The area has a new nonprofit as Helping Animals of Warren County has recently been accepted as a 501(c)3 organization.
Helping Animals of Warren County is an organization with the purpose of uniting people and organizations in the community to help animals. Its motto is “All for one, and one for Paws.”
Warren County Animal Control director Kim Pettrey is a member and says the nonprofit is a sign of positive change and will help all animals, including those at her facility. It’s called HAWC for short, which is pronounced “hawk.”
“HAWC is a fully functional 501(c)3, so now we can start having fundraisers and better this place, as well as the city’s Animal Control facility and the lives of animals in Warren County as a whole,” said Pettrey. “We’re going to work together toward making positive changes that will benefit the county and its animals.”
Pettrey said the idea for a nonprofit group to help animals was generated years ago by several people, including then-Warren County commissioner Sally Brock, but it never materialized.
“It kinda got dropped and nothing was ever done," said Pettrey. "Then, about eight months ago, we started it up again and approached the subject with Jan Saylors. She was familiar with it because she was at one of those meeting at Sally’s house. Jan took the ball and ran with it.”
Saylors spearheaded the effort to have the organization designated as a 501(c)3 by the state. She is now the secretary/treasurer. Other members include president Hollie Cox, vice president Andrea Hillis, Brandi Bouldin, and McMinnville Animal Control director David Denton.
The benefit of having a nonprofit organization is in obtaining grants, fundraising, and having individuals make tax-deductible donations.
“People want to donate to a tax-deductible charity so they can get credit for it on their taxes,” said Pettrey. “Because HAWC is a 501(c)3, people can do that. This organization will be a huge benefit to all animals in Warren County.”
To kick off fundraising efforts, HAWC will be selling T-shirts, holding a chili cook-off, and encouraging people who also care about animals to join the organization. Membership is $25 a year.
For more information, or to join the effort, Helping Animals of Warren County has a Facebook page. Monthly meetings are open to the public and held on the second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the McMinnville Public Works building on Belmont Drive.
Monetary donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 65, McMinnville, TN 37111, or made into the organiza-tion’s GoFundMe account on its Facebook page, or through one of its members.