It’s the end of the year and that means it’s unfortunately time to think about tax donations. What better way to save on your taxes than to make a donation to an animal shelter or dog rescue and save lives. Here’s a few things to remember before you right your check:
- Make sure the animal shelter/rescue is a 501(c)(3) charity. This is a charity that has been given tax-exempt status by the IRS. They have an ID number assigned and any donations are tax deductible. When making a cash/check donation, be sure to get a receipt from the charity.
- Donations other than cash/check are tax deductible also. Remember to itemized receipt for proof. It is also good to get a receipt of items given from the shelter just to back up the fact that you gave to them. May shelters have a list on their website of items that they need.
- Adoption fees are not tax deductible. Only donations which do not receive anything in return are tax deductible.
- Did you foster this year? All items purchased for the foster are considered donations and are tax deductible just like donations to the shelter.
- Did you volunteer? Mileage can also be written off. Check with your accountant for the amounts.
Be sure to always check with your accountant on what is and is not deductible where you live and how much you should claim.
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December 1, 2017 | DogGeek
The Holidays bring excitement, parties, meals and decorations all of which can be a hazard to your pet. No need to cancel the festivities, just be prepared so that you and your best friend have a safe and merry Christmas! Here’s a top 5 list to of things to remember to make sure your holiday is safe for your pets:
1. Keep all holiday food on high ground out of your pet’s reach. Just like how people pack on the pounds during the holidays because of irresistible food, dogs want to eat too. Remember, chocolate, alcohol and other feeds can be toxic to your pet.
2. Secure and/or hide all lighting and other electric cords.Whether its the desire to see what the cord tastes like and having a shocking experience or the rough play running around the house and tripping making the tree fall down, cords can get in the way and wreak havoc if not properly secure. Make sure they are tucked up against the wall securely so they won’t be played with. If needed, spray down with Bitter Apple or another taste aversion spray.
3. Carefully choose holiday plants and where you put them. Many of them are dangerous to your pets. Mistletoe, holly, lilies and poinsettias call all be poisonous and affect them in different ways. Make sure they are out of reach as to not be eaten and secure so they won’t be tipped over.
4. Keep their safe spot safe. Many dogs have a safe spot. Whether it be in their crate in a certain spot or their bed in the living room, don’t make their safe spot the new place for the tree or other holiday items. Pets thrive on routine, let them know that even with all the fun, this is still their home too and they have a safe spot.
5. Ensure ID tags are on and readable.With people coming and going during all the parties your dog or other pets may get out. Make sure they get home safe with proper ID tags, microchips if you can.
Have a safe and Merry Christmas from our family at DogGeek.com to yours.
December 1, 2017 | DogGeek
Every year the ASPCA receives over 150,000 calls from pet parents who need help with accidental poisonings. Approximately 1/4 of them are because of the dog or cat eating a poisonous plant in the house. Don’t let your best friend become a statistic. The following infographic from Pots, Planters & More, shows the 12 most toxic plants that are commonly found both indoors and outdoors. Know what to look for.
January 4, 2016 | DogGeek
If you love dogs as much as I do, your mutt must be spoiled! It’s great to give your pups treats, but it’s important to keep in mind that what tastes good to them–or to you!–may not be good for them. There are several key foods to avoid sharing with your four-legged friends in order to keep them happy and healthy, from certain fruits and vegetables to bones—to the surprise of many dog owners! For information on how to keep your dog (and other furry friends) safe from foods that may be poisonous or damaging to their bodies, see the infographic below.
By: Sloan McKinney
Sloan McKinney is a journalist based in Southern California. After writing about pop culture for a number of years, she has recently begun writing for a new audience. Inspired by DeAnthony, her cat, as well as her dog Max, Sloan now hopes to help other pet owners guarantee their animal companions happy and healthy lives.
February 11, 2015 | DogGeek
Pets truly enrich our lives with unconditional love and loyalty. Though we do our best to keep their tails wagging, balancing work, family and household responsibilities can leave your furry family members wanting more attention. Of course, nothing replaces giving your pet your undivided attention but, for times when multi-tasking is a must, you can still entertain Fido while getting things done around the house. Combine your daily tasks and your pets’ play time with the help of these innovative games and toys:
There’s something about a freshly stacked pile of clothes that just begs to be burrowed in—at least, your dog seems to think so. When your pup just can’t wait to rub his fur all over your crisp, clean clothes, distract him with something far more enticing, like an automatic fetch toy like iFetch. The device enables pet owners to train their fetch-loving friends to play on their own. The device works by loading it with a tennis-like ball that then shoots out up to 30 feet. Trained dogs can fetch and reload the ball for hours of fun; or, you can help your pet out by loading it for him.
Will Work for Kibble
Working from home has many advantages: no more sitting in traffic, clothes are optional, and best of all, no more office distractions. Or so you thought. Sure, your co-workers aren’t around to interrupt your flow, but your four-legged colleagues can prove far more demanding. Pets seem to find the most inopportune times to make their needs known. Perhaps they’re putting in their two cents during an important client call or jumping on your lap to join a virtual meeting. When the distractions become overwhelming, its time to set some boundaries. Since you’re now home to monitor your pet’s behavior, invest in some interactive toys that can keep them occupied while you work. For instance, a food puzzle game or treat dispenser will keep your pooch mentally stimulated while you tend to work matters.
You’ve had a long day at work, the kids are occupied playing video games and Fido is begging for attention. Make your two-legged and four-legged kiddos happy with hands-free gaming that allows them to interact with their furry siblings while still allowing for some virtual fun. The hands-free capabilities of gaming consoles like Xbox One enable users to enjoy their virtual experience while multi-tasking real-world duties, like playing with Fido.
Dinner Table Antics
Whether you’re making dinner or eating it, your pup will likely be standing guard. It’s never pleasant trying to eat with a pair of puppy dog eyes on you. Some pets take it to the next level and implement whining and scratching to get what they want. Giving in only encourages bad behavior. Treat-stuffed toys offer a great way to keep your pet both occupied and satisfied. Next meal time, try using a treat game like a Kong Classic that enables your pet to chase and chew his wobbly toy in search for treats.
November 7, 2014 | DogGeek
Infographic by the Human Society of Silicon Valley. Great tips to keep your pet safe from summer dangers like heat, ticks and dehydration.
July 7, 2014 | DogGeek