To watch a recent video at the Highland County Dog Pound, go to: https://youtu.be/_XajENpsvC
To watch a recent video at the Highland County Dog Pound, go to: https://youtu.be/_XajENpsvC

The Friends of the Highland County Dog Pound are happy to announce their new official status as a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt non-profit organization.

The 501(c)(3) tax-exemption applies to a variety of non-profit organizations as well as cooperating associations like "Friends of" organizations. The designation can be essential to fundraising efforts since it provides a deduction for federal income tax purposes for donors who make charitable contributions. The Friends of the Highland County Dog Pound are also now enrolled in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. Log on to your Kroger account, go to the community rewards section and select Friends of the Highland County Dog Pound to help dogs while you shop. Donors also may use the Friends of the Highland County Dog Pound email address: PoundPals@yahoo.com.

In addition, Friends of  the Highland County Dog Pound are now listed as a charitable organization with AmazonSmile, if any dog lover would like to have a tiny portion of their purchases collected and sent annually to the account.

Regulations specify which such deductions must be verifiable to be allowed, such as receipts for donations of $250 or more.

Due to the tax deductions associated with donations, the absence of 501(c)(3) status can be highly challenging for a non-profit organization, since many foundations and corporate matching offers won't grant funds to a non-profit without it and individual donors often won't donate without the availability of a deduction.

The Friends of the Highland County Dog Pound welcome this new opportunity to expand their efforts in responding to the needs of the abandoned, abused and stray dogs of Highland County and the residents who care about them. Anyone interested in making a donation may do so by sending it to Friends of the Highland County Dog Pound, 9357 S.R. 124, Hillsboro 45133 or made to Friends of the Highland County Dog Pound and sent c/o Pat Lawrence, 404 N. High St., Hillsboro 45133.