Better Business Bureau Report for
Chicago Canine Rescue

Better Business Bureau Report issued September 2016
Better Business Bureau Report expires September 2018

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: Chicago Canine Rescue Foundation finds permanent homes for homeless dogs in our community with a specific emphasis on assisting the most vulnerable animals, who with our help, would have no other options. While in our care, they are provided with specialized medical, training and adoption services. Our organization consists of representatives who have a passion for the well-being of dogs and their future families, as well as the education and resources to provide a healing environment for these animals while they remain in our care and thereafter.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Chicago Canine Rescue does not meet the following 8 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 1: Oversight of Operations and Staff - Organizations shall have a board of directors that provides adequate oversight of the charity's operations and its staff. Indication of adequate oversight includes, but is not limited to, regularly scheduled appraisals of the CEO's performance, evidence of disbursement controls such as board approval of the budget, fund raising practices, establishment of a conflict of interest policy, and establishment of accounting procedures sufficient to safeguard charity finances.

Chicago Canine Rescue does not meet this Standard because its board of directors does not:

  • Have an approved conflict of interest policy.

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 has never completed an effectiveness assessment.

Standard 14: Budget - Have a board-approved annual budget for its current fiscal year, outlining projected expenses for major program activities, fund raising, and administration.

Chicago Canine Rescue does not meet this Standard because, when the organization provided budget information, it indicated that the budget:

  • Did not identify total projected fund raising expenses.
  • Did not identify total projected administrative expenses.

Standard 15: Misleading Appeals - Have solicitations and informational materials, distributed by any means, that are accurate, truthful and not misleading, both in whole and in part. Appeals that omit a clear description of program(s) for which contributions are sought will not meet this standard. A charity should also be able to substantiate that the timing and nature of its expenditures are in accordance with what is stated, expressed, or implied in the charity's solicitations.

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 summary of program service accomplishments.
  • A roster of the board of directors.
  • Total income.
  • Total program expenses.
  • Total fund raising expenses.
  • Total administrative expenses.
  • End of year net assets.
  • Electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.

Standard 18: Privacy for Written Appeals & Internet Privacy - Address privacy concerns of donors by (a) providing in written appeals, at least annually, a means (e.g., such as a check off box) for both new and continuing donors to inform the charity if they do not want their name and address shared outside the organization, (b) providing a clear, prominent and easily accessible privacy policy on any of its websites that tells visitors (i) what information, if any, is being collected about them by the charity and how this information will be used, (ii) how to contact the charity to review personal information collected and request corrections, (iii) how to inform the charity (e.g., a check off box) that the visitor does not wish his/her personal information to be shared outside the organization, and (iv) what security measures the charity has in place to protect personal information.

Chicago Canine Rescue does not meet this Standard because the privacy policy on this website, does not indicate:

  • What personal information is being collected and how it will be used.
  • How to contact the charity to review personal information that is collected and request corrections.
  • How to inform the charity that the visitor does not want his/her information shared with others.
In addition, the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s governance and oversight and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following Standard for Charity Accountability: 3.
Chicago Canine Rescue meets the remaining 11 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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CCRF was founded in 2001 to help find permanent, loving homes for homeless dogs in our city. CCRF has saved the lives of over 3,000 dogs, cats, kittens (yes, we have started helping a few felines each year, too!) and puppies. CCRF assists the animals that are the MOST vulnerable in our city – 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, 2014, Chicago Canine Rescue's program expenses were:

Dog Shelter 476,897
Total Program Expenses: $476,897
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Chief Executive : Anna Johnson, Shelter Manager

Chair of the Board: Janie Triptow
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Professional Dog Trainer

Board Size: 7

Paid Staff Size: 15

*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, grant proposals, internet, membership
Fund raising costs were 4% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $348,076, 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, 2014.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 186,494
Program Fees 148,182
Donations In Kind 83,062
Special Events 78,520
Total Income $496,258


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 91%  Fund Raising: 3%  Administrative: 6% 

Total income $496,258
Program expenses $476,897
Fund raising expenses 13,567
Administrative expenses 29,831
Total expenses $520,295
Expenses in Excess of Income (24,037)
Beginning net assets 117,449
Ending net assets 93,412
Total liabilities 24,569
Total assets $117,981

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