After successfully collaborating to deliver more than 80 million meals of donated pet food to animal rescues across America since 2011, GreaterGood and our partners at Rescue Bank have formally merged. With this merger, we welcome Rescue Bank to the GreaterGood.org family, a logical move that will deepen our positive impact on lives of shelter pets.
“We’ve worked closely with GreaterGood.org since our national expansion almost four years ago,” stated Elizabeth Asher, who continues to serve as Executive Director of Rescue Bank. “We are excited about the impact our combined programs will have on improving nutrition for rescued pets and making veterinary care and adoption program support more accessible. GreaterGood shares our commitment to improving the standards of care throughout the rescue and shelter community.”
Asher and partner John Kane founded Rescue Bank in 2006 after their experience responding to Hurricane Katrina. They saw that smaller, community-based animal rescues and shelter staff were doing most of the front line work, but simply weren’t visible to donors. Adopting the food bank model, they started sourcing bulk donations for distribution to smaller groups along the Gulf Coast. Quickly expanding to a national network with GreaterGood’s support, Rescue Bank now delivers between eight and ten million pounds of donated food per year to animal rescues across America.
“We are thrilled to be more closely integrated with Rescue Bank,” says GreaterGood’s Executive Director Liz Baker. “They are a tremendously impactful organization whose dedication to serving rescue groups and the animal welfare community as a whole is as inventive as it is compassionate. This merger allows us to expand our role in the animal welfare community and deepens our commitment to caring for shelter pets across the country.”
The sweet girl you see in the photo on the left is Bessie Isabelle. When she was rescued by one of the shelters Rescue Bank provides food for, she weighed only 23.6 lbs., less than half of what a healthy pit bull should weigh. She was so weak that she had to be carried, as her poor little body failed her after only a few steps. Because Bessie’s system was not accustomed to food, she had to be fed only the tiniest amounts of raw meat six to seven times a day. Less than a week later, Bessie weighed 34.4 lbs. She regained some of her strength and was finally able to walk on her own! One month later, she weighed 44 lbs. and was healthy enough to go to a forever home. She wouldn’t be the happy dog she is today without Rescue Bank!
To learn more about Rescue Bank, please visit the Rescue Bank website.
We currently offer four easy ways to specifically donate to programs that support Rescue Bank’s efforts. You can feed shelter cats, or help pets in foster care, and even support large-scale pet food shipments via pallet, or help a small rescue group get to a Rescue Bank distribution center to pick up supplies!
Together, we are making a difference every day. Please join us in celebrating the union of our two organizations and stay tuned for even more ways to get involved in the near future!