Cleveland for a No Kill City, the grassroots activist group that drove the kill rate at Cleveland Animal Control to less than 5 percent, released a statement Tuesday reporting the organization is now an officially incorporated non-profit.

"We still believe all the things about organizing that we believed in June 2012 when we first came together," Jessica Tharpe, president of the board of directors of Cleveland for a No Kill City, said, "but we could no longer ignore the advantages to being an official organization."

These benefits include the organization's ability to fundraise and to influence policy decisions regarding Cleveland Animal Control, she said. Decisions will still be made by the consensus of those volunteers, with the board's responsibility being to see that those decisions are implemented.

Cleveland for a No Kill City meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.