An organizational meeting for the Upshur County Hope House for Pets met Tuesday evening at Dr. Cherie Nazzal's veterinary hospital on Highway 154. This Second Chance No-Kill Shelter is planned for Upshur County and will require many volunteer hours to get the project off the ground.
Michelle Enloe presented the legal aspects. Attorneys must be recruited to help us incorporate as a non-profit corporation. A Certificate of Formation and Articles of Incorporation must be filed with the Secretary of the State of Texas. By-laws, business plan forms, and a map of organization must all be written. Ann Marie Hamilton offered her expertise and input.
Teresa Hebebrand brought three books she read on forming a no-kill shelter. Since she was regarded as the resident expert on animal rescue, she was voted as the "Registered Agent." Teresa belongs to many organizations and has done research that will benefit our organization.
Those appointed to the Board of Directors were Ann Marie Hamilton, Michelle Enloe, Cherie Nazzal, and Teresa Hebebrand.
Trap, neuter, and release programs were discussed for control of the feral cat population. Dr. Nazzal was very eager to be involved with this wild cat program. Government subsidy for spay and neuter programs, like the ones funding the Animal Protection League, were also discussed.
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Next on the agenda will be notifying a CPA with knowledge of non-profit organizations, finding a location for the shelter (hopefully a building in the county that we can lease), obtaining liability insurance, obtaining a list of volunteers who would like to assist with the project, finding suitable foster homes for animals in case of overflow, researching grants, and obtaining donations and funding.
Those in attendance were: Teresa Hebebrand, Debra Bulfinch, Kathy Hancock, Susan Smith, Michelle Hector, Susan Gorsha, Michelle Enloe, Ann Marie Hamilton, Lou Hewett, JoAnn McKay, Kendra Franklin, Elaine Quarles, Tim Anderson, and Dr. Cherie Nazzal.
Anyone interested in assisting with the shelter, please contact Cherie Nazzal at the vet clinic: 903-843-5524 or friend her on Facebook.