Frequently Asked Questions
What is CorgiAid Inc.?
CorgiAid is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to supporting independent rescue of Pembroke and Cardigan Welsh corgis and corgi mixes of either breed worldwide. We provide funds for extraordinary expenses involved in rescue. These expenses could be such things as major medical expenses to provide quality of life for rescued animals, transportation expenses to move a rescued corgi long distances to a new home, and other similar expenses.
Do you have federal tax exempt status?
The CorgiAid Team is pleased to announce that we have received 501(c)3 nonprofit status approval from the US Internal Revenue Service, backdated to our date of incorporation.
What is CorgiAid’s history?
CorgiAid Inc. is the outgrowth of the Heidi Fund created by Corgi-L, the largest corgi-centric mailing list on the internet. You can read about Heidi on our site. This fund was so successful that left-over funds remained after paying for Heidi’s expenses. A group of volunteers agreed to organize a nonprofit business to continue the fund and help needy rescue corgis and corgi mixes on an ongoing basis.
Can I See CorgiAid’s financials?
Yes, they are publically available.
Specific questions should be addressed to the Treasurer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who are in the CorgiAid team?
CorgiAid is staffed by a volunteer group of people who believe that we need to start somewhere making sure that no corgi or corgi mix ever is killed because nobody wants it. They come from all over the US and Canada. They have varied skills and backgrounds. And they are all willing to work for free to help out. Contact us at email@example.com if you want to be a part of the CorgiAid team. You can view the list of people of CorgiAid on our site.
How do I get help from CorgiAid
My dog needs surgery: can CorgiAid help me?
CorgiAid was established to fund the medical expenses of rescue Pembroke and Cardigan corgis and corgi mixes. Just about every week CorgiAid gets a request from independent and organized rescue to help with a dog. Fortunately, most of the time those expenses are relatively low: shots, neuter, dental and microchipping. Sometimes there are expenses for biopsies, tooth extraction, x-rays and tumor removals; those are relatively expensive procedures. Then along comes a dog with a catastrophic injury who is abandoned at the vets or the shelter and left to die; those are the kind of expenses that can wipe out a bank account.
CorgiAid is still a small, but growing, organization. We have projects in the works to pay for long-term care of chronically ill dogs to help their adoptive parents with medical care, in hopes that those dogs will be adopted and spend their days with a family that loves them.
CorgiAid is not, and is not going to be, a pet health insurance company. Insurance companies are regulated by a different bureaucracy than non-profit foundations, and we cannot support the overhead of being an insurance company and still manage to put well over 90% of our donation income toward helping dogs directly. This is a very important reason why we cannot make grants to owners of dogs, except as a condition of placement.
If you have the ability to purchase pet health insurance please do! As health care costs spiral upward for humans and pets alike, insurance is something that most pet owners may come to depend on someday. As insurance becomes more and more popular, it should become more affordable.
Unfortunately, CorgiAid can’t help private individuals with their medical expenses, as much as we would love to help. The dogs in rescue have no one to help them except their fosters and CorgiAid. Our goal is our motto: “that no corgi or corgi mix goes unrescued due to lack of funds.”
We are heartbroken that we can’t help all the dogs out there who need veterinary care for an injury or illness, but each of us are responsible for our own dogs and can only do the best we can. We hope that as more people become aware of the tests that need to be done and only buy puppies from responsible breeders, there will be fewer and fewer dogs that have to grow up in pain and in need of medical intervention.
How can I be of help to CorgiAid?
Send money! Since we are in the funding business, our ever pressing need is for donations. All of the staff and board of CorgiAid, including those who work on the design and support of this Web site, are volunteers. All of our income beyond the costs of business and fundraising is used for funding the expenses of corgi rescue.
You can help by making a donation. No amount is too small. The entire amount of your gift is tax-deductible, and we will send you a receipt acknowledging your gift by return mail.
Send your check to:
2108 N 38th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
If you would like to donate by credit card, you can do that securely through Network for Good.
You can also help by adding a link to us on your Web site. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a button and link information.
For many other ways to help CorgiAid, please see our expanded How You Can Help page.
I’d like to help set up an organization like this for other breeds of dog or animals. How do I start?
On occasion, CorgiAid is contacted by individuals inquiring how to set up a similar or complementary non-profit organization. It is our experience that professional help is absolutely necessary. The best places to look for professional help are the web sites for the Bar Association and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in your State. These organizations can provide referrals to professionals with expertise in non-profit businesses as well as contacts for professionals who want to volunteer their services to non-profit organizations.
If you have access to other organizations that are associated with the group you are trying to help, such as breed rescue, blogs, or mailing lists, you might see if there is a professional among their memberships who would volunteer to help. CorgiAid was able to find their professional help in that manner.