How to Form an Animal Rescue

September 2, 2015

Each day, tens of thousands of dogs, cats and other animals are abandoned on the streets of America’s towns and cities. You can help by forming an animal rescue shelter in a few easy steps to help out your community and give like-minded community members the opportunity to join in.

Steps to forming an animal rescue shelter

1. Do your research. What animals or animal breeds are most in need of rescue in your community?

2. Gain valuable shelter experience. Before you start, work in a local shelter to learns the ins and outs of animal care.

3. Scout locations. Find a space that allows for a front office, housing and play areas for the animals, and if needed, a medical room.

4. Get a lawyer. Choose a name for the rescue, file for your nonprofit business license, get insurance, and importantly, form a board of directors, and get legal advice.

5. Advertise. Brochures and a website for your rescue, and introduce yourself to shelters in the area.

How your animal rescue shelter benefits the community

An animal rescue benefits the community in ways that are both tangible and intangible. Rescued animals are a benefit to the community because they are taken off streets and given shelter and care, contributing to the tangible benefit of animal welfare in the community.

Animal rescues also provide intangible benefits for the community by highlighting the need for responsible pet ownership through spaying and neutering animals in addition to animal protection.

Further, caring for animals provides the intangible benefit to all of humanity in supporting because of the moral benefit of care. All life should be cared for and protected.

Can others help?

An animal rescue can become a second home for community members who share in the ideals of animal rescue and who want to be a part of the solution. Volunteers are crucial since they not only care for the animals, but they will share in the mission and carry its values into the broader community.

People of all ages can help you with administration, direct care of animals, fundraising and other events, and as ambassadors to the community.

Animal rescue shelters rely upon the expertise of community members in the formation, management and expansion of the animal rescue shelter. Together, you can make your rescue an important part of your community.

Accepting Donations

August 21, 2015

Most animal shelters if they are non-profit depend on their financial means to come from donations. If you are one of these shelters and looking for new ways to accept donation to help properly care for the animals and keep the shelter running with ease try some of these methods.

Place Donation Boxes at Local Businesses

Your local community is a great place to start when in need of donation to help support your community’s animal shelter. Ask local businesses if it would be okay to place donation boxes at checkout areas or check in areas of your local veterinary hospitals. Some of the best local businesses to start with are pet stores. Make sure each of your donation boxes sponsor a pet at your shelter with a brief description of what the animal is like so not only are you encouraging donations, but adoptions as well.

Send Out News Letters with Donation Slips

Sending out newsletters about your shelter too all the members in your local community along with some neat stories about some of the animals in your shelter is an outstanding way to inspire people to want to donate and help support your non-profit organization. With each news letter you mail out though, do not forget to add in a donation slip for those willing to donate along with a pre-paid mailing envelope so they can send the helpful donations too you directly at the animal shelter.

Create a Donation Site Online

The internet is a wonderful place to create a site online where people can send donations electronically to the shelter. Make sure your online site shows pictures of the animals in the shelter, information on what the shelter is about, and a brief introduction to the people who work there to help care for the animals on a regular basis. Also, include inspirational stories of the rescue pets brought to the shelter, have found new loving homes and stories of the ones that still are looking for their forever home.

End Notes to Think About 

This is just handful of ways to accept funds from your local community to keep your non-profit animal shelter running properly so you can care for all the animals that are there on a day-to-day basis until they find new homes. Other ways you can accept donations is through fundraisers and hosting adoption events at local businesses and doggy parks.

Animal welfare organizations rely on community involvement to stay in business. It may seem that creating community involvement is difficult, even a little daunting. Here are a few tips to help create community involvement. With a little time and consistent effort, you will see growth.

Create a schedule of fun events that invites the public to come and see what your organization is all about. To get community involvement, you have to be present in the community. One idea is perhaps a pet adoption event that has food, games and educational information. Have information cards for everyone to fill out. Make sure to collect email addresses.

An email address list is very important, especially for staying in touch with the people who have expressed interest in what you are trying to do. Create a monthly newsletter that informs these folks of your upcoming events and important issues. As your email list grows so will the community involvement.

Social media is a really efficient way to reach people twenty four hours a day. Create a Facebook page, and invite people to like it. This another great place to educate and post your upcoming events. You should have links available on your Facebook page that will direct interested parties to your website.

A website is very helpful way to gather information, even after the office is closed. You should ask for email addresses. This will add to your email list, and make your newsletter reach an even bigger part of your community.

Building community involvement is very important. Implementing the above tips will go a long way in getting more people involved. The best part about it is, once it is set up, it is very easy to maintain and grow.