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Coalition gets 501(c)3 status

The DeKalb Coalition for the Humane Treatment of Animals has been awarded tax-free status.
David McDowell, a member of the group, which has assembled to help with the problem of abandoned and abused animals in the county, said the organization is now 501(c)3 tax-exempt.
“The IRS has approved our tax free, 501(c)3 status, so we are moving forward with organizing and planning,” McDowell said in a recent statement. “The purpose of the coalition is to provide for an adequate animal shelter and facilities; to provide a permanent and safe location for neglected, abandoned and abused animals; to provide an alternative low-kill policy so these animals receive medical attention, reduce overpopulation, and be cared for until they can be placed in permanent homes.”
A location for the new facility is being discussed. “The site for a permanent county-wide animal facility has been proposed. Tentative plans are to build a facility to care for, and find permanent homes for, abandoned or abused animals near the site of the future solid waste transfer station, behind Tenneco off of the Sparta Highway, McDowell said. “We want to work together with the mayors and city councils, and the DeKalb County Mayor and county commission, to provide a more humane treatment of unwanted or neglected animals.”
Coalition members include McDowell, Sue Puckett Jernigan, Dr. Hugh Don Cripps, Marsha Darrah, Renee Ferguson, and Jason Murphy.
The DeKalb Animal Coalition Board will meet in the arts room of county complex on June 5 at 6:30 p.m. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend and participate. Contact Marsha Darrah at 615-597-6138 or David McDowell at 931-260-1693 with any questions or feedback.

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