The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has asked that this disclosure be on all charity websites that are doing business in Florida.
We are of course registered in Florida, and are in good standing with the State of Florida.
Our Small Paws Rescue, Inc. Florida Charity registration number is CH37698.
This is only my opinion, but I imagine due to the large elderly population there, there are “Charities” in Florida who may not registered and may not be legitimate, who may be taking advantage of Florida residents.
This is their way to let the public know which charities are legitimate.
This notice serves as a reminder that the Solicitation of Contributions Act requires registered charities to conspicuously display their registration number and the disclosure statement below on every solicitation, confirmation, receipt, or reminder of a contribution, including websites. s. 496.411, F.S.
“A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.”
The disclosure statement must include a toll-free number and website for the Division of Consumer Services which can be used to obtain the registration information.
• 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352)