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Angel's Wings Receives 501(c)3 status

Today was a very good day!

It is now official, Angel’s Wings Transport has received our IRS determination letter stating that we have been approved for tax exempt status as a 501(c)3 approved non-profit. This determination allows for the deduction of donations (check with your tax adviser), enrollment in various programs providing resources and fundraising services and various other benefits for both the organization and our supporters. Even though this determination was received on 26 September 2016, the status is retroactive to 17 August 2015. This means that any donations of money or services  from that date forward may be deductible (again, check with your tax adviser).

Below is the link to a copy of our determination letter.

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Board Members Profiles Are Available

We have added 2 bios for our board members with more becoming available monthly. The bio gives a short description of who the person is and their background and includes a photo.

The bio page can be found here: Board of Directors Bios

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Pet statistics and information about animals that enter shelters

Shelter DogsI thought it would be a good idea to share some information about animal shelters and what happens to the animals that pass through their doors. The following was taken directly from the ASPCA website.
Pet Statistics
*The following data are ASPCA estimates unless otherwise indicated.*

How many pets are in the United States? How many animals are in shelters?

Facts about U.S. Animal Shelters:

There are about 13,600 community animal shelters nationwide that are independent; there is no national organization monitoring these shelters. The terms “humane society” and “SPCA” are generic; shelters using those names are not part of the ASPCA or the Humane Society of the United States. Currently, no government institution or animal organization is responsible for tabulating national statistics for the animal protection movement. These are national estimates; the figures may vary from state to state.

  • Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
  • Each year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized (1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats).
  • Approximately 2.7 million shelter animals are adopted each year (1.4 million dogs and 1.3 million cats).
  • About 649,000 animals who enter shelters as strays are returned to their owners. Of those, 542,000 are dogs and only 100,000 are cats.
  • Of the dogs entering shelters, approximately 35% are adopted, 31% are euthanized and 26% of dogs who came in as strays are returned to their owner.
  • Of the cats entering shelters, approximately 37% are adopted, 41% are euthanized, and less than 5% of cats who came in as strays are returned to their owners.
  • About twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.

Facts about Pet Ownership in the U.S.:

  • It’s estimated that 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats are owned in the United States. Approximately 37-47% of all households in the United States have a dog, and 30-37% have a cat. (Source: APPA)
  • According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, approximately 40% of pet owners learned about their pet through word of mouth.
  • The majority of pets are obtained from acquaintances and family members. 28% of dogs are purchased from breeders, and 29% of cats and dogs are adopted from shelters and rescues.
  • More than 35% of cats are acquired as strays. (Source: APPA)
  • According to the American Humane Association, the most common reasons why people relinquish or give away their dogs is because their place of residence does not allow pets (29%), not enough time, divorce/death and behavior issues (10% each). The most common reasons for cats are that they were not allowed in the residence (21%) and allergies (11%).

Facts about Pet Overpopulation in the U.S.:

  • It is impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States; estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.
  • The average number of litters a fertile cat produces is one to two a year; the average number of kittens is four to six per litter.
  • The average number of litters a fertile dog produces is one a year; the average number of puppies is four to six.
  • Owned cats and dogs generally live longer, healthier lives than strays.
  • Many strays are lost pets who were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.
  • Only 10%of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered, while 83% of pet dogs and 91% of pet cats are spayed or neutered.
  • The cost of spaying or neutering a pet is less than the cost of raising puppies or kittens for a year.

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Ways to support Angel’s Wings

I have been asked what types of support we need. The simple answer is EVERY type of support….. Financial, moral, logistical, etc. I am kidding, sort of.

Public Benefit Flying is expensive so a monetary donation is always welcome and we have even set up a couple of ways to contribute.

Direct Donations

  • Crowdrise is one place that we are running a fundraising campaign and can be found at the link below.

View Campaign

  • The other and more traditional way is a one time or recurring payment through PayPal.


  • Aircraft donations – As much as we would love to have a plane donated to our cause, we would be just as happy to have a plane loaned, leased or rented at a reduced rate. We aren’t picky!
  • Items for use or resale like old blankets, animal crates, baby clothes, books, etc. These items would either be used during movement of the animals or as fundraising materials to support the charity in its entirety.

Indirect Donations

  • By shopping at you favorite store online you can save money with exclusive coupons and the store will contribute a portion of your purchase to Angel’s Wings. You pay nothing extra and do not need to make a donation on top of the price of the goodies you buy online. By using iGive you can also raise money by searching the web. Each search will earn a penny for our charity.

Shop with Amazon and earn money for Angels Wings!

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Download the free ResQwalk app and start walking for animal welfare organizations today!

Of course we would like you to choose Angels Wings Transport to walk for but…. No pressure!

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Volunteer

  • We are in need of a Web Developer, Animal Foster Families, Pilots, Ground Crew, Fundraisers, Social Media Coordinator, App Developer and pretty much every other position that you could think of. We are 100% volunteer and we need your help.

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