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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Rescue bank supports animal rescue and rehabilitation groups by providing services and supplies that make them more self-reliant and improve their standards of care.

Programs: Pet food distribution: charitable organizations engaged in animal rescue and rehabilitation received food products collected/purchased, stored and redistributed by rescue bank. Rescue bank is building a network of grocery and pet product manufacturers, distributors and retailers from whom surplus, damaged or late-dated goods can be solicited. The network is intended to serve both ongoing needs of rescue groups and be available for emergency response.

grants: charitable organizations engaged in animal rescue received cash grants for spay/neuter or other vet services. Charitable organizations engaged in animal rescue received cash grants for vet services and community outreach for dogs rescued from puppy mills and a "dumping ground" in houston.

operating supplies and equipment: several rescue organizations received office equipment, crates, carriers, towels, and other non-food items collected, stored and distributed by rescue bank. Rescue bank has an ongoing program for soliciting used and recycled items that can be used in the animal care or administrative operations of its clients.

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Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am the president of a small animal rescue group in Missouri City called Bandade Animal Rescue. I cannot begin to say how much the Rescue Bank has helped us. We try to save as many animals as we can and we often find ourselves on a limited budget. Thank goodness we can always count on Elizabeth and John being there when we need them. This organization puts the animals first and I will never be able to thank them enough for helping us feed our dogs and cats. I also volunteer with this group and will be the first to say what a great group of people they really are. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your hard work.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Misfits, Mutts and Meows is a small animal rescue working out of Crescent, Oklahoma. We have had the pleasure to receive distributions from the rescue food bank in Oklahoma City for about 1 1/2 years. It has been a lifesaver to be able to feed our animals and save that money to use for their medical care and housing. The folks there are always helpful and courteous. Keep up the good work!

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Client Served

Rating: 5


As animal rescuers, there are few things that we find more satisfying than rescuing a suffering animal from the streets of Houston and ultimately finding it a good home to live out its life in comfort in. There are few times that we have not gone to sleep at night without thinking of the suffering of the many dogs and cats in Houston that are born into a world without a home. There are few days that we don’t shed a tear for the multitude of litters that die wasted deaths on the cold, callous streets of our city. And there have been fewer times still that we have found such a dedicated community partner than the Rescue Bank to assist us in providing nourishment to rescued dogs while they begin their journey to find their adoptive homes.

Corridor Rescue greatly values its working relationship with Rescue Bank and we look forward to working with them for a long time into the future.

Sincerely,
Deborah Hoffman
President & Founder
Corridor Rescue Inc.

Review from Guidestar

3 Lynne J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the director of K9 Airlift, a nonprofit animal rescue located in Crosby, Texas. My husband and I are retired federal agents and knew little about running a nonprofit organization when we first established K9 Airlift. Not only has the Rescue Bank provided high quality pet food at affordable prices for our rescued animals, they have also helped guide us in many aspects of maintaining an animal rescue, such as providing training, assisting us in networking when a particular need was identified, tips on fundraising, and the emotional support when a rescue attempt was unsuccessful. The most profound accomplishment of the Rescue Bank is an exponential gain for the entire Houston area rescue community. This is due in no small part to the unique skill sets that Elizabeth Asher and John Cane bring to bear in their efforts on behalf of this organization. I cannot fully describe the admiration and respect I have for these individuals and this organization, they have literally saved thousands of animals.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been on the recieving end of Pets & People Humane Society Food Bank in Okc, Okla. for many years. We house up to 100 plus animals on a monthly basis, this can be very expensive, thanks to the food bank oour cost is cut enough that we can afford to get more animals spayed and neutered. It is a wonderful thing they do. Lyn Miles, Shelter Mgr.

k9saver

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What would we do without this program? I hate to think. We are a 100 dog, dog rescue. This food allows us to do so much we could not do if we were having to spend those dollars on food. More spay neuters, more good int he community. It has been a true lifesaver. Thank You just is not enough. The peace of mind it gives a rescue is priceless. Many Thank You's

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rescue Bank distributed thru PETS & PEOPLE HUMANE SOCIETY is fantastic! It has helped our group out TREMENDOUSLY and allowed us to save more animals than we could otherwise. The coordinating volunteers have been wonderful to work with, going above and beyond to help work with us and our sometimes hard- to- work- with location and schedule. I just can't say enough about this food distribution and what a life saving program it is for people like us who are trying to help the extreme over population of cats and dogs, often neglected and or abused - in our area. THANK YOU THANK YOU...

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pets & People Humane Society is the Oklahoma affiliate for the Rescue Bank. Since September of 2011 we have received 27 truck loads of food to distibute to over 30 approved animal rescue groups in Oklahoma. Not only have these donations provided good quality food for the rescued dogs and cats but have allowed the rescues to afford to save even more pets from euthanization. Thousands of more lives were saved because of the Rescue Bank. All of their volunteers are awesome to work with. Pets & People as well as all of the groups in Oklahoma LOVE the Rescue Bank!

Patricia94

Client Served

Rating: 5

Rescue Bank at Shelby County No Kill Mission show dedication, professionalism, and compassion to the community. Without their help we would not be able to continue out mission of helping so many animals in our community. Thank you so very much SCNKM! Pat Armstrong, Animal Adoption Network, Inc.

Chrystll O.

Board Member

Rating: 5

We get our pet food resources through Shelbyville No Kill in Shelbyville, Kentucky. They are an awesome group to work with. We rely on this service to feed our rescue animals there are more and more animals coming in every day b/c of the poor economy and people losing their jobs i am glad there is a food bank to help out in these times.

Melissa184

Client Served

Rating: 5

We get our pet food resources through Shelbyville No Kill in Shelbyville, Kentucky. They are an awesome group to work with. We rely on this service to feed our foster animals.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Rescue Bank is key in helping us serve and help our community to improve animal welfare. With our spay, neuter, education programs and expensive vet bills it definitively helps our finances when we are able to receive donated pet food and essentials. Their leadership and staff have always been a pleasure to work with and we are so thankful for their support. Thank you Rescue Bank for your organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Rescue Banks helps to save lives everyday. Often, it can be a struggle financially to rescue animals due to the medical cost etc. Rescue Bank has stepped up to the plate time and again to help us save lives. The directors are very compassionate and caring people. Bravo on your hard work Rescue Bank!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Rescue Bank is a wonderful organization! They gather items that rescues need and distribute them. They are a rescue for rescues. They have gathered food, supplies, money, etc. They will take any item that anyone wants to donate and make sure that it gets put to good use. Rescuers always have to stretch to meet their needs, but Rescue Bank makes that so much easier. This allows the charities they serve to focus on their own mission, rather than spending additional time finding resources that they desperately need. They are a top notch charity.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to the Rescue Bank's directors' compassion, dedication, professionalism and vision many more animals are able to be rescued. The Rescue Bank's service is invaluable to the rescue community, to which we are very grateful! Tammy L., Project K-911

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to say that Rescue Bank is undoubtedly the most needed organization. I run a large breed rescue on a strip of next to my house. Our group (like many others) would never of had ANY resources for dog food. The larger well funded organizations such as SPCA and Humane Society get huge and frequent donations because for most people they are not aware other animal welfare groups that are made of unselfesh animal loving people that pull from kill shelters and help street animals. Most often these are the animals that need money put into them such as heartworm positive dogs. If it were not for people helping Rescue Bank to help our group, we could NOT have saved and placed over 600 poodles from a shelter beside my home.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Rescue Bank donates food and supplies to animal rescue organizations throughout the country. We have depended on them for help with cat and dog food for years and they've never let us down. Organized, caring, very professional in the way they handle their business. When they promise something, they deliver - and they are always willing to help when they can. Not just with food, but also rescue efforts and networking. Very nice folks . . . .

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Tomball SOS (Save Our Strays), a feral cat TNR and rescue organization with which I volunteer, is a member group of Rescue Bank in Houston. Our organization traps, neuters, and releases, as well as maintains, feral cats on the main streets of Tomball, TX. Volunteers feed from 200-300 cats and kittens a day (as well as a few ducks and a couple of dogs). Before Rescue Bank, volunteers dipped into their own pockets to buy food and supplies, such as traps, cages, bedding, bowls, flea treatment, and so forth. Each night's feeding costs about $35, and volunteers feed one to three nights a week, depending on the number of volunteers at that time. You can do the math! Rescue Bank has helped raise money for supplies, but more importantly, distributed huge amounts of food given by their donors. When we were in dire need, such as during Hurricane Ike and the wildfires, the administrators personally delivered supplies. I cannot say enough good things about this organization. Without them, we would have a really tough time finding volunteers willing to spend $35-105 a week as well as having to spend the time crawling around under bushes and behind dumpsters to feed and trap feral cats! Thank you, Rescue Bank.