Rest In Peace, Dachshund Rescue Web Page, Inc.
It's been so long since I've had the chance to post anything. I've been working, desperately, to salvage what little I could of my dream for a dachshund sanctuary, but it seems that some things are just not to be.
And so, after almost 9 years doing rescue work and almost 8 full years as a not-for-profit organization, it is with deep sorrow I must announce that Dachshund Rescue Web Page, Inc. will cease to exist as a corporate entity, effective October 31st, 2007. Paperwork for the dissolution of the organization has already been filed with the State of Delaware, where we are incorporated.
This was not an easy decision to come to. I worked endlessly to avoid this, but the cold, hard reality is, the hoped for benefits of being a 501(c)(3) never came to pass. In fact, the burdens of regulatory compliance actually put us into a net negative situation, making it impossible to continue as we were. The support simply never materialized. And so the board made the hard decision to dissolve the corporate entity under which our not-for-profit status was granted.
So... what does this mean for the rescue dachsies?
Well, my own personal activities will continue as best as I can do them out of my own pocket and with what little support may continue to be offered by people who care more about the work than the deduction. The animals with the volunteers will continue to be supported from funds received in the past, after which they will make their own decisions regarding whether or not they will continue the work. Any remaining assets after the last animal accepted has been placed will be distributed to those who decide to continue the work, in the hopes that it will help them get a good start as "independants".
If I understand I.R.S. regulations correctly (far from a certainty, since even the I.R.S. appears to have problems understanding them), donations received prior to our dissolution will continue to be deductible. Those going forward will definitely not be deductible, although they will be gratefully accepted. A separate account will be maintained for contributions received in the future, so that I can document to anyone who wishes to question my integrity may see for themselves that donations are being used strictly for "my" rescues.
To those of you who have watched this site grow and (hopefully) improve over the years, rest assured that it will remain. The resource it represents for dachshunds in need is far to great for me to allow it to die with the organization. Nothing will change as regards the website, with the possible exception of being able to post something to my blog more frequently!
Update: January 3, 2008:I have finally received a ruling letter from the Internal Revenue Service regarding the deductibility of contributions. Contributions received after September 14, 2007 will not be deductible. This date was the date that the State of Delaware officially recorded our dissolution.