Bellas Bully Buddies in Perry Hall, Maryland (MD)

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Bellas Bully Buddies
Employer Identification Number (EIN)455156059
Name of OrganizationBellas Bully Buddies
In Care of NameMelissa Trotman
Address9525 Good Spring Drive, Perry Hall, MD 21128
SubsectionCharitable Organization
Ruling Date02/2013
DeductibilityContributions are deductible
FoundationOrganization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public
Exempt Organization StatusUnconditional Exemption
Tax Period2012
Assets$10,000 to $24,999
Income$100,000 to $499,999
Filing Requirement990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Asset Amount$18,581
Amount of Income$144,940
Form 990 Revenue Amount$144,940
National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE)Animal-Related: Animal Protection and Welfare

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Amount of income in 2012: $144,940 (it was $123,864 in 2013)
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Assets in 2012: $18,581 (it was $21,493 in 2013)
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Expenses in 2013: $109,851
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Income to expenses ratio in 2013: 1.3
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Grants share in income in 2013: 100.0%
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Financial snapshot ($)

Revenue, Expenses, and Changes in Net Assets or Fund Balances
Total revenue$123,864
Contributions, gifts, grants, and similar amounts received$123,864
Program service revenue including government fees and contracts$0
Membership dues and assessments$0
Investment income$0
Gain/Loss from sale of assets other than inventory$0
Net income/loss from gaming and fundraising events$0
Gross profit/loss from sales of inventory$0
Other revenue$0
Total expenses$109,851
Total net assets$21,493
Excess/Deficit for the year$14,013
Net assets or fund balances at beginning of year$7,480
Other changes in net assets or fund balances$0
Net assets or fund balances at end of year$21,493
Balance Sheets
Total assets$21,493
Total liabilities$0
Net assets or fund balances$21,493
Other Information
Did the organization engage in any significant activity not previously reported to the IRS?No
Were any significant changes made to the organizing or governing documents?No
Did the organization have unrelated business gross income of $1,000 or more during the year from business activitiesNo
Has the organization filed a Form 990-T for the year?No
Did the organization undergo a liquidation, dissolution, termination, or significant disposition of net assets during the year?No
Amount of political expenditures, direct or indirect$0
Did the organization file Form 1120-POL for this year?No
Did the organization borrow from, or make any loans to, any officer, director, trustee, or key employee or were any such loans made in a prior year and still outstanding at the end of the tax year covered by this return?No
Total amount involved$0
Initiation fees and capital contributions$0
Gross receipts for public use of club facilities$0
Did the organization engage in any section 4958 excess benefit transaction during the year, or did it engage in an excess benefit transaction in a prior year that has not been reported on any of its prior Forms 990 or 990-EZ?No
At any time during the tax year, was the organization a party to a prohibited tax shelter transaction?No
Reason for Public Charity Status (for 2013)
The organization is not a private foundation because it is:An organization that normally receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or from the general public described in section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Number of organizations supported0
Sum of amounts of support$0
Support Schedule for Organizations Described in Sections 170(b)(1)(A)(iv) and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (for 2009 - 2013)
2009 - 2013 Total
Public Support$159,045
Subtotal Support$159,045
Gifts, grants, contributions, and membership fees received$159,045
Tax revenues levied for the organization's benefit and either paid to or expended on its behalf$0
The value of services or facilities furnished by a governmental unit to the organization without charge$0
The portion of total contributions by each person (other than a governmental unit or publicly supported organization) that exceeds 2% of the total support$0
Total Support$159,045
Public Support$159,045
Gross income from interest, dividends, payments received on securities loans, rents, royalties and income from similar sources$0
Net income from unrelated business activities, whether or not the business is regularly carried on$0
Other income. Do not include gain or loss from the sale of capital assets$0
Gross receipts from related activities, etc.$0

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Added on Feb 25, 2015 10:56 AM
We had two kids (10 yrs and 1 yr old), a 10 year old dog, and a 7 year old cat but were interested in adding one more dog to the mix. Because of our youngest child's age and our existing pets, we were planning on being very picky about this adoption. Bella's was equally as picky about us and I think that was great. After two months we finally came to an agreement and couldn't be happier with our newest family member.

There were a few bumps along the way that it seems could have been avoided. This is a volunteer organization so we expected them to be spread a little thin but the first volunteer we dealt with sometimes took days and, in a couple of cases, more than a week to respond to us. We would find a dog we thought might work and ask about him/her. When we finally heard back from them, the dog was already scheduled for a meet with someone else. Then, we hear that the meet went well and the adoption was moving forward. This happened a couple of times and there was a lack of transparency as to what was going on behind the scenes. We started feeling like other volunteers were being more responsive and we were missing opportunities because of it.

Also, in the descriptions on the website, we were specifically looking for information about whether or not a dog was kid friendly, dog friendly, and cat friendly. This information was never complete if it was included at all. You might have to read the bio and look for a mention of human siblings to get an idea of whether or not there were kids in the house. We sent a message or two alluding to the lack of information to our contact at Bellas, "This dog's description mentions children and other dogs but not cats. Do you know how she does with cats?" The response was, "Her bio does say she isn't good with cats." I went back to the website to check and slowly read through the description again but found no mention of cats. There seemed to be a uniform failure to document this information on the website and I realize that it's not possible to assess in every dog but the volunteers just seemed to have this source of information that wasn't on the website and I really feel should have been. We were more likely to know if the dog had a "wiggle butt" which was information that was put in the bios of many of their dogs. The bios were mostly cutesy, first person stories describing the dog. You really had to infer the information you needed from them and that was pretty annoying.

Then, out of nowhere, we got a message from Melissa Trotman, who I think is the founder of Bella's, saying that she was taking over our adoption. Around the same time, we started noticing that descriptions were being updated to include the important information about interactions that we'd been looking for all along. Our inquiries were answered in a reasonable amount of time and we started actually meeting dogs.

The whole process took about 2 1/2 months. 20 days of that was spent with the first Bella's volunteer who may have had her time spread a bit too thin. After that, it was a matter of us and Bella's really looking for the right pet. They do all they can to make sure that your home is a good fit. They even come out and do a home inspection. I can't say enough good things about their mission and their thoroughness in carrying it out.
Would you recommend Bellas Bully Buddies to others? Yes
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