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Frequently Asked Questions

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Below is a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding Animal Rescue Corps and its work. Simply click on a specific question for an answer or scroll through the entire list to learn more. If you do not find the answer to the question you are looking for, please contact info@animalrescuecorps.org.

 

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.

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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

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WHEN WAS ANIMAL RESCUE CORPS FORMED?

Animal Rescue Corps is a registered 501(c)(3) that was founded November 7, 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.

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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.

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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 reportcruelty@animalrescuecorps.org

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WHAT DOES ANIMAL RESCUE CORPS DO ONCE ANIMALS IN NEED OF RESCUING HAVE BEEN REPORTED?

This depends on the situation; however, a thorough and official assessment or investigation is always conducted to determine if it is indeed a case Animal Rescue Corps can take on. Sometimes this is done undercover, other times it’s done in the open. It’s completely situational.

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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.

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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:

  • Fill out an application
  • Provide proof of their 501(c)(3) status
  • Provide verifiable references
  • Be willing to treat any behavioral or medical issues the rescued animals they receive may have
  • Sign a document agreeing to notify Animal Rescue Corps prior to putting to death any animal placed there by Animal Rescue Corps for any reason other than an untreatable medical condition, giving Animal Rescue Corps the chance to transfer that animal to another organization with sufficient resources for that animal

If your group is interested in becoming a placement partner, please contact placement@animalresucecorps.org.

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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. Animal Rescue Corps publicizes each rescue’s placement partners on its own RESCUE PAGE. Individuals wishing to adopt an animal from an Animal Rescue Corps rescue should contact the placement partners directly.

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.

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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.

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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 reportcruelty@animalrescuecorps.org.

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 reportcruelty@animalrescuecorps.org 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.

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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.

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HOW CAN I BEST SUPPORT ANIMAL RESCUE CORPS?

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Animal Rescue Corps relies on financial contributions to fulfill our life-saving mission and offer our services at no charge to the communities we serve. Please visit the GIVE PAGE to make a contribution today, and please consider making a sustaining monthly gift – your investment in compassion.

There are other valuable ways to support the life-saving mission of Animal Rescue Corps. Please visit the JOIN PAGE for full description of different ways you can get involved. Each simple action makes a positive impact on the lives of animals. A few include:

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WHO IS ON THE ARC TEAM?

Animal Rescue Corps is comprised of 6 core staff members, 5 Board of Directors, numerous state and country liaisons who volunteer in the U.S., Canada and South Korea, and hundreds of volunteers around the world. The staff and board have well over 40 years of collective experience in animal rescue and protection. Visit our ABOUT US page for complete bios of the Animal Rescue Corps’ Team.

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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 volunteer@animalrescuecorps.org.

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IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE TO BE AN ANIMAL RESCUE CORPS VOLUNTEER?

Animal Rescue Corps appreciates any and all inquiries from those seeking to make a difference in the lives of animals. The volunteer age requirement is task-dependent. For example, to volunteer for an Animal Rescue Corps rescue, all volunteers must be at least 18 years of age; however, there are other areas of work that can be done by volunteers of all ages. Please email volunteer@animalrescuecorps.org if you have specific inquiries.

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DO I NEED SPECIAL TRAINING TO BE A PART OF AN ANIMAL RESCUE CORPS RESCUE?

There is no special training needed to be a part of an Animal Rescue Corps rescue; however, those volunteers with animal rescue certification are the first to be informed of rescue deployments. These volunteers are referred to as “first responders”. At the same time, there are several positions to be filled during a rescue, so even if you do not have official credentials, there are still ways you can make a difference for animals in need. For volunteer opportunities, please contact: volunteer@animalrescuecorps.org.

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HOW CAN I GET THE TRAINING I NEED TO BE AN ANIMAL RESCUE CORPS FIRST RESPONDER?

Formal training is important for anyone wanting to volunteer with any type of animal rescue. Animal Rescue Corps provides its own rescue training including animal handling, animal sheltering, animal first aid and CPR, disaster response and other topics. During the volunteer orientation, Animal Rescue Corps reviews this information and can answer any pertinent questions. If you would like to attend an Animal Rescue Corps volunteer orientation or to find out if there’s a training course near you, please contact: volunteer@animalresucecorps.org.

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HOW DO I FIND OUT ABOUT RESCUES?

The easiest way to find out about rescues is to sign up for Animal Rescue Corps’ News and Alerts. Animal Rescue Corps sends public notices as the rescue is in progress and a follow-up after the rescue is complete. We also utilize our official website www.animalrescuecorps.org and our social networking sites FACEBOOK, TWITTER, and YOUTUBE to cover rescues from beginning to end.

Note: Prior to rescues, Animal Rescue Corps sends a private notice to qualified first responders to request their assistance. (Please see above for information on becoming a first responder.)

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HOW MUCH DO RESCUES COST?

a. How much do rescues cost Animal Rescue Corps? Each rescue is different. It depends on certain elements such as the number of animals, the species, the location, how long the animals are held before placement, etc.

b. How much does it cost a volunteer to join a rescue? Animal Rescue Corps provides any necessary equipment, volunteer shirts and meals for all volunteers during a rescue deployment. Lodging and transportation for specifically requested volunteers may be provided. All other costs, including general volunteer expenses associated with the rescue, are generously covered by the volunteer. No reimbursements are made without prior approval by an Animal Rescue Corps staff member. Possible expenses may include: gas, lodging, uniform pants, footwear, tools, etc.

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WHO PAYS FOR RESCUES?

To save animal’s lives and serve communities that would otherwise not have the necessary resources, Animal Rescue Corps relies on investments in compassion from individuals, foundations, small businesses and corporations. These investments include, but are not limited to, donations, grants, events and sponsorships. Visit our DONATIONS page if you’d like to make a contribution to our rescue work, or email info@animalrescuecorps.org to find out other ways you can invest in compassion. We thank you in advance for your support.

NOTE: Animal Rescue Corps is a registered 501(c)(3) organization incorporated within the state of California. All investments in compassion are tax deductible. Animal Rescue Corps’ federal tax ID number is 90-0640069.

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WHAT IS INVOLVED WITH ASSESSMENTS OF SHELTERS AND SANCTUARIES?

This is a highly specialized service provided by Animal Rescue Corps that includes customized evaluations of any facet of shelter, rescue group or sanctuary operations ranging from animal care to facilities to programs and everything in between. If you or someone you know is interested in obtaining an assessment, please review our SERVICES, then contact info@animalrescuecorps.org.

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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.

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