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 protected].
*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 [email protected].
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:
Deb McBride: After moving to 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.
Valerie Friedrich: Valerie was a major supporter of the Cozumel Mexico Humane Society long before moving to the island. 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 love Cozumel, it quickly became my home. 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 over the 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. ”The Humane Society of Cozumel Island has risen to become a world class organization that has set standards for all animal rescue organizations and spay/neuter facilities all over Latin America”.
Robert Ramirez: Robert Ramirez: 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.