Certified Rescues

The purpose of the Michigan Rescue Certification Program is to certify rescue organizations that will:

  • operate using industry best practices for Michigan under the founding principle of Do No Harm
  • support collaboration with others
  • follow a code of ethics
  • assure the general public of rescued animals’ standard of care
  • assure donors of professionalism and longevity
  • improve partnerships with other organizations
  • improve and uplift the reputation of rescues

Visit www.mirescuecertification.org for more information on the program, its requirements and how to apply for certification.

5-star Certified Rescues

A rescue organization is categorized as 5-star certified when it meets an extra set of criteria, such as maintaining liability insurance coverage, using electronic records for animals and for financials, following an annual budget and attending continuing education opportunities.

Michigan’s 5-star certified rescues:

Certified Rescues

Certified rescues operate using best practices for Michigan, including becoming a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(7) nonprofit, providing the public with a phone number,
filing of 990, 990-EZ or 990-N tax documents, maintaining the MI Charitable Solicitation License or exemption, ensuring every rescued animal is neutered prior to adoption and providing adopters with complete medical and behavior records.

Michigan’s certified rescues:

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