We Have a Passion for What We Do
The Rescue Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to building trusting relationships with people and their pets, while at the same time improving the lives of animals in Kansas City’s under-served communities. We provide basic survival items such as food, water, flea/tick prevention and dog houses for needy animals. We offer low cost veterinary resources and emphasize the need to spay and neuter. In addition, we provide community education/awareness to the public on responsible pet ownership and empower people to make a difference.
In the last 12 months we have provided:
- Over 20,000 lbs of food to animals in need
- 100 Dog houses
- 240 Bales of straw
- Thousands in gasoline and auto expenses
- Provided love and kisses and treats to thousands of animals, for many it was the first affection they had ever received.
I am sure you have all seen pictures of mistreated and abused animals. Animals that live their whole life on a chain, without water and food for days at a time. No stimulation whatsoever. The Rescue Project has an outreach program where our volunteers go to the inner city looking for these abused animals. We provide counseling to the owners, food, treats, dog houses, flea and tick treatment, and some much needed love. Afterwards, we follow up to see if conditions have improved. You would be surprised how many people respond to the counseling. You probably wouldn’t be surprised at how many don’t. If abusive conditions continue, the owner is asked to surrender the animal or face being reported to animal control and being ticketed and fined. We also offer low cost veterinary services and of course, emphasize the need to spay and neuter. Our selfless volunteers work in –5 to 105 degree weather to make sure these animals get the quality of life they deserve.
No one at The Rescue Project receives any compensation. 100% of your donation goes directly to helping provide food, medical care, etc.
This is just a fraction of the services The Rescue Project provides. Please help us meet our goal so we can continue to help our animal friends.
Meet Our Leadership Team and Board of Directors
Our Leadership Team
Fundraising Coordinator – Georgia Bianchi – firstname.lastname@example.org
Adoption Coordinator – Caroline Zuschek – email@example.com
Foster Coordinator – Emily Burrows – firstname.lastname@example.org
Donation Coordinator – Ann Thompson – email@example.com
Petfinder Coordinator – Amanda Horn Vanlandingham – firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer & Events Coordinator – Jeni Hill – email@example.com
Andrea Knobbe - Executive Director Andrea@TheRescueProject.net
Andrea has more than 18 years of experience in the animal welfare world. She has volunteered and worked in many different animal welfare capacities, ranging from very small grassroots to large-scale public/private partnership efforts.
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She is also a Program Manager at Sprint where she manages projects in the Telesales division and just celebrated her 20th year of service!
Since January 2009, Marilyn has done extensive outreach, rescue and support in Kansas City’s most impacted areas. The hopeless situation of these animals needs caring and motivated people with ” boots on the ground” experience. Marilyn has a BS in Interior Design from Colorado State University, Fort Collins and is currently an independent Interior Designer.
Georgia became involved with TRP in 2015 when she was looking for a tiny dog after losing her faithful companion, Solomon, a 115 lb King Shepherd. Adopting Roxy, a 5 lb Terrier mix, from TRP opened up the world of animal rescue to her and she quickly found herself drawn into supporting the organization in various capacities. For years, Georgia has been and continues to be a liaison for ten food pantries in the Kansas City area. In her spare time she sells homes for Reece Nichols.
Lisa Monteleone - President
Lisa has been a passionate advocate for the well-being and care of animals since a young age. Her devotion for dogs includes the adoption of strays, going back to a dog named Skippy when she was five, as well as over a decade’s dedication to charity for the benefit of various dog shelters/rescues in Kansas City and across the country.
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Katrina Huber - Treasurer and Secretary
Katrina has always had a passion and deep love for animals, starting a young age growing up around dogs, cats, horses, cows, and sheep. She has been an accountant in the Banking industry for more than 10 years, with a short stint in the public accounting field providing audit and tax services to non-profit organizations.
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Lisa has always been an animal lover, bringing home countless “neighborhood strays” when she was a child, much to her mother and neighbors chagrin. Her first “real” rescue was a cat she picked up from a truck stop in NE.