Friends of the Cozumel Humane Society
For years, the Humane Society of Cozumel Island had wanted to set up a charitable 501(c)(3) organization in the United States so that its many U.S. donors could make tax-deductible donations. In 2010 Valerie Friedrich and Debby McBride incorporated FRIENDS of the COZUMEL HUMANE SOCIETY (FOTCHS) then applied for tax exemption from the IRS. On January 12, 2011, the IRS gave approval to FRIENDS of the COZUMEL HUMANE SOCIETY.
We hope you take advantage of this tax-deductible status and open your hearts and wallets to help us continue to offer free sterilization to local community as well as help treat and find responsible homes for the many abandoned dogs and cats of Cozumel, Mexico. You truly make a difference in so many of their lives.
FOTCHS relies on your generous support. Your charitable, Tax-deductible donations may be made by clicking on the donation link at the top of this page, or you may send a check made out to FRIENDS of the COZUMEL HUMANE SOCIETY (or FOTCHS).
Please mail checks to this address:
Friends of the Cozumel Humane Society
c/o Robert Ramirez
2169 Winding Creek Dr S.
Grapevine, TX 76051
For additional questions on how the tax deductible donation works please contact Gary Gomola CPA at email@example.com.
*When mailing donations by check, please be sure to include your home address and a note of who the donation is coming from so that when your donation is received a receipt can be issued for your tax records.
If you wish to make a recurring monthly tax-deductible donation contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOTCHS is a U.S. non-profit corporation, incorporated specifically to solicit charitable donations for the Humane Society of Cozumel Island so they may continue their animal welfare programs. These programs include, but are not limited to: a FREE spay/neuter program, animal care education, and adoption of rescued animals.
- Reduce the number of homeless animals in Cozumel Mexico
- Eliminate the suffering of animals from mistreatment or abuse
- Find permanent homes for animals in need
- Foster a culture of loving animal ownership
- Reduce the risk to human health caused by homeless animals in Cozumel Mexico
- Expand free sterilization programs in Cozumel Mexico
The members of the all-volunteer Board of Directors for FRIENDS of the COZUMEL HUMANE SOCIETY are:
Gary R. Gomola, CPA:
Gary is a retired Certified Public Accountant. He met his wife Patricia in Cozumel 25 years ago on a dive trip, and they have been returning to the island on a regular basis ever since. Now in retirement they live here about six or seven months per year. During his years as a tax partner in a Connecticut CPA firm he became active, and has served in officer positions, in many non-profit and civic organizations including the United Way, YMCA, Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce. He is also on the Board of Directors of Connecticut based Liberty Bank. Gary and Patricia became active with the Humane Society of Cozumel after meeting Ernesto at a Cozumel Rotary Club meeting. They started out by performing dog and cat adoption escort services to New England. Later Lisa recruited Gary to use his tax and accounting skills, and he now does the contribution receipting and bookkeeping for Friends of the Cozumel Humane Society Inc. He prepares the annual IRS tax return and required contribution acknowledgement letters.
Lisa Anne Ramirez:
Lisa began her mission the day she moved to the island in 1991. Seeing the packs of sick stray dogs walking up and down the ocean front made it hard to avoid the serious issues Cozumel was facing with animal control. When she discovered the local governments methods of dealing with the overpopulation of street dogs was indiscriminately poisoning them in the dark of night, throwing them in to the back of a truck and dumping them (many still alive) in a garbage pile on the far side of the island, she immediately set her sights to dealing with the government to make them stop this barbaric inhumane practice. While her friend Karla Porter was putting the plan of action to open the first free spay & neuter clinic in all of Latin American she soon joined forces with Karla, along with Monica Velasco to build what is now the Humane Society of Cozumel Island. Lisa took over as President in 2008. She revamped their efforts focusing on education, sterilization and outreach. Once the HSCI established tax deductible 501c3 status in the USA they expanded their efforts by branching out in the community. “It has been an uphill battle all the way, no question…but totally worth the fight”. Lisa has supported friends in their efforts in opening animal rescue organizations in other places including Baja, Playa del Carmen and Belize. “To know that we have inspired others to follow our path is one of the most rewarding aspects of this journey…that and the thousands of dogs and cats we have saved”
Robert is our liaison in the United States that manages all mailed donations made through our tax-deductible status (FOTCHS) and our U.S. bank account. He became involved through his daughter Lisa while witnessing first-hand the amazing changes the HSCI was making on the island. Retired and living in Grapevine, Texas with his partner Julie Quiros, he spends his time sailing and planning his next dive trip to Cozumel.