Purebred Cat Breed Rescue makes every effort to work with all Purebred and
Breed Rescue groups. However, if a rescue group works closely with or
through Purebred Cat Breed Rescue, we do insist that we know that they are a
legitimate, organized, cohesive group and that they work within generally
established guidelines. Our own rescue guidelines and policies for accepting
affiliates have been formalized as our
Policies and Procedures. Affiliation is not required for listing as a
rescue on this website.
While a few shelters will place cats with just about
anyone saying that they are a rescuer, more and more shelters are requiring
more and more proof that the rescue is legitimate and that any rescue
pulling cats from the shelter are incorporated and have 501(c) status.
Sometimes even their affiliates must have written, established policies and
forms that they can review. Some, in addition, require veterinary references
and even site visits and/or visits to the foster homes. Many, indeed, have
reason to do so. They have had bad experiences with rescues that they did
not screen extensively, and even with a few they did screen quite well
initially, and the cats and their shelter's reputation have suffered. As a
group originating in and closely linked to the cat fancy, we often encounter
increased suspicion and scrutiny when we first introduce ourselves to a
shelter. The same issues apply when we approach Animal Control
authorities. As a result, we and our affiliates need to meet the highest
standards if we are to retrieve purebreds from at-risk situations. We also
want to ensure our activities reflect well on the fancy.
When a rescue is handled through Purebred Cat Breed
Rescue, we take responsibility for the animal, and we take that
responsibility very seriously. Therefore, we need to know the
rescue groups we work with and that they meet generally accepted criteria
for responsible rescue.
If an unaffiliated rescue group wishes to be involved in
rescuing a cat of their breed in a situation we are involved in or in
helping us, we do welcome their involvement. Barring a problematic history
or major concerns, the Purebred Cat Breed Rescue Coordinator may approve
their temporary affiliation for a period of up to three months, after which
they will be required to apply
formally to the Board of Directors for affiliation. Formal
application includes the submission of the unaffiliated group's written
Policies and Procedures, foster and adoption applications, foster and
adoption and relinquishment contracts, and, on occasion, providing a
veterinary reference and/or allowing a site visit, when requested by our
Board of Directors.
If a rescue group is unaffiliated and the Purebred Cat
Breed Rescue Coordinator is unable to obtain adequate information to approve
a temporary affiliation, or there is a history that raises some concern, we
do need to screen any foster home before a cat is placed with your rescue.
They must follow our policies and procedures, and our forms must be
utilized. If a rescue group is approved for affiliation, our forms do not
have to be used and we do not need to screen the group's fosters.
Affiliated rescue groups have their own policies and
procedures that every member is aware of, shared and uniform adoption/foster
screening forms, foster/adoption contracts, a means to keep these records
current, and a means to supervise activities of fosters and approve
adoptions. Such policies and procedures are aimed, first and foremost, at
protecting the cats in their care and ensuring their ultimate placement in
permanent caring homes.
Rescues we have worked with successfully prior to the
establishment of our policies and procedures, who have long established
track records of successful rescue activities, and whose policies and
procedures, by reason of our working relationship, we are already well aware
of, have been "grandfathered" in as affiliates for a period of 5 years,
barring unexpected problems arising. In five years, they will be
reevaluated and may be asked for updates on their policies and procedures
and forms or to sign an agreement of affiliation - that decision is still
Most, if not all, present 501(c)3 Purebred Rescues are
long established with a track record of successful rescue activities and
have websites which explain their well established policies and procedures
as well as provide access to clearly written forms that protect the cats.
For this reason, we do not generally require 501(c)3 rescues to formally
submit this information. If a new 501(c)3 rescue shows up and this
information is not public and readily available, however, or if there are
reported problematic issues, this and other information may be required.
On the other hand, some Purebred Rescue groups, while
doing a great service to some individual cats by aiding in the rehoming of
owner relinquishments, are simply not equipped, adequately organized and
cohesive, or, sometimes, even motivated to deal with shelter pulls or large
scale rescue situations. While we salute the caring shown by these groups
and the niche they choose to fill, they are not appropriate affiliates.
Affiliate rescues are valued members of our team. When
appropriate and possible, we try to help them with initial basic veterinary
expenses (FIV/FeLV testing, vaccinations, spay/neuter, flea or mite
treatment, emergency surgeries that cannot wait for transport to the
rescue), as well as by coordinating transport of the cat(s) to their rescue.
We always let affiliates know immediately when there are
cats at risk in their area or of their breed. We also pull cats from
shelters to transport to them, and otherwise try to help ease the way for
the cats to get to the appropriate rescues.
In addition, we also offer help with fundraising for
their rescues whenever possible. We also provide space at our Purebred
Rescue Booths at cat shows and expos for written material such as pamphlets
and business cards, photos of available cats, and other advertising
materials to be displayed.
We will provide sponsorship for affiliated non-501(c)3 rescues. Such
sponsorship is also known colloquially as "putting them under the 501(c)3
umbrella" and will allow them to pull from shelters without our direct
intervention. However, we will need to be kept informed of each time
this is done and told of the subsequent disposition of the cat. We may also
sponsor them with PetsMart or PetsMart Charities, Petco, and, even with
their vet, to try to help them get lowered animal welfare charity rates.
These days grant money is tight and those groups that network to help large
numbers of cats are more likely to be awarded grant money. At this time,
with more than 40 affiliates, we are well positioned to apply for regional
grants to maximally benefit the cats and help our affiliates maximize their
rescue efforts successfully.
To have your Rescue considered to be an affiliate,
please download the Affiliate Request Letter, fill it out, and fax it to:
(815) 455-3452 along with the required documents OR mail to:
Purebred Cat Breed Rescue, Inc
ATTN: Linda Pollack Mercer,
MD - President
Lake, IL 60014