About H.E.L.P. Animals Inc.
H.E.L.P. Animals, Inc. is a group of like-minded people who got together to find ways to help animals. We had all been associated with other animal groups, but really had little input in the end use of the funds that were raised
In the spring of 2003 during a meeting, at the suggestion of one of the volunteers, we decided to call ourselves HELP Animals. After some discussion we felt we could give meaning to each letter. H became Health, E for Educate, L was for Love and finally, P for Protect.
With the help of a local attorney we filed the paper work for incorporation and July 2003 we became H.E.L.P. Animals, Inc., with a non-profit 501(c)3 status.
In an effort to raise funds we had yard sales, car washes and bake sales. Once we had the funds to purchase vaccines, we found a local veterinarian willing to donate his time once a month. He would administer vaccinations at Low Cost Shot Clinics for a price most could afford. (Rabies vaccinations are required by law and have to be given by a licensed veterinarian.)
By late summer we had become aware of the animal oxygen resuscitation masks. They were available from McCulloch Medical in Auckland, New Zealand. We contacted Mr. McCulloch, the inventor and manufacturer of these masks. He put us in touch with the US Distributor. They offered to sell us the masks at the distributor price, which they continue to do today.
H.E.L.P. has donated the masks to our local fire stations to carry on their first response trucks. We have donated 193 sets to Volusia County. We offer them to municipalities, non-profits, wildlife rehabilitators or individuals who wish to donate them to one of these. (None are sold for resale.)
We have local veterinarians who offer low cost spay and neuters for individuals who qualify thru our program. This service will help to reduce the number of unwanted animals.
For those in our communities that require the assistance of a Service Dog we offer their vaccinations at no cost. We also assist with medical costs when those expenses are a hardship for their owners. We maintain a separate account for these expenses and donations are an integral part of our ability to provide these services.