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Guardians of Rescue Inc.

Together we save them!

Smithtown, NY   |  www.guardiansofrescue.org

Mission

The mission of Guardians of Rescue is to facilitate and foster programs and activities that further the unique benefits of interaction between people and animals. We are all about compassionate action, about People Helping Animals and Animals Helping People. At its core, we are an animal rights and welfare organization whose members work to protect the wellbeing of all animals and their owners, and come to the aid of those in distress.
Guardians of Rescue is a registered 501(c)3, not for profit organization whose members work tirelessly to work to protect the wellbeing of all animals and come to the aid of those in distress. We are all about People Helping Animals and Animals Helping People.

Notes from the nonprofit

Guardians of Rescue is dedicated to the rescue and safe placement of animals from horrific situations. Whether a puppy mill rescue of 100 or a backyard chained dog of 1, we are committed to each and every life. Volunteers are the heart of our organization and we have been spreading our mission across the United States and overseas. Each year we grow a little more so we can help a lot more!

Ruling year info

2011

President

Mr. Robert Misseri

Main address

34 E. Main Street Suite 303

Smithtown, NY 11787 USA

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EIN

27-4205517

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Gimme Shelter

Gimme Shelter
This program works to ensure that all animals are provided with proper protection from the elements. The program’s initiatives include volunteers patrolling for animals in situations without proper protection and adequate food and water, workshops on shelter construction, gathering supplies, and mass shelter assembly days.
Guardians of Rescue will be providing shelters free of charge to any and all dogs and cats in need. With this program, we will be joining forces with numerous organizations including organized labor, law enforcement and fellow animal welfare groups in order to maximize the resources needed to assist animals in need.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Parents

Would you eat your best friend for lunch or dinner? Of course not! Thousands of dogs are killed for meat after being dragged around in nets, and squished into cages piled up, the smell of death surrounding them. Sadly, this is not just happening in Korea.
Guardians of Rescue is on this mission with Nami Kim of Savekoreandogs to END the horrific dog meat trade. She sees the slaughter daily with her own eyes. Help us get dogs out of these situations and the meat markets.
In Korea dogs are slaughtered every day. Dogs are raised for slaughter on dog meat farms.They are even stolen from loving families and brutally beaten to death, to tenderize the meat before cooking into stew and soup!
It’s not easy to see and hear about this,but close your eyes and nothing will ever be done! This is just one horrible way people make money in the dog meat trade .
No its not poor people trying to survive. Although both men and woman eat dog, mostly men make up the large demand. Men believe just eating the (penis) will enhance their virility. They believe by eating a dog they will always stay cool in the summer. This is not about feeding the poor. This is a cultural belief that needs immediate change.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Home Again: Operation Support Our Troops
This program is a part of our Veterans and Military Affairs efforts, assisting returning service men and women in adopting a dog or cat from an animal shelter when they return home or bringing back a pet rescued during their deployment.
Guardians of Rescue volunteers act as a special shelter liaison, helping with selection, completion of the adoption process, and training for both the animal and owner. We assist with the logistics of getting a pet home from the area where the service men and women are deployed, and making sure the animal adapts to US life, by providing whatever training is needed.
Many men and women in the service are also faced with the dilemma of pet care when deployed on active duty, and are often stuck with no positive alternatives. Animals they adopt while on deployment are in need of safe transport home, and this can be difficult to organize. The therapeutic benefit these animals provide is immeasurable, and these men and women need our support.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Adults

The Next Generation Guardians are a group of young people from all walks of life. Their goal is to “learn the ropes” of animal rescue, and be the change for our future.
This program is a very important aspect of our mission. It is presented at public middle schools, high schools, Boy & Girl Scout troops, vocational schools and residential facilities for at risk youth. This program encompasses a number of animal welfare related topics, such as:
• How to recognize the signs of animal abuse and neglect, and how to report it in the proper manner.
• How to fight animal abuse and help defend creatures that cannot themselves.
• Why dog fighting is wrong and morally reprehensible and why it cannot be tolerated.
To further the impact of our Humane Education program and further empower students, Guardians of Rescue works with schools and school districts to organize food and supply drives to benefit their local shelters, and assist them with our “Sponsor a Shelter Pet” initiative.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

Guardians of Rescue has been instrumental in assisting companion animals following natural disasters that impose destruction on these innocent lives. We do not wait for an invite– Guardian agents are on the ground immediately! While emergency management agencies deal with everything from downed power lines to human lives, our heroes are on the ground tending to traumatized and helpless cats, dogs and all animals.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Guardians want families to stay together.

In times of hardship, either due to economic reasons, unemployment, changes in life, or catastrophic events, unfortunately, most often it is the pets that are the first to go, and often it is to kill shelters where, sadly, relinquished pets are among the first to be destroyed.

The Helping Families, Saving Pets program is designed to keep families together during these most challenging of times, as this is when people need their pets as much as their pets need them. Guardians of Rescue assists families with food for their animals to help ensure that these families stay together and pets are not taken from their families and avoidably euthanized.

​This program works in a couple of ways by providing:
Pet food and supplies
Transportation of animals for vet care for disabled and home-bound owners.
Through this program, we can drastically cut down on the number of cases where people are unable to afford to feed and care for their pet, and re

Population(s) Served

The philosophy of the program is simple: If you SEE an animal in an abusive, neglectful, dangerous or life threatening situation, SAY something, so actions can be put into place to SAVE the innocent animal. If nothing is said, nothing can be done.

Silence = Suffering
The SEE and SAY portion of this program encourages the public to be aware of their surroundings. Dogs on chains without food, water or shelter, need to be reported. Injured cats need help. Signs of dog fighting activity or other abuse and neglect animals needs to be made known. There are resources and law enforcement out there to help. Animals can’t speak out, but people can.

The SAVE portion of this program encompasses all aspects of our life-saving rescue operations, from getting animals relinquished from situations of neglect to investigations of dog fighting and other animal felonies. Rarely are they easy and most often, challenging and dangerous. But we know it is a matter of life and death.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals with freedom from discomfort

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Gimme Shelter

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Most of our rescues are from large scale operations, southern backyard breeders and high kill shelters.

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Gimme Shelter

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All of the animals we rescue are rehomed into loving homes. Sadly, some are too far gone from abuse and neglect and must be euthanized.

Number of animals spayed and neutered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Gimme Shelter

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through our network of rescue, we have spayed/neutered every animal possible on our outreach into communities

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goals are simple. To continue our animal advocacy and welfare mission. We would love to have a brick and mortar shelter in New York, continue our humane education, including purchasing a vehicle to bring animals to schools and education facilities. We would also like to increase our outreach efforts to serve even more impoverished communities with veterinary care and housing for pets in need. We are continuing our large scale seizures of animal hoarding and inhumane puppy mill cruelty.

We are expanding our "No Buddy Left Behind Program" which enables us to rescue dogs and cats overseas that have been befriended by our military members. Their wish is to get these animals back to the states to their home so that when their deployment is over, they are reunited for life!

Our strategies for making this happen are continuing to bring awareness to our mission, strengthen our relationships with other animal welfare organizations, continue to fundraise and reach out to private donors, corporate sponsors as well as grant funding sources.

We are capable of reaching our goals as we continue to become more known throughout the nation and abroad. Through our volunteer expansion, camaraderie with communities and the animal welfare agencies we are able to work in unity as a coalition against cruelty. We recently recreated our website to promote our mission. We created a volunteer board that is reaching out to companies and corporations for support. By keeping our financial integrity stellar, the Board of Directors expanding and community relations close, we hope to meet our goals.

So far, we have rescued over 15,000 animals from cruelty, neglect and disaster. We have reunited over 80 soldiers with their battle buddies. We have emptied out 3 kill shelters of all the dogs and cats slated for death. We have assisted in closing down the Olympic Animal Sanctuary and took responsibility for over 100 dogs from deplorable conditions. We have been an integral part of creating legislation to stop puppy mills. We have brought awareness to the dog meat trade industry. We have shut down over 10 backyard breeding, hoarding and puppy mill operations.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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Guardians of Rescue Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/23/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Robert Misseri

Guardians of Rescue

Term: 2011 -

Robert Misseri

Richard LInde

Linda Howell

Brian Sperazza

Calvin Grant

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/16/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/23/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.