FAQ – Donating Funds

Scruffy Pup with FrisbeePAWS for Irving Animals, LLC (“PAWS”) is volunteer-run non-profit organization listed under 501c3 Federal ID#45-3345507.  Your donations help give the dogs at the City of Irving Animal Shelter every chance possible to enjoy the lives they deserve. Your donations assist in the adoption and rescue of dogs listed as urgent by the City of Irving Animal Services staff.

 

How will my donation be used?

Your donation, in combination with the support of others, can be used to cover the following for an adopter or rescue organization for an urgent dog:

  1. The $20 pull fee for a rescue organization to take a dog into their rescue program.
  2. Half of the listed adoption fee (typically, the adoption fee is $100 except during times when special fees are offered by the shelter). PAWS has a debit card at the shelter that can be used on site by shelter staff to cover this expense.
  3. Documented veterinary expenses.  Examples: vaccines not covered by the shelter, heartworm treatment, spay/neuter expenses not covered by the shelter, health certificates required for commercial transport, etc.  It is preferred that PAWS pay the veterinarian directly for these expenses.  Documentation may be provided to PAWS via email to PawsForIrvingAnimalsLLC@gmail.com or as otherwise directed by a PAWS representative, except under special circumstances as determined by PAWS.
  4. Documented transportation expenses.  Examples: airfare for transports or fees for ground transports.  It is preferred that PAWS pay the transport company directly for these expenses, except under special circumstances as determined by PAWS.
  5. Documented boarding expenses.  For animals being transported out of state, an animal may need to stay in a local boarding facility if a foster cannot be found until the next transport run.  It is preferred that PAWS pay the boarding facility directly for these expenses, except under special circumstances as determined by PAWS.

 

Will my donation ensure the safety of the dog I select?

Unfortunately, no. Donating to a specific dog cannot guarantee additional time, adoption, or rescue, although it may encourage rescue groups and potential adopters. If you wish to adopt or rescue a dog, please email the shelter as instructed on the “How to Adopt or Rescue” document.

 

What happens to my donation for a specific dog if the funds are not used for that specific dog?

Sometimes adopters decline to take the donations that were reserved for their new pet. Unfortunately, sometimes no adopters or rescues step forward for an animal.  In other cases, the expenses for a particular animal are less than the total funds donated.  In these cases, leftover/remaining funds for a specific dog will be “rolled over” to another urgent dog at the discretion of PAWS.

 

Can I donate to all the dogs or do I have to pick a specific dog?

You can do either! Donating to a specific dog can be incredibly helpful in helping a rescue save an animal who will have high veterinary expenses, for example.  Donations to a specific dog can also be very helpful for adopted pets who will have high transportation costs.

Gifts to the “Animals in Most Urgent Need” option allow us to provide funds to animals who may be moved to an urgent list with very short notice or for animals who have unexpected expenses (example, an animal found to be heartworm positive at time of adoption).

 

Is my donation tax-deductible?

PAWS is a non-profit organization listed under 501c3 Federal ID#45-3345507.  You will receive an automatic email confirmation of your gift for your records.  Please consult your own tax professional for specific information as we are not permitted to provide you with any written tax advice.

 

How will I know what happens to the animals I support?

Some adopters and rescues keep in touch with us with pictures and information about the dogs they adopted/rescued.  We post all pictures and updates that we receive in the “Freedom Photos” album(s) on the PAWS for Irving Animals Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pawsforirvinganimals. Not all adopters and rescues share update photos, however, so we may not have any information to share.

 

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