Where Your Donated Dollars Go
- 48 % provides funding for animal rescue & adoption programs
- 26% provides funding for spay/neuter services
- 7% provides funding for community education & outreach
- 19% provides administrative and fundraising support
What It Costs Us to Provide Services
- Printing and mailing of one community education newsletter $1,650.00
- One spay/neuter clinic $500.00
- Average cost of veterinary care for each rescued dog or cat $204.00
- Average cost of care for one rescued horse for one month $130.00
- Purchase of one medium cat carrier $25.00
The Oswego County Humane Society is a not-for-profit corporation of the State of New York and a 501-C-3 charitable corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible as a charitable contribution to the extent allowed by law. A copy of the Humane Society’s most recently filed annual report may be obtained from the Humane Society or from the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau, Attn: FOIL Officer, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271. You can download our 2012 annual financial report here.
The Kind-Hearted and Smart Society(top)↑
Because we know that you care about animals and the people who love them, we would like to invite you to join the Oswego County Humane Society’s Kind-Hearted & Smart Society. Twenty-two other families and individuals have made a commitment so far this year. They are listed here, with our heartfelt thanks. We hope you will be a part of this special group of supporters.
Let us tell you why this is so important. This explanation is long, but we are asking for a long commitment from you, so that seems fair.
Why that name you may wonder?
Well first of all the Humane Society is all about “heart.” We encounter situations that are, in a word, heart-wrenching, and we do whatever we can to turn those situations around–sometimes with assistance to a family–sometimes by finding a new home for an animal in need. We did just that for 403 animals–dogs and puppies and cats and kittens and several horses in 2011.
And that is where our spay/neuter clinic comes in. Each year we spay or neuter every dog and cat that we adopt out, and we spay or neuter hundreds of cats living in low income households. That is enough to prevent thousands of unwanted kittens from being born—but there are thousands more.
Your committed support to fund our spay neuter services for low income households really can help us reach our goal of No More Homeless Pets in Oswego County.
Join the Kind Hearted & Smart Society
You can join the Kind-Hearted & Smart Society by making a commitment to your chosen level of support for the next five years.
It really doesn’t matter how much you are able to commit at this time. We know full well that times are hard. What matters is that the Humane Society can plan for the future knowing more about what resources it will have.
Leave a Legacy(top)↑
The Oswego County Humane Society Legacy Giving Program
The Oswego County Humane Society (OCHS) has established a Legacy Giving Program to provide our supporters with several options that allow them to establish a legacy on behalf of their families, their pets and those less fortunate animals that are still waiting for their “forever homes.” The Legacy Giving program offers numerous financial and tax advantages to those who participate and, furthermore, can offer donors an opportunity to support OCHS in ways that might not be possible at present.
What is Legacy Giving?
Many people believe that the only way to support OCHS financially is through outright gifts of cash or other property that they currently have. While current donations are vital to OCHS’s survival, they are not the only way to give. Legacy Giving is a unique, and often overlooked tool that not only allows our supporters to ensure that OCHS’s work will continue into the future, but also helps them to fulfill both their charitable and financial objectives.
Legacy gifts include, but are by no means limited to:
- Bequests included in wills
- Living trusts
- Other types of trusts
- Gifts of life insurance
- Gifts of retirement plan assets
These gifts could take the form of cash, stock, bonds, personal property, life insurance and real estate. While this brochure provides an introduction to the benefits of Legacy Giving, both to you and OCHS, you should consult with your legal and financial advisors if you are interested in participating in the program.
No, you can’t walk the dogs or pet the cats! The Humane Society does not have a shelter. Our adoptable animals are all in foster homes. But that’s OK, there are lots of other opportunities to help out in very important ways. You can:
- Become a foster caregiver for cats or dogs and walk the dogs or pet the cats at home. The application is here.
- Help out with the planning and hosting of special events. The main events change from year to year, but usually include our 5K-9 race in the fall, one party just for humans, and the Home 4 the Holidays Adoption Celebration. If parties (and the work that goes into them) are your passion, let us know and we will put you in touch with the chair of the committee.
- Help with mailing “parties” to get out our newsletter or other mailings.
- Help with the planning, writing and production of our newsletter. Call Jo Piersma at 591-0459 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Volunteer on a weekly or bi-weekly basis in our office. We are always in need of people to help us maintain our offices and play with kittens! The application is here.
Please call the Humane Society at 315-207-1070, or email us at email@example.com for more information about volunteer opportunities.
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