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Friday, January 02, 2009

Sponsors to help me help them

I've added two ways you can participate in helping me with the animal care I'm giving to both cats and the senior animals. You can choose to sponsor the old goat , or be a cat food sponsor . Read more at the links.

Now many of you generously sponsored our long road trip up to get Phinnias, so don't feel you need to donate more [and those Apifera gifts are getting packed this weekend!]. I hope to find a few more senior animals in need of a final hospice home, and will announce it when I do. I want to keep this under control [!] and the goal is to give one-on-one care, without losing focus on my art.

Martyn and I have talked to quite a few people over this year about becoming a 501c, but we keep getting advised not to. Many will tell you how easy it is to be a 501c, but the ramifications of what happens to your farm and personal property if you close down the 501c needs to be measured wisely. If we were a 501c, a designated area of our farm would have to be leased from the 501c, hay and feed would have to be separated, and if the 501c is closed down, back taxes are due, or property can be seized - that includes animals, computers or whatever. Also, 60% of the operating budget must be from donations. It's a full time job.

I've talked to a lot of other people who are doing rescue work without 501c status, and we all seem to agree that a 501c does bring a certain amount of trust from strangers that you are legitamtly using the donated money for the cause. But no one has to give if they don't want to. It takes a lot of time and energy to trap cats [properly], transport animals, feed and care for them, spend time with them, and tender them. I enjoy it, or I wouldn't do it.

So after many discussions over the year, I've decided I'm not going to worry about the people that might not trust my intentions. I will simply continue to be greatful for the kindness of many strangers that do trust me, and also the many clients and art patrons/friends that support my efforts monetarily, but as important, emotionally.

6 comments:

Balou said...

Beautiful gestures such as yours do not need a tax deduction in my opinion. I'll help as I can.

Kathy said...

Katherine, You are a very special person and are a blessing to God's animals. I am happy to donate to your old goat. I was teary eyed reading about his unfortunate life. You are truly a blessing to him. Thank you.
Kathy

deedledumpling said...

Katherine I admire the selflessness that you and Martyn show to all creatures in need. The love, shelter, feeding and vet care that God's creatures need. It is to us they must look for some things. I am proud to have been able to help with your cause, and in return share a piece of your life thru your blog. We ourselves have elected to keep our small place as privately owned, but have always had an "open door" policy for animals who find us either on their own, or helped by human friends. Our place has always been part hospice, which I feel is the highest level of loving and care we can offer other creatures. And a place to be laid to rest and honored from then on. Bless you for the love and effort you give.

dogz11 said...

Katherine:

I am so thankful for people like you. After having worked at an animal shelter and seeing all the animals disgarded for various reasons...especially the old ones...keep up the good work. It is a huge commitment emotionally and financially and it takes a very special person to do what you are doing. From one fellow rescuer to another... Bravo...the money will come because the intentions are pure. Bless you for all you do!

Colleen

Cathy said...

Anyone who cares about animals will see your intentions clearly. I'm so grateful that I can help support all the wonderful things you do!

Apifera Farm said...

These comments really mean a lot. I like the thought 'the money [or help] will come becasue the intentions are pure' - thank you all so much. It's funny how trepidation of other's thoughts can sometimes creep into our heads. Some of you who have followed me for three+ years know I had one rotton apple write me a really horrible, mean letter, calling me a fake and other things. I was so crushed and took it way too hard. I admire anyone who works in a shelter. I use to take puppies from the Humane Society to go on pet therapy visits, but it became so difficult. I look forward to bringing home a senior dog this spring. Today I discovered that Guinnias likes to lean his head on my sholder if I hold him while I sit or knell on the ground. He's not cuddly, but he seems to like being held.

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