Before You Donate
Helping animals is truly wonderful but we understand resources are limited. You want to help the animals but you also want a legitimate organization that uses your money wisely and follows the law. Following State and Federal law is a good indicator if the organization is legitimate.
All Michigan Non Profits that raise over $8,000 in one year must file with the Attorney General. You can check the organization’s status at the web site below or by calling (517) 373-1152
To verify 501(c)(3) status, check “Publication 78, Cumulative List of Organizations described in Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, is a list of organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions”:
More information about the organization, such as the last time they filed a tax return, check out Melissa Data:
Many non profits post additional information about their organization at:
To find out if they are incorporated in the State of Michigan:
To find out the intake, euthanasia rates for a shelter in Michigan and make sure you scroll to the section titled “What is an Annual Shelter Report?”: