Animal related


Open Door. Open Heart

aka HSVB

Vero Beach, FL


The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County, FL, Inc. makes a better community for its people and animals by providing humane care and shelter for homeless animals, placing adoptable pets in permanent and loving homes, promoting spaying and neutering of companion animals, promoting responsible pet ownership and the respect for all life through humane education, protecting animals from cruelty, pledging to be advocates for animal protection.

Top Funders

The graph shows the organization’s top funders and the grant amounts received from each.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Mr. Michael Mandel

Main Address

PO Box 644

Vero Beach, FL 32961 USA


Humane Society, Animal Welfare, Indian River County





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Each year thousands of companion animals in Indian River County are traumatized from abandonment or separation from their homes due to being lost, neglected or mistreated. These animals are in need of new loving and safe homes. Many of these animals have special medical, dental and dietary needs as well as behavior issues.
Likewise, hundreds of animals living in the wild are injured or separated from their caregivers. These animals are brought to the Humane Society for needed care and transfer to sanctuaries until they can be released.
Companion animals owned by people who live in low-income areas of the county or who are experiencing financial hardships are in need of low-cost veterinary wellness care, including vaccines and preventive dental care. Public transportation in some areas of the county (like Fellsmere) is scare and veterinary practices are far away and expensive - so pet owners in these areas need low-cost accessible wellness care.


Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Animal Receiving, Sheltering and Adoption

Animal Cruelty Investigation

Animal Wellness Clinic and Spay/Neuter Services


Emergency Disaster Relief

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

The Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County aims to enhance the quality of life in Indian River County through compassionate services to animals and people. Healthy companion animals make people's lives better which in turn makes our community a better place to live. We are the only open-door shelter in the county and we promise to accept all animals, regardless of age, health, behavior, or adoptability. We also promise to provide a full range of services to keep animals "out of the Shelter" and in loving homes.

We accomplish this aim in several ways.
1. By providing humane care and shelter for homeless animals. This includes food, safe shelter, routine, corrective and emergency medical care, round-the-clock medical monitoring and administration of medicines, foster family care for young and nursing animals, a barn and livestock area as well as kennels to house animals of all kinds.
2. By placing adoptable pets in permanent and loving homes. Our behavior team and animal socialization programs help animals improve negative behavior so that more animals can be safely adopted. Strategies include a daily play group for dogs; replicating home environments to familiarize dogs with home-life; and training our adoption counselors to make a match that endures.
3. By promoting spaying and neutering of companion animals through monthly low or no-cost spay/neuter clinics and outreach clinics.
4. By promoting responsible pet ownership and the respect for all life through humane education.
5. By protecting animals from cruelty through active partnerships with city, county and state law enforcement and animal control officers, and the appointment of an animal protection officer.

The Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County is one of the oldest charitable organizations in Indian River County. As such we have a very well developed donor and volunteer base of support which generates more than $1 M in operating revenue annually. The donor base includes hundreds of dues-paying members who renew their support every year, dues-paying members of our on-site Dog Park, corporate sponsors, national, regional and local foundations as well as donors at all levels up to and exceeding $100,000.
We also operate two thrift stores which generate a combined total of $1 M in revenue.
We are located on a 38-acre campus with a facility built in 2003. The campus includes a barn for livestock, outdoor runs for dogs, indoor kennels and cat rooms, a receiving building for animal intake and assessment before they are allowed into the larger population, an adoption building for potential adopters to view and interact with the animals and an education wing for community programming.
Our staff have a reputation for being very well trained and the facility for being very well maintained and as a result, we are frequently called upon to assist with rescue cases and emergencies and to take in overflow from overburdened shelters.
Our Director of Operations has nearly 20 years in the animal care arena; our Chief Financial Officer has an MBA, our Executive Director has a J.D. and has managed an international law firm and our Director of Development has raised millions of dollars in more than 25 years in fundraising. The Board of Trustees includes successful business owners, financial executives, attorneys, certified public accountants, as well as philanthropists.

We track our progress by the number of animals and owners served and their outcomes.
We know that our adoption placements are working if fewer and fewer animals are returned. We track and report our euthanasia rates and know that our behavior and medical life-saving programs are working as our euthanasia rates go down. We know that our disaster preparedness is working if owners take advantage of the pet friendly shelter and if fewer lost and abandoned pets are brought in during and after a storm; we know our pet id tags are working if we are able to locate more pet owners of lost pets; we track our success with pet overpopulation by the numbers of pets we spay/neuter and we track the success of our low-cost or no cost wellness by the number of animals who receive free or low cost vaccines and care.

We have instituted a dog play group to assist in improving the adoption rate of hard-to-place dogs. This acclimates dogs to other dogs so that they can be adopted into homes with other animals. The play group also helps temper the negative effects of being in a kennel and dogs tend to be happier, less aggressive and more likely to attract a potential adopter. Through concerted efforts at working with and improving animal behavioral issues, we have made significant inroads toward becoming a no-kill shelter (90% or higher no-kill rate).
We opened a newly expanded wellness clinic and are able to treat more animals, both shelter animals and those from the community. We have received several grants to offer more frequent low and no-cost spay/neuter clinics and are now able to do this monthly.
As we adopt out more animals we have more space to take in animals rescued by other agencies – this year we took in dogs rescued from Puerto Rico by the Humane Society International and served as a staging area for South Florida for dogs rescued from a dog meat farm in South Korea by the Humane Society International. These dogs are then adopted into loving homes in Indian River County.

External Reviews




Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Sep 30


Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

Revenue vs. Expenses

Source: IRS Form 990

Net Gain/Loss:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.
Liquidity in 2017
Average of 8.98 over 10 years
Source: IRS Form 990
Months of Cash in 2017
Average of 5.2 over 10 years
Source: IRS Form 990
Fringe Rate in 2017
Average of 19% over 10 years
Source: IRS Form 990

Funding Sources

The funding sources breakdown shows the funding categories upon which a nonprofit organization relies over time.

Source: IRS Form 990
Assets & Liabilities

The comparison of assets vs liabilities shows the relationship between what an organization owns and what it owes.

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial Data

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

Source: IRS Form 990
Revenue & Expenses for

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.


Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Mr. Michael Mandel

Mr. Mandel directs the operations of the 44,000+ square-foot nonprofit Humane Society facility and its two thrift shops as well as overseeing the organization’s many programs which serve to protect the animals of Indian River County. He is working on an interim basis and volunteering his services. He has extensive experience in the nonprofit world where he served for more than a decade as board member, board president then Executive Director of the Center for Safety & Change, a New York organization that works to end gender-based violence and provide shelter and supportive services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse, human trafficking and other crimes. Previously, Michael was managing partner and founder of both a financial services tech company and an international law firm, both of which he sold upon his retirement from for-profit business in 2005.

Number of Employees Over Time

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Officers, Directors, Trustees, and Key Employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Show data for Fiscal Year

Board Leadership Practices

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section, which enables organizations and donors to transparently share information about essential board leadership practices.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization


Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Not Applicable


Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Not Applicable


Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Not Applicable


Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Not Applicable


Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Not Applicable