Oologah Animal Shelter and Adoption Service committee members celebrated a milestone last week.
OASAS received official approval from the IRS for 501c-3 non-profit status. Committee members celebrated the IRS notification at their monthly meeting last week with a champagne toast.
“This was a huge step towards getting an animal shelter open. It was the key element we were waiting on,” said OASAS Board Member Paul Shockley.
It was a lengthy, complicated process to meet all the IRS requirements and prepare the documents. It cost $850 to file for non-profit status. Local attorney Dale Jackson assisted OASAS with the paperwork.
“I don’t know that we could have done it without Dale’s help and he did it for free,” Shockley said.
There is currently no animal shelter in the Oologah area. OASAS will be a “no kill” animal shelter operated by volunteers.
The non-profit status means donations are now tax deductible. Committee members have been scouting possible locations for the shelter.
Fundraisers and community support are vital in getting the shelter started and maintaining it. OASAS is now seeking grant money and larger donations.
“We want to thank everyone who has helped us get this far. We need small and large donations to keep moving forward,” Shockley said. “We’re happy to start with a bare bones location. We just need a place to help these stray dogs and cats.”
OASAS has been finding “forever” homes for some animals through their website and Facebook page. A Blue Heeler that was fostered by a committee member was recently adopted by a woman from the Oklahoma Cityarea.
OASAS will be holding their “Pennies for Puppies and Coins for Kitties” fundraiser at the Oologah Upper and Lower Elementary later this month and their annual garage sale this summer at the community building.
Donations to OASAS can be sent to P.O. Box 248, Oologah, OK 74053. Anyone interested in donating land to OASAS should contact Shockley at 918-693-4969 or Chris Edens at 918-443-2428.