With just a few days left in 2017, many non-profit organizations are in their final push for donations. There's concern that changes in the tax law could impact their ability to attract donors next year.
Thursday night, the group welcomed 24 dogs from shelters in San Antonio.
“A wonderful group called hand me down hounds,” Anya Pamplona explained.
The animals are just a few of the thousands that PAWS in Lynnwood have helped this year.
“We are always trying to make sure we are doing the most that we can possibly do,” Pamplona said.
They will give them food, a warm bed, medical care and love. Their work is made possible by hundreds of volunteers and donors.
“We are incredibly dependant on our generous donors from throughout the region," said Pamplona.
When you see the sweet faces of the dogs and cats, it's easy to see why people are so generous, but there's always been another benefit, too.
“It's a tax write-off. We are a 501C-3,” Pamplona said.
Under the new tax rules, it's still deductible, but with a higher standard deduction, there's a good chance many taxpayers will skip itemizing. One estimate says as many as 28 million Americans will choose not to itemize.
That means charitable deductions will not come with the same benefit for those taxpayers which could lead to less money.
“Paws has been here for 50 years and we've weathered the ups and downs that anything has and we know our donor base is a solid donor base,” Pamplona said. “We know they're going to continue to give because they do it out of the goodness of their heart.”
To donate to PAWS or learn more about adopting animals, visit the PAWS website. https://www.paws.org/