A zoning issue in the City of Brazil caused Tammy Rothrock to stop housing cats in her Brazil home in 2008.
But some quick thinking on Rothrock's part allowed her to set up a non-profit rescue center in Clay County.
Rothrock moved to a new residence outside of Brazil and on April 15, received an acceptance letter from the IRS stating her organization was recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit.
"The approximate time it takes to receive 501(c)(3) status from the federal IRS is six months," Rothrock told The Brazil Times. "That is assuming they accept and approve your application and have fulfilled all their requirements and there is nothing else holding or delaying the process and if they even accept it."
Rothrock's organization, TJ Rescue and Sanctuary is a tax deductible, charitable organization.
She said the businesses' mission is to rehabilitate abandoned, abused, neglected, and unwanted animals in an effort to prevent cruelty to animals and to educate the public. She also hopes to find suitable homes for adoptable animals and to provide care to any animal in need.
She said she mailed information along with the required filing fee to the IRS in September 2008 and received an acceptance letter from the IRS earlier this month stating as of March, it was recognized.
Currently, her business has 59 cats and five dogs. However, she said the dogs the organization currently houses are not up for adoption at this time.
The business, which sits on three acres of land, is located at 13445 N. County Road 400 W., Brazil.
"Currently, we have only two buildings standing, which are the original house and a new garage we have built," she said.
The business is currently accepting donations, and are in need of scoopable cat litter, crates (wire and plastic, any size), humane live traps, soft and hard kitten or cat food, paper towels, bleach, covered litter boxes, straw, hay, towels, sheets, blankets, building materials, KMR (puppy and kitten milk replacement) and money.