Our application to qualify as a Federal non-profit corporation is complete and was mailed on Tuesday April 12, 2011. That was quite a chore and it is fortunate that I had an experienced person to help. It is very painstaking and of course we want it to pass, even though we have been told that it takes our government a year to review and grant the application.
In the meantime, we will continue to use our State of Florida non-profit so that we have a bank account and are accountable.
Our bank account is a bit low, and I’m writing to ask if you can help us replenish. Here are some areas that we like to keep built up:
Dog Licenses. These are $20 now and there are probably ten that need renewal and several new ones to be purchased.
Medical Fund: About once year we pay a private vet fee for a dog or cat in need of special medical attention. This came to $700 in 2010. We also utilize the low cost clinics for spay/neuter operations and paid for 10 @40 in 2010 for a total of $400. We sometimes make a special request for medical expenses, but we like to have some money set aside for emergencies.
Transportation: Defrays gas and oil for picking up and delivering animals to clinics.
Pet Food: A sizable proportion of our pet food and supplies is donated, however we frequently need to purchase food. It seems that we always get more dog food donated and it is the cat food that we need to purchase.
Special Requests: We ask people to tell us what we need for their pets and then we will try to have the items donated or purchase if possible. We purchased several tarps this year as well as raccoon proof storage bins and plastic bins that we make into dog and cat shelters. These are the items that make a big difference in pet care and people are usually very grateful for the help.
We’ve been pleased that more people have brought donations of pet food and even given money donations, especially at Christmas. That means we are “on the map” in Gainesville and a lot of people approve of our efforts.
A regular newsletter will follow soon, but we wanted you to know we are now ”501(c)(3) pending.”
If you are able, we would appreciate financial donations at this time.
Best wishes and sincere thanks for all your support and help, From Elizabeth
Elizabeth Howard, For Home Van Pet Care Project, Inc., a non-profit Florida corporation (501c3 pending.) Checks can be made payable to Home Van Pet Care Project, Inc., and mailed to Elizabeth Howard, P.O. Box 14305, Gainesville, FL 32604. We have also established a PayPal account through our blog: http://homevanpetcareproject.blogspot.com. Phone 352-473-9423 or Cell #352-359-5712. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.