NEW YORK, June 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The Rescue Ink Foundation Board of Directors announced today that the foundation has been officially closed and dissolved. The certificate of dissolution was filed with the State of Delaware on June 13, 2011 and accepted by the Secretary of State.
According to the Board of Directors, “The Rescue Ink Foundation is no longer accepting donations and all activities have ceased. Rights to the animals Rebel, Vesper, Lucky, Joe Thunder, Scrappy, Kate & Willie have been assigned to the care ofEric Bellows of Pack Ethic Rescue (http://www.packethic.com/). The board is confident that Eric Bellows and the team at Pack Ethic Rescue will care for and rehabilitate these animals in a compassionate manner.”
Rescue Ink was formed to aid in battling animal abuse and neglect and to assist existing animal welfare agencies and shelters. Donations were used to fund animal rescue and animal abuse education.
SOURCE Rescue Ink Foundation http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/rescue-ink-foundation-officially-closes-124075439.html
A lawsuit in Federal Court was filed by Hays Entertainment vs. Rescue Ink, Inc. for Trademark Infringement. A settlement was reached and Joe Panz created Rescue Ink Sales, Inc. a for profit entity. http://www.examiner.com/article/behind-the-ink-part-3
John Orlandini, a co-founder of Rescue Ink — the non-profit animal rescue group that operated the Long Beach Animal Shelter* on Long Island was reportedly arrested on May 15 and charged with third-degree grand larceny, after police said he stole over $15,000 from the organization.
Police say that between June 2012 and February 2013, Orlandini, 49, (aka “Johnny O) cashed 141 donation checks made out to Rescue Ink between last June and February, and kept the funds for himself. http://www.examiner.com/article/rescue-ink-co-founder-charged-with-stealing-from-animal-shelter
Per Rescue Ink’s 2011 Tax return, they received a total of $30,179 in donations as a charitable organization that supposedly wants to help animals. So let’s see where they spent this $30k in donations. Did they spend it on animals?
$9,800 = Legal Fees (line 11b)
$7,881 = Travel Fees (line 17)
$7,478 = Fundraising (line 24c)
$1,114 = Automobile expenses (line 24d)
Totaling $26,273 (87%)
$1,899 = Animal Program Costs (line 24b)
They ONLY spent $1,899 on their animal program!
In 2011, Rescue Ink spent 32% of all your donations to pay for their legal fees. They ONLY spent 6% on their animal program. Are their legal fees, travel expenses, and automobiles expenses more important than the animals?
This is a public document available to anyone via New York State Charity Bureau.