Mary has surrounded herself with a team of people with the same mission. She started this rescue as a means to help southern dogs get into loving homes, and to spread awareness of the need for spay/neuter education and low cost options (everywhere, but especially in the south). Initial plans were, and have been, for Mary to be the director of this rescue. While the topic of *nonprofit status (official 501(c)(3)) has come up many times, the fear of losing “control” of the decisions surrounding the integrity and reputation of the rescue to a “board” has won out and Mary has continued to run this rescue with a core team of people.
The time has come for some change however: rescuing approximately 800 dogs per year, the work has grown more than a small team of people can manage. Therefore we have reached out to a group of people who we know share our vision and have asked for their help with this transition. For the last three months, a newly formed Board of Directors (BoD) has been meeting with us to make this transition a reality. Like Mary, John, our staff, our team of volunteers and me, they are all dog lovers, believe in the dog rescue process and are all deeply committed to carrying on Mary’s vision and MDRA’s important mission. We are pleased to announce the formation of MDRA’s BoD which is comprised of the following individuals:
- Toni Lanzer (President)
- Donna Erhardt (Vice President)
- Bree Marston (Secretary)
- Jim Erhardt (Treasurer)
- Cari Bourn
- Kelly Gamache
- Ellen Griffin
- Donna Jensen
- Paul Lynch
- Michelle Normand
- Melinda Shofner
With this new team in place and a continuous infusion of energy and new ideas, we have made great strides towards our non-profit status (of course Mary, John and I remain active and part of the team as well). Collectively, with a diverse set of skills and tremendous enthusiasm, we envision great things ahead for MDRA.
Stay tuned for updates and announcements as we take our dog rescue efforts to the next level!
*As of December 6, 2016, MDRA is approved by the IRS as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. IRS 501(c)(3)-Approval for Mary’s Dogs Rescue & Adoption. This means that donors can deduct any and all contributions they make to Mary’s Dogs under IRC Section 170. Mary’s Dogs is also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under Section 2055, 2106, or 2522. The IRS has determined that MDRA is classified as a public charity.
Allyson Larochelle (Exec. Dir.)