WHAT EXACTLY DOES ANIMAL RESCUE CORPS DO?
Animal Rescue Corps is a nonprofit organization whose main function is to conduct large-scale rescues – meaning rescuing large numbers of animals at once – from abusive and neglectful situations like puppy mills, hoarding, fighting rings, exotic animal cases, etc., and from natural disasters such as floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, etc.
Animal Rescue Corps addresses every reported situation and carefully considers the details to determine whether or not we are able to take on a case. As part of our rescue work we also provide investigation, evidence collection and expert testimony for any legal hearings or criminal trials related to the case. In short, Animal Rescue Corps is the turn key solution for anything and everything related to animal rescue – all at no charge to the communities we serve.
Animal Rescue Corps also conducts customized assessments of shelters, rescue groups and sanctuaries and offers training courses for volunteers, professional rescuers, law enforcement or anyone who works in relation to animals and addressing animal cruelty.
WHERE IS ANIMAL RESCUE CORPS LOCATED?
Animal Rescue Corps’ headquarters is located in Washington, DC; however, rescue work is conducted all over North America and wherever else Animal Rescue Corps is called to action.
Our mailing address is: 1380 Monroe St. NW #326 Washington, DC 20010-3452
WHEN WAS ANIMAL RESCUE CORPS FORMED?
Animal Rescue Corps is a registered 501(c)(3) that was founded November 17, 2010 and launched January 11, 2011. Though this organization is relatively new, the core team behind it has well over 40 years of collective experience in animal rescue work and business. Animal Rescue Corps’ federal tax ID number is 90-0640069.
WHAT TYPE OF ANIMALS DOES ANIMAL RESCUE CORPS RESCUE?
Animal Rescue Corps rescues any species of animals. Our rescue team has rescued both domestic and wild animals (dogs, cats, birds, equines, pigs, monkeys, etc.) The primary requisite for Animal Rescue Corps’ involvement is that there be a number of animals in need of rescuing that’s larger than what local authorities have the resources to rescue. Additionally, Animal Rescue Corps must be able to work within the legal system and ideally effect a lasting change for each situation.
HOW DOES ANIMAL RESCUE CORPS FIND OUT ABOUT ANIMALS IN NEED OF RESCUING?
Animals who are suffering from abuse, neglect or a natural disaster are reported to Animal Rescue Corps through a variety of ways: a concerned citizen, an inside worker of a business practicing cruelty, a law enforcement or government authority or through an internally-generated Animal Rescue Corps investigation.
If you, or someone you know, is aware of an animals cruelty or emergency situation, please report it to [email protected]
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE ANIMALS ONCE THEY HAVE BEEN RESCUED?
During a rescue, Animal Rescue Corps sets up an emergency shelter to give physical, medical and social care to the animals. Once the animals are legally awarded to Animal Rescue Corps and are healthy enough to transport, Animal Recue Corps works with carefully selected placement partners to facilitate the care and rehabilitation of the rescued animals until they are adopted into a forever home or sanctuary.
It should also be noted that all cruelty is thoroughly documented and turned over to the law enforcement officials to be used as evidence in custody hearings and criminal charges.
HOW ARE PLACEMENT PARTNERS CHOSEN?
Animal Rescue Corps attempts to place rescued animals with organizations local to the area of response, but will transport animals to safe havens anywhere in the country as necessary. Any rescue, shelter or sanctuary with which Animal Rescue Corps places animals must:
If your group is interested in becoming a placement partner, please contact [email protected].
HOW CAN I ADOPT AN ANIMAL FROM AN ANIMAL RESCUE CORPS RESCUE?
Animal Rescue Corps does not adopt animals out directly to individuals. Animal Rescue Corps places animals with carefully selected placement partners who are willing and able to care for the animals and find them permanent homes.
NOTE: In searching for your perfect companion, Animal Rescue Corps encourages you to consider any of the animals available for adoption with our placement partners, not just those rescued by Animal Rescue Corps.
IS WHAT ANIMAL RESCUE CORPS DOES LEGAL?
Absolutely. Animal Rescue Corps works in conjunction with law enforcement officials and enters any rescue situation with a Memorandum of Understanding between all appropriate parties. Typically, this agreement is made with local or national law and government officials, but it can include private parties.
Before Animal Rescue Corps begins any extraction, certain legal measures may be necessary depending on the situation. For example, in cruelty cases, abusers may relinquish their animals in one of two ways: voluntarily, whereby a legal transfer of ownership agreement is signed by the owner; or involuntarily, whereby a search and seizure warrant is written by a judge and presented by law enforcement officials.
All Animal Rescue Corps’ activities and findings are documented and turned over to the law enforcement officials to be used in any legal hearings or criminal trials.
WHAT DO I DO IF I SUSPECT AN ANIMAL IS SUFFERING?
If you know of, or think you know of, a large number of animals who are suffering due to abuse, neglect, or a natural disaster, please report it immediately to your local law enforcement and animal control authorities, and to [email protected].
If you know of, or think you know of, a situation where a single animal or a smaller number of animals are being abused or neglected, please contact your local law enforcement and animal control authorities or local animal rescue groups.
A common complaint is, “I filed a report, but the authorities did nothing.” Please be persistent if this happens, as sometimes that’s what it takes. If these groups are unresponsive or state that they do not have the resources to address the situation you reported, please feel free to contact [email protected] for advice.
NOTE: Animals are too often put in situations in which they are defenseless, and they depend on us to speak up for them. It is always better to err on the side of caution and report possible abuse than to do nothing. Together we will all make a difference, one life at a time.
WHAT IF I WANT TO REPORT ABUSE OR NEGLECT, BUT WOULD LIKE TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS?
Animal Rescue Corps keeps all abuse and neglect reports confidential. It is Animal Rescue Corps’ policy to not publicly disclose any information without proper legal permission, particularly if the rescue involves any criminal or potentially criminal elements. On a related note, Animal Rescue Corps strongly recommends that informants refrain from speaking to their friends, communities or the media about a situation of suspected cruelty so that a solid case may be built. Contacting the appropriate entities (such as law enforcement, animal control, or Animal Rescue Corps) that can effectively address the situation should be the first step if you suspect animal suffering.
HOW DO I BECOME AN ANIMAL RESCUE CORPS VOLUNTEER?
Animal Rescue Corps needs volunteers for all aspects of the organization – in the field during a rescue, in administration, outreach, events, etc. All volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation and sign standard volunteer agreements prior to beginning any volunteer work. To sign up or learn more, please email [email protected]imalrescuecorps.org.
HOW IS ANIMAL RESCUE CORPS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER RESCUE GROUPS?
Animal Rescue Corps is an animal protection organization that focuses on the rescues of larger numbers of animals who are abused, neglected or are victims of natural disasters. Animal Rescue Corps does not lead protests or lobby for initiatives. While these types of measures in the political arena are important to animal protection overall, Animal Rescue Corps seeks to affect lasting change using a direct-action approach.
Animal Rescue Corps’ specialization makes it one of the only animal protection organizations whose focus is not split between rescue work and multiple animal issue campaigns. Animal Rescue Corps spends all of its time, effort and resources on physically extracting animals from dangerous situations, conducting shelter/sanctuary assessments and administering its training programs. We have one mission and one mission only: to end animal suffering through direct and compassionate action.