October 7,2009--Animal Protection Center of Southeastern MA, Brockton, recently has joined other animal welfare organizations in the area that list their homeless pets on Petfinder.com, the oldest and largest database of adoptable animals on the Internet. The site currently has over 321,000 homeless pets listed, and it is updated continuously.
More than 13,000 animal welfare organizations in the U.S., Canada, and other countries post their pets on the site. Animal Protection Center of Southeastern MA be viewed at http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/MA409.html. A potential adopter enters search criteria for the kind of pet he or she wants, and a list is returned that ranks the pets in proximity to the Zip code entered. Adoptions are handled by the animal placement group where the pet is housed, and each group has its own policies.
Petfinder.com was created in early 1996 as a grassroots project by Jared and Betsy Saul to end the euthanasia of adoptable pets. Since its inception, the site has facilitated approximately 20 million adoptions, making it the most life-saving initiative in animal welfare.
Sponsors include The Animal Rescue Site, BISSELL Homecare, Inc., a manufacturer of home cleaning and floor care products, PETCO, a national pet supply retailer that sponsors in-store adoptions and provides coupon books for new adopters, and Merial, maker of the number one veterinary-recommended flea and tick preventative FRONTLINE(r), and heartworm preventative HEARTGARD(r).
MSPCA Fosters Animal Welfare Beginning in Brockton
Non-Profit Provides Gratis Lease of Metro South Facility to the Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts
BROCKTON – The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) announced the gratis lease of the animal welfare group’s Metro South adoption center to the Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts (APCSM) effective October 1. The leasing of this facility ensures that animal welfare will continue in the Metro South region through the newly formed non-profit. MSPCA president Carter Luke and APCSM clerk Chuck Givonetti will officially sign the lease at the MSPCA-Metro South at 1300 West Elm St. Extension in Brockton on Tuesday, September 15 at 1:30 p.m.
“Animal welfare continues to thrive in Massachusetts,” said MSPCA president Carter Luke. “Through an open and cooperative approach with the community we are ensuring that animals within the Metro South region will continue to receive the care that they need. The signing of this lease will be the culmination of six months of hard work between the MSPCA and the Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts.”
The MSPCA announced its “Brockton Beginnings” campaign in March 2009 to identify appropriate organizations and individuals interested in continuing animal welfare activities within the Metro South community after September 30, 2009. The APCSM formed from local community members who achieved non-profit status during the summer and created an independent and local board of directors. The backgrounds of the nine members of the APCSM board of directors include animal welfare, veterinary medicine, banking and financial services, database management and graphic design/Web development.
“We will continue to serve the animals and people of the Metro South community through an open admission animal care and adoption facility,” said APCSM clerk Chuck Givonetti. “We will focus on preventing cruelty to animals while performing education and outreach throughout the towns and cities in this region. We will also provide low-cost pay/neuter options for pet owners struggling with financial restrictions.”
The APCSM will officially open its doors on October 3, 2009 with four staff members and a group of volunteers. To donate to the APCSM or read more about upcoming events please visit www.apcsm.org.
The MSPCA announced the future handover of its operations at the Metro South Animal Care and Adoption Center following cutbacks and salary freezes throughout the non-profit’s staff, including the senior management team. The MSPCA also sold its Springfield facility and provided a gratis lease of its Martha’s Vineyard adoption center due to a declining economy and a loss of nearly $11.5 million from its endowment.
The IRS has reviewed and approved our request for 501(c)(3) status!
This is a major milestone for our new organization! The benefits of being a recognized 501(c)(3) organization are plentiful and allows for many doors to be unlocked providing us access to grants and corporate funding opportunities not previously available. Individual and corporate donors are more likely to support organizations with 501(c)(3) status because they are assured that their donations can be tax deductible. Recognition of exemption under 501(c)(3) also assures foundations and other grant-making institutions that they are issuing grants or sponsorships to permitted beneficiaries. There is also opportunity for exemption from a variety of taxes.
To qualify for these benefits, the APCSM, filed a lengthy and detailed (40+pages!) application with the IRS back in late June/early July. Not only are we excited to have been granted the status but we are shocked at how fast we heard back from the IRS. It is stated at the time of filing that the process can take in excess of six months.
We are thrilled about this news and pleased to share it with all of you. As always, thank you for your support in helping to build the Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts so we can continue animal sheltering in our communities.
Here’s looking forward to even greater achievements.
The Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts (APCSM) is an open admission animal care & adoption facility, focus on prevention of cruelty to animals, education & helping the community. The Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts is a registered 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.