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.
These fellows hope you’ll stop by and enjoy their wagging tails and smiling faces!
Butch – this boy has lots of energy for games of chase and walks. He’s people and other animal friendly, at least if you have a cat that doesn’t mind being chased! He’d love to have another dog he could play games of chase with.
Scooby – this fellow is very well socialized, enjoys his balls, walks, cuddling on the couch and finding sleeping spots you didn’t know about. He’s crate and house trained!
Pet Haven will be there too!
Stop by, visit with volunteers, meet some dogs and hear about our adoptable cats and dogs! Bring your rain gear!
For a donation of $20 or more, you can have your choice of a t-shirt with a ‘saying’ on it. It is a great way to help support the dogs and cats we rescue.
Perhaps you won’t be able to enjoy a visit at Pride this weekend but another way you can support Pet Haven is to make a donation on line. Make it a recurring donation if you can – the amount you donate isn’t the critical part. We need your regular, on-going support to manage our vet bills which make up the largest part of our budget.
Pictured are some of the characters you’ve seen at the Pet Haven booth in the past.
And here’s a face who will be stopping by the booth!
If you’re looking forward to joining Pet Haven in another event, consider attending the Doggy Dash in August.
Hope you can stop by! It will be a busy weekend with many animals looking for homes!
Saturday: Dogs, PetCo Richfield, 66th and Lyndale Ave. S.. 11-1 p.m.
Some who will be attending!
Sunday: Cats, PetCo Richfield 66th and Lyndale Ave. S, 1-3 p.m.
These are 3 of the Sandlot kittens – Benny has already been adopted!
On Thurs. June 19, beginning at 9 a.m., Pet Haven and other groups will be unloading two semi trailer trucks of dog and cat food to be shared out with many groups. We need strong arms, back and legs to help with this effort and we will be in Chaska.
Pet Haven pays for rent on a storage shed in Chaska and because we will receive so much food this time, we have rented two units! We ask the groups who receive food for their animals to pay $.07 per pound of food they take. That goes directly to Pet Haven to help pay the rent on these units. If you are a group helping redistribute this product or are in a hardship situation, talk to Gary or Erich on Thursday.
Many groups will be attending but with that quantity to unload we need extra help.
Are you a member of a home school co-op? A scout troop? Another your organization? Recently retired and have time on your hands? Or, do you just want to help the homeless cats and dogs find shelter, food and new homes? Do you have friends who have Thursday off and could help for 2 hours or 4 hours or however long it takes? There will be pick-up trucks, horse trailers, SUVs and other vehicles helping with transport. Do you volunteer with a rescue group out-state who will be attending? Can you bring your vehicle as well as another able-bodied buddy who can help?
What do you know about the Chaska Shed Project?
Almost 10 years ago, Charles Rawn at Carver Scott Humane Society (CSHS) contacted the K-Mart regional warehouse regarding food charge backs and began receiving more product donations that CSHS could use. The extra food was kept in a satellite storage unit and shared with a handful of local rescue groups. As the donation base continued to grow and more requests filtered in, it became clear that a group of volunteers to help manage it all were needed. Today, this cooperative food share is known at the Chaska Shed Project.
The Shed has received donations from K-Mart, Target, Super Value, Walmart, PetCo, Mars and Chuck & Don’s as well as RFG. At times surpluses have been picked up by Blue Earth and Nicollet County Humane Society (BENCHS) for redistribution to smaller outstate programs in southern MN. In addition to overseeing the distribution efforts, Pet Haven manages the storage unit charges. CSHS volunteers pick up food from donors and assist with the offloading.
The Shed is a lifeline that keeps a number of struggling programs afloat. It also serves as a resource in disasters and emergencies – for example, when the floods hit a few years ago, volunteers sent pads to Minot and cleaning supplies and pads to Cedar Rapids IA. Pads donated from hospitals, nursing homes and similar settings are laundered and stored at the Shed until needed. They are primarily used at spay/neuter clinics for animals recovering from surgery.
We can never have too many volunteers – we’re always in need of drivers with pickup truck and trailers to move product around the metro area, along with people who are available weekdays to help with loading and unloading.
For more information and to volunteer , please contact Erich Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A relaxing, sunny evening on the patio with friends.
Have you been waiting? We have!
It’s time to stop by Summit Brewing Company in St. Paul and help us raise funds for Pet Haven cats and dogs!
Pet Haven dogs in attendance and your pooch can join in the fun too.
$15 admission gets you two pints and $11 of that goes to Pet Haven. B52 Slider Squad will also be there for some serious noshing and a portion of funds raised from a food purchase will go to Pet Haven too. You can have a beer or two, eat a relaxing dinner and enjoy the company of others who enjoy animals. Hear about the stories of some of the dogs who are looking for homes through Pet Haven.
Register now to save your spot or come the evening of! Hope to see you there!
It will be difficult for the adult dogs to compete with the puppies (sheperd/boxer mixes) that will be at the ALL DOG ADOPTION!
Some of the adult dogs attending:
Celia, Curly, Keeper, Cher, Bentley (from 11-noon only), Brownie, Scooby (11-noon), NoNee, and a few others, possibly.
This pup will be there, as well as 5 others – males and females!
Here is everything you’ll need to know about Bark in the Park, including what the t-shirt looks like!
Date: May 4, 2014
Place: Gate 29
Time: Plan to arrive between 11:30am-12:30pm to pick up your ticket and tshirt! Volunteers will be wearing the shirts displayed below.
Day-of Contact Info: Will Mayer, 651-468-6097
Extra Shirts: know someone who couldn’t attend but would like a shirt? We have extras! Please bring $15 cash for an extra shirt, sizes S-XL available.
No dogs are allowed at the game – only humans!
Pet Haven has a video showing on the jumbotrons at 12:30pm; arrive early to check it out!
Please forward this information to all guests that you registered for!
Dog Adoption 11-1 p.m.
Saturday May 3
You’ll have a change to see:
Bear, Morrie, Brownie, Josie, Celia, Roseanne, Charlene, Duchess II, Petunia, Keeper!
Cat Adoption 1-3 p.m.
Sunday May 4
You’ll have a chance to see:
Myrtle, Kody, Harold, Hattie, Micah, Emmet and maybe a few others! No young kittens yet.
Laura, Petunia’s foster mom, gave us this account of the wild adventure that played out one recent evening in early April. it is a cautionary tale to remind all those with a new dog how wiley they can be!
The escape: It’s about 5:15 p.m., Petunia was spayed earlier in the day and is laying lethargically in her kennel in a temperature controlled garage away from the hubbub of the house. Did she have to potty? I thought we’d better check so I hit the button to close the garage door and when it was about 2 inches from being completely shut, opened the kennel door to bring her out and be leashed up. Little did we know that such a groggy looking dog would jump up, sprint out of her kennel and make a beeline for the garage door. A paw under the closing door triggered the safety mechanism and it reversed and opened right up for her… And that’s how the adventure began . . .
The Adventure: “Petunia! Petunia!” Surely she just wanted to sniff and explore a little, because my sweet little bulldog wouldn’t run away from me. She LOVES me!! But, after about 5 minutes of her just running further and further away from me, I realized, “oh, wait – of course she would run away from me, she’s only been with us a week. Does she even know her name? She’s been a stray her entire life and has lived by her wits.” I got into my car to follow her and a neighbor is also in his car, helping follow her. But as much as we call, she still won’t stop.
I call the police department to let them know my foster dog is on the loose. She had her Pet Haven tag on but nothing that would tie her back to me if someone found her. I immediately got a call back from an officers saying he was going to head over and help me look for her. How nice of him!
By this time, I had also notified other Pet Haven volunteers and coordinators. E mails were sent to our dog division, posts went on the Pet Haven Facebook page, she was put on the Lost Dogs MN Facebook page and Findfido.com. Everyone had sprung into action. We were going to get this girl back!
About 10 minutes later, I go a call saying, “I have some not so good news . . .“. Fearing the worst, I listened as the police department reported that a caller said a medium sized white dog was stranded on an iceberg in a pond in their backyard. Wait, WHAT?? Did I hear that right? I rushed over to the pond, 2 police officers were waiting for me and sure enough, there was Petunia, out on a piece of ice in this pond. I started calling her name and she found her her way almost to shore. She slips into the icy water and has to pull herself with all her might to get back on land. She has quite an audience at this point; local home owners, officers and the three of trying to catch her.
Once on solid ground, she took off again! She crossed a very busy road with a police escort and ended up on train tracks. Luckily no trains were coming at the time. Located right next to the tracks was a small gravel pit. She climbed to the top of a large mound of gravel as I called after her, ,stood there looking at me – “She must be tired by now! She’s been running for over 90 minutes!” On the other side of the pit is a cornfield and off she goes! Now we’re in an industrial part of town.
The two officers, who remained faithful to the chase, and I make a triangle with our vehicles and she is running between us all. Again, we are unable to actually catch her. After another 30 minutes of this, the officers believe we are just exercising her and we are not going to catch her. They will contact me if someone gets her overnight. I thank them for all of their help! By this time, reinforcements from Pet Haven volunteers and their friends have come to the area to help. They know exactly where to find us and fresh energy to attempt to get her. It was starting to get dark and we didn’t have much time.
The capture: Many phone calls later, Petunia is seen in a muddy area and is slowing down, the volunteers are also slowing down due to the mud! Finally, Petunia is stuck! She can’t move anymore. Yes!! She’s been captured!
Post adventure: This formerly white dog needs a bath! She is then taken to the ER clinic to have a look at her spay incision and everything looks good after an ultrasound check and she is put on an antibiotic to ward off infection. She has a few scratches that will heal quickly. She didn’t over-heat which can happen with a short nosed dog that is running. At 1:15 a.m. Petunia is back in her kennel - snoring as only a bulldog can!
Click here to read about another recent intake and the rough road that lead ‘Nilla to Pet Haven.
Vanilla Bean recently came to Pet Haven after being rescued from impound in northern MN where his time was ‘up’. The couple who took him have made the cats at that facility who are not claimed their mission and in the last 2 yrs. have been able to take all of those and get them re-homed.
Nancy tells ‘Nilla’s story from then on:
When we agreed to take Vanilla Bean, we knew nothing about his condition. Right off I noticed his ears were ‘crispy’ to the touch. Sunday, March 16, Red Lake Rosie’s was holding a Spay/Neuter clinic and I donated a little money to have ‘Nilla neutered, plus wanted his ears tended to along with his severely matted areas removed. All this was taken care of at the clinic. Dr. Vicki thought that ‘Nilla had frozen his top lip rather than suffering from a cleft lip, as we had guessed. He had clearly been starving, as he ate up to 7 bowls of food the first day!
His dry food was Earthborne Holistic and his wet food was Whiskas Purrfectly Chicken Entree which over the past year I have found to be very popular with the underweight cats we have taken in. He had several other choices but made it clear this was the best and I give this boy what he wants. He suffered enough. I believe he lived all winter under trailers in a trailer park. At impound he was curled in a tiny ball and appeared to have thrown in the towel, poor guy. Now he is looking handsome and healthy.
‘Nilla drools a little bit with the gap in his lip but is a normal fellow seeking people attention, a warm bed and his own forever home. We are so happy Pet Haven can take him in.
Since coming to Pet Haven he has been to a vet clinic we work with for an exam, to be tested, microchipped and to get de-worming medications. Now he is settling into his foster home. He was shaved to the skin in some areas to remove matts and will still lose the tip of his tail which was also damaged by frostbite, the pads of his feet are roughened from the cold and will slough off gradually. One ear is rounded from frostbite, the other ear is shorter yet. Our thanks to Nancy and her husband for their commitment to the cats in the Bemidji area as well as all of their efforts in the rescue community over the years, helping groups, providing transportation and rescuing dogs!
This winter was brutal for cats and dogs in the severe cold. We have seen and heard about a number who did manage to find some shelter, food and water and who eked out an existence but we know that many perished. We hold in our memories all of the cats and dogs we’ve met and loved as well as those who were not found in time.