Animal Rescuer Wins Against IRS

Jan Van Dusen, who has fostered over 70 cats, went up against the IRS and won. Good news for animal rescue groups all over the U.S.  Van Dusen had deducted expenses she had incurred while fostering cats for an IRS- approved charity.  The ruling will make it easier for volunteers to help animal rescue groups.  Yea!

Check out the article to learn more and keep your receipts for next year’s taxes, if you’re fostering or providing some other service.

Year End Charitable Giving

newyear1 copyThis is the time of year a lot of people make their charitable donations to meet the December 31st deadline.  Money is tight for so many including groups doing good work for animals.  If you have some to share, consider these ideas.

One of our favorites is the Morris Animal Foundation. They fund research on curing companion animal diseases, including the Canine Cancer Campaign.

You might consider:

  1. pet food banks in your community (check for them at animal rescue groups, human food banks, meal-on-wheels)
  2. local private shelters
  3. municipal or county shelters–special funds for new buildings, spay/neuter clinics, etc.
  4. pet clinics for people in need
  5. off-leash dog parks (you’d be surprised how much at off-leash parks is provided by donations—fencing, water, trashcans)

We hope 2010 is a wonderful year for you and yours!