I don't know the answer to that myself BUT I just started taking classes on non-profit management and grantwriting, in one of them I got this info in the FAQ:
<<Q: Where do I go to learn more about establishing a nonprofit organization?
A: I'd be happy to give you several resources that will provide you with more information:
* Board Source: Building Effective Nonprofit Boardshttp://www.boardsource.org/catSearch.asp?SuperCatID=8
* Life Cycle of a Public Charity (from the IRS)http://www.irs.gov/charities/charita...122670,00.html
* Business Filings: Nonprofit FAQshttp://www.bizfilings.com/learning/nonprofitfaq.htm
You may also want to investigate Anthony Mancuso's book How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation. It's available on Amazon, and here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...43339?v=glance
. You may also find it at your local library.
Good luck in your new nonprofit venture! >>
I'd paraphrase it for you, but I haven't looked at it myself yet.
Also, I don't believe that you have to be a nonprofit 501c3 to be a rescue, but it does make getting donations etc a lot easier. I am not positive though.