Racing Dog Rescue Project
PO Box 18153
Sarasota FL 34276-1153
 Racing Dog Rescue Project is an all Volunteer 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption of retired racing greyhounds.  The Racing Dog Rescue Project takes in all greyhounds regardless of age, condition or history.  All greyhounds are welcomed, cared for and prepared for placement with our foster and permanent homes.  

CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Geri Harrison
Board Chair Affiliation Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
Racing Dog Retirement Project
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1997
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Feb 2019
State Registration Yes Jan 2019
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement
With over 1,000 greyhounds having been adopted into loving homes, Racing Dog Rescue Project looks to continue their missions of breed awareness, care and placement of retired racing dogs.  In 2017 we have 3 main goals: continue to care and place retired greyhounds, update and maintain our boarding facility, as well as increase the project's presence within the communities we serve.
Needs Statement
Racing Dog Rescue Project is in need of many items to help sustain our project's goals.  Our primary expenses are associated with wellness care for the animals, capital improvement projects for our boarding kennel and promotion of our mission to increase visibility to donors, volunteers, and future owners.
Our transportation of animals relies wholely upon volunteer drivers and vehicles.  We are looking for a vehicle donation to meet our transportation needs.  
Our volunteer program has increased and we continue to need additional volunteers for our monthly open house events.  
Financial donations in any amount are always greatly appreciated. 

Background Statement
Racing Dog Rescue Project was founded in the early 1990′s as a branch of the Pennsylvania-based greyhound rescue group, Make Peace with Animals.  RDRP was reorganized in 1997 as a Florida nonprofit corporation based in Sarasota, Florida. To date, more than 1,000 retired racing Greyhounds have found their forever homes through the dedicated work of hundreds of RDRP volunteers.  ALL ARE WELCOMED AND CARED FOR.  The vast majority of greyhounds rescued by RDRP come directly from the track.  Many are retired after suffering racing-related injuries such as broken legs and hocks and others are retired because they simply were not fast enough to earn their keep as racers.  Still others are at mandatory retirement age or have fulfilled their usefulness as brood bitches or studs.  RDRP takes in all greyhounds regardless of age, condition or history.  All are welcomed, cared for and readied whenever possible for placement in loving, permanent homes.

The Racing Dog Rescue Project is a support organization to the Greyhound breed. We do not formally take a stand for or against the greyhound racing industry but stand for the preservation and fair treatment of retired racing dogs. It is not our mission to place a positive or negative stigma on racing.
We find that the historical race and breeding data allow for a creation of a healthy breed of dog with a temperament of a great family pet. It is our mission to provide an outlet for trainers, breeders and tracks to help place less desirable racers.
Due to the nature of the racing business, care is taken with breeding. Most dogs have limited health problems and are typically good natured animals. Like any breed, each dog is unique and has it's own personality and traits.
One of our missions is to increase the breeds acceptance as a typical family pet. Contrary to belief they do not require vigorous running activity; leash walks are typically just fine. They do work well on a leash and are comfortable in a crate but often would prefer your couch! When they do get in a good run they are a burst of speed where they can often reach 40 MPH in a few strides but will cool down and nap for some time after.
Greyhounds often require a bit of charm school when coming straight from the track. Living in a home is new to them and they often need to be educated on sliding glass doors or screens as well as table manners. They are often very bright and learn quickly with a few reminders. This is why we prefer to place a dog with a foster family to assist with this new style of living for our retired friends. Some like cats or small dogs and some do not- we test them to make adoptive recommendations.
Greyhounds are sight hounds and were trained to chase small furry toys. Their dedication to the chase make them poor free roaming pets; future owners are cautioned that this is not often a dog under full voice command and should be kept on a leash at all times.
Retired racers make great pets and cherished family members.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Charlotte
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
FL- DeSoto
Areas Served Comments Racing Dog Rescue Project assists other greyhound advocacy groups within the West coast of Florida when called upon for additional resources.  RDRP will also help with search and rescue missions for lost or injured greyhounds in Sarasota, Charlotte and Manatee counties when the need arises.  We have helped find and reunite greyhounds found floating in the Gulf of Mexico or just beyond their own neighborhoods.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type Animal Related
Tertiary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
RDRP has had another year of growth in 2016.  Our capital investments in our adoption center provide a more stable and secure boarding facility.  Our facility is now open to the public every second Sunday of the month increasing public awareness and adoptions.
Our team of volunteers have become more cohesive and have been working to provide a better home and business practices to our organization.  Our meet and greet events are increasing greyhound adoption awareness and our community involvement is increasing through our growing network of adoptive families.
RDRP has changed for the better and is providing a wonderful service to the community and the breed.  Come see the renewed RDRP! 
Description Racing Dog Rescue Project coordinates the intake of retired or injured racing greyhounds from trainers, breeders and tracks.  Immediate medical evaluation of physical and mental status of every dog is required as well as the placement of the animal at our boarding farm.  Medical treatments, vaccinations, and other health needs are assessed and treatment plans are designed and implemented with the help of volunteers and donated/discounted veterinary care.  Ongoing care and feeding are the primary mission to assist with ultimate placement of each animal in a home.
Budget $70,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families
Short Term Success RDRP has provided care and development for over 50 dogs this year.  Our donations have allowed us to improve our boarding facility while increasing our quantity of volunteers, foster families and adoptive homes.
Long Term Success Placement of retired racing greyhounds into safe, loving homes.
Program Success Monitoring Placement and rehabilitation of all dogs placed in the care of Racing Dog Rescue Project.
Program Success Examples Last year RDRP had placed over 50 animals into foster homes and ultimately forever homes.
Description RDRP works with our current adoptive families and foster families to promote the goals and mission of the project.  Continued "Meet and Greet" events increase breed awareness as well as the opportunity to assist retired racers.  Our Foster families not only assist with direct care; but also help assess the personality of each individual animal to better match the dog with an adoptive family.  
Budget $10,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Ownership
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families
Short Term Success Animals may reside in foster homes for short periods of time or times up to a year if needed.  Animals typically are acclimated to home life and learn general manners and minor training while living with a foster family.
Long Term Success RDRP is focused on improving breed awareness and the opportunity to have animals go from track to home.
Program Success Monitoring
RDRP evaluates every potential adoptive family through the adoption application process including written applications and home visits to ensure the environment is conducive to housing a greyhound.
Our program is mainly evaluated by our quantity of returned or "bounced" dogs brought back to RDRP for re-placement. Our 2012 return rate has been 1 in 50. 
Program Success Examples RDRP has placed nearly 1000 dogs since our inception with several homes opting to adopt more than one greyhound or continuing to select RDRP for further adoptions.
Program Comments by Organization RDRP has made great strides to assist greyhounds in a competitive market.  The needs for greyhound adoptions have created more organizations to assist the breed.  We have had to re-brand our mission and increase our community awareness thus increasing our financial needs for self promotion.  RDRP's goals to increase breed and organizational awareness will allow us to better reach breeders and trainers to be more aware of options for placement of retired greyhounds.  
Our foster program helps to improve the breeds acceptance as animals that have been placed temporarily in homes are provided an opportunity to acclimate from race life to home life.  Simple manners and home skills help make the breed more accepted.  These racing dogs have never seen a dining room table or sliding glass door so there is a learning curve associated with transition from track to home.  
Most greyhounds are intelligent and learn quickly.  Finding good foster families is difficult to do as most people become attached and decide to adopt the dog permanently.  Although we are happy to see the animal adopted we may lose the family as a foster provider.  
We love to place our retired racers and love to improve the public awareness of the specifics of the greyhound breed. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 120
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Racing Dog Rescue Project works directly with trainers and breeders as well as the Sarasota Kennel Club, The Greyhound Advancement Center and other local organizations to arrange for care, training and placement of retired or injured racing dogs.  We also work directly with the public to help relocate displaced, lost or stray greyhounds within the community.  Although our geographic location keeps us closely related to Sarasota's track. We have been known to come to the aid of dogs outside of our boundaries if the needs arise.
We would like to broaden our reach and collaborative efforts with similar organizations and other charitable foundations to improve our project and breed awareness as well as increase our organizational footprint within the volunteer and philanthropic areas of influence.
RDRP has expanded our relationship with The Greyhound Advancement Center sending more dogs to Hardee County Correctional Institute to provide training to the dogs while teaching new skills and training techniques to prison inmates.  This program has allowed us to increase awareness while providing advantages to the dogs and inmates alike.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years N/A
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Other Documents
Board Chair
Board Chair Geri Harrison
Company Affiliation Volunteer
Board Term Jan 2017 to Jan 2020
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Ms. Susan Cavanaugh Volunteer
Mr. Glenn Hall retired
Ms. Geri Harrison Volunteer
Mrs. Elaine Leitten Volunteer
Ms. Nancy Sorg Volunteer
Mr. Richard Stern Community Volunteer
Ms. Cyndi Toale Volunteer
Mr. John Tyler Volunteer
Ms. Megan Udell community volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 3
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Board Meeting Attendance % 81
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Capital Campaign
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Governance Comments by Organization Although we do not have term limits it has become evident that we need to continue to develop succession and development of new board members to keep the organization young and fresh.  A new group of leaders have been introduced to the organization and are bringing in new strategies and development planning to keep RDRP fresh.  New guidelines and goals have been presented to the board and the organization is looking to incorporate new ideas into our culture.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2018
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $90,762.00
Projected Expenses $90,762.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose We anticipate the needs for capital expenses to replace or improve existing items that are close to reaching their expected lifetime duration.
Campaign Goal $32,000.00
Campaign Dates Jan 2016 to Dec 2016
Amount Raised To Date 3200 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Form 9902016
Form 9902015
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$76,276$70,994$95,047
Administration Expense$2,346$2,726$2,667
Fundraising Expense$25$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.771.540.80
Program Expense/Total Expenses97%96%97%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$508,778$463,732$439,183
Current Assets$237,569$196,108$165,092
Long-Term Liabilities$0$148,744$0
Current Liabilities$133,200$442$163,869
Total Net Assets$375,578$314,546$275,314
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $116,792Contributions, gifts, grants $71,180Contributions, gifts, grants $63,693
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAdoption Fees $17,161Fundraising $27,736Program Service Revenue $11,125
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $5,176Program Service Revenue $12,388Other $3,546
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.78443.681.01
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%32%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization RDRP is in a rebuilding year to better regain financial control over fundraising needs and spending guidelines.  Our plan is to conduct a financial audit by an independent group to confirm our strategic goals and planning for financial resources.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Racing Dog Rescue Project
Address PO Box 18153
Sarasota, FL 34251 1153
Phone 941 379-3278