Nutritious pet food is donated by manufacturers and distributors when it is nearing the ‘best buy’ date, has minor packaging defects or is being re-branded. Applying criteria developed with these donors, Rescue Bank makes food grants to community-based animal welfare groups, allowing them to shift scarce funds to other needs, such as more spay/neuter and vet services, facility improvements, adoption events, etc.
How does it work? Rescue Bank operates on the national food bank model, accepting food donations from manufacturers, distributors or retailers. Suppliers such as Pedigree, Purina, Nutro, Royal Canin, Friskies, and Iams notify us that product is available.
We then schedule and pay for delivering the donation to an Affiliate responsible for a regional distribution center. The Affiliate notifies pre-qualified non-profit groups, which pay a small, per-pound handling fee and pick up their product. For disaster response or law enforcement actions, no handling fee is required.
Rescue Bank is a valued partner for both suppliers and the animal rescue and foster organizations across America.
With millions of pets in need throughout the country, Rescue Bank helps convert donatable product into goodwill for the donor. We understand what it takes to maintain brand integrity throughout the donation process: properly vetting groups, maintaining equitable distribution, and tracking product from their facilities all the way to the rescue groups.
We also understand the passion and problems of rescue groups, shelters, and community service organizations. Providing food grants helps them better serve their communities.
With our current level of resources and donated product, we are able to serve many, but not all, regions of the country. We are always looking for partners to help expand to more regions.