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Rock N Rescue Inc

We rescue pets to rescue people

South Salem, NY   |  https://rnrpets.org

Mission

Our mission is to both rescue and re-home pets in need. Our primary focus is to assist families looking for a pet that is not only happy and healthy, but a pet that can provide a therapeutic solution for emotional and physical ailments. Although we specialize in cats, we also custom search for dogs, guinea pigs and other pets for approved adopters. The heart and soul of our rescue is our motto “We Rescue Pets to Rescue People,” and we strive to spread this message with our many community outreach programs including cat therapy programs for all ages (like our nursing home Kitty Clubs), cat wellness programs (like our Kitty Yoga classes) and educational programs (like our Read to Kitty classes) and more!

Ruling year info

2017

Principal Officer

Juli Cialone

Co Principal Officer

Marla Valentine

Main address

55 Truesdale Lake Dr

South Salem, NY 10590 USA

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EIN

82-2255663

NTEE code info

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

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What we have seen over the last 2+ years is an increasing need for some sort of help or treatment for people of all ages. It has been especially acute among teens and twenty somethings, and we know that covid has been the catalyst for much of it. We have seen a great increase in animals adopted for therapeutic reasons for young people that have suicidal thoughts, problems relating with people and many other difficulties. Therapeutic animal adoptions are needed now than they have ever been before. The reports we get from these placements demonstrate the positive power that these animals have and how much they can help with difficulties.

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?

Rock n' Rescue in home therapy placement

Therapeutic In Home Placement Program
Our rescue helps families choose the right therapy animal for lifelong comfort and support. With the permission of licensed social workers, psychologists, and psychotherapists, adopters can adopt these exceptional animals and utilize their love and affection to better psychological, intellectual and or physical challenges. Adopters can request a specific type of animal and we will work with them to find the right fit.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses

Where we work

Awards

top rated non-profit 2022

Great non-profits

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 volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

people who volunteered at least once throughout the course of the year at the animal rescue. includes fosters and volunteers onsite.

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of new donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Average online donation

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We didn't have an online donation option available until Oct 2021.

Number of foster families in network

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

We are trying to help people cope with their lives a little better or a little easier than they had been before.

It started with feedback from our adopters. The stories that people started telling us about how our cats
have helped them heal just keep growing. The stories are too numerous. One example is a cat called
Beaver, born with a hole in her heart and it could die anytime. Beaver went to a family in with a six-year-old
son with terminal brain cancer. Beaver and the boy were both on borrowed time. After the passing of the
boy, “Beaver instinctively knew that she needed to be there for the boy’s father." Over time, Beaver began
gravitating toward the boy's stepmother. She had become pregnant. Beaver now sleeps in the crib with the
boy’s sibling.

There was another instance of a returning military veteran, Scott, AKA Cat Dad. Aside from his physical limitations, he suffers, like many veterans, with PTSD. We got the this from his wife.

From the first time Scott laid eyes on her, he knew that was going to be his kitty. In so many ways she has saved him. They have morning routines where she has “Daddy Play Time” while the coffee brews. When he leaves the house, she waits in the window for him to return. She knows when her Daddy is having a bad day and will demand love or playtime to make him feel better. She even pretends to be a gargoyle on the refrigerator, and will leap off the top and onto his shoulder. She truly has been a therapy animal and the sweetest companion for him. 

We promote the therapeutic value of our animals in many ways.

We have formal animal assisted therapy programs at nursing homes and a cancer center. We do reading to kitty classes for kids and are partnered with other organizations such as Pets For Patriots.

We are also in the process of purchasing a new facility which will allow us to create more programs in our very own “home” classroom for animal assisted therapy & community gathering spaces.

One of our directors is a holds a Masters in Social Work. She put us on the path to animal assisted therapy programs. We then expanded to formal partnerships with organizations who think like-mindedly.

We are currently engaged with some firms to become corporate sponsors of our animal assisted therapy programs.

Therapeutic adoptions are now near 10% of our overall animal adoptions.

We have increased the number of places we perform AAT to over a half dozen with more on the horizon.

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 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, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • 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

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Rock N Rescue Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Juli Cialone

Rock n' Rescue


Board co-chair

Marla Valentine

Rock n' Rescue

James Scova

Rock n' Rescue

Diane Sklar

Rosemarie Ferrante

Kerri Wolfe

Heather Reasonver-O'Connor

Tracey Pruzan

Cary Brenner

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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/1/2023

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
Female, Not transgender
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
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: 03/01/2023

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 employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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 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 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.