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Title: Humane Society of ValdostaLowndes County


1
Humane Society of Valdosta/Lowndes County
  • Lisa Copeland

We speak for those who can not speak for
themselves
2
Mission of Humane Society
  • To promote responsible pet ownership by teaching
    compassion, respect and caring treatment for all
    animals.
  • The HS advocates the elimination of animal
    abuse, pet overpopulation and homelessness among
    companion animals by promoting adoptions, and by
    providing education and outreach to the community
    at large. (HS Volunteer Handbook, 2005)

3
Legal Description
  • The Humane Society is considered to be a
    charitable organization, therefore it is coded
    with the IRC Section 501(c)(3).
  • Organizations described in IRC Section
    501(c)(3), other than testing for public safety
    organizations, are eligible to receive
    tax-deductible contributions in accordance with
    IRC Section 170.
  • (http//www.irs.gov/charities/charitable/article/0
    ,,id96099,00.html).

4
History
  • The HS was formed in Sept. 1989, and has grown to
    over 900 members, and is presently growing.
    Until Oct. 2003, the HS was a 100 volunteer
    organization and didnt have a building (HS
    Volunteer Handbook).
  • The HS hired its first director in Oct. 2003,
    and in Jan. 2004 it acquired its first office
    building.
  • Board members are elected by the membership and
    serve 3 yr. renewable terms. Officers are
    elected by the board every year (HS Volunteer
    Handbook).

5
Members/Volunteers
  • The HS relies completely on monetary support from
    its members and citizens in the community.
    Members and volunteers are relied upon to help
    raise money either by their own contributions, by
    fundraisers, and/or encouraging their family and
    friends to help support the HS.
  • Volunteers work to improve the lives of animals
    through fundraisers, providing foster homes, and
    other programs. HS members give animals a
    voice by bringing awareness to the public.

6
Obstacles
  • The main obstacle the Humane Society faces is
    trying to make people aware of the need for
    spaying/neutering pets.
  • If people would spay/neuter their pets, it would
    greatly cut down on the number of innocent animal
    lives lost.
  • Last year more than 6,000 animals were put to
    sleep in Valdosta.

7
Programs of the Humane Society of Valdosta
  • Avrylea Program Assists pet owners with
    emergency medical care for their pets.
  • Angels Haven Program Assists pets of domestic
    violence victims. Pets are often abused in homes
    where domestic violence occurs, and they need a
    safe haven when their abused owner is seeking
    refuge.

8
Programs continued
  • Pet Pantry Assists pet owners with food and
    supplies for their pets when they are
    experiencing financial difficulty.
  • Fundraising Raise funds to operate and support
    the programs of HS. Different events include
    Silent auction (biggest event of year), Kennel
    Caper, blood drives, dessert and cookbook sales,
    etc.

9
Programs continued
  • Low-cost Spay/Neuter program Enabling pet
    owners to spay or neuter their pets through a
    reduced rate program, to help problem of
    overpopulation, and reduce number of unnecessary
    euthanasia's.
  • Outreach program - provides knowledge and support
    necessary for pet owners through education,
    assistance, and advocacy.

10
Programs continued
  • Foster/Adoption program provides temporary
    homes until permanent homes can be found, while
    providing medical and pet care. Thoroughly
    screen potential adopters to ensure a good match,
    and to ensure the adopter understands commitment
    to the pet.
  • Animal Cruelty/Neglect Task Force Consists of 3
    programs Response, Outreach, and Research.
    These work together to speak for the animal
    victims of abuse and neglect in the community to
    ensure their welfare.

11
Duties at the Humane Society
Various administrative duties are performed by
the director and volunteers at the Humane
Society. Some include
  • Office foster pet care
  • Answering phone lines
  • Taking messages
  • Record keeping
  • Grant research writing
  • Newsletter production
  • Volunteer coordination
  • Membership coordination
  • Data entry management
  • Statistical information management
  • Mail coordination
  • Donation management
  • Pet pantry coordination
  • General office cleaning and other duties

12
  • All information for this presentation was
    gathered from information provided by the Humane
    Society of Valdosta.
  • The Humane Society is always looking for new
    members/volunteers, as well as donations. If you
    are interested in helping the Humane Society
    please contact them at
  • 307 E. Jane Street
  • (229)-247-3266
  • www.humanesocietyofvaldosta.org
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