Cleveland For A No Kill City Gains Tax Exemption

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Cleveland for a No Kill City, the grassroots activist group "that drove the kill rate at Cleveland Animal Control to less than five percent," is now an officially incorporated non-profit organization, officials said.

"We still believe all the things about organizing that we believed in June 2012 when we first came together," Jessica Tharpe, president of the board of directors of Cleveland for a No Kill City, said, "but we could no longer ignore the advantages to being an official organization." 

These benefits include the organization's ability to fundraise and to influence policy decisions regarding Cleveland Animal Control, she said. Decisions will still be made by the consensus of those volunteers who attend the organization's twice monthly meetings, on the first and third Thursday of each month, at 7 p.m., at Cheezy's restaurant (2153 N. Ocoee St. in Cleveland), with the board's responsibility being to see that those decisions are implemented. 

Cleveland for a No Kill City incorporated as a 501(c)4 organization, with its primary mission being to influence policy changes that lead to the official implementation of No Kill policy at Cleveland Animal Control. 

The board members were chosen by the consensus of the group earlier this year. In addition to Ms. Tharpe, board members are Nancy McMahan, vice president; Beth Foster, media chair; Samantha Serum; and Betti Gravelle. Amanda Morgan is the board secretary and Maria Gilley is the board treasurer.

Donations to Cleveland for a No Kill City can be made at Tennessee Valley Credit Union or through PayPal to clevelandforanokillcity@gmail.com.

As the organization moves forward, volunteers are needed for several existing working groups. New volunteers are trained by experienced working group members. 

Volunteers for the No Kill Hotline working group can be anywhere in the country. They only need access to an internet connection and a telephone with unlimited minutes/unlimited long-distance.  

Volunteers for the pound working group are on rotation to go into Cleveland Animal Control to take photos of animals who are on death row. The pound working group members record information on each animal and upload it, along with the animal's photos, to the Facebook page. 

Volunteers for the adoption events working group help with loading and unloading, setup, transportation and working with adopters at off-site events, held each Saturday. 

For more information about volunteering, please contact Cleveland for a No Kill City and an experienced member of the working group in which you are interested will contact you with more information. Call (423-464-6070) or email (clevelandforanokillcity@gmail.com) with your name, telephone number, email address and the working group for which you wish to receive additional information.


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