We appreciate any donation of any size that you gave on Give to the Max day and at any other time of the year also!
We can’t do it with out you and we have lots of stories to tell. Today I heard back about a kitten who was adopted a few weeks ago. His name is now Rio and he’s fitting in fine.
The 9 yr. old cat and he are running and chasing at night and he is teasing the dog. They had received the vet records we have on him and commented on the care he had been given. Too often the kittens and adult cats we take have had little or no care prior to our getting them. Their first stop is the vet clinic so they can be assessed and we will know best what kind of care they need. This fellow was not eating well, was lethargic and was dehydrated.
This picture of him was taken shortly after he was brought into another rescue group and just prior to him coming to Pet Haven.
The foster home worked with him, offering canned kitten and a smorgasbord of dry kitten food to see what was most appealing. He was finger fed canned for a week or more in addition to what he ate himself. Sub q fluids happened daily and within a couple weeks he was eating well and had enough energy to play. De wormings and treatment for ear mites (which he had plenty of) were part of his general care. When he had recovered he went for neuter surgery and was microchipped.
Sadly his condition was not that unusual so your foster home works hard to support these kids – adults and kittens.
Similar stories happen with the dogs and puppies we take in. Dogs who run loose and have no care, not even fresh water or kibble and the females have their litters under porches, in culverts and on the bare ground. Puppies who drain their underfed mothers who are not receiving food themselves.
Recently a condominium had a supply drive where food, and toys were generously provided! Another young man in a high school tied fleece blankets for dogs and cats. We rely on these creative endeavors to help us add the luxuries of treats, bedding and toys for our felines and canines!
We have many happy stories to tell and it is because of your generosity! Thank you!
Graham was a 5 week old kitten when we were alerted to his need for rescue. Initial assessment of his condition seemed to indicate a broken femur. He was very hissy with people, which could indicate either that he was in pain or that he hadn’t had positive interactions with people before. He was started on pain meds as soon as Pet Haven had custody of him & an x ray confirmed his broken femur. The location of the break required strict cage rest for 3 weeks, being taken out only for some attention & care several times a day. Then he graduated to coming out to sit on his foster’s lap with a harness & leash to control how far he could venture. Within a short time he was walking, climbing & hopping on the couch, then, finally, to play on the floor. He will probably always have a limp, but his leg is strong & he has turned into a busy, playful kitten who purrs readily & seeks out laps for naptime. Your donation keeps us ready to help injured or critically ill animals in need of rescue.
SPAY NEUTER GRANT WORK—–
We all love kittens & puppies, but the sad fact is that there are just too many of them born each year to all find homes. Too many of those adorable babies grow up in a shelter or face the perils of a life on the streets. Expanding spay/neuter efforts across the state is the only way to stem the tide of homeless litters. We hope for a day when each puppy or kitten born will have a safe & loving home.
Our Spay/Neuter Grant Initiative makes grants available to smaller non-profits to increase spay/neuter in their geographic area. These grant projects also include bringing low cost spay/neuter to lower income areas or those on fixed incomes.
This year, 10 groups were awarded spay/neuter grants by Pet Haven, which means hundreds of animals were altered and are no longer adding to the over-population problem. Since we started our grant program, we have altered over 3000 animals. Your donation to the spay/neuter project helps us continue this vital work.
Azzie started out life in a high-kill shelter where she would shortly be euthanaized but we were able to step in to save her.
Azzie spent some time at a vet clinic near the shelter, as she had pneumonia and it wasn’t safe for her to be around the other dogs in her foster home. Unfortunately, Azzie was accidentally overdosed during her time at the vet, causing her to go into kidney failure shortly after Pet Haven took her. Azzie spent 2 days at the eVet and received fluids on a daily basis for the next 3 weeks, but this little trooper never gave up and never lost her amazingly cheerful demeanor. Today Azzie is happy and healthy, but there is an aftermath to her ordeal. Not only was there a very big vet bill, but she will also have a shortened life expectancy and be on a special prescription food.
Rolly has a condition called Cerebellar Hypoplasia. He will always have some difficulties with movement and control of his body but his condition will never worsen. Rolly ‘quivers’ when he is intent on something, or when he’s moving with purpose. He appears ‘stiff’ & his gait is exaggerated, with his back legs splayed a bit. Each foot must be placed deliberately/jerkily & he falls over frequently. He needs help in & out of the litterbox on a schedule to prevent accidents. He likes some cuddle time on the couch with his foster mom and dad and he enjoys playing with a cat dancer even though his style of play means charging awkwardly, falling over, getting up & trying again. Rolly will need a very special adoptive home, or he will continue to live with his foster. Our foster care system gives cats like Rolly the best quality of life possible and accommodates their limitations. It also enables us to coach an adoptive home about how best to care for the cat, and how best to transition their new pet to another home. Your donations help us with special needs rescue animals like Rolly.
Rex– In 2011 we received an urgent call. After an unexpected death left 3 local dogs homeless, we stepped in to take these dogs into foster care. All 3 were traumatized by what they experienced – but especially Rex. He was an 8 year old Great Pyrenees / Labrador Retriever mix who didn’t appear to have gotten much socialization when he was younger. His toenails were extremely overgrown & he initially had fear aggression, lunging his 95lbs toward his foster mom when she would walk by him. With the assistance of The Canine Coach! trainer, Rex soon came to trust his foster mom more than anyone.
As Rex’s time in foster care continued on, additional issues came up. He had a common ailment called hip dysplasia & arthritis in his left foot. He needed several teeth removed & he had allergies that proved difficult to resolve. In short, this big beautiful boy was a “hot mess”. It took many resources to get Rex to a healthy state; volunteers, veterinarians, and an aggression specialist. But in the end, Rex got to experience a life where he was loved, safe & people truly cared. Through it all, Rex’s foster mom ended up adopting him & they enjoyed 15 wonderful months until he crossed the Rainbow Bridge in August 2013. A tribute to his life can be seen hereI In honor of Rex & the many fearful & misunderstood local dogs just like him, please consider making a financial contribution to Pet Haven today, so we can continue to work with the more difficult dogs that come our way.
Olive Oyl- Not all special needs animals have suffered abuse or neglect, some are due to birth defects. Little Olive Oyl was born with one eye that had not developed normally, her eyeball simply isn’t there and the eye lid is mostly closed. Our vet determined that she didn’t need to go through surgery to remove the eye as there was no infection or discomfort. With her good eye, she navigates her foster home just fine! She can jump up on things and down off of furniture without hesitation. Olive Oyl doesn’t know that she’s any different from her two brothers who also came to Pet Haven but without any physical deformities. Olive Oyl is one of the “lucky ones” who doesn’t require extraordinary medical care as a result of her birth defects, but plenty of others do. For her, and all the others, please consider including us in your contributions on Give To The Max day! Olive is black and white and is seen sleeping with her best bud, her brother, Minky.
Tosh is a big, handsome boy with one big blue eye. His other eye needed to be surgically removed when he came to Pet Haven due to an old injury that had not been treated & was causing him pain. This poor boy had suffered for over a year. After surgery, he recovered nicely in his foster home & embraced his pain-free 2nd chance at life. The many donors of last year’s Give To The Max day made his second chance possible; will you please be one of the many wonderful people who helps save another life this year?
On 4/22/12 a little Pekingese puppy was born into a MN puppy mill, where his parents were housed outdoors in cages with nearly 150 other dogs for the purpose of continuous breeding, so offspring could be sold for profit to pet stores or online. Poor breeding practices like inbreeding and substandard medical attention/nutrition are often found in puppy mills and could be the reason that this little puppy was born with a host of issues. Unable to sell the puppy to a pet store or consumer, this licensed
breeder turned the puppy over to a local shelter, where he was given the name Bear.
Without the resources to fix this little guy, the shelter partnered with Pet Haven, to get Bear into a foster home that had years of experience caring for dogs with extreme medical issues. Due to the extreme nature of his ailments, Bear was referred by Pet Haven’s veterinarian to the University of Minnesota’s Veterinary Medical Clinic to be seen by a Specialist where an MRI confirmed; that Bear suffered from atlantoaxial subluxation.
In short, Bear suffered from a genetic disorder where missing vertebra in his neck was causing balance issues and would result in excessive stumbling, tripping, etc. To see what this looks like, see Bear here.
Due to his age and amazing temperament, Pet Haven proceeded with the life-saving – but costly – surgery to save this guy’s life.
Several months later Bear was adopted and is now living happy and healthy and is even acting as a foster brother to another special needs dog, Bonnie! We would not have been able to right the wrongs that Bear experienced, if it had not been for the many kind donors out there like you. Please consider making a donation of any size, so we can save more dogs and cats who come to us.
Just today, Nov. 13, 2014, Pet Haven took the return of a cat who was adopted in 2008. He’s been a member of a family and his one desire was to sit on the couch next to his owners and be pet. The family felt the need to simplify their life so he is back and will be looking for a new home after the holidays. We’d like him to settle in and feel at home with his foster before he makes what we hope will be the transition to his last forever home. He’s a handsome, long-haired black boy who purred at the vet clinic as he was transferred to one of our carriers. He wasn’t fond of having his teeth checked out but they look great! He had blood drawn – again, not his favorite thing – and had his heart listened to, got his vaccinations and was brushed. By his initial vet records he would be 9 yrs. old but the vet today felt we should bump his age up to 12. He’s been in a home with young children and might do well with another family with children or could be grandma’s cat who would welcome the visit of grandchildren.
Thank you for helping Pet Haven and their volunteers find, rehabilitate, re home and care for the cats and dogs who come into our program. We couldn’t do what we do without your monetary help as well as the volunteers who spend hours loving their charges.
Pet Haven takes cats and dogs as we have foster home space. We do not deny shelter by age, color or health status. We are proud that we can bring security and love to the very young, the healthy and those who need a family for the remainder of their life, be it short or long. It is because of the volunteers who welcome a new animal into their home and your donations that we can do this.
Not many people know that some animals come to us in such rough shape that they are deemed as poor candidates for adoption. These dogs and cats go into one of our wonderful hospice homes, where they live out the rest of their life in a safe, secure and loving environment. We want to honor these kids today and provide you with their stories which include a home and a loving family.
Skipper spent several years living in an outdoor kennel in rural Southern Minnesota, at of one of Minnesota’s largest USDA licensed breeders. When Skipper was about 14 years old, the breeder believed him too old to be used for breeding any longer, so Skipper was surrendered to a nearby shelter. There he was given a name and cushy bed, and Pet Haven was contacted to see what sort of resources we had for this sweet and gentle boy. We contacted one of our long time fosters, Vicki, to see if she would be willing to see this boy through his final days and she immediately said yes. After a general checkup and updated vaccinations from our vet, Skipper settled in for the good life of indoor living. He enjoyed greeting Vicki when she returned home from work, and sitting in her lap for cuddles. Skipper was with us for only 85 days before he crossed the Rainbow Bridge from seizures (that were likely a result of head trauma suffered in the past) but he enjoyed every single one of them, and we hold his memory tightly.
Topaz came from the same breeder as Skippy, and spent 11 years being used to produce puppy after puppy for the Minnesota USDA licensed breeder. She came to us absolutely traumatized emotionally, and would spin around and around in circles for hours if she was allowed. She went into a foster home with another Shih Tzu from the same breeder and used this companionship to get her through those first few tough weeks of adjustment. Although it lessened, her spinning behavior did not stop after Topaz had gotten more comfortable in her environment, and after a seizure she was checked out by University of Minnesota specialists, who were able to diagnose Topaz with a brain tumor. Due to her age and overall health, we decided not to pursue surgery and we are keeping Topaz comfortable with a daily medication that helps subdue the side effects of her tumor. Her original foster home with Pet Haven stepped up to serve as Topaz’s hospice home and all reports on “Little Paz” are great. She has gotten used to the good life indoors and knows love. And, since her foster mom Jennifer adopted the other little Shih Tzu who came up that day, Paz gets to live out the rest of her days with her best canine pal, too.
Mandy was surrendered to a rural Minnesota shelter after her previous owner could no longer care for her due to living circumstances. She seems to have lived a wonderful life before landing in the shelter, as she is very well socialized and appeared physically healthy as well. However, during her intake exam with our vet (which all new animals in our foster care programs receive), an abnormal heartbeat was observed which caused enough concern that our vet recommended a visit to a cardiology specialist, where it was confirmed that this little lady had a third degree AV block, causing chronic degenerative valvular disease. In other words, this meant that Mandy could not achieve normal cardiac output because her heart rate is so slow and as a result her heart has become severely enlarged. This could be corrected with a pacemaker, which would be implanted in her heart for a pricetag of approximately $3,000 and due to her age the Specialist did not recommend this procedure for Mandy, and gave an estimate of about 6 months before Mandy’s heart will eventually stop working. Pet Haven President Sally Morton did not hesitate to step forward and act as Mandy’s hospice care provider and monitors Mandy’s heartbeat daily to ensure that it is not slow enough to cause Mandy any pain. As for now, Mandy can be seen sunbathing in the living room, on her foster dad’s lap, or just hanging out in whatever room her new humans are in. We are so glad to have gotten the opportunity to make the last months of this happy little lady’s life as comfortable as possible.
Mina came to us from impound where she was sent when her owner died and then from another shelter. We knew by looking at her picture that she was an ‘old’ girl. Her eyes showed signs of aging, she was thin and her fur was matted. When she arrived she had diarrhea and was vomiting. She had the matts shaved out of her coat and was put on medication to calm her gut so her body could make use of the food she ate. She was with us for 2 1/2 months and gained weight during that time, grew a little hair back and enjoyed a soft bed and petting when she wished. She had been handled roughly at some point in her life and would duck and run if a hand reached to pet her when she didn’t expect it. She reverted to vomiting periodically and received injections to help control that. On a Sunday she stopped eating and threw up, despite her medication, and the same thing happened on Monday. We went to the vet for her final visit on Tuesday and she quietly passed away. We don’t know what Mina’s previous life was like but we know that she was loved in her foster home and cared for up until it was time for her to leave us.
Each of the dogs and cats in our hospice care program received medical care to determine their health status, to ensure that medical science supports the decision behind hospice care versus adoption. We are so glad to have volunteers who offer this amazing gift to these deserving animals, and Pet Haven as an organization is able to get diagnosis for these “fur kids” because of generous donations from you. Thank you to everyone who has played a part in making these animals comfortable for the last months of their lives.
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Posted on 10/19/2014 in Nerdery Company & Culture by Christina Martinez
Topic started by Christina Martinez 10/19/2014 at 13:19:13
As a company with lots of animal lovers, we thought it would be fun to host a pet-lover volunteer activity!
A few of our employees have either volunteered with or adopted animals from Pet Haven and we’d love to support the organization even more! Pet Haven fosters animals in volunteer homes until they are adopted. In order to make their transition to their forever home a little easier, we’d like to make a pile of little tie blankets to send to the volunteer fosters. The animals will sleep with the blankets at the foster’s house, and then take them with when they get adopted.
Pet Haven rescues and re-homes cats and dogs, spays and neuters to reduce overpopulation, promotes companion animal welfare, and advocates on behalf of companion animals. Pet Have was founded in 1952 making them the oldest foster-based rescue in MN! Visit www.pethavemn.org for more info.
Tie blankets are super easy – an 8 year old could do it But, if you don’t like or have time for arts and crafts and would still like to help out, we’re also taking donations of pet toys (dog/cat).
Comment here if you’re interested. Laura Briggs and I are buying all the fabric, so we’d like to get an idea of how much. I’ll also post a location when we get a room.
Let’s keep these adorable fuzzy pets warm this winter and give them some Nerd love! Volunteer or drop off a toy!
Our foster cats and dogs love their warm blankets. This company is looking for pet toys too.
Other ways you can help:
Spread the word about Pet Haven!
Does your employer have a company matching program where you can donate money and they will match it? That increases your donations!
If you volunteer to help an organization, some companies will make a donation for the hours you volunteer! We all win.
Dog treats are expensive to purchase for your foster. Want to help by bringing these?
Help out with a donation and monthly donations really help us even more and makes it easy for you!
Leash and walking halters cost $25 per dog.
Little ones like these kits are especially expensive to feed! $9.00 a week in canned food alone! That’s 3 cans a day for 3 four week old orphan kittens plus dry kibble in teensy-tiny pieces, deworming meds, etc. When these kittens weigh enough, they’ll go in for more vet work and spay and neuter just like the older canines and felines who are found homes through Pet Haven.
Thank you for anything you can do! Your donation of time and funding helps our dogs and cats grow, thrive, move on to new homes and allows us to bring in more who badly need our assistance.
New space, new time, old favorites, happy guests!
Appetizer buffet and bar, seating closer to the stage so folks could view the action more easily, Fund A Need and Style Show, smaller Silent Auction!
And Rufus volunteered at the Kissing Booth!
We’ve heard favorable comments from a number of folks – thank you to all who attended and to our sponsors!
Some shots showing a few of our community heroes who make a difference in the lives of animals every day.
Hooch and Richfield Fire Chief Wayne Kewtisch!
Mandy and MAAC’s Program and Development Coordinator, Jeanette Weidemier Bauer. Mandy is in hospice care with a Pet Haven foster family. After taking her it was determined she has serious heart issues which will shorten her life dramatically.
Logan and Leech Lake Legacy’s treasurer, Craig Berdan.
Nibi and her first foster mom, Sandra Olberding, who volunteers for Leech Lake Legacy and Pet Haven!
More updates to come!
We know you enjoyed the Photgraphy Contest, winners have been selected AND the finalists for the People’s Choice award are being chosen! Your applause will be needed to award prizes in that contest.
New addition to the festivities this year: Kissing Booth!
Who’s going to be Mr. Smooch? That would be Rufus!
This handsome fellow provides kisses or poses for selfies for a donation in any amount!
Who will be in the style show? Nibi, Rufus, Logan, Hooch, Elsa, Maria, Kleo, Azzie and others! Hear about some of the challenges we have faced in bringing cats and dogs back to health this year and in the Spay Neuter Initiative grants we have awarded to continue our efforts to reduce overpopulation so fewer will be euthanized for a lack of homes.
Meet some of the Animal Heroes in the community who will walk in the style show with one of our cats or dogs.
It’s a chance to meet and visit with animal lovers you don’t know and those you do. We can’t do it without YOU and some others you know!
TICKETS! They’ll be available at the door but we hope you’ll register before that so we have an idea of how many are attending. If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation to support our efforts you can do so here. Thank you for being with us in our love for animals.
Have you been checking out the contest?
Do you have your favorites? You can still enter.
Have you voted? Voting ends on Monday, Sept. 29th at 9 p.m. – you still have time!
Do you need to do some last minute fund raising for your favorite Fashionista or Best Buddy?
Fashionista leaders are: Stanley, Hawkeye and Duke!
Best Buddy leaders are Miss Jinx Minx, Timber and Byron!
Will a dark horse appear tomorrow and take over the lead?
At this time, we’ve raised $1,726 to go to help Pet Haven’s programs. What could we do with this amount?
Sponsor a day and a half of a low income spay/neuter event!
Treat 3 dogs who have heartworm!
Perform extensive dental work on 2-3 cats or dogs!
On Sunday, Oct. 5, we’ll also choose a People’s Choice winner in the photo contest! Will you be there to applaud for your favorite?
Tickets are available here.
We hope you’ll come to see these animals, and others, in the Style Show and enjoy visiting, noshing and learning more about Pet Haven!
Thank you for your support. We can only do what we do in partnership.
A ‘Fashionista’? or a ‘Best Buddy?’ What’s that all about, you ask?
Have you checked out Pet Haven’s photo contest yet? Here is a link that will take you right to it!
What is a photo contest? It’s FUN and it is an easy way to raise funds for Pet Haven. If you know about Pet Haven you know we are involved in many ways with the community:
We rescue and re-home cats and dogs! Sounds like fun? Sounds easy? It is usually fun and animals needing to be re-homed are easy to find, but it is also expensive. A Pet Haven cat or dog is well taken care of medically and some need a lot of help, both physically and mentally!
We help income qualified clients get their own pets altered so they are not contributing to the over population problem!
Yearly we offer grants to other groups to help them conquer overpopulation in their neighborhoods and towns. Those funds are possible by careful management of our own expenses and because of your donations!
We support advocacy financially and work to educate the public on pet ownership.
So – you don’t think you have enough unallocated funds to help with such ambitious projects? You do! AND you get to show off your own Fashionista or Best Buddy!
Submitting your own pet will cost you $10.00. Asking your friends and family to vote for your pet or one of the other ones in the contest will only cost them $1.00 a vote. You can create a ‘bank’ and deposit any amount of funds in it – $1, $5, $10, $100! And then you can go back in and spend your votes and encourage those friends to vote for their pick. It’s easy, it’s fun and most importantly it will raise donations for Pet Haven to use to continue the work we do. Our volunteers are dedicated to providing the best care they can and in finding the right homes for our rescued cats and dogs. Some volunteers help out at low cost spay/neuter clinics locally or at Leech Lake or Red Lake. It’s a big job, we need your help!
Don’t forget to sign up to attend the Fall Benefit this year too – hope to see you there as well as your best friend in the photo contest.
Pet Haven doesn’t discriminate because of age or breed. We ARE a limited admission group which means when we don’t have any more foster homes, we can’t take in any more dogs or cats. We DO take in the very young as well as those who are of a ‘certain age’ and in between! Sometimes the vet can make a pretty good guess as to age and other times we know when the dog or cat was adopted for the first time.
We’ve a few dogs and a cat who are looking for homes right now who meet the ‘certain age’ requirement!
Milo is a handsome boy, probably a pitt mix, he has the great, w-i-d-e smile of the typical pitt. He’s lived in a rural area with a family with children and loved his family but they gave him up when he started chasing the neighbor’s cats. He’s best in a family who will be ‘in charge’ so he knows who is boss and is happy to meet everyone: adults – to young children. Since he doesn’t understand having a toddler or baby crawling all over him and pulling his hair, we’re looking for a home for him with elementary school age children or older. He’s happy to go in his crate and is house trained. He loves toys and to go for walks with you and also to snuggle on the couch or floor with you!
Want to teach him some new tricks? Milo is very food motivated so that shouldn’t be hard. He’s also carrying a little extra weight so his meals need to be measured with low calorie treats like pea pods, carrots, green beans and apple slices or even some of his daily ration of dog food. A walk with you would be a good way to help him lose that weight too.
Milo enjoys meeting other dogs and people. He’s definitely and all-round great fellow.
Morrie is a charming guy. He was adopted in 2006 as a puppy and returned early in 2014 because he no longer fit the lifestyle of his family. Morrie likes new people and has transitioned to his foster home and adoption events well. He’s proud of being able to sit TALL when offered a treat and is an obedient fellow. His sister canine is a bit bossy but he does fine with her and he is sure to come when called and eager to show off his tricks. Morrie thinks his crate is a great place to snooze and is fine in it in the day time or at night. He enjoys walks and lots of lounging around the house with you too. He’s been told he should have had braces as a puppy but he kind of likes his quirky smile!
Car rides and getting nails clipped are handled easily. Morrie admits he loves to bark, however! Hear something outside? See someone walking by out the window? I’d best let my foster mom know!! Woof! Woof! For this reason Morrie would not do well living in a condo or an apartment, even if he is the ideal size at just 14 lbs.
Mina is a recent addition to the cat division. Her owner died and no arrangements had been made for her so she went to impound. From there she was transferred to another rescue group on an Indian reservation. In a photo from there, sitting hunched on a shelf it her cage, it was decided that she need to come to Pet Haven. When Mina arrived she was matted to the skin on both of her sides and was shaved and had other matts clipped out. Mina has apparently been handled roughly – she is not afraid of people unless they reach over her head or sweep with a broom. Then she ducks and scatters off to safety. She’s accepting petting all the way down her body and enjoying it but igrumbles about being picked up. She will come to get on your lap and sit on your chest but will nip when your hands move unexpectedly so we are trying to keep her on a lap so she isn’t right in your face. Mina may have inflammatory bowel disease with vomiting and lack of appetite but 5 mg. of prednisolone four times a week has resolved that. She has a big mouth and throat and is very easy to pill. She loves her food – fish flavored is the favorite! And gets canned food a couple times a day too.
This girl has had a past we can only guess at and is enjoying having another chance in a foster home, in hopes of finding a forever home. How long will she live? 2 yrs.? 4 yrs.? We don’t know but we are sure that her life has improved.
Blue is a cute guy who had excellent house manners and is potty and crate trained. He was not fond of the bitterly cold winter weather and did have a few accidents then so some watching and encouragement may need to be supplied during those terrible wind chill days. Tiny feet hurt quickly!
Blue loves to cuddle and snuggle in his blanket but a walk outside is fine too. When his foster mom arrives home he is so excited to see her he jumps around when let out of his crate. He’s like a cat in that he grooms himself and loves to rub his head and neck on you. Do you have an empty lap? Blue might be just the right size to fill it!
In addition to other new laws that benefit the welfare of companion animals passed by the MN legislature this year, there has been a change in the tax code.
In the past all shelters, rescue groups and humane societies have had to pay tax on the adoption fee of the cats, dogs, birds, bunnies, etc. that they adopted out. Pet Haven has been backing this fee out from our regular adoption fees as we were aware of this. Not all groups knew about this and some have been caught and owed very large bills for previous adoptions in years past.
Here is some of the information that pertains to this tax.
Voluntary Sales Tax Compliance Program for Animal Shelters
Did you know that sales of pets, pet supplies and adoption fees are taxable? If your organization has not been collecting tax on such sales, you may benefit from a v oluntary tax compliance program.
Nonprofit animal shelters that are not registered to collect and remit sales and use tax may come forward without penalty until Dec. 31, 2014. Under a new law, qualifingy organizations that voluntarily come forward and register will not be liable for sale and use taxes they would otherwise own on previous transactions.
Who qualifies for this program?
Minnesota nonprofit organizations whose primary business is rescuing, sheltering and find homes for unwanted animals, and who are not currently registered for sales and use taxx.
How to participate in this program
To Participate, you must register for sale and use tax as detailed below by Dec. 31, then collect and pay the tax as required by law.
You can apply for a MN tax ID number: online at www.revenue.state.mn.us and type MN tax ID in the search box or by phone 651-282-5225
Informational meetings will be held in different areas in late July and August. Check out the website for further details.
Please let any organization that you know of who might not know about the change in law and tell them to get informed to avoid large penalties! There may be many groups who do not know about this.