For years, the Humane Society of Cozumel Mexico 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 December of 2010 two long-time supporters, 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 in a record six weeks time to FRIENDS of the COZUMEL HUMANE SOCIETY. You can imagine our excitement that it had finally come to pass!
We hope you take advantage of this new tax-deductible status and open your hearts and wallets to help us offer totally free sterilization, as well as help treat and find good homes for the many abandoned dogs and cats of Cozumel Mexico. You truly make a difference in so many of their lives.
YOUR DONATION CAN BE TAX DEDUCTIBLE!
FRIENDS 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 if you are in the U.S., 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
When your donation is received, a receipt will be issued for your tax records. Please be sure to include your contact information, including your email address.
If you wish to make a recurring monthly tax-deductible donation contact Deb McBride at [email protected]
For all other questions regarding your tax-deductible donation to FOTCHS, please contact Debby McBride at [email protected]
FRIENDS is a U.S. non-profit corporation, incorporated specifically to solicit charitable donations for the COZUMEL HUMANE SOCIETY so that they may continue their animal welfare programs. These programs include, but are not limited to: spay/neuter programs, animal care education, and shelter 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:
Deb McBride: Deb and Valerie Friedrich were instrumental in obtaining the non-profit status in the U.S., allowing us to collect tax-deductible donations.
Recently moving to Cozumel Mexico from Houston Texas, Debby quickly got involved with the Humane Society as a volunteer and was instrumental along with her partner, Valerie Friedrich, in obtaining the Friends of the Cozumel Humane Society, FOTCHS, 501C3 status in the United States which allows the HSCI to offer tax deductible donations.
Debby has offered her skills as an accountant to serve as the HSCI treasurer. Along with her incredible passion for fostering and caring for her own 9 cats and 6 dogs (all rescues) Debby paints ocean vistas and underwater scenes of Cozumel.
Valerie Friedrich: Valerie was a major supporter of the Cozumel Mexico Humane Society long before making it to the island. Now that she has arrived she is happy to help in many different ways, from fostering needy kittens to bringing down much needed medicines and supplies.
Still working full time via the internet, somehow she finds the time to make a difference in many animals’ lives. Along with Debby McBride, Valerie worked hard to acquire our tax-exempt status and we are forever grateful to both of them for their generous support.
Lisa Anne Ramirez: Lisa has been an active part of the Cozumel Community since she moved to the Island in 1991. Her involvement with the HSCI started when Karla Porter of Pennsylvania formed the organization.
“I lived in Cozumel, it quickly became my home and I always believed that if you didn’t like the way something was, you changed it. Any change, even for the better is met with setbacks, obstacles and pain. It has not been easy but I like to think that in the last 16 years we have made a difference.”
Fostering everything from possums to an elephant, she has kept herself busy opening 3 restaurants and raising her daughter Bianca. ”I believe the Humane Society of Cozumel Island will one day be a world class organization and will set standards for all animal rescue organizations and spay/neuter facilities all over Latin America”.
Robert Ramirez: Robert has been our liaison in the 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, he spends his time sailing and planning his next dive trip to Cozumel.