attorney and are in process to be added to the Miami-Dade County Commission agenda for consideration.

4.  Established a community group that drafted animal welfare lesson plans for Kindergarten through Fifth Grades for implementation in the Miami-Dade County Public School system through the character education curriculum.  The lesson plans and related work sheets and teacher resources are posted on our web site and are free to everyone.  We also shared the curriculum with all private elementary schools in Miami-Dade County.

5.  Prepared a spay/neuter program proposal and met with ASD to assess their capacity and needs and to plan a partnership to provide as many spay/neuter services as possible in 2007.

6.  Completed the UWAG web site and continued to add substantive content on issues affecting the root causes of animal abuse and abandonment.

7.  Kicked off our community fund raising campaign and submitted grant proposals to foundations.

Through the education, legislation and advocacy, and spay and neuter initiatives we have launched with community partners, we are already improving the welfare of our animal companions and their human guardians and creating a better South Florida for all of us.  Please visit our web site and join us in our efforts.  Thank you!

Yvonne Grassie, President, UWAG Board of Directors

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Annual Report, 2005

Dear UWAG Family and Friends:

2005 was an exciting first year for United WAG, Inc. (“UWAG”).  We established UWAG last year with the following mission:

To improve the welfare of animals in Miami-Dade County through education, advocacy and coordination of community efforts.

We founded UWAG to address the circumstances that cause so many animals to be abandoned and/or abused in South Florida.   As stated on our web site home page, “[i]n order to effectuate the type of change that will positively affect the greatest number of needy animals, we must look at the root causes of animal abandonment and abuse and then try to work at a systemic level to address those root causes” (www.unitedwag.org).

During our first year, we concentrated on establishing UWAG as a viable entity with a clear strategic plan, strong Board of Directors and a workable marketing plan.  We identified our projects, potential community partners and long-term goals.  Following is a partial list of what we accomplished during our first twelve months:

1.  Convened initial advisory committee composed of members of the community who have varied skill sets but share a desire to undertake long term action to resolve the problem of animal abuse and neglect in our community.

2.  Developed UWAG’s mission statement, incorporated, applied for and obtained 501(c)(3) tax exempt status – any contribution you make is tax-deductible!

3.  Completed the UWAG two-year strategic plan.

4.  Designed and set up the UWAG web site, a work in progress but already filled with lots of valuable information and resources.

5.  Researched and created a comprehensive written summary of all Miami-Dade County rules and regulations and Florida state laws pertaining to animal welfare and rights.  These are posted on our web site as a reference resource.

6.  Completed our initial research on the process to be followed to incorporate animal welfare education into the elementary school curriculum in Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

7.  Began making contact with community groups to form strategic alliances to maximize our impact on the root causes of animal abuse and abandonment.

8.  In keeping with our strategic plan, and based on an analysis of the root causes of animal abuse and abandonment, we decided to initially concentrate on education, advocacy for enforcement and updating of existing animal welfare laws, and working toward greater spay and neuter efforts in the community.

We’ve now launched education, legislation and advocacy, and spay and neuter initiatives with community partners.  We will provide you with periodic updates on our progress.  In the meantime, please visit our website and join us in our efforts.  Thank you!

Yvonne Grassie, President, UWAG Board of Directors





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