Rescue Bank® is an exempt organization under Section 501(c)3 of the IRS code.

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Recipient Criteria

Rescue Groups

An “Eligible Rescue” rescues and provides shelter and care for animals that have been abused, injured, abandoned or are otherwise in need.

An “Eligible Rescue” shall meet the following criteria:

  • 501(c) 3 status described in Section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi), Internal Revenue Code 1986, and its subsequent amendments
  • No breeding of animals occurs
  • All animals shall be housed in a clean, comfortable, safe, species-appropriate, stimulating and enriching environment
  • Spay or neuter all animals prior to adoption
  • Must demonstrate a respect for quality of life and provide the most humane death possible for animals who are suffering or otherwise not suitable for adoption
  • Has a sufficient number of qualified employees/ volunteers to provide the appropriate level of care for the animals
  • Must have a comprehensive and effective adoption program
  • Must have a means to independently verify the number of pets available for adoption (e.g., Petfinder page, adoption website), so that equitable distribution of food can be determined.
  • Must demonstrate need (e.g., limited financial resources) and fiscal responsibility
  • Must demonstrate a positive contribution to the community’s animal welfare resource, including positive relationships with peers

Animal Shelters

An “Eligible Animal Shelter” rescues and provides shelter and care for animals that have been abused, injured, abandoned or are otherwise in need.

An “Eligible Animal Shelter” shall meet the following criteria:

  • 501(c) 3 status described in Section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi), Internal Revenue Code 1986, and its subsequent amendments
  • No breeding of animals occurs
  • All animals shall be housed in a clean, comfortable, safe, species appropriate, stimulating and enriching environment
  • Spay or neuter all animals prior to adoption
  • Must demonstrate a respect for quality of life and provide the most humane death possible for animals who are suffering or otherwise not suitable for adoption
  • Has a sufficient number of qualified employees/ volunteers to provide the appropriate level of care for the animals
  • Must have a comprehensive and effective adoption program
  • Must have a means to independently verify the number of pets available for adoption (e.g., Petfinder page, adoption website), so that equitable distribution of food can be determined.
  • Must demonstrate need (e.g., limited financial resources) and fiscal responsibility
  • Must demonstrate a positive contribution to the community’s animal welfare resource, including positive relationships with peers

Dog / Cat Sanctuaries

An “Eligible Dog / Cat Sanctuary” rescues and provides shelter and care for animals that have been abused, injured, abandoned or are otherwise in need.

An “Eligible Dog / Cat Sanctuary” shall meet the following criteria:

  • 501(c) 3 status described in Section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi), Internal Revenue Code 1986, and its subsequent amendments
  • No breeding of animals occurs, must spay or neuter all animals residing in sanctuary
  • Veterinary care is provided as appropriate
  • All animals shall be housed in a clean, comfortable, safe, species-appropriate, stimulating and enriching environment
  • Must demonstrate a respect for quality of life and provide the most humane death possible for animals who are suffering
  • Has a sufficient number of qualified employees/ volunteers to provide the appropriate level of care for the animals
  • Must have a comprehensive and effective adoption program for animals who are “adoptable”
  • Must agree to periodic site visits to verify the number and condition of pets in their care.
  • Must demonstrate need (e.g., limited financial resources) and fiscal responsibility
  • Must demonstrate a positive contribution to the community’s animal welfare resource, including positive relationships with peers

Feral Cat Related Organizations

An “Eligible Feral Cat Related Organization” is committed to improving the lives of feral and homeless cats.

An “Eligible Feral Cat Related Organization” shall meet the following criteria:

  • 501(c) 3 status described in Section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi), Internal Revenue Code 1986, and its subsequent amendments
  • Actively participates in a “TNRF” Trap-Neuter-Return-Feed program as a long-term solution in controlling feral cat populations.
  • Educates the public about the plight of stray and feral cats and the need to spay/neuter pets
  • Must demonstrate need (e.g., limited financial resources) and fiscal responsibility
  • Must demonstrate a positive contribution to the community’s animal welfare resource, including positive relationships with peers

Disaster Relief/Emergency Aid – Animal Welfare

Working with GreaterGood.org, Rescue Bank provides assistance in disaster and emergency situations. The very nature of an emergency makes setting strict criteria difficult. Each event will be evaluated by GreaterGood.org, Rescue Bank, our donors, and the nearest affiliate organization. We may temporarily suspend some of our recipient criteria to provide emergency relief. However, a group’s ability to work collaboratively will remain as a key qualification. We provide pet food and supplies in the following situations:

  • Local, regional, and nationally-declared natural or man-made disasters (e.g. hurricanes, floods, fires)
  • Multiple-animal rescues such as law enforcement actions