Transparency in a rescue means the books are available to anyone who questions what we spend donated money on. When I founded and ran Friends Animal Rescue we did everything by the book according to the laws of South Carolina. We kept our tax number posted clearly on our website and our Facebook page. A copy of our 501(c)3, state tax exemption, tax information and past filings could be found on the download page or our credentials on the website. A copy of our ledger was available upon request at any time.
All rescues should have all their legal paperwork in order, registered with the state they operate in, tax exempt, a 501c3 so they are tax deductible and listed with the IRS, Guidestar and any other charitable listings.
A rescue needs a policies, for adoption and legally binding contracts. I have learned from experience they should not be “one size fits all” There should be enough flexibility to accommodation unusual circumstances or weigh circumstances for suitability on an individual basis.
Every rescue has it’s supporters, people who will defend any policies or decisions. They also have those who do not agree with their policies. That can cause feelings of discrimination and even hatred.