Santa Monica Lookout
|New Friends of the Santa Monica Animal Shelter Seeks Board Members||
By Lookout Staff
August 29, 2016 -- A non-profit group recently formed to boost donations to the Santa Monica Animal Shelter is seeking volunteers to serve on its inaugural board, City officials announced last week.
The six-member board of Friends of the Santa Monica Animal Shelter is composed of five voting members who are local residents and one City employee.
The Board will "promote fundraising efforts" to help off-set some of the shelter's costs and help build relationships with animal-care professionals to offer "the highest quality of care and services to all Santa Monica animals," officials said.
Responsibilities include "participation in public meetings, fundraising and community outreach to promote the Shelter’s mission and programs."
Operated by the Santa Monica Police Department, the shelter had struggled to draw donors because benefactors could not legally deduct their contributions to the shelter.
That changed with the formation of the new group, which functions much like Friends of Santa Monica Public Library, the non-profit sanctioned to work on behalf of the City's public library system ("New Nonprofit Will Help Support Santa Monica Animal Shelter," December 9, 2015).
In December, the City Council voted to approve articles of incorporation and a set of bylaws for Friends of the Santa Monica Animal Shelter, allowing it to become a federally recognized nonprofit organization that can receive tax deductible donations.
The City's shelter -- which along with stray dogs, cats and other found animals, houses the Police Department's K-9 dogs and horses -- "relies heavily on volunteers who help with its daily operation, including feeding, cleaning, vaccinating and preparing animals for adoption," officials said.
The additional funds raised by the new board will help provide lower-cost spay and neuter surgeries and microchips, as well as animal adoption starter kits and animal emergency preparedness kits, staff wrote in its December report.
The shelter also could acquire a new mobile veterinary clinic, staff said.
Board members should have experience in fundraising, management or marketing for nonprofits.
Applicants must live or work in a veterinarian care related field within the City of Santa Monica and participate in SMPD’s Community Academy within the first year.
Board members are expected to serve two or three years.
Community members interested in serving on the board should submit a letter of interest and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail/in-person to 1640 9th Street. Santa Monica, Ca 90404.
Application documents will be accepted through September 9. Those with questions regarding the nonprofit should call the Animal Shelter at (310) 458–8567 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
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