Better Business Bureau Report for
Chicago Canine Rescue

Better Business Bureau Report issued May 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires May 2016

Does not meet one or more standards
This charity does not meet one or more of the 20 standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Chicago Canine Rescue
Address: 5272 N. Elston Ave
  Chicago, IL 60630
Phone: 773-697-8848
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 2001, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Founded in 2001, Chicago Canine Rescue Foundation (CCR) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization established to provide rescue, rehabilitation and adoption services for Chicagoland's most vulnerable and needy companion animals.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Chicago Canine Rescue does not meet the following 4 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 6: Board Policy on Effectiveness - Have a board policy of assessing, no less than every two years, the organization's performance and effectiveness and of determining future actions required to achieve its mission.

Chicago Canine Rescue does not meet this Standard because:

  • The board of directors does not have a written policy stating that, at least every two years, an appraisal be done assessing the organization’s performance and effectiveness and determining future actions required to achieve its mission.

Standard 7: Board Approval of Written Report on Effectiveness - Submit to the organization's governing body, for its approval, a written report that outlines the results of the aforementioned performance and effectiveness assessment and recommendations for future actions.

Chicago Canine Rescue does not meet this Standard because:

  • It did not produce a written report outlining the results of its most recent effectiveness assessment.

Standard 16: Annual Report - Have an annual report available to all, on request, that includes: (a) the organization's mission statement, (b) a summary of the past year's program service accomplishments, (c) a roster of the officers and members of the board of directors, (d) financial information that includes (i) total income in the past fiscal year, (ii) expenses in the same program, fund raising and administrative categories as in the financial statements, and (iii) ending net assets.

Chicago Canine Rescue does not meet this standard because:

  • The organization states it does not have an annual report covering activities conducted in the past year.

Standard 17: Web Site Disclosures - Include on any charity websites that solicit contributions, the same information that is recommended for annual reports, as well as the mailing address of the charity and electronic access to its most recent IRS Form 990.

Chicago Canine Rescue does not meet this Standard because the organization's website,, does not include all of the recommended information for those charity websites that solicit for donations. Specifically, it does not include:

  • A roster of the board of directors.
  • Total income.
  • Total program expenses.
  • Total fund raising expenses.
  • Total administrative expenses.
  • End of year net assets.
  • The organization’s mailing address.
  • Electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.
In addition, the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s governance and oversight, finances, and solicitation materials and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 5Standards for Charity Accountability: 1, 3, 12, 14, and 15.
Chicago Canine Rescue meets the remaining 11 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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CCRF assists the animals that are the most vulnerable, the dogs and cats that are slated for euthanasia because they are too old, too young, too injured, have disabilities, or have simply been overlooked for too long by potential adopters at other shelters.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, Chicago Canine Rescue's program expenses were:

Total Program Expenses: $
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Chief Executive : Anna Johnson , Shelter Manager

Chair of the Board: Lisa Klotnia
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Founder of Organization

Board Size: 8

Paid Staff Size:

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, television, radio, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were 5% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $320,809, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Chicago Canine Rescue's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 188,578
Program fees 128,967
Special events 95,944
Donations in kind 20,409
Direct public support 15,878
Total Income $449,776


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 90%  Fund Raising: 3%  Administrative: 7% 

Total income $449,776
Program expenses $420,045
Fund raising expenses 15,893
Administrative expenses 32,608
Total expenses $468,546
Expenses in Excess of Income (18,770)
Beginning net assets 104,188
Ending net assets 85,418
Total liabilities 21,685
Total assets $107,103

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