Here’s a way one company did!
Topic: Wednesday’s Win by Empowering People…and Pets! Join Us!
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.
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!