We are a social club incorporated in the State of New Jersey as a not-for-profit corporation (NP).
We are currently awaiting our 501(c)7 determination letter from the IRS, but the government shutdown will probably delay that status for many months.
A 507(c)7 designates a social club with the sole purpose of facilitating fun for it's members. The reason to join this type of social club is so all the members can pool their money (dues) to do things they would not normally be able to afford on their own, and if they could afford to do it, they would spend the same amount of money as the group would. In other words, it costs the club the same amount of money do do things as a group as it would cost you if you paid for it on your own. There's no financial benefit other than the fellowship of the like minded people you spend time with.
Fellowship is important with a 501(c)7 social club. Members need to attend our in-person events at least once every year. We also encourage members to meet in their local areas and we'll help facilitate those meetings.
Although we have our headquarters in New Jersey USA, with monthly events in New Jersey, the Home for Lost Pups membership is open to anyone. However, you must keep in mind the requirement that all members must attend at least 1 in-person event every year.
If you live far from HLP HQ, the event attendance requirement can still be satisfied if you meet up with fellow HLP members/representatives at many of the large fetish events throughout the year, or at a local venue.
Fostering these in-person gatherings helps build a strong community more than any online participation. Regardless of where you are in the world, HLP will help you satisfy your membership requirements. Feel free to ask about this when you join our Telegram chat (login required to view that page).