Rescue 22 Foundation, Inc

Saving 2 at a Time

Naples, FL   |  www.rescue22foundation.org

Mission

The Rescue 22 Foundation pairs rescued working breeds with veterans of our United States Armed Forces and in some cases with those currently serving. With every veteran that receives a match, we also give a brand new start to a K9 in need. R22’s continues to build the bond between veteran and K9 and offers social and emotional support through networking and training that continues beyond the initial match. R22 vets and K9s are set up for success with equipment “Hero Packs” as part of the integration process. At Rescue 22 Foundation, it is our creed that none of our currently serving or veteran sisteren and brotheren should ever stand alone. R22 Until None.

Ruling year info

2018

President

Mr Erick Innis

Vice President and Director of Operations

Ms. A.C. Connor

Main address

970 9th Street SW

Naples, FL 34211 USA

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EIN

82-5072390

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Rescue 22 Foundation is committed to addressing the crisis of losing 22 veterans a day (a national average statistic) through the provision of service or emotional support dogs. Provided K9s are fully trained and carefully matched as the correct K9 for the veteran in need. Rescue 22 Foundation does not have geographic restrictions regarding services provided. The Rescue 22 Foundation provides service and emotional support K9s for both PTSD and TBI (the invisible wounds) as well as medically complex cases such as mobility and seizure alert.

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?

Veteran Service Dogs

The provision of fully trained service dogs to approved veterans. A service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.

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 veterans who report a decrease in depression

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Veteran Service Dogs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of veterans with PTSD served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Veteran Service Dogs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of service dogs provided to veterans

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Veteran Service Dogs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

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.

1.) To provide highly trained service and emotional support K9s to veterans with demonstrated need (as per licensed professional/VA disability rating);
2.) To provide linkages between participating R22 veterans that build a sense of community and lessen isolation frequently experienced by transitioning veterans and veterans with long term health challenges;
3.) Raise public awareness regarding the effective nature of service K9s and their role in reducing suicide rates in veteran populations and enhancing quality of life through day to day activities and
4.) Raise public awareness regarding service dogs that are effectively trained and valid tools regarding fraudulent service dogs and those entities that provide and produce such dogs.

RESCUE 22 STRATEGIES:
1.) Our co founders and trainers (John Devine and Erick Innis) provide direct quality assurance by either directly providing the K9 training or overseeing/certifying the training provided by carefully vetted R22 trainers;
2.) Reviewing veteran applications and ensuring that the correct K9 placement is made and that ongoing training support is provided over the lifetime of the veteran/K9 match;
3.) Provide public content regarding the training and placement of the R22 service K9s and
4.) Utilize our public platforms to engage the public in the valid and encouraging manner service dogs are having a positive impact in the veteran community and how we can work together to expand this reach.

RESCUE 22 STRENGTHS:
1.) A cadre of highly qualified trainers
2.) National reach with East and West coast campus locations
3.) A strategic plan for growth that includes stakeholders in communities where the concentration of veterans is highest
4.) A funding strategy that leverages individual, corporate and private grant funding with an eye towards a 5 year self sustaining plan.

Since our inception in 2018: R22 has:
*Provided 16 fully trained service and emotional support K9s in 2018;
*Placed K9s in 7 different states across the country;
*Started training for 6 medically complex/mobility assist cases;
*Significantly raised the awareness of the availability of our services nationwide and
*Engaged in educational forums regarding service dogs in the current climate.

NEXT STEPS:
*Continue to strategically expand the cadre of trainers approved by our lead/master level trainers;
*Slowly develop our footprint in veteran dense communities by developing networks and alliances for veteran support
*Focus on capacity building in communications, fundraising and board development
*Continue to improve our veteran wait list and on boarding process
*Expand social media presence for the purpose of public awareness and education.

Financials

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Rescue 22 Foundation, Inc

Board of directors
as of 9/3/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

A.C. Connor

John Devine

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/03/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

No data

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability