Finding Loving Homes for Homeless Kittens

aka IBOK Rescue   |   San Jose, CA   |
GuideStar Charity Check


EIN: 20-8315645


Our mission is to save the lives of orphaned pre-weaned kittens. Kittens under 8 weeks old are at high risk for euthanasia if surrendered to a shelter as they require a level of care that they are unable to provide. IBOK Rescue pulls pre-weaned kittens from local shelters and feral cat colonies and bottlefeeds them until they are old enough to eat on their own and be spayed/neutered and adopted into loving homes. Our goal is to provide loving foster homes where these "special needs" kittens can be given love, medical care, socialization, and attention that will ultimately lead to a successful adoption and a happy healthy life.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Laurie Melo

Main address

1483 Princeton Drive

San Jose, CA 95118 USA

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Subject area info

Domesticated animals

Animal welfare

Population served info


NTEE code info

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

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.


Programs and results

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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?

Pre-Wean Kitten Project

Itty Bitty Orphan Kitty Rescue’s Pre-wean Kitten Project provides Pre-Wean Kitten Packs to members of the public who find orphaned kittens so that they can properly care for these kittens themselves rather than surrender them to a shelter where they will be euthanized. We currently distribute these packs free of charge through all 50+ Pet Food Express stores, as well as through Bay Area shelters. We are working to expand our project to help more of our Bay Area shelters to provide people with an alternative to surrendering pre-wean kittens to shelters. 


Each Kitten Pack comes with instructions and emergency supplies so you can start caring for your kitten right away. 


We have also produced our very own Raising Orphan Kittens DVD to include in the Kitten Packs! This instructional video will be available online very soon!

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Our goal is to provide loving foster homes where "special needs" kittens can be given love, medical care, socialization, and attention that will ultimately lead to a successful adoption. We are actively involved in educating the public regarding spaying and neutering their pets and responsible animal guardianship. We also provide guidance and supplies on the care of pre-weaned kittens to the general public through our Pre-Wean Kitten Project. Our hope is to see the end of the routine euthanization of healthy adoptable kittens for lack of homes.

We recruit and train foster homes in the proper care of preweaned kittens and rescue kittens weighing less than a pound from shelters where they will be euthanized. We hold adoption fairs every weekend to find homes for these kittens when they reach an adoptable age and have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and treated for any illnesses or injuries. We educate the public at these events on the proper care of kittens, the importance of spaying and neutering their pets, and responsible cat guardianship.

We are an organization of experienced and educated cat lovers who are passionate about saving kittens' lives.


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, 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 aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently



Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Contributions, Grants, Gifts $20,000
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $2,500
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $22,500
Program Services $5,000
Administration $1,000
Fundraising $1,000
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $15,000
Total Expenses $22,000


Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Total Assets $2,700
Total Liabilities $0
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $2,700


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

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Executive Director

Laurie Melo

There are no officers, directors or key employees recorded for this organization

There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.


Board of directors
as of 11/01/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

Laurie Melo

No Affiliation

Term: 2010 - 2023

Board co-chair

Nadine Borelli

No Affiliation

Term: 2018 - 2020

Laurie Anne MELO

No Affiliation

Nadine Borelli

Krista Guardino

Victoria Maxwell

Luis De Melo

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/9/2023

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/09/2023

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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.