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How Your Donations are Used
Marinell Harriman
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Our House Rabbit Society treasurer, Betty Tsubamoto, has prepared the following figures to show what is happening to your membership dues and other contributions.

We are a tax-exempt animal-welfare organization. You can deduct your contributions to us the same as you do for any other public charity. Publishing this Journal is only part of our activity which comes under our educational program. Often new members don't feel that they are receiving their money's worth in Journals. The truth is you're not supposed to receive your money's worth. If you were to receive a dollar value in Journals for your contribution, the IRS would not consider it a contribution, and it would not be tax-deductible.

Our primary purpose is to rescue and foster homeless rabbits.

The largest portion goes to our fostering program. This program includes rescuing rabbits from "death row"-when their time is up at animal shelters-and bringing them into private foster homes, where they can be maintained as close as possible to the privileged style that your own "pet" rabbits enjoy. The average fosterer usually winds up spending about $5,000 on the project out of his/her own pocket during the the first year. (Fortunately, they don't demand a dollar-value for their contributions.) Food, housing, and veterinary care comprise large amounts of fostering expenses. Although our veterinarians are generous with their discounts, our volume adds up. All rabbits who come through our doors are spayed or neutered, and any physical problems are treated.

Education, our secondary program, is important because it helps reduce the number of abandoned rabbits who need to be rescued, and it improves the quality of life for the ones in permanent homes. Our education program includes mailing printed educational material to individuals and presenting slides, videos, flipcharts and handouts to groups of people. We are presently training educators to do this work throughout the country.

Printing this journal and other local newsletters does cost money. This portion of your contribution makes it possible for you to receive the updates that we furnish you in our national journal and local newsletters.

Office: Our chapters are run by fosterers. They all have office expenses. They have to keep track of incoming animals, health records, and accounting records. They have to maintain files, desks, office supplies, and computer equipment. Our home office maintains a MacIntosh computer with desktop publishing software to produce this Journal and to serve as a database for the national organization. We hope to implement a stronger network between our chapters in the next year, so that we can exchange information quickly and keep our members updated on caring for their rabbits.

House Rabbit Society is a nonprofit rescue and education group.
We welcome your feedback and appreciate your donations. Please join today!