Roice-Hurst Donation Problems

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

A local organization that we here at 11 News donate our time to
may have violated state law.

According to state records, the Roice Hurst Humane Society should not have been accepting donations for the last three weeks.

The animal shelter has been asking for your help to keep its doors open and you responded to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Roice-Hurst Board Members say it's challenging to run a non–profit with a small staff and a growing pet population.

They say when they got asuspension notice from the state they were confused. They say they did nothing wrong, except misunderstand state rules.

Roice–Hurst Humane Society is the only no–kill shelter in the valley. A week and a half ago it called for help and the community answered.
Kids, adults and businesses raising money to help the shelter stay open. They raised tens of thousands of dollars in cash and pet supplies.

But the Colorado Secretary of State's office says the non–profit should not have taken any donations.

"Once they receive a suspension notice, they should not be soliciting any donations," Secretary of State Spokesman Rich Coolidge told 11 News over the phone.

He says the non–profit did not file it's annual report. The agency says it sent three delinquent notices then a final suspension.

"It's important they file those so Coloradoans can go on the website and see where non-profits get there money from and where it goes,"
said Coolidge.

Until non-profits send in their reports, Coolidge says any collection is against the law.

He says the non–profit's president could be charged with a misdemeanor for every donation.

"We try to dot our I's and cross our T's but things happen," said Georgia Holt, a Roice-Hurst Board Member.

Holt says the animal shelter filed for an extension with the IRS, but didn't ask the state for the same extension and that's what's landed them in hot water.

"Any organization can have bumps, but it's trying to fix them and make sure it doesn't happen again," said Holt.

Roice–Hurst says the most important thing is the animals.

"The community has been behind us and I think they understand what's really important. We're doing the best we can to take care of the animals and the need," said Holt.

Because if the shelter board and employees don't keep the animals fed and off the streets, they wonder who will.

The Secretary of State's Office says Roice-Hurst is now in compliance with the law.

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  • by Diane Location: Grand Junction on Jul 24, 2008 at 08:49 AM
    Roise-Hurst has provided a much needed service to this community for many years. A service in which many irreponsible pet owners have taken for granted. If you cannot afford to spay or neuter your pet, if you cannot afford to care for your pet properly, if you cannot afford unforseen Vet bills in case of injury or illness, if you cannot train your pet responsibly, if you do not have time for your pet... you should not have a pet! It starts with pet owners. Educate yourself first and take reponsiblity when you own a pet. If you want to be a pet owner, ask yourself if you are able to provide all that is needed for the animal. Then look at the animal shelters to adopt a pet in need!
  • by John Location: GJ on Jul 23, 2008 at 08:55 PM
    Well, it showed they were suspended, but it says under that renewal, so they were ok, and I checked thier status and they are good standing now, so why report on something that was in the past making it look like the present then ending with "they are now in compliance"
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