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Darby’s blog receives the Sunshine Blog Award!

Blog Award - SunshineI want to thank Sandra McLeod Humphrey for passing on the Sunshine Award to Darby’s Story and More Blog! –what an unexpected honor!

Sandra posts drop right into my inbox, just one of those simple pleasures to read. I enjoy Sandra’s writing style a blend of mystery with the history intrigues you to want to know… who was this person!!! Each post reflects the beauty within that featured person. Visit Sandra’s Blog ~ Dare to Dream Big! http://www.kidscandoit.com/blog/

Now it’s my turn to share the Sunshine and pass this award on by paying it forward again to ten bloggers who inspire me and bring Sunshine into my blogging life.

1. http://10daybookclub.wordpress.com/ promotes reading, writing, and the visual arts online

2. http://scottspinks.wordpress.com/  Humor/fun Cartoons and children illustrator

3. http://raychelle-writes.blogspot.com/ interviewing authors and illustrators (budding, traditionally published, and indies)

4. http://momblog.momschoiceawards.com/  (Honoring Excellance) a resource for selecting quality materials for children and families

5. The Cows Are Coming Blog  Martin Rothery, this gentleman from the UK adds humor like no other, The blog is the ramblings of a bovine obsessed writer. His newly published book, ‘Cows” ~ Cows are trying to take over the world! But how would these normally docile creatures do such a thing?

6. Net Working Chick Elizabeth ~ The networking chick blog is for the 20 something woman and will discuss workplace issues, startups, social networking, and careers. Her articles are incredible insightful and joy to read. I could not resist, in my reply to Elizabeth, I mentioned what a great resource for boys and girls graduating from High School and College  looking to get out in the world.

7. The Illustrators Onion Blog Greg Jackson Freelance Illustrator Australia ~ Illustration can make you laugh, it can make you cry but it can’t make your lunch! Everday illustrators tackle the big questions…life? …love? …breakfast cereal? Greg posted his project ” Sketch Book Project 2012″. I so appreciate the arts. Thought this global art project needed to be shared for all ages to participate. You can review Greg’s work here: “The King of Toast”

8. http://lunadogslife.blogspot.com/ Adorable Beagle blogger inspiring hope for all furry creatures great and small.

9. http://community.blogpaws.com/ a gathering place for pet blogger

10.  http://www.dicymcculloughbooks.com/blog/ Dicy McCullough books are included in my Read Across America List for an all time great family read.

June 5, 2012 at 7:33 am Leave a comment

Green Acres Report

Where have you been? One may ask….

Over the past several weeks, spring is abundant with green grass ripe for mowing, the barn is prepped for a fresh coat of paint. The geese have had their babies, and with 2 more female (doe) pigmy goats have arrived. The edible garden in the backyard is flourishing with large delicious artichokes, the squash is growing wild, the roses are in full bloom.

 Life is good.

The few short moments in the office, several projects have been completed, emails from dear friends have been replied, so I am taking this early morning hours to share with you. A book trailer near and dear to me. Bangle Bear our Manx cat has a message for you. I hope and so does she that you will share with others her special message.

Enjoy this book trailer and please share with others.

Have  great day!

 

May 31, 2012 at 7:50 am Leave a comment

Celebrate Adopt a Shelter Cat with Bangle Bear

Together we celebrate Adopt a Shelter Cat Month.

Bangle Bear is an adventurous story of an adopted tailless cat.
Within the pages, Bear teaches her human pets what ‘cat time’ is, that presents are a good thing, and any
time is second breakfast. You will discover cats have many interests; the odd places they sleep; are cats truely
politicians, and what snacks to share. The tender moments Bear expresses love and devotion to her family
members. You will want to share…..
Martha Steward an award-winning author, her first book Darby’s Story the Life of an Adopted Dog, won the Mom’s Choice Award Silver recipient for animal & pet care.

To Purchase a copy of Darby’s Story click: Buy Darby\’s Story Direct

Martha continues with her animal adoption children’s books. Each book is a humorous adventure with an expression of love and devotion. Martha has a
passion and love for unwanted animals and through out her stories encourages her readers to be aware rescue animals need love and a forever home.

June 27, 2011 at 9:13 am Leave a comment

New Book Release Encouraging Adopt a Shelter Cat

Celebrate with Bangle Bear Adopt a Shelter Cat Month.

June comes and goes, yet every day provides the opportunity to adopt a cat.

Read Dr. Chris Holmes, DVM Wasson Memorial Veterinary Clinic recommended family summer reading List:  

As I read Bangle Bear, an adopted cat children’s story, with my 10 year old daughter, I was once again reminded that the most productive way of changing society’s views and values of animals is by teaching them to our children. Bangle Bear’s story teaches us that even the “throw away” animals that end up homeless can be adopted and provide their new family members with so much love and devotion. Bangle Bear is an excellent children’s book introducing children and families to the joy and delight of adopting a pet into your home, a Forever Home.

 
Martha Steward an award-winning author, her first book Darby’s Story the Life of an Adopted Dog, won the Mom’s Choice Award Silver recipient  for animal & pet care. Here is one book your kids will want to read and write a summer book report. Click this link to purchase your copy Buy Darby\’s Story Direct  Happy Summer Reading

June 22, 2011 at 12:03 pm 1 comment

Who is going to The Big Hair Ball?

May has come and gone, June is here…. time goes by fast. There is something fun to do….I am all for that! Also a pay forward Darby’s Story is participating in the raffle,

The Big Hair Ball Saturday, June 18th, 2011!

My pleasure and honor to help Angels Among Us Pet Rescue announce The Big Hair Ball.

Cocktail hour and silent auction 6:00 to 7:00 followed by dinner and dancing to all of your favorite 80′s tunes!

80′s Attire Ball and Black Tie Optional

or put a collar on : D

ANGELS AMONG US PET RESCUE, INC.
PO BOX 821
ALPHARETTA, GA 30009

Here is how to contact AAU for your tickets
Fax: (877) 969-8669
Email: info@angelsrescue.org
Website: angelsrescue.org

Location for The Big Hair Ball:

Country Club of the South
4100 Old Alabama Road
Johns Creek, GA 30022

Get your tickets today!
Reservation(s) will be held at door.
Please list names of attendee(s) if different from PayPal account holder.
About Our Organization

Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer-based organization dedicated to rescuing dogs and cats from high-kill shelters in north Georgia. We operate through a network of foster homes in the north metro Atlanta area. Our efforts are funded by tax-deductible contributions from compassionate people and organizations who care and want to help make a difference… one pet at a time.

ANGELS AMONG US PET RESCUE, INC.
PO BOX 821
ALPHARETTA, GA 30009

Fax: (877) 969-8669

Email: info@angelsrescue.org

Website: angelsrescue.org

June 1, 2011 at 9:49 am Leave a comment

Doggy Dash June 4th William Land Park Sacramento

Darby’s Story and More Blog enjoys helping a good cause,  Sacramento SPCA inviting YOU to participate in…..

2011 Doggy Dash Header

Did you know there are only two weeks left to sign up for the 18th Annual Doggy Dash,

taking place on June 4th at William Land Park?

Don’t miss out on Northern California’s largest walk and pet festival – sign up today!

Festivities kick off at 9am with the 2k and 5k walk and go through 1:00pm with fun contests, demonstrations and shopping for you and your four-legged pal and much, much more!!

Registration is only $25 per person through May 27th; $30 May 28th through event day. For more information on the event, visit our website at www.sspca.org  or call today (916) 504-2802.

We look forward to seeing you at the Doggy Dash on June 4th!

 

May 27, 2011 at 9:35 am Leave a comment

The Big Hair Ball

The Big Hair Ball Saturday, June 18th, 2011!

My pleasure and honor to help Angels Among Us Pet Rescue announce The Big Hair Ball.

Country Club of the South
4100 Old Alabama Road
Johns Creek, GA 30022

Cocktail hour and silent auction 6:00 to 7:00 followed by dinner and dancing to all of your favorite 80′s tunes! *80′s Attire Ball and Black Tie Optional

Get your tickets today!
Reservation(s) will be held at door.
Please list names of attendee(s) if different from PayPal account holder.
About Our Organization

Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer-based organization dedicated to rescuing dogs and cats from high-kill shelters in north Georgia. We operate through a network of foster homes in the north metro Atlanta area. Our efforts are funded by tax-deductible contributions from compassionate people and organizations who care and want to help make a difference… one pet at a time.

ANGELS AMONG US PET RESCUE, INC.
PO BOX 821
ALPHARETTA, GA 30009

Fax: (877) 969-8669

Email: info@angelsrescue.org

Website: angelsrescue.org

Traffic Report
Traffic on our Facebook page, website and Petfinder helps to provide fosters, funding, and visibility enabling Angels Among Us Pet Rescue to rescue and find loving homes for these furry babies.

March month-end rescue stats:

  • 110 active foster homes
  • 188 adoptable pets
  • 896 total pets adopted*
  • 1,084 total pets rescued*
  • 82 pets adopted in March
  • 81 pets rescued in March

Website March stats:

  • 18,228 page views
  • 4,232 unique visitors
  • 26 countries visiting

Facebook March stats:

  • 10,797 Facebook fans
  • 2,081,563 March post views

Petfinder March stats:

  • 79,391 March pet views

*includes an estimated 50 pets not on Petfinder

May 26, 2011 at 8:41 am

Navigating your donations thru the maze

Helping those who need the help, here is a website I have used to help me with the decision to help support an animal cause. Today our economy… there are hardships just around the corner- I know friends who have lost thier homes, given the beloved pets to rescue organization, and currently in California the price for hay is reaching over the $20.00 for 1 bale. I am deeply concerned…. so to help my readers, family and friends with their hard earned dollar… the little extra in our pockets where we can help “pay forward”

In April 2010, Charity Navigator, which calls itself the country’s “largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities… it’s easy to search for that non-profit and see where the money is being spent. The ratio of admin cost to actual animal support, ie FOOD, transport, shelters, medical………..

 

Find a Charity You Can Trust

Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent charity evaluator, works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health of over 5,500 of America’s largest charities.

http://www.charitynavigator.org/

May 23, 2011 at 9:11 am Leave a comment

Chip in or Skip out

Where are your donations going?

Most recently in the news and on Facebook reports of FAKE charities announcing to provide support for Patrick. Patrick was starved and placed in a plastic bag, thrown down the garage shoot only to be discovered by a good Samaritan.. and now  Patrick is making an amazing recovery and has moved the world. Yet in all the good will to financial help support the cost of recovery, there is exploitation of animals lovers. Not knowing those donation have gone to fake non-profits, the organization is not registered with their respective states nor with the IRS.

So how do you check to make sure your hard-earned money is going to the registered 501 (c) (3) of your choice?
IRS has a search for Charities: http://www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=96136,00.html 
“Publication 78, Cumulative List of Organizations described in Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, is a list of organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions. This online version is offered to help you conduct a more efficient search of these organizations.”

Here is a consumer’s opportunity to exercise, you may verify an organization’s tax-exempt status and eligibility to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions by asking to see an organization’s IRS letter recognizing it as tax-exempt. You may also confirm an organization’s status by calling the IRS (toll-free) at 1-877-829-5500.

Now if your know the non-profit to be real, no worries. What about all those others? How do you know? First check with your State Secratary, if your live in Connecticut, then go directly to the IRS link to confirm remember you can ask the animal organization directly or talk with the IRS http://www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=96136,00.html

May 20, 2011 at 9:05 am 1 comment

I want to donate but to whom? Confirming a 501 (c)(3)….

Over the past several years, we have donated to natural disasters and supporting organizations, animal rescue groups around the world.  Americans have a big heart to help those in need, I am amazed at the dollars received and reported in the news.

The information concerning NON-Profits needs to be taken in small bits, so several posting will come your way, including how to start and register, what a non-profit should have on their website including Facebook, handling employees and lobbing, and how to stay exempt.

Here is the first of the series to help consumers share their dollars wisely.

Most recently in the news and on Facebook reports of FAKE charities announcing to provide support for Patrick. Patrick was starved and placed in a plastic bag, thrown down the garage shoot only to be discovered by a good Samaritan.. and now  Patrick is making an amazing recovery and has moved the world. Yet in all the good will to financial help support the cost of recovery, there is exploitation of animals lovers. Not knowing those donation have gone to fake non-profits, the organization is not registered with their respective states nor with the IRS.

So how do you check to make sure your hard-earned money is going to the registered 501 (c) (3) of your choice?
IRS has a search for Charities: http://www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=96136,00.html 
“Publication 78, Cumulative List of Organizations described in Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, is a list of organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions. This online version is offered to help you conduct a more efficient search of these organizations.”

Here is a consumer’s opportunity to exercise, you may verify an organization’s tax-exempt status and eligibility to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions by asking to see an organization’s IRS letter recognizing it as tax-exempt. You may also confirm an organization’s status by calling the IRS (toll-free) at 1-877-829-5500.

In the spirit of  ‘ Paying Forward’ the delight of sharing and supporting an animal rescue fundraiser and the opportunity to blog on their behalf  is the mission Darby’s Story and More. Through the pages of the book inspires pet adoption. 

This past year several books have been donated, and sometimes I have to admit, I did not check with the State Secretary or the IRS to see if the non-for profit status was active or revoked. So here is my homework and I hope this helps you with your quest to help nonprofit animal rescues or any organization. 

In the past I have announced three animal recue groups received Darby’s Story Book.

Top Paws Rescue, registered in Florida, received a Darby’s Story Book for their Fundraiser Top Paw Rescue Florida filing status To find more nonprofit animal organizations here the search link http://sunbiz.org/search.html

Angel Among Us, registered in Georgia, was other nonprofit receiving Darby’s Story  http://corp.sos.state.ga.us/corp/soskb/Corp.asp?1551200

Opin, a Connecticut non-profit organization, now the state does not require filing with the Secretary so the information is on the IRS website here is the link OPIN Inc IRS status . This took the most time to discover, the search required finding the key words, E – number permit, go figure….Connecticut no longer issues exemption permits but accepts for proof of exemption a copy of the Federal Determination Letter or a Connecticut Exemption Permit (E-Number Permit) issued prior to 1995. http://www.ct.gov/drs/cwp/view.asp?a=1541&q=270818

Each State has a website, and the Secratary post the information to file a non-profit and the current status, will take some time to get use to your States website, however it all worth it.

Happy Days, wish everyone a wagging good day ~ Martha

What about those Chip-In? Stay tune, there is more about those and how to check if the cause is real or bogus.

May 3, 2011 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

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